Hebrews: The Nearness of King Jesus (Lisa Harper)

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meeting #1

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Session 1 Video & Group Guide

The book of Hebrews covers two key Christological concepts: the superiority and the accessibility of Jesus.

Hebrews was written sometime between A.D. 60 and 70, approximately three to four decades after the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Hebrews was written to a small group of Jewish Christians, who were living in either Rome or Jerusalem.

Monotheistic: pledging one’s allegiance to one God

Polytheistic: pledging one’s allegiance to a plethora of little “g” gods

Nero confused the sacraments.

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. (Hebrews 1:1-4, ESV)

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What are four of the “many ways” (polytropos) God used to speak to His people long ago?
1. prophets
2. signs and dreams
3. Theophany
4. Urim and Thummim

The “latter days” or “last days” refers to the time period on the continuum of progressive revelation between the first and second coming of Christ.

Workbook pages 14-33

meeting #2

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Session 2 Video & Group Guide

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. (Hebrews 2:1-4, ESV)

“Drift away” in verse 1 is translated from the Greek word pararreo, which also means slip past or float past.

If we aren’t actively moving toward Jesus, there is a powerful riptide (the Devil) that is actively working to pull us away from Him.

Hebrews 2:5-10 (ESV)

Why did he say Jesus is lower than the angels?

Why did he say that Jesus had to become perfect?

Make perfect – teleioo, which means “to complete, to finish or to reach a goal.”

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Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. (Hebrews 2:14-18, ESV)

Workbook pages 40-59

meeting #3

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Session 3 Video & Group Guide

Two key Christological concepts . . .

The superiority and the accessibility of Jesus.

Hebrews was preached as a sermon.

It is critical for Christians to actively move toward Jesus. Why?

Hebrews 4:4 refers to creation rest.

Hebrews 4:6-7 refers to eternal rest.

Hebrews 4:8 refers to Canaan rest.

Hebrews 4:9-10 refers to Sabbath rest.

1. God modeled rest.

2. God ordained rest before the fall.

Rest is God’s merciful provision for our protection.

Hebrews 4:11-13 (ESV)

God’s Word reveals what is going on in us, both the actions of our hands and the motives of our heart.

Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)

Workbook pages 62-79

meeting #4

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Session 4 Video & Group Guide

“Let us go on to maturity” in Greek is pheromai, which means let us be carried on.

The word ark in Hebrew actually means box.

What was in the ark of the covenant?

1. A jar of manna

2. Aaron’s budded staff

3. Pieces of the tablets

The curtain ripped from top to bottom. It implies that God Himself did the rending.

Workbook pages 82-105

meeting #5

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Session 5 Video & Group Guide

Three Most Important Offices:

1. Prophet

2. Priest

3. King

Hebrews 8:6-7

Hebrews 8:13

Hebrews 9:11-14

Hebrews 9:24-27

Hebrews 10:5-10

Luke 5:1-11

Matthew 17:1-13

Matthew 26:69-75

John 21:15-19

Workbook pages 108-127

meeting #6

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Session 6 Video & Group Guide

Our God not only restores broken people, He can use broken, redeemed people.

The Hero of Hebrews 11 is Jesus.

Samson was a Nazirite.

Three vows of Nazirites:
1. They could not get close to or touch a dead body (unclean).
2. They were not allowed to cut their hair.
3. They could not partake of the fruit of the vine.

The Valley of Sorek means the valley of vineyards.

History repeats itself.

It is not our beauty that Jesus is attracted to – it is our brokenness.

Workbook pages 130-147