Mar 19, 2017
Power and Glory-Pastor Max

This week Pastor Max begins his series Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer from John 17 with a sermon entitled ”Power and Glory”

Questions:
John 17:1-5
Ice Breaker: What is the most amazing thing you have ever witnessed and why would you say so?
 
1. As Jesus opens his prayer and calls out to His Father, how would you describe Jesus deepest desire? (v.1)
2. What is Jesus’ purpose according to the authority that has been give to Him from His Father? (v.2)
3. How is ‘eternal life’ defined in verse 3 and what is crucial about the word ‘know’ in this same verse?
4. How does Jesus set a model for us in terms of how we are to approach our life and ministry? (v.4)
5. What are the 2 aspects of ‘glory’ spoken of in the opening paragraph of chapter 17?
6. How would you describe the relationship between Jesus and His Father?
7. How does this particular prayer of Jesus compare to other times He prayed? Please give references with similarities and differences.
 

“Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire, unuttered or expressed.” - James Montgomery

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  • Mar 19, 2017Power and Glory-Pastor Max
    Mar 19, 2017
    Power and Glory-Pastor Max

    This week Pastor Max begins his series Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer from John 17 with a sermon entitled ”Power and Glory”

    Questions:
    John 17:1-5
    Ice Breaker: What is the most amazing thing you have ever witnessed and why would you say so?
     
    1. As Jesus opens his prayer and calls out to His Father, how would you describe Jesus deepest desire? (v.1)
    2. What is Jesus’ purpose according to the authority that has been give to Him from His Father? (v.2)
    3. How is ‘eternal life’ defined in verse 3 and what is crucial about the word ‘know’ in this same verse?
    4. How does Jesus set a model for us in terms of how we are to approach our life and ministry? (v.4)
    5. What are the 2 aspects of ‘glory’ spoken of in the opening paragraph of chapter 17?
    6. How would you describe the relationship between Jesus and His Father?
    7. How does this particular prayer of Jesus compare to other times He prayed? Please give references with similarities and differences.
     

    “Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire, unuttered or expressed.” - James Montgomery

  • Nov 6, 2016Building & Being Built-Pastor Max
    Nov 6, 2016
    Building & Being Built-Pastor Max

    This week Pastor Max continues his series Building the Body with a sermon from 1 Peter 2:1-5 entitled “Building & Being Built.”

    Questions
    1 Peter 2:1-5
    Ice Breaker: Do you or have you ever spent an extended, consistent time in the gym? What was or is the most difficult aspect of that kind of regimen?

    1. As believers within Christ’s church, how are we expected to grow and what should we expect to see within the body of believers? (v.1)
    2. Who will be our greatest helper in this expected growth? (v.2)
    3. As a sinner having “tasted that the Lord is good”, what do you appreciate most? (v.3)
    4. How does the term “living stone” affect your understanding of the person and work of Jesus? (v.4)
    5. In verse 5, we who have trusted in Jesus, are also described as “living stones” being built into a “spiritual house." What description would you find helpful to describe this particular metaphor?
    6. From verse 5, what would be our “spiritual sacrifices” that Peter is referring to? (see Rom. 12:1-2)
    7. Where are you at in “God’s Building Program?" Are you a living stone in the spiritual house God is building? How do you see God using you in His church?
     

    The message of Christianity is not, “God will love me if I change.” Rather it is, “God loves me so that I can change." - Andy Bannister

  • Oct 30, 2016No Other Name-Pastor Max
    Oct 30, 2016
    No Other Name-Pastor Max
    This week Pastor Max continues his series Building the Body with a sermon from Acts 4:1-22 entitled “No Other Name.”
     
    Questions
    Acts 4:1-22
    1. What can we expect to experience as believers who are building up the body of Christ? (v.2-3)
    2. Where else in the life of Jesus do we see occurrences of this experience, and how did Jesus handle them?
    3. Despite the attempts of the leaders to stop the apostles expanding the body, how successful was the apostles’ ministry? (v.4)
    4. What were the leaders implying when they asked "by what power?" (v.7)
    5. What characteristic did Peter demonstrate that reminded the leaders of Jesus? (v.13) What other characteristics should we have so people will see Jesus in us?
    6. Even after imprisonment and threats, Peter and John refused to stop preaching the Gospel (v.19-20). In what area(s) of your life do you have to boldly persevere in to continue building the body?
     7. How can we help one another to persevere in building the body?
     
