As we walk through Hebrews in our reading plan, below are a few additional thoughts, questions, commentary, and quotes. These aren’t designed to substitute your personal study and reflection on God’s Word, but they’re small supplements to your study. It’s always helpful to begin your study by reading the passage and making some basic observations. See the post “Making Observations” for basic questions to help you understand and apply what you’re reading.
Study, Reflection, and Discussion Questions
- How does Hebrews 11 pick up on 10:32-39? How does chapter 11 fit with the overall book?
- How would you reword 11:1 to explain faith to someone in your own words?
- What is difficult about faith? When your faith doesn’t produce immediate results, how do you endure in faith?
- What are ways we see faith and obedience connected in this chapter? Why does faith produce obedience?
- What are some of the blessings, fruit, or commendations written about the people in Hebrews 11 that stand out to you? Example: Noah became an heir of righteousness (11:8).
For Further Study
- Faith: Prov. 3:5-6; 2 Cor. 5:7; Rom. 10:17; 12:3; 1 Cor. 2:5; 13:13; 2 Tim. 4:7; Luke 17:5.
- God’s Faithfulness: Ps. 33:4; 91:4; 119:90; Lam. 3:22-23; 2 Tim. 2:13; 2 Thess. 3:3; 1 Cor. 1:9; 10:13; Heb. 10:23.
- “What Does It Mean to Live by Faith?” podcast episode by Erik Raymond at thegospelcoalition.org
- “God’s Commitment to Forgetfulness” by Treven Wax at thegospelcoalition.org
- “Stop Calling Hebrews 11 the Hall of Faith” by J. A. Medders at jamedders.com
- “When Faith Produces Fear” by Charles Spurgeon at ftc.co
- “What is Faith?” by Richard Phillips at Ligonier.org
Ideas for Response
- Pick one of the people mentioned in Hebrews 11 and read more about their story in the Old Testament. Look for what you learn about the role of faith and God’s faithfulness.