Mar 25, 2018
Golgotha

This week Pastor Deric concludes our series Remembering the Cross with a sermon entitled “Golgotha”

Questions
Matthew 27:24-66

Ice Breaker: If you could have a worldwide reputation for something, in what area would you like that to be? Why?

1. Why was Jesus offered wine mixed with gall before the crucifixion, and why did he refuse it? (vv.33-34)
2. Find five prophecies from Psalm 22 that are fulfilled in Matthew 27:24-66.
3. What was the significance of the veil in the temple being ripped in two? (v.51)
4. Why did Pilate bother to comply with the Pharisees request to place a guard at the tomb? (vv.62-66)
5. In verse 32 Simon of Cyrene was forced to carry Jesus’ cross to Golgotha. What would you have been thinking if you were the one to carry the cross of the Christ?
6. What do you think Golgotha (“Place of a Skull”) looked like? What would it have been like to stand in that place?
7. Read Galatians 1:4, Ephesians 5:25 and John 10:17-18. Seeing that Jesus delivered himself up for our salvation, in what ways can you also offer up your life for him?
8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
 

"If we want proof of God’s love for us, then we must look first at the Cross where God offered up His Son as a sacrifice for our sins. Calvary is the one objective, absolute, irrefutable proof of God’s love for us." - Jerry Bridges

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  • Mar 25, 2018Golgotha
    Mar 25, 2018
    Golgotha

    This week Pastor Deric concludes our series Remembering the Cross with a sermon entitled “Golgotha”

    Questions
    Matthew 27:24-66

    Ice Breaker: If you could have a worldwide reputation for something, in what area would you like that to be? Why?

    1. Why was Jesus offered wine mixed with gall before the crucifixion, and why did he refuse it? (vv.33-34)
    2. Find five prophecies from Psalm 22 that are fulfilled in Matthew 27:24-66.
    3. What was the significance of the veil in the temple being ripped in two? (v.51)
    4. Why did Pilate bother to comply with the Pharisees request to place a guard at the tomb? (vv.62-66)
    5. In verse 32 Simon of Cyrene was forced to carry Jesus’ cross to Golgotha. What would you have been thinking if you were the one to carry the cross of the Christ?
    6. What do you think Golgotha (“Place of a Skull”) looked like? What would it have been like to stand in that place?
    7. Read Galatians 1:4, Ephesians 5:25 and John 10:17-18. Seeing that Jesus delivered himself up for our salvation, in what ways can you also offer up your life for him?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "If we want proof of God’s love for us, then we must look first at the Cross where God offered up His Son as a sacrifice for our sins. Calvary is the one objective, absolute, irrefutable proof of God’s love for us." - Jerry Bridges

  • Mar 18, 2018The Arrest, Trial & Sentencing of Jesus
    Mar 18, 2018
    The Arrest, Trial & Sentencing of Jesus

    This week Pastor Deric begins our series Remembering the Cross with a sermon entitled “The Arrest, Trial & Sentencing of Jesus”

    Questions
    Matthew 26-27
    Ice Breaker: What was the first full time job you ever had?
     
    1. Read Luke 23:13-16. After Pilate stated he found no guilt in Jesus, why did he still have him scourged?
    2. During his trial Jesus remained silent before his accusers (Matthew 27:11-14) - find the Old Testament prophecy this fulfilled. Why do you think he didn’t answer?
    3. In Matthew 26:56 Jesus noted that “all this has taken place that the Scriptures… might be fulfilled”, showing how God is sovereign and in complete control. Find one additional verse from each of the gospels that illustrates this.
    4. How does the sovereignty of God illustrated above give you comfort and encouragement?
    5. In Peter 2:19-24 he points to the submission and sufferings of Christ as an example for us to follow when suffering unjustly. What challenges do you face when you experience injustice and what can you to do overcome them?
    6. Read Matthew 26:51-54. How are you like Peter when you’re tempted to fight spiritual battles by natural means? What can you do to fulfill Paul’s exhortation in Ephesians 6:12-13?
    7. In this same passage we also see that Jesus avoids the temptation to use his own power and authority and submits to the Father’s will instead (see vv. 53-54). How can we avoid the temptation to deviate from God’s will when we are enabled to do something differently?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?

     

    "The Christian community is a community of the cross, for it has been brought into being by the cross, and the focus of its worship is the Lamb once slain, now glorified." - John Stott
     
  • Mar 11, 2018How Far Will You Go with Jesus?
    Mar 11, 2018
    How Far Will You Go with Jesus?

    This week Pastor Deric begins our series Remembering the Cross with a sermon entitled “How Far Will You Go with Jesus?"

    Questions
    Matthew 26:36-46
    Ice Breaker: What was the first full time job you ever had?

     
    1. What is the meaning of “Gethsemane”, and where was the garden located?
    2. What does Jesus mean in Matthew 26:41 when he says, "the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak"?
    3. What did Jesus say the disciples were to do to overcome temptation?
    4. List 3 principles of prayer you can learn from Jesus’ prayers in Gethsemane.
    5. What can help you to become more consistent in being watchful in prayer?
    6. In Matthew 26:39 Jesus prays “nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will”. In what areas of your life do you need to surrender like this in obedience to God?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     
    “The Bible is the story of two gardens: Eden and Gethsemane. In the first, Adam took a fall. In the second, Jesus took a stand. In the first, God sought Adam. In the second, Jesus sought God. In Eden, Satan led Adam to a tree that led to his death. From Gethsemane, Jesus went to a tree that led to our life.” - Max Lucado
  • Mar 4, 2018The Table of The King
    Mar 4, 2018
    The Table of The King

    This week Pastor Deric begins our series Remembering the Cross with a sermon entitled “The Table of The King”

    Questions
    Matthew 26:17-30
    Ice Breaker: What’s the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Why?
     
    1. What was the significance of the Passover meal at the time of Jesus?
    2. Find the reference in Paul’s epistles that states that Jesus is our Passover lamb. In what way was the sacrifice of the Passover lamb a foreshadow of Christ’s own sacrifice?
    3. Find three other scriptures from the New Testament that show Jesus is the Lamb of God.
    4. Read Matthew 26:26-28. What does consuming the symbols of the Lord’s supper mean to a believer?
    5. Read John 13:1-17. What was the significance of Jesus washing the disciple’s feet, and why do that on this occasion?
    6. What can you do to better model the love and servitude that Christ exemplified?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "Love was compressed for all history in that lonely figure on the cross, who said that he could call down angels at any moment on a rescue mission but chose not to – because of us." - Philip Yancey