“Saints and Sinners”

On November 5, Pastor Jim preaches on Hebrews 11:1-8.

When it comes to who wrote the Book of Hebrews, the jury is still out. Traditionally, the Apostle Paul is given credit, though many scholars have other theories. Ask two scholars a question and you’ll get three answers.  🙂

Some say the book was written by Clement of Rome, Barnabas, Apollos, and even Luke, the physician/evangelist. One theory I find interesting is that it may have been written by Priscilla, who co-pastored with her husband, Aquila. Some speculate that she may have been the senior pastor of the Christian community they shepherded in Corinth. Either way, they were a powerful team, well used by God. In Acts 18:26 they take the silver-tongued evangelist Apollos aside after one of his sermons and correct him. Maybe these two wrote Hebrews together, who knows?

One thing is sure: Hebrews was written to Jewish Christians. Go figure! Some might assume that “Jewish Christian” is an oxymoron. The truth is the earliest believers were completely Jewish, as was Jesus.

The book is interesting. Hebrews requires a basic knowledge of Old Testament characters, their stories, and the sacrificial system of Israel. It’s written by someone with a pastoral heart to Christians who are suffering and discouraged.

As I read the book this week, the central message is clear. It’s “Hang in there! Don’t give up! Jesus will see you through.”

Uh…have you ever thought about giving up? Giving up on God? Sleeping in on Sunday and jettisoning church from you life?

The author says, “Not so fast!” “Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin.”  (Hebrews 4:14-15)

Hang in there, my friends. I hope to see you Sunday.

Jim

P.S. How ’bout those Astros!!

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