Hunting Giants

Skip Heitzig

There are giants in the land. They are not easy to recognize like the literal giants of the Old Testament, "tall as the cedars and strong as the oaks" (Amos 2:9, NIV), but they can be just as dangerous. And we must have the courage to destroy them. In this teaching series, Skip Heitzig explores literal and symbolic giants throughout the Bible and the heroes who slayed them. Daniel challenged the giant of conformity. Nehemiah obliterated the giant of apathy. Esther executed the giant of self. Courage starts where confidence ends.


 

Table of Contents

# SCRIPTURE: MESSAGE:
1 Daniel 1:5-16 The Giant of Conformity
2 Matthew 14:1-10 The Giant of Silence
3 Nehemiah 2:1-9 The Giant of Apathy
4 1 Samuel 17 The Giant of Fear
5 Esther 4:13-17 The Giant of Self: How One Person Can Make a Difference
6 Addressing Deconstruction and Cancel Culture
7 Skip Heitzig Interviews Cissie Graham Lynch, Vince Torres, and Lenya Heitzig
8 Judges 7:1-15 The Giant of Overwhelming Odds
9 Acts 6-7 The Giant of Religion
10 Hebrews 12:1-3 The Ultimate Giant Slayer

 


 

SERIES: Hunting Giants
MESSAGE: The Giant of Conformity
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Daniel 1:5-16
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4672

MESSAGE SUMMARY
There are giants in the land, both moral and spiritual, and we need courage to confront them! Truth is, the world around us is not at all sympathetic to the Christian cause. In fact, they would like nothing more than to silence us and make us conform to their standards. As our Lord said, “The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you” (John 15:19, NLT). Daniel and his three friends were pressured to conform, but they refused. Let’s find out the source of their strength to make such a courageous stand.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Guide: August 15, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: “The Giant of Conformity”
Text: Daniel 1:5-16

Main Point
There are giants in the land, both moral and spiritual, and we need courage to confront them! Truth is, the world around us is not at all sympathetic to the Christian cause. In fact, they would like nothing more than to silence us and make us conform to their standards. As our Lord said, “The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you” (John 15:19, NLT). Daniel and his three friends were pressured to conform, but they refused. Let’s find out the source of their strength to make such a courageous stand.

“Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity.” —Romans 12:2 (PHILLIPS)

Talk about It

  1. What unexpected pressures to conform have you experienced? Looking back, can you see how God worked behind-the-scenes? Read Genesis 50:20, Romans 8:28-32, and Philippians 1:12.
  2. What have you let in your life that may be defiling you (e.g., what you look at or listen to, or who you spend time with)? Where is your line in the sand when it comes to conforming to worldly things?
  3. Read Romans 12:1-3 and 16-21. What would your life and influence look like if you chose, like Daniel, to purpose in your heart to do what is right before God regardless of the pull of the world?
“Saying no to conformity will open the door of opportunity.” —Pastor Skip

Make It PracticalPray
Father, sometimes we are faced with unexpected challenges to conform. You warned us that the world would want to squeeze us into it’s mold. But You are sovereign and working behind-the-scenes. Help us to purpose in our hearts, like Daniel, with inward conviction to honor You. You’ve charged us to occupy until you come. Pressure us inwardly by Your Holy Spirit to be self-controlled, winsome, and kind—not afraid to petition for change. We know You are a God who honors commitment. Use us for your purposes so that many might know You, the one true God. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Cross references: Exodus 2:11-12; Leviticus 11:4-8; Proverbs 5:21; Romans 12:2; 16:7; 2 Timothy 2:24

OUTLINE


  1. The Predicament (vv. 5-7)

  2. The Protest (v. 8a)

  3. The Petition (vv. 8b-14)

  4. The Payoff (vv. 15-16)


 


 

SERIES: Hunting Giants
MESSAGE: The Giant of Silence
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 14:1-10
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4674

MESSAGE SUMMARY
"Silence is golden," says the old adage. But that is true only sometimes. Many other times, to be silent is to be complicit in the evil that is being committed around us. John the Baptist, one of the most outspoken prophetic voices in history, helps us navigate the need to speak out against evil and immorality. He confronted a powerful political leader of his day, pointing out where he had violated God’s law. John was imprisoned and executed as a result. Should Christians enter the public square to dialogue about moral issues? Yes, but let’s see how.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Guide: August 22, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: “The Giant of Silence”
Text: Matthew 14:1-10

Main Point
“Silence is golden,” says the old adage. But that is true only sometimes. Many other times, to be silent is to be complicit in the evil that is being committed around us. John the Baptist, one of the most outspoken prophetic voices in history, helps us navigate the need to speak out against evil and immorality. He confronted a powerful political leader of his day, pointing out where he had violated God’s law. John was imprisoned and executed as a result. Should Christians enter the public square to dialogue about moral issues? Yes, but let’s see how.

