"I am blind...
I am a beggar...
I am a blind beggar."
This was the identity of Bartimaeus...for days, weeks, months, years, perhaps decades....
What is your identity? Have you ever seen yourself as blind? As a beggar?
Here are some discussion questions to consider as you're reading through the passage for this Sunday!
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son…” - Romans 8:28-29a
Do you believe this?
Do you believe, even in your most challenging of times – the deepest of valleys – the most uncertain of moments, He works all things together for good?
Here are two sets of questions that will help facilitate and guide your discussions this week. Praying for and with you as we study and reflect on this passage from Hebrews together!
King Eternal, God of Grace
We crown You with the highest praise
Heaven shouts and saints adore
“Holy, Holy, Holy Lord!”
What joy in everlasting life
When all is love and faith is sight
Justice rolls and praises rise
At the Name of Jesus Christ
King of Kings forever
King of Kings forever
King of Kings forevermore
"Wherever you are right now – whatever you are walking through – whatever challenge you are facing – Jesus understands. He willingly endured the depths of the worst this world has to offer. He isn’t some polished, cherubic, far-off, impersonal deity. Jesus experienced temptation, betrayal, rejection, and horrific pain, even to death on a cross. He is a battle-tested Savior. If anyone gets your struggle, Jesus does. He gets it. He lived it."
Here are this week's discussion questions over Hebrews 5:1-10. Just out of curiosity, what has been your biggest takeaway from Hebrews so far? We'd love to hear from you below!
To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not fully loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and fully loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us. // Tim Keller
Discussion questions for this week are up!
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. But the meek shall inherit the land and d...elight themselves in abundant peace. // Psalm 37:7-11 (ESV)
Heavenly Father, yesterday in Broward County, Florida, we witnessed yet another day of terror-making darkness, evil-doing madness, and life-taking sadness. How long, O Lord, how Lord before you “cut off” every expression evil? How long before “the wicked will be no more”? How much longer is “just a little while“?
It’s hard not to fret, Father. It’s hard not to feel fearful and angry when public high schools become the venue for the mass murder. We offer our prayer as your weary children, longing for the Day when your glory will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea (Hab. 2:14)—the Day when perfect peace will replace systemic darkness; when the wolf and lamb will live together (Isa. 9:6); when guns and knives will become tools for agriculture and harvest (Isa. 2:1-5).
Until then, Father, make us warriors of peace and agents of hope. Replace our frets and fears with faith and trust, patience and courage. Our labors in the Lord are never in vain. We dare not withdraw. We must not retreat.
The gospel of the kingdom will prevail. Jesus defeated evil on the cross, and he will eradicate evil at his return. That Day cannot get here too soon. Grant us wisdom and grace, to love mercy, do justice, and walk humbly with you, wherever you’ve placed us.
We pray for the scores of families and friends directly affected by this tragedy. And we pray for healthcare workers and counselors, pastors, and neighbors—those who will offer redemptive presence and care. Grant them your compassion and strength. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’s triumphant and grace-full name.
"Pause for 60 seconds. I know...you're thinking, 'I don't have time...I have to get back to work.' Stop. Breathe. The dishes won't go anywhere. The laundry won't move. That text message can wait. Ask God right now for the gift of entering in to His rest.
Peace. Hope. Joy. Love. Serenity. Faith. Strength.
All of this and more is offered to us when we enter into His rest....
Don't fail to reach it. (Heb. 4:1)
Strive to enter it. (Heb. 4:11)
Come to Jesus. You will find rest for your soul. (Mt. 11:28-30)"
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