The Kingdom That Cannot Be Shaken – Deric Bartlett


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This week, Pastor Deric continues the series ‘No Turning Back’ with a message called ‘The Kingdom That Cannot Be Shaken’, based on Hebrews 12:18-29.
 
Questions
 
ICEBREAKER: Next to the Bible, what book has had the most significant impact on you? Why?
1. Hebrews 12:18-21 captures the awesome scene from Exodus 19 when God gave the 10 Commandments. Why does the author of Hebrews refer to this terrifying event? What does it imply about the relationship between God and humanity under the old covenant [cf. Leviticus 16; Leviticus 23:26-32; and 2 Corinthians 3:13-15]?
 
2. In this text, there is an obvious contrast between Mount Sinai [Hebrews 12:18-21] and Mount Zion [Hebrews 12:22-24]. What makes participation in Mount Zion so superior? What changes have occurred for those who trust Christ? Compare also Psalm 48; Isaiah 51:11; Ephesians 2:19-22; and Philippians 3:20-21.
3. Jesus is the Mediator of a new covenant [Hebrews 12:24]. Why does His blood “speak a better word” than Abel’s [cf. Genesis 4:8-11; Matthew 23:29-35; and 1 Timothy 2:3-6]?
 
4. We receive a serious warning in Hebrews 12:25 to listen when God communicates to us. Why do some refuse to listen, and why do others listen? Investigate Ezekiel 3:4-9; Romans 2:5; and James 1:21 for more clues.
 
5. Our world is currently being shaken to its foundations. What are the “things that are shaken” [Hebrews 12:27] that will one day be entirely removed, and what are “the things that cannot be shaken” that will remain forever [cf. Psalm 102:25-28; Isaiah 65:17-25; and Romans 8:18-25]?
 
6. According to Hebrews 12:28-29, what do we have to look forward to despite the struggles of this present world? How should we be living in light of our bright future [ cf. Daniel 2:44; Daniel 7:14; and 1 Peter 1:3-5]?
 
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
 
“The way to Heaven is ascending; we must be content to travel uphill, though it be hard and tiresome, and contrary to the natural bias of our flesh.” (Jonathan Edwards)