Jun 26, 2017
Enjoying Jesus 24/7/365-Manfred Koehler

This week our guest Manfred Koehler taught us from 1 Thessalonians 5:17 with a sermon entitled ”Enjoying Jesus 24/7/365”

Questions:
1 Thessalonians 5:12-22

Ice Breaker: When do you pray?

1. Is continual prayer a habit you strive to develop in your life? Why or why not?
2. What negative thoughts cause us to think that "pray without ceasing" is an unrealistic ideal? How can we overcome negativity?
3. What other passages of scripture support the idea of practicing the presence of Christ in our lives?
4. What positive impacts would applying 1 Thess. 5:17 produce in your life?
5. In the midst of these final instructions from Paul to the church at Thessalonica, how would you categorize his instruction on prayer?
6. How would continual prayer simplify our efforts to walk in the Spirit with Christ?
 

“The basic purpose of prayer is not to bend God’s will to mine, but to mould my will to His.” - Timothy Keller

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  • Jun 26, 2017Enjoying Jesus 24/7/365-Manfred Koehler
    Jun 26, 2017
    Enjoying Jesus 24/7/365-Manfred Koehler

    This week our guest Manfred Koehler taught us from 1 Thessalonians 5:17 with a sermon entitled ”Enjoying Jesus 24/7/365”

    Questions:
    1 Thessalonians 5:12-22

    Ice Breaker: When do you pray?

    1. Is continual prayer a habit you strive to develop in your life? Why or why not?
    2. What negative thoughts cause us to think that "pray without ceasing" is an unrealistic ideal? How can we overcome negativity?
    3. What other passages of scripture support the idea of practicing the presence of Christ in our lives?
    4. What positive impacts would applying 1 Thess. 5:17 produce in your life?
    5. In the midst of these final instructions from Paul to the church at Thessalonica, how would you categorize his instruction on prayer?
    6. How would continual prayer simplify our efforts to walk in the Spirit with Christ?
     

    “The basic purpose of prayer is not to bend God’s will to mine, but to mould my will to His.” - Timothy Keller

  • Jun 4, 2017Moving and Multiplying the Gospel into the Future-Dr. Bruce Snavely
    Jun 4, 2017
    Moving and Multiplying the Gospel into the Future-Dr. Bruce Snavely

    This week our guest Dr. Bruce Snavely taught us from 2 Timothy 2:1-7 with a sermon entitled ”Moving and Multiplying the Gospel into the Future”

    Questions:
    2 Timothy 2:1-7

    Ice Breaker: Have you ever been given a job that at first glance, seemed too big for you? How did you handle it?

    1. Who does Paul say is responsible for moving and multiplying the Gospel into the future? (v.1)
    2. How can we ensure the future of the church’s leadership? (v.2)
    3. Donald Guthrie says, "The transmission of Christian truth must never be left to chance.” What two qualities must be present in a servant of God in order that he or she be entrusted to pass on the truth of Christ’s Gospel? (v.2)
    4. Why is suffering and persecution related to godliness? (v.3)
    5. What can be learned from these verses about 'how we are to work' in doing the job we’re called to? (vv.4-7)
    6. What are some biblical examples of leaders passing the baton?
     

    “Christians must major in the long view. We discipline our minds to see everything in this life as an investment in the next.”- Ryan Huguley

  • Apr 14, 2017Run the Race-Pastor Daniel Bell
    Apr 14, 2017
    Run the Race-Pastor Daniel Bell

    For Good Friday our guest Pastor Daniel Bell taught us from Hebrews 12:1-2 with a sermon entitled ”Run the Race"

  • Apr 2, 2017Love So Amazing, So Divine: Jesus Journeys Towards the Cross-Dr. Scotty Smith
    Apr 2, 2017
    Love So Amazing, So Divine: Jesus Journeys Towards the Cross-Dr. Scotty Smith
    This week our guest speaker Dr. Scotty Smith taught us from John 18:1-14 with a sermon entitled ”Love So Amazing, So Divine: Jesus Journeys Towards the Cross”
     
    Questions:
    John 18:1-14
    Ice Breaker: If there was one thing you’d love to do in your service to God and His church, what would that be? 1. Which attribute or aspect of Jesus’ being does John clearly show in these verses of chapter 18?
    2. What can a follower of Jesus count on? (vv.7-11)
    3. Describe what Jesus’ actions are foreshadowing in these verses? (vv.12-14)
    4. What would you describe as the most impactful words or actions of Jesus in these verses?
    5. How would you describe the amazing love Jesus has for you?
     
