INTRO - Let’s get our minds back in the right place: How does the text we are about to read fit in the broader context of Hebrews and all of God’s word? - More specifically, why is there such a heavy emphasis on faith in this letter to the Hebrews? When we read it as a whole, two reasons emerge: The community of faith to whom the author writes seems to be facing trials, persecutions, and suffering… and perhaps struggling with how God’s faithfulness and their faith in Him can still be consistent with the hard times they’re going through. Secondly, those very sufferings seem to be pressing on the Christian community such that they are tempted to revert back to Judaism, the religious system, rather than focusing on the provision made by Christ for new relationship to God. - But rather than derail us, trials are meant to drive us back to dependence upon God by faith.