Feb 23, 2020
By Faith – Deric Bartlett
This week Pastor Deric continues the series 'No Turning Back' with a message called 'By Faith' From Hebrews 11.

1. The assurance of faith
2. The people of faith
3. The exploits of faith
4. The patience of faith
5. The cost of faith
6. The ancestry of faith
 
Questions:
 
ICEBREAKER: If you could start a charity, what would it be for?
 
1. How does Hebrews 11:1-3 clarify what faith is [11:1], how faith is rewarded [11:2], and how faith affects our view of life’s origins [11:3]? What difference do various views of life’s ultimate origins make on a person’s perspective on life [cf. Genesis 1:1; Romans 1:20; and Colossians 1:16-17]?
 
2. Hebrews 11:6 is a key verse in this chapter. How necessary is faith, who is the focus of our faith, and what results from faith [cf. Psalm 19:1-6; John 14:1; Acts 17:24-28]?
 
3. Examine the stories of Abel [Genesis 4:1-8], Enoch [Genesis 5:21-24], and Noah [Genesis 6:8-22]. What did each do to demonstrate his faith? What resulted from their faith that encourages us to live similarly?
 
4. Hebrews 11:8-12 recounts the faith of Abraham and Sarah [Genesis 15; 18:1-19; 21:1-8]. What was their faith based on [cf. Romans 4:13-18], how did they show their faith, and how was their faith ultimately rewarded?
 
5. The author of Hebrews observed in Hebrews 11:13-16 that the patriarchs never saw the fulfillment of God’s promise. Yet, they still looked forward and remained faithful. How does this help you persevere in your faith journey [cf. John 8:56; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Peter 2:11; and Revelation 21]?
 
6. Hebrews 11:17-19 recounts Abraham’s sacrifice of his promised son [cf. Genesis 22:1-19]. What do you learn about faith from this story [cf. James 2:21; James 5:10-11; and 1 Peter 1:6-7]? What do you learn about who God is and what He can do?
 
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
 
“Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.” (Oswald Chambers)
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  • Feb 23, 2020By Faith – Deric Bartlett
    Feb 23, 2020
    By Faith – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series 'No Turning Back' with a message called 'By Faith' From Hebrews 11.

    1. The assurance of faith
    2. The people of faith
    3. The exploits of faith
    4. The patience of faith
    5. The cost of faith
    6. The ancestry of faith
     
    Questions:
     
    ICEBREAKER: If you could start a charity, what would it be for?
     
    1. How does Hebrews 11:1-3 clarify what faith is [11:1], how faith is rewarded [11:2], and how faith affects our view of life’s origins [11:3]? What difference do various views of life’s ultimate origins make on a person’s perspective on life [cf. Genesis 1:1; Romans 1:20; and Colossians 1:16-17]?
     
    2. Hebrews 11:6 is a key verse in this chapter. How necessary is faith, who is the focus of our faith, and what results from faith [cf. Psalm 19:1-6; John 14:1; Acts 17:24-28]?
     
    3. Examine the stories of Abel [Genesis 4:1-8], Enoch [Genesis 5:21-24], and Noah [Genesis 6:8-22]. What did each do to demonstrate his faith? What resulted from their faith that encourages us to live similarly?
     
    4. Hebrews 11:8-12 recounts the faith of Abraham and Sarah [Genesis 15; 18:1-19; 21:1-8]. What was their faith based on [cf. Romans 4:13-18], how did they show their faith, and how was their faith ultimately rewarded?
     
    5. The author of Hebrews observed in Hebrews 11:13-16 that the patriarchs never saw the fulfillment of God’s promise. Yet, they still looked forward and remained faithful. How does this help you persevere in your faith journey [cf. John 8:56; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Peter 2:11; and Revelation 21]?
     
    6. Hebrews 11:17-19 recounts Abraham’s sacrifice of his promised son [cf. Genesis 22:1-19]. What do you learn about faith from this story [cf. James 2:21; James 5:10-11; and 1 Peter 1:6-7]? What do you learn about who God is and what He can do?
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.” (Oswald Chambers)
  • Feb 16, 2020Draw Near to God – Deric Bartlett
    Feb 16, 2020
    Draw Near to God – Deric Bartlett

    This week Pastor Deric continues the series 'No Turning Back' with a message called 'Draw Near to God' from Hebrews 10.

