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This Week’s Study

With our study of Hebrews behind us, we take time this week to review some of the highlights and key lessons from this wonderful part of the New Testament.

This Week’s R2R Distinctive | What Is This?

Jesus Christ (John 1:12): We believe in Jesus Christ, His deity, virgin birth, sinless life, vicarious death, burial and bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father and His personal future return in power and glory. We are significant only because of our position as children of God.

Hebrews: Review & Reflection

We started this study with an appropriate quote from Andrew Murray (1828-1917), a South African writer, teacher, and pastor. Murray authored more than 240 books, and his commentary on Hebrews continues to bless readers today. In his introduction to Hebrews, Murray stated,

“Our one need is, to know Jesus better; the one cure for all our feebleness, to look to Him on the throne of heaven, and really claim the heavenly life He waits to impart.”

Is this not just as true today as it was when Murray penned it more than 100 years ago? Our one need is to now Jesus better.

We live in an age of information explosion. We have the world’s greatest preachers available via our phone or tablet at the touch of a button. We can carry complete libraries of digital books in our pocket. Yet, with all of the information available to us, how many 21st Century pilgrims actually know Jesus, and know Him better?

If anything, it is easier today to know a lot about Jesus without actually knowing Jesus! If there is a common thread we share with the believers of Hebrews, it is that many of us possess an intellectual understanding of Jesus and His gospel, but many do not actually know Jesus personally.

It’s easy to study a book like Hebrews and come away wondering out loud whether or not you are even saved! The warning passages use tough love to communicate a difficult message—be sure your faith is in Jesus, and in Him alone. Don’t trust in your baptism, or the fact you were raised by Christian parents and attended a good church as a child. Don’t look to your own moral “goodness” as proof of your new life in Christ. If there are two words we have highlighted throughout our study that point to your genuine conversion as a child of God, those words are “struggle” and “sacrifice.”

We are running a race, and like any long-distance runner, we will grow weary. Our muscles ache, our feet hurt, our body seems to heave forward with each step…but we keep running. Jesus ran the same race, he experienced the same struggles and sacrifices (and much, much more), and He finished the race. Keep your eyes on Jesus as you fight to finish the race.

With the study behind us, take time to reflect on what you have learned and how the Spirit of God spoke to you through the Epistle to the Hebrews.

To help you reflect on Hebrews, I’ve included some resources and links to resources in this week’s study:

  • Take time to review the memory verses from this study. They will provide a good overview of the entire book. If some of the verses spoke to you in a specific way, make a note of that and commit the verse to memory.
  • Review the Take Home Truths from each week’s message. These “sermon in a sentence” will help you capture the key points of each message. If a sermon was specifically helpful to you in learning to become more like Jesus, listen to the sermon again, or check out the transcript online.
  • Review the “Overview to Hebrews” notes we provided at the start of this study. This will help you better understand the context of the book and may be more meaningful to you now that you have studied Hebrews in depth. [Overview of Hebrews Notes | Download pdf ]

I am going to close this week’s devotional with a song by Chris Tomlin that has served as a hymn of devotion for me during this study. I have included a link to a video of the song if you care to listen to it as part of your own personal devotions this week. [Watch the Video]

All the Way My Savior Leads Me

All the way my Savior leads me
Who have I to ask beside
How could I doubt His tender mercy
Who through life has been my guide

All the way my Savior leads me
Cheers each winding path I tread
Gives me grace for every trial
Feeds me with the living bread

You lead me and keep me from falling
You carry me close to Your heart
And surely Your goodness
And mercy will follow me

All the way my Savior leads me
Oh, the fullness of His love
Oh, the sureness of His promise
In the triumph of His blood

And when my spirit clothed immortal
Wings its flight to realms of day
This my song through endless ages
Jesus led me all the way
Jesus led me all the way

You lead me and keep me from falling
You carry me close to Your heart
And surely Your goodness
And mercy will follow me

You lead me and keep me from falling
You carry me close to Your heart
And surely Your goodness
And mercy will follow me, will follow me
All the way my Savior leads me
All the way my Savior leads me

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