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Fix Your Eyes On Jesus

Part 2: Where Are You Drifting?

Hebrews 2

 

Stay anchored to Jesus.

Hebrews 2:1, Hebrews 2:8a (NIV), Hebrews 2:8b (NIV), Hebrews 2:9 (NIV)

 

 

1. You are not _______________________ in your ________________.

 

Hebrews 2: 9-10, Isaiah 53:3, Job 42:3-6, Psalm 34:18

 

2. You are part of God’s _________________________.

 

Hebrews 2: 11-12, Ephesians 2:19-20

3.You are _________________ from the _________________ of _________________.

 

Hebrews 2:14-15, 1 Corinthians 15:56-57, 1 Corinthians 15:58, Hebrews 6:18-19

4.You have been made _______________________________.

 

Hebrews 2:11, Hebrews 2:18 (NIV), Titus 3:4-6

Bible Study Discussion Guide

#### Bible Reading


1. **Hebrews 1:1-4 (NIV)**
> "In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs."

2. **Colossians 1:15-20 (NIV)**
> "The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross."

#### Observation Questions
1. According to Hebrews 1:1-4, how does the writer describe Jesus' relationship to God and His role in creation?
2. What does Colossians 1:15-20 say about Jesus' authority and His role in the universe?
3. In the sermon, what are some examples given of the chaos and competing voices in the world today?
4. How does the writer of Hebrews establish the supremacy of Jesus in the opening verses?

#### Interpretation Questions
1. Why is it significant that Jesus is described as the "radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being" in Hebrews 1:3?
2. How does understanding Jesus' unmatched authority and unique identity help believers navigate their own identity struggles?
3. What does it mean for Jesus to sustain all things by His powerful word, and how does this impact our daily lives?
4. The sermon mentions the danger of giving authority to lesser things. What are some modern examples of these "lesser authorities," and how can they lead to conflict and potentially abandoning faith?

#### Application Questions
1. Reflect on your own life: Who or what has been given authority in your life that might be competing with Jesus? How can you re-center Jesus as the ultimate authority?
2. The sermon challenges us to fix our eyes on Jesus. What practical steps can you take this week to focus more on Jesus amidst the chaos and distractions of daily life?
3. Think about a time when you felt weary or struggled with your faith. How might a greater understanding of Jesus' sustaining power have helped you during that time?
4. The sermon asks, "What will you do with this Jesus?" How can you actively share the message of Jesus' supremacy and sustaining power with someone in your life this week?
5. Identify one area in your life where you have been giving authority to a lesser thing (e.g., career, relationships, material possessions). What specific changes can you make to give Jesus the ultimate authority in that area?
6. How can you support someone in your small group or community who is struggling with their faith, using the principles from Hebrews about Jesus' unmatched authority and sustaining power?
7. The sermon mentions the importance of knowing Jesus to understand our own identity. What are some ways you can deepen your knowledge of Jesus to help navigate your own identity struggles?

Bible Study Discussion Guide

Day 1: Jesus' Unmatched Authority
Jesus holds all authority in heaven and on earth. This authority is not just a title but a reality that impacts every aspect of our lives. When we give Jesus the ultimate authority, we align ourselves with His will and purpose, leading to a more stable and fulfilling life. The writer of Hebrews emphasizes that Jesus sits at the right hand of God and sustains all things by His powerful word. In a world filled with chaos and competing voices, it is crucial to recognize and submit to Jesus' unmatched authority. By doing so, we find the strength and guidance needed to navigate life's challenges. [08:40]

Hebrews 1:3-4 (ESV): "He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs."

Reflection: What areas of your life are you struggling to give Jesus authority over? How can you begin to surrender these areas to Him today?


Day 2: Jesus' Unique Identity
Jesus is the exact representation of God's being, the radiance of His glory. This means that knowing Jesus is knowing God. Our identity is deeply rooted in understanding who Jesus is, and this understanding helps us navigate our own identity struggles. The writer of Hebrews portrays Jesus as having a unique identity that sets Him apart from all others. By fixing our eyes on Jesus, we gain a clearer understanding of our own identity and purpose. This knowledge empowers us to live confidently and authentically in a world that often challenges our beliefs. [14:21]

Colossians 1:15-16 (ESV): "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him."

Reflection: How does understanding Jesus' unique identity help you navigate your own identity struggles? What steps can you take to deepen your knowledge of Jesus?


Day 3: Jesus' Sustaining Power
Jesus is not only the creator but also the sustainer of all things. Everything that exists is held together by His powerful word. Recognizing this helps us trust in His ability to sustain us through any challenge we face. The writer of Hebrews highlights Jesus' sustaining power, reminding us that we are not alone in our struggles. By fixing our eyes on Jesus, we can find the strength and resilience needed to endure difficult times. Trusting in His sustaining power allows us to face life's uncertainties with confidence and hope. [20:16]

Nehemiah 9:6 (ESV): "You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you."

Reflection: In what areas of your life do you need to trust in Jesus' sustaining power? How can you remind yourself of His ability to hold all things together?


Day 4: The Danger of Lesser Authorities
Many of our struggles come from giving authority to lesser things—people, institutions, or even ourselves. When Jesus is not the central authority, it leads to conflict and potentially abandoning our faith. The writer of Hebrews challenges us to elevate our view of Jesus, recognizing His unmatched authority, unique identity, and sustaining power. By fixing our eyes on Jesus, we can avoid the pitfalls of giving authority to lesser things and find true peace and stability in our faith. [10:11]

Jeremiah 10:23 (ESV): "I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps."

Reflection: What lesser authorities have you been giving power to in your life? How can you refocus your attention on Jesus as the ultimate authority?


Day 5: The Call to Action
The question "What will you do with this Jesus?" challenges us to evaluate our relationship with Him. Whether new in faith or seasoned, we are called to fix our eyes on Jesus, share His message, and live out His teachings. This is the path to a fulfilling and impactful Christian life. The writer of Hebrews urges us to give Jesus the ultimate authority in our lives and to share the message of His supremacy with others. By doing so, we can make a significant difference in our own lives and in the lives of those around us. [23:09]

James 1:22-25 (ESV): "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing."

Reflection: What specific actions can you take today to fix your eyes on Jesus and share His message with others? How can you live out His teachings in your daily life?