Nov 19, 2017
More Than Enough-Pastor Max

This week Pastor Max continues our series The Greatest Book with a sermon entitled “More Than Enough”

Questions:
Psalm 119:17-24
Ice Breaker: If you had to live this week over again, would you change anything? If so, what would that be?
 
1. From this passage, how does one avoid contempt and condemnation in life? Find 3 other passages from Psalms 119 that reiterate this.
2. One of the verses from this passage contains a prayer we should all pray before studying the scriptures – which verse is it? Why is this so important?
3. What is the significance of the psalmist being a “sojourner” on the earth? Where is this also emphasized in the New Testament?
4. What does it mean to you to “meditate on God’s statutes” (v.23)? How do we apply this practically?
5. What is one area of your life that you need to apply God’s commands more consistently?
6. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
 

"The purpose of the Bible? Salvation. God's highest passion is to get His children home. His book, the Bible, describes His plan of salvation. The purpose of the Bible is to proclaim God's plan and passion to save His children." - Max Lucado

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  • Nov 19, 2017More Than Enough-Pastor Max
    Nov 19, 2017
    More Than Enough-Pastor Max

    This week Pastor Max continues our series The Greatest Book with a sermon entitled “More Than Enough”

    Questions:
    Psalm 119:17-24
    Ice Breaker: If you had to live this week over again, would you change anything? If so, what would that be?
     
    1. From this passage, how does one avoid contempt and condemnation in life? Find 3 other passages from Psalms 119 that reiterate this.
    2. One of the verses from this passage contains a prayer we should all pray before studying the scriptures – which verse is it? Why is this so important?
    3. What is the significance of the psalmist being a “sojourner” on the earth? Where is this also emphasized in the New Testament?
    4. What does it mean to you to “meditate on God’s statutes” (v.23)? How do we apply this practically?
    5. What is one area of your life that you need to apply God’s commands more consistently?
    6. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "The purpose of the Bible? Salvation. God's highest passion is to get His children home. His book, the Bible, describes His plan of salvation. The purpose of the Bible is to proclaim God's plan and passion to save His children." - Max Lucado

  • Oct 1, 2017The Priniciples that Connect our Priorities-Pastor Max
    Oct 1, 2017
    The Priniciples that Connect our Priorities-Pastor Max

    This week Pastor Max continues our series Jesus Is Lord of ALL with a sermon entitled “The Principles that Connect our Priorities”

    Questions:
    1 Peter 2:9-12
    Ice Breaker: If your house was burning down, what three objects would you try to save?

    1. The four qualities listed in 1 Peter 2:9 were first applied to Israel as a nation – find two OT scriptures that refer to them. What is the significance that they now apply to us?
    2. What is God’s purpose in choosing us as a people for his own possession? (see v.9)
    3. What does it mean when Peter says, “once we were not a people”? (v.10)
    4. In what way are we sojourners and exiles in the world? (v.11) How ought this influence the way we live?
    5. One of the goal’s in our church’s vision is “Building” – find 3 scriptures from the NT that talk about building the kingdom of God. Which one is your favourite, and why?
    6. How important is it for you to be connected with others in the church in order to fulfill our mandate to grow, serve and reach others for Christ? What are some additional ways you could get better connected at City?

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

    “The best Christians we have among us are only Christians in the making. They are by no means finished products.”– Anonymous

  • Aug 20, 2017Standing Against Authority-Pastor Max
    Aug 20, 2017
    Standing Against Authority-Pastor Max

    This week Pastor Max continues our series True Patriot Love with a sermon entitled “Standing Against Authority”

    Questions:
    Acts 5:17-42 & Daniel 6:1-28
    Ice Breaker: Can you say “No” when you need to, despite others prompting you to always say “Yes”? Do you find this easy or difficult to do?
     
    1. In Acts 5:28 the leaders reminded Peter and the apostles they had told them not to preach Christ - what was Peter’s reply in verse 29? How might this same scenario play out in your own daily life?
    2. Find two other stories from the Old Testament that illustrate a time when a believer had to resist an authority in order to be faithful to God.
    3. Why did God deliver Daniel from the lion’s den even though he disobeyed the king’s edict? (v.22)
    4. What forms of civil disobedience do you believe are acceptable to engage in as a believer?
    5. In what way does the sufferings of Peter and the apostles indicate their worthiness as followers of Christ? (Acts 5:41)
    6. Sometimes standing up to an authority can be intimidating – find three different scriptures that would encourage you in such a situation.

