Nov 16, 2014
A Wealth of Generosity
Pastor Deric continues our current series entitled "Our Generous God" a Stewardship Series. This week his sermon is on 2 Corinthians 8:1-9 entitled "A Wealth of Generosity."

Questions:
Please read 2 Corinthians 8:1-9 a several times.
1. What means does God often use to comfort us when we are afflicted? (v.1-4) Can you give examples from your own experience?

2. We most often think of sorrow as a bad, difficult emotion or experience. What “good” can sorrow lead to? (v.1-4)

3. How can we as Christians help motivate other Christians? (v.5-8)

4. How does Paul’s description of Jesus’ example speak to you? (v.9)

5. Drawing on what Jesus has done for us (v.9), how should we respond? What should the attitude of our heart and mind be regarding this response? (9:5-8)

6. What principle for Christian living can we draw from this passage? What is our responsibility regarding other Christians? Are you moved to respond, or are you easily able to disregard the needs of others?

7. Where can you see opportunities to help other Christians in your community or in the world at large? How can we as individuals or as a group, follow through on those opportunities? Give examples.
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  • Nov 16, 2014A Wealth of Generosity
    Nov 16, 2014
    A Wealth of Generosity
    Pastor Deric continues our current series entitled "Our Generous God" a Stewardship Series. This week his sermon is on 2 Corinthians 8:1-9 entitled "A Wealth of Generosity."

    Questions:
    Please read 2 Corinthians 8:1-9 a several times.
    1. What means does God often use to comfort us when we are afflicted? (v.1-4) Can you give examples from your own experience?

    2. We most often think of sorrow as a bad, difficult emotion or experience. What “good” can sorrow lead to? (v.1-4)

    3. How can we as Christians help motivate other Christians? (v.5-8)

    4. How does Paul’s description of Jesus’ example speak to you? (v.9)

    5. Drawing on what Jesus has done for us (v.9), how should we respond? What should the attitude of our heart and mind be regarding this response? (9:5-8)

    6. What principle for Christian living can we draw from this passage? What is our responsibility regarding other Christians? Are you moved to respond, or are you easily able to disregard the needs of others?

    7. Where can you see opportunities to help other Christians in your community or in the world at large? How can we as individuals or as a group, follow through on those opportunities? Give examples.
  • Nov 9, 2014Living by God’s Grace
    Nov 9, 2014
    Living by God’s Grace
    This week our guest speaker Pastor Eugene Bakhmutsky visiting from the Russian Bible Church in Moscow, will be teaching us from Luke 13:1-5 entitled "Living by God's Grace."

    Questions:

    Please read Luke 13:1-5.

    1. How did these Jews understand the relationship between sin and suffering? What does Jesus say about sin and suffering?

    2. What does Jesus remind them of (Rom. 3:23)? What is Jesus’ answer to the problem of sin (v.3,5) ? What tone do you sense in Jesus’ interaction with these Jews?
     
    3. What can hold people back from repentance? Did you, or are you, holding back?
     
    4. What key steps can you identify in the process of coming to faith in Jesus as Lord and Saviour? Can you provide references from scripture to support this?

    5. This passage describes how the Jews of that time were blinded to an important truth that God had laid out for them. How can the church ensure that it stays “on track” with the Gospel of Jesus?  

    6. How has God been gracious to you? Share if you feel led.
  • Nov 2, 2014Robbing God
    Nov 2, 2014
    Robbing God
    Pastor Deric continues our current series entitled "Our Generous God" a Stewardship Series. This week his sermon is on Malachi 3:6-12 entitled "Robbing God."

    Questions:
    Please read Malachi 3:6-12.
    1. In verse 7 leading up to our study passage, Malachi states that his people have “turned aside” from God’s statutes. What does turning away from God indicate about the spiritual state of the people of Judah? How serious is this to God? (see v.6) How do the people view their relationship with God? (v.7)

    2. What charge does Malachi bring against the people of Judah? What were the circumstances within their country that should have tipped off the people about their broken relationship with God? (see v.10-11)

