Feb 28, 2016
God in our Catastrophes
Pastor Deric continues our current series "Your 100 Day Prayer" with a sermon entitled "God in our Catastrophes" from Psalm 46.
 
Questions:
Psalm 46
Ice Breaker: When it comes to the unexpected trouble in your life, do you 'lose it' because you are a bit of a control freak, or do you generally remain calm and 'chill' in the midst of it?
 
1. From the first 6 verses of Psalm 46 what are some of the events in life that can cause us to be vulnerable? (vv.1-6)
 
2. Find examples in the passage of blessings or opportunities we receive in the midst of suffering (see Deut. 4:7; Jer. 5:22)
 
3. Describe ways we can see evidence of God's supremacy in our struggles.
 
4. What is the image of God that the psalmist leave you with? (vv.4-7) (see Matt. 28:20)
 
5. How is it possible to have peace at times like these? (vv.8-11) (see Is. 2:11)
 
"Much of our difficulty stems from our unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust ourselves accordingly." - A.W. Tozer
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  • Feb 28, 2016God in our Catastrophes
    Feb 28, 2016
    God in our Catastrophes
    Pastor Deric continues our current series "Your 100 Day Prayer" with a sermon entitled "God in our Catastrophes" from Psalm 46.
     
    Questions:
    Psalm 46
    Ice Breaker: When it comes to the unexpected trouble in your life, do you 'lose it' because you are a bit of a control freak, or do you generally remain calm and 'chill' in the midst of it?
     
    1. From the first 6 verses of Psalm 46 what are some of the events in life that can cause us to be vulnerable? (vv.1-6)
     
    2. Find examples in the passage of blessings or opportunities we receive in the midst of suffering (see Deut. 4:7; Jer. 5:22)
     
    3. Describe ways we can see evidence of God's supremacy in our struggles.
     
    4. What is the image of God that the psalmist leave you with? (vv.4-7) (see Matt. 28:20)
     
    5. How is it possible to have peace at times like these? (vv.8-11) (see Is. 2:11)
     
    "Much of our difficulty stems from our unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust ourselves accordingly." - A.W. Tozer
  • Feb 21, 2016Stress Free
    Feb 21, 2016
    Stress Free
    Pastor Deric continues our current series "Your 100 Day Prayer" with a sermon entitled "Stress Free" from Psalm 55:22.

    Questions
    Psalm 55:22
    Background: This psalm is a prayer for God’s help against dangerous enemies who hate the faithful. It was written by David during the revolt led by his son Absalom, who was supported by his close friend and counsellor Ahithophel. David provided this psalm for God’s people to sing when under this same kind of duress.

    Ice Breaker: Stress is a reality in life and comes at us from a wide variety of sources.

    How good are you at dealing with stress? What are some of the ways you’ve been taught or learned to cope with stress?

    1. How does David direct us to approach our cares and burdens? (also see 1 Pet. 5:7)

    2. How does God promise to respond to the troubles that we will face in life? (also see Gen. 45:11; Neh. 9:21)

    3. What difference does God make, when we engage Him in our struggle with the everyday realities of life? (Gal. 6:2)

    4. How are we able to include our Heavenly Father in our daily burdens? (Heb. 4:16)

    5. What would be God’s purpose in this?

    “On my very best days, I’m not good enough to enter God’s presence and on my very worst days, I’m not beyond God’s grace and love.” - Dwayne Cline
  • Feb 14, 2016The Spirit Intercedes For Us!
    Feb 14, 2016
    The Spirit Intercedes For Us!
    Pastor Max continues our current series "Your 100 Day Prayer" with a sermon entitled "The Spirit Intercedes For Us!" from Romans 8:18-30.
     