    Draw near to God through Jesus. v. 1-12

    Draw near to God by the Word of God. v. 14-18
    Draw near to Godin community.v. 24-25
    Draw near to Godin suffering.v. 32-35
    Draw near to God by faith.v. 36-38
     
    Questions:
     
    ICEBREAKER: What’s the best thing you’ve got going on in your life at the moment?
     
    1. Compare and contrast Christ’s sacrifice of Himself for us to the Old Testament sacrificial system [Hebrews 10:1-13]. Why is trusting in Jesus’ sacrifice a superior option than trusting in religious rituals? Consult also Romans 8:3-4; 1 Peter 2:24; and 1 Peter 3:18.
     
    2. What did Christ’s sacrifice accomplish for all who believe in Him [Hebrews 10:14-18]? Examine also Matthew 26:28; Luke 24:46-49; and Colossians 1:13-14.
     
    3. According to Hebrews 10:19-23, why are we now able to confidently draw near to God, and how are we to do so? Look up 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Ephesians 2:11-22; and Titus 3:4-7 for further insights.
     
    4. What are believers responsible to do for one another to help “hold fast” our confession of Christ [Hebrews 10:23-25]? How can we practice this in our church family [cf. Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 15:1-2; Colossians 3:16; and 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22]?
     
    5. The author of Hebrews warned of the fearful danger of turning away from following Christ [Hebrews 10:26-31]. What are the warning signs, and what will result for those who fall away [cf. Numbers 15:30-31; 2 Peter 2:20-22; and 1 John 2:15-17]?
     
    6. Following the warning, the writer of Hebrews offered his readers encouragement [Hebrews 10:32-39]. What evidence gave him hope that they would persevere [cf. Matthew 10:22; Luke 8:15; and James 1:12]?
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Christ is our best friend, and ere long will be our only friend. I pray God with all my heart that I may be weary of everything else but converse and communion with Him.” (John Owen)
  • Feb 10, 2020The GREATEST Reformation – Deric Bartlett
    Feb 10, 2020
    The GREATEST Reformation – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series 'No Turning Back' with a message titled 'The GREATEST Reformation' based on Hebrews 9.
     
    1. God went to great lengths to prepare the world for His reformation. v. 1-10
    2. The greatest reformation took place at the cross. v. 10-14, 22
    3. Jesus makes it possible for us to dwell in the presence of God. v. 24
    4. God’s great reformation includes the second appearing of Jesus Christ. v. 27-28
     
    Questions:
     
    ICEBREAKER: What topic could you give a 20-minute presentation on without any preparation?
     
    1. The writer of Hebrews cut short his discussion of the details of the Old Testament tabernacle [Hebrews 9:5]. As you reflect on the details listed in Hebrews 9:1-5, what was the significance of the tabernacle along with the items within it [cf. Exodus 16:32-34; Exodus 25:8-9; Exodus 26:33; Numbers 17:10; and Deuteronomy 4:13-14]?
     
    2. According to Hebrews 9:6-10, what were the limitations of the Old Testament sacrificial system [cf. 1 Samuel 15:22-23; Psalm 51:16-19; and Mark 12:32-33]? Why does the author call the end of the sacrificial system “the time of reformation” [Hebrews 9:10]?
     
    3. Hebrews 9:13-14 argues from the lesser to the greater. What did Christ accomplish once for all, according to Hebrews 9:11-14, that clearly demonstrated His superiority over the Old Testament sacrificial system [cf. Ephesians 2:13-18; 1 Peter 1:17-19; and 1 John 1:7]?
     
    4. Why does humanity require a Mediator [Hebrews 9:15], and what are the results of His efforts on our behalf [cf. Galatians 3:19-20; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 12:22-24]?
     
    5. Hebrews 9:19-22 tells us that without blood, there is no forgiveness of sins. Why is blood necessary for forgiveness [cf. Leviticus 17:10-11; Romans 3:21-26; Revelation 1:5-6]?
     
