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Hebrews 13:20-25

Key Verse:
Now may the God of Peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.  Hebrews 13:20-21
Opening Reflection:  Who or what brought you to church for the first time?
·Read through Hebrews 13:20-25 with an emphasis on verses 20 and 21.  How does this benediction and closing encompass all of the writer’s purpose in writing to the Hebrews?
·Verses 20 and 21 serve as a reminder to us about how and why God initiated the new, eternal covenant.  What are the key elements of the new covenant?  What is God’s role?  What is Jesus Christ’s role?  What is yours?
·What comes to mind when you think of God as the “God of Peace”?   How does this name describe God’s intent in having a relationship with us?
·In what specific ways does God “equip you with everythin…

Hebrews 13:7-19

KeyVerse:  Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Hebrews 13:15
Opening Reflection: Who in life do you admire so much that you imitate their qualities and choices? 
Study Questions:
This section speaks about the role of leaders in the faith.  What are their responsibilities to us? What are our responsibilities to them?  Consider letting them know how much they encourage you.  
What warnings are in this chapter?  What truths and safeguards does God provide to protect the believer from being led astray? 
Verses 10-12 describe the Levitical system.  Read Leviticus 7: 15-18 and Exodus 29:14 for more about the sacrifices the readers of this letter would be familiar with.  What is the writer saying in these verses about the sacrifice of Christ that he spoke previously about in Hebrews 10:1-18? 
What commands are given in verses 15 and 16?  Which ones are a habit in your life?  Which ones does God want you to…

Hebrews 13:5-6

Key Verse: Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Hebrews 12:5-6
Reflection:  Did your parents or someone else teach you about managing money?  If so or if not, how has that impacted your management of money today?
·Read Hebrews 13:5-6 out loud multiple times.  As you do so, try to emphasize each key word or phrase once each time.  For example, “KEEP your life free from love of money…” then “Keep YOUR LIFE free from love of money…”  What stands out to you in this passage?
·Hebrews 13:5-6 contains two commands, a reason, and a result.  How would you put each of them in your own words?
·What is the connection of this passage with the rest of Hebrews?  What point is the author making about your relationship with money and things in comparison to your relationship with the Lord?
·How a believer handles m…

Hebrews 13:1-4

Key Verse Let brotherly love continue Hebrews 13:1
Opening reflection:  Have you ever loved a friend like a family member?  What caused the closeness of that relationship? 
Study Questions:
1.  What is brotherly love?  To further your study, read these cross references: Romans 12:10, 1 Thessalonians 4:9, 1 Peter 1:22, 3:8.  What seems to be easy for you in loving other Christians?  What is difficult?
2.  This passage contains 3 commands in verses 2-4.  List the commands and the corresponding reasons given for obedience.  Of the three given, which have you participated in?  In what ways are you challenged? 
3.  Read Matthew 25:35-40.  How does Jesus teaching on serving others compare to what the writer is commanding in the verses we are studying this week?  Does it change how you look at meeting other's needs?
4.  We know from Hebrews 10:34 that the recipients of the letter were compassionate towards those in prison.  Verse 3 adds that another group in need of compassion is those who are …