In August of 2017, I began taking my church through the New Testament book of Hebrews. It’s a letter that is often considered to be one of the most complicated books of the Bible, and is one of the most frequently avoided as a consequence. I love getting through the more challenging texts of the Bible, and I decided to take my church through it because I found Hebrews to be a very important influence on myself since I came to Christ in 1998.
I decided to take my church through this book because its meaning is too valuable to miss. As with the church written to in Hebrews, the church I am leading is very much in need of similar revival. How will revival arrive? According to Hebrews, that will only occur when we strengthen what is weak to walk in holiness with Jesus as intimately as possible. We cannot get sloppy and merely rest on our predestined salvation to get to the end of our journey: we are to grow in Christ-likeness and share in God’s holiness (10:11).
Therefore, while the promise of entering His rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it – Hebrews 4:1 (ESV)
Much has happened since we began this Bible study, but as of this week we have finished the series on this wonderful epistle. I wrote all the Bible studies myself, and I have published them here for others to use. They include:
- Questions about the passage;
- A reflection on the implications of the passage for us;
- A prayer that uses the themes of each passage to pray for ourselves;
- Finally, notes to help users to understand what the questions are getting at.
Here are the prayers that I wrote for the Hebrews Bible study that have been assembled in one file – Extra – Hebrews Bible Studies Prayers.
God bless, Pastor Haydn.