No Deals with the Devil – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week, Pastor Deric wraps up the series ‘The Gospel and Culture’ with a message titled ‘No Deal with the Devil’ based on 2 Corinthains 6:14-7:1.
1. We are the ______________ of God
2. We are the ______________ of God
3. We are the ______________ of God

ICEBREAKER: What is the noblest endeavour a person can dedicate their life to?
1. How do you strike a balance between refraining from being “unequally yoked with unbelievers” [2 Corinthians 6:14] while serving as “ambassadors for Christ” [2 Corinthians 5:20] who appeal to unbelievers to be reconciled to God by trusting Christ [cf. Deuteronomy 7:1-5; 1 Corinthians 5:9-10; and Ephesians 5:3-14]?
2. What clues do you observe in Colossians 3:1-5 to help you prioritize heavenly things as opposed to earthly things [cf. Romans 6:4; Ephesians 1:20; and Ephesians 2:5-7]?
3. How can you tell that salvation is a spiritual battle from 2 Corinthians 4:3-6? What can be done about it from this text [cf. Genesis 3:1-7; 2 Corinthians 3:14-16; and Ephesians 2:1-3]?
4. According to Hebrews 1:1-3, why is Jesus Christ central to our faith? What sets Him apart from all others [cf. Colossians 1:15-16; Colossians 2:9; and Hebrews 12:1-2]?
5. Jesus made an astonishing claim to His disciples in John 14:8-11. What was that claim, and how could His disciples know it was true [cf. John 1:14; John 12:45; and Acts 10:38]?
6. At the close of His High Priestly Prayer recorded in John 17:20-26, Jesus made it clear how the unbelieving world would know that He was who He claimed to be. What is to be the defining characteristic of His disciples so that the world might know Jesus came from the Father [cf. John 3:16-17; John 10:38; and John 13:34-35]?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
“So those [in] this group of the
spiritual but not religious display
an uncommon inclination to
think beyond the material and to
experience the transcendent.
Such a desire can open the door
to deep, spiritual conversations and,
in time, perhaps a willingness
to hear about Christian spirituality.
The bent of those conversations
necessarily must be different
though than with those who
love Jesus but not the church.
The wounds and suspicions toward
the church will come from
different places—as will their
understanding of spirituality.
But both groups represent people
outside of the church who have an
internal leaning toward the
spiritual side of life.”
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