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Sep 16, 2018
A Perfect Storm

This week Pastor Deric continues our series The Runaway Prophet with a sermon entitled A Perfect Storm focussing on Jonah 1:4-10.

Questions
Jonah 1:4-10
 
ICEBREAKER: Have you ever purchased something that you later came to regret? What happened?
1. Why was the captain of the ship angry at Jonah (v.6)? What did he think Jonah should have been doing?
2. How does Jonah’s description of God (v.9) make his attempt to flee seem foolish? How is this echoed in Psalm 139:1–12?
3. Do you find the message of Psalm 139:1–12 comforting or intimidating? Why?
4. Why were the men afraid when they heard Jonah’s answer (v.10)?
5. How is the storm in Jonah 1 an act of mercy rather than judgment? How have you seen God spare no expense in his pursuit of you?
6. When storms come our way, how can we look at them from a divine perspective? What should we ask from God in them?
7. What should Jonah have done in order to prevent this storm in his life? What things do you need to do in order to avoid an unnecessary storm in your own life?
8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
 

"The heart is the place where our life gets its direction.” ― Jim George

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  • Sep 16, 2018A Perfect Storm
    Sep 16, 2018
    A Perfect Storm

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The Runaway Prophet with a sermon entitled A Perfect Storm focussing on Jonah 1:4-10.

    Questions
    Jonah 1:4-10
     
    ICEBREAKER: Have you ever purchased something that you later came to regret? What happened?
    1. Why was the captain of the ship angry at Jonah (v.6)? What did he think Jonah should have been doing?
    2. How does Jonah’s description of God (v.9) make his attempt to flee seem foolish? How is this echoed in Psalm 139:1–12?
    3. Do you find the message of Psalm 139:1–12 comforting or intimidating? Why?
    4. Why were the men afraid when they heard Jonah’s answer (v.10)?
    5. How is the storm in Jonah 1 an act of mercy rather than judgment? How have you seen God spare no expense in his pursuit of you?
    6. When storms come our way, how can we look at them from a divine perspective? What should we ask from God in them?
    7. What should Jonah have done in order to prevent this storm in his life? What things do you need to do in order to avoid an unnecessary storm in your own life?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "The heart is the place where our life gets its direction.” ― Jim George

  • Sep 9, 2018Running From God
    Sep 9, 2018
    Running From God

    This week Pastor Deric begins our series The Runaway Prophet with a sermon entitled “Running from God” focussing on Jonah 1:1-3.

    Questions
    Jonah 1:1-3
     
    ICEBREAKER: What is your favourite memory from this summer? Why?
    1. Why didn’t Jonah want to go to Nineveh to preach a message of repentance?
    2. In verse 3 it says Jonah fled in order to go “away from the presence of the Lord”. What was the consequence of his actions? Is it really possible to run from God?
    3. Where is another example from the Old Testament of someone turning the other way from God? What was the outcome?
    4. How is the book of Jonah different from all the other books of the prophets?
    5. What do you think Jonah needed to do in order to change his heart towards the Ninevites?
    6. How are you “fleeing from the presence of the Lord” in your own life? What steps can you take to turn yourself around?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "The condition of an enlightened mind is a surrendered heart." - Alan Redpath

  • Sep 2, 2018Glory in JESUS
    Sep 2, 2018
    Glory in JESUS

    This week Pastor Deric preaches a sermon entitled “Glory in JESUS

    Questions:

    Philippians 3:7-14

    1. What was the reason Paul considered everything he lost to be rubbish? (v.8)
    2. How many  times does Paul use the phrase “press on” (ESV) in this passage? What other words does he use to describe his pursuit of Christ?
    3. What does Paul mean in v.10 when he said he wanted to “become like Christ in his death”?
    4. Read Jeremiah 29:13. What does this mean to you in your own life?
    5. Using a concordance find three verses from the Psalms that contain the word “seek”. What common theme is present in them?
    6. What practical things do you need to do in order to reach the goal of Philippians 3:14?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    “Nothing teaches us about the preciousness of the Creator as much as when we learn the emptiness of everything else.” - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

  • Aug 26, 2018The Evolution of Faith
    Aug 26, 2018
    The Evolution of Faith

    This week Pastor Max concludes our series The Mustard Seed Life with a sermon entitled “The Evolution of Faith”

    Questions:
    Colossians 2:6-7
     
    1. What does it mean in Colossians 2:3 that all the treasures of knowledge and wisdom are hidden in Christ?
    2. Read Mark 9:17-24. What was Jesus' response to the man? What do we need to do if we’re weak in faith?
    3. Find three other examples of people putting their faith in Jesus in the gospels.
    4. According to Hebrews 12:2 who is the one who develops our faith?
    5. Read 2 Timothy 1:12. What is the foundation of Paul’s confidence in his own walk of faith?
    6. What practical steps do you need to take to grow more in your faith?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?

