Reading Warren Wiersbe, I understand how my kids feel when I glance into a closet and pull out the basketball they cant find. It was there all along, but they just didnt see it. In his writing Dr. Wiersbe pulls outlines and alliteration out of Scripture rather than imposing them upon the text and I realize, too, that it was there all the time. I just hadnt seen it.
Theres a class on Hebrews in my future, and since I have a profound respect for that book [Shall we be honest and just admit that Im intimidated by it?], Im beginning my studying early with Warren Wiersbes Be Confident (part of the Be Series with over four million books in print). Dr. Wiersbe calls me out on my uneasiness and offers reassurance that Hebrews has a clear message, and there is no reason why you and I should not understand and profit from it. He got me started on that positive train of thought with his overview of five characteristics of the epistle to the Hebrews:
1.It Is a Book of Evaluation Using the word better thirteen times, the word perfect fourteen times, and emphasizing Christs eternal nature, the writer of Hebrews emphasizes that Jesus Christ and the Christian life He gives us are better because these blessings are eternal and they give us a perfect standing before God.
2.It Is a Book of Exhortation Were not to be intimidated by the warnings in Hebrews, but to be formed by them in our devotion to Gods Word.
3.It Is a Book of Examination Using the word established eight times in Hebrews, the author reveals that the only secure foundation for life is faith based on Gods Word. Hebrews asks, In what are you trusting?
4.It Is a Book of Expectation Focused on the future, Hebrews turns the believers eyes to the world which is to come. As A.W. Tozer said, Every man must choose his world.
5.It Is a Book of Exaltation Jesus is superior to the prophets both in His person and in His work. He is Gods final revelation.
I see now that for all the very same reasons that Hebrews is a challenging book to read and to study, it is likewise an important book to understand and to apply. Be Confident strikes a lovely balance between formal, outlined structure and informal, anecdotal accounts. In addition to stories based on historical figures, Dr. Wiersbe shares from his years of pastoral and counseling ministry.
Unraveling the mysterious Melchizedek, rightly revealing that the five terrible warnings found in Hebrews are truly for exhortation and encouragement, and always demonstrating scriptural reasons for confidence in living the Christian life, Be Confident is a resource for teachers as well as a reference for questions that arise in personal study. A thorough study of the book of Hebrews is an invitation to enter fresh heights (and depths) of worship as we ponder Christ, His superior person, and His superior priesthood.
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As a Sunday School teacher of the three-campus CrossPoint United Methodist Church located in Harrisburg, PA. and suburbs thereof, I have found and taught several books of the Bible using Warren W. Wiersbe's "Be series" Bible studies as dynamic guidance from before the creation of our universe and earth right on up to Christ's return to establish the "new heaven and earth." AMEN.
I needed materail to teach an adult class on the book of Hebrews. Most commentaries just didn't fit the bill as far as making the material usuable for today's christian. This book does exactly that. I highly recommend it!