“At that time many will be offended and repelled [by their association with Me] and will fall away [from the One whom they should trust] and will betray one another [handing over believers to their persecutors] and will hate one another.” —Matthew 24:10 (AMP)

Talk about It

  1. If a king told you that you could ask for anything in the world, what would you ask for?
  2. Share a time when you had the courage to confront a moral issue with truth, in love, even though it was difficult. What was the outcome, and was it worth it?
  3. How should we sensitively, lovingly share the gospel in a culture offended by Jesus? Discuss the personal cost. Discuss the cost of staying silent. Which cost is ultimately worth paying?
  4. Can you think of an area in your life where your actions are governed by your fear? Read Proverbs 29:25.
“When you fear God, you don’t have to fear anyone else; when you kneel before God, you can stand up to anyone.” —Pastor Skip

Make It Practical
Reading Plan: This week, consider the people in Scripture who had the courage to be faithful and confront the giant of silence. Share your insights throughout the week.
Pray
Father, help us to be bold and not only when it comes easy in the presence of those who agree with us. It’s difficult when we are standing alone in the midst of people who seek our demise. You know that; You promised that it would be difficult. Help us to not retreat to safety, but in Your love, speak up and speak out for You. There are still so many that You want to save and transform. Let us be a part of that work by speaking the truth in love. Lead us to be a people who truly fear You, in reverential awe and wonder. In Jesus’ name.

Cross references: Ecclesiastes 3:7; Matthew 3:7; 24:10-12; Mark 6:20; 1 Corinthians 1:18; Ephesians 4:15; 1 Peter 2:8

OUTLINE


  1. The Guilty Conscience of a Politician (vv. 1-10)

  2. The Gutsy Courage of a Prophet (v. 4)

  3. The Great Cost for God’s People (vv. 3, 10)

Keywords: boldness, confrontation, fear, the gospel, love, moral issues, morality, persecution, sin, truth

 


 

SERIES: Hunting Giants
MESSAGE: The Giant of Apathy
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Nehemiah 2:1-9
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4676

MESSAGE SUMMARY
The Oxford Dictionary defines apathy as “lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern.” It’s the state of being indifferent to something that should otherwise arouse, provoke, or motivate you. It has been noted that cooling down a fanatic is easier than warming up a corpse. When a person ceases to care, that person ceases to attempt change. Though Nehemiah had it made in terms of his earthly status, the condition in his homeland wouldn’t let him stay silent and inactive. Let’s explore the five steps he took to overcome the giant of apathy.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Guide: August 29, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: “The Giant of Apathy”
Text: Nehemiah 2:1-9

Main Point
The Oxford Dictionary defines apathy as “lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern.” It’s the state of being indifferent to something that should otherwise arouse, provoke, or motivate you. It has been noted that cooling down a fanatic is easier than warming up a corpse. When a person ceases to care, that person ceases to attempt change. Though Nehemiah had it made in terms of his earthly status, the condition in his homeland wouldn’t let him stay silent and inactive. Let’s explore the five steps he took to overcome the giant of apathy.

