Don’t Surrender the Greater for the Lesser
The Hebrew followers of Christ were being pulled into the direction of the Old Covenant. Which the writer of Hebrews makes it very clear was an inferior Covenant. It was temporary, symbolic, and couldn’t make the worshipper of God complete. Today the follower of Christ is tempted on all sides by those who are offering spiritual experiences that only serve to remove our attention off of the finished work of Christ. We will be encouraged in Hebrews chapter nine to stick with simple faith in the Son of God who is superior all religious experiences.
Better Priest, Better Temple, and a Better Covenant
Chapter 8 of Hebrews is a fresh reminder that what a person has with just a simple faith in Christ alone is better than any other religious expression. When you are in possession of the best, you don’t exchange it for the inferior. The writer of Hebrews once again encourages us to stick with a trust in Christ alone.
The Law Made Nothing Perfect
Chapter seven of Hebrews reveals the glorious truth that Christ accomplished what the Law of Moses could never do, He has brought us near to God. God has changed Priesthoods! Man’s path to God does not run through Levi or Aaron, but through Christ who is of a different order of priests. God Himself has declared that it is through Christ that we have been brought to a place of perfection.
The Source of Salvation
As we arrive at chapter seven of Hebrews, the author points out if the religious system of the Old Covenant could make us perfect before God, it would not have been replaced. There is always a constant struggle in the church of losing our focus on what saves us. Join us as we once again are reminded that it’s a person and not a system that saves.
Overcoming the Problem of Pain
In times of pain, when God isn’t bringing a way of relief, with our limited understanding we think God is limited in His care for us or in His power to perform. The Hebrew believers were finding themselves struggling with this very issue. Doubts were increasing, and thoughts of abandoning a commitment to Christ seemed logical. How do we as the followers of Christ navigate the stormy waters of life? Join us as we look at the final verses of Hebrews chapter 6, to gain insight for overcoming the problem of pain.
The Focus of the Disciple
Coming to Hebrews chapter 6 we come to one of the most difficult passages in all the Bible to interpret. Hebrews 6 has been the battle field for a lot of church wars. Our approach to these opening verses will not be to continue the warfare, but to seek what the writer is pressing on the readers concerning what the disciple should have their attention on. Join us as we seek to gain a clearer understanding on what we should be focused on.
One can have length of life and not experience depth of life. On the other hand, one can have depth of life while having a short life. Length of life is not necessarily an indication of someone being a mature person nor is being in the church for your whole life a guarantee that you’re a mature Christian. Join us as we finish our study in Hebrews chapter 5 as we are given the signs of spiritual immaturity.
Christ our Great High Priest
The priesthood for the children of Israel was central to their faith. They understood that they could not go directly to God, but they needed a God ordained representative. For Israel, it required someone from the tribe of Levi. But now we are being reminded by the writer of Hebrews that there are two different priesthoods ordained of God and one is superior to the other. We learn that Jesus is of the line of priests that are superior to anything that Levi had to offer. Join us in Hebrews 5 as we take on the complexity of all of this, and once we understand, it should cause our hearts to burst forth in thanksgiving.
The Word of God – What It Is & What It Does
The Lord in His mercy has provided to us a resource that has the power to change the course of a human life. Yet as we survey the landscape of the American Church, we repeatedly see the turning away from this invaluable source of strength. Join us as we study the final verses of Hebrews chapter 4 to gain a greater appreciation for God’s powerful Word.
Where Do We Find Rest?
In the Old Testament Israel was given two “rests." They had a time of rest, the Sabbaths and they had a place of rest the Promise Land. The writer of Hebrews uses the example of ancient Israel, of those who failed to enter what God had given to them. The writer points out that these Hebrew believers in his day were about to make the same mistake. Even today we see many Christians who aren’t enjoying the rest that God has given, which isn’t a time or a place, but a person. Join us in our study of Hebrews chapter 4 to discover our place of rest.