The Race Set Before Us

Hebrews 12:1-2 | Sermon Resources | 10 March 2024


In this week’s sermon Pastor Billy preaches from Hebrews 12:1-2 focusing on our need for endurance as we run the race set before us.  In this short passage we will consider the encouragement we receive from the cloud of witnesses who have gone before us, the obstacles that stand in our way, and most importantly the power that awaits us as we fix our gaze on Jesus.

Discussion Questions

1. What key lessons are most meaningful for you as you reflect on the analogy in this passage of the Christian life being a race we are to run with endurance? 

2. Referring to the faithful people listed in chapter 11, verse 1 of our passage says we are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses. Some say these are witnesses for us to look to (as examples for us to follow).  Others say these are witnesses of us (who are witnessing us as we run our race). 

  • What do you think the author intends to communicate here? 
  • How might knowing we are being witnessed by the saints who have gone before us encourage us? 
  • Why is it not right for us to pray to those saints who have died? Can you think of other passages in the Bible that address this issue?

3. Why do you think the author makes a distinction between a weight and a sin? Can you share an example of a weight that does not rise to the level of being a sin but nevertheless still needs to be laid aside?

4. How is your race going right now? Are you on track?  Looking in the right direction? Do have a sense of encouragement from others who are cheering you on? In what aspect of the race do you most need to grow?

5. What do you think the author means when he calls us to “look to Jesus”?  Where besides Jesus are we often tempted to look for help? 

6. How does the fact that Jesus is the “founder and perfecter” of our faith encourage you?

7. What specifically do you think was the joy set before Jesus as he endured the cross? How might knowing this help you to run your race?

8. What is the significance of Jesus now being seated at the right hand of the throne of God? 

9. Thinking about one person in your life, what is one thought or idea from this week’s sermon you could share with them to encourage them?

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