Merciful and Faithful – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week Pastor Deric continues the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled Merciful and Faithful focusing on Hebrews 2: 14 – 18.
Hebrews 2: 14 – 18.
ICEBREAKER: What were some games you played as a child?
1. Hebrews 2:14 asserts that Jesus, the Pioneer of our salvation, shared in our humanity, becoming flesh and blood like us. Why is the full humanity of Jesus an essential part of God’s plan of salvation? Consult Matthew 8:23-24; Luke 4:1-2; John 1:14; John 4:5-6; and John 11:35 for further insights.
2. According to Hebrews 2:14-15, what are the results of Jesus’ death, and why are these accomplishments so significant? Compare Romans 8:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:54-57; Colossians 1:13-15; and 2 Timothy 1:10 as well.
3. Why do you think death is fearful and enslaving? How do texts such as Hebrews 2:15, as well as Psalm 23:4; Isaiah 25:6-9; Luke 20:34-36; 1 Corinthians 15:26; and Revelation 21:4 give you a different perspective that is full of hope and encouragement?
4. Who are “the offspring of Abraham” [Hebrews 2:16]? Examine Genesis 15:6; Isaiah 41:8; Luke 19:8-10; Romans 4:16-22, and Galatians 3:6-9 for clarification.
5. What role does a high priest play [Hebrews 2:17], and why do you think it is helpful to know Jesus is merciful and faithful? Consider such texts as Hebrews 4:15-16; Hebrews 5:1-6; Hebrews 8:1-3; 1 John 2:1-2; and 1 John 4:10 in your response.
6. Do you find it helpful to know Jesus suffered and was tempted just as we are? Why or why not? Look up Matthew 4:1-11; 2 Timothy 4:16-18; James 1:2-4, 12; and 2 Peter 2:9 for more input.
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
“No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is…We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means…” (C.S. Lewis)