Mar 5, 2017
Resilient Spirituality-Pastor Deric

This week Pastor Deric continues his series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”Resilient Spirituality”

Questions:
John 16:1-15
Ice Breaker: Where do you get your personal inspiration from?   
1. What were the 2 major forms of persecution that Jesus warns the disciples they would soon be facing? (vv.1-4)
2. What is the practical application of Jesus’ teaching in the opening 6 verses of chapter 16?
3. Describe the sorrow the disciples would have felt after Jesus shared what was about to transpire. How would they be able to carry on? (vv.5-7)
4. In what way does the Holy Spirit use people to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgement? (vv.8-10)
5. How should we view ourselves and our part in what the Holy Spirit does? (v.12)
6. What would be the key factor in the lives of the disciples as they carry on with the ministry that Jesus leaves in their hands? (v.12-15) What about us today?
 

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all that I have not seen.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  • Mar 5, 2017Resilient Spirituality-Pastor Deric
    Mar 5, 2017
    Resilient Spirituality-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”Resilient Spirituality”

    Questions:
    John 16:1-15
    Ice Breaker: Where do you get your personal inspiration from?   
    1. What were the 2 major forms of persecution that Jesus warns the disciples they would soon be facing? (vv.1-4)
    2. What is the practical application of Jesus’ teaching in the opening 6 verses of chapter 16?
    3. Describe the sorrow the disciples would have felt after Jesus shared what was about to transpire. How would they be able to carry on? (vv.5-7)
    4. In what way does the Holy Spirit use people to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgement? (vv.8-10)
    5. How should we view ourselves and our part in what the Holy Spirit does? (v.12)
    6. What would be the key factor in the lives of the disciples as they carry on with the ministry that Jesus leaves in their hands? (v.12-15) What about us today?
     

    “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all that I have not seen.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Feb 26, 2017Hated by the World-Pastor Deric
    Feb 26, 2017
    Hated by the World-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”Hated by the World”

    Questions:
    John 15:18-27
    Ice Breaker: What do you look forward to most about the seasonal change from winter into spring?
     
    1. Why does the ‘world’ hate Christians? (vv.18-19)
    2. What is the difference between ‘hating’ and ‘persecuting’ Christians? (vv.20-21)
    3. What is it about Jesus’ message that stirs up the world? (vv.22-23)
    4. Why did so many react so negatively to Jesus’ miracles? (vv.24-25)
    5. What is the ‘hope’ that Jesus re-introduces to His disciples, and to us? (vv.26-27)
    6. How are we to respond to hate and persecution in our time? Is it ever appropriate to ‘stand up and fight’ for what you believe?

     

    "How did Jesus expect His disciples to react under persecution? (In Matthew 5:12 He said), "Rejoice and be glad!" We are not to retaliate like an unbeliever, nor sulk like a child, nor lick our wound in self-pity like a dog, nor just grin and bear it like a Stoic, still less, pretend we enjoy it like a masochist. What then? We are to rejoice as a Christian should and even "leap for joy" (Lk. 6:23)."- John Stott

  • Feb 19, 2017Friendship with Jesus-Pastor Deric
    Feb 19, 2017
    Friendship with Jesus-Pastor Deric
    This week Pastor Deric continues his series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”Friendship with Jesus”
     
    Questions:
    John 15:12-17
    Ice Breaker: How do you define ‘friendship?' What is the most important characteristic of a friend, to you?
     
    1. How did Jesus love His disciples and how is the church doing with Jesus’ command to “love one another as I have loved you”? Why do you believe that is so? (v.12)
    2. What is the condition that Jesus applies to the friendship that He shares with us? (vv.13-14)   
    3. What is significant about the change in status that Jesus applies to our friendship with Him? (v.15)
    4. What do you find interesting about ‘how’ we came to be friends with Jesus? (v.16)
    5. What is the basis of fruitfulness and faithfulness? (vv.16-17)
     

    “The steady discipline of intimate friendship with Jesus results in men becoming like Him.”- Harry Emerson Fosdick

  • Feb 12, 2017Stay Close to Jesus-Pastor Deric
    Feb 12, 2017
    Stay Close to Jesus-Pastor Deric
    This week Pastor Deric continues his series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”Stay Close to Jesus.”
     
