How did we see God move this week as we tried to live out the Spirit’s leading? What challenges did we encounter? What victories can we celebrate?

1 Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. 2 For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. 3 For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said, “As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest,'” although his works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” 5 And again in this passage he said, “They shall not enter my rest.”

6 Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, 7 again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on. 9 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.

11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Recall from Sunday:

To enter God’s rest we believe together (Heb 4:1-5) and today (4:6-10) with perseverance (4:11-13)

Reflect: What sticks out to you personally from the passage?

What impacted you on a personal level from Sunday’s sermon?

The writer of Hebrews isn’t concerned just for his own rest in God, but for all the believers he is writing to as well. Who do you love who is struggling to find rest in God?

We are to “unite by faith with those who listen” to God. Who are the people in your life who serve as examples of finding rest in God despite obstacles or difficulties? Do you willingly go to them in your own times of trouble? Or are you more likely to keep it to yourself?

We are to strive together to enter God’s rest so we won’t fall by disobedience and unbelief. Have you found that trusting God has gotten easier or harder as you’ve continued to follow him? Who has helped you continue trusting in God? Who have you helped?

As this home group year comes to a close, discuss with your group whether you’ve gotten to your desired depth of relationship with each other. Are you close enough to share your burdens and really help each other persevere? What could you do differently next year to get to that place together? Are there any steps you could take this summer?