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Bible Study: October 12, 2014

NASHVILLE (BP) — This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.

This week’s Bible study is adapted from the Explore the Bible curriculum.

Bible Passage: Hebrews 6:1-8

Discussion Questions:
What would cause a person to walk away from Christ? What evidence can we point to that demonstrates a person is maturing in faith?

Food for Thought:

You pick up a phone and are told of the sudden death of a family member younger than you. You read about a person you ran around with in high school who commits a heinous crime. You turn on the television to hear a reporter breaking the news of a major meth lab discovered in a house in your neighborhood.

There are some things that happen in life that shock us no matter what. We know they happen, but somehow we never imagine that they will happen to us.

The writer of Hebrews felt shock when he considered the possibility of turning one’s back on Jesus. He pointed to people who professed to follow Christ (see Hebrews 6:4-5). At the very least, they were recognized as members of a local congregation of Christians. It appears that the writer himself had at one time held to Judaism and knew that the salvation found in Christ not only fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies, but also gave him the hope and rest he never found by following sacrificial rituals. He could not imagine going back, yet some of the believers in his congregation appeared to be considering it.

In many ways, his congregation was no different from churches today. In most churches, there are people who at one time professed faith but have turned away from Christ. The writer of Hebrews pointed to rain falling on different fields that produced different crops (Heb. 6:7-8). We have seen people who have witnessed the same blessings from God yet responded in very different ways. The response of those who walk away from those blessings without any growth is unimaginable. It is the fruit produced that reveals what is really planted below the surface.

Explore the Bible
Explore the Bible is an ongoing Bible study curriculum that helps groups dig into the key truths of each Bible book, while keeping the group on pace to study through the Bible books in a systematic way. More information can be found on the Internet at LifeWay.com/ExploreTheBible.

Other ongoing Bible study options offered by LifeWay for all ages can be found at LifeWay.com/SundaySchool.

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