Nov 12, 2017
Keeping Faith-Pastor Deric

This week Pastor Deric continues our series The Greatest Book with a sermon entitled “Keeping Faith”

Questions
Psalm 119:9-16
Ice Breaker: What is one thing you are looking forward to?
 
1. Read Hebrews 11:6. What is your definition of faith, and why is faith so important to God?
2. What can we do to help grow our faith?
3. In Psalm 119:9 the psalmist tells us how to keep our lives pure before God – how is this accomplished?
4. Twice Paul gives Timothy a similar charge as above – find the two scripture references.
5. Psalm 119:11 notes the importance of storing up the word of God in our hearts. Choose one verse from the New Testament about the importance of applying the word of God in our lives to memorize this week and share it with the group the next time you meet.
6. In Acts 17 the Bereans were commended for their diligence in studying the scriptures daily. Choose a bible reading plan to begin implementing and share what you’ve chosen with the group.

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

"A readiness to believe every promise implicitly, to obey every command unhesitatingly, to stand perfect and complete in all the will of God, is the only true spirit of Bible study." - Andrew Murray

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  • Nov 12, 2017Keeping Faith-Pastor Deric
    Nov 12, 2017
    Keeping Faith-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The Greatest Book with a sermon entitled “Keeping Faith”

    Questions
    Psalm 119:9-16
    Ice Breaker: What is one thing you are looking forward to?
     
    1. Read Hebrews 11:6. What is your definition of faith, and why is faith so important to God?
    2. What can we do to help grow our faith?
    3. In Psalm 119:9 the psalmist tells us how to keep our lives pure before God – how is this accomplished?
    4. Twice Paul gives Timothy a similar charge as above – find the two scripture references.
    5. Psalm 119:11 notes the importance of storing up the word of God in our hearts. Choose one verse from the New Testament about the importance of applying the word of God in our lives to memorize this week and share it with the group the next time you meet.
    6. In Acts 17 the Bereans were commended for their diligence in studying the scriptures daily. Choose a bible reading plan to begin implementing and share what you’ve chosen with the group.

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

    "A readiness to believe every promise implicitly, to obey every command unhesitatingly, to stand perfect and complete in all the will of God, is the only true spirit of Bible study." - Andrew Murray

  • Nov 5, 2017The Blessing of the Bible-Pastor Deric
    Nov 5, 2017
    The Blessing of the Bible-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric begins our series The Greatest Book with a sermon entitled “The Blessing of the Bible”

    Questions
    Psalm 119:1-8
    Ice Breaker: What has been one recent high point and low point in your life over the past year?
     
    1. There are many places in the New Testament that talk about Jesus and his ministry as the fulfillment of the Old Testament scriptures – find three examples.
    2. For each of the three examples above find the original scripture in the Old Testament.
    3. One of the predominate themes of Psalm 119 is building a secure foundation for your life based on the commands of God. Find one example from Jesus’ teaching and one from the epistles which reiterate this.
    4. 2 Timothy 3:16 lists some of the beneficial uses of scripture. Identify each one and give a practical, day to day example for each. (Bonus: Find an example from scripture as well!)
    5. What challenges, barriers or inhibitions do you face when studying scriptures? What can you do to overcome them?
    6. Choose one verse from Psalm 119 to memorize this week and share it with the group the next time you meet.
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    “The Bible is the inevitable outcome of God’s continuous speech. It is the infallible declaration of His mind.” – A. W. Tozer

  • Oct 29, 2017Ambassadors for Jesus Christ-Pastor Deric
    Oct 29, 2017
    Ambassadors for Jesus Christ-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric concludes our fall series Jesus is LORD OF ALL with a sermon entitled “Ambassadors for Jesus Christ”

    Questions:
    2 Corinthians 5:9-21
    Icebreaker: If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would you travel to and why?
     
