Jul 12, 2015
There’s A Plank In Your Eye!
Pastor Deric starts a new series in Matthew 7 called "Life Lessons From Jesus" with a sermon entitled "There's A Plant In Your Eye!" from vs 1-6; 12-14.

Questions:
Please read Matthew 7:1-6; 12-14
Ice Breaker: If I’m honest, I feel drawn to judge others. I know I shouldn’t, but the urge to ‘sit in judgement’ is strong.

Consider what it is that causes us to judge others.

1. What approach should the church have with regard to judging, according to verses 1 and 2?

2. According to verses 3 to 5, how am I going to be able to approach the world around me with the ‘right perspective’?

3. In simple terms, what is Jesus calling His followers to do? (v. 12)

4. In the light of what we’ve already learned, how would you apply Jesus’ teaching from verses 6, 13 and 14? (also read Luke 13:24)

“We can only change permanently as we take the Gospel more deeply into our understanding and into our hearts.”- Timothy Keller
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  • Jul 12, 2015There’s A Plank In Your Eye!
    Jul 12, 2015
    There’s A Plank In Your Eye!
    Pastor Deric starts a new series in Matthew 7 called "Life Lessons From Jesus" with a sermon entitled "There's A Plant In Your Eye!" from vs 1-6; 12-14.

    Questions:
    Please read Matthew 7:1-6; 12-14
    Ice Breaker: If I’m honest, I feel drawn to judge others. I know I shouldn’t, but the urge to ‘sit in judgement’ is strong.

    Consider what it is that causes us to judge others.

    1. What approach should the church have with regard to judging, according to verses 1 and 2?

    2. According to verses 3 to 5, how am I going to be able to approach the world around me with the ‘right perspective’?

    3. In simple terms, what is Jesus calling His followers to do? (v. 12)

    4. In the light of what we’ve already learned, how would you apply Jesus’ teaching from verses 6, 13 and 14? (also read Luke 13:24)

    “We can only change permanently as we take the Gospel more deeply into our understanding and into our hearts.”- Timothy Keller
  • Jul 5, 2015Just A Handful of Flour
    Jul 5, 2015
    Just A Handful of Flour
    This week we have a special guest speaker Dr. Sam Martin, Director of Arms for Jesus. He will be preaching from 1 Kings 17:1-16 entitled "Just A Handful of Flour."

    Questions:

    Please read 1 Kings 17:1-16
    Ice Breaker: There is still a great need to share the Gospel in our neighbourhood and around the world.

    Describe and discuss the importance of the local church in this mission.

    1. List the order of events in which God works, through the first 7 verses. What do you learn about Elijah from these verses?

    2. What did Elijah contribute to his own survival? How does God show His abundant provision? (vv. 1-7)  (see Exodus 16:8;12-13) What is the significance of this to your present situation?

    3. What was the woman willing to do for Elijah? What can you discern about the woman, her background and her life? (vv. 10-12)

    4. What does God do in response to the woman’s predicament? (vv. 13-16) Can you think of another example from Scripture where God responded similarly?

    5. What can you take from this passage that can be applied to your ministry and your life today?

    6. What will ignite a passion for missions in the church today?

    “The joyful effects of the Gospel in our own lives gives us an enormous energy for witness.” - Timothy Keller
  • Jun 28, 2015Why Can’t Everyone Wash Feet?
    Jun 28, 2015
    Why Can’t Everyone Wash Feet?
    This week we have a special missionary guest speaker Phil Webb from Fellowship International. He will be preaching from John 13:1-17 entitled "Why Can't Everyone Wash Feet?"

    Questions:

    Please read John 13:1-17
    Ice Breaker: Ice Breaker: The presence of vulnerability is necessary, if a true “community” of believers is to develop.

    Describe a time when you witnessed or experienced honest vulnerability in someone. What effect did that have on you or the group?

    1. What would be the significance of Jesus sharing this lesson with His disciples at this particular point in time? (v.1) Similarly, how is this significant to you and your life today?

