We are reading the book of Hebrews for our RBT reading programme this month and to help with your reading, here are some links to resources that might be useful:
Brief outline of Hebrews (PDF file)
Graphic representation of the pattern of shadow and reality throughout the book:
Video of pastor Joel Shorey reciting the whole book of Hebrews. Takes 46mins!
Book of Hebrews online available in different bible versions:
If you want to read a bit deeper and maybe look up particular passages in a commentary or hear sermons, these might be of help:
Matthew Henry’s commentary on the whole bible:
Sermon series by Stuart Olyott, preaching through the whole book:
Our RBT readings in Sept were the books of Joshua and Judges. The content of these books raised a number of issues which we didn’t really have time to explore in detail in our feedback sessions. I thought it might be helpful to post a few links to some helpful resources, particularly on the issue of God’s command to Israel concerning the inhabitants of Canaan. Or to put it more bluntly, aren’t Israel guilty of genocide in the book of Joshua? We attempted the beginning of an answer in our feedback session, remembering that God is holy and just and that we are sinful and deserve God’s anger against our sin. Also remembering that God had promised the land to Israel and so was being faithful to that promise. Nevertheless, the issue of the justice of God’s action (through Israel) was raised (how could it be right to kill all those people?). I hope that the articles below might be helpful to give a fuller answer to this difficult question,
regards, Jim (pastor)
A really helpful article on the Gospel Coalition site by Justin Taylor – How could God command genocide in the Old Testament?
A short blog post by John Piper on his site, Desiring God – What does the slaughter of the Amorites mean?
A thorough article on the Bethinking.org apologetics site that goes into the wider issue of the mass killings in the Old Testament
Repost of an Evangelicals Now article on the Bethinking.org site – Is God a monster?
We are starting a new venture during the month of June – to read the bible together (RBT for short). This is a reading scheme that was started in Mount Pleasant Church in Swansea and that a number of churches have taken up. It involves simply reading a book or books of the bible during the month and then coming together to discuss what has been read around a few helpful questions.
You can find more information on our special RBT page, and can download the reading plan and the question sheet.
Why not join us as we read God’s word and encourage one another to take it seriously?