We All Need Counseling
- Consider (v. 3:1-5)
- Careful (v. 3:7-12)
- Counsel (v. 3:13-19)
- What stood out to you from Pastor Dave’s message today?
- As you read through this passage what key themes stick out to you?
- Hebrews 3:1-6 instructs us to consider Jesus because He is better than Moses (Law). If we don’t consider Jesus we will tend to compare ourselves to others in order to prove our worth and superiority. The Law always gives guilt, the Gospel always gives grace. Where do you find yourself using the law to justify yourself and feel superior to others? How do you know if you are impacting others around you with guilt (law based) or grace (Gospel based) living?
- Hebrews 3:7-12 gives us a history lesson from Israel’s journey in the wilderness. The implication of the text is that this life is a journey through the wilderness for us as well and that our hearts are in danger of growing hard, cold and bitter when things don’t go the way we expect. Where have you experienced this in your life? Who does your bitterness, frustration and anger get poured out on? How is Jesus changing your heart from being cold, hard and bitter?
- Hebrews 3:13-19 instructs us to ‘encourage’ or “counsel’ one another. We all receive counseling everyday from different sources of input that speak into our lives. The counsel we get determines the course we will take and the decisions we will make. What are the main sources of counsel and input that you get daily (news, blogs, podcasts, etc..)? How does this input determine your output?
- We tend to be more inclined toward fixing or feeling in our counsel toward others, or we counsel only with truth or with tears. Truth without tears will crush, tears without truth will confuse. Which style do you trend toward? How does the Gospel orient us more toward tears and truth like Jesus?
Jesus Our High Priest
1Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession; 2He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house. 3For He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house. 4For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. 5Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later; 6but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house—whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.
7Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says,
“Today if you hear His voice,
8Do not harden your hearts as when they provoked Me,
As in the day of trial in the wilderness,
9Where your fathers tried Me by testing Me,
And saw My works for forty years.
10Therefore I was angry with this generation,
And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart,
And they did not know My ways’;
11As I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest.’ ”
The Peril of Unbelief
12Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. 13But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end, 15while it is said,
“Today if you hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts, as when they provoked Me.”
16For who provoked Him when they had heard? Indeed, did not all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses? 17And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.