Apr 9, 2017
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross-Pastor Deric
This week Pastor Deric concludes his series In God We Trust from John 14-19 with a sermon entitled ”When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”
 
Questions:
John 18-19
Ice Breaker: What’s the first thing you see or think of when you look at the Cross?
 
1. Describe the make-up of the group that came to take Jesus into custody. What was it that united them?
2. How would you describe and categorize the behavior and response of Jesus’ disciples to His arrest and ‘trial’?
3. In chapter 18 verse 37, John quotes Jesus who says, “Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice”. Does this statement fit with our modern world’s understanding of truth?
4. How do we show we are committed to the truth?
5. Discuss the power of God over secular authorities on the basis on chapter 19 verse 11.
6. Why would John refer to the fulfilling of Scripture in chapter 19 verses 24, 28, 36 and 37?
7. What can we learn about courage to stand up for Jesus from the experience of Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea?
 
“Today you can celebrate, that although your heart is fickle, easily distracted and tempted, Jesus, your Savior, is faithful.”- Paul David Tripp
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  • Apr 9, 2017When I Survey the Wondrous Cross-Pastor Deric
    Apr 9, 2017
    When I Survey the Wondrous Cross-Pastor Deric
    This week Pastor Deric concludes his series In God We Trust from John 14-19 with a sermon entitled ”When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”
     
    Questions:
    John 18-19
    Ice Breaker: What’s the first thing you see or think of when you look at the Cross?
     
    1. Describe the make-up of the group that came to take Jesus into custody. What was it that united them?
    2. How would you describe and categorize the behavior and response of Jesus’ disciples to His arrest and ‘trial’?
    3. In chapter 18 verse 37, John quotes Jesus who says, “Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice”. Does this statement fit with our modern world’s understanding of truth?
    4. How do we show we are committed to the truth?
    5. Discuss the power of God over secular authorities on the basis on chapter 19 verse 11.
    6. Why would John refer to the fulfilling of Scripture in chapter 19 verses 24, 28, 36 and 37?
    7. What can we learn about courage to stand up for Jesus from the experience of Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea?
     
    “Today you can celebrate, that although your heart is fickle, easily distracted and tempted, Jesus, your Savior, is faithful.”- Paul David Tripp
  • Mar 12, 2017The Great Game Changer-Pastor Deric
    Mar 12, 2017
    The Great Game Changer-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric concludes his series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”The Great Game Changer”

    Questions:
    John 16:16-33
    Ice Breaker: What has been the greatest personal joy you’ve experienced in the last 5 years or so?
    1. What is causing the confusion the disciples are experiencing in these verses? How does Jesus help them? (vv.16-20)
    2. How is it possible for sorrow to turn to joy? (vv.21-24)
    3. The disciples will soon be experiencing a devastating loss. What does Jesus mention as one of the benefits the disciples will receive after this loss? (vv.25-28)
    4. The disciples believed they now understood what Jesus was saying to them. (vv.29-30) What makes the decisive difference between not completely understanding the Bible and truly understanding God’s Word? (vv.29-31)
    5. How may our doubts be turned to faith and our fears be replaced by peace? (vv.31-33)
    6. What can we learn and apply from these verses regarding effective ministry to persecuted Christians? 
     

    “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” -  Augustine of Hippo

  • Mar 5, 2017Resilient Spirituality-Pastor Deric
    Mar 5, 2017
    Resilient Spirituality-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”Resilient Spirituality”

    Questions:
    John 16:1-15
    Ice Breaker: Where do you get your personal inspiration from?   
    1. What were the 2 major forms of persecution that Jesus warns the disciples they would soon be facing? (vv.1-4)
    2. What is the practical application of Jesus’ teaching in the opening 6 verses of chapter 16?
    3. Describe the sorrow the disciples would have felt after Jesus shared what was about to transpire. How would they be able to carry on? (vv.5-7)
    4. In what way does the Holy Spirit use people to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgement? (vv.8-10)
    5. How should we view ourselves and our part in what the Holy Spirit does? (v.12)
    6. What would be the key factor in the lives of the disciples as they carry on with the ministry that Jesus leaves in their hands? (v.12-15) What about us today?
     

