"God had planned
something better for us... "
Many people live with a simmering sense of disappointment with life,
with their own walk of faith, and with God. Doubts about whether
or not Jesus is the only way to know God in a culture where his distinctives
have become fuzzy and where radical discipleship is becoming costly
only add to our discontent. The book of Hebrews was written to such
people—people who needed to see clearly what makes Jesus worthy
of our worship, worthy of our vigorous pursuit, worthy of our very
Hoping for Something Better is an in-depth, understandable
and practical Bible study of the book of Hebrews for the modern heart
and mind. In Nancy’s thought-provoking style, she illuminates
the world of the Hebrews, and how their discouraged lives are like
a mirror of our own. In the end, readers will more fully grasp the
person of Jesus Christ, what he has done for us, and why we should
invest our lives in drawing near to him.
Hoping for Something Better is sprinkled with fun-loving
as well as moving personal stories which easily lend themselves to
practical application of Scripture and also naturally resonate with
men and women—from long-time believers who will appreciate the
depth, to not-yet-believers who will appreciate the clarity and authenticity.
The book includes a 10-week personal and small group study for a complete
and thorough study of the book of Hebrews.
Quote from the introduction to Hoping for Something Better:
We find ourselves living with a nagging hope for something better.
We want something better than the churchianity of our parents and
grandparents, something better than the vague and uncertain spirituality
of our neighbors, something better than guilt-induced, holier-than-thou
morality, something better than here-and-now, health-and-wealth promises,
something more than going-through-the-motions religiosity or the
latest-fad religious experience. We were hoping for something authentic—something
worth opening our hearts to and filling our minds with and giving
our lives for.
And there is something better. There is something better than living
life with a merely sentimental, superficial spirituality. There is
something better than going through life with a debilitating fear of
death. Better than becoming bored and burdened by meaningless religious
ritual, better than feeling like an unwelcome outsider or an unworthy
hypocrite, better than being bound by shame and regret. There is something
better that makes problems and persecution worth persevering through,
makes heaven worth waiting for—something worth running toward
and dreaming of.
That something better is actually Some One Better. Jesus.
Introduction: Were You Hoping for Something Better?
Chapter One: What Is God Saying to You? (Hebrews
1:1 – 2:4)
Jesus is everything God wants to say to us.
Chapter Two: What Are You Afraid Of? (Hebrews
Jesus frees us from the slavery of being scared to death of
Chapter Three: Where Are You Going? (Hebrews
3:1 – 4:13)
Jesus leads us away from meaningless ritual toward meaningful
Chapter Four: What Do You Need? (Hebrews
4:14-5:10 and 7:1-28)
Jesus gives us the access to God we could never get
on our own.
Chapter Five: How Can You Know that Your Faith
is for Real?
(Hebrews 5:11 - 6:20)
Jesus instills an appetite for God’s word, and
confidence to trust God’s promises.
Chapter Six: How Will You Get Rid of Your Guilt? (Hebrews
Jesus provides the remedy for all of our rebellion
Chapter Seven: Why Should You Keep on Believing?
Jesus calls us to persevere as we face problems and persecution.
Chapter Eight: What Are You Waiting For? (Hebrews
Jesus is the joy of heaven, and heaven will be worth
all the waiting.
Chapter Nine: What is Your Obsession? (Hebrews
Jesus is the energy behind and the ultimate destination
of our faith race.
Chapter Ten: What Are You Dreaming Of? (Hebrews
Jesus replaces our small-minded, self-centered, earth-bound
dreams with dreams that are worthy of our pursuit.
Conclusion: Are You Ready for Something Better?
Study Guide for a 10 week personal or group study of
the book of Hebrews
There is Something
better than... settling for a vague, diminished
distant understanding of who Jesus is and what he has done and
why it matters... it is having your appreciation and affection
and acceptance of Jesus enlarged and expanded.
Something better than... drifting along
in a spiritual stream... it is grabbing hold of Jesus in
a secure and saving way
Something better than... being enslaved
to a debilitating dread of death... it is being set free
by the truth that beyond the grave is glory.
Something better than... feeling like a
hypocrite going through the motions of religiosity... it
is an increasing intimacy with God and integrity with others.
Something better than... trying to work
your way into God’s good graces... it is resting in
what Christ has done for you.
Something better than... staying on the
fringes of an intimate relationship with God... it is boldly
approaching the throne of grace knowing you are accepted
because of Jesus
Something better than... relying on your
own ability to be good enough to approach a holy God... it
is resting in the perfect righteousness and perfect sacrifice
Something better than... continuing to go
over the basics of faith... it is growing up in God by wrestling
with deeper truths.
Something better than... tasting the goodness
of God without taking it in... it is swallowing it whole,
entering in, grabbing hold.
Something better than... trying to live
up to an external moral standard... it is living out an internal
transformation through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Something better than... giving up on following
Christ when it begins to cost something... it is persevering
because Jesus is worth what it costs to follow him.
Something better than... expecting to get
everything you’re hoping for here and now... it is
being willing to wait for all of our deepest longings to
be fulfilled in heaven.
Something better than... settling for the
applause of people... it is anticipating the approval of
Something better than... chasing after insignificant
obsessions... it is orienting our lives around One Magnificent
Something better than... refusing the discipline
of God... allowing difficulty and hardship to train you for
Something better than... turning a deaf
ear to God’s Word... it is opening yourself under God’s
Something better than... seeking to be an
insider...it is being willing to be rejected because of your
connection to Christ
Something better than... pursuing your own
dreams of security and passion and significance... it is
finding your security and passion and significance in Christ
and his dreams for you.
Let’s not settle for anything less than something better.