The Laying on of Hands

This may seem like a strange topic for an essential Bible study, but hopefully everything will become clear as we dig into the Scriptures.

Key Verse:

Hebrews 6:1-2  “Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.”


  1. Introduction
    1. Why would we consider this as an essential study? From our first podcast “Defining Essential Bible Studies” and Hebrews 6:2
    2. Letting the Bible leads us in our studies
  2. Four aspects to laying on of hands
    1. Blessing
      1. the first instance with Jacob and his grandsons (Gen. 48:14)
      2. Jesus on the children (Matt. 19:13-15)
    2. Sacrifice and association
      1. The day of atonement (Lev. 16:21)
      2. The people and the Levites (Num. 8:10,12)
    3. Commissioning
      1. Moses to Joshua (Num. 27:18,23; Deut. 34:9)
      2. The Apostles on Stephen (Acts 6:6)
      3. The Antioch Ecclesia on Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:3)
    4. Healing and miraculous Holy Spirit gifts
      1. Healing by Jesus (Luke 4:40) and the Apostles (Acts 28:8)
      2. Transfer of the Holy Spirit gifts by Apostles (Acts 8:17-19; 19:6)
      3. Timothy (1 Tim. 4:14; 2 Tim. 1:6)
  3. Which one is Heb. 6:2 referring to?
  4. The purpose of the Holy Spirit gifts
  5. Conclusion