Dec 14, 2014
Christmas According to the Foremost Sinner
Pastor Deric continues our Christmas sermon series entitled "A Generous Christmas" with a sermon entitled "Christmas According to the Foremost Sinner" from 1 Timothy 1:15.

Questions:
Please read 1 Timothy 1:12-17 several times.
1. Paul begins by pointing to God and thanking Jesus for the strength to do what he has been called to do in his service to his Lord. What “service” have you been called to perform for God? How was it possible for a sinner (v.13) like Paul, and now us, to do great things for the Lord (see Phil. 2:13)?

2. Paul received mercy (v.13) and grace (v.14) in abundance from the Lord. Can you sense Paul’s emotions as he writes about what Jesus has done for him? What changes have come over Paul (v.14)? How have you been changed by the mercy, grace and love of Jesus? How are you continuing to grow in mercy, grace, faith and love?

3. Paul calls them to pay attention because he was going to share truth with them that was beyond debate, that Jesus came to save sinners (v.15)! Are you honest with yourself and God about the sin in your life? How can we defend ourselves against the temptations of the world?

4. What was God’s purpose in Paul receiving mercy and grace in abundance (v.16)? What does God’s mercy and grace reveal to you about yourself? Who are you displaying God’s mercy, grace and love to? How has your personal experience of the Gospel and spiritual growth changed how you interact with your neighbour?

5. What lessons in gratitude can we learn from Paul’s statements about personal grace and salvation? How will our true gratitude to God influence us when we are tempted by habitual sins?

“The debt was so great that, while man alone owed it, only God could pay it.” -- Anselm of Canterbury
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  • Dec 14, 2014Christmas According to the Foremost Sinner
    Dec 14, 2014
    Christmas According to the Foremost Sinner
    Pastor Deric continues our Christmas sermon series entitled "A Generous Christmas" with a sermon entitled "Christmas According to the Foremost Sinner" from 1 Timothy 1:15.

    Questions:
    Please read 1 Timothy 1:12-17 several times.
    1. Paul begins by pointing to God and thanking Jesus for the strength to do what he has been called to do in his service to his Lord. What “service” have you been called to perform for God? How was it possible for a sinner (v.13) like Paul, and now us, to do great things for the Lord (see Phil. 2:13)?

    2. Paul received mercy (v.13) and grace (v.14) in abundance from the Lord. Can you sense Paul’s emotions as he writes about what Jesus has done for him? What changes have come over Paul (v.14)? How have you been changed by the mercy, grace and love of Jesus? How are you continuing to grow in mercy, grace, faith and love?

    3. Paul calls them to pay attention because he was going to share truth with them that was beyond debate, that Jesus came to save sinners (v.15)! Are you honest with yourself and God about the sin in your life? How can we defend ourselves against the temptations of the world?

    4. What was God’s purpose in Paul receiving mercy and grace in abundance (v.16)? What does God’s mercy and grace reveal to you about yourself? Who are you displaying God’s mercy, grace and love to? How has your personal experience of the Gospel and spiritual growth changed how you interact with your neighbour?

    5. What lessons in gratitude can we learn from Paul’s statements about personal grace and salvation? How will our true gratitude to God influence us when we are tempted by habitual sins?

    “The debt was so great that, while man alone owed it, only God could pay it.” -- Anselm of Canterbury
  • Dec 7, 2014Generous Worshipers
    Dec 7, 2014
    Generous Worshipers
    Pastor Deric continues our Christmas sermon series entitled "A Generous Christmas" with a sermon entitled "Generous Worshipers" from Matthew 2:1-12.

    Questions:
    Please read Matthew 2:1-12 several times.
    1. Matthew mentions the birthplace of Jesus in verse one and in verses five and six. How should the Bible’s fulfilled prophecies impact you?

    2. Matthew tells of the Magi from the east and their journey to see the baby, born King of the Jews. Who were the Magi and what would the importance of this story be to the original Jewish readers? Why is the story of the Magi important to you? How does their journey to find the Messiah affect your faith journey?    

    3. Why would Herod and all of Jerusalem be troubled regarding the visitors from the east inquiring about the location of the coming King of the Jews (vv.2-3)? Why is it that the message of Jesus is still so troubling in today’s world? How is His message troubling to you?

    4. Describe the Magi’s response to seeing the star again, and then meeting Jesus (v.11). They weren’t Jews, so why would they have responded with such excitement, awe, reverence and generosity?

    5. The Magi bowed down and offered their treasures to Jesus. How do you respond to Jesus the Messiah? Have you bowed down and offered your life, your “treasures” to Him? What have you experienced as barriers to offering yourself to Jesus?

    6. God often uses the humble (Mary and Joseph) rather than the high and mighty (Herod, scribes). Not even the politically powerful (Herod) can thwart the plans He has (v.12). Are you serving Him, even during difficult or troubling times? Do you trust Him? Are you allowing God to determine the “how, when, where and what” aspects of your service?
  • Nov 30, 2014Priceless Gifts from Heaven
    Nov 30, 2014
    Priceless Gifts from Heaven
    Pastor Deric starts our Christmas sermon series entitled "A Generous Christmas" with a sermon entitled "Priceless Gifts from Heaven" from Ephesians 2:1-10.

    Questions:
    Please read Ephesians 2:1-10 several times.
    1. What is man’s natural relationship with God? Why is that true? Can you back that up with references from this passage and others?

    2. Is it possible for us to live as free and independent people, or are we always following someone? Can you support your answer from this passage or others?

    3. What does this passage have to say about the ways of the world, and hope for non-Christians?

    4. As a result of God’s great love for us, He has done three things for us. What are they? (v 5-6)

    5. What is Paul telling Christians about God’s mercy and grace? What is it that motivates God to extend His mercy and grace to us?

    6. How then, does Paul explain how we are “saved?” Where do our “good works” fit in to God’s plan?  

    7. Summarize what this passage is teaching you in your own words, using no more than two or three sentences.
  • Nov 23, 2014You Are Being Audited!
    Nov 23, 2014
    You Are Being Audited!
    Pastor Deric continues our current series entitled "Our Generous God" a Stewardship Series. This week his sermon is on 1 Chronicle 29:1-9 entitled "You Are Being Audited!"

    Questions:
    Please read 1 Chronicles 29:1-9 several times.
    1. Why does David use great detail to describe his efforts to provide for the temple that Solomon will build (v.2-3)?

    2. Why does David describe his son Solomon as “young and inexperienced” and what can we learn from his involvement at this point in the process (v. 2-5)? There is detail in the amounts and nature of the gifts David gave to the temple. What does that say about David’s offerings (v.2-5)

    3. David challenges the leaders of the people to give willingly and consecrate themselves to the Lord (v.5). What is the significance of the word “consecrate” and how did the leaders respond (v.6-8)?

    4. How does David view this opportunity to give to God (see v.10-13)? Explain and expand using highlights from the text.

    5. What is the most significant thing to be learned and applied from this passage? How has this passage changed or reinforced your view about how God views giving and generosity? What are you doing to leave behind a legacy of faith for the next generation?
     
    6. What holds people back from being generous with what they have? What about you?
  • 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?