Jul 9, 2017
Meet Mr Ryerson

This week Pastor Deric continues our summer series True Patriot Love as he introduces us to one of Canada's Fathers of Faith, Meet Mr. Ryerson

Questions:
Icebreaker: Who is your favourite Canadian politician of all time? Why?

1. Read Romans 13:6-7. Why is a Christian obligated to pay taxes?
2. Do you think it's a Christian's duty to help serve their country? Why or why not?
3. Do you view yourself as a positive force for change in Canada? What are some ways you could help serve your country?
4. Do you think patriotism is a valid extension of Christianity?
5. According to Psalms 33:12 what is the determining factor if a nation is blessed or not?
 

“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” - Adlai Stevenson II

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  • Jul 9, 2017Meet Mr Ryerson
    Jul 9, 2017
    Meet Mr Ryerson

    This week Pastor Deric continues our summer series True Patriot Love as he introduces us to one of Canada's Fathers of Faith, Meet Mr. Ryerson

    Questions:
    Icebreaker: Who is your favourite Canadian politician of all time? Why?

    1. Read Romans 13:6-7. Why is a Christian obligated to pay taxes?
    2. Do you think it's a Christian's duty to help serve their country? Why or why not?
    3. Do you view yourself as a positive force for change in Canada? What are some ways you could help serve your country?
    4. Do you think patriotism is a valid extension of Christianity?
    5. According to Psalms 33:12 what is the determining factor if a nation is blessed or not?
     

    “Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” - Adlai Stevenson II

  • Jul 2, 2017True Patriot Love
    Jul 2, 2017
    True Patriot Love

    This week Pastor Deric begins our summer series True Patriot Love with a sermon in Psalm 72

    Questions:
    Psalm 72
    Icebreaker: How important is voting to you?
     
    1. Using a concordance, find three other Psalms that talk about God governing the world.
    2. What value do you place on the government of Canada?
    3. Read Romans 13:1-7. In your own words state why submitting to government is important to God.
    4. How active are you in keeping track of political events in Canada? Why or why not?
    5. Do you agree that the government’s responsibility is to serve the people of the country?
    6. What does a Christian do if a government is breaking God’s moral law (i.e. legitimizing same-sex marriage)?
     

    "Good government is the outcome of private virtue." - John Chapman

  • Jun 26, 2017Enjoying Jesus 24/7/365
    Jun 26, 2017
    Enjoying Jesus 24/7/365

    This week our guest Manfred Koehler taught us from 1 Thessalonians 5:17 with a sermon entitled ”Enjoying Jesus 24/7/365”

    Questions:
    1 Thessalonians 5:12-22

    Ice Breaker: When do you pray?

    1. Is continual prayer a habit you strive to develop in your life? Why or why not?
    2. What negative thoughts cause us to think that "pray without ceasing" is an unrealistic ideal? How can we overcome negativity?
    3. What other passages of scripture support the idea of practicing the presence of Christ in our lives?
    4. What positive impacts would applying 1 Thess. 5:17 produce in your life?
    5. In the midst of these final instructions from Paul to the church at Thessalonica, how would you categorize his instruction on prayer?
    6. How would continual prayer simplify our efforts to walk in the Spirit with Christ?
     

    “The basic purpose of prayer is not to bend God’s will to mine, but to mould my will to His.” - Timothy Keller

  • Jun 18, 2017Family Resemblance
    Jun 18, 2017
    Family Resemblance

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series The Sacred Image with a sermon for Father’s Day in Genesis 1:26-31 entitled “Family Resemblance”

    Questions:
    Genesis 1:26-31

    Ice Breaker: Who have been the most influential men in your life?

    1. What does the knowledge that God created you tell you about your worth?
    2. How does the fact that God created us in His image impact our understanding about who we are?
    3. What can we know about our purpose on earth from these verses?
    4. Knowing all this, how should we change our attitude toward this life?

    5. How should the truth from this passage influence how men live in the world today?

    “A father acts on behalf of his children by working, providing, intervening, struggling and suffering for them. In doing so, he really stands in their place. He is not an isolated individual, but incorporates the selves of several people in his own self.”- Dietrich Bonhoefer

  • Jun 11, 2017Wives, Husbands and The Divine Image
    Jun 11, 2017
    Wives, Husbands and The Divine Image

    This week Pastor Max continues our series The Sacred Image with a sermon in Ephesians 5:21-33 entitled “Wives, Husbands and The Divine Image”

    Questions:
    Ephesians 5:21-33

    Ice Breaker: Think of all the marriages you’ve ever seen portrayed on TV or in movies. Can you name any that were worth emulating?

