Oct 14, 2018
Merciful Saviour, Sovereign Lord

This week Pastor Max preaches a sermon entitled Merciful Saviour, Sovereign Lord focussing on Ephesians 2:1-10.

Questions
Ephesisans 2:1-10
 
ICEBREAKER: What was the high point of your week? What made it so great?
1. What is the “course of the world” that the ungodly follow? (v.2) What does Paul mean when he says the world follows the “prince of the power of the air”?
2. How has God’s merciful sovereignty changed the disobedience of mankind? (vv.4-5,8-9)
3. What is your response to God’s plan for you mentioned in vv.6-7? How does this change the way you view the future? How does this change the way you live your life now?
4. How is the principle outlined in verse 8 highlighted in the story of Jonah?
5. What is God’s purpose for you outlined in verse 10? What does this mean for you personally?
6. In what areas of your life do you need to start seeking the Lord in order to conform yourself to God’s plan for your life?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
 

"Greater is Your care for me than all the care I am able to take from myself.” - Thomas à Kempis

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  • Oct 14, 2018Merciful Saviour, Sovereign Lord
    Oct 14, 2018
    Merciful Saviour, Sovereign Lord

    This week Pastor Max preaches a sermon entitled Merciful Saviour, Sovereign Lord focussing on Ephesians 2:1-10.

    Questions
    Ephesisans 2:1-10
     
    ICEBREAKER: What was the high point of your week? What made it so great?
    1. What is the “course of the world” that the ungodly follow? (v.2) What does Paul mean when he says the world follows the “prince of the power of the air”?
    2. How has God’s merciful sovereignty changed the disobedience of mankind? (vv.4-5,8-9)
    3. What is your response to God’s plan for you mentioned in vv.6-7? How does this change the way you view the future? How does this change the way you live your life now?
    4. How is the principle outlined in verse 8 highlighted in the story of Jonah?
    5. What is God’s purpose for you outlined in verse 10? What does this mean for you personally?
    6. In what areas of your life do you need to start seeking the Lord in order to conform yourself to God’s plan for your life?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "Greater is Your care for me than all the care I am able to take from myself.” - Thomas à Kempis

  • Oct 7, 2018The Danger of Being Divided
    Oct 7, 2018
    The Danger of Being Divided

    This week Pastor Max preaches a sermon entitled The Danger of Being Divided focussing on 1 Corinthians 10:14-22.

    Questions
    1 Corinthians 10:14-22
     
    ICEBREAKER: What is the biggest misconception people tend to have about you?
    1. What do you think best describes the true nature of idolatry?
    2. In ancient times people used to worship a physical idol - what are some modern examples of idols?
    3. According to Jesus in Matthew 6:24, is it possible to serve God and other idols in our lives? How does this tie in with James 4:1-4?
    4. Read Galatians 5:19-21. What kinds of other sins are found in the same list as “rivalries, dissensions, divisions.” How does this indicate how serious disunity is in God’s eyes?
    5. List three attitudes or behaviours that might cause division in a church. What are the godly opposites of those things? What is the biblical remedy to correct those things?
    6. What steps do you need to take to avoid causing division among the people in your own life?  How can you better practice the godly virtues you listed above?
    7. Read 1 Kings 18:21. What bearing does Elijah’s question to Israel have on your own life?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "Believers are never told to become one; we already are one and are expected to act like it." - Joni Tada

  • Aug 26, 2018The Evolution of Faith
    Aug 26, 2018
    The Evolution of Faith

    This week Pastor Max concludes our series The Mustard Seed Life with a sermon entitled “The Evolution of Faith”

    Questions:
    Colossians 2:6-7
     
    1. What does it mean in Colossians 2:3 that all the treasures of knowledge and wisdom are hidden in Christ?
    2. Read Mark 9:17-24. What was Jesus' response to the man? What do we need to do if we’re weak in faith?
    3. Find three other examples of people putting their faith in Jesus in the gospels.
    4. According to Hebrews 12:2 who is the one who develops our faith?
    5. Read 2 Timothy 1:12. What is the foundation of Paul’s confidence in his own walk of faith?
    6. What practical steps do you need to take to grow more in your faith?