    6. What is the reason believers are “eagerly awaiting for” Jesus [Hebrews 9:28]? Consult also Acts 1:11; Philippians 3:20-21; and Titus 2:11-14 for hope to persevere without ever turning back?
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Our sins are debts that none can pay but Christ. It is not our tears, but His blood; it is not our sighs, but His sufferings, that can testify for our sins. Christ must pay all, or we are prisoners forever.” (Thomas Brooks)
  • Feb 2, 2020Written on Our Hearts – Deric Bartlett
    Feb 2, 2020
    Written on Our Hearts – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series 'No Turning Back' with a message called 'Written on Our Hearts', based on Hebrews 7-8.
     
    1. Jesus is greater than Abraham
    2. Jesus is greater than the law
    3. Jesus is the Savior of those who draw near to God through Him
    4. Jesus is the source of new life
     
    Questions:
     
    ICEBREAKER: What food do you love that a lot of people might find a little odd?
     
    1. The mysterious figure of Melchizedek first appears in Genesis 14:18-20, then in Psalm 110:4, and finally in Hebrews 5:6, 10, 6:20, and 7:1-17. What do you learn about him from these verses? How does he show the superiority of Jesus over all rivals?
     
    2. How is Jesus’ priesthood an improvement over the Levitical priesthood [Hebrews 7:18-25]? How does this give you encouragement to “draw near to God” [Hebrews 7:25]? Consider also Luke 22:31-32; John 17:6-26; and Romans 8:34.
     
    3. Why is it “fitting that we should have such a high priest” like Jesus [Hebrews 7:26]? What sets Him apart from all who preceded Him or try to follow Him? What difference does this make to you? Consult also 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 2:17; and 1 Peter 1:17-21.
     
    4. Hebrews 8:1-7 speaks of heavenly and earthly realities. Contrast the two to highlight the superiority of the heavenly realities. How does this help you prioritize “the things above” [cf. John 3:11-15; Ephesians 2:4-7; and Colossians 3:1-4]?
     
    5. Hebrews 8:7-9 quotes from Jeremiah 31:31-32, stating the old covenant was obsolete. Why was it ineffective [cf. Isaiah 1:10-20; Isaiah 29:13; Ezekiel 33:31-32; and Matthew 15:1-9]? What does this tell you about the weakness of merely performing religious rituals?
     
    6. The quote from Jeremiah 31:33-34 in Hebrews 8:10-12 promises a better covenant. What is special about this new covenant, and what are the results God is looking for [cf. Jeremiah 24:7; 2 Corinthians 3:12-18; and Galatians 3:23-29]?
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Jesus Christ carries on intercession for us in heaven; the Holy Ghost carries on intercession in us on earth; and we the saints have to carry on intercession for all men.” (Oswald Chambers)
  • Jan 26, 2020The God Who Goes the Extra Mile – Deric Bartlett
    Jan 26, 2020
    The God Who Goes the Extra Mile – Deric Bartlett

    Pastor Deric continues the series 'No Turning Back' with a message called "The God Who Goes the Extra Mile' based on Hebrews 6:13-20.

    Questions:

    ICEBREAKER: What website or app doesn’t exist, but you really wish it did?

    1. The backstory to Hebrews 6:13-15 is found in Genesis 22, and the quote is from verse 17. What was God’s promise to Abraham, and what did Abraham do that led to receiving the promise (see context)? How does Abraham’s example challenge you?

    2. We are told that Abraham obtained the promise by persevering. Why do you think perseverance is so important in all areas of life, and what are its spiritual benefits? Consider also 1 Thessalonians 5:14; James 5:7-8, 11; and 2 Peter 3:9.

    3. God guaranteed His promise to us with an oath to show the unchangeable character of His purpose [Hebrews 6:17]. What is God’s purpose, and how does it give you a sense of purpose? Consult also Acts 2:22-24; Acts 20:25-27, 32; and Ephesians 1:11-14.

    4. How does the fact that God does not lie [Hebrews 6:18] help you face the trials and temptations of this life? Reflect also on Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29; and Titus 1:2.

    5. What is the hope that is set before us that we’re to hold fast to [Hebrews 6:18]? How does this serve as a refuge for those who flee to it [cf. Acts 23:6; Acts 26:4-8; and 1 Peter 1:3-9]?

