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Welcome to Villa Scriptura! If you wish to begin our home Bible study in the Epistle to the Hebrews, go to the bottom of the page and hit "older posts." You can then go to the beginning of our studies from Hebrews 1:1. If you have any questions about our study or wish to interact over anything we've discussed, you may contact me here: timurzhan1@gmail.com. I have also included a couple of songs I've sung within the blog.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Epistle to the Hebrews Study #14 (Hebrews 12:4-12:29)

In this episode (Villa Scriptura Podcast Episode #14), we will complete our study of Hebrews 12.  As you may recall from our previous study, the author had presented us with a list of fellow pilgrims who had run the race of endurance--by faith--toward the city of the living God.  And as we concluded last time, we took note of how the author brought this list to a climax by exhorting us to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith” and to “consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself,” so that we “will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Before we resume our discussion, we will hear a reading of Hebrews 12 in its entirety.  We hope you will be as encouraged and challenged as we were by what the epistle’s author has to say, as we learn about the role God’s discipline plays in bringing many sons to glory, how committed faith finds expression as persevering faithfulness to God, and how what lies ahead under the New Covenant provides greater privileges and, at the same time,  sober responsibilities for God’s redeemed people.

Notes for this podcast episode can be found here: Study Notes for Lesson #14

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Epistle to the Hebrews Study #13B (Hebrews 11:23-12:3)

In this episode (Villa Scriptura Podcast Episode #13B), we resume our examination of those in Hebrews 11 who lived out the kind of faith God commended, that which exhibited the “assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen.”  As we begin today’s study with an overview of where we’ve come so far in the epistle, we are reminded of how this definition of commendable faith relates back to the promised earthly kingdom of Christ Jesus and His present ongoing ministry as Great High Priest in the heavenly tabernacle.  As the list of those who refused to shrink back and kept looking faithfully to the One who made the promises heads toward its climax, we are provided with the ultimate and perfect example of the premier “endurance runner”: the Lord Jesus Christ himself, who--for the joy set before Him--endured the cross, despising the shame, and now is exalted at God’s right hand in the place of highest honor. 

Notes for both parts of podcast episode 13--covering material in Hebrews 11:1-12:3--can be found here: Study Notes for Lessons 13A and 13B