Simply put, my goal this year is to help you discover the great treasure that we have in the book of Hebrews.
The message of the book of Hebrews is quite stunning. The author (we're not sure who he was) takes familiar people or things from the Old Testament and uses them to show how much greater Jesus is. It really is stunning to understand the ways in which Jesus is greater than angels, Moses, and the High Priests. But (spoiler alert!) the part that is really mind-blowing is the implications for what Jesus has done for us. You've been exalted above the angels since He became one of us--not one of them-- in order to redeem you. He has given you a greater peace than anything that Moses promised the people. You have been made a kingdom of priests under your Great High Priest. The heroes of the faith? " All these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised,  since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect" (Hebrews 11:39–40, ESV). It is truly an amazizng book. Or, to say it better, it is a book with an amazing message.
You'll have several ways of diving into the book of Hebrews durng this school year. The main one is through our Sunday morning adult Bible study. That will be the best opportunity to work our way throught the message of the book together, ask questions, and find the answers that it offers. Even if you've missed the first sessions, it will most definitely be worth your time.
We will also build on that study throughout the year. And we'll do it in a couple of ways. Our Advent and Lenten series this year will be based on the book of Hebrews. The theme for our Advent services will be "The Greater One is Coming: A Child Greater than Angels; A Child Greater than Moses; and the Great, Infant High Priest." We'll also offer an advent devotional based on that theme, as well.
During Lent, our theme for our midweek services will be "The Heroes of Faith and Us-- Made Perfect In Christ: By Faith, Creation; By Faith, Abel; By faith, Enoch; By faith, Noah; By faith, Abraham & Sarah; By faith, Isaac, Jacob, & Joseph." Again, our Lenten devotional will develop that theme even further.
Please don't miss this opportunity to discover and dig deeply into the amazing message of this book. May God richly bless our study of His Word this year.
-- Pastor Stolarczyk