    2. Describe any parallels you see in the relationship between Judas and Jesus, and our modern society and God. (vv.2-5)

    3. Describe Jesus’ actions in verses 4 and 5 with respect to the culture of His time. How does the disciples’ response indicate the depth of their understanding of what Jesus was demonstrating to them? (vv.6-11)

    4. What is Jesus’ expectation of His disciples? (vv.12-17) What attitude towards others would the disciples need to embrace?

    5. Explain why this “act of foot washing” would be hard for any of us to do for our friends today? What would have to change in us to make an act like this possible?

    6. In what ways can we “wash the feet” of others?

    “To aim at loving instead of being loved requires sacrifice. Love reaches out, expecting no personal reward.” - Elizabeth Elliot
  • Jun 21, 2015How God Makes a Faithful Man
    Jun 21, 2015
    How God Makes a Faithful Man
    Series: Fathers Day
    This week Pastor Deric shares a special Father's Day message from 1 Samuel 24 entitled "How God Makes a Faithful Man."

    Questions:
    Please read 1 Samuel 24.
    Ice Breaker: Who have you counted on in your life? Who is counting on you? What are you doing so that you can live up to that challenge?

    1. We all have difficult times in life. David seemed to have more than his share, and this was one of them. How did David respond to the difficulties in his life? (also read 1 Samuel 17:37; 26:1-20)

    2. What do we learn early in this passage about David’s approach to life that we can apply to our own?

    3. What principles can we learn from David’s response to the opportunity presented to him in the cave, and then his address to King Saul?

    4. Even knowing Saul as David did, he willingly submitted to him and recognized Saul’s authority over him. From these verses and the entire passage, how would you list some key principles that David built his life and decision-making upon?

    “Faith that disintegrates is a faith that has not rested in God Himself. You’ve been believing in something less than ultimate.” - Elizabeth Elliot
  • Jun 14, 2015Caleb the Courageous!
    Jun 14, 2015
    Caleb the Courageous!
    Series: Various
    This week Pastor Deric share a special message on the life of Caleb entitled "Caleb the Courageous!"
    Questions: Please read Joshua 14:6-15 Ice Breaker: There are different kinds of heroes depicted in TV, movies, the news and other forms of media. They can take different forms, but they often share similar characteristics.
    What do you look for in a “hero?” Also read Numbers chapters 13 and 14 to gain background and prepare for these questions. 1. Describe Caleb’s heart as this passage describes him. 2. Describe how Caleb was different than the rest of the men of his day. 3. Where did Caleb’s strength come from? 4. Based upon what you have learned about his life up to this point, how do you expect God might describe Caleb? 5. What lessons can you apply to your life from the life of Caleb? “Christian confidence belongs not just to the future… but to the here and now.” - John Stott
  • Jun 7, 2015Arrogant or Confident
    Jun 7, 2015
    Arrogant or Confident
    Pastor Deric completes our current series in 1 John called "Walking in the Light" with a sermon entitled "Arrogant or Confident" from 1 John 5:13-20.

    Questions:
    Please read 1 John 5:13-20
    Ice Breaker: Have you ever had doubts? I can remember being quite fearful and timid as a child. In my case, it was mainly my mother who worked to reassure me and to build confidence in me. It worked, but it was a slow process.

    When you’re in a situation where you’re doubting or questioning something, what do you look for and where do you find it?

    1. Why is it important for a person to have the assurance of their salvation? (v.13)

    2. What does confidence and prayer have to do with one another according to verses 14 and 15?

    3. Who is responsible, according to verse 16, to challenge a sinning brother? Describe what mutual exhortation should look like in the local church? (vv.16-18a)

    4. Explain the difference it makes when we understand that He protects us. How can you apply this knowledge in your life and ministry today? (vv.18b-19) (also see Mt.28:19c; Lk. 24:49; Jn. 14:16; Acts 1:4,5,8)

    5. From this passage, how would you characterize God’s desire and feelings for His people? (vv.20-21)

    6. How does this passage help explain the overarching purpose John had in writing this epistle? How does John’s purpose impact your life and ministry?

