Faithful – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week Pastor Deric continues the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled Faithful focusing on Hebrews 3:1 – 6.
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)