The following is a simple study sheet that contains a brief outline of the chapter and a few questions that focus on the text. One of the first and most important parts of good Bible study is observation. What does the text say? Until we know what the text says, it is fruitless to try to discover what it means and how it applies. Most of the questions are designed to do little more than help the reader observe the text. There may be an occasional question that asks for deeper meaning or application.
I. Final Exhortations (13:1-17)
A. Show hospitality (13:1-3, 16)
B. Be morally pure (13:4)
C. Be content (13:5-6)
D. Submit to the elders (13:7, 17)
E. Do not be deceived by false doctrine (13:8-9)
F. The old law has fulfilled its purpose (13:10-11)
G. Identify with the suffering of Jesus (13:12-13)
H. Look toward heaven (13:14)
I. Praise God (13:15)
II. Concluding Remarks (13:18-25)
A. Prayers requested (13:18-19)
B. Prayer offered (13:20-21)
C. Final salutation (13:22-25)
- In showing hospitality to strangers, some had actually entertained _____________ (13:2)?
- They were to remember what group of people (13:3)?
- Why were they to honor God’s marriage arrangement (13:4)?
- What were they not to love (13:5)?
- Whose faith were they to imitate (13:7)?
- How does the writer describe Jesus (13:8)?
- As they considered the suffering of Jesus, how were they to respond to it (13:12-13)?
- What are we seeking (13:14)? In that seeking we are imitating some faithful saints of the past. Which ones (11:13-16)?
- What should we not neglect (13:16)?
- What do our leaders watch over (13:17)?
- Our conduct should allow our leaders to do their work with ________, not with ________ (13:17).
- What does the writer urge them to do (13:22)?
I can think of no better way to end this study of Hebrews than the way the writer ended it in verses 20-21, with a prayer of praise and petition:
“Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”