After reading the passage together, discuss some of these questions. Remember to “keep your noses” in the text of Scripture, by constantly referring back to specific claims that the text makes.
How is God’s speech in “these last days” different than God’s other forms of speaking? W
How does the text describe “who” the Son is and “what” the Son does?
What is the significance of Jesus being the one “through whom God creates the world” and the one who “upholds the universe”?
What is the “name” that the Son inherits?
What can we infer about who we (“us” in verse 2) are and our relationship with God from verses 3–4?
Making the truth understandable and usable, allowing the disciple to engage with the truth in a personal way.
(As the leader, choose the questions you think would be most helpful for the people in your group.)
If the Son is the exact imprint of the Father’s nature, how does this affect your view of the Father?
In what way might you find comfort in Jesus “upholding the universe by the word of his word”?
In what ways are you discontent with God’s speech to us in Jesus? Do you look for affirmations of God’s love in circumstances/situations/events/’signs’, when God has already declared his love for you in Jesus?
There is freedom here for leaders to design questions that address the specific needs of those you are discipling. You can have people in the group pick the question they need the most help with or come up with their own question.** (NOTE: Accountability is not forcing someone to do something or being controlling over their lives and decisions. It is not behavior modification or adding new rules that are not found in Scripture).
How would your life be different if you had more confidence that God has spoken truthfully about you in Jesus?
In what ways are you settling for things that are “inferior” to the glory of Jesus? What can you do to re-orient your life around him?
What would it look like for you to rest in the Son who has already made purification for your sin?
We want to use our gifts to serve others in need and reach the lost, spurring one another on to love and good deeds. Rather than adding something additional to our busy schedules, consider how God has already providentially placed us where we live, work and play to be ambassadors of his love.
In what ways does your presentation of the gospel to your neighbors/friends/family reflect the truth that Jesus is the exact imprint of the Father’s nature?
What does it mean for us to care for, and attend to, a creation that is being upheld by Jesus?
How can you relate God’s speech “long ago” to your religious (yet, non-Christian) neighbors? Is there continuity between your beliefs? Is there a way that Jesus fulfills these shared desires?
Protecting time in prayer in the group is vital for transformation to take place. Pray about the needs of the people in your group and what they shared. If you didn’t have enough time to pray the week before, consider starting with prayer the following week.**
Praise the Lord for his glory and power.
Confess your lack of confidence in God’s truth, speech, power, and majesty.
Thank the Lord for speaking to us in Jesus.
Ask the Lord for confidence in Jesus’ beauty and power.