    Questions:
    John 15:1-11
    Ice Breaker: Who do you have in your life that ‘fires you up’ or ‘brings out the very best’ in you?  
     
    1. Who or what was the symbol of the ‘vine’ described in the Old Testament? What passages can you use to support that view?
    2. Define the three different types of ‘branches’ identified in this passage. What is it about the life of these people that differentiates them?
    3. What is the ‘fruit’ that John is referring to here? Where else do we find that in Scripture?
    4. Define ‘abide’ and name some specific things we can do to abide in Jesus Christ. 
    5. Describe the critical link and connection outlined in this passage between God the Father, Jesus Christ and Jesus’ disciples.  
     
    “The branch of the vine does not worry, and toil, and rush here to seek sunshine, and there to find rain. No, it rests in union and communion with the vine; and at the right time, and in the right way, is the right fruit found on it. Let us so abide in the Lord Jesus.” - James Hudson Taylor
  • Feb 5, 2017The Prince of Peace Meets The Ruler of this World-Pastor Deric
    Feb 5, 2017
    The Prince of Peace Meets The Ruler of this World-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”The Prince of Peace Meets The Ruler of this World” in John 14:27-31.

    Questions:
    John 14:27-31
    Ice Breaker: When you REALLY NEED to get away from it all, where do you go? This could be a daily retreat, a yearly get away or anything in between.
     
    1. What kind of peace is Jesus talking about in verse 27? (also see Phil. 4:7)
    2. Why did Jesus feel the need to address the issue of peace with His disciples at this point?
    3. What is man's critical response to Jesus’ offer of peace? (also see Col. 1:20; 3:15)
    4. What do we need to know about God’s peace? (also see 1 Cor. 14:33; Eph. 2:14)
    5. What can we expect to receive from God as we journey with Him through troubled times?
     

    “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” - C.S. Lewis

  • Jan 29, 2017The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit-Pastor Deric
    Jan 29, 2017
    The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit.”

    Questions:
    John 14:15-26
    Ice Breaker: Biblical fellowship with friends is a wonderful thing! Just the right balance of study and discussion around God’s Word, application of what we learn together and the sharing of our lives through the daily issues, struggles and joys of life. There might even be a little sharing of food to link it all together! Who would be the person or people you have this kind of relationship with?

    1. What was different or new about how Jesus described the Holy Spirit to His disciples?

    2. Why is the Holy Spirit necessary to the life of a believer?

    3. How does the Holy Spirit evidence Himself in the lives of believers? What about non-believers?

    4. What does Judas’ question tell us about the disciples’ relationship with Jesus?

    5. How does the Holy Spirit minister to believers?

    “Those in whom the Holy Spirit comes to live are God’s new Temple. They are, individually and corporately, places where heaven and earth meet.”- N.T. Wright

  • Jan 22, 2017He Works, We Trust-Pastor Deric
    Jan 22, 2017
    He Works, We Trust-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”He Works, We Trust” in John 14:6-14.

    Questions
    John 14:6-14
    Ice Breaker: Who has had the steadiest or greatest influence on you through the course of your life?

    1. Why are TRUTH and TRUST so important to the Christian?
    2. What are you learning about Jesus from His declaration that He is the way, the truth and the Life?
    3. How easy or difficult is it for you to relate to God as your heavenly Father?
    4. Explain and expound on the difference between Jesus’ words and His works (miracles).
    5. What does Jesus mean when He says that those who follow Him will do greater works than He?
    6. What is the connection between the greater works we are promised and the promise of answered prayer in verse 13?

    “God provides the revelation, God provides the intercession and God provides the atonement.” - Kevin DeYoung

  • Jan 15, 2017Knowing Your Place in the Father’s House-Pastor Deric
    Jan 15, 2017
    Knowing Your Place in the Father’s House-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”Knowing Your Place in the Father’s House.”

    Questions
    John 14:2-6
    Ice Breaker: If you could live in any kind of home or apartment/condo, what would you choose?

