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

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  • 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

  • Apr 8, 2018The Motivation for Repentance
    Apr 8, 2018
    The Motivation for Repentance
    Series: The 180

    This week Pastor Deric begins our series The 180 with a sermon entitled “The Motivation for Repentance”

    Questions
    Romans 2:1-11

    Ice Breaker: Who was the best boss you ever had? What made him or her so good?

    1. What is the Biblical meaning of repentance?
    2. What was John the Baptist’s primary message to the people of Israel? Find 3 examples from the gospels to support your answer.
    3. Why did a message of repentance need to be preached before Jesus was revealed to the people?
    4. What does it mean in Romans 2:4 for the unrepentant to “presume on the riches of (God’s) kindness”?
    5. Read Romans 2:9-10. Why is glory (or condemnation) to the Jew first, and then the gentile?
    6. In what areas of your life do you need to do a “180” and start doing things differently?
    7. What do you find most challenging about changing your behaviour?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    “The heavens will not be filled with those who never made mistakes but with those who recognized that they were off course and who corrected their ways to get back in the light of gospel truth.” - Dieter Uchtdorf

  • Apr 1, 2018Easter at the LAC
    Apr 1, 2018
    Easter at the LAC
    Series: Easter

    For Easter Sunday at the Living Arts Centre Pastor Deric taught us a powerful Gospel message from John 17:3

    Questions
    John 17:1-3
    Ice Breaker: What's the worst tasting food you have ever had?

     

    1. What does “knowing God” mean (v.3)? How does knowing God give eternal life?
    2. In verse 1 Jesus prays for the Father to glorify him, so he could glorify the Father. How was Jesus glorified?
    3. Read John 17:26. What did Jesus mean when he said he would continue to make God’s name known? What is the fruit of knowing God’s name?
    4. How would you describe “the good life”? How do you think Jesus would describe “the good life”, and how might it differ from your own ideas?
    5. In verse 20 Jesus said that his prayers weren't only for the disciples who were with him, but for all believers. How does this change the way you think about everything he asked for?
    6. What changes do you need to make so that you can experience the fullness of life that is in Jesus?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "Come, and see the victories of the cross. Christ’s wounds are thy healings, His agonies thy repose, His conflicts thy conquests, His groans thy songs, His pains thine ease, His shame thy glory, His death thy life, His sufferings thy salvation." - Matthew Henry

  • Mar 25, 2018Golgotha
    Mar 25, 2018
    Golgotha

    This week Pastor Deric concludes our series Remembering the Cross with a sermon entitled “Golgotha”

    Questions
    Matthew 27:24-66

    Ice Breaker: If you could have a worldwide reputation for something, in what area would you like that to be? Why?

    1. Why was Jesus offered wine mixed with gall before the crucifixion, and why did he refuse it? (vv.33-34)
    2. Find five prophecies from Psalm 22 that are fulfilled in Matthew 27:24-66.
    3. What was the significance of the veil in the temple being ripped in two? (v.51)
    4. Why did Pilate bother to comply with the Pharisees request to place a guard at the tomb? (vv.62-66)
    5. In verse 32 Simon of Cyrene was forced to carry Jesus’ cross to Golgotha. What would you have been thinking if you were the one to carry the cross of the Christ?
    6. What do you think Golgotha (“Place of a Skull”) looked like? What would it have been like to stand in that place?
    7. Read Galatians 1:4, Ephesians 5:25 and John 10:17-18. Seeing that Jesus delivered himself up for our salvation, in what ways can you also offer up your life for him?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "If we want proof of God’s love for us, then we must look first at the Cross where God offered up His Son as a sacrifice for our sins. Calvary is the one objective, absolute, irrefutable proof of God’s love for us." - Jerry Bridges

  • Mar 18, 2018The Arrest, Trial & Sentencing of Jesus
    Mar 18, 2018
    The Arrest, Trial & Sentencing of Jesus

    This week Pastor Deric begins our series Remembering the Cross with a sermon entitled “The Arrest, Trial & Sentencing of Jesus”

    Questions
    Matthew 26-27
    Ice Breaker: What was the first full time job you ever had?
     
    1. Read Luke 23:13-16. After Pilate stated he found no guilt in Jesus, why did he still have him scourged?
    2. During his trial Jesus remained silent before his accusers (Matthew 27:11-14) - find the Old Testament prophecy this fulfilled. Why do you think he didn’t answer?
    3. In Matthew 26:56 Jesus noted that “all this has taken place that the Scriptures… might be fulfilled”, showing how God is sovereign and in complete control. Find one additional verse from each of the gospels that illustrates this.
    4. How does the sovereignty of God illustrated above give you comfort and encouragement?
    5. In Peter 2:19-24 he points to the submission and sufferings of Christ as an example for us to follow when suffering unjustly. What challenges do you face when you experience injustice and what can you to do overcome them?
    6. Read Matthew 26:51-54. How are you like Peter when you’re tempted to fight spiritual battles by natural means? What can you do to fulfill Paul’s exhortation in Ephesians 6:12-13?
    7. In this same passage we also see that Jesus avoids the temptation to use his own power and authority and submits to the Father’s will instead (see vv. 53-54). How can we avoid the temptation to deviate from God’s will when we are enabled to do something differently?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?

     

    "The Christian community is a community of the cross, for it has been brought into being by the cross, and the focus of its worship is the Lamb once slain, now glorified." - John Stott