Sep 23, 2018
The Faith Gap

This week Pastor Deric continues our series The Runaway Prophet with a sermon entitled The Faith Gap -The Danger of Disconnection focussing on Jonah 1:9-17.

Questions
Jonah 1:9-17
 
ICEBREAKER: What is one thing you really like about yourself? Why?
1. What does Jonah’s reply in verse 12 indicate about his knowledge of his actions? How does this illustrate the way our running from God can impact others in our lives?
2. Why did the men try to row harder even after Jonah had told them to throw him into the sea? (v.13) Why did the storm continue to get worse?
3. What do you think Jonah was expecting to happen to him after being thrown into the sea? What insights do you have from God’s response in sending the fish?
4. What storms have you faced in your own life that reshaped how you understood God and the world?
5. What is it in your life right now that God has called you to do - and trust him with it - that you're running away from?
6. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
 

"Just as a servant knows that he must first obey his master in all things, so the surrender to an implicit and unquestionable obedience must become the essential characteristic of our lives." - Andrew Murray

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  • Sep 23, 2018The Faith Gap
    Sep 23, 2018
    The Faith Gap

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The Runaway Prophet with a sermon entitled The Faith Gap -The Danger of Disconnection focussing on Jonah 1:9-17.

    Questions
    Jonah 1:9-17
     
    ICEBREAKER: What is one thing you really like about yourself? Why?
    1. What does Jonah’s reply in verse 12 indicate about his knowledge of his actions? How does this illustrate the way our running from God can impact others in our lives?
    2. Why did the men try to row harder even after Jonah had told them to throw him into the sea? (v.13) Why did the storm continue to get worse?
    3. What do you think Jonah was expecting to happen to him after being thrown into the sea? What insights do you have from God’s response in sending the fish?
    4. What storms have you faced in your own life that reshaped how you understood God and the world?
    5. What is it in your life right now that God has called you to do - and trust him with it - that you're running away from?
    6. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "Just as a servant knows that he must first obey his master in all things, so the surrender to an implicit and unquestionable obedience must become the essential characteristic of our lives." - Andrew Murray

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • May 27, 2018The Gospel According to Isaiah
    May 27, 2018
    The Gospel According to Isaiah
    Series: The 180

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The 180 with a sermon entitled “The Gospel According to Isaiah” focussing on Isaiah 55:1-13

    Questions
    Isaiah 55:1-13

    Ice Breaker: Do you have any hidden talents?

    1. What is the significance of “buying without money” (v.1)? Where is this concept also found in the New Testament?
    2. What does it mean in v.5 to “seek the Lord while he may be found”?
    3. Read verses 8-9. In what way is this connected to the preceding verses?
    4. If a Christian is already saved, why is ongoing repentance necessary?
    5. Discuss the truth of the following statement: repentance is not a work of man, it is a work of God. What implications might this have?
    6. Share an example from your own life of repenting and experiencing the compassion and restoration of God.

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

    "You cannot repent too soon, because you do not know how soon it may be too late." - Thomas Fuller

  • May 20, 2018Grace Filled Logic
    May 20, 2018
    Grace Filled Logic
    Series: The 180

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The 180 with a sermon entitled “Grace Filled Logic” focussing on Isaiah 1:1-20

    Questions
    Isaiah 1:1-20
    Ice Breaker: If you could change one thing about your looks, what would it be?

     

    1. Read Isaiah 1:11-15. What is the value of religious observance without repentance to God? Where is this mirrored in the book of Amos?
    2. What modern forms of religious observance might also be unacceptable to God in the absence of a repentant heart?
    3. What was Israel told to do in Isaiah 1 in order to “make themselves clean”, and be reconciled to God?
    4. Read Psalm 32. Which verse do you identify most with today? Why?
    5. What encourages us toward repentance?
    6. What can you do to help encourage other people in your life towards repentance?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    “Repentance means you change your mind so deeply that it changes you.” - Bruce Wilkinson

  • May 13, 2018King David’s ‘180’
    May 13, 2018
    King David’s ‘180’
    Series: The 180

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The 180 with a sermon entitled “King David’s ‘180’” focussing on Psalm 51

    Questions
    Psalm 51

    Ice Breaker: What is one of your biggest pet peeves?

    1. In Psalm 51, what characterizes the heart of a truly repentant person?
    2. Read Psalm 32. Describe David’s experience before and after repenting of his sin.
    3. Find three examples from the Old Testament of God promising to forgive those who turn from their sin.
    4. Read Zechariah 7:8-14. What is the outcome for those who refuse to repent? Find another illustration of this from the New Testament.
    5. Read Luke 19:1-10. How do we know that Zacchaeus had truly repented of his sin?
    6. Like Zacchaeus, what actions do you need to take to make things right with someone in your life?

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

    "The Christian who has stopped repenting has stopped growing." - A. W. Pink

  • Apr 29, 2018The Steps to Repentance
    Apr 29, 2018
    The Steps to Repentance
    Series: The 180

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The 180 with a sermon entitled “The Steps to Repentance” focussing on 2 Chronicles 7:14

    Questions
    2 Chronicles 7:11-16
    Ice Breaker: What outdoor activities do you like to do?

     

    1. On what occasion is God speaking to Solomon in verse 14, and why is this significant?
    2. What does God promise to do in verse 14 when his people repent? .
    3. Find 3 examples from the Old Testament of God forgiving Israel when they repented as a nation.
    4. What is humility and why is it necessary for repentance? How does a lack of humility hinder repentance?
    5. Read Revelation 3:19. What quality does Jesus pair with repentance? Where else is it mentioned in the New Testament?
    6. How would you define this quality? Think of three antonyms to contrast your answer.
    7. What can you do to cultivate this quality more in your own life?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "Repentance is more than just sorrow for the past; repentance is a change of mind and heart, a new life of denying self and serving the Saviour as king in self's place." - J.I. Packer