We are scheduling an online gathering for this Sunday, February 7th at 15:00. Here are the details on how to join:
Join ICM Zoom Meeting
Worship & Fellowship – Feb 7, 2021 at 03:00 PM Rome
Meeting ID: 841 5994 5792
We will share prayer requests, pray, worship in song, and have a short discussion on Hebrews 11:30-40. In addition to reading the text, please listen to the sermon posted on the podcast site entitled Even If We’re Sawn in Two. It’s the first sermon listed. In addition, please consider the following questions:
- As we work through Hebrews 11, I keep thinking about what Jesus said in Revelation 3:15-16 about being lukewarm. The men and women of Hebrews 11 were the antithesis of lukewarm. What are some synonyms for lukewarm? What are some antonyms for lukewarm? (Personal) Where are you on that scale?
- CS Lewis says most of us are “far too easily pleased.” He’s saying that most of us are guilty of settling…We don’t expect enough, desire enough, think big enough, believe big enough. Do you agree or disagree? Why? How does this relate to Christianity?
- In Hebrews 11, we’re looking at men and women who really believed what David says in Psalm 63:3 and what Paul says in Philippians 1:21. Think deeply about what these men are saying. Try to say it in your own words. Do you believe it? Are you living it? If not, why not?
- By the standards of that day, Jericho was virtually impregnable, from Hebrews 11:30-31, how did the walls of Jericho come down? Read the account in Joshua 6:1-27. What do you learn about God? What do you learn about faith? What do you learn about obedience? How can you apply these lessons to your life?
- Rahab the harlot! In the hall of fame of faith?! What other surprising place is she mentioned (See Matthew 1:5)? Are these editing errors of some kind, or is there a message here for us?
- In verse 32, the writer of Hebrews tells us that there are too many men and women of faith to talk about them all. Let’s pull David out of the crowd and look at his encounter with a giant. Read 1 Samuel 17:1-58, what was David’s motivation? What do you learn from a boy about faith? Is there an application here for us?
- If we read closely we see that by faith some “escaped the edge of the sword” (vs. 34) and some were “put to death with the sword” (vs. 37). So, by faith, victory, and deliverance vs. 33-34…And by faith, suffering and death vs. 35-38. Wait a minute, don’t some preachers tell us that if we simply believe and speak words of faith, God will give us temporal health, wealth, prosperity, and long life? How are we to understand and explain these Hebrews 11 truths?
- What did the unbelieving world see in the lives of these men? What does God say about them? How did they gain the approval of God?
Jim & Karen