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Aug 13, 2017
Patriot or Christian?-Pastor Max

This week Pastor Max continues our summer series True Patriot Love with a sermon in 1 Peter 2 & Daniel 2 entitled “Patriot or Christian?”

Questions:
1 Peter 2 & Daniel 2
Ice Breaker: Do you tend to “go with the flow” or are you more likely to go against the trends?

 

1. As Peter states simply in verse 13, why are we to submit to every human institution?
2. Why has God established these rules for submitting to earthly authority?
3. What kind of “ignorance” could be corrected by following Peter’s instruction?
4. In this context, how would you describe or define the “freedom” we enjoy as Christians?
5. How are we to approach God and human authority in these matters? Are we to submit to anyone who might claim authority?
6. Rank these in a progression of obligation from first to last: Honour everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the emperor.
 

“We are relieved from the burden of the unknown because everything unknown is known to the One who guides, protects and lovingly Father’s us.”- Paul David Tripp

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  • Aug 13, 2017Patriot or Christian?-Pastor Max
    Aug 13, 2017
    Patriot or Christian?-Pastor Max

    This week Pastor Max continues our summer series True Patriot Love with a sermon in 1 Peter 2 & Daniel 2 entitled “Patriot or Christian?”

    Questions:
    1 Peter 2 & Daniel 2
    Ice Breaker: Do you tend to “go with the flow” or are you more likely to go against the trends?

     

    1. As Peter states simply in verse 13, why are we to submit to every human institution?
    2. Why has God established these rules for submitting to earthly authority?
    3. What kind of “ignorance” could be corrected by following Peter’s instruction?
    4. In this context, how would you describe or define the “freedom” we enjoy as Christians?
    5. How are we to approach God and human authority in these matters? Are we to submit to anyone who might claim authority?
    6. Rank these in a progression of obligation from first to last: Honour everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the emperor.
     

    “We are relieved from the burden of the unknown because everything unknown is known to the One who guides, protects and lovingly Father’s us.”- Paul David Tripp

  • Aug 6, 2017The Gospel & Government-Pastor Deric
    Aug 6, 2017
    The Gospel & Government-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues our summer series True Patriot Love with a sermon in Romans 13:1-7 entitled “The Gospel & Government”

    Questions:
    Romans 13:1-7

    Icebreaker: What is your definition of "good government"?

    1. What does the context of the Gospel, as explained in the book of Romans,  have to do with Paul’s emphasis on submission to “governing authorities”?
    2. Why is the theme of “submission” so important in the New Testament, especially in the first seven verses of Romans 13?
    3. If all authority belongs to God (v.1) then how do believers reconcile the presence of dictatorial regimes and persecuting authorities? How are they “God’s servants”? (v.4)
    4. How would you counsel fellow believers to live under the pressure of evil empires as so many do in the world today?
    5. Why does Paul highlight “good conduct” in the context of counseling believers how to live in peace with governing authorities?
    6. Explain Paul’s use of maintaining a clear conscience as it relates to the believer in relationship to government?  (v.5)
     

    "When you know that all is God’s, then anything you render to Caesar you will render for God’s sake." - John Piper

  • Jul 30, 2017Indebted to God & Government-Pastor Deric
    Jul 30, 2017
    Indebted to God & Government-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues our summer series True Patriot Love with a sermon in Matthew 22:15-22 entitled “Indebted to God & Government”

    Questions:
    Matthew 22:15-22
    Icebreaker: When you have to pay taxes do you do so willingly or with reluctance?