    “We don’t produce our significance like a professional achievement. God gives us significance as we put ourselves in His mighty hands.”- Ray Ortlund
  • Oct 9, 2016Developing Faith and Gratitude-Darryl Dash
    Oct 9, 2016
    Developing Faith and Gratitude-Darryl Dash

    This week our guest speaker is Pastor Darryl Dash who will be preaching a sermon from Luke 17:5-19 entitled “Developing Faith and Gratitude.”

    Questions
    Read Luke 17:5-19
    Ice Breaker: What are the qualities you appreciate in your friends?
    1. What wrong ideas do we have about faith? (vv.5-6) (also see Matt. 17:20)
    2. What is God’s expectation of us as His followers? (vv.7-10)
    3. How do you respond when another person asks you to forgive him or her? Do you need to do more?
    4. In what ways do you exercise faith in Jesus everyday?
    5. How has your faith been tested? (also read Rom. 1:16-17; 2 Cor. 5:6-7; 1 Thes. 5:23-24; James 1:5-8)
    6. What has God done for you that deserves your gratitude? (vv.11-19)
       
    “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”- C.S. Lewis

  • Oct 2, 2016Keeping the Main Thing, The Main Thing-Jim Reese
    Oct 2, 2016
    Keeping the Main Thing, The Main Thing-Jim Reese
    This week our guest speaker is Dr. Jim Reese who will be preaching a sermon from Psalm 150 entitled “Keeping the Main Thing, The Main Thing.”
     

    Questions
    Read Psalm 150
    Ice Breaker: In this hectic world we find ourselves in, how do you manage to stay focused on the ‘main thing’ of your day/week?
    1. Why doesn’t everything that has breath, ‘praise the Lord?’                                                                                    
    2. What are some of the things that get in the way of you spending more time bringing praise to God?
    3. List some of the things that you’re praising God for in your life. How do you react when you look at this list?
    4. When and where do you find it easiest to praise God? When is it hard to praise Him?
    5. Identify some of the scriptures you have read that especially cause or encourage you to bring your praises to the Lord.
    6. What are some other outcomes resulting from bringing our worship and praises to God? (see Heb. 13:15-16)

    “God is right to be a jealous God. He will not share His glory with another.”- Kevin DeYoung
  • Sep 4, 2016The Good Shepherd-Mike Standish
    Sep 4, 2016
    The Good Shepherd-Mike Standish
    This week our guest speaker, Pastor Mike Standish teaches us from God's Word with a sermon from Psalm 23 entitled “The Good Shepherd."
     
    Questions
    Psalm 23
    1. What does it mean to you that the Lord is your Shepherd?
    2. What does it mean that he guides us “for his name’s sake”? (v.3)
    3. When we go through difficult circumstances in life why should we not fear? (v.4)
    4. What does the rod and staff of God represent? (v.4)
    5. What was the significance of God preparing a table for David in the presence of his enemies? (v.5)
    6. What is the end result of the Lord being our Shepherd? (v.6)
     
    “Satan and wicked men are not able to destroy (the saints) comforts, while they are anointed with the Holy Spirit, and drink of the cup of salvation which is ever full.” – Matthew Henry
  • Feb 7, 2016Jesus Teaches Us How To Pray
    Feb 7, 2016
    Jesus Teaches Us How To Pray
    This week we have a special guest speaker James Seward who will be teaching us from Matthew 6:9-13 in a sermon entitled "Jesus Teaches Us How To Pray."
     
    Questions:
    Matthew 6:9-13
    Ice Breaker: What is the best time of the day for you to pray?
     
    1. Who taught you how to pray? How have your prayers changed since then?
     
    2. How would you speak the prayer from this passage in your own words?
     
    3. Describe the difference between praying like Jesus prayed, verses praying what Jesus prayed? (see Matthew 11:25-26)
     
    4. How effective are we Christians at allowing Jesus’ teaching on prayer to shape our practice of prayer? Why? (Luke 18:10-13)
     
    5. What do you typically pray for? What does this reveal about your heart? (see Matthew 5:44; 21:22; 26:39; Luke 6:28)
     
    6. Is there anything that strikes you as unusual about this instruction from Jesus on prayer?
     
    “Prayer brings new perspective because it puts God back into the picture.”- Timothy Keller
  • Nov 22, 2015A Tale of Two Lions
    Nov 22, 2015
    A Tale of Two Lions
    This week our guest speaker is Rev. Paul Estabrooks with Open Doors International, helping persecuted Christians around the world. Rev. Paul Estabrooks' message is from 1 Peter 5:8-11 entitled "A Tale of Two Lions."

    Questions:
    1 Peter 5:8-11
    Ice Breaker: An inattentive driver is one of the greatest dangers one might face on the road. There is genuine danger

    if all drivers aren't focused and attentive to the task.

