Hebrews Chapter 13

March 6, 2014

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on Hebrews. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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Hebrews 13:1-25 (NIV)
1 Keep on loving each other as brothers. 2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. 3 Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. 4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” 7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them. 10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat. 11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come. 15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. 17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you. 18 Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. 19 I particularly urge you to pray so that I may be restored to you soon. 20 May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 22 Brothers, I urge you to bear with my word of exhortation, for I have written you only a short letter. 23 I want you to know that our brother Timothy has been released. If he arrives soon, I will come with him to see you. 24 Greet all your leaders and all God’s people. Those from Italy send you their greetings. 25 Grace be with you all.

Hebrews 13:1-6

These verses demonstrate something we talk about all the time. The importance of encouraging and loving others well and being thankful. Loving our neighbors as ourselves. Being thankful for what we have instead of focusing on what we don’t have.

Entertaining angels

Gideon

Judges 6:11-13 (NIV)
11 The angel of the LORD came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12 When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.” 13 “But sir,” Gideon replied, “if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our fathers told us about when they said, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and put us into the hand of Midian.”

Manoah

Judges 13:2-3 (NIV)
2 A certain man of Zorah, named Manoah, from the clan of the Danites, had a wife who was sterile and remained childless. 3 The angel of the LORD appeared to her and said, “You are sterile and childless, but you are going to conceive and have a son.

Hebrews 13:7-8

As people have poured out their lives for us, we need to continue on by investing our lives in others.

And remember that our ultimate model for life and ministry is Jesus. Unlike any human leaders, he will never change. Christ has been and will be the same forever. In an ever changing world we can always trust our unchanging Lord.

Hebrews 13:9-12

The law might impact outward behavior but it could not change the heart. Lasting change happens in our lives when we begin to cooperate with the Holy Spirit.

Hebrews 13:13-14

It is better to suffer with and for Jesus even if it means leaving the camp, what they had previously known as safe. It was now necessary to leave it behind completely and follow Christ into the full and abundant now and forever life He has for us.

Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Hebrews 13:15-25

We should live lives that please God. Our lives should be an offering of praise and worship. Living by trying to do the next right thing. Spending time in prayer, reading the Word, serving, Keeping our focus on Jesus as the center of our lives as we continue to grow in Him throughout our lives.

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3 thankful5(s) and/or Comments

  1. Wanda Gershowitz says:

    I am thankful to God for…
    1. forgiveness and in God’s will and strength forgiving others
    2. friends of 49 years… still close and still praying for each other
    3. faithfulness of God who will bring our children to Himself
    4. faithfulness to God… no matter what, I believe His promises and expect them to come to pass
    5. Fullness of time… God is on His schedule, not mine but know His timing is perfect

  2. June Crumley says:

    I am thankful:
    1. For this rain shower! The plants need the water. Thank You Father.
    2. That God is Truth. He cannot lie!
    3. God answers prayer when we come to Him in faith and believe we receive when we pray.
    4. To intercede for others.
    5. God WANTS to bless His children with all good. He loves us!

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