How would you explain the fact that the average member of any given evangelical church in America does not take Hebrews 13:17 seriously as a rule of faith and church practice? Historically what are the ramifications of this?
We all know that in any institution, local churches included, leaders sometime go rogue. How should godly members react to such a crisis?
Who is supposed to hold pastors accountable?
How does having a clear conscience elevate one’s confidence in God answering prayers on our behalf, according to verse 18?
What encouragement can we draw from the author’s words about Timothy’s apparent encouragement in verse 23?
False teaching has taken many different forms throughout church history – the forms we see today bear some resemblance to heresies churches have confronted in the past. As our author closes out his epistle, he warns the Hebrew Christians (again) of a certain form of deadly error that in principle still crops up today. Describe it in a phrase or sentence.
Verse 13 mentions something that just comes with the territory of following Christ. Compare this with 2 Timothy 3:12. What do you think about those who try so hard in our culture to avoid offending the sensibilities of non-believers? At what point is such effort justified? At what point is it pointless and unjustified?
How does the perspective of verse 14 help us contend with our place at the bottom of the world’s food chain, so to speak?
How does true religion, pure and simple, contrast with the external formalism of legalistic Judaism with its ritual animal sacri ces, whereby those people sought acceptance with God? See verses 15-16.