Hebrews 12:1-13: Endurance & Discipline

Endurance requires discipline. Discipline produces righteousness.

  1. Hebrews 12:1-4
    1. Why do you think the author uses an endurance race to describe the lives of those facing suffering for their faith in Christ?
    2. What images are used to make the point?
      1. cheering fans (Heb. 11, present-believers)
      2. lighting your load (weights were used for training)
      3. knowing your event (marathon)
    3. What are some “weights” in your life that slow you down from running the race of faith and needs to be removed?
    4. Twice, the author tells the audience to focus on who?
      1. Look unto Jesus (v. 2)
      2. Consider Jesus (v. 3)
    5. Verses 3&4 are contrasting verses. The point is made that Jesus suffered more than the hearers. In comparison to His suffering, we have not yet endured to the point of giving our lives for this faith.
    6. Now, this is interesting. In v. 1 the author tells the audience to run the race set before them with endurance. Then, as if in anticipation of a question, the author gives two very compelling examples of what endurance looks like. 1) v.2 – Look unto Jesus who endured the cross. 2) v.3 – Consider Jesus who endured hostility from sinners. This was no half-hearted commitment from Him and it must not be half-hearted from us.
  2. Hebrews 12:5-7
    1. Quoted from Proverbs 3:11-12
    2. Parents: What’s your motivation for disciplining your kid/s?
    3. Everyone: How does your personal experience growing up shape your understanding about God’s discipline and training of you now?
    4. While this chapter begins by telling hearers what the event is as disciples of Jesus, it shifts to informing them about the tough training that comes with preparing for this event. “Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27). And part of the difficulty we experience as Believers is God Himself saying that He loves us. The fact that God doesn’t just turn His back on us when we get out of line, when we or disobedient to His will says that He loves us and that we belong to Him. Think about Jesus. Heb. 5:8 reminds us that Jesus – the Son of God – learned obedience by suffering.
      1. Let’s close with this thought from Andrew Murray in his book, The Holiest of All
      2. “Consider Him. It will remind you how necessary suffering is. If He could not be perfected without it, how much more we. If suffering wrought such blessing in Him, how surely in us too, for whose sake He was made perfect, to whom God has given Him as a Leader in the path that leads through suffering to glory.” (p. 486)

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