    “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all that I have not seen.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Feb 26, 2017Hated by the World-Pastor Deric
    Feb 26, 2017
    Hated by the World-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”Hated by the World”

    Questions:
    John 15:18-27
    Ice Breaker: What do you look forward to most about the seasonal change from winter into spring?
     
    1. Why does the ‘world’ hate Christians? (vv.18-19)
    2. What is the difference between ‘hating’ and ‘persecuting’ Christians? (vv.20-21)
    3. What is it about Jesus’ message that stirs up the world? (vv.22-23)
    4. Why did so many react so negatively to Jesus’ miracles? (vv.24-25)
    5. What is the ‘hope’ that Jesus re-introduces to His disciples, and to us? (vv.26-27)
    6. How are we to respond to hate and persecution in our time? Is it ever appropriate to ‘stand up and fight’ for what you believe?

     

    "How did Jesus expect His disciples to react under persecution? (In Matthew 5:12 He said), "Rejoice and be glad!" We are not to retaliate like an unbeliever, nor sulk like a child, nor lick our wound in self-pity like a dog, nor just grin and bear it like a Stoic, still less, pretend we enjoy it like a masochist. What then? We are to rejoice as a Christian should and even "leap for joy" (Lk. 6:23)."- John Stott

  • Feb 19, 2017Friendship with Jesus-Pastor Deric
    Feb 19, 2017
    Friendship with Jesus-Pastor Deric
    This week Pastor Deric continues his series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”Friendship with Jesus”
     
    Questions:
    John 15:12-17
    Ice Breaker: How do you define ‘friendship?' What is the most important characteristic of a friend, to you?
     
    1. How did Jesus love His disciples and how is the church doing with Jesus’ command to “love one another as I have loved you”? Why do you believe that is so? (v.12)
    2. What is the condition that Jesus applies to the friendship that He shares with us? (vv.13-14)   
    3. What is significant about the change in status that Jesus applies to our friendship with Him? (v.15)
    4. What do you find interesting about ‘how’ we came to be friends with Jesus? (v.16)
    5. What is the basis of fruitfulness and faithfulness? (vv.16-17)
     

    “The steady discipline of intimate friendship with Jesus results in men becoming like Him.”- Harry Emerson Fosdick

  • Feb 12, 2017Stay Close to Jesus-Pastor Deric
    Feb 12, 2017
    Stay Close to Jesus-Pastor Deric
    This week Pastor Deric continues his series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”Stay Close to Jesus.”
     
    Questions:
    John 15:1-11
    Ice Breaker: Who do you have in your life that ‘fires you up’ or ‘brings out the very best’ in you?  
     
    1. Who or what was the symbol of the ‘vine’ described in the Old Testament? What passages can you use to support that view?
    2. Define the three different types of ‘branches’ identified in this passage. What is it about the life of these people that differentiates them?
    3. What is the ‘fruit’ that John is referring to here? Where else do we find that in Scripture?
    4. Define ‘abide’ and name some specific things we can do to abide in Jesus Christ. 
    5. Describe the critical link and connection outlined in this passage between God the Father, Jesus Christ and Jesus’ disciples.  
     
    “The branch of the vine does not worry, and toil, and rush here to seek sunshine, and there to find rain. No, it rests in union and communion with the vine; and at the right time, and in the right way, is the right fruit found on it. Let us so abide in the Lord Jesus.” - James Hudson Taylor
  • Feb 5, 2017The Prince of Peace Meets The Ruler of this World-Pastor Deric
    Feb 5, 2017
    The Prince of Peace Meets The Ruler of this World-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”The Prince of Peace Meets The Ruler of this World” in John 14:27-31.

    Questions:
    John 14:27-31
    Ice Breaker: When you REALLY NEED to get away from it all, where do you go? This could be a daily retreat, a yearly get away or anything in between.
     
