Hebrews studies series

 

Hebrews 6:9-12

ENCOURAGED!

Hebrews Series, Lesson #11 (A complete lesson)

 

s        What would be a proper procedure for giving a critique of someone’s work?

s        Why is saying positive things during a critique important?

s        How should a child be treated after he or she is disciplined?

s        How can we encourage someone even if we have to rebuke him?

s        How have encouraging words helped you?

 

A very strong warning is given in Hebrews 6:1-8.  The recipients of this letter are warned against just knowing the facts about salvation and being acquainted with salvation, but never actually trusting Christ for salvation.  It is possible for a person to know all the facts and even profess to be saved, but in reality, never trust Christ as Savior.  If such a person goes into apostasy, that person will never be saved.

 

The author of Hebrews now “lightens up” on his audience. Although some of the Hebrews needed the admonition that was just given, not all were in this category.

Encouraging words follow in verses 9-12. They are designed to help those who truly believe.

CONFIDENCE – Vs. 9

 

˜   Why can we be persuaded that good things are true of other Christians?

˜   How can we be persuaded that good things are true of other Christians?

˜   Why is it important that certain things “accompany” salvation?

˜   What are some inward things that accompany salvation?

Romans 8:14-17 - For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. [15] For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. [16] The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: [17] And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

 

Romans 8:26-27 - Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. [27] And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

 

Galatians 5:22-23 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

   

˜   What are some of the outward things that accompany salvation?  What should people be able to see?

Matthew 5:18 - For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

 

John 13:34-35  - A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. [35] By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

 

1 John 3:16-18 - Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. [17] But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? [18] My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

CONSOLATION – Vs. 10

·        What is good about the memory of God?

·        Why should the memory of God be a concern?

·        Why were the Hebrews to be encouraged by this verse?

COMMITMENT – Vss. 11-12a

F   Vs. 11 – What is diligence? Why is diligence important for someone who is already saved?

F   According to this verse, what will diligence accomplish?

F   What part has works to do with salvation?

James 2:17-18 - Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. [18] Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

 

James 2:26 - For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

 

F   The word slothful means sluggish or to have sluggish ears.  Has our society become a lazy society?  Has the church become a lazy church?  How?

 

CONFORMISTS – Vs. 12b

 

ü     When is it good to be a conformist and when is it bad?

ü     To whom were the Hebrews to conform and why?

ü     What part does patience have with faith and with inheritance?