Good News About REST – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week Pastor Deric continues the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled Good News About Rest focusing on Hebrews 4:1-13
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)