    Questions
    Romans 8:18-30
    Ice Breaker: I must confess that I tend to be one who, more often than not, tries to ‘go it alone’ without help or assistance. I’m not certain where that comes from. Pride, stubbornness and an overblown level of self-confidence can all factor in I suppose. However, this time of year I’ve learned to 'wave the white flag' and call in the experts. It’s tax time!
    How agreeable are you when it comes to allowing another to work on your behalf?
    1. Describe how sin impacts mankind and how sin affects the physical world we live in. (vv.18-22) (Gen. 3:14-19; 2 Cor. 4:16-18)
     
    2. In the midst of the struggles of life in our fallen world, what is it that keeps you striving, straining and moving forward? (vv.23-25) (Eph. 1:11-14)
     
    3. How are we inspired to patience, resolve and strength to battle on in difficult circumstances? (v.26-27) (1 Cor. 2:9)
     
    4. What is the ‘good’ that Paul is referring to in verse 28? (1Cor. 1:9, 17; Gal. 1:15; Eph. 4:1, 4; 2 Tim. 1:9)
     
    5. As we grapple with understanding our place in God’s plan, what happens to us? (vv.29-30)
     
    6. What would you identify as the most essential and key element within this passage?
     
    “God sees us as we are, loves us as we are and accepts us as we are. But by His grace, He doesn’t leave us as we are.” - Timothy Keller
  • 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
  • Jan 31, 2016People Pleasing vs God Fearing
    Jan 31, 2016
    People Pleasing vs God Fearing
    Pastor Deric continues his current series "Your 100 Day Prayer" with a sermon entitled "People Pleasing vs God Fearing" from Luke 12:1-9.
     
    Questions:
    Luke 12:1-9
    Ice Breaker: What’s it gonna be? Life often presents choices as we navigate through the years. Some are big, course-altering choices and others are smaller, less significant decisions.
    How do you approach 'decision making' in your life?
     
    1. Why would the example of the Pharisees' life of hypocrisy be so dangerous? (vv.1-3)
     
    2. What is the principle behind living without fear of what might happen to us and our lives here on earth? (vv.4-5)
     
    3. Can a person in this world really live without worrying? (vv.6-7)
     
    4. What would be one of the most significant differences in the life of one who has a healthy and correct fear of God? (vv.8-9)
     
    5. Describe the expected outcomes of a life lived in faithful obedience to God.
     
    “God relentlessly offers His grace to people who do not deserve it, seek it, or appreciate it after they have been saved by it.”
    - Timothy Keller
  • Jan 24, 2016The Lord is Near!
    Jan 24, 2016
    The Lord is Near!
    Pastor Deric continues his current series "Your 100 Day Prayer" with a sermon entitled "The Lord is Near!" from Philippians 4:4-7.
     
    Questions:
    Philippians 4:4-7
    Ice Breaker: There’s something crucial about remaining calm in the midst of a ‘storm.' I’m not always good at it, but it makes a very positive difference in the outcome.
    How are you able to remain grounded and steady in the midst of trials?
     
    1. These were not easy times for Paul (Acts 16:19-24) and for the church (1:29-30) at Philippi. What is it that makes the kind of joy Paul is speaking about, possible in difficult times? (v.7) (also see James 1:2-5)
     
    2. What does ‘reasonableness’ have to do with joy? (v.5)
     
    3. In the midst of difficult times (1:28; 3:1; 4:1), what would be the cure for anxiousness? (v.6)
     
    4. As we consider the three part description of Paul’s call for prayer in verse 6, how would you construct your prayer to God?
     
    5. How would you describe the peace Paul is talking about? (v.7) (Col. 3:15)
     
    6. How would you define Christian joy?
     
    “Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.”- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
  • Jan 17, 2016God Feels What You Feel
    Jan 17, 2016
    God Feels What You Feel
    Pastor Deric continues his current series "Your 100 Day Prayer" with a sermon entitled "God Feels What You Feel" from Isaiah 63:7-19.
     
    Questions:
    Isaiah 63:7-19
    Ice Breaker: Sometimes it seems that we can be 'knocked off stride' by the simplest, as well as the biggest things life throws at us. Other times we seem to be able to handle even the most difficult twists and turns of life with little or no affect. I think I’m usually somewhere in the middle. While the big issues of life can certainly get to me, there are times when insignificant things set me off as well. I’m sure we all have those moments from time to time.

    How do you regain your footing in life after you’ve been disturbed enough to be knocked off stride?

