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Mens Community Bible Study

Hebrews Study
Lesson one notes
Fulfillment in Jesus Hebrews 1:1-4
1God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the
prophets,2has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of
all things, through whom also He made the worlds;3who being the brightness of His glory
and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power,
when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on
high,4having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a
more excellent name than they. NKJV
When life is hard, its especially essential to have a solid foundation. The book of Hebrews
was written to a group of Christians who were facing difficult times.

They needed the

reassurance that what, and even more importantly, who they believe in was absolutely
trustworthy.

And they needed encouragement that would help them to persevere in

persecution. In his attempt to provide for these needs, the unidentified author of Hebrews
presents a water-tight defense of Jesus Christ, in whom they have believed, along with
examples, exhortation, and encouragement to stay in the race. Some themes of Hebrews
include:

Jesus is 100-percent God and 100-percent man.

Jesus is both eternal sacrifice and eternal High Priest, atoning for the sins of men
and women and interceding for them before God.

Jesus is better than angels, Moses, the Law and the earthly sacrificial system.

God offers rest to those who listen to His voice and believe Him.

Jesus is our example of enduring faith in the midst of opposition and suffering.

Faith is essential to pleasing God and living the Christian life successfully.

Gods promises are absolutely trustworthy; some are realized in the life, others only
in the consummation of the Kingdom of God.

God calls us to endure under trial-and to encourage fellow believers also to


persevere.

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Questions for discussion:


1. How does the importance of enduring under trial connect with your current
circumstances?
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2. How does your faith in Jesus provide practical encouragement and
assistance in the difficulties you face?
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3. On a scale from one to five, how would you describe your faith? Why?
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4.

As we study Gods Word, our goal is to be transformed by it. As you think


about the truths you will be studying in this course, which one seems most
important for your spiritual growth right now?

(Look at the themes given on the first page)

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(You are encouraged to read other translations. The book Engaging Hebrews includes
commentary)