    1. Read Acts 10:22-23, 13:4, 14:26 and 18:23. What pattern do you see through these verses? How does this tie in with Matthew 28:18-20?
    2. From where does a believer receive the strength and power needed to expand and establish the Kingdom of God?
    3. When you become a Christian your life is no longer your own, but you now belong to God. Find 3 verses in the NT that exemplify this.
    4. Meditate on the verses you discovered from question three - what implications do they have on how you live your life?
    5. Read 2 Cor. 5:16-17. What does Paul mean when he says “from now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh”?
    6. Not everyone has the gift of evangelism, but all are called to witness to Christ as they are able. What are some ways that you can do this in your day to day life?
    7. Do you feel like you’re currently living on mission for Jesus? If not, what things do you need to change to make that happen?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "Live in such a way that those who know you, but don't know God, will come to know God because they know you." – Anonymous

  • Oct 22, 2017Building Believers by the Book-Pastor Deric
    Oct 22, 2017
    Building Believers by the Book-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues our fall series Jesus is LORD OF ALL with a sermon entitled “Building Believers by the Book”

    Questions:
    Ephesians 4:7-16
    Icebreaker: Tell everyone about a book or movie that you have watched recently and would recommend to the group.
     
    1. What is the “work of the ministry” that Paul talks about in Eph. 4:12, and what is the outcome of that work?
    2. According to Phil. 2:3-8, why did God the Father exalt Jesus?
    3. What is your definition of a servant? What does it mean to you to be a servant of Christ (1 Thess. 1:9) and others (Gal. 5:13)?
    4. Find 2 verses in the NT that admonish us not to live selfishly.
    5. What is the primary motivation at the heart of servanthood? What currently motivates you to serve?
    6. For each of the following write one practical way that you can serve someone this week:
    Your Time – Your Spiritual Gift – A Talent/Skill – A Word of Encouragement – A Resource (i.e. a Christian book, a power tool, etc.)
    7. What must you do, beginning today, to acquire an authentic heart of a servant?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "When a man becomes a Christian, he becomes industrious, trustworthy and prosperous. Now, if that man when he gets all he can and saves all he can does not give all he can, I have more hope for Judas Iscariot than for that man!" - John Wesley

  • Oct 15, 2017Grow Time-Pastor Deric
    Oct 15, 2017
    Grow Time-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues our fall series Jesus is LORD OF ALL with a sermon entitled “Grow Time”

    Questions:
    Icebreaker: If you were any kitchen appliance, which one would you be and why?
     
    1. What importance does the Bible place on regular fellowship with other believers?
    2. Who supplies the growth to the body, and how does growth take place through fellowship with other believers?
    3. The New Testament has over 50 “one another” verses which admonish us how to treat each other living in community (i.e. “… Honour one another above yourselves.” – Rom. 12:10). Find 5 other “one another” verses that you think are especially important.
    4. List 3 ways participating in a small group creates conditions for growth.
    5. What other things can you do throughout the week to live more in community with other Christians?
    6. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    “We should not…think of our fellowship with other Christians as a spiritual luxury, an optional addition to the exercises of private devotion. We should recognize rather that such fellowship is a spiritual necessity, for God has made us in such a way that our fellowship with himself is fed by our fellowship with fellow Christians, and requires to be so fed constantly for its own deepening and enrichment.” – J.I. Packer

  • Oct 8, 2017Gather Time-Pastor Deric
    Oct 8, 2017
    Gather Time-Pastor Deric
    This week Pastor Deric continues our fall series Jesus is LORD OF ALL with a sermon entitled “Gather Time”
     
    Questions:
    Icebreaker: If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would you live? Why?
     
