Oct 21, 2018
Second Chances

This week Pastor Deric continues our series The Runaway Prophet with a sermon entitled Second Chances focussing on Jonah 3:1-3.

Questions
Jonah 3:1-3.
 
ICEBREAKER: Apart from God, who is your number one advisor in life and why?
1. What was different about Jonah’s response to God’s call the second time? (v.3) What does this indicate about Jonah?
2. Where is Nineveh located? What implications would this have had for Jonah? What does this reveal about God?
3. Read Luke 11:37-41. In what ways do you think this relates to the heart of Jonah?
4. Jonah was called to preach a message of repentance but was in need of repentance himself. Find one person in the New Testament who also faced this problem.
5. List some reasons why God’s people disobey the Lord. What forms of disobedience are you most susceptible to? Why?
6. How closely do you think your heart matches the heart of God today? What can you do to get yourself more inline with His will?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
 

"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

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  • Oct 21, 2018Second Chances
    Oct 21, 2018
    Second Chances

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The Runaway Prophet with a sermon entitled Second Chances focussing on Jonah 3:1-3.

    Questions
    Jonah 3:1-3.
     
    ICEBREAKER: Apart from God, who is your number one advisor in life and why?
    1. What was different about Jonah’s response to God’s call the second time? (v.3) What does this indicate about Jonah?
    2. Where is Nineveh located? What implications would this have had for Jonah? What does this reveal about God?
    3. Read Luke 11:37-41. In what ways do you think this relates to the heart of Jonah?
    4. Jonah was called to preach a message of repentance but was in need of repentance himself. Find one person in the New Testament who also faced this problem.
    5. List some reasons why God’s people disobey the Lord. What forms of disobedience are you most susceptible to? Why?
    6. How closely do you think your heart matches the heart of God today? What can you do to get yourself more inline with His will?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "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 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 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

  • Jan 1, 2017What Do You See?-Pastor Deric
    Jan 1, 2017
    What Do You See?-Pastor Deric
    This week Pastor Deric shares an important New Years Day sermon about the things he wants us to see in 2017 entitled “What Do You See?”
     

    Questions
    Ice Breaker:
    Have you ever tried to navigate through your house in pitch black darkness? Even though you’re familiar with your home, it can be quite a challenge to do it safely! Describe the differences between navigating in the dark verses navigating with a light for your path.

    1. How is it that we don’t all see things the same way? Read: Ps 119:18; Mk 8:17-18; Lk 11:34-35; Acts 2:25
    2. What difference does our view of the world make in our daily lives? Read: Ps 73:3; Is 6; Lk 6:41
    3. What does my life say about who I really think Jesus is? Do my beliefs about Jesus change anything about the way I live? Read: Jn 1:29
    4. Would you describe your life as ordinary or extraordinary? Why? Read: Eph 1:15-20
    5. How does God view the end of the world as we presently know it? Read: Rev 19:11-14; Rev 20:11-12
    6. What will your life be like after God brings His judgement? Read: Rev 21:1-8

    “A church is not a group of friends you’ve picked, it’s a group of brothers and sisters God has picked for you.” - Michael Horton

  • Dec 4, 2016Wonderful Counselor-Pastor Deric
    Dec 4, 2016
    Wonderful Counselor-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric begins his Christmas series Before Bethlehem in Isaiah 9:6 with a sermon entitled “ Wonderful Counselor.”

    Questions
    Isaiah 9:1-7
    Ice breaker: A nickname can often be an indication of a good story. Do you have a nickname? Who gave it to you, and why?

    1. Who exactly is the child/son that’s given to us?
    2. What does it mean that “the government will be upon his shoulder”?
    3. Using a concordance, find three verses in the book of Proverbs that illustrate the importance of taking counsel.
    4. What are some New Testament examples of Christ being our counselor?
    5. What resources can we utilize to gain access to the counsel and wisdom of Christ in times of need?
    6. Thinking back over your life, can you recall a time when you experienced the benefits of following good counsel? Or the outcome of not following good counsel?

    “No enemy is worse than bad advice.” - Sophocles

  • Oct 16, 2016One Love-Pastor Greg
    Oct 16, 2016
    One Love-Pastor Greg

    This week Pastor Greg will be preaching a sermon from Deuteronomy 6:4-9 entitled “One Love.”

    Questions
    Deuteronomy 6:4-9
    Ice Breaker: If someone asks “What do you love?”, what immediately springs to mind?
    1. How is our understanding that the “Lord is one” (v.4) supported by New Testament passages? Give examples.
    2. Describe how we can love God with all of our heart, soul and might. (v.5) What would that look like? How do we love the Lord with our mind? (see Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27)
    3. If these words are “on our heart”, what difference should that make in our purpose or focus for daily living? (v.6)
    4. How did you come to first hear these truths? Do you believe them? If so, how are you doing at sharing these same truths? (vv.7-9)
    5. Is it possible to have ‘one love’ as this passage describes? Why would this have been hard to obey when it was first spoken and taught, and now when we read it or hear it preached?