    "Few people seem to realize that the resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone to a worldview that provides the perspective to all of life." - Josh McDowell
  • Oct 23, 2016On this Rock-Pastor Max
    Oct 23, 2016
    On this Rock-Pastor Max
    This week Pastor Max begins his series Building the Body with a sermon from Matthew 16:13-20 entitled “On this Rock.”
     
    Questions
    Matthew 16:13-20
    1. How are we blessed like Peter? (v.17)
    2. What other scriptures can you think of that reveal this kind of calling on each believer's life?
    3. What is the significance of Jesus giving Simon a new name ("Rock")? (v.18)
    4. What does the symbolism of "keys of the kingdom of heaven" represent? (v.19)
    5. Why did Jesus strictly tell the disciples not to openly proclaim him as Messiah? (v.20)
    “The reality is that the Lord never calls the qualified; He qualifies the called.” - Henry T. Blackaby
  • Sep 25, 2016God, Gender & The Gospel-Pastor Max
    Sep 25, 2016
    God, Gender & The Gospel-Pastor Max
    This week Pastor Max highlights what was taught at our Sexuality Truth & Grace conference with a sermon from Genesis 1:26-31 entitled “God, Gender & The Gospel.”
     
    Questions
    Genesis 1:26-31

    Ice Breaker: Out of all of your regular Bible reading, what percentage of it would come from the Old Testament? What percentage of that would be from books other than Psalms and Proverbs? Why would that be the case?1. What would be the most distinctive differences described here, between ‘man’ and the rest of God’s creation? (vv.26-31) (also see vv.20-25)

    2. How do we understand the phrase, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”? (v.26-27) (also see 5:1-5; Col 3:10; Eph 4:24)

    3. How should our understanding of how we were created in God’s image affect our relationship with our fellow man?

    4. The statement from verse 27 that God created us “in His own image” and “male and female” has some implications regarding gender. What can we deduce from this and other supporting Scriptures? (i.e. 1 Cor 11:7-12; 1 Tim 2:12-13; Gal 3:28; 1 Pet 3:5-7; Mark 12:25)

    5. That God pauses and proclaims the entirety of His completed creation as “very good” (v.31), suggests that, at times, we need the same ‘big picture’ perspective on the world. How does God’s Word consistently address this view of the material world? (for example, read Ps 104:24; 1 Tim 4:3-5)

    “The most important aspect of our faith is not how hard we believe, but in whom we believe.” - Kevin DeYoung
  • Jul 24, 2016Being Your Best Within the Body
    Jul 24, 2016
    Being Your Best Within the Body
    This week Pastor Max concludes his series Being the Body, with a sermon from 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 entitled “Being Your Best Within the Body”
     
    Questions:
    1 Corinthians 12:12-31
     
    1. What point is Paul making with the ‘body’ metaphor? (see Rom. 12:4-8; Eph. 1:22-23; 4:4, 12-16; 5:23; Col. 1:18, 24)

    2. Did Paul emphasize diversity or unity in the body? Did he treat both equally? Back up your answer with examples from the text. (vv.12-31)

    3. How are we to value the different gifts of the Spirit? (Eph. 4:4-6, 5:30)

    4. What is the purpose of gifts of the Spirit? What is your most dominant spiritual gift?

    5. What do all of the gifts of the Spirit have in common? (see vv.3, 11, 28)

    6. What is the difference between ‘skills’ and ‘spiritual gifts’? (Matt. 10:1; Rom. 1:1; 1 Cor. 12:6-11)

    “If somebody watched your life for 60 days – your priorities, actions and spending – where would they conclude your heart lies? - Andy Bannister
  • Jul 17, 2016Who Is Accountable?
    Jul 17, 2016
    Who Is Accountable?
    This week Pastor Max continues his series “Being the Body” with a sermon from 1 Corinthians 5:1-12.
     

