The Marks of Maturity – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week Pastor Deric continues the series ‘No turning Back’ with a message titled ‘The Marks of Maturity’ from Hebrews 5:11-6:3.
1. What may cause a person to “become dull of hearing” [Hebrews 5:11]? Study Isaiah 6:9-10; Ezekiel 12:2; John 8:42-44; and 2 Peter 3:16 for further insights.]
2. According to the writer of Hebrews, every believer must mature to the point of being able to teach others [Hebrews 5:12]. What are some obstacles to overcome on the road to spiritual maturity [cf. Luke 8:14; 1 Corinthians 3:1-4; and Ephesians 4:13-14]?
3. What is “the word of righteousness” [Hebrews 5:13], and why is it so vitally relevant to our modern world? Consider also Matthew 5:6; Romans 1:17; and 1 Peter 2:24 in your response.
4. Why is discernment so necessary for believers to become mature [Hebrews 5:14]? How can believers become more discerning [cf. 1 Kings 3:9; Romans 12:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:21]?
5. Hebrews 6:1-2 outlines foundational Christian teachings according to the early church. What are these teachings, and why are they so foundational? Meditate on Acts 20:21; Galatians 2:16; Colossians 2:12; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Corinthians 15:12-28; and Acts 17:30-31 for more ideas.
6. If you were helping to establish and disciple a young believer in the Christian faith, what are the foundational teachings you would focus on? Would you follow this list in Hebrews 6:1-2? If not, what would you change, and why?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?