    "Faith is a sounder guide than reason. Reason can go only so far, but faith has no limits." - Blaise Pascal

  • Aug 19, 2018The Evidence of Faith
    Aug 19, 2018
    The Evidence of Faith

    This week Pastor Max continues our series The Mustard Seed Life with a sermon entitled “The Evidence of Faith”

    Questions:
    Hebrews 11:1-7
     
    1. In chapter 11 the author of Hebrews cites many examples of individuals who proved their faith by their actions. Find three more examples from the Old Testament of someone acting out their faith in God.
    2. What can you learn from the outcomes of the examples of people cited throughout this chapter? What theme is presen
    3. Read Hebrews 12:1-2. What is the desired outcome for the readers of this epistle after considering these heroes of faith?
    4. What is the significance of Abraham’s hope for a city whose designer and builder is God? (v.10)
    5. According to 1 Thessalonians 3:7 how does our faith influence others?
    6. How are we to treat other believers who are weak in faith according to Romans 14:1-4?
    7. Do you truly believe that God is a rewarder of those who seek him (Heb. 11:6)? What things do you need to seek the Lord for in your own life?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees, and looks to God alone; Laughs at impossibilities, and cries it shall be done." - Charles Wesley

  • Aug 12, 2018The Challenge of Faith
    Aug 12, 2018
    The Challenge of Faith

    This week Pastor Max continues our series The Mustard Seed Life with a sermon entitled “The Challenge of Faith”

    Questions:
    Luke 17:1-10
     
    1. What was the context of the disciple’s request for Jesus to increase their faith?
    2. Why do you think Jesus responded to their request in the way that he did?
    3. Where is there an instance of active faith in this chapter? What was the outcome?
    4. What importance does faith have in living out your Christian life from day to day?
    5. Read Hebrews 11:1. How does this tie in with 2 Corinthians 5:7 and 1 Peter 1:8? What theme is present in all three scriptures?
    6. Read Matthew 14:25-31. How do you think you would have responded if you were in Peter’s place, and what would the outcome have been?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "It is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you." - Tim Keller

  • Aug 5, 2018The Habit of Faith
    Aug 5, 2018
    The Habit of Faith

    This week Pastor Max begins our series The Mustard Seed Life with a sermon entitled “The Habit of Faith”

    Questions:
    Psalm 26:1-3
     
    1. What is David’s definition of faith in this passage?
    2. Find another Psalm where David writes about his faith in God.
    3. How is faith defined in Hebrew 11:1?
    4. Read Hebrews 11:6. Why do you think faith is so important to God?
    5. According to James 2:17-18 what is an essential component of faith? How is this echoed throughout Psalm 26?
    6. Considering your own walk with Lord, what areas of faith would you like to grow in during this series?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?

    "Faith is like radar that sees through the fog - the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see." - Corrie Ten Boom

  • Jul 29, 2018The Renewed Mind
    Jul 29, 2018
    The Renewed Mind
    Series: The 180

    This week Pastor Deric concludes our series The 180 with a sermon entitled “The Renewed Mind” focussing on Romans 12:1-2

    Questions
    Romans 12:1-2
     
    1. What does it mean to present your body as a sacrifice to God?
    2. How is presenting yourself to God an act of spiritual worship?
    3. What do we need to do to be transformed to the image of Christ? (see v.2) How is this done?
    4. According to Mark 7:21-23 what is the main thing that needs to be changed in order to truly repent?
    5. Find one psalm where David asked God to create a new heart in him.
    6. Read the following scriptures: Psalm 116:8, Colossians 1:13, 1 Timothy 1:15, Titus 3:5, 1 Peter 1:3-5. What is the common theme?
    7. What do you need to do in order to trust God - and not yourself - to bring change into your life?

    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?

    "Repentance, as we know, is basically not moaning and remorse, but turning and change." - J.I. Packer

  • Jul 22, 2018Good Grief
    Jul 22, 2018
    Good Grief
    Series: The 180

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The 180 with a sermon entitled “Good Grief” focussing on 2 Corinthians 7

    Questions
    2 Corinthians 7
     
    1. What promises is Paul referring to in verse 1?
    2. What specific types of fruit did Godly grief and repentance produce in the church at Corinth?
    3. What effects did the repentance of the Corinthian church have on Paul?
    4. Write down your current definition of repentance in one sentence. How has it changed since the beginning of the series?
    5. Read Joel 2:17. What does this teach us about the connection between repentance and making disciples?
    6. What role are we meant to play in each other’s lives in terms of helping one another towards repentance?
    7. What is one practical thing you can do to help someone in your life assume a posture of repentance?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "Fear-based repentance makes us hate ourselves. Joy-based repentance makes us hate the sin." - Tim Keller

  • Jul 15, 2018Refreshment in Repentance
    Jul 15, 2018
    Refreshment in Repentance
    Series: The 180

    This week Pastor Max continues our series The 180 with a sermon entitled “Refreshment in Repentance”

