Changing Everything Through Community
- Common Trust (v. 13:17)
- Common Transparency (v. 13:18-19)
- Common Triumphs (v. 13:20-21)
- Common Trajectory (v. 13:22)
- Common Trials (v. 13:23)
- Common Truth (v. 13:24-25)
- (Hebrews 13:17) Respect for and submission to those in authority makes for a peaceful, powerful community. Where do you struggle most with submission? How does Jesus’ example help you live out the Gospel in community (Philippians 2:8-10)? Why do you think this is such a repeated theme in the Bible (Romans 13; 1 Peter 2:13-20; 1 Peter 3:1-7)?
- In Hebrews 13:18-19, the author simply asks for what he needs. The author is transparent about struggles. Where do you struggle to ask for what you need and be transparent with your struggles? How have you experienced this tearing up community instead of building it up?
- In Hebrews 13:20-21, the author gives us a beautiful doxology which gives us much to celebrate. Where do you fail to recognize the little steps others take and celebrate them? What we celebrate is what we replicate. What do you celebrate?
- In Hebrews 13:22 the author encourages us to listen to his exhortation. Where do you tend to ‘ya, but God’s Word? Where do you tend to make up your own rules? Are you able to see the chaos it produces inside and around you?
- (Hebrews 13:23-25) We can only give to others what we have received. Many are filled with guilt, shame, blame, anxiety, and worry. What does it mean to be a community of grace that gives and receives grace? Where do you struggle most to give grace?
17Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.
18Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a good conscience, desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things. 19And I urge you all the more to do this, so that I may be restored to you the sooner.
20Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, 21equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
22But I urge you, brethren, bear with this word of exhortation, for I have written to you briefly. 23Take notice that our brother Timothy has been released, with whom, if he comes soon, I will see you. 24Greet all of your leaders and all the saints. Those from Italy greet you.
25Grace be with you all.