    7. The incident in Acts 5 wasn’t the first time the authorities had threatened the apostles (see Acts 4). In this instance how did they respond?

    “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” - C. S. Lewis

  • Aug 13, 2017Patriot or Christian?-Pastor Max
    Aug 13, 2017
    Patriot or Christian?-Pastor Max

    This week Pastor Max continues our summer series True Patriot Love with a sermon in 1 Peter 2 & Daniel 2 entitled “Patriot or Christian?”

    Questions:
    1 Peter 2 & Daniel 2
    Ice Breaker: Do you tend to “go with the flow” or are you more likely to go against the trends?

     

    1. As Peter states simply in verse 13, why are we to submit to every human institution?
    2. Why has God established these rules for submitting to earthly authority?
    3. What kind of “ignorance” could be corrected by following Peter’s instruction?
    4. In this context, how would you describe or define the “freedom” we enjoy as Christians?
    5. How are we to approach God and human authority in these matters? Are we to submit to anyone who might claim authority?
    6. Rank these in a progression of obligation from first to last: Honour everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the emperor.
     

    “We are relieved from the burden of the unknown because everything unknown is known to the One who guides, protects and lovingly Father’s us.”- Paul David Tripp

  • Jun 11, 2017Wives, Husbands and The Divine Image-Pastor Max
    Jun 11, 2017
    Wives, Husbands and The Divine Image-Pastor Max

    This week Pastor Max continues our series The Sacred Image with a sermon in Ephesians 5:21-33 entitled “Wives, Husbands and The Divine Image”

    Questions:
    Ephesians 5:21-33

    Ice Breaker: Think of all the marriages you’ve ever seen portrayed on TV or in movies. Can you name any that were worth emulating?

    1. Describe what Paul teaches in this passage as an essential foundation for relationships. (v.21) (also see vv.18-20)
    2. How can a couple, or any group with great differences, find common ground for their relationship? (vv.22-24)
    3. What can we identify as the fuel that powers the relationships we’re reading about in this passage? (vv.25-30)
    4. Why should I be confident and willing to approach my marriage relationship this way? (vv.31-33)

    5. Describe the results a in marriage relationship lived this way. What would you expect a marriage like this to look like?

    “There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.” – Martin Luther

  • May 21, 2017God of Justice-Pastor Max
    May 21, 2017
    God of Justice-Pastor Max

    This week Pastor Max continues our series The Sacred Image with a sermon in Isaiah 1:16-18 entitled “God of Justice”

    Questions:
    Isaiah 1:16-18
    Ice Breaker: Think back to a time when you were wronged by someone. How did you respond to that incident? Was it a good or bad way of handling it?
    1. How would you define justice in your own words?
    2. Is there such a thing as universal morality? If so, where is the standard for universal morality to be found?
    3. Find and share three other verses from the Old Testament that illustrate God as the vindicator (provider of justice) of the oppressed?
    4. In what way does justice point to the reality of God's truth?
    5. In verse 16 God calls the people to stop sinning, and in verse 17 calls the people to seek justice. Why is seeking justice and not sinning so closely linked?

    6. How can we be champions of God’s justice in our daily lives?

    "I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than justice." - Abraham Lincoln

  • Mar 26, 2017Jesus Prays for You-Pastor Max
    Mar 26, 2017
    Jesus Prays for You-Pastor Max

    This week Pastor Max concludes his series Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer from John 17 with a sermon entitled ”Jesus Prays for You!”

    Questions:
    John 17:20-26
    Ice Breaker: Describe a true ‘prayer warrior’ you have known. What can you identify as a possible reason for their passion to pray?
    1. What pattern is Jesus beginning to lay out here in this portion of His prayer? (vv.20-22)
    2. How does the unity Jesus describes within the body, affect the world around us? How do you believe we are doing in this regard? (v.23)
    3. Describe the ultimate picture of the unity Jesus is praying for. (v.24)
    4. What is the desired result when there is unity in the body, as Jesus describes in verses 25 and 26?
    5. What are some ways our church can reflect the unity Jesus prayed for in this chapter?
    6. How does the modern world see the love of God in Christian believers?
     
    “Let us preach Christ, sing of Christ, look upon Christ and become what we behold.”- Kevin DeYoung
  • Mar 19, 2017Power and Glory-Pastor Max
    Mar 19, 2017
    Power and Glory-Pastor Max

    This week Pastor Max begins his series Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer from John 17 with a sermon entitled ”Power and Glory”

    Questions:
    John 17:1-5
    Ice Breaker: What is the most amazing thing you have ever witnessed and why would you say so?
     
