Over the Jan -March Period as a parish we’re going to be looking at various themes from the Book of Hebrews. Below you will find a few resources which might help shed some light on the topics.
As we go through this study we hope to add more resources to this site to help you engage with the topics. Also if you find any thing which might help others please do let us know!
The Sunday PM-ers are doing a very similar programme but certain dates differ
On this page you will eventually find links to the texts, some questions to think about and some comments from people in the parish … please do feel free to leave your comments below.
Sunday Jan 19th January – God’s greatest revelation Hebrews 1:1-2:4
Big Idea: Jesus is God’s greatest revelation, so we must pay more careful attention to the message about Jesus and not drift away. Don’t look anywhere else. Jesus is the real deal , greater than angels, crystals… etc.
- Look at verses 1:2-4 – What is said in these about who Jesus is and what he has done
- What are my distractions? & How can we help one another to stay focused on the message of Jesus?
- Which of the statements in 1:1-4 are most easily forgotten when life is easy
Sunday 26th January – The greatest Man. Hebrews 2:5-18
Big Idea: Jesus became a real human being and suffered death so that he could destroy deaths power and free us from it’s slavery and reconcile us to God. (Jesus divinity).
Jesus has been tempted, in every way, and can help those who are tempted (2.18). Struggling with suffering? Jesus the author of our faith was ‘made perfect through suffering’ (2.10).
Sunday 9th – A greater Moses Hebrews 3:1-4:13
Big Idea: Since Jesus, Gods son, is so much greater than even the great servant of God, Moses, we should fix our thoughts and hope on him, by listening to, believing and acting upon God’s word.
How are we listening to God’s voice (3.7, 3.15) and ‘the word of God’ (4.12), which is sharper than any double edged sword… How can the church help?
Sunday 16th February – A greater priest. Hebrews 4:14-5:10
Big Idea: Because Jesus is our great high priest forever, we can approach God’s throne with confidence
Even when we screw up, and are aware of our sin, we can come to God because he sees us as ‘washed in the blood of the lamb’
Sunday 23rd February – A Greater Truth Hebrews 5:11-6:20
Big Idea: Since Jesus is our great high priest forever, we need to feed on the ‘meat’ of truth about Him, to become mature and guard against falling away.
Ever feel as an adult that all the significant spiritual was a long time ago, and at this point its just keeping the habit? 5.12-14 Challenges us to go deeper with God and keep going deeper. We are called to move onto ‘solid food, not milk…’ What is the encouragement to progress?
Sunday 2nd March – A Greater Covenant Hebrews 8:1-10:25
Big Idea: Jesus and the new covenant are the reality that the temple, priests and sacrifices of the OT were merely looking forward to, so dont give up on the Gospel and go back to old ways.
We listen to a call to confidently draw near to God, to hold unswervingly (some great imagery) to the hope in Jesus and encourage one another.
Sunday 9th March – A Greater Promise. Hebrews 10:26-12:3
Big idea we need to live by faith if we are to persevere in the Christian life, and the stories of faithful people of God from the past can help us to do that.
‘Heroes of Faith’ in view here. But point of them is explained in 12.1-3 ‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders… let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith’.
Sunday March 16th – A Greater Kingdom. Hebrews 12:1-13:25
Big Idea: If we belong to Jesus’s kingdom, we should receive hardship as part of God’s discipline and live confidently for him as an expression of gratitude and reverent worship.
Getting on and living out our faith