“So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven. And I said: ‘I pray, Lord God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments, please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father’s house and I have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses.’” —Nehemiah 1:4-7

Talk about It

  1. Share one of the biggest asks or requests you’ve ever made of someone who had the resources or power to grant that request. What was the outcome?
  2. Discuss what battling apathy has looked like for you. Have you been battling apathy, indifference, or spiritual lethargy? What are you going to about it?
  3. Who do you know who could use a push of encouragement to get active and come alongside you in serving the Lord and others? Why?
“When you see yourself as part of the problem, you are more apt to be part of the solution.” —Pastor Skip

Make It Practical
Pray
Lord, whatever it takes, increase our distress for perishing unbelievers, the persecuted church, and destitute poor. Strengthen our resolve to do what we can to bring them deliverance and relief through the whole gospel of Christ. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Cross references: Nehemiah 1:1-7; Psalm 137:5-6; Isaiah 6:1; Amos 6:1; Micah 5:2; Haggai 1:2; Matthew 5:13; 9:35-38; 25:1-13; Acts 4:24-31; 9:6; 22:10; Romans 12:1; 13:11; James 5:16; Revelation 2:4

OUTLINE


  1. Information: Gather the Facts (vv. 1-3)

  2. Reaction: Let the Facts Stir You (v. 3)

  3. Intercession: Turn Your Passion into Prayer (v. 4)

  4. Action: Do Something! (vv. 5-8)

  5. Collaboration: Allow the Help of Others (v. 9)

Keywords: action, apathy, collaboration, complacency, fellowship, indifference, mourning, needs, passion, prayer, problems

 


 

SERIES: Hunting Giants
MESSAGE: The Giant of Fear
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 17
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4678

MESSAGE SUMMARY
One of the most paralyzing of all human emotions is fear. It can rob us of reason and faith. It makes a bad situation worse than it really is, and it saps us of energy and confidence. David would write later on, “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4). But in our story today he faced a fearsome giant (literally) that his country was in dread of. Let’s consider how fear works and by what means it can be defeated.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Guide: September 9, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: “The Giant of Fear”
Text: 1 Samuel 17

Main Point
One of the most paralyzing of all human emotions is fear. It can rob us of reason and faith. It makes a bad situation worse than it really is, and it saps us of energy and confidence. David would write later on, “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4). But in this story in 1 Samuel 17, he faced a fearsome giant (literally) that his country was in dread of. Let’s consider how fear works and by what means it can be defeated.

“Then David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.... Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.’” —1 Samuel 17:45, 47

Talk about It

  1. Do you have any irrational phobias or fears that paralyze you?
  2. Crippling and debilitating fear can often grow when ruminating over the question what if? Can you identify any what ifs? that keep you up at night and consume you? What biblical truths come to mind that can replace the what ifs?
  3. Mental health expert Kristen Fuller noted that fear and anxiety can often turn to anger—a stressful environment combined with a perceived threat can lead to frustration and lashing out.1 Take inventory. Is there an area in life where you are angry or lashing out? Can you trace that anger back to an unidentified or unacknowledged fear? If you aren’t careful, your battle will be with the family of God; meanwhile the real Enemy of our souls is gaining ground.
“Fear is the greatest barrier to knowing God and fulfilling His purpose for life.” —Pastor Skip

Make It PracticalPray
Father, in You is the fullness of love. God is love. We choose to take up permanent residence in a life of love. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home, and matures in us, so that we’re free of worry. We admit how easy it is to choose fear; forgive us. We’ve often let it breed anger toward Your people, forgetting the real battle. You want the debilitating barrier of fear conquered. Thank You that You have proven Your capability in past victories, and that You’ve given us each our own assets with which to fight. Help us to rely on You, the living God. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Cross references: Deuteronomy 8:2; 1 Samuel 16:7; Zechariah 2:8; Acts 9:4; Romans 12:2; Hebrews 2:9; 1 John 4:18

1 Kristen Fuller, “When Anxiety Turns to Anger: Relationship of Anxiety and Anger,” Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program, accessed September 7, 2021, https://discoverymood.com/blog/anxiety-and-anger.

OUTLINE


  1. Fear Is Intimidating (vv. 8-11)

  2. Fear Can Be Debilitating (vv. 21-24)

  3. Fear Breeds Squabbling (vv. 28-29)

  4. Fear Requires Conquering (vv. 45-47)

    1. By Remembering Past Victories

    2. By Realizing Personal Assets

    3. By Relying on a Powerful God

Keywords: afraid, battle, the church, the Enemy, fear, fighting, phobia, Satan, victory

 


 

SERIES: Hunting Giants
MESSAGE: The Giant of Self: How One Person Can Make a Difference
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Esther 4:13-17
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4680

MESSAGE SUMMARY
On this weekend that commemorates the tragedy of September 11, 2001, we especially honor those who gave their lives in trying to rescue others, especially the first responders in law enforcement and fire departments, as well as citizens. Journalist Geraldine Brooks reminds us, “September 11, 2001, revealed heroism in ordinary people who might have gone through their lives never called upon to demonstrate the extent of their courage.” Today we look at the story of Esther’s choice to put self aside and make a difference for those facing death. Here we see the extent of her courage!