     “There are no crown-wearers in Heaven who were not cross-bearers here below.”- Charles Spurgeon

  • 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
  • May 22, 2016Close the Gap In Following Jesus
    May 22, 2016
    Close the Gap In Following Jesus
    This week Pastor Deric shares a message from John 6 entitled “Close the Gap In Following Jesus.”
    Questions
    
John 6
    Ice Breaker: There’s one thing I’ve come to realize in my dealings with a great variety of people over the years. Not everyone regards commitments with the same level of importance.
    How seriously do you regard the commitments you make?
    1. What did many of the larger group of disciples have a problem with and why didn't they understand Jesus’ teaching? (vv. 60-63) (review 6:35-59)
    2. How is it possible to understand the difficult teachings of Jesus? (vv. 64-66)
    3. What lesson can we learn from Peter in the concluding verses of this chapter? (vv. 67-71)
    4. How does Jesus address and then respond to the disciples amid the variety of reactions to what He was teaching them? What can we gain from Jesus method?
    5. What would be different about the way we might approach a group like this if we were in Jesus' place?
    6. What would be considered critical 'take-aways' from this passage?
    “Don’t just see Monday as the day you have to go back to work, see it as the day you get to go back to your mission field.” - Burk Parsons
  • May 15, 2016Living the Great Requirement
    May 15, 2016
    Living the Great Requirement

    This week our guest speaker is Pastor Dan Shurr, Director of Fellowship Aid and International Relief (FAIR). His message is from Micah 6:8 and Isaiah 58:6-12 entitled “Living the Great Requirement.“

    Questions
    Micah 6:8; Isaiah 58:6-12
    Ice Breaker: What about the needy around the world, in our own country (Ft. Mac) or even in our own City of Mississauga? Do the needs tug at your heart? Do you feel helpless to do any good and throw up your hands in frustration?

    To date, how have you responded to the less fortunate?

    1. What does Micah 6:8 have to say about whose responsibility it is to meet the needs of the poor? (also see Mt 23:23) Why is that so?

    2. How does Micah’s sentiment here suggest we are to meet those needs?

    3. Isaiah makes strong statements in 58:6-7. How would you describe the believer’s responsibility according to these verses? How does this compare to Micah 6:8? (also see James 1:27)

    4. What is God’s response toward the believer who obeys the words of the prophet? (vv.8-9a)

    5. Isaiah shares additional responsibilities and rewards for those who wish to obey the Lord in verses 9b to 12. What additional areas of the life of a believer are impacted by obedience to God in these verses? (also see: Eph 5:13-14)

    6. If it was your decision to make, how would you guide our church regarding our responsibility to alleviate suffering in the world?

    “Never stop lifting your hands up in praise for each and every gift that falls from heaven’s hands.” (James 1:17) - Douglas O'Donnell
  • May 8, 2016Leading Ladies
    May 8, 2016
    Leading Ladies
    This week Pastor Deric shares a message for Mother’s Day from Titus 2:3-5 entitled “Leading Ladies”
     
    Questions
    Titus 2:3-5
    Ice Breaker: Since the beginning of time, women have had a significant role and have impacted many pivotal events in history. The “Leading Ladies" in my own life have been incredibly influential.
    How have the women in your world impacted your life?
     
    1. What is at the root of proper Christian living? (see v.1)
     
    2. What does this passage have to say about how the older women are to influence the younger?
     
    3. What vices does Paul warn older women about and how might they combat them?
     
    4. How would you describe the primary focus for the women in these verses?
     
    5. In light of these verses, how do women develop a Christian witness in our communities?
     
    6. How has the role of women in the world changed since the days of Paul? Regarding current roles for women, what if anything should be changed?
     
    “May God give us guidance and may we respond to wisdom from above, so that our hope may be renewed and our blessings treasured.”- Ravi Zacharias
  • May 1, 2016Always Ready
    May 1, 2016
    Always Ready
    This week Pastor Greg shares a message from 2 Timothy 3:16-4:8 entitled “Always Ready.”
     
    Questions
    
2 Timothy 3:16-4:8

    Ice Breaker: In sports and other games, deception is often an integral part of the plan. It’s part of the challenge and sometimes great fun to see who can do the best job. In real life however, deception can be hurtful and cause great pain.
    What can you do, to do your best to avoid being deceived?
     