    1. In verse 15 we find the Pharisees plotting to entrap Jesus. In what way would either of the expected answers help to damage Jesus' ministry?
    2. Using a lexicon or commentary, explain the significance of the word "render" (v.21).
    3. In what ways do loyalty and obligation differ? Do you consider yourself to be obligated or loyal to the government?
    4. Using a concordance, find the verse in Titus which commands us to be subject to rulers.
    5. On what grounds is a Christian obligated to disobey governmental authority (see Acts 5:29)?
    6. In what ways does submission to authority benefit us? (ref. Hebrews 13:17)
     

    “Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official.” - Theodore Roosevelt

  • Jul 23, 2017Meet Mr Douglas-Pastor Deric
    Jul 23, 2017
    Meet Mr Douglas-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues our summer series True Patriot Love as he introduces us to one of our Fathers of Faith, Mr. Douglas

    Questions:
    Icebreaker: Who do you think has been the most positively impactful Canadian politician (from any level of government) over the last 25 years?
     
    1. What does civic duty mean to you? Is it important in your Christian walk?
    2. Why does Paul urge us to pray for those in authority in 1 Timothy 2:1-2?
    3. Considering your answer above, what then is the God-given purpose of good government? Do you believe this is happening in Canada today?
    4. What is the difference between supplications, prayers and intercessions (v.1)?
    5. In what ways can you involve yourself in the affairs of government to help others in Mississauga?

    6. Regardless of whether you live under a godly or ungodly authority, we can rest in God’s sovereignty over all things. Find three stories from the scriptures that demonstrate how God has ultimate control of all governing authority.

    “A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.” - Theodore Roosevelt

  • Jul 16, 2017Neighbours & The Body of Christ-Milton Friesen
    Jul 16, 2017
    Neighbours & The Body of Christ-Milton Friesen

    This week our guest Milton Friesen taught us from Luke 10:25-37 with a sermon entitled ”Neighbours & The Body of Christ” as we continue our summer series True Patriot Love

    Questions:
    Luke 10:25-37

    Icebreaker: How many of your neighbours have you chatted with over the last month?

    1. When have you experienced social isolation?
    2. What opportunities for ministry does social isolation make possible today?
    3. What is the significance of Jesus noting it was a Samaritan (as opposed to a Jew) that stopped to help? (v.33)
    4. Where in Scripture do you see examples of people standing on their own in obedience to God?
    5. Where in Scripture do you see examples of people faithfully following God with others?
    6. What is God’s definition of a neighbour (v.37)? What significance does that have for us today?
    7. What parts of your life (think about this past week) make connecting with people challenging?
     

    "The aim of God in history is the creation of an all-inclusive community of loving persons with God himself at the very heart of this community as its prime Sustainer and most glorious Inhabitant." - Dallas Willard

  • Jul 9, 2017Meet Mr Ryerson-Pastor Deric
    Jul 9, 2017
    Meet Mr Ryerson-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues our summer series True Patriot Love as he introduces us to one of Canada's Fathers of Faith, Meet Mr. Ryerson

    Questions:
    Icebreaker: Who is your favourite Canadian politician of all time? Why?

    1. Read Romans 13:6-7. Why is a Christian obligated to pay taxes?
    2. Do you think it's a Christian's duty to help serve their country? Why or why not?
    3. Do you view yourself as a positive force for change in Canada? What are some ways you could help serve your country?
    4. Do you think patriotism is a valid extension of Christianity?
    5. According to Psalms 33:12 what is the determining factor if a nation is blessed or not?
     

    “Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” - Adlai Stevenson II

  • Jul 2, 2017True Patriot Love-Pastor Deric
    Jul 2, 2017
    True Patriot Love-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric begins our summer series True Patriot Love with a sermon in Psalm 72

    Questions:
    Psalm 72
    Icebreaker: How important is voting to you?
     
    1. Using a concordance, find three other Psalms that talk about God governing the world.
    2. What value do you place on the government of Canada?
    3. Read Romans 13:1-7. In your own words state why submitting to government is important to God.
    4. How active are you in keeping track of political events in Canada? Why or why not?
    5. Do you agree that the government’s responsibility is to serve the people of the country?
    6. What does a Christian do if a government is breaking God’s moral law (i.e. legitimizing same-sex marriage)?
     

