SYNOPSIS

We find the Scripture narrative opens in Genesis 1 with God creating and holding the world together with the word of his mouth. Yet tragically, in the aftermath of our first parents rebellion of Genesis 3, we find them attempting to hold things together by hiding and lying.  Sin disorders everything. Insecure and fearful, we too feel we have to hold things together by the word of our mouth-our own power. So we strive, strain and overwork- exhaustion is a word many of us would use to describe our 21st century experience. We are irreparably broken- fragmented, fallen and falling apart due to sin. 

Writing to a Jewish community who were in danger of falling into this cycle of holding the world together/exhaustion the writer opens by drawing on Psalm 110 with an astonishing statement that summarizes the heart of this sermonic letter in 1.3:  “Jesus is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high”.  Jesus is God, he holds everything together and in offering his life in love (bringing about forgiveness in a way the old Jewish sacrificial system could not) he completed the work, and then sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.  

God sat down.

This means Jesus’ work was effective and is better than all the ways we attempt to uphold the universe by our own power.  In Christ, instead of our lives being fallen and falling apart, we are saved and being saved.  In each section the writer challenges the Hebrew audience to continue in this rich salvation by taking them back through the history of how their nation formed.  Each element of their nations story pales in comparison to Jesus.  Sinai, Moses leadership, the wilderness, the tabernacle, the priests, the sacrifices they offered and even the greatest people of faith, all point us to how Jesus’ sacrifice of love is far superior to any power we exert in attempts to hold our world together.  

Each Sunday at our Gatherings we will be taught through one of the main sections or themes of Hebrews.  In the first section (ch.1-5) we will discover Jesus is better than the law/word (we don’t find our righteousness in knowing or keeping the law) and better than Moses the builder (we don’t have to work to erect a temple for ourselves). We will also be challenged to not drift from our rooting in the work of Christ.  In the next section (6-9) we will learn that Jesus is a superior Priest, a superior sacrifice and brings with him a superior covenant. In the last four chapters (10-13) we are going to discover the outworking of our faith- assurance, endurance and vision of inheritance- an unshakable kingdom we are new citizens of where we no longer have to uphold things by our own power.  Because God sat down, so can we, the cycle of exhaustion can be broken and we can find rest in his completed work.

Each week, in our personal time of solitude with the Lord we will be studying each verse of that section using The Daily. In our Community Groups we will be discussing one set of verses that were taught on Sunday.  Our Community Group leaders are equipped with some simple resources to help us make sense of this complex book. 

Sign up for The Daily HERE.  Connect in a Community Group HERE.

Our hope and prayer is that we would be drawn into the deep rest that God has offered us in the completed work of Christ.  Our prayer is that week by week the Lord would surface the areas in our lives that we are striving to hold the world together ourselves and to see Jesus as superior than all our failed attempts. 


grace + peace,


The Downtown Hope Theology Team


Messages


The Daily


Daily READINGS

Week of 09/08
M
Psalm 110.1
Tu Psalm 110.2
W Psalm 110.3-4
Th Psalm 110.5-7
F Psalm 1.1-3

Week of 09/15
M
Hebrews 1.4-5
Tu Hebrews 1.6-7
W Hebrews 1.8-9 
Th Hebrews 1.10-12  
F Hebrews 1.13-14

Week of 09/22
M
Hebrews 2.1-3a
Tu Hebrews 2.3b-4
W Hebrews 2.5-9
Th Hebrews 2.10-13
F Hebrews 2.14-18

Week of 09/29
M
Hebrews 3.1-3
Tu Hebrews 3.1-6
W Hebrews 3.7-11
Th Hebrews 3.12-15
F Hebrews 3.16-19


Week of 10/06
M
[Supplementary Passage]
Tu Hebrews 4.1-3
W Hebrews 4.4-7
Th Hebrews 4.8-11
F Hebrews 4.12-13

Week of 10/13
M
Hebrews 4.14-16
Tu Hebrews 5.1-4
W Hebrews 5.5-6
Th Hebrews 5.7-10
F Hebrews 5.11-14

Week of 10/27
M
Hebrews 7.11-18
Tu Hebrews 7.18-22
W Hebrews 7.23-28
Th Hebrews 8.1-6
F Hebrews 8.7-13

Week of 10/20
M
Hebrews 6.1-3
Tu Hebrews 6.4-8
W Hebrews 6.9-12
Th Hebrews 6.13-18
F Hebrews 6.19-7.10


Week of 11/03
M
Hebrews 9.1-10
Tu Hebrews 9.11-22
W Hebrews 9.23-28
Th Hebrews 10.1-10
F Hebrews 10.11-18

Week of 11/10
M
Hebrews 10.22-25
Tu Hebrews 10.26-31
W Hebrews 10.32-39
Th Hebrews 11.1-7
F Hebrews 11.8-31

Week of 11/24
M
Hebrews 12.25-29
Tu Hebrews 13.1-6
W Hebrews 13.7-14
Th Hebrews 13.15-17
F Hebrews 13.18-25

Week of 11/17
M
Hebrews 11.32-40
Tu Hebrews 12.1-6
W Hebrews 12.7-13
Th Hebrews 12.14-17
F Hebrews 12.18-24