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Guide: September 12, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: “The Giant of Self: How One Person Can Make a Difference”
Text: Esther 4:13-17

Main Point
On this weekend that commemorates the tragedy of September 11, 2001, we especially honor those who gave their lives in trying to rescue others, especially the first responders in law enforcement and fire departments, as well as citizens. Journalist Geraldine Brooks reminds us, “September 11, 2001, revealed heroism in ordinary people who might have gone through their lives never called upon to demonstrate the extent of their courage.” In this study we look at the story of Esther’s choice to put self aside and make a difference for those facing death. Here we see the extent of her courage.

“Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: ‘Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.’” —Esther 4:15-16 (NIV)

Talk about It

  1. Share a story where someone sacrificed their comfort, resources, status, or even their life for your benefit or someone you know. What impact did that have on you?
  2. Anti-Semitism has been around as long as the Jewish people. Spiritually, why do you think it continues to have such a stronghold in the world?
  3. In Esther 4:1-3, Mordecai had a public, loud, and visible display of grief. It got Queen Esther’s attention. What can we learn from Mordecai’s response to terror and tragedy?
  4. Discuss how the influence or prominence God has given you is God’s providence. How can God use you right where you are for His purposes?
“Stop spending your life and start investing it.” —Pastor Skip

Make It Practical
Trace the progression of Esther‘s attitude in Esther 4:4-17. Consider her character and how she handled the situation, and make comparisons to the character of Jesus. Read Mark 10:45 and John 15:12-13.
Pray
Lord, grant us ears to hear, eyes to see, wills to obey, hearts to love; then declare what You will, reveal what You will, command what You will, demand what You will. For the sake of the kingdom of God and for the glory of our Savior, Jesus Christ. In His name, amen.

Cross references: Esther 3:13-15; 4:1-3, 10-12; Ecclesiastes 1:9; Matthew 20:28; Luke 17:20-21

OUTLINE


  1. A National Tragedy (3:13)

  2. An Expected Anxiety (4:1-3)

  3. A Strategic Opportunity (4:13-14)

  4. A Determined Bravery (4:15-17)

Keywords: bravery, the flesh, grief, providence, purpose, sacrifice, self, selfishness, selflessness, sorrow

 


 

SERIES: Hunting Giants
MESSAGE: Addressing Deconstruction and Cancel Culture
SPEAKER: Sean McDowell
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4682

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Sean McDowell is a sought-after international speaker on cultural, ethical, theological, and apologetics topics, and he retains a PhD in Apologetics and Worldview Studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has authored and co-authored over one dozen books and study guides, including So the Next Generation Will Know: Preparing Young Christians for a Challenging World and Chasing Love.

Keywords: cancel culture, conscience, fear, forgiveness, gentleness, grace, judgment, love, obedience, pain, social media, wisdom, worldview

 


 

SERIES: Hunting Giants
MESSAGE: Skip Heitzig Interviews Cissie Graham Lynch, Vince Torres, and Lenya Heitzig
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4684

MESSAGE SUMMARY
In this special service, Skip Heitzig interviews Cissie Graham Lynch, Vince Torres, and Lenya Heitzig. Cissie Graham Lynch is the host of the podcast Fearless, in which she discusses living with a fearless faith in a compromising culture. Vince Torres is president of the Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, and he joins us to discuss political issues facing Christian families today. Finally is Reload Love founder Lenya Heitzig, who speaks about the global efforts to fight terrorism and how everyday people can help.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Guide: September 26, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: “Skip Heitzig Interviews Cissie Graham Lynch, Vince Torres, and Lenya Heitzig”

In this special service, Skip Heitzig interviews Cissie Graham Lynch, Vince Torres, and Lenya Heitzig. Cissie Graham Lynch is the host of the podcast Fearless, in which she discusses living with a fearless faith in a compromising culture. Vince Torres is president of the Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, and he joins us to discuss political issues facing Christian families today. Finally is Reload Love founder Lenya Heitzig, who speaks about the global efforts to fight terrorism and how everyday people can help.

