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

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  • 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

  • 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
  • Oct 16, 2016One Love-Pastor Greg
    Oct 16, 2016
    One Love-Pastor Greg

    This week Pastor Greg will be preaching a sermon from Deuteronomy 6:4-9 entitled “One Love.”

    Questions
    Deuteronomy 6:4-9
    Ice Breaker: If someone asks “What do you love?”, what immediately springs to mind?
    1. How is our understanding that the “Lord is one” (v.4) supported by New Testament passages? Give examples.
    2. Describe how we can love God with all of our heart, soul and might. (v.5) What would that look like? How do we love the Lord with our mind? (see Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27)
    3. If these words are “on our heart”, what difference should that make in our purpose or focus for daily living? (v.6)
    4. How did you come to first hear these truths? Do you believe them? If so, how are you doing at sharing these same truths? (vv.7-9)
    5. Is it possible to have ‘one love’ as this passage describes? Why would this have been hard to obey when it was first spoken and taught, and now when we read it or hear it preached?

     “There are no crown-wearers in Heaven who were not cross-bearers here below.”- Charles Spurgeon

  • Oct 9, 2016Developing Faith and Gratitude-Darryl Dash
    Oct 9, 2016
    Developing Faith and Gratitude-Darryl Dash

    This week our guest speaker is Pastor Darryl Dash who will be preaching a sermon from Luke 17:5-19 entitled “Developing Faith and Gratitude.”

    Questions
    Read Luke 17:5-19
    Ice Breaker: What are the qualities you appreciate in your friends?
    1. What wrong ideas do we have about faith? (vv.5-6) (also see Matt. 17:20)
    2. What is God’s expectation of us as His followers? (vv.7-10)
    3. How do you respond when another person asks you to forgive him or her? Do you need to do more?
    4. In what ways do you exercise faith in Jesus everyday?
    5. How has your faith been tested? (also read Rom. 1:16-17; 2 Cor. 5:6-7; 1 Thes. 5:23-24; James 1:5-8)
    6. What has God done for you that deserves your gratitude? (vv.11-19)
       
    “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”- C.S. Lewis

  • Oct 2, 2016Keeping the Main Thing, The Main Thing-Jim Reese
    Oct 2, 2016
    Keeping the Main Thing, The Main Thing-Jim Reese
    This week our guest speaker is Dr. Jim Reese who will be preaching a sermon from Psalm 150 entitled “Keeping the Main Thing, The Main Thing.”
     

    Questions
    Read Psalm 150
    Ice Breaker: In this hectic world we find ourselves in, how do you manage to stay focused on the ‘main thing’ of your day/week?
    1. Why doesn’t everything that has breath, ‘praise the Lord?’                                                                                    
    2. What are some of the things that get in the way of you spending more time bringing praise to God?
    3. List some of the things that you’re praising God for in your life. How do you react when you look at this list?
    4. When and where do you find it easiest to praise God? When is it hard to praise Him?
    5. Identify some of the scriptures you have read that especially cause or encourage you to bring your praises to the Lord.
    6. What are some other outcomes resulting from bringing our worship and praises to God? (see Heb. 13:15-16)

    “God is right to be a jealous God. He will not share His glory with another.”- Kevin DeYoung
  • 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
  • Sep 18, 2016Coram Deo-Pastor Deric
    Sep 18, 2016
    Coram Deo-Pastor Deric
    Series: Worship

    This week Pastor Deric concludes his series Worship with a sermon from Psalm 95 entitled “Coram Deo.”

    Questions
    Psalm 95
    Ice Breaker: How do you approach the list of tasks you face each day?
    1. Elaborate on the various descriptors of worship in verses 1-2 and explain why they are important in worship.
    2. How do our thoughts about God impact our worship? (vv.3-5)
    3. In the process of worshipping God, how have you experienced your relationship with Him change? (vv.6-7)
    4. As you remember the previous works of the Lord in your life, what does that do for your attitude and relationship with Him? (vv.7-11)
    5. “Coram Deo” is a Latin phrase translated “in the presence of God.” It is derived from Christian theology, which summarizes the idea of Christians living in the presence of, under the authority of, and to the honour and glory of God. After studying this passage, how might your response to the ice breaker question change? Is it possible to live this way?

    “They are the happiest, who have the lowest thoughts of themselves, and in whose eyes Jesus is the most glorious and precious.”- John Newton
  • Sep 11, 2016Wanted! True Worshippers-Pastor Deric
    Sep 11, 2016
    Wanted! True Worshippers-Pastor Deric
    Series: Worship

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series Worship with a sermon from John 4:23-24 entitled “Wanted! True Worshippers.”

