No Turning Back Introduction – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week Pastor Deric begins the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled Introduction to Studies in the Book of Hebrews focusing on Hebrews 12:1-3.
Hebrews 12:1-3
ICEBREAKER: Describe an embarrassing incident that happened in elementary school.
1. Hebrews 1:1 – 4 contains at least 7 descriptions of Jesus, God’s Son, showing the reasons He is God’s supreme revelation. How many can you identify from this text, and what difference does each make in your daily walk with the Lord?
2. “To drift” implies a gradual change over time [Hebrews 2:1]. Apparently, this was, and still is, a very real danger for believers. Based on this text, what can we do to prevent drifting away? Also consult Deuteronomy 4:9-10, Proverbs 4:23, Acts 20:28 – 31, and Romans 16:17 – 18 for more strategies.
3. How do you, as one of God’s holy people who shares in a heavenly calling, practice the discipline of “consider(ing) Jesus” [Hebrews 3:1]? Examine Philippians 2:5 – 11, Colossians 1:13 – 20, Hebrews 4:14 – 16, and 1 Peter 2:21 – 23 for further insights.
4. The struggle to not fall away, to not be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness, and to not rebel against God’s voice [Hebrews 3:12 – 15] requires the help of God’s people to exhort us each day [Hebrews 3:13]. What does this exhortation include according to this text, as well as Acts 14:19 – 23; Colossians 3:12 – 17, and Revelation 3:14 – 22?
5. Believers are commanded to “hold fast to our confession” [Hebrews 4:14]. This does not refer to confessing our sins, but to publicly proclaiming our allegiance to Christ. How do we best do this according to this text, as well as 1 Timothy 6:12, Hebrews 3:1, and Hebrews 10:19 – 25?
6. How does Jesus’ example in Hebrews 12:1 – 3 motivate you to run the Christian race with endurance? Look closely at 1 Corinthians 9:24 – 27, 1 Timothy 4:6 – 8, and James 5:7 – 11 for other inspiring examples of endurance.
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
“To endure the cross is not tragedy; it is the suffering which is the fruit of an exclusive allegiance to Jesus Christ.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)