Hebrews: Advance the Gospel
Other than the book of Romans, Hebrews is perhaps the most timely and relevant book in the New Testament for Christians. It was written before the end of the 1st Century, most likely during the 60s—just prior to or during the Christian persecution by the Emperor Nero. The epistle seems to have been written to a specific congregation, most likely comprised of Jewish Christians, rather than a general audience. There is much discussion as to the geographic location of this congregation, although Rome and Jerusalem are the most likely possibilities. The authorship of Hebrews is anonymous. It’s a very pastoral book that provides practical theology to God’s people and emphasizes the trustworthiness of Christianity. Regardless of many of the unknown factors of this epistle, we do know that it was written to Christians who were tempted to shrink in their faith because of the threat of persecution and hardship. They were a congregation of believers, drifting in the uncertain political and social life of a chaotic culture. They weren’t sure if they could “keep going” in advancing the faith. This is a very timely and encouraging message for Christians in Nashville and North America.