A Study of the Book of Hebrews

The book of Hebrews, someone said, is the Leviticus of the New Testament. What they meant was that we avoid the study of Hebrews like we avoid the study of Leviticus. The book is hard to understand and full of controversial texts, so we leave it to the experts.

On the other hand, the book of Hebrews, perhaps more than any other NT book solves the riddles of the Old Testament and shows how Jesus Christ is the subject of the Old Testament as much as the New (as he claimed in John 5:45-47). In this way, Hebrews is something like the spine of the whole Bible.

Hebrews is also an encouraging book, “a word of exhortation,” as the author calls it (13:22). Not the namby-pamby handholding encouragement of the modern world–denying harsh realities and telling people they’re good and everything will be okay. But real encouragement in the “Jesus is your model” way–you can endure any hardship for the joy set before you in Christ.

Listed below are recordings and handouts for the class, currently being taught at Community Bible Church in Nashville. These are not particularly high quality recordings, so bear with me. They also include some segments of class discussion, and you may only hear half of the conversation. I try to repeat or rephrase what people say, so hopefully you can follow along reasonably well. There are also links to the class handouts.


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Right click on the lesson title and select “Save Target” to download audio files. Click on the play button for streaming audio. For the handouts, just click on the word HANDOUT.

Lesson 1: Why Study the Book of Hebrews (HANDOUT)

Lesson 1B: Why Study the Book of Hebrews, Part 2

Lesson 2: Privilege & Perseverance–Overview (HANDOUT)

Lesson 2B: Privilege & Perseverance–Overview, Part 2 https://takingupspace.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/heb-sess-2b.mp3

Lesson 3: God Has Spoken / Hebrews 1:1-3 (HANDOUT)
We had some technical difficulties with the recording here, so we have two audio segments for this lesson. Lesson 3: Part B

Lesson 4: Much Better than the Angels / Hebrews 1:4-14 (HANDOUT)
Lesson 4 was taught in two sessions, the second of which was not recorded. So if you follow the handout, you will notice that the class session ends about half way through the outline.

Lesson 5: Persevere in Full Attention to the Son/ Hebrews 2:1-4 (HANDOUT)

Lesson 6: The Consummate Human Being / Hebrews 2:5-9 (HANDOUT)

Lesson 7: The Pioneer of Our Salvation / Hebrews 2:10-18 (HANDOUT)

Lesson 8: Therefore, Consider Jesus / Hebrews 3:1-6 (HANDOUT)

Lesson 9: Review Discussion (HANDOUT)
There’s no audio for Lesson 9; I was out of town so I prepared some questions for reflecting on where we’ve been so far. Those questions and some notes in response are in this handout.

Lesson 10: Do Not Harden Your Hearts / Hebrews 3:7-19 (HANDOUT)

Lesson 11: Enter His Rest / Hebrews 3:16-4:11 (HANDOUT)
I apologize for the audio here in Lesson 11. Apparently the battery in the recorder died before we got very far into the lesson.

Lesson 12: Hold Fast and Draw Near / Hebrews 4:11-16 (HANDOUT)

Lesson 12: Part B

Lesson 13: Some Review & Discussion Questions (HANDOUT)

Lesson 13: Part B

Lesson 14: Source of Eternal Salvation / Hebrews 5:1-10 (HANDOUT)

Lesson 14: Part B

Lesson 15: Jesus’ Service as Melchizedekian High Priest / Hebrews 5:7-10 (HANDOUT)

Lesson 15: Part B

Lesson 16: Let Us Press On to Maturity / 5:11 – 6:3 (HANDOUT)
There’s no audio for Lesson 16.

Lesson 17: Five Post-Reformation Interpretive Points of View for Hebrews 6:4-8 and Other Warning Texts
(HANDOUT)

Lesson 17: Part B

Lesson 17: Part C

Lesson 17: Part D

Lesson 18: The Case of Those / 6:4-6a (HANDOUT)

Lesson 18B

Lesson 19: Taking Sides / 6:6-8(HANDOUT)

Lesson 19B

Lesson 20: You’re the Good Ground, Right? / 6:9-12(HANDOUT)

Lesson 21: The Anchor of the Soul / 6:13-20(HANDOUT)

Lesson 21B

Lesson 22: Melchizedek, Type of Christ / 6:19 – 7:3(HANDOUT)

Lesson 23: The Greatness of the Order of Melchezidek / 7:4-10(HANDOUT)

Lesson 24: The Superior Priesthood of Jesus / 6:19 – 7:28(HANDOUT)

Lesson 24B