    6. Who serves as the anchor of the soul [Hebrews 6:19], and how does He secure our hope [Hebrews 6:20]? How does this truth help you in the middle of life’s storms [cf. Psalm 62:5-8; Romans 5:1-5; 1 Peter 2:4-6]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “Outside of the cross of Jesus Christ, there is no hope in this world. That cross and resurrection at the core of the Gospel is the only hope for humanity. Wherever you go, ask God for wisdom on how to get that Gospel in, even in the toughest situations of life.” (Ravi Zacharias)

  • Jan 12, 2020The Elephant in the Room – Deric Bartlett
    Jan 12, 2020
    The Elephant in the Room – Deric Bartlett
    Pastor Deric continues the series 'No Turning Back' with a message titled 'The Elephant in the Room', based on Hebrews 6:4-12.
     
    Questions:
     
    ICEBREAKER: What has taken you the longest to get good or decent at?
     
    1. The little term “for” at the start of Hebrews 6:4 is significant because it looks back to Hebrews 5:11-6:3. The author addressed the need for spiritual progress, not stagnation, or worse, retreat. Why is Christian maturity so necessary to spiritual health [cf. Luke 8:14; Ephesians 4:13-15; Colossians 1:27-29]?
     
    2. Does Hebrews 6:4-5 describe a genuine believer in Jesus? Examine the use of these key terms in Hebrews: “enlightened” [10:32]; “tasted” [2:9]; “shared” [3:1,14]; and “miracles” [2:4] in your response.
     
    3. According to Hebrews 6:6, apostasy is a real danger. What are the consequences listed in this text of falling away from following Jesus [cf. Luke 8:13; 1 Timothy 1:19; 1 Timothy 4:1-3; Hebrews 3:12]?
     
    4. Hebrews 6:7-8 begins with another “for”, leading to an illustration that clarifies the author’s point in 6:4-6. How does this example from agriculture help you understand this warning [cf. Matthew 3:7-10; Matthew 7:15-20; Luke 8:13-15; John 15:6]?
     
    5. As a good pastor, following a stern warning, the author went on to encourage his readers [Hebrews 6:9-10]. What had he seen in them, according to this text, that gave him reason for optimism [cf. Colossians 1:3-8; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-4; Revelation 3:7-13]?
     
    6. The term “sluggish” [Hebrews 6:12] is the same term translated “dull” of hearing in Hebrews 5:11. What are some signs of “spiritual sluggishness” listed in Hebrews 5:11-6:3 that we should avoid? What are some remedies to keep us moving forward, particularly in Hebrews 6:11-12, as well as Romans 12:11; Hebrews 13:7; and James 1:2-4?
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
  • Dec 29, 2019The Marks of Maturity – Deric Bartlett
    Dec 29, 2019
    The Marks of Maturity – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series 'No turning Back' with a message titled 'The Marks of Maturity' from Hebrews 5:11-6:3.
     
    Questions:
     
    1. What may cause a person to “become dull of hearing” [Hebrews 5:11]? Study Isaiah 6:9-10; Ezekiel 12:2; John 8:42-44; and 2 Peter 3:16 for further insights.]
    2. According to the writer of Hebrews, every believer must mature to the point of being able to teach others [Hebrews 5:12]. What are some obstacles to overcome on the road to spiritual maturity [cf. Luke 8:14; 1 Corinthians 3:1-4; and Ephesians 4:13-14]?
    3. What is “the word of righteousness” [Hebrews 5:13], and why is it so vitally relevant to our modern world? Consider also Matthew 5:6; Romans 1:17; and 1 Peter 2:24 in your response.
    4. Why is discernment so necessary for believers to become mature [Hebrews 5:14]? How can believers become more discerning [cf. 1 Kings 3:9; Romans 12:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:21]?
    5. Hebrews 6:1-2 outlines foundational Christian teachings according to the early church. What are these teachings, and why are they so foundational? Meditate on Acts 20:21; Galatians 2:16; Colossians 2:12; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Corinthians 15:12-28; and Acts 17:30-31 for more ideas.
    6. If you were helping to establish and disciple a young believer in the Christian faith, what are the foundational teachings you would focus on? Would you follow this list in Hebrews 6:1-2? If not, what would you change, and why?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
  • Nov 17, 2019Our Great High Priest – Deric Bartlett
    Nov 17, 2019
    Our Great High Priest – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled Our Great High Priest focusing on Hebrews 4:14-16
     
    Questions
    Hebrews 4: 14 - 16
    ICEBREAKER: What scene in a movie always gives you goosebumps every time you watch it?