    “He found us when we sought Him not. Then we began to seek Him, and He was pleased to be found by us.”- John Newton
  • May 31, 2015Be Bold
    May 31, 2015
    Be Bold
    This week is Church Planting Sunday. Our guest speaker Pastor Graeme Melvin from The Meadows Church planted a church just down the road in Streetsville. He will be teaching us from Acts 4:1-22 entitled "Be Bold."

    Questions:

    Please read Acts 3 and Acts 4:1-22
    Ice Breaker: I’ve never been particularly brave or bold. In fact, my natural shyness causes me to hesitate and consider carefully before entering virtually any situation containing unknowns of any kind. I actually find it easy to talk myself out of many of those situations. Unfortunately, that same reluctance to “step out” can have a serious effect on my witness for Jesus.

    How did Jesus model and live out a life of boldness? Give some examples from Scripture.

    1. Acts 3 describes the most recent events leading up to Acts 4:1-22. Describe the nature, demeanour and actions of Peter, John and the disciples in Acts 3. In what ways are these attributes different than how the disciples are described previously in the Gospels?

    2. How does this passage, Acts 4:1-22, describe the role and effect of the Holy Spirit upon Peter, John and the disciples?

    3. Describe and expand upon the reaction of the authorities to what they had seen and heard from the disciples. (vv.13-14) What, if anything, surprised you about their reaction to Peter and John?

    4. How did Peter and John respond to the demands of the authorities in verses 18 to 20 and how would you describe their demeanour through this particular event?

    5. Many of us have chosen a life here in the Mississauga area because of a desire for comfort and safety, and though we have largely achieved those goals, we are some of the most over-stressed people in the world. What does this passage have to say about how we can achieve peace in our lives? (vv.18-22)

    6. Do you believe everyone is part of the mission? What are the next steps you must take if you are to boldly love your neighbour?

    “If Jesus became incarnate to live among the ordinary, then what we call ordinary is really special to God.” - Timothy Keller
  • May 24, 2015The Four Witnesses to Eternal Life
    May 24, 2015
    The Four Witnesses to Eternal Life
    Pastor Deric continues our current series in 1 John called "Walking in the Light" with a sermon entitled "The Four Witnesses to Eternal Life" from 1 John 5:6-12.

    Questions:
    Please read 1 John 5:6-12.
    Ice Breaker: I enjoy mysteries with a truly satisfying ending. Sometimes it’s a surprise twist or a shocking ending, but I especially love it when truth is revealed and confirmed! That John's message here. He’s reminding us about the overwhelming testimony concerning who Jesus Christ is.

    Consider and then discuss, what does “truth" mean to you? How important is truth?

    1. Explain in your own words what we learn from verses 6 to 8 about the trustworthiness of Jesus. (also read 1:2; 4:14 and John 15:26-27)

    2. How seriously should we regard the human testimony about Jesus? What about the Holy Spirit’s testimony? (v.9-10) (see Rom. 8:16)

    3. Where can you find examples of God the Father as a witness to the truth of eternal life? Cite examples from Scripture.

    4. What evidence is the most compelling to you and why?

    5. If the evidence for Jesus’ origin and purpose is so credible, why is there still questioning, doubting and disbelief in the world and even the church?

