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A Focused Life
  • August 3

2
Think About It
  • What devices do you use to enable you to focus
    and see things more clearly either closely or at
    a distance?
  • Today ? we will use Gods Word to enable us to
    focus more clearly
  • Specifically we will focus on the person of
    Jesus.

3
Listen for ways in which God has communicated to
people over the years.
  • Hebrews 11-3 (NIV) In the past God spoke to our
    forefathers through the prophets at many times
    and in various ways, 2 but in these last days
    he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed
    heir of all things, and through whom he made the
    universe.

4
Listen for ways in which God has communicated to
people over the years.
  • 3 The Son is the radiance of God's glory and
    the exact representation of his being, sustaining
    all things by his powerful word. After he had
    provided purification for sins, he sat down at
    the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

5
God Has Spoken
  • List words and phrases from this passage which
    describe how God the Father has communicated to
    people.
  • In what way were is the picture we have of God in
    the Old Testament incomplete?
  • At the same time, how does it benefit Christians
    today that God has spoken in many diverse ways?

6
God Has Spoken
  • The writer says that in these last days God
    spoke to us by His Son, Jesus. What descriptions
    are given in the passage about Jesus?
  • Why do you think the author of Hebrews made such
    a point of Christs deity to these Hebrew
    Christians?

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God Has Spoken
  • What does Jesus life tell us about God that we
    wouldnt know otherwise?
  • Based on what we have learned about Jesus in this
    passage, how should we relate to Jesus?

8
Listen to how the writer contrasts Jesus and
angels.
  • Hebrews 14-6 (NIV) So he became as much superior
    to the angels as the name he has inherited is
    superior to theirs. 5 For to which of the
    angels did God ever say, "You are my Son today I
    have become your Father"? Or again, "I will be
    his Father, and he will be my Son"? 6 And
    again, when God brings his firstborn into the
    world, he says, "Let all God's angels worship
    him." 10 He also says, "In the beginning, O
    Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and
    the heavens are the work of your hands.

9
Listen to how the writer contrasts Jesus and
angels.
  • 11 They will perish, but you remain they will
    all wear out like a garment. 12 You will roll
    them up like a robe like a garment they will be
    changed. But you remain the same, and your years
    will never end." 13 To which of the angels did
    God ever say, "Sit at my right hand until I make
    your enemies a footstool for your feet"? 14 Are
    not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve
    those who will inherit salvation?

10
Jesus Is Superior
  • According to these two passages, what are angels
    like? What is not true about angels?
  • When, if ever, have you sensed that angels were
    ministering to you or watching over you?
  • What facts do we learn about Jesus from this
    passage?

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Jesus Is Superior
  • ? Even though angels often interact with us as
    Gods messengers
  • God does not intend for us to worship them
  • We declare our thanksgiving and continued trust
    to God for his intervention in our lives
  • Why do you think so many people refuse to accept
    and worship Jesus?
  • What could you tell God today that indicates your
    trust and worship of Jesus?

12
Listen for warnings which you should heed.
  • Hebrews 21-4 (NIV) We must pay more careful
    attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so
    that we do not drift away. 2 For if the message
    spoken by angels was binding, and every violation
    and disobedience received its just punishment,

13
Listen for warnings which you should heed.
  • 3 how shall we escape if we ignore such a great
    salvation? This salvation, which was first
    announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by
    those who heard him. 4 God also testified to it
    by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts
    of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his
    will.

14
The Consequences of Neglect
  • What reasons are given for paying attention to
    Truth we have heard?
  • What kinds of things do you think would cause us
    to drift away?
  • How would you recognize if you were drifting?

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The Consequences of Neglect
  • How do you correct your drifting?
  • What evidences or statements of proof are given
    in this passage of the reality of our salvation?
  • How can we help ourselves pay closer attention to
    Gods Word?

16
Application
  • Identify activities or relationships that
    distract you from focusing on Christ
  • Determine to eliminate that activity
  • Reorder your priorities to put Jesus first in
    your life
  • Ask God for the strength to make these choices

17
Application
  • Do a Bible study which leads you to a deeper
    understanding of Jesus
  • Consider Isaiah 53
  • What elements of the chapter can you identify
    which seem to be future references to Jesus
  • Follow marginal references which point to New
    Testament fulfillments of the prophecies

18
Application
  • When the writer spoke of not neglecting so great
    a salvation he was talking to believers
  • Focus your thoughts this week on Jesus Christ and
    His great salvation
  • Paying attention to Jesus means not only hearing
    but heeding His Word
  • We are several generations removed from those who
    actually saw and heard Jesus live, but we can
    read about His life, His message in the New
    Testament it gives us Truth from those who were
    with Him

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A Focused Life
  • August 3
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