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

    "Faith is a sounder guide than reason. Reason can go only so far, but faith has no limits." - Blaise Pascal

  • Aug 19, 2018The Evidence of Faith
    Aug 19, 2018
    The Evidence of Faith

    This week Pastor Max continues our series The Mustard Seed Life with a sermon entitled “The Evidence of Faith”

    Questions:
    Hebrews 11:1-7
     
    1. In chapter 11 the author of Hebrews cites many examples of individuals who proved their faith by their actions. Find three more examples from the Old Testament of someone acting out their faith in God.
    2. What can you learn from the outcomes of the examples of people cited throughout this chapter? What theme is presen
    3. Read Hebrews 12:1-2. What is the desired outcome for the readers of this epistle after considering these heroes of faith?
    4. What is the significance of Abraham’s hope for a city whose designer and builder is God? (v.10)
    5. According to 1 Thessalonians 3:7 how does our faith influence others?
    6. How are we to treat other believers who are weak in faith according to Romans 14:1-4?
    7. Do you truly believe that God is a rewarder of those who seek him (Heb. 11:6)? What things do you need to seek the Lord for in your own life?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees, and looks to God alone; Laughs at impossibilities, and cries it shall be done." - Charles Wesley

  • Aug 12, 2018The Challenge of Faith
    Aug 12, 2018
    The Challenge of Faith

    This week Pastor Max continues our series The Mustard Seed Life with a sermon entitled “The Challenge of Faith”

    Questions:
    Luke 17:1-10
     
    1. What was the context of the disciple’s request for Jesus to increase their faith?
    2. Why do you think Jesus responded to their request in the way that he did?
    3. Where is there an instance of active faith in this chapter? What was the outcome?
    4. What importance does faith have in living out your Christian life from day to day?
    5. Read Hebrews 11:1. How does this tie in with 2 Corinthians 5:7 and 1 Peter 1:8? What theme is present in all three scriptures?
    6. Read Matthew 14:25-31. How do you think you would have responded if you were in Peter’s place, and what would the outcome have been?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "It is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you." - Tim Keller

  • Aug 5, 2018The Habit of Faith
    Aug 5, 2018
    The Habit of Faith

    This week Pastor Max begins our series The Mustard Seed Life with a sermon entitled “The Habit of Faith”

    Questions:
    Psalm 26:1-3
     
    1. What is David’s definition of faith in this passage?
    2. Find another Psalm where David writes about his faith in God.
    3. How is faith defined in Hebrew 11:1?
    4. Read Hebrews 11:6. Why do you think faith is so important to God?
    5. According to James 2:17-18 what is an essential component of faith? How is this echoed throughout Psalm 26?
    6. Considering your own walk with Lord, what areas of faith would you like to grow in during this series?

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

    "Faith is like radar that sees through the fog - the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see." - Corrie Ten Boom

  • Jul 15, 2018Refreshment in Repentance
    Jul 15, 2018
    Refreshment in Repentance
    Series: The 180

    This week Pastor Max continues our series The 180 with a sermon entitled “Refreshment in Repentance”

    Questions:
    Acts 3:17-21
     
    1. What was the occasion for Peter delivering this message?
    2. What is the requirement for God’s blessing mentioned in verse 26?
    3. Find another verse from the New Testament which states that repentance is a gift from God.
    4. Peter mentioned that all the prophets testified about Jesus (v.18). Find three prophecies from the Old Testament that foretold the works of Christ.
    5. Why do you think the Pharisees & Sadducees refused to believe the miracles they saw?
    6. What is the connection between repentance and faith?
    7. Some of Peter’s listeners had hardened hearts which hindered them from believing and repenting. What obstacle do you need to overcome to repent?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    “Repentance is siding with God against self.” - Todd Nibert

  • Apr 22, 2018Dust and Ashes
    Apr 22, 2018
    Dust and Ashes
    Series: The 180

    This week Pastor Max continues our series The 180 with a sermon entitled “Dust and Ashes”

    Questions:
    Job 42:1-6

    Ice Breaker: What do you think the greatest invention is in your lifetime?

    1. What does it mean to “hide counsel without knowledge”? (v.3)
    2. What was it that Job repented of? (v.6)
    3. What was the foundation of Job’s humility and repentance before God?
    4. Why was God angry with Job’s friends? (v.7)
    5. What are some obstacles that hinder people from repenting?
    6. Find one illustration from the Bible for each of your answers above.
    7. What can you do in your own life to overcome these obstacles?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     
    “There is no Christianity unless there is repentance first. And it is not just, “Well, I am guilty.” It is not just a conviction. It is a conviction plus a desire to turn away from those things.” - Brian Richardson
  • Nov 19, 2017More Than Enough
    Nov 19, 2017
    More Than Enough

    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 Principles that Connect our Priorities
    Oct 1, 2017
    The Principles that Connect our Priorities

    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
    Aug 20, 2017
    Standing Against Authority

    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?
    Aug 13, 2017
    Patriot or Christian?

    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
    Jun 11, 2017
    Wives, Husbands and The Divine Image

    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
    May 21, 2017
    God of Justice

    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