9 tips for great disciples

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Hebrews 13

As usual with New Testament letters, Hebrews builds on the teaching of grace with how to put it into practice. This passage has 9 tips for great disciples 1 Brotherly love The first exhortation is for brotherly love – Philadelphia in Greek! Far from being just a soft cheese, the exhortation is the first because […]

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Are you in need of encouragement?

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Hebrews 12

Are your hands dropping? Your knees weak? That’s precisely where the first readers of Hebrews were at. It was written to Jewish background believers who were being pressured to go back to the Law, to go back to Judaism to know God. So the letter like many others inthe New Testament is a passionate plea […]

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Hall of fame

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Hebrews 11

Hall of Fame – Hebrews Chapter 11 In the previous chapter the writer of Hebrews introduces us to the subject of faith.  He quotes Habakkuk 2 verse 4, “But the just shall live by his faith.”  The writer is endeavouring to encourage his readers not to turn back or be discouraged.  But what is faith?  […]

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It’s all about Jesus

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Hebrews 9

The Bible is all about Jesus – The Old Testament points to our need of Jesus. The gospels shows us how Jesus sorted our greatest need. The epistles show us how to live in the good of Christ’s first coming as we await His second. Hebrews 9 shows how the Old Testament sacrificial system, Tabernacle […]

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The old and the new

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Heb 8

The old and new covenant. Today, I am looking into a bit of history to remind us of what the ‘old covenant’ and the ‘new covenant’ are all about.  Pre-biblical times, there was long history concerning covenants.  They generally came in two guises:  conditional and unconditional.  Conditional covenants came from a law background and were […]

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Entering into rest

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Hebrews 4

In v11 the writer to the Hebrews urges us to “strive to enter rest”. So the concept of entering the rest that this passage is about cannot be about gaining salvation. We know we are not saved by works, but by the free gift of grace through faith. We don’t have to strive to be […]

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What is man?

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Hebrews 2

Hebrews was first written for Jews who had come to faith in Jesus as the Messiah to help them understand why Jesus is the fulfilment of the Old Testament promise and to help them not fall back to law keeping Judaism. The first chapter establishes Jesus’ superiority over the previous Old Testament revelation and this […]

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Jesus is supreme

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Hebrews 1

If you’ve ever had an interest in sport, even if just from a general knowledge perspective for your local pub quiz, you’ll have come across numerous G.O.A.T (Greatest of all time) debates. From Pele, Ronaldo (Football), Jordan, Lebron James (Basketball), Lomu, Pocock (Rugby) to Bradman, Tendulkar (Cricket), popular sport stars are pitted against one another […]

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Plea for a slave

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Philemon

Plea for a Slave – Philemon When I was young I read a book called Twice Freed.  It was written by well know children’s author Patricia St John.  It is a story based on the events written in this letter by Paul.  Patricia has taken the Biblical facts, and woven a story around them, as […]

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