Hebrews studies series

 

PRACTICING OUR FAITH

Hebrews 13:1-6  

HEBREWS STUDY #29                                                           

A complete study

 

·        How can you tell when a person has faith?

      James 2:18 - 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.

·        Why is it important to live our faith?

·        How is the Bible practical?

·        What important practical question do we need to ask God and ourselves as we read the Bible, sit in a Bible study, or listen to a sermon?

 

We come to Hebrews 13 and find that the first 6 verses are extremely practical.  They teach us how to put “shoe leather on our faith”.  If we say that we have faith in Christ, we should show it through practicing the following qualities:

1. CONTINUING CHARITY (LOVE) – Vs. 1

 

ð    What does “brotherly love” mean to you? 

ð    Why is brotherly love important in a family?  In the Church?  Is there any difference?

ð    We are to let brotherly love “continue”.  When did it start?  Why must we make a conscious effort to continue it?

ð    The church was greatly persecuted at the time this Epistle was written.  Why is brotherly love all the more important when we are being persecuted or ridiculed for our faith?

 

2. CONSISTENT COURTESY – Vs. 2

 

V     Christian hospitality is in view here.  It seems that it was very much needed in the days before good places to stay and eat.

V     Should Christian hospitality be practiced among those who know each other well?

      Acts 2:46 - And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread   

      from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

 

      Romans 12:13 - Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

V     Why is hospitality in general and Christian hospitality in particular becoming a lost art?

V     What can we do to remedy the problem?

V     Who entertained angels in Scripture?

V     In what ways might we end up entertaining an “angel” today?

3. CONSTANT COMPASSION – Vs. 3

 

ü     Who are some of the people we should remember in “bonds”?

ü     How can we act like we are in bonds with someone?

ü     What specifically can we do for these people?

ü     What are some of the adversities fellow believers are suffering?

ü     How will remembering that we are “also in the body” effect our behavior towards those that suffer?

4. COMMITTED COMPANIONSHIP – Vs. 4

 

v    Why do some groups practice celibacy?

v    When is celibacy good?  When is it bad?

v    Why is celibacy generally not necessary?

v    Why is it that more and more people “live together” before they are married?

v    Marriage is honorable.  Being married should be considered an honor and should be treated as such.

v    How do some people dishonor their marriage?

v    In what ways does God judge marital infidelity?

 

5. CONTENTED CONDUCT – Vs. 5

 

Ø     Read Exodus 20:17

     Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor

     his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy

     neighbour's.

Ø     What does it mean to covet?

Ø     How is contentment a lack of covetousness?

Ø     Read 1 Timothy 6:10

      For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have

      erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Ø     Why is the “love of money” the “root of all evil”?

Ø     How can we tell we love money?

Ø     What is the remedy for covetousness?

Ø     Why should Jesus presence in our lives make us content?

 

6. COURAGEOUS CONFIDENCE – Vs. 6

 

¯    How does the “fear of man” hurt us?

¯    How do we make the Lord our helper?

¯    How does being content help us be courageous?

¯    How does being courageous help us to be content?