Quotes

QuestionsQueriesCross references: Esther 3:13-15; 4:1-3, 10-12; Ecclesiastes 1:9; Matthew 20:28; Luke 17:20-21

Keywords: the Bible, compromise, courage, culture, faith, family, fear, God’s Word, politics, terrorism

 


 

SERIES: Hunting Giants
MESSAGE: The Giant of Overwhelming Odds
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Judges 7:1-15
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4686

MESSAGE SUMMARY
By now you have discovered that we who are Christians are surrounded! There seems to always be more who are against us than who are for us. We face the reality (and we feel it, too!) that we are living in enemy territory. That doesn’t give us permission to be adversarial or combative, for we’ll attract more flies with honey than with vinegar (see 2 Timothy 2:24-25). But Christians are either overcome by their unbelief or they are overcomers because of their faith. How do we navigate through life when the odds are stacked against us and circumstances seem overwhelming?

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Guide: October 3, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: “The Giant of Overwhelming Odds”
Text: Judges 7:1-15

Main Point
By now you have discovered that we who are Christians are surrounded! There seems to always be more who are against us than who are for us. We face the reality (and we feel it, too!) that we are living in enemy territory. That doesn’t give us permission to be adversarial or combative, for we’ll attract more flies with honey than with vinegar (see 2 Timothy 2:24-25). But Christians are either overcome by their unbelief or they are overcomers because of their faith. How do we navigate through life when the odds are stacked against us and circumstances seem overwhelming?

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” —Romans 8:37

Talk about It

  1. Share a story when overwhelming odds were against you. How did you respond? What was the outcome?
  2. How are we to calculate in times of overwhelming circumstances? What reorients you for battle, readjusts your compass, reaffirms purpose?
  3. How does your fear affect those around you? “One timid soldier can do more damage than many enemies.” How does your faith affect those around you?
  4. What kind of faith is needed when odds are stacked against you?
“Hunting giants is a progressive skill; you learn to do it gradually.” —Pastor Skip

Make It PracticalPray
Father, thank You for the story of Gideon, a man with fear who became a man of faith. You are patiently walking us through our journey of faith so that we can become men and women who are strong in the faith. Help us to surround ourselves with people of faith, not content to listen to the voices of fear, but spreading the contagion of faith in the lives of other people. When we are faced with uncertainties, help us to pause, worship You, and reorient ourselves to You. We trust in the sovereign arms of an everlasting God. In His name, amen.

Cross references: Exodus 3:1; Deuteronomy 20:1-9; 32:30; Judges 6:12; 1 Samuel 14:6; 2 Kings 6:15; Psalm 61:2; 103:14; 144:1; Daniel 1:8; Romans 8:37; 2 Corinthians 12:9; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 5:8

OUTLINE


  1. Your Faith Is Gradual (v. 1)

  2. God’s Math Is Unusual (v. 2)

  3. People’s Fear Is Transmissible (v. 3)

  4. Enemies’ Words May Be Helpful (vv. 9-14)

  5. Our Worship Is Essential (v. 15)

Keywords: anxiety, conquerors, faith, faithful, fear, progress, resources, stress, unknown, weakness, worship

 


 

SERIES: Hunting Giants
MESSAGE: The Giant of Religion
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Acts 6-7
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4692

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Religion might not seem like a giant to overcome unless you’re an atheist. But did you know the source of much persecution and oppression around the world is religious groups? The prophets, the apostles, the early church, and even Jesus Himself all had run-ins with religious leaders and formalized religious systems. Some of you come from a very religious background but now enjoy the freedom of a relationship with God through Jesus. How does one successfully stand up to religious pressure while impacting it with the gospel? Let’s see how Stephen did it.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Guide: October 10, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: “The Giant of Religion”
Text: Acts 6-7

Main Point
Religion might not seem like a giant to overcome unless you’re an atheist. But did you know the source of much persecution and oppression around the world is religious groups? The prophets, the apostles, the early church, and even Jesus Himself all had run-ins with religious leaders and formalized religious systems. Some of you come from a very religious background but now enjoy the freedom of a relationship with God through Jesus. How does one successfully stand up to religious pressure while impacting it with the gospel? As we confront the giant of religion, let’s see how Stephen did it.

