The God Who Goes the Extra Mile – Deric Bartlett

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Pastor Deric continues the series ‘No Turning Back’ with a message called “The God Who Goes the Extra Mile’ based on Hebrews 6:13-20.


ICEBREAKER: What website or app doesn’t exist, but you really wish it did?

1. The backstory to Hebrews 6:13-15 is found in Genesis 22, and the quote is from verse 17. What was God’s promise to Abraham, and what did Abraham do that led to receiving the promise (see context)? How does Abraham’s example challenge you?

2. We are told that Abraham obtained the promise by persevering. Why do you think perseverance is so important in all areas of life, and what are its spiritual benefits? Consider also 1 Thessalonians 5:14; James 5:7-8, 11; and 2 Peter 3:9.

3. God guaranteed His promise to us with an oath to show the unchangeable character of His purpose [Hebrews 6:17]. What is God’s purpose, and how does it give you a sense of purpose? Consult also Acts 2:22-24; Acts 20:25-27, 32; and Ephesians 1:11-14.

4. How does the fact that God does not lie [Hebrews 6:18] help you face the trials and temptations of this life? Reflect also on Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29; and Titus 1:2.

5. What is the hope that is set before us that we’re to hold fast to [Hebrews 6:18]? How does this serve as a refuge for those who flee to it [cf. Acts 23:6; Acts 26:4-8; and 1 Peter 1:3-9]?

6. Who serves as the anchor of the soul [Hebrews 6:19], and how does He secure our hope [Hebrews 6:20]? How does this truth help you in the middle of life’s storms [cf. Psalm 62:5-8; Romans 5:1-5; 1 Peter 2:4-6]?

7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

“Outside of the cross of Jesus Christ, there is no hope in this world. That cross and resurrection at the core of the Gospel is the only hope for humanity. Wherever you go, ask God for wisdom on how to get that Gospel in, even in the toughest situations of life.” (Ravi Zacharias)