    1. From this passage, how do the people of God view their God? (v.7)

    2. God identifies with His people in such a way that He commits Himself to them in action. In what ways has God ‘saved’ his children? (vv.8-9)

    3. Why would the 'Holy Spirit’ specifically be grieved by their rebellion and what was the result? (v.10)

    4. In the thick of the rebellion, everything changes for God’s people. How does God ‘change’? (vv.11-13)

    5. What is God’s purpose and reason for all of this? (v.14-19)

    6. How do we know that God feels what we feel? (vv.7-19)

    “If you do not die to sin, you shall die for sin. If you do not slay sin, sin will slay you.”- Charles H. Spurgeon

  • Jan 10, 2016Anxiety and Prayer
    Jan 10, 2016
    Anxiety and Prayer
    Pastor Deric begins a brand new series "Your 100 Day Prayer" with a sermon entitled "Anxiety and Prayer" from Matthew 6:25-34

    Questions:
    Matthew 6:25-34
    Ice Breaker: Glass half full or glass half empty. We all know people who are natural optimists and others who are natural pessimists. Some folks are just naturally positive and upbeat and others are more likely to point out the problems and the downside.

    So. What about you? Is the glass half full or half empty?

    1. What would be the fundamental problem regarding a ‘Christian state of mind’ that is rooted in anxiousness? (v.25)

    2. What logical reasoning is Jesus using to convince His followers? (vv.26-27) (Psalm 147:9)

    3. How has the world around us affected our mindset and our pursuits in life? (vv.30-32) (also see Matt 16:8-10; 17:19-20)

    4. Draw a vertical line down the middle of your page. On one side describe a life of anxiousness and on the other, a life of confidence. Which side might you be more naturally drawn to?

    5. What then, is the answer to worry in life?

    “Jesus wants your obedience over your sacrifice. In other words, He wants you, not what you have to offer.”- Timothy Keller
  • Jan 3, 2016There Is No One Like Our God
    Jan 3, 2016
    There Is No One Like Our God
    This week Pastor Deric share a special message from Deuteronomy 33:26-27 entitled "There Is No One Like Our God."
     
    Questions:
    Please read Deuteronomy 33:26-27
    Ice Breaker: Who is the most influential person you’ve ever met?

    1. How is the God described here unique to all other gods?

    2. How are the people of God also unique? (also see v.29)

    3. From your overall impression of God from these verses, how would you describe God to someone?

    4. How does the phrase from verse 26 “rides through the heavens to your help” impact your image and understanding of God?

    5. From this passage, what is the lasting understanding about God that you’re left with?

    “The great basis of Christian assurance is not how much our hearts are set on God, but how unshakeably His heart is set on us.” - Tim Keller

  • Dec 27, 2015The Story Behind the Story
    Dec 27, 2015
    The Story Behind the Story
    Series: Various
    This week Pastor Deric share a special message from John 1:1-14 entitled "The Story Behind the Story."

    Questions:

    Please read John 1:1-14 & 29
    
Ice Breaker: I love a great story, both fiction and non-fiction! There are many types of stories and two of my  favourites are adventure stories and biographies. 
 
In your opinion, what makes a story great?


    1. How does John begin to build his case for the importance of the central character in his gospel? (vv. 1-5)  

    2. There are different kinds of ‘life’ including physical, spiritual and eternal. How would this passage describe the origins of ‘life’? (v.4) (also see, John 14:6)

    3. How do you understand this passage to describe the relationship between ‘light’ and ‘darkness’? (vv.4-5)

    4. Why was it that the world did not know and recognize the Lord Jesus Christ when He was present? (vv.9-11)

    5. Since the early church, Christians talk about being ‘born again’ and in verse 13 John describes being “born of God.”  Describe in your own words what it means to be ‘born of God.’ (vv. 11-13, 29) (also see John 3:3; Peter 1:3, 23)

    6. How can you find ways to focus all year long on the importance of the incarnation? 


    “There are some mysteries that shut us out, and there are some that invite us in. The Trinity invites us in to discover and know our God." - Nabeel Qureshi
  • Dec 20, 2015For We…Have Come To Worship Him
    Dec 20, 2015
    For We…Have Come To Worship Him
    Pastor Deric concludes our Christmas series "Come Together for Christmas" with a sermon entitled "For we...have come to worship Him" from Matthew 2:2.

    Questions:
    Matthew 2:2
    Ice Breaker: What one thing about Jesus causes you to worship Him this Christmas?

    1. What does the Magi asking “where is he” say about what they expected from the Jews in Jerusalem?

    2. The Magi were ready to worship Jesus as they arrived and met Him. What did they know about Him that required their worship?

