Mar 18, 2018
The Arrest, Trial & Sentencing of Jesus

This week Pastor Deric begins our series Remembering the Cross with a sermon entitled “The Arrest, Trial & Sentencing of Jesus”

Questions
Matthew 26-27
Ice Breaker: What was the first full time job you ever had?
 
1. Read Luke 23:13-16. After Pilate stated he found no guilt in Jesus, why did he still have him scourged?
2. During his trial Jesus remained silent before his accusers (Matthew 27:11-14) - find the Old Testament prophecy this fulfilled. Why do you think he didn’t answer?
3. In Matthew 26:56 Jesus noted that “all this has taken place that the Scriptures… might be fulfilled”, showing how God is sovereign and in complete control. Find one additional verse from each of the gospels that illustrates this.
4. How does the sovereignty of God illustrated above give you comfort and encouragement?
5. In Peter 2:19-24 he points to the submission and sufferings of Christ as an example for us to follow when suffering unjustly. What challenges do you face when you experience injustice and what can you to do overcome them?
6. Read Matthew 26:51-54. How are you like Peter when you’re tempted to fight spiritual battles by natural means? What can you do to fulfill Paul’s exhortation in Ephesians 6:12-13?
7. In this same passage we also see that Jesus avoids the temptation to use his own power and authority and submits to the Father’s will instead (see vv. 53-54). How can we avoid the temptation to deviate from God’s will when we are enabled to do something differently?
8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?

 

"The Christian community is a community of the cross, for it has been brought into being by the cross, and the focus of its worship is the Lamb once slain, now glorified." - John Stott
 
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  • Mar 18, 2018The Arrest, Trial & Sentencing of Jesus
    Mar 18, 2018
    The Arrest, Trial & Sentencing of Jesus

    This week Pastor Deric begins our series Remembering the Cross with a sermon entitled “The Arrest, Trial & Sentencing of Jesus”

    Questions
    Matthew 26-27
    Ice Breaker: What was the first full time job you ever had?
     
    1. Read Luke 23:13-16. After Pilate stated he found no guilt in Jesus, why did he still have him scourged?
    2. During his trial Jesus remained silent before his accusers (Matthew 27:11-14) - find the Old Testament prophecy this fulfilled. Why do you think he didn’t answer?
    3. In Matthew 26:56 Jesus noted that “all this has taken place that the Scriptures… might be fulfilled”, showing how God is sovereign and in complete control. Find one additional verse from each of the gospels that illustrates this.
    4. How does the sovereignty of God illustrated above give you comfort and encouragement?
    5. In Peter 2:19-24 he points to the submission and sufferings of Christ as an example for us to follow when suffering unjustly. What challenges do you face when you experience injustice and what can you to do overcome them?
    6. Read Matthew 26:51-54. How are you like Peter when you’re tempted to fight spiritual battles by natural means? What can you do to fulfill Paul’s exhortation in Ephesians 6:12-13?
    7. In this same passage we also see that Jesus avoids the temptation to use his own power and authority and submits to the Father’s will instead (see vv. 53-54). How can we avoid the temptation to deviate from God’s will when we are enabled to do something differently?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?

     

    "The Christian community is a community of the cross, for it has been brought into being by the cross, and the focus of its worship is the Lamb once slain, now glorified." - John Stott
     
  • Mar 11, 2018How Far Will You Go with Jesus?
    Mar 11, 2018
    How Far Will You Go with Jesus?

    This week Pastor Deric begins our series Remembering the Cross with a sermon entitled “How Far Will You Go with Jesus?"

    Questions
    Matthew 26:36-46
    Ice Breaker: What was the first full time job you ever had?

     
    1. What is the meaning of “Gethsemane”, and where was the garden located?
    2. What does Jesus mean in Matthew 26:41 when he says, "the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak"?
    3. What did Jesus say the disciples were to do to overcome temptation?
    4. List 3 principles of prayer you can learn from Jesus’ prayers in Gethsemane.
    5. What can help you to become more consistent in being watchful in prayer?
    6. In Matthew 26:39 Jesus prays “nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will”. In what areas of your life do you need to surrender like this in obedience to God?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     
    “The Bible is the story of two gardens: Eden and Gethsemane. In the first, Adam took a fall. In the second, Jesus took a stand. In the first, God sought Adam. In the second, Jesus sought God. In Eden, Satan led Adam to a tree that led to his death. From Gethsemane, Jesus went to a tree that led to our life.” - Max Lucado
  • Mar 4, 2018The Table of The King
    Mar 4, 2018
    The Table of The King

    This week Pastor Deric begins our series Remembering the Cross with a sermon entitled “The Table of The King”

    Questions
    Matthew 26:17-30
    Ice Breaker: What’s the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Why?
     
