The Promise of Spiritual Rest

Hebrews 4:1-13 | Sermon Resources | 29 October 2023

Sermon Summary

In the sermon this week Pastor Billy explores the promise of spiritual rest for God’s people. We will pay particular attention to the radical claim in the passage that this spiritual rest not only awaits us in heaven but is available to us in this life now.

Discussion Questions

  1. Explain how the story of the historical exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt (found in the book of Exodus) is also a picture of the Christian life. What part of this analogy is most striking for you? How so?
  2. This passage is about the promise of rest for the believer. In what way is the rest described in this passage similar to the rest of the Promised Land written about in the Old Testament? How is it different?
  3. What is the danger of thinking the spiritual rest described in this passage is only something available to us in heaven? 
  4. What is the danger of thinking the spiritual rest described in this passage is something we already have complete possession of?
  5. Where in your life do you most need to experience the spiritual rest described in this passage?
  6. According to this passage what is the relationship between faith and entering God’s rest? Why is faith so important?  
  7. Have someone look up 2 Corinthians 13:5. In light of this passage in Hebrews and Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians, why is it a good thing to “examine” ourselves to see if we are in the faith? What does this mean? What does it not mean?
  8. Explain the analogy in verse 12. What point is the author trying to make? What are the implications for us if this verse is true? 
  9. What is one thing you will do as a result of studying this passage?

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