    What are some practical things you do to assure you give proper attention to the most important tasks in your
    day?

    1. Discuss how the following Scriptures will help us understand who Satan really is? (see John 14:30; 2 Cor
    4:4; Eph 2:2)

    2. Sometimes people act as if Satan is just an evil influence. Why does knowing Satan is a real being matter?

    3. As an enemy of God, how does Satan carry on his subversive activities within your church and family? What
    tactics does he employ against you?

    4. Some believe that Satan cannot harm a Christian. What does God’s Word teach about this? (see Heb 11:32-39)

    5. Describe how we can have victory over Satan’s accusations. (see Rev 12:10-11)

    6. What is the Biblical response of Christians to the sufferings of brothers and sisters around the world?

    7. How is the plight of the persecuted church around the world linked to you?

    “Only God can make the depraved heart desire God.”- John Piper
  • Oct 4, 2015Judgement Seat Motivations for Global Ministry
    Oct 4, 2015
    Judgement Seat Motivations for Global Ministry
    This week we have a special guest speaker for our 35th Anniversary service, Dr. Bruce Snavely. He will be preaching from 2 Corinthians 5:10-21 entitled "Judgment Seat Motivations for Global Ministry."

    Questions:

    2 Corinthians 5:10-21
    Ice Breaker: Truth be told, there are likely many different things that motivate us to action. Some are positive and others may actually be negative.
     
    What are some of the factors that motivate you to daily action, and why do you think you are so affected by them?
     
    1. As a Christian, how does the realization that we will all stand before the judgement seat of God impact your life? (v.10; also read Psalms 62:12; Acts 10:42; Rom. 14:10-12)
     
    2. How does Paul understand the "fear of the Lord”? What impact does his understanding have on his ministry? (v.11; also read Job 31:23; Acts 9:31; Heb. 10:31)
     
    3. What is the primary motivator in Paul’s ministry and how has this same motivator impacted your life and ministry? (vv.12-15)
     
    4. How does the realization that we are a "new creation” change things for Paul and for us? (vv. 16-19; also read John 3:3; Rom. 6:4; Eph. 2:14-16; 4:20-24)
     
    5. What is the role of an “ambassador"? (v. 20)
     
    6. In light of this passage, what is God’s plan and purpose for you as a disciple? (vv. 20-21; also read Eph. 6:18b-20)
     
    “God always has a plan, and he can use anybody to carry it out.”- Kevin DeYoung
  • Sep 13, 2015The Secret to a Satisfying Life
    Sep 13, 2015
    The Secret to a Satisfying Life
    This week we have a special guest speaker Dr. Ron Cline. He will be preaching from John 4 entitled "The Secret to a Satisfying Life."

    Questions:

    John 4
    Ice Breaker: I believe everyone is driven by feelings of accomplishment or satisfaction. Sometimes the satisfaction is fleeting, like a good cup of coffee or tea with a wonderful meal. Other times, personal satisfaction can last much longer, especially when it involves things we pour ourselves into. Things like family and church.

    What are the things in your life that cause you to feel deep and lasting satisfaction?

    1. With knowledge gained from the entirety of chapter 4, what would be the significance of the statement in 4:4, “And He had to pass through Samaria.”? (see v.34)

    2. How does this passage suggest we should view people in the communities around us? (v.35)

    3. Describe the three vital parts to the process of evangelism outlined here and the key to success. (also see 1 Cor. 3:6-8)

    4. Describe the benefits you will experience when you begin to fulfill your role in the work described in these verses.

    5. Where are the ripened harvest fields in our world today?

    “Everything we do in obedience to God, no matter how small, is significant.” John Piper

    “Be faithful in whatever God gives you. That’s all you can do.” Kevin DeYoung
  • Jul 5, 2015Just A Handful of Flour
    Jul 5, 2015
    Just A Handful of Flour
    This week we have a special guest speaker Dr. Sam Martin, Director of Arms for Jesus. He will be preaching from 1 Kings 17:1-16 entitled "Just A Handful of Flour."

    Questions:

    Please read 1 Kings 17:1-16
    Ice Breaker: There is still a great need to share the Gospel in our neighbourhood and around the world.

    Describe and discuss the importance of the local church in this mission.

    1. List the order of events in which God works, through the first 7 verses. What do you learn about Elijah from these verses?

    2. What did Elijah contribute to his own survival? How does God show His abundant provision? (vv. 1-7)  (see Exodus 16:8;12-13) What is the significance of this to your present situation?

    3. What was the woman willing to do for Elijah? What can you discern about the woman, her background and her life? (vv. 10-12)

    4. What does God do in response to the woman’s predicament? (vv. 13-16) Can you think of another example from Scripture where God responded similarly?