    “No need to fret about the future, no need to worry about what’s to come, everything to come is held in the hands of the Lord who loves you.” - Paul David Tripp
  • May 17, 2015The Hope of Healing
    May 17, 2015
    The Hope of Healing
    Series: Various
    Pastor Max shares a sermon this week entitled "The Hope of Healing" from James 5:13-20. Questions: Ice Breaker: Describe some of the times God has answered prayers for healing that you are familiar with.  What about times when God has not provided healing?  Why do you think God sometimes intervenes miraculously and other times does not?  Are there any Scriptures that would support your thoughts? 1. Is sin ever a cause of sickness (see v.15-16)?  What are the dangers in answering either yes or no? 2. Why might the Bible be encouraging us to confess our sins to one another, and not just directly to God?  What benefits would come from this?  And what kind of spirit would we have to cultivate in order to be open enough with one another to confess and to hear confessions? 3. Do you ever feel like people in the Bible sound different from you and otherworldly?  And why do you feel that way?  What can we take away from verse seventeen’s description of Elijah? 4. Other than healing, what kinds of things should the Christian be quick to "call the elders of the church" for?  What does the Bible say about the profile and role of an elder? 5. How would you describe the role of healing in Jesus' earthly ministry?  Use Biblical examples to demonstrate the priority, function and impact of healing in Jesus' activities.
  • May 10, 2015A Lifetime of Influence
    May 10, 2015
    A Lifetime of Influence
    Series: Various
    Pastor Deric shares a special Mother's Day sermon entitled "A Lifetime of Influence" from a variety of passages in both the Old and New Testaments. Questions: Ice Breaker: I find it interesting when someone is asked who has had the biggest influence on their life. Sometimes it’s a coach or a close friend, but more often it is a parent, even when an older individual is asked, with family of his or her own. A parent’s influence can stand the test of time. Who has had the biggest influence on your life AND who are you currently pouring your life into? 1. Psalm 139:13-18 When the child is in it's most vulnerable state, a mother nurtures and protects her child. How do David’s expressions of God’s thoughts about us, explain why He would choose a process like a 9 month pregnancy to bring children into this world? 2. Psalm 22:9; 71:6 Describe how these passages confirm the influence mothers have on how children think about God.   3. 2 Timothy 1:5-7 Starting with this passage, describe and expand on the influence of a mother and a grandmother through the years. (see Proverbs 31:1) 4. Proverbs 29:15 What does “a child left to himself” mean, and how can that bring shame to his mother? 5. Genesis 2:18 Describe how this passage addresses how a mother’s influence changes in time and as events in a child's life unfold. 6. Ruth 3:1-5 From this passage, what is it that Naomi has to offer Ruth? How might this be applied to your own current station in life? "Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children.” - Billy Graham
  • May 3, 2015Overcoming The World
    May 3, 2015
    Overcoming The World
    Pastor Deric continues our current series in 1 John called "Walking in the Light" with a sermon entitled "Overcoming The World" from 1 John 5:1-5.

    Questions:
    Please read 1 John 5:1-5.
    Ice Breaker: Sometimes in sports, one side is so overmatched by their opposition, that there would seem to be virtually no way for the 'underdog' to succeed. These are the "David vs. Goliath" moments in athletics that I often find quite intriguing. The outcome is usually predictable, but sometimes…

    Have you ever been faced with a task so great that you couldn’t see any way to achieve success?

    1. What does "believing that Jesus is the Christ" mean and how does it enable a Christian to "overcome the world."? (compare with verse 5 "son of God") 

    2. With this passage in mind, describe how you have been changed by God's love, or how you are responding to His love.

    3. Describe the relationship, as Scripture describes it, between love and obedience.

    4.  What does it mean that God's commandments are not "burdensome" AND how does the fact that God's commandments are not burdensome contribute to the believer overcoming the world?

    5. In light of verses 4-5, how do we explain that so many believers appear to be overcome by the world rather than overcoming the world? 

    “In the end, it is the joy and wonder of the Gospel that will change you permanently. Only that experience sufficiently reprograms the heart.” - Timothy Keller
  • Apr 26, 2015God is Love – Part 2
    Apr 26, 2015
    God is Love – Part 2
    Pastor Deric continues our current series in 1 John called "Walking in the Light" with a sermon entitled "God is Love-Part 2" from 1 John 4:14-21.

    Questions:
    Please read 1 John 4:14-21.
    Ice Breaker: Coke. It’s the Real Thing!” That phrase along with the red and white Coca-Cola and Coke label, was one of the most familiar advertising campaigns created. I knew that what I was drinking was the “Real Thing” by the familiar sight and taste.