    "Good government is the outcome of private virtue." - John Chapman

  • Jun 26, 2017Enjoying Jesus 24/7/365-Manfred Koehler
    Jun 26, 2017
    Enjoying Jesus 24/7/365-Manfred Koehler

    This week our guest Manfred Koehler taught us from 1 Thessalonians 5:17 with a sermon entitled ”Enjoying Jesus 24/7/365”

    Questions:
    1 Thessalonians 5:12-22

    Ice Breaker: When do you pray?

    1. Is continual prayer a habit you strive to develop in your life? Why or why not?
    2. What negative thoughts cause us to think that "pray without ceasing" is an unrealistic ideal? How can we overcome negativity?
    3. What other passages of scripture support the idea of practicing the presence of Christ in our lives?
    4. What positive impacts would applying 1 Thess. 5:17 produce in your life?
    5. In the midst of these final instructions from Paul to the church at Thessalonica, how would you categorize his instruction on prayer?
    6. How would continual prayer simplify our efforts to walk in the Spirit with Christ?
     

    “The basic purpose of prayer is not to bend God’s will to mine, but to mould my will to His.” - Timothy Keller

  • Jun 18, 2017Family Resemblance-Pastor Deric
    Jun 18, 2017
    Family Resemblance-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series The Sacred Image with a sermon for Father’s Day in Genesis 1:26-31 entitled “Family Resemblance”

    Questions:
    Genesis 1:26-31

    Ice Breaker: Who have been the most influential men in your life?

    1. What does the knowledge that God created you tell you about your worth?
    2. How does the fact that God created us in His image impact our understanding about who we are?
    3. What can we know about our purpose on earth from these verses?
    4. Knowing all this, how should we change our attitude toward this life?

    5. How should the truth from this passage influence how men live in the world today?

    “A father acts on behalf of his children by working, providing, intervening, struggling and suffering for them. In doing so, he really stands in their place. He is not an isolated individual, but incorporates the selves of several people in his own self.”- Dietrich Bonhoefer

  • Jun 11, 2017Wives, Husbands and The Divine Image-Pastor Max
    Jun 11, 2017
    Wives, Husbands and The Divine Image-Pastor Max

    This week Pastor Max continues our series The Sacred Image with a sermon in Ephesians 5:21-33 entitled “Wives, Husbands and The Divine Image”

    Questions:
    Ephesians 5:21-33

    Ice Breaker: Think of all the marriages you’ve ever seen portrayed on TV or in movies. Can you name any that were worth emulating?

    1. Describe what Paul teaches in this passage as an essential foundation for relationships. (v.21) (also see vv.18-20)
    2. How can a couple, or any group with great differences, find common ground for their relationship? (vv.22-24)
    3. What can we identify as the fuel that powers the relationships we’re reading about in this passage? (vv.25-30)
    4. Why should I be confident and willing to approach my marriage relationship this way? (vv.31-33)

    5. Describe the results a in marriage relationship lived this way. What would you expect a marriage like this to look like?

    “There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.” – Martin Luther

  • Jun 4, 2017Moving and Multiplying the Gospel into the Future-Dr. Bruce Snavely
    Jun 4, 2017
    Moving and Multiplying the Gospel into the Future-Dr. Bruce Snavely

    This week our guest Dr. Bruce Snavely taught us from 2 Timothy 2:1-7 with a sermon entitled ”Moving and Multiplying the Gospel into the Future”

    Questions:
    2 Timothy 2:1-7

    Ice Breaker: Have you ever been given a job that at first glance, seemed too big for you? How did you handle it?

    1. Who does Paul say is responsible for moving and multiplying the Gospel into the future? (v.1)
    2. How can we ensure the future of the church’s leadership? (v.2)
    3. Donald Guthrie says, "The transmission of Christian truth must never be left to chance.” What two qualities must be present in a servant of God in order that he or she be entrusted to pass on the truth of Christ’s Gospel? (v.2)
    4. Why is suffering and persecution related to godliness? (v.3)
    5. What can be learned from these verses about 'how we are to work' in doing the job we’re called to? (vv.4-7)
    6. What are some biblical examples of leaders passing the baton?
     

