The Hard Heart – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week Pastor Deric continues the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled The Hard Heart focusing on Hebrews 3:7 – 19.
Hebrews 3:7 – 19
ICEBREAKER: When someone finds out what you do, or where you are from, what question do they always ask you?

1. Hebrews 3:7-11 is a quote from Psalm 95:7-11 that reflects back on an incident when Israel grumbled against Moses and the Lord [cf. Numbers 17:1-7]. What prompted the complaints? Do you think they were valid? Have you ever been tempted to question the Lord during trying times?
2. How does a person “harden” his/her “heart” [Hebrews 3:8]? What contributes to a hardened heart [cf. Exodus 17:1-7; Proverbs 28:14; Zechariah 7:12; Matthew 13:15; Romans 2:5]? What can be done to remedy this condition?
3. Going astray in one’s heart is related in Hebrews 3:10 to not knowing the Lord’s “ways”. What are the Lord’s “ways”? Consult also Deuteronomy 8:5-10; Psalm 138 (especially verse 5); and Revelation 15:1-4.
4. We are commanded to beware of an unbelieving heart [Hebrews 3:12]. Part of that defensive strategy is to enlist the help of other believers [Hebrews 3:13]. What should we include in our exhortations to one another from this text, as well as Acts 14:22; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; and Hebrews 10:24-25?
5. What is “our original confidence” that we are to hold firm to the end [Hebrews 3:14]? Examine Luke 8:15; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; and Hebrews 10:19-23 for more clarity.
6. Hebrews 3:16-18 poses a series of questions to highlight the hard hearts and unbelief [Hebrews 3:15, 19] of the Exodus generation of Israel. Using the terms found in these verses, what do we need to watch out for so that our hearts remain “soft” to God’s voice? Include Deuteronomy 9:18; 1 Samuel 15:22-23; Psalm 106:6-43; and Ephesians 5:3-13 in your response.
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
“Better a shattered heart than a hardened heart.” (Woodrow Kroll)