    1. Why is it necessary for us to have Jesus, God’s Son, as our great high priest [Hebrews 4:14; cf. 2:17; 3:1]? What has He done for us that we could not do, and why does it matter? Consult also Matthew 26:64; John 14:1-4; John 20:17; and Titus 2:11-14.
    2. How are we to “hold fast to our confession” [Hebrews 4:14]? Look for clues in Matthew 28:9; Acts 4:1-22; Acts 5:27-33; 2 Thessalonians 2:15; Revelation 2:13; and Revelation 3:11.
    3. Why does it matter to you that Jesus, your high priest, is fully able to sympathize with your weaknesses [Hebrews 4:15]? What does this tell you about how much God loves you? See also Psalm 103:8-13; Isaiah 53:4-6; Matthew 4:2; John 4:6; John 19:28; and 2 Corinthians 5:21.
    4. Jesus faced temptation just like us, “yet without sin” [Hebrews 4:15]. How does this fact influence your perspective on temptation and your strategy to overcome it? Examine also Matthew 4:1-11; Matthew 26:36-46; and 1 Peter 2:21-25.
    5. The “throne of grace” may refer to the mercy-seat above the ark of the covenant in the Old Testament tabernacle and temple [cf. 2 Kings 19:15; 1 Chronicles 13:6; Psalm 99:1]. In any case, it points to the presence of God. Since Jesus, our high priest, has entered into God’s presence for us [Hebrew 4:14], what are we now able to do [Hebrews 4:16]? Reflect also on Isaiah 55:6-7; Matthew 7:7-11; Romans 5:1-2; and Philippians 4:6-7.
    6. Hebrews 4:16 promises God’s timely help just when needed. Why do we specifically need mercy and grace? Can you think of an instance when God came to your rescue at just the right time with just what you needed? See some biblical examples in Daniel 6:16-23; Matthew 8:23-27; and Matthew 14:28-33.
    7.What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “It seems to me that Jesus is qualified to sympathize, to understand, to provide encouragement, and to be depended on. Jesus is to be valued by his followers. Is not the incarnation of the Son of God and his corresponding trials while here not comforting to the wounded heart?...Run to Jesus with your wounded heart and encourage others to do the same; for he is exalted in his children’s weakness.” (Erik Raymond)
  • Nov 3, 2019Good News About REST – Deric Bartlett
    Nov 3, 2019
    Good News About REST – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled Good News About Rest focusing on Hebrews 4:1-13
     
    Questions
    Hebrews 4: 1 -13
    ICEBREAKER: What incredibly common thing have you never done?

    1. The term “rest” is central to this passage. Look up Genesis 2:2 (God’s rest after creation), Numbers 13-14 (the Promised Land rest), Psalm 95:7-11 (God’s rest still available in David’s day), and Hebrews 4:1, 10-11. Why is “rest” so important?
    2. Hearing the good news is a significant first step [Hebrews 4:2]. But faith needs to accompany it. Reread Numbers 13:25-14:10 and contrast the two opposite responses to the opportunity to enter the Promised Land. What do you notice about true faith?
    3. The future for God’s people is described as “rest” [Hebrews 4:3-11]. What do believers have to look forward to in God’s rest? Consult also Genesis 2:2-3; Exodus 20:11; Exodus 31:17; and Matthew 11:28-30.
    4. Entering into God’s rest depends on the condition of one’s heart [Hebrews 4:6-7]. A disobedient, hard heart hinders the experience of God’s rest. What specifically shows a disobedient, hard heart in this text, along with Isaiah 6:9-10; John 12:36-43; and Acts 19:8-10?
    5. The author of Hebrews referred to several Old Testament texts throughout Hebrews 3:7-4:10 before writing of the discerning power of the Word of God in Hebrews 4:12. From this text, as well as Psalm 19:7-14; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; and 1 Peter 1:22-25, what effect does God’s Word have on human hearts?
    6. Few today think seriously about having to give an account for their thoughts, attitudes and actions. But Hebrews 4:13 warns of the certainty of the day of judgment. Therefore, how should we live in light of our accountability before God? Examine 1 Chronicles 28:9; 2 Chronicles 6:30; Ecclesiastes 12:13-14; Romans 2:16; and 1 Corinthians 4:5 for further insights.
    7.What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “You have made us for Yourself, O Lord; and our heart is restless until it rests in You.” (Augustine)
  • Oct 20, 2019The Hard Heart – Deric Bartlett
    Oct 20, 2019
    The Hard Heart – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled The Hard Heart focusing on Hebrews 3:7 - 19.
     