    1. How important is our expectation of a place in heaven and why is that so?
    2. Explain why Jesus would use the words “Father’s House” to describe heaven ? (v.2) What difference would that particular description make?
    3. How do we gain access to the Father’s house? (vv.2-3)
    4. What is the first thing that must happen before we can even begin to understand God’s eternal plan? (vv.4-5)
    5. How are we even able to walk in “the way, and the truth and the life”? (v.6) What other scripture can you find that supports this?
    6. What two things does Jesus want to make very clear about our relationship with God the Father and Jesus His Son?
    7. What are your thoughts about how these verses should be a ‘game changer’ regarding how we live our lives today?

    “Your life as a Christian should make nonbelievers question their disbelief in God.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Jan 8, 2017Do Not Let Your Heart Be Troubled-Pastor Deric
    Jan 8, 2017
    Do Not Let Your Heart Be Troubled-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric begins a new series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”Do Not Let Your Heart Be Troubled.”

    Questions
    John 14:1
    Ice Breaker: How does the ‘world’ through the media and other ways, interpret and possibly distort the meaning of the word “trust?"

    1. What were the disciples troubled about? What are things that trouble you?
    2. What is the answer to our troubled hearts?
    3. What exactly are we to believe? How is believing in God and believing in Jesus the same thing?
    4. How can we know that we can trust Jesus with our troubles? What scriptures would you turn to?
     

    “You don’t get to decide to worship. Everyone worships something. The only choice you get, is what to worship.”- Timothy Keller
  • Jan 1, 2017What Do You See?-Pastor Deric
    Jan 1, 2017
    What Do You See?-Pastor Deric
    This week Pastor Deric shares an important New Years Day sermon about the things he wants us to see in 2017 entitled “What Do You See?”
     

    Questions
    Ice Breaker:
    Have you ever tried to navigate through your house in pitch black darkness? Even though you’re familiar with your home, it can be quite a challenge to do it safely! Describe the differences between navigating in the dark verses navigating with a light for your path.

    1. How is it that we don’t all see things the same way? Read: Ps 119:18; Mk 8:17-18; Lk 11:34-35; Acts 2:25
    2. What difference does our view of the world make in our daily lives? Read: Ps 73:3; Is 6; Lk 6:41
    3. What does my life say about who I really think Jesus is? Do my beliefs about Jesus change anything about the way I live? Read: Jn 1:29
    4. Would you describe your life as ordinary or extraordinary? Why? Read: Eph 1:15-20
    5. How does God view the end of the world as we presently know it? Read: Rev 19:11-14; Rev 20:11-12
    6. What will your life be like after God brings His judgement? Read: Rev 21:1-8

    “A church is not a group of friends you’ve picked, it’s a group of brothers and sisters God has picked for you.” - Michael Horton

  • Dec 20, 2016Everlasting Father-Pastor Deric
    Dec 20, 2016
    Everlasting Father-Pastor Deric
    This week Pastor Deric continues his Christmas series Before Bethlehem in Isaiah 9:6-7 with a sermon entitled “Everlasting Father”

    Questions
    Ice breaker: Who is the one person in your life you have learned that you can count on in any and all circumstances?

    1. Just as with the previous weeks in our study of Is. 9:6, we need to look at helpful O.T. prophesy and the N.T. scriptures. The interpretation and meaning of these passages will help us to understand the description of the Messiah as “Everlasting Father." Listing passages you consulted, how do you best understand this descriptor of the Messiah?
    2. How do the characteristics of a ‘good Father’ perfectly fit Jesus in this instance?
    3. Just as there are critical pieces in every design, how does Jesus fit into the puzzle of ‘time?'
    4. Where can we find some N.T. passages that point to Jesus as the ‘Father of eternity’?
    5. What new concepts of Jesus as Messiah have you gained from this passage and the sermon this week?

    “The Gospel is the most inclusive exclusive truth in the world.”- Andy Bannister
  • Dec 11, 2016Mighty God-Pastor Deric
    Dec 11, 2016
    Mighty God-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues his Christmas series Before Bethlehem in Isaiah 9:6 with a sermon entitled “Mighty God.”

    Questions
    Ice Breaker: Who would be your favourite ‘hero’ and why does that individual resonate with you?