    3. What does the fact that this diverse entourage who came to worship Jesus suggest about how we are to worship?

    4. How would this experience of meeting and worshiping Jesus have affected the Magi? (see v.11)

    5. What have you learned from this ‘Come Together for Christmas’ series and how are you going to apply that to your worship of Jesus this Christmas and into 2016?

    “Abraham knew the Lord as a promise maker, Moses knew Him as a promise keeper, but we know the One in whom all the promises are yes and amen.”- Kevin DeYoung
  • Dec 13, 2015Enduring Divine Hardship
    Dec 13, 2015
    Enduring Divine Hardship
    Pastor Deric continues our Christmas series "Come Together for Christmas" with a sermon entitled "Enduring Divine Hardships" from Matthew 2:13-23
     
    Questions:
    Matthew 2:13-23
    Ice Breaker: You don’t have to be from a war-torn area of the world to have experienced times of difficulty and even great hardships in life.
    How have you experienced God’s wisdom and provision in times of difficulty in your life?
     
    1. Why would it seem strange that God would send Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus to Egypt of all places? (vv.13-15)
     
    2. What portion of God’s message to Joseph might seem a little different, and why might that be? (v.13b)
     
    3. How does Herod’s arrogance toward God seem somewhat familiar in the world today? (v.16)
     
    4. In the midst of a great tragedy in the region of Bethlehem, how might there be a glimmer of hope? (v.18) (see Jer. 31:16-17)
     
    5. What would be the significance of Jesus’ growing up in Nazareth as opposed to a city like Jerusalem? (vv.19-23)
     
    6. What does this passage have to say to you about what Christians should expect to encounter regarding hardships in the world we live in?
     
    “The head finds reasons to disbelieve when the heart is unwilling to surrender.”- Kevin DeYoung
  • Dec 6, 2015Embracing Divine Guidance
    Dec 6, 2015
    Embracing Divine Guidance
    Pastor Deric continues our Christmas series "Come Together for Christmas" with a sermon entitled "Embracing Divine Guidance" from Matthew 2:1-12
     
    Questions:
    Matthew 2:1-12
    Ice Breaker: Who do you turn to when you have a need for wisdom or good advice, and why?
     
    1. What is the significance of Jesus being born in Bethlehem of Judea? (v.1)
     
    2. Who were the ‘wise men’ who came looking for the ‘king of the Jews’ and what is the significance of their coming? (v.2)
     
    3. Why was Herod and ‘all of Jerusalem’ troubled by the news of Jesus’ birth? (vv.3-6)
     
    4. How is the chief priests’ response to the news of the birth of a ruler/shepherd for the people of Israel puzzling? (vv.3-6)
     
    5. Describe how this story is a lesson for the church today? (vv.1-2, 7-12)
     
    6. What would be your most significant ‘take away’ from this story of the wise men and their experience?
    “It’s one thing to believe in God, but it is another thing to trust Him.”- Timothy Keller
  • Nov 29, 2015Repeat the Sounding Joy
    Nov 29, 2015
    Repeat the Sounding Joy
    Pastor Deric begins our Christmas series "Come Together for Christmas" with a sermon entitled "Repeat The Sounding Joy!" from Matthew 1:18-25

    Questions:
    Matthew 1:18-25
    Ice Breaker: Have you ever been truly amazed? Can you find words to describe that feeling of utter amazement?
     
    Spend a minute or two to consider some of the most amazing things you’ve experienced, and how those experiences might even be linked.
     
    1. Why is it vital to believe in the virgin birth as an important part of the Christmas story? (v.18)

    2. What is it about Mary and Joseph that makes them suitable for the role God gave them? (vv.20-21)

    3. Why is the angel’s reference to Joseph’s lineage in verse 20 an important part of the Christmas story?

    4. What is the connection with the name of Jesus and His work as the Saviour of the world? (v.21) (see Hebrews 4:25)

    5. What does “Immanuel” mean and why is it personally important to you? (v.23) (see Isaiah 7:14)

    6. What more do you learn about Joseph through his response to what the angel told him in his dream?

    7. What aspect of the Christmas story do you love most and why?

    “If Jesus didn’t think He could handle life without knowing Scripture inside and out, what makes you think you can? ”- 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