    Questions:
    1 Corinthians 15:1-12
    1. What seems to be Paul’s greatest concern in the opening paragraph of this passage? (vv.1-2)
     
    2. What is the church's obligation in a situation like this? (vv.3-5)

    3. What is the risk to the church if it does not respond properly to such a situation? (vv.5-8)

    4. How does Paul counsel the believer to respond and relate to professing Christians whose lives indicate significant moral failure? (vv.9-12)

    5. What is the ultimate goal of church discipline? (for example, see Matt 18:15; 2 Cor 2:5-11; Eph 4:29; Col 3:12-13; 1 Thes 5:14-22)
     
    “Pride is the carbon monoxide of sin. It silently and slowly kills you, without you even knowing.” - Timothy Keller

  • Jul 3, 2016Covenant, Community & Church
    Jul 3, 2016
    Covenant, Community & Church
    This week Pastor Max continues his series “Being the Body” with a sermon from 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.
    Questions:

    1 Corinthians 11:17-34
    Ice Breaker: Outside of your family, where have you experienced the best example of ‘community’ and why do you think so?
    1. What did the behaviour of the people in the church at Corinth signify to Paul? (vv 17-22) Where do behaviours of this kind come from?
    2. Why do we celebrate the Lord’s Supper and what is the significance of the observance of the Lord’s Supper? (vv 23-26)
    3. What should be our focus during the Lord’s Supper? (vv 27-29)
    4. How are we to understand judging ourselves and God’s judgment in theses verses? (vv 29-34)
    5. When you celebrate the Lord’s Supper, do you find yourself focusing more on personal introspection and confession or more on the unity and loving fellowship of the church?
     
    “The tragedy of humanity is that we strive for and fail to find what we could simply receive and enjoy.” - Timothy Keller
  • May 29, 2016What is the Church? (And Why Does It Matter?)
    May 29, 2016
    What is the Church? (And Why Does It Matter?)
    Pastor Max teaches us this week with a sermon entitled “What is the Church? (And Why Does It Matter?” from 1 Corinthians 1:2-3. This is part one of a three part series entitled “Being The Body.”
     
    Questions

    1 Corinthians 1:2-3
    Ice Breaker: In a world culture that has been promoting individuality for all its worth, how comfortable are you in the knowledge that you’re really part of a much larger body?
     
    1. In verse 2, what is Paul reminding the church in Corinth?
     
    2. What does it mean to be ‘holy’ in God’s view?
     
    3. What initial concern and theme for his letter is Paul introducing in this verse? (also see 1 Cor. 10:17; 12:12-27)
     
    4. How should we understand the terms ‘grace’ and ‘peace’? (v.3) (also see Rom. 1:7)
     
    5. What similarities and differences do you see comparing the intro verses in this letter, to the introductions in Romans 1:1-7, 2 Corinthians 1:1-2, Galatians 1:1-3, and Ephesians 1:1-2?
     
    6. In keeping with what we’ve been reminded of in these verses, how should you approach ‘your’ church and its ministries?
     
    “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”- Corrie Ten Boom
  • Apr 3, 2016The ONLY Gospel
    Apr 3, 2016
    The ONLY Gospel
    Pastor Max teaches us this week with a sermon entitled "The ONLY Gospel" from Galatians 6:1-10.
     
    Questions
    Galatians 6:1-10
    Ice Breaker: One of my favourite ad campaigns from my childhood is one developed for Coca-Cola. If you’re older than 45 you probably remember, “Coke, It’s the Real Thing!” It’s a claim to uniqueness and superiority over any other competitor. I have to admire their confidence!
    What claims to uniqueness and superiority have you heard over the years?
     
    1. What is the ‘Gospel’ that the people in the churches of Galatia are abandoning? (v.6) (see Acts 10:34-43; Rom. 1:16-17)
     
    2. Why would someone be attracted to another gospel?  What is the great danger in believing a different gospel? (Jn. 14:1-7)
     
    3. What substitute gospels do people teach today that tempt them to depend on something besides Christ for security and salvation? How do you address people who believe such gospels?
     
    4. With many voices preaching different ‘gospels’, how are we able to identify the true Gospel of Jesus Christ?
     
    5. What were Paul’s opponents accusing him of? (v.10)
     
    6. What are we to do with Jesus’ Gospel? Provide Bible references to support your answer. (for example Matt. 28:18-20)
     
    “Here is the wonder of the Gospel. The best of all men dies as though He were the worst of all criminals.”- Sinclair Ferguson
  • Mar 25, 2016Good Friday 2016
    Mar 25, 2016
    Good Friday 2016
    Series: (All)
    Pastor Max teaches us about "The Greatest Sacrifice" from Hebrews 9:24-28 as we remember the cross and the importance of Good Friday.
  • 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
  • Oct 25, 2015Come Together for Learning
    Oct 25, 2015
    Come Together for Learning
    Pastor Max continues our current series "Come Together" with a sermon entitled "Come Together For Learning" from Matthew 11:24-30.

