Acts + Letters Lesson 16 Day 5

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Hebrews 13

Questions for Acts and Letters of the Apostles Lesson 16

Jesus, our Lord and Shepherd

12. Practical Application of our Faith

  • “No matter what, make room in your heart to love every believer.” (v. 1 TPT)

The word for love used in Hebrews 13:1 is philadelphia, coming from the root philia. This ancient Greek word spoke of brotherly friendship and affection. It is the love of deep friendship and partnership. There should always be plenty of this kind of love among Christians, and it should continue. (Enduring Word)

  • Show hospitality to strangers who are sometimes angels.

In the ancient world, where inns did exist, [they] were notorious for immorality. It was important for traveling Christians to find open homes from other Christians. As time went on, Christian leaders taught . . . people how to recognize . . . deceivers [taking advantage of the generosity of God’s people.] (Enduring Word)

Angels sometimes appear in human form. They are so common-looking that we could have an angel right in front of us and not know it. Therefore, we should be hospitable to everyone. They might be an angel. (AWLC)

  • Remember and identify with the persecuted who are in or outside prison.
  • Honor the purity of marriage as God created it to be.
  • Don’t be obsessed with money or material things. Be content, recognizing God said he is our provider. Contentment overcomes covetousness and fear of poverty.
  • Remember “the example of your spiritual leaders who have spoken God’s messages to you, take a close look at how their lives ended, and then follow their walk of faith.” (v. 7 TPT)
    The early church was like a family with an elder functioning as an overseer/deacon—more like a parent. They were all brothers and sisters. The writer of Hebrews and the other letters of the apostles encourage each member of the body to love, share and watch over each other the way families do.
  • A warning to these Christian Hebrews not to allow anyone to distract them with doctrines about food and sacrifices because Jesus is our Savior and our altar is the cross.
  • We should continually offer to God sacrifices of praise, our lips proclaiming allegiance to his name. (v. 15)
  • Do good and share. God is well pleased with that sacrifice. (v. 16)
  • “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they watch on behalf of your souls.” (v. 17)
  • The apostle/writer asks the Hebrews to pray for them. (v.18, 19)

Personal application

Worship, playing the keyboard and singing more often at home for an audience of One.

13. Jesus’ example

Love the Lord my God with ever-increasing passion, energy, depth, and capacity.

Jesus only did what he saw the Father doing. I want to see and hear well enough to follow His example.

Love others as He loves me. (John 13:34)

Be a living sacrifice. (Romans 12:1)

 


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