Hebrews 12 “Disciplined Running”

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My only real experience with competition when I was in high school was marching band.  We would practice each day during school and on some weeknights. Nothing, however, was more exhilarating than performing at competitions.  When there were people in the stands, to hear the performance and cheer us on, everything was different. Nothing was more memorable, for me than marching on the field of the Indianapolis Colts; there were so many people cheering for us.

Hebrews 12 talks about a “Great Cloud” of witnesses that surrounds us as we “run the race” that is life in Christ.  These witnesses are all those who have gone before us, those who have followed Jesus Christ, the one who pioneered the way, faithfully.  They aren’t in the stands judging how well we live, but cheering us on toward the finish line! When we experience the twists and turns of life, feeling tired or worn out, we, of course, can look to Jesus.  We can also look to those who have gone before us and those around us for support and encouragement!

Questions to take home:

  1. Hebrews 11 is full of stories of great heroes of faith.  Who are some of your favorites and how do their stories inspire and encourage you in your faith journey?  How does knowing that they are “cheering” for you impact your walk with Christ?
  2. Discipline is an important part of growth, whether you are an athlete in training or a child maturing to adulthood.  Yet, we aren’t necessarily comfortable with the notion of God disciplining us. Why not? How does Hebrews 12 challenge this perspective?
  3. Later in chapter 12, a comparison is made between Mount Sinai and Mount Zion.  Sinai is seen as a mountain of judgment, one that cannot be touched; Zion a mountain of life.  How do we sometimes confused in our lives and in the church? In what ways can we make sure to keep Mount Zion in our focus, the goal of life in Christ?