    1. Why should we have great confidence in the power and validity of the Scriptures? (3:16-17)
     
    2. How can we maintain a positive, enduring, continually maturing life in Christ?
     
    3. Paul says we are to be prepared to preach God’s Word at all times. (4:1-2) When are you most likely to hesitate in sharing the Gospel? How could you prepare beforehand to overcome your timidity or fear in these situations? (see 1 Peter 3:15)
     
    4. How are we to know whether or not the doctrines we are being taught are accurate or true? (vv. 2-3) (see also 2:15)
     
    5. What does this passage tell us about the life of a disciple? What would that life look like? (vv. 5-7)
     
    “God knows things that we don’t know and sees things that we don’t see and has things planned that we could not scarcely imagine.” - Kevin DeYoung
  • Apr 24, 2016God is Working in You
    Apr 24, 2016
    God is Working in You
    This week Pastor Deric shares a message from Philippians 2:13 entitled “God is Working in You.”
     
    Questions
    Philippians 2:13
    Ice Breaker: Have you been mentored in your life? It could have been a family member, a friend or maybe a co-worker in your professional life.
 
How did this mentoring assist you on your journey?
     
    1. What does Paul mean when he says we are to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling”? (Phil. 2:13)
     
    2. In what way have you experienced "the testing of your faith” which produces endurance or perseverance? (James 1:2-3)
     
    3. As we are "strengthened with all power according to His glorious might”, what might this power look like in us? For what purpose are we strengthened?  (Col. 1:11)
     
    4. Peter says we are to be holy, for Jesus is holy. (1 Peter 1:16) What does it mean to you to be called to holiness? What would that look like in your life?
     
    5. How does Paul advise Timothy to live in order to maintain a balanced life? (2Tim. 1:13-14) What would be the result of a balanced life like this?
     
    6. How does Jesus' death and resurrection impact our understanding of and our personal growth in grace? (1 Peter 3:18)
     
    “Our sins are many, but His mercies are more; our sins are great, but His righteousness greater.” - John Newton
  • Apr 17, 2016Resurrection Preaching
    Apr 17, 2016
    Resurrection Preaching
    This week Pastor Deric shares a special message from Acts 4:1-12 entitled “Resurrection Preaching.”
     
    Questions

    Luke 4:1-12
    Ice Breaker: I’m sure we’ve all seen courage in action. Maybe not everyone has personally witnessed it, but we’ve all heard the stories.
     
    Give an example of a great act of courage that you know about. Where does ‘courage’ come from?
     
    1. Why would the Sadducees be so hostile towards Peter and John? (vv. 1-2)
     
    2. What part did the event of the resurrection have in the apostles' preaching? Why?
     
    3. In what way did the authorities first question,"By what power or what name did you do this?” play into the hands of the apostles? (vv. 7-9)
     
    4. In his answer to the authorities, how does Peter make the reference to Psalm 118:22 fit with his referring to Jesus as the cornerstone?
     
    5. Describe how Peter’s final statement in verse 12 would be recognized as a bold and possibly outrageous claim.
     
    6. How did the apostles have courage to face the powerful enemies of the Gospel?
     
    “Do all religions lead to God? Actually, ’no' religion leads us to God: only ‘God’ can lead us to God, and that is what is on offer in Jesus.” - Andy Bannister
  • Apr 10, 2016The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ
    Apr 10, 2016
    The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ
    This week Pastor Deric share a special message from Luke 24:45-53 entitled "The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ.”
    Questions
    
Luke 24:45-53

    Ice Breaker: I love planning! There’s almost nothing more fun for me than mapping out the details of a project. I go over and over my plan until I have all of the most intricate details in place. On the other hand, the actual ‘hands-on’ execution of the plan is not nearly so much fun for me. I like to see it progressing and ultimately completed, but the “doing” is not where I get my greatest joy.
     
    What about you? There must be things that just seem natural and/or easy to you. Are there other related areas that are far more difficult to grasp, master or just far less interesting?
     
    1. From the content of verse 45, describe what makes the Scriptures unique? How did the disciples' experience here change things for them?
     
    2. By comparing Him with other great leaders, explain how Jesus is unique as a leader. (vv. 46-48)
     
    3. In your own words, how would you describe the mission that Jesus has left for His church? (vv. 47-48)
     
    4. Why is the imagery Jesus uses important regarding His description of the power that was coming to the disciples? (v. 49)
     
    5. What is it that should drive every believer to serve in Jesus’ church? Why do you serve in the church?  (v. 50)
     
    6. How did the disciples react to Jesus’ ascension to heaven? Are you surprised at their reaction?
     
    “Becoming a Christian doesn’t mean you can erase your past, but it does mean you have an entirely new future."- Kevin De Young