A Focused Faith – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week Pastor Deric continues the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled A Focused Faith focusing on Hebrews 2: 1-13
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)