Life Group Questions for Oct. 23, 2016

Hebrews 12:12-17
What does it mean?

1. How would you summarize 12:1-11?

2. In verse 12, what is the therefore transitioning?

3. What is the author referring to by using hands, knees, and feet? How does it relate to what has been said in earlier in the text?

4. Whose weak hands and knees are to be strengthened? Does it refer to our own or others’ around us?  What potentially needs to be “healed”?

5. What transition takes place in v14?

6. How does the author direct us to “pursue peace?” In v.11 doesn’t the author say peace flows from God’s work in our life?  Explain.

7. Who is the “everyone” and the “no one” of v 15?

8. What does it mean to “see to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God”?

9. What is the “root of bitterness”? How does it defile? How does it relate to sexual immorality and to Esau, which the author mentions in verses 16-17?

10. What does the “it” sought after by Esau relate to; his repentance or the blessing?

11. How would you paraphrase the big idea of 12:12-17?

 How does it apply?

1. What does this passage tell us about faith?

2. How do I determine whether I am in the race or not?

3. What are the obstacles to pursuing peace?  What do those obstacles say about my faith?

4. What are the elements of holiness behind the fruit we see?

5. How do you define the idea of pursuing holiness? 

6. How can we be committed to each other’s spiritual health and work towards squelching bitterness?

7. How do we dedicate ourselves to helping one another get rid of sins that tempt us to stop running?

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