Submit. Pray. Be Equipped.January 19, 2020
Submit – Pray – Be Equipped
Hebrews: An Anchor for Our Souls
Hebrews is a call to Christian maturity, to making Jesus the beginning and the end of our faith and the center of our life. It was addressed to first-century Jewish Christians, but it applies to us today. We’re not to trust in ourselves but in the complete sufficiency of Christ. As he finishes the letter, the author gives some final words of instruction for the community and then a genuine word of prayer and a gospel-centered word of encouragement.
- A call to (v. 17)
Submission is really a question of .
This is a call to a soft and .
Spiritual responsibility brings with it a higher .
3 John 4
- A call to (vv. 18, 19)
To have a clear conscience means there’s nothing obstructing our fellowship with .
Having a clear conscience means I can look everyone I know in the eyes without shame and know that, as far as it depends on me, I’m right with them.
2 Corinthians 6:3
“If a church wants a better pastor, it can get one by praying for the one it has.” -Merrill Tenney
1 Corinthians 1:10, 11
- A call to (vv. 20, 21)
It’s because of Jesus’ work on our behalf that we can know God as the .
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.” John 10:11
- A final word (vv. 22-25)
His main purpose is to exhort them to in the faith.
The whole letter has really been about the grace established in the new covenant God has made with His people through the blood of Jesus.
Have you to grace?
Memory verse: “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.” Hebrews 6:19
Read Hebrews 13:17-25. How is the author’s petition (v. 18) for his readers to pray for him related to his desire?
Why do church leaders and teachers especially need the prayers of their people?
How does verse 18 encourage you to pray for your pastors?
Read Hebrews 13:17-25. What are some of the main truths of the Christian faith that you see in the writer’s benediction?
How does the author use these images to rehearse the gospel for his readers in the benediction?
How does this once again highlight the superiority of the new covenant?
Read Hebrews 13:17-25. How is the author’s prayer in verse 21 connected to the exhortation he gave his readers in verse 16?
Why is it impossible to please God through anything other than Jesus Christ?
Read Hebrews 13:17-25. What can you learn about godly prayers through the brief prayer preserved in this epistle?
How can you apply what you’ve learned about prayer to your own prayer life?
Read Hebrews 13:17-25. How does the author choose to finish this letter?
How did he begin it?
Read Hebrews 13:17-25. Knowing the content of the letter, how is the subject at the end of the letter related to the subject at the beginning of the letter?
Why is this a fitting way to end Hebrews?