    Questions:
    Matthew 11:24-30
    Ice Breaker: Ice Breaker: I seem to learn better when I can dig in, get my hands on something and really experience what I’m trying to discover or learn.

    What are some important keys to ‘learning’ that you have discovered?

    Please read the larger passage, Matthew 11:20-30 to better understand the context.

    1. What is it that Jesus finds intolerable and why is that?

    2. Who does Jesus describe as the truly wise in this case? (Isa. 29:13-19; 1 Cor. 1:18)

    3. What does Jesus mean when He says, “… no one knows the Son except the Father and no one knows the Father except the Son …” and how is it that they have that knowledge? (v.27)

    4. What unlocks the knowledge of God to man? (v.27) (see 2 Cor. 4:3-4)

    5. What would the ‘burden’ be that the Jews would carry? Similarly, what might the ‘burden’ be that our generation carries? (v.28)

    6. What did Jesus mean when He said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light?” (vv.28-30) (also see Jer. 6:16-20)

    7. What have you learned from this passage that you can apply to your life as a disciple of Jesus?

    “Life-giving faith loves Jesus for who He is, not for the benefits He can bring.” - Timothy Keller
  • Aug 30, 2015Partners For Ministry
    Aug 30, 2015
    Partners For Ministry
    This week Pastor Max concludes the series "The Privilege of Partnership" with a message entitled, "Partners For Ministry."

    Questions
    Please read
    Philippians 1:3-11

    Ice Breaker: If you’ve been paying attention here, you know how much I appreciate working as part of a team! There’s nothing like partnering with other like-minded people to win a game or to make a difference that matters for eternity.

    Describe some of the challenges faced in assembling a really good team.

    1. What was it about the relationship between Paul and the Philippian church that brought great thankfulness and joy to Paul? (vv.3-5)

    2. Describe what you notice that is unique about a partnership in ministry? (v.6) (see Ps. 57:2-3; 1 Cor 1:7-8; 1 Thess. 1:3-4)

    3. What do we learn about the cost and the reality of partnership in ministry? (vv.7-8) (see 4:14-15)

    4. Describe some of the results of this partnership between Paul, the Philippian church and God. (vv.7-11) (see 1:29-30; Rom. 1:11)

    5. Are you a member in a partnership such as we’ve been studying in this passage? Describe how it's working, its strengths and weaknesses. If you’re not participating, what needs to change?

    “I would rather fail in the weakness of the Spirit than succeed in the power of the flesh.” - Ray Ortlund

  • Aug 23, 2015Partners For Education
    Aug 23, 2015
    Partners For Education
    This week Pastor Max continues the series "The Privilege of Partnership" with a message entitled, "Partners For Education."

    Questions
    Please read Ephesians 6:1-4

    Ice Breaker: If you are a parent, there’s almost nothing as satisfying and at the same time frustrating as raising children. There is an element of great responsibility, and also the sense that much of what results is out of your control.

    As a parent, from where did you gather your information on how to raise your children?

    1. Describe what Paul means when he says children are to “obey” and  “honor” their father and mother? (vv.1-3) (also see Ex. 20:12; Deut. 5:16; Col. 3:20)

    2. What is the child’s responsibility and how might we see that working itself out in a family? (see Luke 2:51)

    3. Explain what it means to “provoke” your children. (see Col. 3:21)

    4. How would you describe Paul’s expectations of parents as they raise children?

    5. If you are a parent, what would be your strengths? What would be your weaknesses? How might you capitalize on your strengths and overcome your weaknesses?

    6. How might you apply the principles of this passage in the broader context of relationships, the church and society as a whole? (also read Eph. 5; 6:5-20)

    “The goal is Jesus, the centre is the Gospel and the family is a means for revealing the Gospel now and for passing the Gospel from one generation to the next.” - Dr. Timothy Paul Jones