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

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  • 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
  • Aug 16, 2015Partners For Missions
    Aug 16, 2015
    Partners For Missions
    This week Pastor Max continues the series "The Privilege of Partnership" with a message entitled, "Partners For Missions."

    Questions
    Please read 1 Corinthians 3:5-15

    Ice Breaker: Have you ever been a part of a great team? In my opinion, there’s nothing like it! When every member compliments the other and all are functioning in their strengths, it’s a special synergy that occurs and the outcome is often very special.

    What great and not-so-great experiences have you had as part of a team?

    1. What is a primary role of Christian leaders? How can leaders’ natural abilities affect their role and the outcome of their ministry? (vv.5-7) (also see 9:1; 15:1; Acts 18:4-11; 2 Cor. 10:14,15)

    2. How does Paul’s assertion that God brings about the growth, impact how you view the churches' role in His mission? What about your role?

    3. What can people conflicts within the ministry tell us about those involved?

    4. What was Paul’s goal in his ministry? (vv.8-9) (also see Rom. 12:3-8; 15:20; Eph. 2:20-22)

    5. Where can you participate in the mission and expand your view of the churches’ task to reach the world with the Gospel of Jesus? (vv.10-11)

    “Be obedient even when you don’t know where obedience may lead you.” - Sinclair Ferguson
  • Aug 9, 2015Partners With Christ
    Aug 9, 2015
    Partners With Christ
    This week Pastor Max begins a new series called "The Privilege of Partnership".  Today's message is entitled, "Partners with Christ" from Ephesians 1:3-14.

    Questions
    Please read Ephesians 1:13-14

    Ice Breaker: Have you ever had a relationship where you both just seem to know what the other is going to say or do before they say or do it? I had a good friend 40 years ago that I had a special friendship with. We were like brothers and shared a great deal of our lives with each other.

    Have you ever had a relationship like that? How did you feel when you were together or when you were apart?

    1. As you read through this passage, how would you describe what it’s like to know the spiritual blessings you have in Jesus Christ?

    2. Knowing the spiritual blessings you’ve received, which of the blessings seemed to take on the most meaning to you? Why?

    3. What does this passage and others have to say about why we've received these blessings from God?

    4. Is it possible to find a balance between the teaching of predestination (vv.4-5,11) and our freewill choice? (also see, Rom. 8:29-30; Jn. 6:44; Matt. 11:28; Jn. 3:16; 1Tim. 2:1, 3-4; 2Pet. 3:9; Isa. 55:9; 1 Cor. 13:12)

    5. How would you describe the way God regards His children? (also see, Num. 3:12, 45; 8:14; Josh. 14:3-4; 18:7)

    “Trust is accepting what God sends into your life whether you understand it or not.”
    - Timothy Keller
  • 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.
  • Apr 3, 2015From Now On
    Apr 3, 2015
    From Now On
    Series: Various
    Our speaker for Good Friday is Pastor Max Oates. His message is titled "From Now On" from 2 Corinthians 5:16-21.
  • 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?