Jun 18, 2017
Family Resemblance-Pastor Deric

This week Pastor Deric continues his series The Sacred Image with a sermon for Father’s Day in Genesis 1:26-31 entitled “Family Resemblance”

Questions:
Genesis 1:26-31

Ice Breaker: Who have been the most influential men in your life?

1. What does the knowledge that God created you tell you about your worth?
2. How does the fact that God created us in His image impact our understanding about who we are?
3. What can we know about our purpose on earth from these verses?
4. Knowing all this, how should we change our attitude toward this life?

5. How should the truth from this passage influence how men live in the world today?

“A father acts on behalf of his children by working, providing, intervening, struggling and suffering for them. In doing so, he really stands in their place. He is not an isolated individual, but incorporates the selves of several people in his own self.”- Dietrich Bonhoefer

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  • Jun 18, 2017Family Resemblance-Pastor Deric
    Jun 18, 2017
    Family Resemblance-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series The Sacred Image with a sermon for Father’s Day in Genesis 1:26-31 entitled “Family Resemblance”

    Questions:
    Genesis 1:26-31

    Ice Breaker: Who have been the most influential men in your life?

    1. What does the knowledge that God created you tell you about your worth?
    2. How does the fact that God created us in His image impact our understanding about who we are?
    3. What can we know about our purpose on earth from these verses?
    4. Knowing all this, how should we change our attitude toward this life?

    5. How should the truth from this passage influence how men live in the world today?

    “A father acts on behalf of his children by working, providing, intervening, struggling and suffering for them. In doing so, he really stands in their place. He is not an isolated individual, but incorporates the selves of several people in his own self.”- Dietrich Bonhoefer

  • Jun 11, 2017Wives, Husbands and The Divine Image-Pastor Max
    Jun 11, 2017
    Wives, Husbands and The Divine Image-Pastor Max

    This week Pastor Max continues our series The Sacred Image with a sermon in Ephesians 5:21-33 entitled “Wives, Husbands and The Divine Image”

    Questions:
    Ephesians 5:21-33

    Ice Breaker: Think of all the marriages you’ve ever seen portrayed on TV or in movies. Can you name any that were worth emulating?

    1. Describe what Paul teaches in this passage as an essential foundation for relationships. (v.21) (also see vv.18-20)
    2. How can a couple, or any group with great differences, find common ground for their relationship? (vv.22-24)
    3. What can we identify as the fuel that powers the relationships we’re reading about in this passage? (vv.25-30)
    4. Why should I be confident and willing to approach my marriage relationship this way? (vv.31-33)

    5. Describe the results a in marriage relationship lived this way. What would you expect a marriage like this to look like?

    “There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.” – Martin Luther

  • May 28, 2017Myths About Educating Our Children-Pastor Deric
    May 28, 2017
    Myths About Educating Our Children-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series The Sacred Image with a sermon for Christian Education Sunday in Proverbs 22:6 entitled “Myths About Educating Our Children”

    Questions:
    Proverbs 4 (read over the chapter a couple of times)
    Ice Breaker: In your experience, who has been your favourite teacher/instructor/coach and why? In what ways did they influence your growth?
     
    1. From these verses, what role must a parent accept in the life of their children?
    2. What would be of primary importance to share with your children? (also see Deut. 6:5-7)
    3. Ideally, how does a parent learn how to instruct their children? How else could a parent learn this? (vv.3-4)
    4. What are the benefits of good instruction? (vv.10-13)
    5. What will happen if we ignore the God-given role as teacher to our children? (vv.14-17)
    6. What role does the church play in the education of it’s members?
     

    “We teach best by how we live life; who we are instructs with absolute clarity.” - Bryant McGill

  • May 21, 2017God of Justice-Pastor Max
    May 21, 2017
    God of Justice-Pastor Max

    This week Pastor Max continues our series The Sacred Image with a sermon in Isaiah 1:16-18 entitled “God of Justice”

    Questions:
    Isaiah 1:16-18
    Ice Breaker: Think back to a time when you were wronged by someone. How did you respond to that incident? Was it a good or bad way of handling it?
    1. How would you define justice in your own words?
    2. Is there such a thing as universal morality? If so, where is the standard for universal morality to be found?
    3. Find and share three other verses from the Old Testament that illustrate God as the vindicator (provider of justice) of the oppressed?
    4. In what way does justice point to the reality of God's truth?
    5. In verse 16 God calls the people to stop sinning, and in verse 17 calls the people to seek justice. Why is seeking justice and not sinning so closely linked?

    6. How can we be champions of God’s justice in our daily lives?

    "I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than justice." - Abraham Lincoln

  • May 14, 2017A Woman’s Complete Guide to Unfading Beauty-Pastor Deric
    May 14, 2017
    A Woman’s Complete Guide to Unfading Beauty-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series The Sacred Image with a sermon for Mother’s Day in Proverbs 31:30 entitled “A Woman’s Complete Guide to Unfading Beauty”

    Questions:
    Proverbs 31:30

    Ice Breaker: In your opinion, what are the top 3 most important qualities of a desirable person?

    1. What things about you and your life determine your sense of identity?
    2. On what basis should a woman be valued?
    3. How can charm be “deceptive”, and why is beauty “vain”?
    4. Based on verses 10-31, what are the qualities of a godly woman?
    5. What is one area of your life that you need to work on to become a more godly person?
    6. What is the reward of a good woman?
     

    “Virtue is the fount whence honour springs.” – Christopher Marlowe

  • May 7, 2017The Legacy of Faith-Pastor Deric
    May 7, 2017
    The Legacy of Faith-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric begins his new series The Sacred Image with a sermon in Hebrews 11:23-29 entitled “The Legacy of Faith”

    Questions:
    Hebrews 11:23-29
    Ice Breaker: How would you define ‘faith’?
     
    1. How does the faith of Moses’ parents impact Moses himself? (v.23)
    2. What had Moses learned about life that enabled him to resist earthly temptations? (vv. 24-25)
    3. Identify the victory that the faithful achieve? (v.26)
    4. Describe what this passage tells us about the relationship between faith and perseverance? (v.27) (review Ex.6 to 14)                    
    5. How would the experiences of celebrating the Passover and crossing over the Red Sea change the nation of Israel? (v.28-29)
    6. Who are your ‘heroes’ of the faith? What have you learned from each of them?
     

    “Jesus, when I’m in fellowship with you, problems assume their right size, fears flee, worries shrink, hurts heal, anger melts, hope grows.”- Scotty Smith