keep calm & carry on (Hebrews 11.1-12.3)

 

Keep-Calm-Carry-OnFollowing are the discussion questions I’ll use in connection with Hebrews 11.1-12.3 in the class I’ll lead tomorrow morning at MoSt Church, the 20/20 class. Let me encourage you to read and re-read this wonderful passage, slowly and thoughtfully, prayerfully and reflectively, as you prepare for our conversation.

1. Circle every occurrence of the word “faith” in this section (11.1-12.3). In all but two instances in vs. 3-40, the word “faith” is stressed in the original Greek text. Would you say that “faith” is something that is emphatic and clear in your life? Why or why not?

2. Contrary what is commonly said, 11.1 is not actually a comprehensive definition of faith, but a description of its connection with hope. How so?

3. How is faith “the proof of what we don’t see” (11.1b)? What exactly is meant by “what we don’t see?”

4. Hebrews 11.3-40 is often referred to as the “Hall of Faith.” It starts and stops with reference to us (“we”). What does it do for you to know that your name is included along with names like Abraham and Moses, Sarah and Rahab?

5. The life lived out in faith is a journey or pilgrimage of faith. Of the people named in vs.3-40, which one makes it most clear to you that faith and hope are, in essence, one? Explain.

6. On a scale of 0-100, score your current “longing for a better country, that is, a heavenly one.” (vs. 16) What can a person of faith do to stoke the fires of their yearning for their heavenly home?

7. Sometimes faith is rewarded with deliverance in the here and now (vs. 33-35a) and sometimes it is not (vs. 35b-40). What are we to make of this?

8. What does faith actually do? Itemize and discuss each of the specific application points the author gives us in 12.1-3.