The Book of Hebrews is one of the most beautiful, theologically rich, difficult, and extremely practical books of the New Testament. At its core, Hebrews was likely a 60-minute sermon that was written to a church of Jewish-believers-in–Jesus that were facing significant persecution for their faith in Christ. This persecution was weighing on them to the point where they were considering giving up, so the author of Hebrews calls the church to realize (focus their eyes on) just how amazing and supreme Jesus is over every other way of life and every other possible allegiance.
But Hebrews is a lot more than just the theology of how supreme Jesus is; Hebrews also gives us great practical direction on how to respond to Jesus with hope, allegiance, worship, love, joy, mission, and perseverance.
While we (Riversiders) don’t face the same situations that the original readers of Hebrews were facing, we too struggle at times to persevere and walk with God faithfully and deeply. So as we journey through Hebrews together in the first half of 2020, we too will receive great challenges and significant encouragement to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and…run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Pioneer and Perfecter of faith.”