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

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  • 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

  • Dec 4, 2016Wonderful Counselor-Pastor Deric
    Dec 4, 2016
    Wonderful Counselor-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric begins his Christmas series Before Bethlehem in Isaiah 9:6 with a sermon entitled “ Wonderful Counselor.”

    Questions
    Isaiah 9:1-7
    Ice breaker: A nickname can often be an indication of a good story. Do you have a nickname? Who gave it to you, and why?

    1. Who exactly is the child/son that’s given to us?
    2. What does it mean that “the government will be upon his shoulder”?
    3. Using a concordance, find three verses in the book of Proverbs that illustrate the importance of taking counsel.
    4. What are some New Testament examples of Christ being our counselor?
    5. What resources can we utilize to gain access to the counsel and wisdom of Christ in times of need?
    6. Thinking back over your life, can you recall a time when you experienced the benefits of following good counsel? Or the outcome of not following good counsel?

    “No enemy is worse than bad advice.” - Sophocles

  • May 15, 2016Living the Great Requirement
    May 15, 2016
    Living the Great Requirement

    This week our guest speaker is Pastor Dan Shurr, Director of Fellowship Aid and International Relief (FAIR). His message is from Micah 6:8 and Isaiah 58:6-12 entitled “Living the Great Requirement.“

    Questions
    Micah 6:8; Isaiah 58:6-12
    Ice Breaker: What about the needy around the world, in our own country (Ft. Mac) or even in our own City of Mississauga? Do the needs tug at your heart? Do you feel helpless to do any good and throw up your hands in frustration?

    To date, how have you responded to the less fortunate?

    1. What does Micah 6:8 have to say about whose responsibility it is to meet the needs of the poor? (also see Mt 23:23) Why is that so?

    2. How does Micah’s sentiment here suggest we are to meet those needs?

    3. Isaiah makes strong statements in 58:6-7. How would you describe the believer’s responsibility according to these verses? How does this compare to Micah 6:8? (also see James 1:27)

    4. What is God’s response toward the believer who obeys the words of the prophet? (vv.8-9a)

    5. Isaiah shares additional responsibilities and rewards for those who wish to obey the Lord in verses 9b to 12. What additional areas of the life of a believer are impacted by obedience to God in these verses? (also see: Eph 5:13-14)

    6. If it was your decision to make, how would you guide our church regarding our responsibility to alleviate suffering in the world?

    “Never stop lifting your hands up in praise for each and every gift that falls from heaven’s hands.” (James 1:17) - Douglas O'Donnell
  • May 1, 2016Always Ready
    May 1, 2016
    Always Ready
    This week Pastor Greg shares a message from 2 Timothy 3:16-4:8 entitled “Always Ready.”
     
    Questions
    
2 Timothy 3:16-4:8

    Ice Breaker: In sports and other games, deception is often an integral part of the plan. It’s part of the challenge and sometimes great fun to see who can do the best job. In real life however, deception can be hurtful and cause great pain.
    What can you do, to do your best to avoid being deceived?
     
    1. Why should we have great confidence in the power and validity of the Scriptures? (3:16-17)
     
    2. How can we maintain a positive, enduring, continually maturing life in Christ?
     
    3. Paul says we are to be prepared to preach God’s Word at all times. (4:1-2) When are you most likely to hesitate in sharing the Gospel? How could you prepare beforehand to overcome your timidity or fear in these situations? (see 1 Peter 3:15)
     
    4. How are we to know whether or not the doctrines we are being taught are accurate or true? (vv. 2-3) (see also 2:15)
     
    5. What does this passage tell us about the life of a disciple? What would that life look like? (vv. 5-7)
     
    “God knows things that we don’t know and sees things that we don’t see and has things planned that we could not scarcely imagine.” - Kevin DeYoung
  • Apr 17, 2016Resurrection Preaching
    Apr 17, 2016
    Resurrection Preaching
    This week Pastor Deric shares a special message from Acts 4:1-12 entitled “Resurrection Preaching.”
     
    Questions

    Luke 4:1-12
    Ice Breaker: I’m sure we’ve all seen courage in action. Maybe not everyone has personally witnessed it, but we’ve all heard the stories.
     
    Give an example of a great act of courage that you know about. Where does ‘courage’ come from?
     
    1. Why would the Sadducees be so hostile towards Peter and John? (vv. 1-2)
     
    2. What part did the event of the resurrection have in the apostles' preaching? Why?
     
    3. In what way did the authorities first question,"By what power or what name did you do this?” play into the hands of the apostles? (vv. 7-9)
     
    4. In his answer to the authorities, how does Peter make the reference to Psalm 118:22 fit with his referring to Jesus as the cornerstone?
     
    5. Describe how Peter’s final statement in verse 12 would be recognized as a bold and possibly outrageous claim.
     
    6. How did the apostles have courage to face the powerful enemies of the Gospel?
     
    “Do all religions lead to God? Actually, ’no' religion leads us to God: only ‘God’ can lead us to God, and that is what is on offer in Jesus.” - Andy Bannister