Hebrews 11 Study Sheet

The following is a simple study sheet that contains a brief outline of the chapter and a few questions that focus on the text. One of the first and most important parts of good Bible study is observation. What does the text say? Until we know what the text says, it is fruitless to try to discover what it means and how it applies. Most of the questions are designed to do little more than help the reader observe the text. There may be an occasional question that asks for deeper meaning or application.

OUTLINE

I. Faith Defined and Described (11:1-3)

A. The sacrifice of animals (1-4).

B. The sacrifice of Jesus (5-10).

II. Faith Demonstrated (11:4-40)

A. Abel, Enoch, and Noah (4-7)

B. Abraham and Sarah (8-19)

C. Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph (20-22)

D. Moses (23-29)

E. Jericho and beyond (30-40)

QUESTIONS

  1. How does the writer define faith (11:1)?
  2. How did Abel demonstrate his faith (11:4)?
  3. What must one do to please God (11:6)?
  4. How did Noah demonstrate his faith (11:7)?
  5. How did Abraham demonstrate his faith (11:8-9)?
  6. How did the patriarchs view their lives on earth (11:13)?
  7. What kind of country were the patriarchs seeking (11:16)?
  8. Why did Abraham not hesitate to offer Isaac as God instructed him (11:19)?
  9. How did Moses demonstrate his faith (11:23-29)?
  10. How many blessings of faith can you find in 11:33-34?
  11. How many forms of hardship and persecution can you find in 11:34-38?
  12. What has God provided for Christians that the Old Testament faithful did not experience (11:39-40)?

APPLICATION

When we read this chapter, especially verses 35-38, the writer gets personal. In common vernacular, he gets all up in our business. When I look up from reading the record of the hardships of those ancient saints, I must then look in my mirror and say to myself, “Now tell me again how tough your life is. Tell me again how bad you have it. Tell me again what it is that has your faith so shaky.” The things that try my faith today pale in comparison to the things that tried theirs.

Your second car only gets 20 miles per gallon? You don’t have enough money this month to buy that 7th pair of shoes? Everything in your overflowing closet is at least two years old? The electric bill for your 3 bedroom house is 30% more than what it was last year? Your co-worker rolled her eyes at you because you refused to join her for a drink? Your cousin “un-friended” and blocked you on Facebook because you defended the truth on some question of morality?

How terrible for us.

May God forgive us for complaining about petty things, and may he help us to develop the kind of trust and endurance that our ancient brethren had.

Hebrews 10 Study Sheet

The following is a simple study sheet that contains a brief outline of the chapter and a few questions that focus on the text. One of the first and most important parts of good Bible study is observation. What does the text say? Until we know what the text says, it is fruitless to try to discover what it means and how it applies. Most of the questions are designed to do little more than help the reader observe the text. There may be an occasional question that asks for deeper meaning or application.

OUTLINE

I. Two Sacrifices Contrasted (10:1-10)

A. The sacrifice of animals (1-4).

B. The sacrifice of Jesus (5-10).

II. Two Priesthoods Contrasted (10:11-18)

A. Levitical priests (11)

B. Jesus (12-18)

III. So What? (10:19-25)

A. Let us draw near (22)

B. Let us hold fast (23)

C. Let us consider each other (24-25)

IV. The Danger of Apostasy (10:26-31)

A. Expectation of judgment (26-27, 30-31)

B. Better covenant, more severe punishment (28-29)

V. Encouragement to be Faithful (10:32-39)

A. Remember prior faithfulness (32-34)

B. Hang in there (35-39)

QUESTIONS

  1. Could animal sacrifices on their own ever take away sin (10:1-4, 11)?
  2. The quotation of 10:5-7 is taken from what Old Testament text?
  3. According to 10:9, what did Jesus come to earth to do?
  4. By which covenant are we sanctified (10:10)?
  5. For how long is Jesus’ “one time” offering effective (10:14)?
  6. What gives us confidence to approach God (10:19)?
  7. How should we draw near to God (10:22)?
  8. How are we to stimulate each other to love and good works (10:24-25)?
  9. What does the continual willful sinner have to look forward to (10:26-27)?
  10. How did the writer describe “the former days” of the recipients (10:32-34)?
  11. What did the recipients need (10:36)?
  12. What does genuine faith result in (10:39)?

APPLICATION

A major transition takes place in 10:19 from the doctrinal section to the practical section of the book. The major focus from that point forward will be on how the superiority of Jesus and the New Testament should affect the way a Christian lives. This is a vital part of the book, the “so what” section. The recipients of this letter were stumbling under the weight of trials. This section will bring the message home and encourage them to hang on tightly to Jesus, for if they let go of him, there is nothing else to grasp.