    1. What was the significance of the Passover meal at the time of Jesus?
    2. Find the reference in Paul’s epistles that states that Jesus is our Passover lamb. In what way was the sacrifice of the Passover lamb a foreshadow of Christ’s own sacrifice?
    3. Find three other scriptures from the New Testament that show Jesus is the Lamb of God.
    4. Read Matthew 26:26-28. What does consuming the symbols of the Lord’s supper mean to a believer?
    5. Read John 13:1-17. What was the significance of Jesus washing the disciple’s feet, and why do that on this occasion?
    6. What can you do to better model the love and servitude that Christ exemplified?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "Love was compressed for all history in that lonely figure on the cross, who said that he could call down angels at any moment on a rescue mission but chose not to – because of us." - Philip Yancey

  • Feb 25, 2018Sinning Against a Child
    Feb 25, 2018
    Sinning Against a Child

    This week Pastor Deric concludes our series Our Family Portrait with a sermon entitled “Sinning Against a Child”

    Questions
    Genesis 42:22-24
    Ice Breaker: If you had one minute to speak to the entire nation on national television, what would you like to say?
     
    1. The Bible often states the negative results of failing to discipline your children. Find three scriptures from Proverbs that exemplify this.
    2. God’s discipline in our lives is a mark of his love for us and acceptance as his children. Find one verse from both the Old and New Testament that illustrate this.
    3. What does Paul mean when he says to not provoke your children? (see Col. 3:21 and Eph. 6:4) How can you make sure you’re not discouraging your own kids?
    4. In 2 Corinthians 12:14-15 Paul notes the obligation of a parent to provide for their children. In what way is he applying this in his relationship to the Corinthian church?
    5. Even if you don’t have children, what lessons have you learned about loving and nurturing people in your other relationships?
    6. What things do you need to change to become a better example for your children?
    7. What is something you can do differently to better raise your child?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character and faith." - Billy Graham

  • Feb 18, 2018Wives Respect Your Husband
    Feb 18, 2018
    Wives Respect Your Husband

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series Our Family Portrait with a sermon entitled “Wives Respect Your Husband”

    Questions
    Ephesians 5:33b
    Ice Breaker: One fact about me that might surprise you is...
    1. Read Ephesians 5:22-24 and 1 Corinthians 11:3. Is the structure of marriage dictated by culture or God?
    2. The Greek word used in v.33 is phobeō (from which we derive our modern term phobia), which is often translated “fear”. Is Paul suggesting that wives should actually be afraid of their husbands?
    3. Peter cites the example of Sarah as an example of a godly wife (1 Peter 3:1-6). Find the reference in the Old Testament and explain why Sarah’s conduct was commendable.
    4. In 1 Peter 3:3-4 he points out that the beauty and adornment of a woman should not be outward but inward. Find another allusion like this in the Bible.
    5. Read Proverbs 31:10-31. How would you sum up the description of a godly woman in one sentence?
    6. What does it mean to you to respect someone? How do your actions change towards someone you respect?
    7. What things do you need to start doing differently to better honour your spouse?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
    “A strong marriage isn’t magically created when you say, “I do”… It’s built on a lifetime of “I do’s”: I DO love you, I DO cherish you, and I DO choose you.” - Anonymous
  • Feb 4, 2018Husbands Love Your Wife
    Feb 4, 2018
    Husbands Love Your Wife

    This week Pastor Deric begins our series Our Family Portrait with a sermon entitled “Husbands Love Your Wife”

    Questions
    Ephesians 5:25-31
    Ice Breaker: What was your favourite subject in school? Why?

     

    1. What does Paul mean in verse 28 when he says, “He who loves his wife loves himself”?
    2. In Ephesians 5 Paul talks about our union with Christ (being members of his body) and the significance this has for marriages. Find another instance in the New Testament that illustrates this.
    3. Read 1 Peter 3:7. How would mistreating your spouse hinder your prayers?
    4. Find three other verses from the epistles that show we are to love others with the same love we have for ourselves.
    5. Ephesians 5:25 highlights the fact that Christ’s love for his bride is a sacrificial love. What is something in your life that you need to sacrifice in order to love your spouse better?
    6. Considering that the ability to love others is directly tied to our own spiritual health, what do you need to change in your life to better maintain the health of your soul?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "While your character flaws may have created mild problems for other people, they will create major problems for your spouse and your marriage." - Tim Keller

  • Jan 28, 2018God’s Difference Maker
    Jan 28, 2018
    God’s Difference Maker

    This week our guest Dr. Stewart Brown taught us from Psalm 90 with a sermon entitled ”God’s Difference Maker”

    Questions:
    Psalm 90
    Ice Breaker: What is your favourite TV show and why?
     
