Lead Pastor, Paul Counsell, leads us through this week's study and starts with a short video introduction.
N.T. Wright’s Book: 'Hebrews - Studies for Individuals and Groups'
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HEBREWS 13:9-25 NIV
9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so. 10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.
11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.
18 Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. 19 I particularly urge you to pray so that I may be restored to you soon.
Benediction and Final Greetings
20 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
22 Brothers and sisters, I urge you to bear with my word of exhortation, for in fact I have written to you quite briefly.
23 I want you to know that our brother Timothy has been released. If he arrives soon, I will come with him to see you.
24 Greet all your leaders and all the Lord’s people. Those from Italy send you their greetings.
25 Grace be with you all.
Once again in Hebrews 13:10 the writer mentions the future city we have. How does this help us hold lightly to the material goods, position, prestige, accomplishments, family or other sources of self worth we get in this world?
The water may have been speaking about the tabernacle in the wilderness during Moses’ day rather than the Jerusalem temple to avoid mentioning too directly the central institution of Judaism which Jesus declared to be under God’s judgement and whose sacrificial system he replaced
v17-25 suggest there are appropriate structures of responsibility within God’s church. How is the relationship between leaders in the church and the rest of God’s people described in these verses?
What similarities between Jesus and the sacrificial animals of the sin offering does the author highlight in verses 10-14
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What truths are learned in verses 17-25 about the work of the kingdom?
The crowning glory of this final passage is the great blessing in verses 20-21, which is still used regularly in many churches, especially at Easter. How do these verses bring Hebrews to a culmination?
As you think back over the themes of Hebrews, what truths or challenges have been most significant for you?
How has your life of faith been changed by your journey through this letter?