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The Majesty of Christ

Hebrews 13 - Evidences of Faith

Having reminded the recipients of the Hebrew message that Jesus is better than Moses, the angels, the prophets, and brings a better message and promises a better rest by providing a better covenant and sacrifice, the author ends with a comforting quotation from Deuteronomy 31:8 and Joshua 1:5, "I will never fail you nor forsake you." This quote points out that God, the Father of Jesus, is just as concerned for the reader now as He was while protecting the wandering Hebrew nation who left slavery in Egypt for the unknown. Faith in a faithful God should lead the reader to behave in a Christian manner.

  1. In running the Christian race this past week, what potentially discouraging event did you overcome by looking to Jesus?

  2. The first six verses of this last chapter list five qualities of the Christian that were absolutely essential to the first century Christians. Consider how these were necessary and how we can demonstrate these qualities today.

Essential Qualities from Hebrews 13:1-6
Conditions that made this essential in the time of the Hebrew writer
How can we demonstrate these qualities and why would they be of benefit?
Brotherly love (verse 1) Heresy hunting in a hostile world.
Christians had to protect one another.
Christians need to be kind to straying Christians.
Hospitality (verse 2) Inns were few, dirty & expensive.
Christians not very welcome.

Sympathy and help for imprisoned brothers (verse 3) Christians often imprisoned for their faith.
Food and support had to come from family and friends.
Purity (verse 4) Ascetics despised marriage.
Others relapsed into immorality or unnatural vice.

Contentment (verses 5&6) Widespread poverty and persecution.


  1. Some things in our society today can make hospitality difficult for us to practice. Identify them and suggest some ways we can negate those difficulties?

  2. Living in a country where we can worship God as we see appropriate, it is difficult for us to empathize with those of the first century who were often imprisoned for their faith. Speculate on how political persecution for our faith would change our day-to-day lives.

  3. Contrast a worldly view of contentment with a biblical view of contentment.

  4. "I will never fail you or forsake you" is a comforting message. What makes it hard for us to always believe this to be true?

  5. Whose faith should we imitate and why?

  6. How does the message, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" impact us?

  7. Define diverse and strange teachings. How are we to react to such teachings? See also Acts 17:11; I John 4:1 and II John 9-11.

  8. Read Leviticus 16. How is this sacrifice like Jesus?

  9. Hebrews 13:9-14 compares the sacrifice of the old Law with the perfect sacrifice Jesus made for us. What is the outcome of Jesus' sacrifice according to verse 12?

  10. What kind of sacrifices are pleasing to God?

    Share with the group ways you give God a "sacrifice of praise."

  11. We are told to obey our leaders and submit to them. What responsibility do they have?

    How can our attitude make their job joyful? Sad?

  12. What are some of the many advantages of prayer to both the one praying and the ones remembered in prayer?

  13. From the benediction in verses 20 & 21, what has been done for us by God and what does the author pray will be done for us?

  14. As the letter to the Hebrews concludes with practical instructions, we want to reflect on the lessons we learned. Looking at your Bible and/or lessons, consider and be ready to share at least one of these:

          Something you learned that is special to you

          Some area of Christian growth for you

          Something about Jesus and the awesome plan of salvation for mankind


Women IN God's Service

The Study of Hebrews - "Evidences of Faith" (lesson 12)
Ladies Bible Class Lesson, 27 March 2001
West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, Arkansas
Copyright © 2001, West-Ark Church of Christ
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