The Lord is My Helper – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week, Pastor Deric begin a new series ‘Shalom’ with a message tilted ‘The Lord is My Helper’.

  1. He gives us peace (5)
  2. He gives us confidence (6)
  3. He gives us focus (7,8,9)
  4. He gives us courage (11-14)


ICEBREAKER: What subjects should be taught in school but aren’t?

1. Why do you think the promise of God’s faithful presence [cf. Deuteronomy 31:6, 8; and Joshua 1:5] is linked to the twin commands of Hebrews 13:5 to be free from the love of money and to be content [cf. Philippians 4:11; 1 Timothy 3:3; and 1 Timothy 6:6-10]?

2. How have past leaders influenced your life and faith [Hebrews 13:7]? How does Jesus’ consistent and faithful example give you comfort and courage in your present circumstances [cf. 1 Corinthians 11:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:6; and James 1:17]?

3. What is it about grace that strengthens your heart as opposed to the performance of religious rituals [Hebrews 13:9-10]? Examine Romans 14:16-17; Ephesians 4:14; and Colossians 2:16-19 for more insights.

4. How did the practice of the Old Testament sacrificial system point forward to the fulfillment in Christ’s final sacrifice for sin? What did Christ’s suffering accomplish for you [Hebrews 13:11-12]? Also consider Leviticus 16:27; Romans 3:24-26; and 2 Corinthians 5:21.

5. After meditating on Christ’s sufferings [Hebrews 13:13], how are followers of Jesus to respond when insulted for Christ’s sake [cf. Luke 6:22; Luke 9:23-26; and 1 Peter 4:12-19]?

6. According to Hebrews 13:14, what will help Jesus’ disciples value heaven over earth [cf. 2 Corinthians 5:1; Philippians 3:20-21; and 2 Peter 3:10-13]?

“I know of nothing which so stimulates my faith in my Heavenly Father as to look back and reflect on His faithfulness to me in every crisis and every chilling circumstance of life. Over and over He has proved His care and concern for my welfare. Again and again I have been conscious of the Good Shepherd’s guidance through dark days and deep valleys.” (Phillip Keller)