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The Majesty of Christ

Hebrews 5:11 - 6:20 - A Better Maturity

When brought out of Egypt into the harsh conditions of the wilderness, some Israelites grumbled and wanted to go back, even though that meant going back into slavery and giving up their newly-received freedom. Others grumbled and didn't want to move forward by taking the promised land. Similarly, the receivers of this Hebrew epistle were considering going back into Judaism and being slaves to rituals for a relationship with God. Others were failing to move forward in their Christian growth. Before continuing his discussion of Jesus as the High Priest, the author admonishes them not to go back, but to move forward and mature into a better relationship with God.

  1. Is there anything about Jesus Christ in Hebrews 5:1-11 that you appreciate or love in a new way?

  2. What traits of spiritual immaturity were the recipients of this epistle demonstrating (Hebrews 5:11-14)? Explain each one.

  3. How do these shortcomings impact us today?

  4. How has Bible study helped you to grow and overcome temptation in your life?

  5. What are the elementary teachings of Christ?

    What would mature teachings enable you to do?

  6. How do we develop into mature Christians?

    II Peter 1:5-7

    II Timothy 2:15

    James 1:5-6

    Additional Ways:

  7. From Hebrews 6:4-5, list the blessings these Christians enjoyed and were in danger of forfeiting.

  8. If the Hebrew Christian in 6:4-6 returned to the Jewish Law, what sin was he committing against Christ? See also Hebrews 10:29.

    How can we be guilty of sin with the same result (see II Peter 2:20-22)?

  9. In Hebrews 6:7-8, the author uses an agricultural analogy.

    What will be blessed?

    What will be burned up?

    What conclusion do you see from this analogy (see also Matthew 13:1-23)?

  10. Summarize the teachings from the following scriptures:

    Joshua 24:19

    Proverbs 1:28

    Romans 1:24-28

    II Thessalonians 2:10-12

  11. What encouragement does the author share in Hebrews 6:9-11?

  12. Select a person from scripture and explain how this person's faith and patience would be an example we should imitate.

  13. How can we encourage others by our example?

  14. What are the two unchangeable things by which it was impossible for God to lie?

    How does this encourage you in awaiting God's promise?

  15. How does our hope serve as an anchor for our soul?


Women IN God's Service

The Study of Hebrews - "A Better Maturity" (lesson 6)
Ladies Bible Class Lesson, 6 February 2001
West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, Arkansas
Copyright © 2001, West-Ark Church of Christ
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