BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 9, Day 5: Hebrews 2:1-4

Summary of passage:  We must pay more careful attention to God’s gift of Salvation and the Holy Spirit lest we drift away.

Questions:

10a)  To pay more attention to what we have heard (Bible and God) so that we do not drift away.

b)  That Jesus is our salvation

11)  Everything in our culture entices us to drift away.  Turn on the TV and you see sex, drugs, and evil as glorified.  Jesus is never mentioned (unless you’re on a Christian station or movie) and has been banned in most places (schools, etc) and labeled as not politically correct.  Nothing in our culture helps us hold onto the gospel.

12)  Personal Question.  My answer:  He showed His love when He sent His son to die for us so we can be with Him and when He granted us the Holy Spirit within.  I can try to remember this daily and be grateful for it even when I have no gratitude in my heart for anything around me.  I can never give up hope that this too shall change and hold onto God’s promises with everything I have.

Conclusions:  I’m really not for sure what Lesson 9 in Hebrews has to do with the Acts of the Apostles.  Nothing written here has been proven to be written by one of the Apostles we are studying.  I no where near filled up all the white space.  I’m thinking this is a filler lesson in my opinion. Not to dismiss it’s message; it’s one we all need reminding of.  I’m just wondering how this fits into the study of Acts.

Question 11 was just depressing for me as an American to think about. How our culture is so anti-Christ.  I found nothing positive in the mainstream culture.  Nothing.  I’m hoping other cultures are not this way but I don’t know since all I know is mine.  Maybe I’m too pessimistic but this has been my experience recently.

15 thoughts on “BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 9, Day 5: Hebrews 2:1-4

  1. I think in Hebrews, the author shows the superiority of Christ. We are to be weaned off religion (rituals) and move to a relationship w/ Jesus. Jesus Christ is God’s final word to man. Angels were an important in Jewish religion. In Hebrews 2 it shows us we should value the Lord and gives us a warning – don’t drift away (daily attention). Be anchored to Jesus. I think this goes nicely w/ Acts. In Acts we saw the council made it clear that Christ was enough – letter written and went out to Gentiles, etc. There was still many questions for the Jews and the letter to the Hebrews was written to answer those questions. Hebrews was written primary to Jewish Christians to kind of clear things up. Food for thought. By the way, I love your insights. 🙂

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    1. Hi there: I disagree that we are to be “weaned off religion (rituals).” I think we all have rituals which we do every day. We should do everything with a sincere love of God. That is the answer. To show our love for God, and not let our actions become mechanical. Our actions can become mechanical whether or not we are part of a religion. 🙂

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  2. I too am dismayed at the deliberate attack on Christianity in our culture. Jesus’ message has been systematically erased from the public arena since the 1960’s ruling of separation. (Before that time it was fine.) The first amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof… People today forget the second part. I used to be a teacher in the public schools where Christmas trees or any Christmas decorations were not allowed but any other religious holiday was celebrated in the name of diversity. As a Christian and American citizen I see it as my duty to speak up against this injustice.
    I am fortunate enough to be able to send my daughter to a private Christian school. I think people would be shocked at what the public schools today are teaching and not teaching our children. It is so much worse today than it was when i was growing up in the 70’s. It is not only an anti-Christian message but also an anti American message that these kids get every day. Not to mention the poor education that is produced in these schools .I think the culture is the way it is because the last two generations have failed to teach the gospel and pass it down to their children. I do not want to be one of those parents. Therefore, in addition to a Christian education, I have also removed the tv from my home (we still watch DVD’s) I do not want to have to deprogram my seven year old daughter with culture of today.
    I enjoy reading your lessons and your insightful reflections.
    Thank you.

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  3. Question 9b- People tend to picture angels a ‘cute.’ From what I’ve read in the gospels, they are anything but. They even tell people they visit (as messengers) from God to not be afraid. From the medieval Latin masculine name Angelus which was derived from the name of the heavenly creature (itself derived from the Greek word αγγελος (angelos) meaning “messenger”). It has never been very common in the English-speaking world, where it is has sometimes been used as a feminine name in modern times.

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  4. The notes in lesson 9, page 2 contradict the scripture. They are quoting Galatians 2:16 and stating that faith alone is sufficient. Even the devil believes. Faith without works is dead. Read James 2:14-2:26.

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    1. No contradiction. If there is true faith…there WILL be works. Work is the results of true faith! I have heard so many people call this a contradiction and it makes me crazy. Faith without works is dead because if what you call faith never plays out in your life in some way, it wasn’t true faith in the first place!

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  5. I am with Atozmom on this lesson. I didn’t find it nearly as satisfying as the previous weeks. There is a message here….which I think is in 2:1 “We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away”. Our culture today makes it very easy to forget what we have heard; I mean the TV, movies, books, schools, just every where we turn there is no message about Jesus. You just can’t pray anywhere without somebody calling you on it. We aren’t as bad as some other countries…..but that doesn’t make it right by any means. For Leticia, I think having faith does save a person….I am thinking death bed, etc. but if you have the time after the faith, one does move forward into deeds to do as Jesus did and instructed us to do. And therefore, faith without works does come into play. Our hearts change, we see more issues that needs attention, the poor, homeless, widows, elderly, lots of ways to step up and help where as before we may have been a little or a lot more self absorbed.

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      1. Salvation is through FAITH in Jesus with no ANDs at all

        not faith AND circumcision (laws are good, but they can’t save us–how good have you been at the 10 commandments….can you even recite them by heart?)
        not faith AND good works (although it will lead to honor & thanksgiving)
        not faith AND customs (although it does give you and sense of belonging and tradition)

        Yes, once you become “saved” you want to live to do His will…..which is WORKING to glorify Him, serve/work where you see Him at work, so that could come under the category of “good works….” , but that is not PRIOR to salvation. “Well done, my good and faithful servant……” are the words you want to hear kneeling at the feet of the Father in Heaven.

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  6. Let’s not totally discount the media. There are wonderful Christian radio and TV stations out there free to everyone.
    Thanks for the Angels links. They were most helpful!

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  7. I feel that this little inserted lesson was timed for the season of Thanksgiving to remind us of how thankful we should be for our gift of salvation

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  8. I think the reason we ventured off into Hebrews is because it answers the question “what now?” for the Jews. The previous lesson explained how Christianity should look for the Gentiles but left me wondering then what it meant for the Jews? This lesson showed clearly that the Jews were to abandon the rituals & why.

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  9. I loved the last lesson-This lesson I must agree felt like a filler I agree our cuture is dark but there is light if we look for it. I am grateful to be living in such a time as this. When we are proactive in research & study there are many podcasts and teachings to stregthen us. Im not an advocate of Television even “Christian” television as the networks are PAID and they will allow anyone to teach and preach-most is not sound doctrine. Most are preaching prosperity ( contrary to what Christ teaches) -The best life now…God never promised us the best life here on earth-Those who are not beleivers are living their best life now. BTW This is as bad as it gets for us:) and this is as good as it gets for nonbelievers. I love the ability to study and to find people who love Jesus as much as me:) websites are amazing- you can study in many translations in a click of the keys-is truely amazing. You can get commentary if you desire. Oh and even better those great pastors who are in paradise have podcasts and we can still gleen truth from those who have walked before us. Be blessed with technology-use to the glory of God-iron sharpens iron- We are all being gathered to give stregth to each other. Be blessed friends-SHALOM —— Maranantha

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