    “Christians must major in the long view. We discipline our minds to see everything in this life as an investment in the next.”- Ryan Huguley

  • May 28, 2017Myths About Educating Our Children-Pastor Deric
    May 28, 2017
    Myths About Educating Our Children-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series The Sacred Image with a sermon for Christian Education Sunday in Proverbs 22:6 entitled “Myths About Educating Our Children”

    Questions:
    Proverbs 4 (read over the chapter a couple of times)
    Ice Breaker: In your experience, who has been your favourite teacher/instructor/coach and why? In what ways did they influence your growth?
     
    1. From these verses, what role must a parent accept in the life of their children?
    2. What would be of primary importance to share with your children? (also see Deut. 6:5-7)
    3. Ideally, how does a parent learn how to instruct their children? How else could a parent learn this? (vv.3-4)
    4. What are the benefits of good instruction? (vv.10-13)
    5. What will happen if we ignore the God-given role as teacher to our children? (vv.14-17)
    6. What role does the church play in the education of it’s members?
     

    “We teach best by how we live life; who we are instructs with absolute clarity.” - Bryant McGill

  • May 21, 2017God of Justice-Pastor Max
    May 21, 2017
    God of Justice-Pastor Max

    This week Pastor Max continues our series The Sacred Image with a sermon in Isaiah 1:16-18 entitled “God of Justice”

    Questions:
    Isaiah 1:16-18
    Ice Breaker: Think back to a time when you were wronged by someone. How did you respond to that incident? Was it a good or bad way of handling it?
    1. How would you define justice in your own words?
    2. Is there such a thing as universal morality? If so, where is the standard for universal morality to be found?
    3. Find and share three other verses from the Old Testament that illustrate God as the vindicator (provider of justice) of the oppressed?
    4. In what way does justice point to the reality of God's truth?
    5. In verse 16 God calls the people to stop sinning, and in verse 17 calls the people to seek justice. Why is seeking justice and not sinning so closely linked?

    6. How can we be champions of God’s justice in our daily lives?

    "I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than justice." - Abraham Lincoln

  • May 14, 2017A Woman’s Complete Guide to Unfading Beauty-Pastor Deric
    May 14, 2017
    A Woman’s Complete Guide to Unfading Beauty-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series The Sacred Image with a sermon for Mother’s Day in Proverbs 31:30 entitled “A Woman’s Complete Guide to Unfading Beauty”

    Questions:
    Proverbs 31:30

    Ice Breaker: In your opinion, what are the top 3 most important qualities of a desirable person?

    1. What things about you and your life determine your sense of identity?
    2. On what basis should a woman be valued?
    3. How can charm be “deceptive”, and why is beauty “vain”?
    4. Based on verses 10-31, what are the qualities of a godly woman?
    5. What is one area of your life that you need to work on to become a more godly person?
    6. What is the reward of a good woman?
     

    “Virtue is the fount whence honour springs.” – Christopher Marlowe

  • May 7, 2017The Legacy of Faith-Pastor Deric
    May 7, 2017
    The Legacy of Faith-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric begins his new series The Sacred Image with a sermon in Hebrews 11:23-29 entitled “The Legacy of Faith”

    Questions:
    Hebrews 11:23-29
    Ice Breaker: How would you define ‘faith’?
     
    1. How does the faith of Moses’ parents impact Moses himself? (v.23)
    2. What had Moses learned about life that enabled him to resist earthly temptations? (vv. 24-25)
    3. Identify the victory that the faithful achieve? (v.26)
    4. Describe what this passage tells us about the relationship between faith and perseverance? (v.27) (review Ex.6 to 14)                    
    5. How would the experiences of celebrating the Passover and crossing over the Red Sea change the nation of Israel? (v.28-29)
    6. Who are your ‘heroes’ of the faith? What have you learned from each of them?
     

    “Jesus, when I’m in fellowship with you, problems assume their right size, fears flee, worries shrink, hurts heal, anger melts, hope grows.”- Scotty Smith