Join Robyn and Cathy as they talk about Hebrews Chapter 4

Robyn Bain

Robyn serves on the GROW committee and belongs to Coorparoo Presbyterian Church. She writes a lot and delights in being serious and silly with her husband Andrew (Queensland Theological College) and her two girls. She loves that because of Jesus we can draw near to God ‘with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience’ (Hebrews 10:22).

Cathy Walter

Cathy serves with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES), helping international students at the Queensland University of Technology make friends and meet Jesus. She also assists her husband David as he oversees student ministry across Queensland and the South Pacific. The Walters love belonging to their church family at Grange Baptist Church. Cathy also loves crochet – and the way Hebrews encourages us to fix our eyes on Jesus so we won’t grow weary (12:2-3)

Some Useful Observation Questions for Hebrews (and other New Testament letters…)

What stands out to you from the passage?

Are there any repeated words or phrases in the passage?

What people, places or times are referred to? (What/where/when/who)

Are any other parts of the Bible quoted or referred to?

What connecting words are in the passage?

What are the major sections of the passage? (Where does the author shift focus or progress the flow of the argument?)

What is the tone or mood of the passage?

Some Useful Questions for Working Out the Meaning of a Passage in Hebrews

(and other New Testament letters…)

What questions do I have of the passage? How does the passage answer them?

How do the various sections of the passage fit together? What is the main idea of this passage?

What would this passage have meant to the original recipients? How did it challenge or encourage them?

Why does the author reference other parts of the Bible? How does it help the author make his point?

How does the main point of the passage connect to Jesus?
What does this passage teach you about God/ Jesus?

Some Useful Application Questions for Hebrews (and other New Testament letters…)

How does this passage in God’s Word lead you to praise and thank him?

How does all God has done in and through Jesus change you?

  • How does it comfort you?
  • How does it warn you about your sin?
  • How does the passage change what you think, love, want and grieve?
  • How does this passage change what you do each day?

How does this passage shape and encourage your thinking about your church?

What is something from this passage you can share with someone else?

What does the passage say to someone who has never trusted Jesus before?

Is there a verse or section you’d like to memorise?

Suggestions for Digging Deeper

Read Psalm 95

  • What do v1-7 call God’s people to do? What do these verses tell us about God?
  • What do v7-11 call God’s people to do? What is the warning here? Look at Exodus 17, Numbers 14 and 20 for the background to these verses.
  • What is the striking difference between the two sections? How are they linked?
  • Did you expect the Psalm to end where it does? What is the effect of this ending?
  • Does Jesus encourage and warn us in the same way as the Psalmist encouraged and warned his listeners?
  • Now Jesus has died and risen, why is it all the more important we listen to him and carefully obey? How does the writer to the Hebrews apply this Psalm to us today?

Trace the themes of ‘faith’ and ‘unbelief’ through the book of Hebrews.

  • What are the characteristics of each?
  • What are the results of each?
  • Have you discovered anything surprising?

Take some time to focus on Hebrews Chapter 11

  • How does the writer define ‘faith’?
  • List all the Old Testament figures in this chapter. What/who did they have faith in? How did they demonstrate their faith?
  • Read Hebrews 12:3 – who is the best example of someone who lived by faith?
  • Read Hebrews 11:39-12:3 – who is the object of our faith? How would you love that to show in your life?
  • Ask God to help you live by faith

Cathy’s Recommended Resources

The Art of Rest: Faith to hit pause in a world that never stops by Adam Mabry

Thank God for Bedtime by Geoff Robson

Two Ways to Live (2W2L) Gospel presentation

Cathy’s Recommended Hymn

“We Rest on Thee, Our Shield and Our Defender”

(Lyrics: Edith Gilling Cherry; Music: Jean Sibelius)

Some Helpful Resources on Hebrews

Starting Out

The Majestic Son: Reading Hebrews Today by Peter Adam

The Message of Hebrews (Bible Speaks Today) by Raymond Brown

Hoping for Something Better: Refusing to Settle for Life as Usual (10 Studies on Hebrews) By Nancy Guthrie with Joni Eareckson Tada

From Shadows to Reality (10 Bible Studies on Hebrews) by Joshua Ng

God’s Glory Alone: The Majestic Heart of Christian Life and Faith by David VanDrunen

Going Deeper

The Epistle to the Hebrews by F. F. Bruce

  • Best borrowed from a library or friend but also available on Kindle

A Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews by Philip Edgcumbe Hughes

The Perfect Saviour: Key Themes in Hebrews by Jonathan Griffiths

Hebrews: An Anchor for the Soul (Vols 1&2) by Kent Hughes