    1. All sin is serious and has grave consequences. Find 3 references from the New Testament that solemnly warn against sin.
    2. The effects of sin not only negatively impact our own lives but also impact the people in our lives. Find 3 stories from the Old Testament that illustrate this.
    3. Psalm 90:4 illustrates God’s eternal nature with a unique comparison – find the same comparison in the New Testament
    4. The brevity of man’s life is often illustrated with comparisons to “grass” and “shadows” (i.e. Psalm 90:5-6). Find three other examples from the Old Testament. What implications does this have on how we live our lives?
    5. In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Paul highlights the importance of self-discipline. What is the reward of self-discipline in the Christian life? What might the outcome be if we fail to exercise it?
    6. What do you need to do more of in your life to become a bigger difference-maker for Christ?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    “Anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference has never tried to fall asleep with a mosquito in the room.” - Christine Todd Whitman

  • Jan 21, 2018Joseph Forgives His Brothers
    Jan 21, 2018
    Joseph Forgives His Brothers

    This week Pastor Deric concludes our series Forgiven to Forgive with a sermon entitled “Joseph Forgives His Brothers”

    Questions
    Genesis 50:15-21
    Ice Breaker: What habits do other people have that drive you crazy?
     
    1. What did Joseph mean by his remark in Genesis 50:19 when he said, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God?”
    2. Read Genesis 50:20. What is one of the great confidences we have when forgiving others of their sins? Where is this concept restated in the book of Romans?
    3. This is the second time Joseph reassured his brothers that they were forgiven - find the previous occasion. Why do you think they became fearful of him a second time?
    4. Read Genesis 50:21. What is the result of true forgiveness?
    5. Sometimes after forgiving you may have resentment you can’t seem to figure out or let go of. What can you do to handle residual sadness and anger that come up even after forgiving someone?
    6. What kind of offences do you find most difficult to forgive? Why?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven." - Thomas Fuller

  • Jan 14, 2018Confessing The Truth
    Jan 14, 2018
    Confessing The Truth

    This week Pastor Deric begins our new series Forgiven to Forgive with a sermon entitled “Confessing The Truth”

    Questions
    1 John 1:5-10
    Ice Breaker: If you could change places with a Bible character, who would you choose? Why?

    1. Find 3 examples of confession and forgiveness from the Old Testament that parallel 1 John 1:9.
    2. Verse 7 says that the blood of Jesus will cleanse us from all sin if we walk in the light. How does this tie in to verse 9?
    3. What is the only phrase in the Lord’s prayer with a “condition” attached? (see Matthew 6)
    4. God’s forgiveness of us is directly tied in to how willing we are to forgive others. Find three verses from the New Testament that support this.
    5. What is the benefit of confession as noted in James 5:16? What other activity is confession paired with to experience this benefit?
    6. What challenges or obstacles do you face when confessing your sins to others? What is something you can do to overcome them?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    “When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future.” - Bernard Meltzer

     

  • Jan 7, 2018The Ten Greatest Words in the Bible
    Jan 7, 2018
    The Ten Greatest Words in the Bible

    This week Pastor Deric begins our new series Forgiven to Forgive with a sermon entitled “The Ten Greatest Words in the Bible”

    Questions
    John 7:53-8:11

    Ice Breaker: When you were little, which superhero did you like best? Why?

    1. What does it mean to you to forgive someone?
    2. Read Matthew 18:21-35. What is the Biblical measure of forgiveness?
    3. In John 8 verse 6 it says the Pharisees were trying to find a way to bring an accusation against Jesus. In what way was this particular situation intended as a trap?
    4. Explain why Jesus’ response in verse 7 produced the results it did? How should his words also affect us?
    5. Find 3 other references in the gospels of the word “condemn”. From the context of these verses chose a synonym that could be substituted instead.
    6. Spend some time reflecting on your relationships (including the past). Who are some of the people you need to forgive today?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    “Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.” - Henry Ward Beecher

  • Dec 31, 2017Sola Fide By Faith Alone
    Dec 31, 2017
    Sola Fide By Faith Alone

    This week Pastor Deric preaches a New Years Eve sermon entitled “Sola Fide By Faith Alone”

    Questions
    Ice Breaker: If you could take a vacation right now, where would you go?
     