    Questions
    Hebrews 3:7 - 19
    ICEBREAKER: When someone finds out what you do, or where you are from, what question do they always ask you?

    1. Hebrews 3:7-11 is a quote from Psalm 95:7-11 that reflects back on an incident when Israel grumbled against Moses and the Lord [cf. Numbers 17:1-7]. What prompted the complaints? Do you think they were valid? Have you ever been tempted to question the Lord during trying times?
    2. How does a person “harden” his/her “heart” [Hebrews 3:8]? What contributes to a hardened heart [cf. Exodus 17:1-7; Proverbs 28:14; Zechariah 7:12; Matthew 13:15; Romans 2:5]? What can be done to remedy this condition?
    3. Going astray in one’s heart is related in Hebrews 3:10 to not knowing the Lord’s “ways”. What are the Lord’s “ways”? Consult also Deuteronomy 8:5-10; Psalm 138 (especially verse 5); and Revelation 15:1-4.
    4. We are commanded to beware of an unbelieving heart [Hebrews 3:12]. Part of that defensive strategy is to enlist the help of other believers [Hebrews 3:13]. What should we include in our exhortations to one another from this text, as well as Acts 14:22; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; and Hebrews 10:24-25?
    5. What is “our original confidence” that we are to hold firm to the end [Hebrews 3:14]? Examine Luke 8:15; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; and Hebrews 10:19-23 for more clarity.
    6. Hebrews 3:16-18 poses a series of questions to highlight the hard hearts and unbelief [Hebrews 3:15, 19] of the Exodus generation of Israel. Using the terms found in these verses, what do we need to watch out for so that our hearts remain “soft” to God’s voice? Include Deuteronomy 9:18; 1 Samuel 15:22-23; Psalm 106:6-43; and Ephesians 5:3-13 in your response.
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Better a shattered heart than a hardened heart.” (Woodrow Kroll)
  • Oct 13, 2019Faithful – Deric Bartlett
    Oct 13, 2019
    Faithful – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled Faithful focusing on Hebrews 3:1 - 6.
     
    Questions
    Hebrews 3:1 - 6
    ICEBREAKER: What are you most thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day weekend?

    1. What is the “heavenly calling” we share in together in Hebrews 3:1? Consult Philippians 3:14; 2 Thessalonians 2:14; 2 Timothy 1:9; and 1 Peter 5:1, 10 for further insights. How does this hope encourage you today?
    2. We are commanded to “consider Jesus” in Hebrews 3:1. List the various titles and descriptions of our Saviour in Hebrews 3:1-6 and reflect on their significance in God’s plan of salvation, as well as the impact on your personal life.
    3. The term “faithful” and related phrases appear in Hebrews 3:1-6 at least 4-5 times, indicating, through repetition, a central theme of the text. Who are the ones called “faithful”, how do they demonstrate faithfulness, and what difference do their examples make? Also consider Numbers 12:1-8 (Moses); Psalm 100 (God); and Colossians 1:7 (church servant).
    4. Moses is a towering figure in the Old Testament Scriptures. In Hebrews 3:1-6, Moses and Jesus are compared and contrasted. According to this passage, in what ways are they similar? And in what ways is Jesus superior? Why do you think this matters?
    5. Hebrews 3:4 declares an absolute truth: God is the builder of all things. This impacts the household of faith that is being built in this text. But it also affects all of life. How does your understanding of God as Creator influence your worship and walk each day? Examine Genesis 1; Psalm 19:1-6; and Romans 1:18-25 to go deeper.
    6. Hebrews 3:6 contains the condition that if we are of God’s household of faith, we must hold fast our confidence and hope in Christ. How do you understand this “if” phrase, and how do you “hold fast” in practical ways? Use Matthew 10:22; Matthew 13:3-8, 18-23; Philippians 2:12-13; and Colossians 1:21-23 to gain further clarity.
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Everything about God is great, vast, incomparable. He never forgets, never fails, never falters, never forfeits His word. To every declaration of promise or prophecy the Lord has exactly adhered, every engagement of covenant or threatening He will make good.” (A.W. Pink)
  • Sep 29, 2019Merciful and Faithful – Deric Bartlett
    Sep 29, 2019
    Merciful and Faithful – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled Merciful and Faithful focusing on Hebrews 2: 14 - 18.
     
