Hebrews is not a book to be feared, avoided, or selectively picked through;
it is a book of great benefit to the people of God.
Hebrews 1:1-3, “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”
Hebrews is about a community … a “tribal village” if you please…
• Hunt together • Cook together • Eat together • Play together
• Nurse / doctor together • Babysit together • Clean together • Celebrate together
• Worship together • Laugh together • Cry together • Die together
HEBREWS IS: A BOOK OF EVALUATION!
HEBREWS IS: A BOOK OF EXHORTATION!
Some of the Christians were not making spiritual progress and were in danger of regressing:
- Drifting from the Word (2:1-4)
- Doubting the Word (3:7 – 4:13)
- Dullness toward the Word (5:11 – 6:20)
- Despising the Word (10:26-39)
- Defying the Word (12:14-29)
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)
By now you are familiar with our Mission: Journeying together to be a Blessing.”
Everyone Christian is Called to Be a Disciple:
• A Mentor to assist them on the spiritual journey
• A Fellow-Traveler to walk alongside them as they follow Jesus
• A Mentee to pass on their spiritual insight and to encourage.
HEBREWS IS: A BOOK OF EXAMINATION!
“What/Who am I really trusting?”
And you will discover that the only good answer is “Jesus Christ.”
Look with me at Amos 5:18-24
They were God’s chosen people, but they were not living as God’s chosen people.
- THEY WERE HIDING CHRIST…ARE WE…?
AND HEBREWS IS: IT IS A BOOK OF EXPECTATION!
The author is “confident of better things in your case—things that accompany salvation” (Hebrews 6:9).
I like how Peter says it in his first epistle: “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” (1 Peter 1:3)