The Author of Hebrews is unknown, and it was likely written in A.D. 62—68. Most scholars believe the letter was written to a specific local assembly in either Rome, Jerusalem, or Israel. This was an assembly of Hebrew-Christians in crisis. The epistle’s purpose was twofold—the to encourage believers to mature in Christ and to warn readers of the danger of disowning Christ and defecting back to Judaism. This purpose is carried out by the lofty theme of the SUPREMACY and SUFFICIENCY of Christ.
This is what we see in v.8—9 in chapter 1. These verses are part of a larger section in Hebrews (v.1:4—2:18) that explain Christ’s superiority over angels. Verses 8—9 refer back to Psalm 45:6—7. Here, Messiah is God’s anointed, it is said that “God” will reign with a scepter of righteousness, and His “companions are the heirs of salvation.” Jesus is this Davidic Messiah. This is why in v.8—9, the Son is called God by the Father.
This is great news! CHRIST IS SUPPREME!
The following guide is a resource for your personal time of abiding with the Lord and for your Community Group when you meet. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
VISION + STORIES
Take time to be reminded of our shared vision- We are abiding in Christ that we might experience Gospel Transformation in our homes, neighborhoods, work places and city.
+ Ask… What are you/we thankful to the Lord for? (e.g., how is he working in our community group or the lives of someone we are walking with to discover the gospel?)
+ What is one need in this circle/our Community Group and how can we meet it together?
SING + PRAY
Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER [ Hebrews 1:8-9 ] In Large group
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
8 But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. 9You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”
+ “Son”, who is this?
+ “Your throne”, who’s throne is this?
+ “God, your God, has anointed you”, what does this imply about Trinitarianism?
+ Read the passage a few times. What jumps out to you about this passage?
+ What kinds of poetic language can be seen?
PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time? (Below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., spend time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)