Nov 26, 2017
The Irony of Faith

This week Pastor Deric concludes our series The Greatest Book with a sermon entitled “The Irony of Faith”

Questions
Psalm 119:25-32
Ice Breaker: What is one thing you like to do when you have free time?
 
1. What is the significance of the psalmist running in the way of the Lord, as opposed to walking (v.32)?
2. In verse 25 and 28 the psalmist looks to the Lord to find strength in his weakness. Find three other scriptures from the Bible that show people finding strength in the Lord.
3. There are many paradoxes which characterize the Christian life, such as “many who are first will be last, and the last first” (Matthew 19:30). Find three more examples from the New Testament.
4. Three times in the New Testament the word of God is compared to milk. Find the three references and explain the significance of milk being used as the comparison.
5. Of the following Bible study tools, which one is your favourite: commentary, concordance, lexicon, Bible dictionary, Bible encyclopedia. Why?
6. What are some of the practical implications and personal challenges from your answers in question three?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
 

"The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives." - Dwight L. Moody

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  • Nov 26, 2017The Irony of Faith
    Nov 26, 2017
    The Irony of Faith

    This week Pastor Deric concludes our series The Greatest Book with a sermon entitled “The Irony of Faith”

    Questions
    Psalm 119:25-32
    Ice Breaker: What is one thing you like to do when you have free time?
     
    1. What is the significance of the psalmist running in the way of the Lord, as opposed to walking (v.32)?
    2. In verse 25 and 28 the psalmist looks to the Lord to find strength in his weakness. Find three other scriptures from the Bible that show people finding strength in the Lord.
    3. There are many paradoxes which characterize the Christian life, such as “many who are first will be last, and the last first” (Matthew 19:30). Find three more examples from the New Testament.
    4. Three times in the New Testament the word of God is compared to milk. Find the three references and explain the significance of milk being used as the comparison.
    5. Of the following Bible study tools, which one is your favourite: commentary, concordance, lexicon, Bible dictionary, Bible encyclopedia. Why?
    6. What are some of the practical implications and personal challenges from your answers in question three?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives." - Dwight L. Moody

  • 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

  • Nov 12, 2017Keeping Faith
    Nov 12, 2017
    Keeping Faith

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The Greatest Book with a sermon entitled “Keeping Faith”

    Questions
    Psalm 119:9-16
    Ice Breaker: What is one thing you are looking forward to?
     
    1. Read Hebrews 11:6. What is your definition of faith, and why is faith so important to God?
    2. What can we do to help grow our faith?
    3. In Psalm 119:9 the psalmist tells us how to keep our lives pure before God – how is this accomplished?
    4. Twice Paul gives Timothy a similar charge as above – find the two scripture references.
    5. Psalm 119:11 notes the importance of storing up the word of God in our hearts. Choose one verse from the New Testament about the importance of applying the word of God in our lives to memorize this week and share it with the group the next time you meet.
    6. In Acts 17 the Bereans were commended for their diligence in studying the scriptures daily. Choose a bible reading plan to begin implementing and share what you’ve chosen with the group.

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

    "A readiness to believe every promise implicitly, to obey every command unhesitatingly, to stand perfect and complete in all the will of God, is the only true spirit of Bible study." - Andrew Murray

  • Nov 5, 2017The Blessing of the Bible
    Nov 5, 2017
    The Blessing of the Bible

    This week Pastor Deric begins our series The Greatest Book with a sermon entitled “The Blessing of the Bible”

    Questions
    Psalm 119:1-8
    Ice Breaker: What has been one recent high point and low point in your life over the past year?
     
    1. There are many places in the New Testament that talk about Jesus and his ministry as the fulfillment of the Old Testament scriptures – find three examples.
    2. For each of the three examples above find the original scripture in the Old Testament.
    3. One of the predominate themes of Psalm 119 is building a secure foundation for your life based on the commands of God. Find one example from Jesus’ teaching and one from the epistles which reiterate this.
    4. 2 Timothy 3:16 lists some of the beneficial uses of scripture. Identify each one and give a practical, day to day example for each. (Bonus: Find an example from scripture as well!)
    5. What challenges, barriers or inhibitions do you face when studying scriptures? What can you do to overcome them?
    6. Choose one verse from Psalm 119 to memorize this week and share it with the group the next time you meet.
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    “The Bible is the inevitable outcome of God’s continuous speech. It is the infallible declaration of His mind.” – A. W. Tozer