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 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

  • 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 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 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
  • Mar 12, 2017The Great Game Changer-Pastor Deric
    Mar 12, 2017
    The Great Game Changer-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric concludes his series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”The Great Game Changer”

    Questions:
    John 16:16-33
    Ice Breaker: What has been the greatest personal joy you’ve experienced in the last 5 years or so?
    1. What is causing the confusion the disciples are experiencing in these verses? How does Jesus help them? (vv.16-20)
    2. How is it possible for sorrow to turn to joy? (vv.21-24)
    3. The disciples will soon be experiencing a devastating loss. What does Jesus mention as one of the benefits the disciples will receive after this loss? (vv.25-28)
    4. The disciples believed they now understood what Jesus was saying to them. (vv.29-30) What makes the decisive difference between not completely understanding the Bible and truly understanding God’s Word? (vv.29-31)
    5. How may our doubts be turned to faith and our fears be replaced by peace? (vv.31-33)
    6. What can we learn and apply from these verses regarding effective ministry to persecuted Christians? 
     

    “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” -  Augustine of Hippo

  • 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