Adult Discipleship – January 1, 2012

This is a sample of a “lesson” for an adult discipleship idea that the Immanuel Discipleship Team is thinking about. Our idea is to build Bible knowledge, theological knowledge, and Christian living principles from the sermons preached by Pastors John and Zach. These lessons can be used for private study, for one on one mentoring, or for small groups or classes. The comments part of the blog can even be used to ask questions, comment, discuss, etc. If you like this approach or have other suggestions, please comment about it.

Text: Hebrews 1:1-4

Bible Basics on Hebrews

  • Where in the Bible is Hebrews?
    1. Old or New Testament?
    2. Gospels/Acts, Pauline Epistles, or General Epistles?
    3. What are the 5 books of the Bible before and after Hebrews?
    4. How many chapters are there in the book of Hebrews?
  • What is the main theme of Hebrews?
    See Hebrews 1:1-4.
    Skim through Hebrews 9-10. To what does the author compare Christ? Which is better?

  • More introduction and an outline of Hebrews

Bible Doctrine

  • The Person and Work of Christ is the main doctrinal focus.
  • What is meant by the following terms:
    incarnation, trinity, deity of Christ, humanity of Christ, Christology
  • Belgic Confession: Articles 8, 9, 10, 18, 19
  • Heidelberg Catechism: Q&A 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
  • Fully God, fully man, one person, two natures. The church spent several hundred years hammering this out. Is it important? Why?

Review of key points from sermon
Three key teachings (list the 7 points from the text under these 3 categories)

  • Jesus is fully divine.
  • Jesus’s connection to Creation is universal in scope.
  • Jesus’s work changed human history.

Application/Discussion Questions

A. One of the issues that the original hearers faced was the temptation to “go back”. What are some ways in which you are tempted to give up on your faith?
B. The key message of Hebrews is that Christ is the better way. How do the 7 characteristics of Christ found in the opening verses of Hebrews address this temptation to give up?
C. How can you use this teaching in an evangelistic context? A counseling context?
D. What does the “in these last days” phrase teach us about the New Testament’s view of the end times?

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