    3. What does the phrase, “the whole nation” (v.9) tell us about the seriousness and the scope of the problem?

    4. What is God’s command and promise to Judah? (v.10-11)
     
    5. How is Malachi’s message fundamentally tied to God’s plan for all of the nations? (see Gen. 12:1-3)

    6. What is the message that Malachi’s people need to grasp? What is the change that needs to be made and how is change brought about?
  • Oct 26, 2014Take Heart!
    Oct 26, 2014
    Take Heart!
    Series: Various
    Pastor Deric's sermon this week is entitled "Take Heart!" from John 16:33. A response to all that has happened this week in our world.
    Questions: Please read John 16:33 1.  Read John 16:25-33 and explain the context in your own words. Talk about how it relates to our lives as Christians in 2014. 2.  What evidence is there in verse 33 that Jesus isn’t an “escape” from troubled times?  Elaborate and discuss. 3.  How does a Christian experience peace in a world of tribulation according to verse 33?  (see Colossians 3:15; Philippians 4:6-7) 4.  Why is Jesus instruction to “take heart” so appropriate for a Christian? 5.  How has Jesus overcome the world? What does that mean? 6.  What is our role as Christians in a world that is descending increasingly into chaos and violence?
  • Oct 19, 2014The Selfishness of Shallow Worship
    Oct 19, 2014
    The Selfishness of Shallow Worship
    Pastor Deric continues our new series entitled "Our Generous God" a Stewardship Series. This week his sermon is on Isaiah 58 entitled "The Selfishness of Shallow Worship."

    Questions:
    Please read Isaiah 58.

    Now, begin by re-reading verses 3 to 5.

     
    1. God was commanding the prophet to give His reproofs to His people in a powerful and pressing manner. What was so wrong? What is the warning here for us? What does God identify as the basic troubling issue?
     
    2. What place does fasting have in a life of faith, and what are some of the obvious conclusions you can draw from this text about your attitude while fasting? Give Scripture examples to back your answers.
     
    3. God’s people were engaged in religious form (going to church, praying, fasting, having devotions, etc), yet God did not hear them or acknowledge their “worship.” What was the problem? (Rev 3:17; Matt 7:21-23)
     
    4. Identify and elaborate on the specific behaviours in verses 3 and 4 that God points to as evidence of their hypocrisy.

    5. What is God describing in verse 5?

    Now, re-read verses 6 to 12.

    6. What is the overall teaching that is being conveyed?

    7. Explain and elaborate on what each point of God’s fast may mean to us today. Give biblical examples to support your ideas.

    8. Discuss the many way the Lord promises to replenish and transform our lives as a result of fasting the way He prescribes.

    9. What will be the final result according to verse 12?
  • Oct 12, 2014More Than Enough
    Oct 12, 2014
    More Than Enough
    Pastor Deric continues our new series entitled "Our Generous God" a Stewardship Series. This week his sermon is on Exodus 35 and 36 entitled "More Than Enough."

    Questions:
    Please read Exodus 35 and 36 twice through.
    1. What detail in Exodus 35:5 changes the nature of Israel’s contribution to build the Tabernacle? How does this principle apply to the church today? Can you support your idea from Scripture?   

    2. Exodus 35:21 describes the people as being “stirred” and “moved” in their giving.  What does that mean? Do you feel that way about being generous to God’s work?  (Compare Rev. 3:15-18)
     
    3. Exodus 35:22 explains that the people were moved to give “willingly.” What does their willingness communicate to us? (see 2 Cor 9:7; compare 2 Chron 35:8)  
     
    4. The “sub-plot” in this narrative is the revelation about the condition of the people’s hearts (v. 5, 21, 22, 26, 29). They had a heart for God and His work. It is a heart response that God cares about more than anything else. How does this apply to our lives today? (see Prov 21:2;  1 Sam 16:7)

    5. How do you explain the concept of being “commanded” to participate in God’s work in Exodus 35:10 and the “free-will” participation of God’s people emphasized in this story?  

    6. Chapter 35:23-24; 31, and chapter 36:2 explain that the people gave according to the abilities that God gave them. How does that apply to our giving practices? (see 2 Cor 8:7-12)
     
    7. Exodus 36:7 states that Israel “had more than enough” to complete the work that God gave them to do. How is the story an example of the words of the famous missionary to China, Hudson Taylor: “God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply?” What does this story remind you about God’s ability to meet your need? (see Phil 4:19)
  • Oct 5, 2014Giving Back to Yourself
    Oct 5, 2014
    Giving Back to Yourself
    Pastor Deric continues our new series entitled "Our Generous God" a Stewardship Series. This week his sermon is on Luke 6:27-38 entitled "Giving Back to Yourself."

    Questions:
    Please read Luke 6:27-38 several times through.
    1. What is the significance of Jesus’ use of “love” (agape) to this overall passage?

    2. Jesus instructs us, “love your enemies” in verse 27. What is the the first step in obedience to Jesus and how would this change how we think, act and live?