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” —Luke 18:14

Talk about It

  1. How would you briefly describe the differences or contrasts between religion and the gospel to 1) a religious person; 2) an unbeliever; 3) a child? Practice with your group.
  2. As a believer, how can religion creep into your own heart? How can you be on guard against religious hypocrisy? What needs to change?
  3. Read 1 Peter 3:15. Share what you do to equip yourself with Scriptures, ready to give an answer to the religious person.
  4. Why is thinking, They’ve got their own belief system, I’ve got mine, and I don’t want to impede on them wrong? How could you overcome that to be impactful, giving answers for biblical faith?
“When you’re religious, you make it about what you do. When you’re saved, you make it about what He’s done. —Pastor Skip

Make It PracticalPrayCross references: Matthew 3:9; 23:13-39; Luke 13:28; 18:10-14; John 1:12; Philippians 3:4-11; 2 Timothy 3:5; James 1:26-27; 1 Peter 3:15

OUTLINE


  1. He Was Spiritually Equipped (Acts 6:3, 5, 8-10)

  2. He Was Scripturally Adept (Acts 7:1-50)

  3. He Was Skillfully Direct (Acts 7:51-53)

  4. He Had Sacrificial Respect (Acts 7:54-60)

Keywords: the gospel, heaven, Israel, Old Testament, relationship, religion, respect, salvation, self-righteousness, truth

 


 

SERIES: Hunting Giants
MESSAGE: The Ultimate Giant Slayer
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 12:1-3
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4694

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Guide: October 17, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: “The Ultimate Giant Slayer”
Text: Hebrews 12:1-3

Main Point
Sadly, many ignore the news of the century: through Jesus, God entered the world as a man. He conquered death and rose again. Throughout this series, we’ve considered men and women in history who faced seemingly insurmountable giants. In Hebrews 12, after citing several examples of those who exhibited overcoming faith, the writer points to the ultimate giant slayer, Jesus—the greatest example of courage and faith. He was able to accomplish and finish what no one else could. He did this with focus and with joy. In this message from our series Hunting Giants, we examine four aspects of Jesus the giant slayer’s sacrifice, and we get the courage needed to endure the hardships of life (the race) by keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” —John 15:13

Talk about It

  1. Thinking over the Hunting Giants series, talk about the giants you’ve allowed Jesus to slay in your life.
  2. What trips you up or slows you down in your relationship with the Lord? What steps can you take to get rid of pursuits, habits, debt, associations, etc. that hold you back and distract you from running your race?
  3. We can either live to please God or live concerned about what others think and comparing our race with others. Discuss the differences between and results of living with these mindsets.
  4. Jesus never lost sight of where he was headed; he stayed focused to the end. Why is it important to joyfully endure with patience and active persistence? What have you, or could you, put in front of you to motivate you to be joyful as you suffer?
“Don’t get distracted by life or entangled by sin. Fix your eyes on Jesus and run!” —Pastor Skip

Make It Practical“When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!” (MSG).

“Think constantly of him enduring all that sinful men could say against him and you will not lose your purpose or your courage” (PHILLIPS).

Poem

Hast Thou No Scar?
by Amy Carmichael

Hast thou no scar?
No hidden scar on foot, or side, or hand?
I hear thee sung as mighty in the land,
I hear them hail thy bright, ascendant star,
Hast thou no scar?

Hast thou no wound?
Yet I was wounded by the archers, spent,
Leaned Me against a tree to die; and rent
By ravening beasts that compassed Me, I swooned:
Hast thou no wound?

No wound? No scar?
Yet, as the Master shall the servant be,
And pierced are the feet that follow Me;
But thine are whole: can he have followed far
Who has no wound nor scar?

Cross references: Isaiah 45:22; 53:11; Matthew 7:14; 13:20; John 15:13; 16:21; 21:25; Romans 5:3; Philippians 1:12; Ephesians 6:12; 1 Corinthians 9:24; 11:1; 2 Timothy 4:7; Hebrews 4:14-15; 6:20; 10:11-12; Jude 1:24

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