    1. What kind of peace is Jesus talking about in verse 27? (also see Phil. 4:7)
    2. Why did Jesus feel the need to address the issue of peace with His disciples at this point?
    3. What is man's critical response to Jesus’ offer of peace? (also see Col. 1:20; 3:15)
    4. What do we need to know about God’s peace? (also see 1 Cor. 14:33; Eph. 2:14)
    5. What can we expect to receive from God as we journey with Him through troubled times?
     

    “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” - C.S. Lewis

  • Jan 29, 2017The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit-Pastor Deric
    Jan 29, 2017
    The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit.”

    Questions:
    John 14:15-26
    Ice Breaker: Biblical fellowship with friends is a wonderful thing! Just the right balance of study and discussion around God’s Word, application of what we learn together and the sharing of our lives through the daily issues, struggles and joys of life. There might even be a little sharing of food to link it all together! Who would be the person or people you have this kind of relationship with?

    1. What was different or new about how Jesus described the Holy Spirit to His disciples?

    2. Why is the Holy Spirit necessary to the life of a believer?

    3. How does the Holy Spirit evidence Himself in the lives of believers? What about non-believers?

    4. What does Judas’ question tell us about the disciples’ relationship with Jesus?

    5. How does the Holy Spirit minister to believers?

    “Those in whom the Holy Spirit comes to live are God’s new Temple. They are, individually and corporately, places where heaven and earth meet.”- N.T. Wright

  • Jan 22, 2017He Works, We Trust-Pastor Deric
    Jan 22, 2017
    He Works, We Trust-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”He Works, We Trust” in John 14:6-14.

    Questions
    John 14:6-14
    Ice Breaker: Who has had the steadiest or greatest influence on you through the course of your life?

    1. Why are TRUTH and TRUST so important to the Christian?
    2. What are you learning about Jesus from His declaration that He is the way, the truth and the Life?
    3. How easy or difficult is it for you to relate to God as your heavenly Father?
    4. Explain and expound on the difference between Jesus’ words and His works (miracles).
    5. What does Jesus mean when He says that those who follow Him will do greater works than He?
    6. What is the connection between the greater works we are promised and the promise of answered prayer in verse 13?

    “God provides the revelation, God provides the intercession and God provides the atonement.” - Kevin DeYoung

  • Jan 15, 2017Knowing Your Place in the Father’s House-Pastor Deric
    Jan 15, 2017
    Knowing Your Place in the Father’s House-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”Knowing Your Place in the Father’s House.”

    Questions
    John 14:2-6
    Ice Breaker: If you could live in any kind of home or apartment/condo, what would you choose?

    1. How important is our expectation of a place in heaven and why is that so?
    2. Explain why Jesus would use the words “Father’s House” to describe heaven ? (v.2) What difference would that particular description make?
    3. How do we gain access to the Father’s house? (vv.2-3)
    4. What is the first thing that must happen before we can even begin to understand God’s eternal plan? (vv.4-5)
    5. How are we even able to walk in “the way, and the truth and the life”? (v.6) What other scripture can you find that supports this?
    6. What two things does Jesus want to make very clear about our relationship with God the Father and Jesus His Son?
    7. What are your thoughts about how these verses should be a ‘game changer’ regarding how we live our lives today?

    “Your life as a Christian should make nonbelievers question their disbelief in God.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Jan 8, 2017Do Not Let Your Heart Be Troubled-Pastor Deric
    Jan 8, 2017
    Do Not Let Your Heart Be Troubled-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric begins a new series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”Do Not Let Your Heart Be Troubled.”

    Questions
    John 14:1
    Ice Breaker: How does the ‘world’ through the media and other ways, interpret and possibly distort the meaning of the word “trust?"

    1. What were the disciples troubled about? What are things that trouble you?
    2. What is the answer to our troubled hearts?
    3. What exactly are we to believe? How is believing in God and believing in Jesus the same thing?
    4. How can we know that we can trust Jesus with our troubles? What scriptures would you turn to?
     

    “You don’t get to decide to worship. Everyone worships something. The only choice you get, is what to worship.”- Timothy Keller