    Questions:
    Acts 3:17-21
     
    1. What was the occasion for Peter delivering this message?
    2. What is the requirement for God’s blessing mentioned in verse 26?
    3. Find another verse from the New Testament which states that repentance is a gift from God.
    4. Peter mentioned that all the prophets testified about Jesus (v.18). Find three prophecies from the Old Testament that foretold the works of Christ.
    5. Why do you think the Pharisees & Sadducees refused to believe the miracles they saw?
    6. What is the connection between repentance and faith?
    7. Some of Peter’s listeners had hardened hearts which hindered them from believing and repenting. What obstacle do you need to overcome to repent?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    “Repentance is siding with God against self.” - Todd Nibert

  • Jul 8, 2018The Place of Repentance in Preaching
    Jul 8, 2018
    The Place of Repentance in Preaching

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The 180 with a sermon entitled “The Place of Repentance in Preaching” focussing on Acts 2:14-41

    Questions
    Acts 2:14-41
     
    1. What does it mean that Jesus was “attested by God with mighty works”? (v.22)
    2. What was the response of the people when they heard Peter’s preaching? How is this a sign of true repentance?
    3. Read verses 41-47. Identify three other fruits that showed the people had truly repented.
    4. In Peter’s sermon he quotes a prophecy from Joel (vv.17-21). Find the prophecy in the book of Joel. What is the context that prophecy was given in?
    5. Joel talked about the people’s need to rend their hearts instead of their garments. What does this mean? How is this type of repentance different from the common outward display of regret we see today?
    6. Read Leviticus 5:5. What role does confession have in repentance?
    7. In your own experience, how has confession of sin and repentance become a blessing to you?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "Many think they repent when it is not the offense but the penalty that troubles them." - Thomas Watson

  • Jul 1, 2018Think Clearly About Yourself
    Jul 1, 2018
    Think Clearly About Yourself

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The 180 with a sermon entitled “Think Clearly About Yourself” focussing on Luke 18:9-14

    Questions
    Luke 18:9-14
     
    1. In your own words sum up the main point of this passage in one sentence.
    2. How were Pharisees and tax collectors generally regarded in Jesus’ time? What effect would this illustration have had on Jesus’ listeners?
    3. What danger is Jesus highlighting in this passage?
    4. Find another parable from the gospel of Luke that emphasizes this same point.
    5. In what way does this parable encourage us to be honest with ourselves and God concerning our sin?
    6. What do you need to do to avoid the trap of self-righteousness?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?

    "God cannot fix whoever is first not broken." - Jack Wellman

  • Jun 24, 2018The Prodigal Sons
    Jun 24, 2018
    The Prodigal Sons
    Series: The 180

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The 180 with a sermon entitled “The Prodigal Sons” focussing on Luke 15:11-32

    Questions
    Luke 15:11-32
     
    1. What is the occasion in chapter 15 for Jesus giving these three parables?
    2. What does this tell us about how we ought to view and treat other sinners?
    3. Who does the father and two sons represent in this parable? Who do you personally identify with the most?
    4. What does the reaction of the father tell us about God’s heart towards sinners? How does this encourage us to repent and return to God?
    5. How does unbelief affect repentance?
    6. What can you do to combat unbelief in your own heart?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?

    "Knowledge without repentance will be but a torch to light men to hell." - Thomas Watson

  • Jun 17, 2018Peter’s 180
    Jun 17, 2018
    Peter’s 180
    Series: The 180

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The 180 with a sermon entitled “Peter’s 180” focussing on Luke 22:31-34

    Questions
    Luke 22:31-34

    Ice Breaker: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

    1. What does it mean that Satan wanted to sift Peter like wheat?
    2. According to verse 32, who is the one who helps us to repent?
    3. Who is the enemy of our repentance? What do we need to do to combat him?
    4. Read Luke 15:17. What was the first step in the prodigal son’s repentance? What does this tell us about the nature of repentance and sin?
    5. One obstacle to repentance is the belief that we will lose something good (happiness, security, etc.). How is this overcome?
    6. What other obstacles do you need to overcome in order to truly repent?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive." - C.S. Lewis

  • Jun 10, 2018Woe to the Unrepentant
    Jun 10, 2018
    Woe to the Unrepentant
    Series: The 180

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The 180 with a sermon entitled “Woe to the Unrepentant” focussing on Matthew 11:20-30

    Questions
    Matthew 11:20-30

    Ice Breaker: What household chore do you dislike doing the most?

    1. What is the immediate context of this passage? (see vv.1-19)
    2. What is the significance of Jesus pronouncing a “woe” upon these cities?
    3. Why does Jesus reference Tyre and Sidon along with Sodom and Gomorrah?
    4. Why do you think indifference towards God’s call to repent is so particularly condemnable?
    5. How can someone discern if they’re being indifferent towards God’s call to repentance?
    6. If someone recommits a sin which they’ve repented of, does that mean they didn’t truly repent?
    7. What steps do you need to take to ensure you are not apathetic towards God’s call for genuine repentance?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "I learn from the Scriptures that repentance is just as necessary to salvation as faith is, and the faith that has not repentance going with it will have to be repented of." - Charles Spurgeon