    1. Describe what Paul teaches in this passage as an essential foundation for relationships. (v.21) (also see vv.18-20)
    2. How can a couple, or any group with great differences, find common ground for their relationship? (vv.22-24)
    3. What can we identify as the fuel that powers the relationships we’re reading about in this passage? (vv.25-30)
    4. Why should I be confident and willing to approach my marriage relationship this way? (vv.31-33)

    5. Describe the results a in marriage relationship lived this way. What would you expect a marriage like this to look like?

    “There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.” – Martin Luther

  • Jun 4, 2017Moving and Multiplying the Gospel into the Future
    Jun 4, 2017
    Moving and Multiplying the Gospel into the Future

    This week our guest Dr. Bruce Snavely taught us from 2 Timothy 2:1-7 with a sermon entitled ”Moving and Multiplying the Gospel into the Future”

    Questions:
    2 Timothy 2:1-7

    Ice Breaker: Have you ever been given a job that at first glance, seemed too big for you? How did you handle it?

    1. Who does Paul say is responsible for moving and multiplying the Gospel into the future? (v.1)
    2. How can we ensure the future of the church’s leadership? (v.2)
    3. Donald Guthrie says, "The transmission of Christian truth must never be left to chance.” What two qualities must be present in a servant of God in order that he or she be entrusted to pass on the truth of Christ’s Gospel? (v.2)
    4. Why is suffering and persecution related to godliness? (v.3)
    5. What can be learned from these verses about 'how we are to work' in doing the job we’re called to? (vv.4-7)
    6. What are some biblical examples of leaders passing the baton?
     

    “Christians must major in the long view. We discipline our minds to see everything in this life as an investment in the next.”- Ryan Huguley

  • May 28, 2017Myths About Educating Our Children
    May 28, 2017
    Myths About Educating Our Children

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series The Sacred Image with a sermon for Christian Education Sunday in Proverbs 22:6 entitled “Myths About Educating Our Children”

    Questions:
    Proverbs 4 (read over the chapter a couple of times)
    Ice Breaker: In your experience, who has been your favourite teacher/instructor/coach and why? In what ways did they influence your growth?
     
    1. From these verses, what role must a parent accept in the life of their children?
    2. What would be of primary importance to share with your children? (also see Deut. 6:5-7)
    3. Ideally, how does a parent learn how to instruct their children? How else could a parent learn this? (vv.3-4)
    4. What are the benefits of good instruction? (vv.10-13)
    5. What will happen if we ignore the God-given role as teacher to our children? (vv.14-17)
    6. What role does the church play in the education of it’s members?
     

    “We teach best by how we live life; who we are instructs with absolute clarity.” - Bryant McGill

  • May 21, 2017God of Justice
    May 21, 2017
    God of Justice

    This week Pastor Max continues our series The Sacred Image with a sermon in Isaiah 1:16-18 entitled “God of Justice”

    Questions:
    Isaiah 1:16-18
    Ice Breaker: Think back to a time when you were wronged by someone. How did you respond to that incident? Was it a good or bad way of handling it?
    1. How would you define justice in your own words?
    2. Is there such a thing as universal morality? If so, where is the standard for universal morality to be found?
    3. Find and share three other verses from the Old Testament that illustrate God as the vindicator (provider of justice) of the oppressed?
    4. In what way does justice point to the reality of God's truth?
    5. In verse 16 God calls the people to stop sinning, and in verse 17 calls the people to seek justice. Why is seeking justice and not sinning so closely linked?

    6. How can we be champions of God’s justice in our daily lives?

    "I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than justice." - Abraham Lincoln

  • May 14, 2017A Woman’s Complete Guide to Unfading Beauty
    May 14, 2017
    A Woman’s Complete Guide to Unfading Beauty

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series The Sacred Image with a sermon for Mother’s Day in Proverbs 31:30 entitled “A Woman’s Complete Guide to Unfading Beauty”

    Questions:
    Proverbs 31:30

    Ice Breaker: In your opinion, what are the top 3 most important qualities of a desirable person?

    1. What things about you and your life determine your sense of identity?
    2. On what basis should a woman be valued?
    3. How can charm be “deceptive”, and why is beauty “vain”?
    4. Based on verses 10-31, what are the qualities of a godly woman?
    5. What is one area of your life that you need to work on to become a more godly person?
    6. What is the reward of a good woman?
     

    “Virtue is the fount whence honour springs.” – Christopher Marlowe

  • May 7, 2017The Legacy of Faith-Pastor Deric
    May 7, 2017
    The Legacy of Faith-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric begins his new series The Sacred Image with a sermon in Hebrews 11:23-29 entitled “The Legacy of Faith”

    Questions:
    Hebrews 11:23-29
    Ice Breaker: How would you define ‘faith’?
     