    1. We’ve learned from the last two weeks that you can’t interpret the Christmas story in all of its glory without seeing it through the lens of Biblical prophecy. Do you have a favourite OT prophecy about the identity and ministry of Jesus? Explain.
    2. How does the term “Mighty God” reveal Jesus as one with the LORD GOD of the OT? How would the Jews have interpreted this title?
    3. Why is Jesus' incarnation so important to us?      
    4. Read the statement of Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 and discuss the connection between the royal name “Mighty God” and His claim of having “all power or authority.”
    5. Can you name NT passages that teach and/or illustrate that Jesus is the “mighty God?"
    6. Name and discuss a few of the ways that we learned in the sermon, that Jesus exemplifies the “might” of a hero.   
     
     “While it looks like things are out of control, behind the scenes there is a God who hasn’t surrendered His authority.”- A.W. Tozer
  • Nov 24, 2016The Centrality of the Cross in Christian Worship-Pastor Deric
    Nov 24, 2016
    The Centrality of the Cross in Christian Worship-Pastor Deric
    Series: Worship
    This week Pastor Deric concludes his series Worship with a sermon from Hebrews 13:10-16 entitled “ The centrality of the Cross in Christian Worship.”
     

    Questions
    Hebrews 13:10-16
    Ice breaker: Have you ever had someone go out of their way to put in a really good word for you? Have you ever done that?

    1. What is the fundamental benefit that believing Christians receive that practicing Jews do not? (v.10)
    2. What parallels can we see between the Jewish sin offerings, and Christ’s sacrifice on the cross? (see Jn. 19:20)
    3. What is the significance of our joining Jesus at His place of sacrifice outside the city?
    4. What are two fundamental features of the Christian faith that we can glean from verse 14?
    5. How do the elements and practices of Old Testament religion help us understand Jesus and the practices of Christianity?

    6. In the light of this passage, what is our right response to God? (vv.15-16)

    “You cannot fix your gaze on the cross without knowing that He cares beyond words for you.” - Sinclair Ferguson

  • Nov 20, 2016Abraham’s Altars-Pastor Deric
    Nov 20, 2016
    Abraham’s Altars-Pastor Deric
    Series: Worship
    This week Pastor Deric continues his series Worship with a sermon from the book of Genesis entitled “Abraham’s Altars.”
     

    Questions
    See below.
    Ice Breaker: What are some of the best memories you have from days gone by that you love to share with others?

    1. Text: Gen. 12:5-7 Describe the early lessons Abram was learning and things he was teaching by example to his family.
    2. Text: Gen. 12:8-9 What was Abram discovering about God and himself early on in the journey?
    3. Text: Gen. 13:3-4 How did Abram respond to the failures in his life? How is that an example for us?
    4. Text: Gen. 13:17-18 As Abram journeyed with God as his guide, how was he changing, and how can we apply that to our personal journey?
    5. Text: Gen. 22:2 Describe what Abraham demonstrated and what he learned that day on the mountain.
    6. How can Abraham be a model for you and your life? Where could you be building altars in your journey with God?
     
    “When life is threatened we need the defender; when life has been shattered we need the mender.” - Ravi Zacharias
  • Nov 13, 2016A Living Sacrifice-Pastor Deric
    Nov 13, 2016
    A Living Sacrifice-Pastor Deric
    Series: Worship

    This week Pastor Deric continue his series Worship with a sermon from Romans 12:1-2 entitled “A Living Sacrifice.”

    Questions
    Romans 12:1-2
    Ice Breaker: When was the last time (or the only time!) a friend did something truly sacrificial for you? How did you feel? How did you respond?

    1. On what basis does Paul justify his appeal that we should present ourselves as a sacrifice to God? (v.1) (see Rom 9:15; 16; 18; 23; 11:30; 31; 32)
    2. Worship has always been accompanied by sacrifice. How has the form of sacrifice changed under the new covenant? (v.1)
    3. What will be the overriding characteristic of one who has sacrificed themselves to God and His purpose in their life? (v.2a)
    4. Why is it so dangerous to adopt the practices of the world? (v.2) (also see Gal 1:4; 2 Cor 4:4; 1 Jn 5:19)
    5. How are we able to resist being conformed to this age? (v.2a)
    6. How is the renewal of our minds supposed to take place? What fuels the change that is to take place in a believer’s life? (v.2b)       
     
    “We have the idea that we can dedicate our gifts to God. However, you cannot dedicate what is not yours. There is actually only one thing you can dedicate to God, and that is your right to yourself.”- Oswald Chambers