    1. Read Hebrews 11:6. What is the main requirement for pleasing God?
    2. Considering your answer above, explain how this characteristic determines every other aspect of your Christian walk?
    3. What’s the difference between genuine faith and counterfeit faith? How can you tell the difference?
    4. What is the fruit of faith in the Christian life?
    5. On a scale of 1 to 10 how would you rate the strength of your faith? What things could you do to strengthen it further?
    6. What’s a practical area of your life where you need to start exercising more faith?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” - Saint Augustine

  • Dec 24, 2017Jesus of Nazareth
    Dec 24, 2017
    Jesus of Nazareth

    This week Pastor Deric preaches a Christmas Eve sermon entitled “Jesus of Nazareth”

    Questions
    Matthew 2:19-23
    Ice Breaker: Name a Christmas gift you received that you will never forget.
     
    1. Research the historical context of Nazareth at the time of Jesus. What would it have been like for him to grow up there?
    2. Nazareth and its inhabitants were generally despised throughout Israel. Why would this be the chosen hometown of Jesus?
    3. Read Luke 2:29-35. In what ways do Simeon’s prophecies reflect the life and ministry of Jesus?
    4. What was the significance of the visit of the Magi? (Matthew 2:1-12)
    5. Christmastime provides a great opportunity to reach out to family and friends with the gospel. Think of one person who you will share the gospel with over the holidays.
    6. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    “You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father’s face and tell him you have received his Christmas gift.” - John R. Rice

  • Dec 17, 2017The Biblical Story of Immanuel (God With Us)
    Dec 17, 2017
    The Biblical Story of Immanuel (God With Us)

    This week Pastor Deric continues our Christmas series Hope Arriving with a sermon entitled “The Biblical Story of Immanuel (God With Us)”

    Questions
    Matthew 1:21-23
    Ice Breaker: Name one person that is not a family member that has had the greatest influence in your life. Why?

     

    1. Immanuel means “God with us”. Find 3 other places in the New Testament and 3 places in the Old Testament illustrating God dwelling with his people.
    2. Read Romans 5:1. How does this verse parallel with Luke 2:14?
    3. What are the divine attributes that Mary ascribes to God in her song of praise (Luke 1:46-55)? What does this reveal about her relationship with Him?
    4. What can you do to remember the significance of Christmas in your life each day?
    5. Jesus was always intentional in fulfilling His purpose in coming into the world. If we live with intentionality toward fulfilling His calling on our lives, how might our lives look differently?

    6. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?

    "'For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.' That's what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown." - Linus

  • Dec 10, 2017Jesus Saves!
    Dec 10, 2017
    Jesus Saves!

    This week Pastor Deric continues our Christmas series Hope Arriving with a sermon entitled “Jesus Saves!”

    Questions
    Matthew 1:21

    Ice Breaker: What would you do with your time if you didn’t have to work?

    1. What is Jesus’ name in Hebrew? What is the significance of the meaning of his name?
    2. What sign did the angel give to the shepherds concerning the newborn baby? What is so surprising about this detail?
    3. Read Luke 2:19. What does it mean that Mary “treasured” and “pondered” the things said about Jesus? How can we do the same?
    4. Find the chapter in Isaiah that reveals the purpose of the Messiah’s coming was to save mankind from their sins? After reading this chapter, how does it impact the way you view Jesus laying in a manger?
    5. What can you do to avoid the worldly aspects of the Christmas season and stay focused on Jesus instead?
    6. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    “If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words, these would be the words: “God with us.” We tend to focus our attention at Christmas on the infancy of Christ. The greater truth of the holiday is His deity. More astonishing than a baby in the manger is the truth that this promised baby is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the earth!” - John MacArthur

  • Dec 3, 2017The Great Unveiling
    Dec 3, 2017
    The Great Unveiling

    This week Pastor Deric begins our Christmas series Hope Arriving with a sermon entitled “The Great Unveiling”

    Questions

    John 1:1-5, 14-18

    Ice Breaker: If you could give someone special in your life ANY gift in the world, what would it be? Why?

    1. Israel had long hoped for the arrival of the Messiah and God’s salvation through him - find 3 prophecies from the Old Testament regarding the coming of Jesus.
    2. Keeping verses 14 & 18 in mind, read Philippians 2:3-8. How should Christ’s example of humility and self-sacrifice change the way we treat one another?
    3. In verse 18 we see that one of Jesus’ purpose in coming into the world was to reveal God to mankind. Find three other verses from John that illustrate this.
    4. Read Lk.1:26-38. If you were in Mary’s shoes, how would you respond to the angel’s annunciation of Christ’s birth? What thoughts might be going through your mind?
    5. How should the magnitude of God’s gift to us in Jesus influence our generosity this holiday season?
    6. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world." - C.S. Lewis