    5. What can you take from this passage that can be applied to your ministry and your life today?

    6. What will ignite a passion for missions in the church today?

    “The joyful effects of the Gospel in our own lives gives us an enormous energy for witness.” - Timothy Keller
  • Jun 28, 2015Why Can’t Everyone Wash Feet?
    Jun 28, 2015
    Why Can’t Everyone Wash Feet?
    This week we have a special missionary guest speaker Phil Webb from Fellowship International. He will be preaching from John 13:1-17 entitled "Why Can't Everyone Wash Feet?"

    Questions:

    Please read John 13:1-17
    Ice Breaker: Ice Breaker: The presence of vulnerability is necessary, if a true “community” of believers is to develop.

    Describe a time when you witnessed or experienced honest vulnerability in someone. What effect did that have on you or the group?

    1. What would be the significance of Jesus sharing this lesson with His disciples at this particular point in time? (v.1) Similarly, how is this significant to you and your life today?

    2. Describe any parallels you see in the relationship between Judas and Jesus, and our modern society and God. (vv.2-5)

    3. Describe Jesus’ actions in verses 4 and 5 with respect to the culture of His time. How does the disciples’ response indicate the depth of their understanding of what Jesus was demonstrating to them? (vv.6-11)

    4. What is Jesus’ expectation of His disciples? (vv.12-17) What attitude towards others would the disciples need to embrace?

    5. Explain why this “act of foot washing” would be hard for any of us to do for our friends today? What would have to change in us to make an act like this possible?

    6. In what ways can we “wash the feet” of others?

    “To aim at loving instead of being loved requires sacrifice. Love reaches out, expecting no personal reward.” - Elizabeth Elliot
  • May 31, 2015Be Bold
    May 31, 2015
    Be Bold
    This week is Church Planting Sunday. Our guest speaker Pastor Graeme Melvin from The Meadows Church planted a church just down the road in Streetsville. He will be teaching us from Acts 4:1-22 entitled "Be Bold."

    Questions:

    Please read Acts 3 and Acts 4:1-22
    Ice Breaker: I’ve never been particularly brave or bold. In fact, my natural shyness causes me to hesitate and consider carefully before entering virtually any situation containing unknowns of any kind. I actually find it easy to talk myself out of many of those situations. Unfortunately, that same reluctance to “step out” can have a serious effect on my witness for Jesus.

    How did Jesus model and live out a life of boldness? Give some examples from Scripture.

    1. Acts 3 describes the most recent events leading up to Acts 4:1-22. Describe the nature, demeanour and actions of Peter, John and the disciples in Acts 3. In what ways are these attributes different than how the disciples are described previously in the Gospels?

    2. How does this passage, Acts 4:1-22, describe the role and effect of the Holy Spirit upon Peter, John and the disciples?

    3. Describe and expand upon the reaction of the authorities to what they had seen and heard from the disciples. (vv.13-14) What, if anything, surprised you about their reaction to Peter and John?

    4. How did Peter and John respond to the demands of the authorities in verses 18 to 20 and how would you describe their demeanour through this particular event?

    5. Many of us have chosen a life here in the Mississauga area because of a desire for comfort and safety, and though we have largely achieved those goals, we are some of the most over-stressed people in the world. What does this passage have to say about how we can achieve peace in our lives? (vv.18-22)

    6. Do you believe everyone is part of the mission? What are the next steps you must take if you are to boldly love your neighbour?

    “If Jesus became incarnate to live among the ordinary, then what we call ordinary is really special to God.” - Timothy Keller
  • Nov 9, 2014Living by God’s Grace
    Nov 9, 2014
    Living by God’s Grace
    This week our guest speaker Pastor Eugene Bakhmutsky visiting from the Russian Bible Church in Moscow, will be teaching us from Luke 13:1-5 entitled "Living by God's Grace."

    Questions:

    Please read Luke 13:1-5.

    1. How did these Jews understand the relationship between sin and suffering? What does Jesus say about sin and suffering?

    2. What does Jesus remind them of (Rom. 3:23)? What is Jesus’ answer to the problem of sin (v.3,5) ? What tone do you sense in Jesus’ interaction with these Jews?
     
    3. What can hold people back from repentance? Did you, or are you, holding back?
     
    4. What key steps can you identify in the process of coming to faith in Jesus as Lord and Saviour? Can you provide references from scripture to support this?

    5. This passage describes how the Jews of that time were blinded to an important truth that God had laid out for them. How can the church ensure that it stays “on track” with the Gospel of Jesus?  

    6. How has God been gracious to you? Share if you feel led.