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Summary: Setting expectations for a multiyear expositional series on the book of Hebrews.

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God Has Spoken

Hebrews 1:1-2

I. Why Hebrews?

A. The Challenge of Hebrews

1. “It has been said that the book of Hebrews is the least known of all New Testament epistles.”

2. Full of unfamiliar O.T. References

3. Logic complex and difficult to understand without extensive study

4. Yet, it contains one of the most beautiful pictures of Jesus Christ and the provisions of grace God made for each of us in Christ in the entire NewTestament

B. Quotes for Hebrews

1. John Calvin - “Since the epistle inscribed to the Hebrews contains a fulldiscussion respecting the eternal divinity of Christ, his government,

and only priesthood, (which are the main points of celestial wisdom) and as these things are so explained in it, that the whole power and work of Christ are set forth in the most graphic manner, it deservedly ought to obtain in the Church the place and the honour of an invaluable treasure.”

2. Matthew Henry - a. “Indeed, if we compare all the epistles of the New Testament, we shall not find any of them more replenished with divine, heavenly matters than this to the Hebrews.”

3. Adam Clarke - “So many are the beauties, so great the excellency, so instructive the matter, and so exceedingly interesting the whole, that the work may be read a hundred times over without perceiving anything of

sameness, and with new and increased information at each reading.”

C. Why Hebrews?

1. Reason #1 - “No other New Testament epistle so clearly answers the ‘why’of the sacrifice of Christ and the redemption offered through his sacrifice.”

a. Repeatedly the author exhorts us to “consider Jesus,” to “fix our

eyes on Jesus,” to “look to Jesus.”

b. God has in Christ fulfilled every promise he ever made to us and

invites every one of us to find in the death of Jesus Christ on the

cross forgiveness for sins and our personal reason for eternal hope

c. This grace the book of Hebrews thoroughly explains while inviting

us to fall in love with Jesus all over again.

2. Reason # 2 - “The book of Hebrews speaks to crucial needs felt by those under religious and cultural pressure to return to pre-conversion

commitments.”

a. Historical Setting

(1) Apostasy an immediate danger (2:1)

(2) Based on unbelief (3:12)

(3) Suggested by conduct (5:13-14)

(4) Neglect of public worship (10:25)

(5) Weakness in prayer (12:12)

(6) A certain instability in doctrine (13:9)

(7) Refusal to teach others as mature believers ought to do (5:12)

(8) Neglect of the Scriptures (2:1)

b. “Many Christians today, right here in this room, face pressure to

return to their old beliefs and life-styles. Family, friends, or just the

flesh may pull them back toward living as they did before they met

Christ.

(1) (Which doesn’t mean necessarily being dragged back to the “gutter of sin” as much as returning to a way of thinking and living that minimized the impact of God’s word on values, choices, thoughts, and actions.)

(2) Postmodern Culture and the Christian Church

(a) Postmodernism rejects the very notion of truth as fixed, universal, objective, or absolute

(b) Postmodernism rejects all presentations of Truth as fixed, universal, objective, or absolute, thus denying the capacity of the Christian gospel to affect any real change, and neutralizing the word of God as God’s word for all people at all times


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