Hebrews studies series
HANG IN THERE!
A COMPLETE BIBLE LESSON
STUDY #20 in Hebrews Series
· What is apostasy?
· What does it mean to be a “back slider”?
· What are the dangers of both of these problems?
· What are some of the things that would cause a person become apostate, or to back slide?
The church or churches that received this letter to the Hebrews were facing the prospects of more persecutions. There were some who were tempted to renounce Christ and return to the offering of temple sacrifices. The author is challenging them to faithfulness, to “hang in there” during hard times and to be faithful to Christ.
ë Vs. 26 - Is every person who has received a “knowledge of the truth” saved?
ë What is the one acceptable sacrifice for our sins? Romans 5:6-9,
2 Corinthians 5:21
ë What does it mean to “sin willfully” in this context?
ë If a person has sinned willfully, why is there no sacrifice for sin remaining?
ë What does it mean to go “over the edge” in light of this verse? If a person denies Christ once, does it mean that the person never was saved?
ë Why would you conclude that this verse is referring to unbelievers and not true Christians? See John 10:27-30
ë Vs. 27-29 – Are there degrees of punishment? Revelation 20:12-15
ë Vs. 29 – How does an apostate trample the Son of God under his feet?
ë I believe that it was the Lord Jesus who was set apart or sanctified with “the blood of the covenant”.
ë How does an apostate count “the blood of the covenant an unholy thing?
ë “And hath done despite” means to insult. How is the “spirit of Grace” insulted when an apostate denies Christ?
ë Vss. 30-31 – Why should we fear for apostates in particular and all unsaved people in general?
F Vs. 32 - In encouraging this church to a complete trust in Christ, the author reminds his readers of “former days” and encourages them to remember. Why do we need reminders when our faith is being challenged?
F What do you think it means that they were “illuminated”?
F What great “fight of afflictions” might a believer or one who professes faith in Christ endure today?
F Vss. 33 - We get our word “theatre” from the Greek word translated “gazingstock”. Those who professed faith were put “on stage” and suffered “reproaches and afflictions”.
F At other times these people became companions or supported those who were suffering for the sake of the Gospel. How can we support those we know are being persecuted for their faith?
F Vs. 34 - The author had been persecuted and these people had compassion on him.
F Why were these people able to take joyfully the spoiling of their possessions?
R Vs. 35 - How does confidence in Christ bring great reward? Are there degrees of reward? 1 Corinthians 3:11-15
R Vs. 36 – Why do we need patience? Why is patience often a tough commodity to come by?
R Vs. 37 – What is the ultimate promise that we are waiting for?
R Vs. 38 – How should we live while we are waiting for Christ?
R According to verse 38, what displeases God?
R What is the ultimate reward of true, Biblical faith?