The Elephant in the Room – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

Pastor Deric continues the series ‘No Turning Back’ with a message titled ‘The Elephant in the Room’, based on Hebrews 6:4-12.
ICEBREAKER: What has taken you the longest to get good or decent at?
1. The little term “for” at the start of Hebrews 6:4 is significant because it looks back to Hebrews 5:11-6:3. The author addressed the need for spiritual progress, not stagnation, or worse, retreat. Why is Christian maturity so necessary to spiritual health [cf. Luke 8:14; Ephesians 4:13-15; Colossians 1:27-29]?
2. Does Hebrews 6:4-5 describe a genuine believer in Jesus? Examine the use of these key terms in Hebrews: “enlightened” [10:32]; “tasted” [2:9]; “shared” [3:1,14]; and “miracles” [2:4] in your response.
3. According to Hebrews 6:6, apostasy is a real danger. What are the consequences listed in this text of falling away from following Jesus [cf. Luke 8:13; 1 Timothy 1:19; 1 Timothy 4:1-3; Hebrews 3:12]?
4. Hebrews 6:7-8 begins with another “for”, leading to an illustration that clarifies the author’s point in 6:4-6. How does this example from agriculture help you understand this warning [cf. Matthew 3:7-10; Matthew 7:15-20; Luke 8:13-15; John 15:6]?
5. As a good pastor, following a stern warning, the author went on to encourage his readers [Hebrews 6:9-10]. What had he seen in them, according to this text, that gave him reason for optimism [cf. Colossians 1:3-8; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-4; Revelation 3:7-13]?
6. The term “sluggish” [Hebrews 6:12] is the same term translated “dull” of hearing in Hebrews 5:11. What are some signs of “spiritual sluggishness” listed in Hebrews 5:11-6:3 that we should avoid? What are some remedies to keep us moving forward, particularly in Hebrews 6:11-12, as well as Romans 12:11; Hebrews 13:7; and James 1:2-4?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?