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20: Faith in Practice (Heb 13:1-25)

The Basics


The epistle of Hebrews centers on Jesus Christ and His finished work of salvation. Following his instructions on the supremacy of Jesus Christ, the author teaches his readers how faith in Jesus Christ should be part of believers’ lives. Having cited numerous examples of faith and encouraged the readers to endure in the faith, he now gives us some practical teachings on love and holiness. This final chapter on life applications of faith, followed by some final greetings, brings the epistle to a close.

Key Verse

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (13:8).

Did You Know…?

1.         “Some have unwittingly entertained angels” (13:2): The author probably had Abraham and Lot in mind when he wrote this (cf. Gen 18:1-8; 19:1-3).

2.         “Remember the prisoners” (13:3): “In the first century prisoners were not well treated, and they depended—often even for necessities like food—on sympathizers.” 3/146

3.         “The bodies of those animals…are burned outside the camp” (): For the OT regulation regarding burning the bodies of sacrificial animals, see Leviticus 16:27.











Key Words/Phrases

General Analysis

1.   Record each of the commands found in this passage.

Segment Analysis


1.         Who are the objects of love in this paragraph?

2a.        Who are the “strangers” and “prisoners” in your life? (cf. Mt 25:34-40)

2b.        Based on the exhortations in this paragraph, how should you show your love to them?

3.         Some people justify sexual sins by saying, “as long as two people truly love each other, what is there to stop them?” What is wrong with such a rationale?

4a.        How do the two quotations the author cites in verses 5 and 6 reinforce the admonition against covetousness?

4b.        How can the words of these quotations help you personally in other areas of your life?


5.         What two types of teachers are contrasted in this paragraph?

6.         Explain the exhortation to let “the heart be established by grace, not with foods…”.

7a.        What is the purpose of verse 8?

7b.        How can verse 8 help you in your life right now?


8.         What “altar” do we as believers have (10)?

9.         How does this paragraph follow the command of verse 9?

10.        What comparison is made in verses 11 and 12?

11.        How should you go forth to Jesus outside the camp and bear His reproach?

12.        What sacrifices should Christians offer to God continually through Jesus Christ? How often do you offer these sacrifices?


13.        Based on this paragraph, what are our responsibilities toward our spiritual leaders?

15.        What reasons does the author give for obeying and submitting to our leaders?


16.        The doxology and benediction (20-21) encompass some basic truths of the Christian faith, some of which have been discussed earlier in the epistle. Record each of these truths.  

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