    What tests can you apply to know that the God you worship is in fact, ‘the real thing?’

    1. How can we know that God the Father sent His Son to be our Saviour? (v. 14; also see Gal. 4:4-6; Jn. 15:26-27; Acts 5:32)

    2. What are the implications we face as Christians, if we rightly understand the Father’s plan, Jesus’ mission, the Holy Spirit’s role and our place in God’s grand plan?

    3. Explain how God’s love gives us a hope for this life we live and for the coming day of judgement? (vv.15-19)

    4. Describe how love for God is modelled in our relationships with our brothers and sisters. (vv.20-21)

    “The great message that we have to carry, as ministers of God’s Word and followers of Jesus, is that God loves us not because of what we do or accomplish, but because God has created and redeemed us in love and has chosen us to proclaim that love as the true source of all human life.” - Henri Nouwen
  • Apr 19, 2015God is Love – Part 1
    Apr 19, 2015
    God is Love – Part 1
    Pastor Deric continues our current series in 1 John called "Walking in the Light" with a sermon entitled "God is Love-Part 1" from 1 John 4:7-13.

    Questions:
    Please read 1 John 4:7-13.
    Ice Breaker: You’ve probably heard the saying, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” It’s maddeningly true! In a number of ways I’m like my own dad and I can even see, and sometimes hear, myself in my boys.

    It’s interesting to think that if we’re “born of God”, shouldn’t we bear a resemblance to our heavenly Father also?

    1. In verse 7, John says that those who love, have been born of God and know God. Describe how “knowing God” changes how you love. (see Matt. 11:25-29; Jn.17:3; 2Peter 1:3-4)

    2. With references to this passage and other Scripture, explain in your own words why you should love.

    3. What does our love say about who we are and what truly matters to us? (v.7; 9-11)

    4. Describe how your life is a testimony to the fact that God’s love sent Jesus to be the Saviour of the world. (v.10)

    5. Describe, with Scripture references, how we are able to show God’s love to other people. (v.11-12)

    “God is love in Himself; God has loved us in Christ; and God continues to love in and through us; these are the reasons why we must love each other.” - John Stott

  • Apr 12, 2015Learn To Discern
    Apr 12, 2015
    Learn To Discern
    Pastor Deric continues our current series in 1 John called "Walking in the Light" with a sermon entitled "Learn To Discern" from 1 John 4:1-6.

    Questions:
    Please read 1 John 4:1-6.
    Ice Breaker: Sometimes I find myself listening to people without really hearing them. Or, sometimes it seems I only hear what I want to hear. My ability to hear has little to do with the importance of the message being communicated and more to do with my own attitude or my state of mind at the time.

    How can you train yourself to really pay attention to the things that are truly important?

    1. In verse 1, John cautions his readers to always test what they hear or are learning. Why do we need to be so diligent in testing what we hear or read? (read Matt. 7:15; Acts 20:28-30; 2 Pet. 1:1)

    2. With many different ideas being taught about the Bible and who Jesus is, describe and expand on how John says we can be sure to learn the truth about Jesus and His Gospel. (vv.2-3)

    3. In verse 4, John reminds us that we have overcome the world if we live in the Holy Spirit’s power. Expand on that thought, referencing other Scripture. (e.g. Rom. 8:6-11; 2 Cor. 3:16-18; Gal. 5:16-18; 22-26; 1 Thess. 5:19)

    4. Now, reference and apply what this and other Scripture has to say about how we are to listen to the Word of God. (vv.5-6) What are you doing to guard yourself against false teaching?

    “Truth without love is harshness; it gives us information but in such a way that we cannot really hear it.” - Timothy Keller
  • Apr 5, 2015The Love of Christ Controls Us
    Apr 5, 2015
    The Love of Christ Controls Us
    Series: Easter
    Pastor Deric shares a message today from 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 as we celebrate Easter at the Living Arts Centre.