For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him, as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.
Sermon Discussion Questions: The Book That Reads Us
The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon on January 7/8, “The Book That Reads Us” (Hebrews 4:12). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
- What the Word Is (v. 12)
- What the word Does (v. 12)
Main Point: The Bible is a book like no other. We not only read it—it reads us.
- What does it mean that God’s word is “living?” What does it mean that the word is “active?” What does it mean that the word is “sharper than any two-edged sword?” How do these three qualities relate to each other to present a bigger picture?
- How is the Word unparalleled in its piercing and discerning power? At the beginning of the sermon, how did the story illustrate the Word’s ability to read us?
- How is the warning of this passage both a warning and an encouragement?
- Describe what your Bible reading looked like in 2016. Evaluate it. How does it compare to previous years? What kinds of aspirations or desires for the Word were birthed as you listened to the sermon? What steps do you need to take to make those aspirations or desires your daily reality?
- What about this message do you need to share with others? Who will you share it with, and how will you do so?
Pray for a grace to read Scripture this year, and pray for a grace for Scripture to read you as well.