Endurance Training


HEBREWS 12:3-17

FEBRUARY 3, 2019


  • The quote in vv. 5-6 is from Proverbs 3:11-12.

  • The reference in v. 15 to the “root of bitterness” is from Deuteronomy 29:18, in a

    warning about what lies behind breaking covenant with God.

  • The incident involving Esau described in vv. 16-17 is found in Genesis 25:29-34.

  • The term translated “discipline” in this passage is the Greek word paideia. It’s the

    same word that appears in Ephesians 6:4 about rearing children: “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (NIV) It includes the hardship of physical discipline, but it’s a more comprehensive term.


    On v. 14: “[T]he command is to ‘strive for peace with everyone.’ This broader peacemaking obligation also has parallels elsewhere in the NT (Matt. 5:9-11; Rom. 12:14-21; 1 Cor. 7:15). The gospel shows that our peacemaking and peacekeeping, both with each other and with outside opponents, flow from the peacemaking sacrifice of Jesus (Rom. 5:1; Eph. 2:14-18) and the heart-changing power of his Spirit (Eph. 4:3-6).” (ESV Expository Commentary) A very real effect of the gospel in our hearts is striving for peace not just with fellow Christians, but with our neighbors in general.


  • Have you had a figure in your life (coach, military leader, mentor, etc) who took you through painful experiences but very obviously cared about you?

  • The writer is refreshingly honest: “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant.” It’s not hard to agree that pain distorts our perception of reality, and even of God. But can you unpack why pain affects us this way?

  • Read Genesis 25:29-34. Why is Esau’s experience such an effective cautionary tale for the original readers? For us?

  • How do we practice “considering” Jesus (v. 3)? What disciplines (!) can help us?

Madison Searcy