Pastor Barry Robinson

Letters to the Camberwell Congregation from Pastor Barry Robinson

Fix your eyes upon Jesus
and consider Him

The Book of Hebrews


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January 2013

Dear Church Family,

We cannot say with any degree of certainty who wrote the letter to the Hebrews but it was written to a group of 1st century Christians who were in danger of giving up. Times were hard for the Jewish Christians, many of whom had been exposed to fierce persecution. This letter’s primary exhortation is an appeal for endurance. It calls all those Christians who have been severely tested to keep their faith firmly anchored in Christ and to press on to mature Christian stability.

Some of the believers had slipped back into Judaism. They had placed their trust not only in the work of Christ, but in the works of the law. They were abandoning their faith not simply because it was too costly for them to continue, but because they had an inadequate understanding of the uniqueness of Christ. These Christians were attempting to add other things to their faith in Christ and the author is concerned that they are in danger of making Christ secondary to their faith or in turning from Christ altogether. The author’s response to this situation is to point them back to Jesus, to help them see more clearly the greatness of His person and work, and so to feed their faith in Him.

Sometimes we relegate Christ to being little more than the patron of our belief. We call ourselves Christian but we’ve become detached from Him. Sometimes we relegate Him to being a teacher who has left us to work out His teaching. Sometimes we relegate Him to being the example that we are to emulate and follow. Sometimes we relegate Him to the messenger rather than the message and we miss who He really is. That was the tragedy for the Jewish people, ‘He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.’ (John 1:11). They didn’t receive Him because they misunderstood some fundamental things about Him.

This letter was written to address some of these misunderstandings. The author is writing to correct their ignorance of who Christ was and how He completes and fulfils Israel’s history, Israel’s law, Israel’s ceremonial rituals and Israel’s priesthood.

Hebrews 3:1 says, ‘Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.’ And in chapter 12 and verses 1-2 it says, ‘…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith…’ (New American Standard Bible). Then in verse 3 it goes on to say, ‘Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.’

Fixing our thoughts and our eyes on Jesus, considering who He is will help us to endure and see His central role in our Christian experience.

The most important question in life for any human being to consider is the one Jesus asked the disciples in Matthew 16:15, “But what about you?”…“Who do you say I am?” That question demands a verdict.

The Book of Hebrews will help us to grow in our understanding of the answer to that question as we look at the supremacy of Christ in divine revelation, and the sufficiency of Christ in Christian experience together in our next series of sermons, ‘Fix your eyes upon Jesus and consider Him’.

As Helen Lemmel wrote in her majestic hymn,

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

With love in Jesus’ name,

Barry Robinson

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“Fix Your Eyes Upon Jesus
and Consider Him”

Sermon Series focusing on the Book of Hebrews

Christ centred, Bible based, Holy Spirit enabled teaching, to the glory of God the Father.

When the sermon is online the title will become a link to the audio.

  1. God Has Spoken (Hebrews1:1-3)
    Saturday 5th January 2013
  2. The Supremacy Of Jesus Over The Angels (Hebrews 1:4-14)
    Saturday 12th January 2013
  3. The Danger Of Drifting (Hebrews 2:1-4)
    Saturday 19th January 2013
  4. Christ Our Trailblazer (Hebrews 2:5-13)
    Saturday 9th February 2013
  5. Christ Our Deliverer (Hebrews 2:14-18)
    Saturday 16th February 2013
  6. Consider Jesus (Hebrews 3:1)
    Saturday 16th February 2013
  7. Jesus is greater than Moses (Hebrews 3:2-6)
    Saturday 9th March 2013
  8. Enter God’s Rest (Hebrews 3:7–4:13)
    A warning, an appeal, a promise and an encouragement
    Saturday 23rd March 2013
  9. Our Great, Final, and Perfect High Priest (Hebrews 4:14–5:10)
    Saturday 6th April 2013
  10. Grow Up (Hebrews 5:11–6:3)
    Saturday 20th April 2013
  11. Chewing On Meat (Hebrews 6:4–8)
    Saturday 4th May 2013
  12. Keep up the good works that accompany salvation (Hebrews 6:9-12)
    Saturday 15th June 2013
  13. Standing on the Promises of God (Hebrews 6:13-20)
    Saturday 6th July 2013
  14. That Intriguing Man Melchizedek (Hebrews 7:1-10)
    Saturday 13th July 2013
  15. Jesus: The Superior Priest through whom we draw near to God (Hebrews 7:11-19)
    Saturday 27th July 2013
  16. A Superior Priesthood (Hebrews 7:20-28)
    Saturday 31st August 2013
  17. Our High Priest in the reality of the heavenly sanctuary (Hebrews 8:1-6)
    Saturday 7th September 2013
  18. A new covenant based on better promises (Hebrews 8:6-13)
    Saturday 28th September 2013
  19. The Good Things Are Already Here (Hebrews 9:1–14)
    Saturday 5th October 2013
  20. The Purpose Of The Blood Of Jesus (Hebrews 9:15–22)
    Saturday 19th October 2013
  21. The Necessity Of Christ’s Sacrifice (Hebrews 9:23-28)
    Saturday 26th October 2013
  22. Jesus, The Perfect Sacrifice (Hebrews 10:1-18)
    Saturday 9th November 2013
  23. Our Response to the Gospel (Hebrews 10:19–25)
    Saturday 18th January 2014
  24. A Call to Persevere in Faith (Hebrews 10:26–39)
    Saturday 25th January 2014
  25. Faith and a Dead Preacher (Hebrews 11:1–4)
    Saturday 22nd February 2014
  26. The Walk of Faith (Hebrews 11:5–6)
    Saturday 8th March 2014
  27. Where are the Skeletons Buried? (Hebrews 11:7–12)
    Saturday 22nd March 2014
  28. Longing for a Heavenly Country (Hebrews 11:13–16)
    Saturday 29th March 2014
  29. Faith Looking Beyond Death (Hebrews 11:17–22)
    Saturday 5th April 2014
  30. Moses and the Endurance of Faith (Hebrews 11:23–27)
    Saturday 10th May 2014
  31. The Object Of Faith (Hebrews 11:27–29)
    Saturday 14th June 2014
  32. The Object Of Faith (Hebrews 11:30)
    Saturday 21st June 2014
  33. Transforming Faith (Hebrews 11:31)
    Saturday 5th July 2014
  34. A Better Resurrection (Hebrews 11:32-40)
    Saturday 19th July 2014
  35. God Is With Us In Our Suffering (Hebrews 12:1–3)
    Saturday 16th August 2014
  36. The Race (Hebrews 12:1–13)
    Saturday 6th September 2014
  37. Don’t Let Anger and Bitterness Cause You to Drop Out of the Race (Hebrews 12:12–17)
    Saturday 27th September 2014
  38. Mount Sinai and Mount Zion (Hebrews 12:18–29)
    Saturday 4th October 2014
  39. Let Brotherly Love Continue (Hebrews 13:1–6)
    Saturday 18th October 2014
  40. How to avoid false teaching (Hebrews 13:7–14)
    Saturday 25th October 2014
  41. The Acceptable Sacrifices (Hebrews 13:15–16)
    Saturday 1st November 2014
  42. The obligation and duty of church members towards their leaders (Hebrews 13:17–19,22–25)
    Saturday 8th November 2014

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