Draw Near to God – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

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
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)