    Questions
    Hebrews 2: 14 - 18.
    ICEBREAKER: What were some games you played as a child?
    1. Hebrews 2:14 asserts that Jesus, the Pioneer of our salvation, shared in our humanity, becoming flesh and blood like us. Why is the full humanity of Jesus an essential part of God’s plan of salvation? Consult Matthew 8:23-24; Luke 4:1-2; John 1:14; John 4:5-6; and John 11:35 for further insights.
    2. According to Hebrews 2:14-15, what are the results of Jesus’ death, and why are these accomplishments so significant? Compare Romans 8:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:54-57; Colossians 1:13-15; and 2 Timothy 1:10 as well.
    3. Why do you think death is fearful and enslaving? How do texts such as Hebrews 2:15, as well as Psalm 23:4; Isaiah 25:6-9; Luke 20:34-36; 1 Corinthians 15:26; and Revelation 21:4 give you a different perspective that is full of hope and encouragement?
    4. Who are “the offspring of Abraham” [Hebrews 2:16]? Examine Genesis 15:6; Isaiah 41:8; Luke 19:8-10; Romans 4:16-22, and Galatians 3:6-9 for clarification.
    5. What role does a high priest play [Hebrews 2:17], and why do you think it is helpful to know Jesus is merciful and faithful? Consider such texts as Hebrews 4:15-16; Hebrews 5:1-6; Hebrews 8:1-3; 1 John 2:1-2; and 1 John 4:10 in your response.
    6. Do you find it helpful to know Jesus suffered and was tempted just as we are? Why or why not? Look up Matthew 4:1-11; 2 Timothy 4:16-18; James 1:2-4, 12; and 2 Peter 2:9 for more input.
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is...We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means...” (C.S. Lewis)
  • Sep 22, 2019A Focused Faith – Deric Bartlett
    Sep 22, 2019
    A Focused Faith – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled A Focused Faith focusing on Hebrews 2: 1-13
     
    Questions
    Hebrews 2:1-13.
    ICEBREAKER: Who has been the greatest influence on your Christian life, and why?
    1. Believers are urged to pay closer attention to what we have heard [Hebrews 2:1] so we won’t drift away from following Christ. In context, what specifically are the things “we have heard”? Also consult 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-20; and 1 Timothy 2:5-6.
    2. The author of Hebrews warns that believers can “neglect such a great salvation” by ignoring it or treating it with disregard [Hebrews 2:3]. How do we prevent this from happening according to this text, as well as Acts 4:8-12; Acts 28:23-28; Romans 13:11-14; Philippians 2:12-13; and Titus 2:11-14?
    3. Hebrews 2:6-8 (a quote from Psalm 8:4-6) reflects on the God-given exalted dignity and privileged position over creation of every member of the human race. Do you see yourself as God sees you? Why or why not? Do you see others as God sees them? Compare such texts as Genesis 1:26-28; Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; James 3:8-10; and 1 John 3:1-3.
    4. The entire earthly life and ministry of Jesus is succinctly summarized in Hebrews 2:9. By way of contrast, He accomplished what fallen humanity could not [Hebrews 2:6-8]. What has Jesus achieved for us, and why does it matter? Examine John 3:16; Romans 3:21-26; Ephesians 2:13- 22; and 2 Timothy 1:8-10 as well.
    5. The believer can look forward to future glory [Hebrews 2:10]. However, the road to glory passes through sufferings, just as our Saviour experienced. How does this text, along with Romans 8:16-17; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; Philippians 1:27-31; and Colossians 1:21-24, strengthen you for the challenges of the Christian life?
    6. Jesus is not ashamed to call believers His sisters and brothers [Hebrews 2:11-13]. How does this make you feel, and how does it influence your living? Include Luke 8:19-21; Romans 8:28-30; and Jude 1:1-2 in your discussion.
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “People don’t drift toward holiness; they drift toward compromise and call it tolerance, and drift toward disobedience and call it freedom.” (D. A. Carson)
  • Sep 15, 2019The Greatest Claims in History – Deric Bartlett
    Sep 15, 2019
    The Greatest Claims in History – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled The Greatest Claims in History focusing on Hebrews 1:1-14.
     
