Disciple Lessons from Hebrews
A 13-week online study of the Letter to the Hebrews

by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
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Frederick Goodall (British painter, 1822-1904), "Portrait of Rabbi." Larger image.

The Letter to the Hebrews is an amazing book -- nothing like anything you see in the rest of the New Testament.

  • In some places it soars. The "Hall of Faith" of Hebrews 11, for example, recites the faith of the patriarchs in terms that always lifts me up and inspires me.
  • In other places it's downright difficult. Several verses are frankly hard to understand clearly, but intriguing nonetheless.
  • Here and there you'll find stern warnings and exhortations. How should we take them?
  • Occasionally you almost need hip-boots to wade through the various tabernacle sacrificial rituals from the book of Leviticus. But if you take the time to understand what is being said, you'll be staggered by the implications.
  • It's filled with high-grade nuggets of Christian truth that will stay with you all your life!

Hebrews is certainly a book for disciples. It stirs our faith and nips at our heels when we get lazy in our walk. It helps us see Jesus in a new way. And it enables us to understand the role of suffering to discipline and train us up as Jesus' disciples. Though Hebrews discusses at length Old Testament themes of sacrifice, forgiveness, and Israel's high priest, it isn't about these things. Ultimately, the Letter to Hebrews is a lens that focuses all our attention of Jesus Christ -- who he is in both his humanity and divinity, and what he has done for us now and forever.

Hebrews is both a challenge and a joy. Are you up to the journey? I invite you to join us. There's no cost to join. Come along. Let's study together.

Introduction to Hebrews  Audio (8:43)

  1. Jesus, the Father's Own Son (Hebrews 1:1-2:4)
  2. Jesus, Who Tastes Death for Everyone (2:5-18)
  3. Jesus, the Giver of Rest (3:1-4:13)
  4. Disciple Lessons from Hebrews, by Ralph F. Wilson
    Now all the lessons are also available together in e-book and printed book formats.
    Jesus, Our Sympathetic High Priest (4:14-5:10)
  5. Warnings Against Apostasy (5:11-6:12)
  6. Jesus, Our High Priest Forever (6:13-7:28)
  7. Jesus, Mediator of a Better Covenant (8:1-9:12)
  8. Jesus, Our Willing Sacrifice (9:13-10:18)
  9. Let Us Draw Near: Confidence of Faith (10:19-39)
  10. Let Us Believe: Nature of Faith (11:1-6, 11)
  11. Let Us Trust: Perspective of Faith (11:7-12:2)
  12. Let Us Endure: Perseverance of Faith (12:3-29)
  13. Let Us Love: Workings of Faith and Epilogue (13:1-25)

References and Abbreviations
Reprint Guidelines
Hebrew-Jewish Art and Paintings
The Five Warning Passages of Hebrews
Text of the Epistle to the Hebrews (NIV)

Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
This is our 24th online Bible study since 1996. If you've participated in one before, you know how God can use them in your life. If not, then you have a treat in store for you. I am an ordained American Baptist pastor, currently ministering in a Covenant congregation. I'm here to serve you as your guide to the Letter to the Hebrews. --. Dr. Ralph F. Wilson. About the leader.

Here's how we'll study together.

  • Each Saturday I'll e-mail you the lesson for the week. Then you'll read the Bible passage and use my notes to help you understand it better.
  • On Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and maybe Thursday, you'll receive a question from that week's lesson to think about and answer. This is designed as a "total immersion" approach to Bible study, since I believe God wants to use it to work real and permanent change in your life. (You can opt out of the daily questions if you like, however, and just receive the weekly lessons.) You'll be thinking about these passages constantly for over these weeks -- long enough for God to work his Word into your life and lifestyle.
  • You can respond to the questions using the Joyful Heart Bible Study Forum -- and read others' answers to reinforce your own understanding.
  • With each lesson you'll receive a link to a 20- to 30-minute audio teaching that sums up the passage you've been studying that week. Some who learn better from hearing than from reading really appreciate this.
  • Then on Saturday, I'll send you the next week's lesson.

Why don't you sign up today -- and then encourage some of your friends to sign up and study along with you.

Sign up now!

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You'll receive your first lesson the Friday after you sign up. There is no cost to participate in the study, though donations are encouraged so we can create more studies and reach more people.

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Please don't sign up for more than one of my Bible studies at one time. There's no penalty, but each of them is pretty intensive. If you try to do too many studies at the same time without adequate reflection, you'll miss out on God speaking to you.

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