    3. Is it possible to fake this kind of love? How do we know love is genuine?

    4. What is the principle in verse 30 that Jesus wants His followers to adopt? What guides and governs a giving heart?

    5. God is the ultimate example of a good gift giver. How are some ways His giving differs from ours?

    6. According to verses 32 to 35, what is it that sets the Christian apart from the unbeliever?

    7. In verse 35, Jesus gives us directions on how to live this way. What are His orders to us?  What will the result be?

    8. How does Jesus describe a forgiven follower in verse 37?

    9. What is the connection between “giving” and “getting” that is being taught from this entire paragraph?

    Click here for a PDF version of the Digging Deeper questions
  • Sep 28, 2014Our Generous God
    Sep 28, 2014
    Our Generous God
    This week Pastor Deric starts a new series entitled "Our Generous God" a Stewardship Series. He kicks off the series with a sermon on James 1:16-18.

    Questions:
    Please read James 1:16-18 twice.
    1. According to the passage you just read, what is the most destructive lie that Satan can use to disrupt our faith in God?

    2. From verses 12-18, summarize in your own words how God’s goodness is contrasted with evil.

    3. How can a Christian who is described as “walking in the light” (1John 1:7), be susceptible to deception? (v.16)

    4. If every good and perfect gift is from above (v.17), where do “evil” gifts come from? How do the words “every good and perfect gift” defend and support God’s generosity?

    5. Has there ever been a circumstance in your life where you doubted the goodness of God and wondered about His generosity? Share if you are willing.

    6. What fundamental difference between God and mankind does James describe towards the end of verse 17?

    7. What is the greatest gift a human being can receive from God, and how does it relate to James’ teaching in this passage?
  • Sep 21, 2014“Farewell.” A Ministry Map from Acts 20
    Sep 21, 2014
    “Farewell.” A Ministry Map from Acts 20
    Series: Various
    This week Pastor Deric share a special message to kick off our ministry year from Acts 20:17-38 entitled "Farewell. A Ministry Map from Acts 20". Questions: Please read Acts 20:17-38 1. Who is Paul serving according to vs.18-19 and what does it have to do with his ministry to the church at Ephesus?   2. What are the two major components of Paul’s teaching ministry that are highlighted in vs.21 and why are they important?   3. Why was Paul committed to going to Jerusalem? vs.22-24   4. Explain why Paul’s view of himself is important to the progress of the Gospel? vs.24   5. What makes us “innocent of the blood of all men” according to vs.26-27? 6. Who are the “wolves” that Paul warned about in vs.29-30 and how does a congregation recognize them? 7. Who ultimately is responsible for the well being of a local congregation according to Paul’s farewell address to the elders at Ephesus? Compare verses 28-32. 8. How is it more blessed to give than to receive? vs.35   9. What does the “kneeling, praying, weeping, embracing and kissing” (vs.36-38) tell you about the bond that exists between believers in a local church? Click here for a PDF version of the Digging Deeper questions
  • Sep 14, 2014God So Loves The World
    Sep 14, 2014
    God So Loves The World
    Series: Various
    This week Pastor Deric share a special message from John 3:16-18 entitled "For God So Loves The World" as we celebrate Baptism Sunday where 10 people are getting baptized. Questions: Please read John 3:9 to 3:21 twice through. 1. What is the significance of the phrase, “for God so loved the world” to the people of John’s time? What about it’s significance today? 2. What is it about Jesus that we are to believe? 3. How should we understand the truth that God “sent” Jesus into the world? Who else has been sent into the world? What are the similarities and differences? 4. How is it that we are saved “though Him”? (also see v.14) 5. What is it that distinguishes the condemned from the saved? Why is that such a serious offense? 6. What was the burden on John’s heart that moved him to write this passage of Scripture?
  • Sep 7, 2014Motivation for Mission
    Sep 7, 2014
    Motivation for Mission
    This week our guest speaker Pastor Graeme Melvin will be teaching us from Luke 5:1-11 entitled "Motivation for Mission"

    Questions:

    Please read through Luke 5:1-11 twice.
    1. Describe Peter’s motivation as he responds to each of Jesus’ requests.

    2. How was Jesus able to show Peter his sin without verbally pointing it out?

    3. What causes Peter to give up his whole life and follow a man he just met?

    4. If you were Peter and saw Jesus preform this miracle would you too give up everything and follow him?

    5. Do you view your own salvation as a miracle? If so, should we have the same reaction as Peter? Which is the greater miracle? What then is holding us back from going and making disciples with Jesus?

    6. Which areas of your life do you feel Jesus is asking you to make into a mission for making disciples? How can you turn your job, a hobby, or your neighbourhood into a place of ministry?

    7. How does our view of Jesus effect the way we serve him? What should our true motivation for mission be? Is that powerful enough for you to follow Jesus?