    Questions
    Hebrews 1:1-14.
    ICEBREAKER: If you could add two commandments to the existing ten, what would they be?
    1. The author of Hebrews emphasizes that God had spoken to us – in the past through the prophets, and in the present in His Son [Hebrews 1:1-2]. What does this tell us about God and the authority of His word? Consider Exodus 20:1-20, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, and 2 Peter 1:19-21 as well.
    2. Hebrews 1:1-4 contains one of the most exalted and comprehensive descriptions of Jesus found in all of Scripture. What does this text affirm about Jesus’ identity and activity, and how do each of these descriptions impact your spiritual walk with Him?
    3. Many false ideas about angels exist today. What do the following texts assert about them: Matthew 13:41-42; Matthew 22:30; Matthew 25:31; Luke 16:22; Luke 20:30; Acts 27:23-25; Acts 10:3, 22; Colossians 1:16; and Hebrews 2:7?
    4. Throughout Hebrews 1, Jesus is referred to as the Son [Hebrews 1:2, 3, 5, 8]. From this chapter, what is the significance of this title for Jesus, and why does it matter?
    5. How does Hebrews 5:8 affirm the deity of Jesus? Examine also Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 1:23; John 10:30; and Titus 2:13 for more Scriptural support. Why is this important?
    6. In Hebrews 1:14, angels are called “ministering spirits” sent to serve believers. Do you find this concerning, confusing, or comforting? How do such passages as 2 Kings 6:15-17; Isaiah 6:6-7; Psalm 34:7, Acts 1:11 and Matthew 28:1-7 encourage you?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “The ultimate key to joining together in radical obedience to Christ is found in fostering a humble view of ourselves and a high view of God in the church. [Let us] give ourselves in total abandonment for His great purpose in the world: the declaration of His gospel and the demonstration of His glory to all the peoples of the earth.” (David Platt)
  • Sep 8, 2019No Turning Back Introduction – Deric Bartlett
    Sep 8, 2019
    No Turning Back Introduction – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric begins the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled Introduction to Studies in the Book of Hebrews focusing on Hebrews 12:1-3.
     
    Questions
    Hebrews 12:1-3
    ICEBREAKER: Describe an embarrassing incident that happened in elementary school.
    1. Hebrews 1:1 - 4 contains at least 7 descriptions of Jesus, God’s Son, showing the reasons He is God’s supreme revelation. How many can you identify from this text, and what difference does each make in your daily walk with the Lord?
    2. “To drift” implies a gradual change over time [Hebrews 2:1]. Apparently, this was, and still is, a very real danger for believers. Based on this text, what can we do to prevent drifting away? Also consult Deuteronomy 4:9-10, Proverbs 4:23, Acts 20:28 - 31, and Romans 16:17 - 18 for more strategies.
    3. How do you, as one of God’s holy people who shares in a heavenly calling, practice the discipline of “consider(ing) Jesus” [Hebrews 3:1]? Examine Philippians 2:5 - 11, Colossians 1:13 - 20, Hebrews 4:14 - 16, and 1 Peter 2:21 - 23 for further insights.
    4. The struggle to not fall away, to not be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness, and to not rebel against God’s voice [Hebrews 3:12 - 15] requires the help of God’s people to exhort us each day [Hebrews 3:13]. What does this exhortation include according to this text, as well as Acts 14:19 - 23; Colossians 3:12 - 17, and Revelation 3:14 - 22?
    5. Believers are commanded to “hold fast to our confession” [Hebrews 4:14]. This does not refer to confessing our sins, but to publicly proclaiming our allegiance to Christ. How do we best do this according to this text, as well as 1 Timothy 6:12, Hebrews 3:1, and Hebrews 10:19 - 25?
    6. How does Jesus’ example in Hebrews 12:1 - 3 motivate you to run the Christian race with endurance? Look closely at 1 Corinthians 9:24 - 27, 1 Timothy 4:6 - 8, and James 5:7 - 11 for other inspiring examples of endurance.
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “To endure the cross is not tragedy; it is the suffering which is the fruit of an exclusive allegiance to Jesus Christ.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)