    1. How does the faith of Moses’ parents impact Moses himself? (v.23)
    2. What had Moses learned about life that enabled him to resist earthly temptations? (vv. 24-25)
    3. Identify the victory that the faithful achieve? (v.26)
    4. Describe what this passage tells us about the relationship between faith and perseverance? (v.27) (review Ex.6 to 14)                    
    5. How would the experiences of celebrating the Passover and crossing over the Red Sea change the nation of Israel? (v.28-29)
    6. Who are your ‘heroes’ of the faith? What have you learned from each of them?
     

    “Jesus, when I’m in fellowship with you, problems assume their right size, fears flee, worries shrink, hurts heal, anger melts, hope grows.”- Scotty Smith

  • Apr 30, 2017Put Your Heart In It-Pastor Deric
    Apr 30, 2017
    Put Your Heart In It-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series The Heart of the Matter with Part Two in 1 Chronicles 29:9-22 entitled "Put Your Heart In It"

    Questions:
    1 Chronicles 29:9-22

    Ice Breaker: Do you generally find saving money easy or hard? Is it easier to save for something specific?

    1. Why was King David’s heart bursting with praise and thankfulness? (read vv.1-9)
    2. What is the most exciting piece of information about the offering that was gathered?
    3. What does a generous giver indicate about his/her heart and attitude towards God?
    4. As expressed in his prayer, what was King David’s greatest joy? (v.17)
    5. Describe the connection between the temple and devotion to the law. (v.19)
    6. Can you see the same principles we’ve learned from David’s prayer at work in the church today? Explain your answer.                        
                        

    “Believing everything God has said in His Word is never risky, but it is dramatically risky to ever believe you know better than He does.”- Paul David Tripp

  • Apr 23, 2017The Heart of the Matter: Part One-Pastor Deric
    Apr 23, 2017
    The Heart of the Matter: Part One-Pastor Deric
    Series: Easter

    This week Pastor Deric begins his series The Heart of the Matter with Part One in Matthew 6:19-24

    Questions:
    Matthew 6:19-24
    Ice Breaker: If you had $100 to spend anywhere you wanted, what would you spend it on? What about $1,000?
    1. What is Jesus urging His followers to do in verses 19 and 20?
    2. What do you see as Jesus’ principle concern in verse 21?
    3. Is it wrong to work for a reward? Why or why not? (see 1Cor. 3:10-15; 9:24-27; Rev. 22:12)
    4. Practically speaking, how do I lay up treasures in Heaven?

    5. How important is a heavenly perspective in the life of a Christian?

    “In this broken world we won’t get paradise now, but the Cross guarantees us that a new heaven and new earth is in our future.”- Paul David Tripp

  • Apr 16, 2017Easter 2017 sermon-Pastor Deric
    Apr 16, 2017
    Easter 2017 sermon-Pastor Deric
    Series: Easter
    For Easter Sunday at the Living Arts Centre Pastor Deric taught us a powerful gospel message entitled "Thomas, The BELIEVER" from John 20:24-31
  • Apr 14, 2017Run the Race-Pastor Daniel Bell
    Apr 14, 2017
    Run the Race-Pastor Daniel Bell

    For Good Friday our guest Pastor Daniel Bell taught us from Hebrews 12:1-2 with a sermon entitled ”Run the Race"

  • Apr 9, 2017When I Survey the Wondrous Cross-Pastor Deric
    Apr 9, 2017
    When I Survey the Wondrous Cross-Pastor Deric
    This week Pastor Deric concludes his series In God We Trust from John 14-19 with a sermon entitled ”When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”
     
    Questions:
    John 18-19
    Ice Breaker: What’s the first thing you see or think of when you look at the Cross?
     
    1. Describe the make-up of the group that came to take Jesus into custody. What was it that united them?
    2. How would you describe and categorize the behavior and response of Jesus’ disciples to His arrest and ‘trial’?
    3. In chapter 18 verse 37, John quotes Jesus who says, “Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice”. Does this statement fit with our modern world’s understanding of truth?
    4. How do we show we are committed to the truth?
    5. Discuss the power of God over secular authorities on the basis on chapter 19 verse 11.
    6. Why would John refer to the fulfilling of Scripture in chapter 19 verses 24, 28, 36 and 37?
    7. What can we learn about courage to stand up for Jesus from the experience of Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea?
     
    “Today you can celebrate, that although your heart is fickle, easily distracted and tempted, Jesus, your Savior, is faithful.”- Paul David Tripp