    1. As Jesus opens his prayer and calls out to His Father, how would you describe Jesus deepest desire? (v.1)
    2. What is Jesus’ purpose according to the authority that has been give to Him from His Father? (v.2)
    3. How is ‘eternal life’ defined in verse 3 and what is crucial about the word ‘know’ in this same verse?
    4. How does Jesus set a model for us in terms of how we are to approach our life and ministry? (v.4)
    5. What are the 2 aspects of ‘glory’ spoken of in the opening paragraph of chapter 17?
    6. How would you describe the relationship between Jesus and His Father?
    7. How does this particular prayer of Jesus compare to other times He prayed? Please give references with similarities and differences.
     

    “Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire, unuttered or expressed.” - James Montgomery

  • Nov 6, 2016Building & Being Built-Pastor Max
    Nov 6, 2016
    Building & Being Built-Pastor Max

    This week Pastor Max continues his series Building the Body with a sermon from 1 Peter 2:1-5 entitled “Building & Being Built.”

    Questions
    1 Peter 2:1-5
    Ice Breaker: Do you or have you ever spent an extended, consistent time in the gym? What was or is the most difficult aspect of that kind of regimen?

    1. As believers within Christ’s church, how are we expected to grow and what should we expect to see within the body of believers? (v.1)
    2. Who will be our greatest helper in this expected growth? (v.2)
    3. As a sinner having “tasted that the Lord is good”, what do you appreciate most? (v.3)
    4. How does the term “living stone” affect your understanding of the person and work of Jesus? (v.4)
    5. In verse 5, we who have trusted in Jesus, are also described as “living stones” being built into a “spiritual house." What description would you find helpful to describe this particular metaphor?
    6. From verse 5, what would be our “spiritual sacrifices” that Peter is referring to? (see Rom. 12:1-2)
    7. Where are you at in “God’s Building Program?" Are you a living stone in the spiritual house God is building? How do you see God using you in His church?
     

    The message of Christianity is not, “God will love me if I change.” Rather it is, “God loves me so that I can change." - Andy Bannister

  • Oct 30, 2016No Other Name-Pastor Max
    Oct 30, 2016
    No Other Name-Pastor Max
    This week Pastor Max continues his series Building the Body with a sermon from Acts 4:1-22 entitled “No Other Name.”
     
    Questions
    Acts 4:1-22
    1. What can we expect to experience as believers who are building up the body of Christ? (v.2-3)
    2. Where else in the life of Jesus do we see occurrences of this experience, and how did Jesus handle them?
    3. Despite the attempts of the leaders to stop the apostles expanding the body, how successful was the apostles’ ministry? (v.4)
    4. What were the leaders implying when they asked "by what power?" (v.7)
    5. What characteristic did Peter demonstrate that reminded the leaders of Jesus? (v.13) What other characteristics should we have so people will see Jesus in us?
    6. Even after imprisonment and threats, Peter and John refused to stop preaching the Gospel (v.19-20). In what area(s) of your life do you have to boldly persevere in to continue building the body?
     7. How can we help one another to persevere in building the body?
     
    "Few people seem to realize that the resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone to a worldview that provides the perspective to all of life." - Josh McDowell
  • Oct 23, 2016On this Rock-Pastor Max
    Oct 23, 2016
    On this Rock-Pastor Max
    This week Pastor Max begins his series Building the Body with a sermon from Matthew 16:13-20 entitled “On this Rock.”
     
    Questions
    Matthew 16:13-20
    1. How are we blessed like Peter? (v.17)
    2. What other scriptures can you think of that reveal this kind of calling on each believer's life?
    3. What is the significance of Jesus giving Simon a new name ("Rock")? (v.18)
    4. What does the symbolism of "keys of the kingdom of heaven" represent? (v.19)
    5. Why did Jesus strictly tell the disciples not to openly proclaim him as Messiah? (v.20)
    “The reality is that the Lord never calls the qualified; He qualifies the called.” - Henry T. Blackaby
  • Sep 25, 2016God, Gender & The Gospel-Pastor Max
    Sep 25, 2016
    God, Gender & The Gospel-Pastor Max
    This week Pastor Max highlights what was taught at our Sexuality Truth & Grace conference with a sermon from Genesis 1:26-31 entitled “God, Gender & The Gospel.”
     
