SERIES: Hunting Giants
MESSAGE: The Ultimate Giant Slayer
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 12:1-3

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

Keywords: Author, best, better, endure, faith, finish, giant, joy, race, run


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