Sermon Study Questions
Pastor James will post his Sermon Study Questions every Tuesday for the previous Sunday's sermon. Our hope is for these study questions to promote deeper personal study and further edify our church body.
Sermon Study Questions for Sunday, May 19, 2013
1. Read Hebrews 2:10-16
2. One of the most powerful images we have of God in Scripture is as a Champion who fights for His people. What is an example of this from the OT?
3. Until now the Son has been set forth as the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature; the One who upholds the universe with the word of His power (1:3), and whom God commanded the angels to worship (1:6). In 2:9 the Son is then revealed to be Jesus. And here He is set forth as the Great Champion of His people through the Greek word “archaegos.” The ESV translates this word as “founder,” but champion is a much better translation here. What in the context pushes us towards that translation?
4. What, according to v.10, is the mission of this Great Champion?
5. In order to bring many sons to glory, Jesus would need to destroy (lit. “render powerless”) our archenemy the devil (v.14); also look up Matt.12:29. How would He do this? Look in the text, but also look up Col.2:13-15.
6. In order to destroy the devil the Son would have to die, but so long as He remained in glory it would be impossible for Him to die. So what did He have to do?
7. What is meant in v.10 when the author says that Jesus would be made perfect through suffering?
8. In the incarnation Jesus is not only shown to be our Great Champion who fights for us, but also our Unashamed Brother who identifies with us. This is stated in v.11 and then illustrated in v.12-13. Based upon the OT quotations in v.12-13, first from Psalm 22 and then from Isaiah 8, How specifically does Jesus identify with us?
9. What are the practical implications of realizing that Jesus in the midst of the congregation leading us in singing praise to God?
10. How does it impact you in your own walk with God to know that Jesus too had to trust in God amidst great difficulty?