Hebrews 2:1-3 (KJV)
1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
Hebrews 2:14-18 (KJV)
14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
Knowing that Jesus has destroyed the power of the devil by His death, believers can be confident of the great salvation Christ has accomplished for them.
As your group time begins, use this section to introduce the topic of discussion.
What is one personal goal you set for yourself this year?
How have you done in meeting that goal?
What have the greatest hindrances been in attaining this goal?
What are the greatest barriers or hindrances to our spiritual growth?
Of all the things that we often allow to negatively affect our spiritual growth, none is more influential than the devil. Fearing the influence of Satan, however, demonstrates a lack of faith. In reality, Satan is a defeated foe that Christians need not fear. Through His death, Jesus destroyed “him that hath the power of death, that is the Devil” (Hebrews 2:14). By dying on the cross for our sins, Jesus rendered the great Accuser powerless over us and freed “15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Hebrews 2:15).
See you Sunday!