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Hebrews 12:18-29

Key Verse Therefore 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, for our God is a consuming fire.  Hebrews 12:28
Opening Reflection:  What are you most looking forward to when you get to heaven?
Study:
·Read through Hebrews 12:18-29.  How does this passage sum up all the points that the author has made in writing this letter to the Hebrews? 
·Take time to compare the two mountains described in verses 18-21 and 22-25.  What are the key differences between the two?  What point is the author trying to make in this comparison?  It may be helpful to fill in the chart below either by yourself or with your Life Group. 
Mount Sinai Mount Zion


















You may want to review Exodus 19 & 20 and Deuteronomy 4 & 5to read more about Moses and the Israelites’ experience on Mount Sinai.

Hebrews 12:12-17

Key Verse: Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord Hebrews 12:14
1.  Verse 12 starts with a "therefore."  Look back to the preceding verses.  What thought was the author connecting to his exhortation to strengthen what remains? 
2.  In verses 12 and 13, the writer returns to the running analogy of Hebrews 12:1-3.  What advice does he give the runner in these verses?  What would being  lame spiritually look like?  What is the danger of continuing to follow Christ with a lame limb?
3. What are the commands the writer gives in verses 14 and 15?  
4. Why does the writer exhort the Hebrews to pursue peace and holiness?  Do you think by the way you live people can see Christ in your life? 
5.  In verse 15 the writer returns to a warning he gave in Hebrews chapter 4, the importance of making sure that none fail to enter God's rest.  This time, who is the warning directed to?  The people who have not yet entered into faith or those …

Hebrews 12:3-11

Key Verse: Consider Him who endured from sinners such hostility against Himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.  Hebrews 12:3

·Read Hebrews 12: 3-11 several times, preferably out loud.  How is this passage meant to encourage and strengthen the Hebrew believers?  What encouragement do you find in the passage?
·Verses 3 and 4 reference sin.  Whose sin is the author talking about?  What in the text supports your conclusion?
·How can the sin of others affect your faith endurance?  Why can we look to Jesus as a source of encouragement to endure in this “race” against sin?
·Note each use of the word “discipline” in this passage.  What do you learn about God’s discipline of believers and of non-believers?  Is the author talking about discipline as a form of punishment or instruction?  You may want to look up Deuteronomy 8:1-5, Psalm 119:67, 71, Ephesians 6:4, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, and 1 Peter 1:16-19 as well to help form your answer.
·What forms can God’s discipline take?  Share a t…

Hebrews 12:1-2

Key Verse: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.  -Hebrews 12:1

Opening Reflection:  Have you ever competed in a race?  What things were part of your preparation?  What lessons from this experience parallel your spiritual life?

Study Questions:

1.  As this weeks study is only two verses, read it repeatedly and practice biblical meditation;  this practice involves repeated readings.  You may want to stop at each verb/noun and journal synonyms as you read to draw deeper meaning from the passage.  Consider reading in other translations through a website like biblegateway.com.  After meditation, what initially strikes you or encourages you about this verse?

2.  Verse 1 starts with a therefore.  How is the author using this word and "the great cloud of witnesses" mentioned next to connect the ideas from chapter 11 to his…