Unshaken – Episode 2Download this Week’s Discussion Guide
SummaryThe audience of the book of Hebrews was letting fear get in the way of them continuing to build a relationship with God and with each other. If we break down the context and literary techniques used by the author of Hebrews, we can hear the author calling the audience out of a place of fear, and back into a bold relationship with God and with the church. For the Hebrew audience, this meant not being afraid of persecution and instead being reminded of who God is and what he has done. For us, our fears might be different – i.e. we might fear political unrest or not getting back to our usual way of doing church quickly enough to be comfortable – however the cure is the same. To return to a relationship. To remember what our God has done. To stop meditating on fear, and to begin meditating on Christ. And as we meditate on and align ourselves with Christ, we can boldly move forward in a shaken world while remaining unshaken.
SCRIPTURES, QUOTES AND COMMENTS
Hebrews 12:28Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,
Hebrews 10:33-34sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one.
Hebrews 12:3Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
Luke 22:19-21And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table.
Questions:What do you let distract you from being in relationship with God?
What emotions do you spend the most time thinking about/meditating on?
What about your current way of doing church are you “growing weary of”?
How can you do better at remembering who God is and what God is doing in this season instead of getting distracted by fears, anxieties, or business?
Activity:I encourage you to take communion with whoever you are with. If you are dealing with fear or anxiety in the wake of present challenges, I truly believe that remembering what Christ endured for our sakes is the greatest place to start. The author of Hebrews said it best:
“Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”