    1. What did it mean to be a priest of God in the Old Testament? What does it mean now that all believers are priests of God? (1 Peter 2:5,9; Revelation 5:10, 20:6)
    2. What is true biblical worship as defined in the New Testament? Find three verses that illustrate this.
    3. What does it mean to worship God “in spirit and truth”? (John 4:23-24)
    4. What is one practical thing you can do this week to become a more worshipful believer?
    5. How important is it to you to worship together corporately? Why or why not?
    6. What is your favourite worship song? Why are the words so important to you?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     
    "Worship has been misunderstood as something that arises from a feeling which 'comes upon you', but it is vital that we understand that it is rooted in a conscious act of the will, to serve and obey the Lord Jesus Christ." - Graham Kendrick
  • Sep 17, 2017LORD of my daily life-Pastor Deric
    Sep 17, 2017
    LORD of my daily life-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues our fall series Jesus is LORD OF ALL with a sermon in 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 entitled “LORD of my daily life”

    Questions:
    2 Corinthians 3:!6-18
    Icebreaker: If you could have a famous singer serenade you with any song, who would it be and what would he or she sing?
     
    1. Read Gen.6:9, Rom. 13:13, Gal.5:16 and Eph.2:10. What is the main quality of a person who is walking with God?
    2.  In Romans 13:14 Paul tells us to “put on Christ” – what does he mean by this?
    3. Read James 4:8. In order for God to be near to us, what must we do? What are some practical ways of doing this?
    4. How does the quality of your daily walk with God impact your life and ministry at City Centre?
    5. To walk with someone means you must be agreed to going in the same direction (see Amos 3:3). In what areas of your life have you been going in a different direction than Christ?
    6. On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the highest) how would you rate your passion/desire for God? What do you think would make it grow more?

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

    “Smart men walked on the moon, daring men walked on the ocean floor, but wise men walk with God.” - Leonard Ravenhill

  • Sep 10, 2017Following Jesus As Lord-Pastor Deric
    Sep 10, 2017
    Following Jesus As Lord-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric begins our fall series Jesus is LORD OF ALL with a sermon in Matthew 28:18-20 entitled “Following Jesus As Lord”

    Questions:
    Matthew 28:18-20

    Icebreaker: If you had to state your main ambition as a follower of Christ, what would it be?

    1. What are the two main activities in City Centre’s vision statement? How well does this align with the Great Commission (Mt. 28:18-20)?
    2. The two qualities in our vision statement are Spirit-filled and unified – find three scriptures where Paul exhorts the church to be like this.
    3.  Read Micah 6:8. What does it mean to you “to walk humbly with your God”?
    4. Rate the following in the order of your own sense of priority: Worship, Career, Bible Study, Family, Small Groups, Hobbies, Serving Others, Fitness, Evangelism.
    5. Phil. 2:4-8 exhorts us to serve one another and points to Jesus’ life as the perfect example of servitude. What practical ways can you serve others in the church? What new area of ministry could you get involved with?
     

    “If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?” - David Livingstone

  • Sep 3, 2017He is Lord of All-Pastor Deric
    Sep 3, 2017
    He is Lord of All-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric concludes our summer series True Patriot Love with a sermon in Acts 10:34-47 entitled “He is Lord of All”

    Questions:
    Acts 10:34-47
    Icebreaker: What does the term “lordship” mean to you?
     
    1. Read Luke 6:46 and Matthew 7:21. What does Christ identify as the main result of his lordship over our lives?
    2. Acts 10:43 states that all the prophets bear witness to Christ as our Saviour. Find 3 Old Testament prophecies that support this.
    3. What is the difference between living for Christ and Christ being your very life? (Phil. 1:21)
    4. Acts 10:39 alludes to the fact that we are Christ’s witnesses. List 3 practical ways you can accomplish this in your day to day life.
    5. Read Phil. 2:5-11. Through what means did Christ receive absolute authority over all things?
    6. The lordship of Christ means he has total authority over every area of our lives. What are some areas of your life that still need to be affected by this?
     

    "The Christian life is not adding Jesus to one's own way of life but renouncing that personal way of life for His and being willing to pay whatever cost that may require." - John MacArthur

  • 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 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 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 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

  • 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