This Hebrews Bible Study is based on the Epistle to the Hebrews. Unlike our other studies, this one is designed for youth pastors and is not in a discussion format but you could add your own discussion questions to it if you want to.
Epistle's just a fancy church word for
letter and a unique ancient document. Most ancient letters, much like
modern letters, would have an introduction identifying the sender and a
greeting to the recipients.
However, the author of this Epistle to the Hebrews doesn't identify himself or greet anyone. He just jumps right in. We do have some clues from the letter that can help us to make a good guess about the recipient.
The author relies heavily on Old Testament scripture when making his arguments. It's reasonable to assume that the intended audience was very familiar with the Scriptures. A Jewish audience is clearly logical.
Chapter 2, verse 3 gives us a timeframe to work with. This verse tells us that they aren't first hand
witnesses of Jesus’ life and ministry. Most likely these are the second
generation of Christians, which would be mid-late first century.
The oldest surviving manuscript identifies it as a letter by titling it “to the Hebrews." The prevalence of city based house-church congregations in the first century, and the use of urban imagery (13:14) gives us solid enough information to make the assumption that the congregation receiving the letter was in a major city.
Some would argue for Alexandria, Jerusalem, or Rome; however, these are purely speculative. Jerusalem is a more traditionally argued address. Authorship is similarly vague. Church tradition attributes Hebrews to Paul, however modern scholarship has determined this as extremely unlikely.
Even though the author's name is unknown, we can paint a fairly detailed picture of him.
Although there are some ambiguous
aspects to this letter (some would even argue that it might not be a
letter), the early church was in agreement that it should be canonized; based, almost solely, upon its spiritual value.
We find incredible clear and authoritative Christology and Theology in Hebrews. While it's a challenging book to study, the value of God’s perfect and Holy Word cannot be overstated. Why not start your Hebrews Bible Study today?
First Lesson - Study Chapter 1 of Hebrews to discover
the supremacy of Christ. Learn about the awe inspiring description of
Jesus that leads us to no other conclusion than Jesus is God. Do you
recognize His authority? Do you submit to His supremacy?
Second Lesson - Because we recognize Christ’s supremacy, we should “pay attention.” The second lesson of Hebrews studies Chapter 2, verses 1-4. The author of Hebrews describes for us the urgency of responding to this all-important truth; to delay will result in “drifting away.”
Third Lesson - Because we're beginning to understand how much authority Christ has, we can begin to better understand the depth of His sacrifice. Study Hebrews 2:5-9 to get a more complete picture of the immensity Jesus’ humility.
Fourth Lesson - When we submit to Jesus’ supremacy, we're given a new identity. In Hebrews 2:8b-13 we learn about the incredible privilege of becoming Jesus’ brother or sister. We can receive God’s grace and be co-heirs with Christ.
Fifth Lesson - In our Fifth Lesson on Hebrews (covering chapter 3, verses 1-6), we continue to learn about the supremacy of Christ. Christ is even greater than Moses. We learn that the 1st century Jew had a high regard for Moses. We will compare some of the aspects of Moses' greatness with what Christ has accomplished.
Sixth Lesson - Is your heart hard against God? In lesson six of our study (covering Chapter 3, verses 7-19) we'll learn about the Israelites' hard hearts that kept them from entering into God's rest. It takes a humble heart to be saved.
Seventh Lesson - The Author of Hebrews continues with sharp focus to convince his readers of Christ’s Supremacy. We've discovered that Christ is greater than Angels, the law, and even greater than Moses. Now we see that he's greater than Joshua too.
Eighth Lesson - What does the author mean when he says God's Word is "living and active"? The Bible's not a book to be read passively like other books. By studying Textual Criticism we can discover that God's Word has been accurately preserved throughout the millennia.
Ninth Lesson - We've already heard a few times in the book of Hebrews that Jesus is our High Priest, but what exactly does the author mean when he gives Jesus this title? What is a great high priest?
Tenth Lesson - Immediately after the Author tells us to that Jesus is our High Priest, he has to defend this claim. Is Jesus qualified to be our Great High Priest? What are the qualifications necessary to be a High Priest?
Eleventh Lesson - It’s a good thing that we desire maturity as people. It would be inappropriate for us to stagnate as children or students. But what about as Christ followers? Do we desire and pursue maturity in regards to our relationship with God? How can we know that we're maturing?
Twelfth Lesson - It's impossible to understand this lesson unless we learn the Old Testament context that the Author is referencing. Do you know anything about the traditional Ancient Near-Eastern Covenant ceremony? It only makes sense to refer back to the Old Testament - remember - this is a Hebrews Bible Study.
Thirteenth Lesson - In this Hebrews Bible study we learn that it's impossible to please God without faith. Let's learn from the heroes of faith from the Old Testament so that we can be encouraged to pursue Christ wholeheartedly.
We'll add two more lessons and more value to this Hebrews Bible Study page.
So stay tuned!
These Hebrews Bible Study lessons were written by Pastor Shan Taylor