    Questions
    Genesis 1:26-31

    Ice Breaker: Out of all of your regular Bible reading, what percentage of it would come from the Old Testament? What percentage of that would be from books other than Psalms and Proverbs? Why would that be the case?1. What would be the most distinctive differences described here, between ‘man’ and the rest of God’s creation? (vv.26-31) (also see vv.20-25)

    2. How do we understand the phrase, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”? (v.26-27) (also see 5:1-5; Col 3:10; Eph 4:24)

    3. How should our understanding of how we were created in God’s image affect our relationship with our fellow man?

    4. The statement from verse 27 that God created us “in His own image” and “male and female” has some implications regarding gender. What can we deduce from this and other supporting Scriptures? (i.e. 1 Cor 11:7-12; 1 Tim 2:12-13; Gal 3:28; 1 Pet 3:5-7; Mark 12:25)

    5. That God pauses and proclaims the entirety of His completed creation as “very good” (v.31), suggests that, at times, we need the same ‘big picture’ perspective on the world. How does God’s Word consistently address this view of the material world? (for example, read Ps 104:24; 1 Tim 4:3-5)

    “The most important aspect of our faith is not how hard we believe, but in whom we believe.” - Kevin DeYoung
  • Jul 24, 2016Being Your Best Within the Body-Pastor Max
    Jul 24, 2016
    Being Your Best Within the Body-Pastor Max
    This week Pastor Max concludes his series Being the Body, with a sermon from 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 entitled “Being Your Best Within the Body”
     
    Questions:
    1 Corinthians 12:12-31
     
    1. What point is Paul making with the ‘body’ metaphor? (see Rom. 12:4-8; Eph. 1:22-23; 4:4, 12-16; 5:23; Col. 1:18, 24)

    2. Did Paul emphasize diversity or unity in the body? Did he treat both equally? Back up your answer with examples from the text. (vv.12-31)

    3. How are we to value the different gifts of the Spirit? (Eph. 4:4-6, 5:30)

    4. What is the purpose of gifts of the Spirit? What is your most dominant spiritual gift?

    5. What do all of the gifts of the Spirit have in common? (see vv.3, 11, 28)

    6. What is the difference between ‘skills’ and ‘spiritual gifts’? (Matt. 10:1; Rom. 1:1; 1 Cor. 12:6-11)

    “If somebody watched your life for 60 days – your priorities, actions and spending – where would they conclude your heart lies? - Andy Bannister
  • Jul 17, 2016Who Is Accountable?-Pastor Max
    Jul 17, 2016
    Who Is Accountable?-Pastor Max
    This week Pastor Max continues his series “Being the Body” with a sermon from 1 Corinthians 5:1-12.
     

    Questions:
    1 Corinthians 15:1-12
    1. What seems to be Paul’s greatest concern in the opening paragraph of this passage? (vv.1-2)
     
    2. What is the church's obligation in a situation like this? (vv.3-5)

    3. What is the risk to the church if it does not respond properly to such a situation? (vv.5-8)

    4. How does Paul counsel the believer to respond and relate to professing Christians whose lives indicate significant moral failure? (vv.9-12)

    5. What is the ultimate goal of church discipline? (for example, see Matt 18:15; 2 Cor 2:5-11; Eph 4:29; Col 3:12-13; 1 Thes 5:14-22)
     
    “Pride is the carbon monoxide of sin. It silently and slowly kills you, without you even knowing.” - Timothy Keller

  • Jul 3, 2016Covenant, Community & Church
    Jul 3, 2016
    Covenant, Community & Church
    This week Pastor Max continues his series “Being the Body” with a sermon from 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.
    Questions:

    1 Corinthians 11:17-34
    Ice Breaker: Outside of your family, where have you experienced the best example of ‘community’ and why do you think so?
    1. What did the behaviour of the people in the church at Corinth signify to Paul? (vv 17-22) Where do behaviours of this kind come from?
    2. Why do we celebrate the Lord’s Supper and what is the significance of the observance of the Lord’s Supper? (vv 23-26)
    3. What should be our focus during the Lord’s Supper? (vv 27-29)
    4. How are we to understand judging ourselves and God’s judgment in theses verses? (vv 29-34)
    5. When you celebrate the Lord’s Supper, do you find yourself focusing more on personal introspection and confession or more on the unity and loving fellowship of the church?
     
    “The tragedy of humanity is that we strive for and fail to find what we could simply receive and enjoy.” - Timothy Keller