  • Aug 31, 2014The Original Storm Chaser
    Aug 31, 2014
    The Original Storm Chaser
    Series: Various
    This week Pastor Deric share a special message from Mark 4:35-41 entitled "The Original Storm Chaser" where Jesus calms the storm before the very eyes of his disciples. Questions: Please read Mark 4:35-41. 1. What significance is it that Jesus requested the voyage across the water? (v.35) 2. How did the disciples respond to Jesus’ request? What does the fact that there were “other boats” along on the voyage suggest? (v.36) 3. Knowing the background of the disciples, what does verse 37 tell us about the severity of the storm? 4. Why would the disciples have reacted so harshly to Jesus? (v.38) What had the disciples placed their confidence in? 5. What was Jesus demonstrating to the disciples with His calm in the midst of the storm? What was driving the disciples fear? What lesson is Jesus sharing with His disciples? (v.39-40) [See Exodus 14:13; 20:20 for additional insights]. 6. How did the disciples react to Jesus’ calming of the storm? What was the reason for this reaction in the disciples? (v.41)
    7. Read Mark 9:6 and 16:8. What similarities do you see in the disciples reactions? Compare that to Revelation 1:17.
  • Aug 24, 2014Love: The Mark of Discipleship
    Aug 24, 2014
    Love: The Mark of Discipleship
    Pastor Max continues in the series, "Discovering Discipleship", with a message from John 13:31-38.

    Questions:
    Please read John 13:31-38.
    1. What does Jesus mean when He says, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him”? How does Jesus glorify God?

    2. In verse 32, Jesus says that, “God will glorify the Son” and “will glorify Him at once.” How will God do that? (see Phil.2:8-11)

    3. Jesus makes reference in verse 33 to His “little children” and though a number of them are Jews, He makes another reference to “the Jews.” What is the distinction Jesus is making? What is the present truth that both groups share? What is the future that the “little children” have to look forward to? (see verse 36)

    4. In the following verse, Jesus raises the bar regarding how the disciples are to love. How so? How had the disciples previously been taught to love one another? (see Lev.19:18)
    5. Lastly, what is the intended impact upon the world concerning this demonstration of love? What sets this love apart?
  • Aug 17, 2014Spiritual Maturity: The Fruit of Discipleship
    Aug 17, 2014
    Spiritual Maturity: The Fruit of Discipleship
    Pastor Max continues in the series, "Discovering Discipleship", with a message from Ephesians 4:11-16.

    Questions:
    Please read all of Ephesians 4 in order to understand the full context of what Paul is communicating. Now we'll focus on verses 11 to 16.


    1. Who assigned the spiritually gifted individuals listed in verse 11 to lead and serve in the church?

    2. What is the purpose of their role and service as identified in verse 12? Does this surprise you? What overall result is implied at the end of verse 12?

    3. List the traits that will be evident in the body of Christ when fully mature (v. 13). How will this growth prevent the spiritual dangers warned of in verse 14? In which of these areas do you recognize the greatest need for personal growth in your life?

    4. In what ways can “speaking the truth in love” (v. 15) among believers help combat the perils warned of in verse 14? Can you think of some examples from the life of Christ, who was full of both “grace and truth” (John 1:14)?

    5. How is a human body a good illustration of Christ's body, the Church? Who gives life and direction to thisbody (vv. 15-16)?

    6. What happens to both a human body and the Church when any part of it is hurting, unhealthy or not working in unity (see 1 Corinthians 12:12-31)? What is the result when “each part is working properly” (Ephesians 4:16)?
    7. What is God saying to you about your “work of ministry” (v. 12) in the body of Christ?
  • Aug 10, 2014Self-Control: The Character of Discipleship
    Aug 10, 2014
    Self-Control: The Character of Discipleship
    Pastor Max continues in the series, "Discovering Discipleship", with a message from Titus 2.

    Questions:
    Please read Titus 2:1-15.

    1. What would Paul define as, “sound doctrine”? With respect to that definition and to what Paul says in verses 1-10, how should sound doctrine affect how we live?

    2. Paul addresses several different groups of people in this passage. What are some of the similarities in how these different peoples are to live? What are some of the distinct differences?

    3. Why would Paul address Titus specifically in verse 7? What 2 specific areas of Titus' life does Paul address?

    4. Paul gives his readers then, and now, our motivation at the end of his directive to the slaves. What should be the result of a life lived as Paul describes?

    5. How are the Christians under Titus’ care in Crete, and us now in Mississauga, able to live as Paul has directed us? (vv.11-14)

    6. By what authority does Titus teach and lead the people entrusted to him? (v.15)


    “There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.”
    - William Barclay