A Family Chat about Hardship – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week, Pastor Deric continues the series ‘No Turning Back’ with a message called ‘A Family chat about Hardship’, based on Hebrews 12:5-17.


ICEBREAKER: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met and talked with? Why?

1. How does the practice of reflecting on Jesus’ endurance [Hebrews 12:3] help you persevere [cf. Mark 15:15-24; Galatians 6:9; and 1 Peter 2:21-24]?
2. Is Jesus worth the sacrifice of your life [Hebrews 12:4]? Why or why not [cf. Mark 8:34-38; Acts 7:54-60; Romans 12:1; and Revelation 6:9-11]?
3. Why do so many avoid discipline? Why does God include it in our development as disciples [Hebrews 12:5-6]? Consult Deuteronomy 8:2-5; 1 Corinthians 11:27-32; and Revelation 3:19 for more insights.
4. According to Hebrews 12:7-8, what does God’s discipline indicate about our status? What is its purpose? How do these verses also apply to parenting [cf. Proverbs 19:18; Proverbs 29:15, 17; and Ephesians 6:4]?
5. Recall a time during your upbringing when you were legitimately disciplined. What did you learn from that experience that has helped shaped you into a mature person? How does this relate to the point of Hebrews 12:9-10 [cf. Genesis 18:19; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; 1 Samuel 2:22-25, 29, 3:11-13; Proverbs 22:6]?
6. What are the long-term benefits to being trained through discipline [Hebrews 12:11]? Meditate on 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; 1 Timothy 4:7-8; and 1 Peter 1:6-9 for further ideas.
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
“He remembers our frame and knows that we are dust. He may sometimes chasten us, it is true, but even this He does with a smile, the proud, tender
smile of a Father who is bursting with pleasure over an imperfect but promising son who is coming every day to look more and more like the One whose child he is.” (A.W. Tozer)