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Sermon Series: Book of Hebrews

Lesson 1:   The Superiority of the Son
Lesson 2:   Jesus Christ: A Perfect Savior
Lesson 3:   A Warning Against Unbelief
Lesson 4:   The Rest That God Offers
Lesson 5:   The Great High Priest
Lesson 6:   The Great High Priest Continues
Lesson 7:   Melchizedek The Priest
Lesson 8:   The High Priest Of A New Covenant
Lesson 9:   The New Covenant
Lesson 10:  Christ’s Sacrifice Offered Once For All
Lesson 11:  Living By Faith
Lesson 12:  Perseverance And The Christian Race
Lesson 13:  Rules For Christian Living

Introduction

Our Lord Jesus is our merciful and faithful high priest. This elegant and rich picture of Jesus is one that Christians rarely hear about. It is wonderful to know that Jesus is our God, Savior, Lord, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace, the Anointed One, Son of Man, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and the great I Am. In studying the book of Hebrews we will learn that this is the only one of its kind in the New Testament, and it gives us new, rich insights into Jesus.

This book is written to Jews who were thinking about leaving their new faith. So the Holy Spirit encourages them to "hold on" to their faith in Jesus. He tells them that Jesus is better than anything and anyone including the angels, Moses, Aaron, and any high priest. There is no other book like Hebrews. It will open your eyes to Jesus as our Great High Priest.

The book is also very practical and helps us to know how well we are "running the Christian race." Here are just a few questions to be answered: "Am I a mature Christian?" "Can I lose my salvation?" "Does the Law still apply today?" "How do I live by faith?" What are the dark, warning sections in Hebrews about? What are the keys to becoming a mature, spirit-filled saint in the Lord?

Author: The book of Hebrews was written by two authors. The Holy Spirit was the primary author, and the other author was human (2 Peter 1:20-21). We are not sure who the human author was. In Hebrews 2:3-4 it appears the writer was not an apostle.

After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard, God also bearing witness with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will. (NASB) Hebrews 2:3-4

In this verse, the author says, “. . . it was confirmed to us by those who heard . . ." and he then refers to the miracles, signs and wonders performed by the apostles. This means the author is not an apostle. He is not Paul. So who could he be? There are  many opinions (View)  but no agreement.

Date: Hebrews was written around the time of the apostles (Heb. 2:3-4) and during the life of Timothy, Paul's friend. Hebrews 13:23 says that Timothy was released from prison. This places the epistle in the first century. Clement of Rome quotes from Hebrews (A.D. 96). This means Hebrews already existed by A.D. 96. We know from history that Rome persecuted the Christians under Nero during A.D. 65-68 and Jerusalem, along with the temple, was destroyed in A.D. 70. The epistle implies the sacrifices were still going on and speaks of persecution and suffering (Heb. 10:32-34). This means the book of Hebrews was written before Jerusalem was destroyed and during the persecution. So it safe to say that Hebrews was written about A.D. 65-69.

Message: Hebrews has several themes (view). The primary one is that Jesus is our faithful and merciful high priest, but the reason the epistle was written was to encourage the Jewish readers to endure in their faith: to hang on, endure, "hold fast" to Jesus. They were in danger of going back to Judaism. So the Holy Spirit writes a stunning book to call them and us to faithfulness to our Lord Jesus, to understand Jesus in a unique way, to mature in the faith, and to fix our eyes on Jesus!

Application: As you study Hebrews, ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes and put passion in your heart for Him as you seek to experience Him, as you seek to know Him as your faithful and merciful high priest

Rules for Profitable Bible Studies

1. If possible have a regular, private place for your Bible studies
2. Before each study ask God to give you a spirit of humility while reading His word and guide your heart to comprehending, accepting and practicing His precious truth.
3. Start with Bible verses that are easy to understand when studying on a particular topic. Then, use these scriptures to understand harder, vaguer passages of God's word.
4. Let the Bible interpret and prove the Bible. Don't look for what you want to prove; look for what the Bible actually proves.
5. Seek to understand the general context of a particular Bible verse by reading the verses and chapters just before and after it. Does your understanding of a Bible passage harmonize with the rest of Scripture? Remember, the Bible does not contradict itself!
6. Study the original language (Hebrew or Greek) words and their meaning(s) behind a Bible verse. Remember, however, that although study aids like Strong's Exhaustive Concordance can be helpful, they should not be exclusively used to discover and prove what the Bible teaches.
7. Ask, what does the scripture you are studying clearly say?
8. Ask, what does the scripture you are studying not say?
9. Ask, to whom was the Bible book containing the scripture you are studying written to? Who wrote the book? Who is speaking the scripture(s) in question?
10. Seek to understand the general time frame in history when the Bible verses you are studying was written.
11. Remember that the Bible at times uses parables, allegories, symbols, poetry, metaphors and other figures of speech and literary techniques to reveal God's truth.
12. Don't bring your own personal assumptions and preconceived notions into your understanding or conclusions.
13. Base your study on scriptural knowledge that you already understand. What do you know up to this point in time?
14. Do not form conclusions based on partial facts or insufficient information, or the opinions and speculations of others.
15. Remember that your or anyone else's convictions, regardless of how strong they may be, don't necessarily count. God's word is your ultimate standard and guide.

Rules for Profitable Bible Studies

◾Matthew 1-9
◾Matthew 10-15
◾Matthew 16-22
◾Matthew 23-28
◾Mark 1-8
◾Mark 9-16
◾Luke 1-6
◾Luke 7-11
◾Luke 12-18
◾Luke 19-24
◾John 1-7
◾John 8-13
◾John 14-22
◾Acts 1-7
◾Acts 8-14
◾Acts 15-21
◾Acts 22-28
◾Romans 1-8
◾Romans 9-16
◾1Corinthians 1-9
◾1Corinthians 10-16
◾Corinthians 1-9
◾Galatians – Ephesians
◾Phillippians - 2Thessalonians
◾1 Timothy – Philemon
◾Hebrews
◾James – Peter
◾1 John – 3 John
◾Revelation 1-11
◾Revelation 12-22

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