    Questions
    Read John 4:1-24
    Ice Breaker: Think of and describe some of your most memorable times of worship.
    1. What is the significance of verse 4, “And he had to pass through Samaria.“?
    2. Describe some ways we can know that we are spiritually thirsty.
    3. How can you tell if you are worshipping God in spirit and truth in your public worship at church? In your private worship?
    4. Just as with the Samaritan woman in this passage, how is our confusion stripped away, and how are we enlightened to worship?
    5. In your own words, how would you now define a ‘true worshiper?’
     
    “We never move on from the Gospel, we move on in the Gospel.”- J.I. Packer
  • Sep 4, 2016The Good Shepherd-Mike Standish
    Sep 4, 2016
    The Good Shepherd-Mike Standish
    This week our guest speaker, Pastor Mike Standish teaches us from God's Word with a sermon from Psalm 23 entitled “The Good Shepherd."
     
    Questions
    Psalm 23
    1. What does it mean to you that the Lord is your Shepherd?
    2. What does it mean that he guides us “for his name’s sake”? (v.3)
    3. When we go through difficult circumstances in life why should we not fear? (v.4)
    4. What does the rod and staff of God represent? (v.4)
    5. What was the significance of God preparing a table for David in the presence of his enemies? (v.5)
    6. What is the end result of the Lord being our Shepherd? (v.6)
     
    “Satan and wicked men are not able to destroy (the saints) comforts, while they are anointed with the Holy Spirit, and drink of the cup of salvation which is ever full.” – Matthew Henry
  • Aug 28, 2016Made For Worship-Pastor Deric
    Aug 28, 2016
    Made For Worship-Pastor Deric
    Series: Worship
    This week Pastor Deric begins a new series #Worship as we look at 1 Chronicles 16:8-36 with a sermon entitled "Made For Worship."
    Questions
    1 Chronicles 16:8-36
    1. One aspect of worship is telling other people about God’s wondrous works (vv. 8-9). What are some everyday opportunities where we can do this?
    2. In verses 15-18 David recalls and rejoices in the everlasting covenant God made with Israel. What everlasting covenant can we rejoice in as believers?
    3. Why is holiness (v. 29) an important component of worship?
    4. In the Old Testament, animals were sacrificed as offerings to God. What offerings can we offer to God in worship today?
    5. David says the hearts of those who are seeking the Lord should rejoice (v. 10). Why is this so?
    6. In verse 12 we are encouraged to remember the previous works of God. What things can you remember that God has done for you?
    7. Take a moment to reflect upon your salvation and be prepared to share it as the Lord gives you opportunity (see v.23).

    “May we marvel at the mundane today, for God is at work doing extraordinary stuff in the midst of ordinary life.”- C.J. Mahaney

  • Aug 21, 2016The Rule of Love-Pastor Deric
    Aug 21, 2016
    The Rule of Love-Pastor Deric
    This week Pastor Deric continues his series The Greatest Is Love with a sermon from 1 Corinthians 16 entitled “The Rule of Love."
    Questions
    Read all of 1 Corinthians 16 for context
    1. Where do you see examples of wisdom wrapped in love from Paul in these verses? (vv.1-4)
    2. Here, in verses 5 to 12, we see continued wisdom and boldness from Paul, but also great sensitivity. Where and how did Paul show his sensitivity in these verses?
    3. Why would Paul’s command in verse 14 be so important to the church in Corinth and then also to the church today? (review the subject matter of chapters 1, 3, 5 and 6)
    4. What was the importance of ‘the household of Stephanas’ within the church at Corinth, and why would Paul make mention of them at this point? (vv.15-16)
    5. What would it look like if we were to apply the lesson from verses 15 to 18 in our church today?
    6. What is the message behind the greetings in verses 19 to 20?
    7. How would you define the love Paul describes and demonstrates in this chapter?
    “If you uproot an idol in your life and fail to plant the love of Christ in its place, the idol will grow back or be replaced with another.” - Timothy Keller
  • Aug 14, 2016The Maturity of Love-Pastor Deric
    Aug 14, 2016
    The Maturity of Love-Pastor Deric
    This week Pastor Deric continues his series The Greatest Is Love with a sermon from 1 Timothy 1:5 entitled “The Maturity of Love."
     
    Questions
    1 Timothy 1:5 & Romans 13:9
    1. How do the goals of the false teachers differ from the ultimate goal of Paul’s teaching as an Apostle?  How does that compare with false teachers of today? (1 Tim 1:5)
    2. How would you describe and contrast God’s view and definition of love compared to the world’s definition? (1 Tim 1:5) (also see Mt 5:44; Jn 15:13; Rom 5:8; 12:9; 13:10; Eph 4:15; Heb 13:1)
    3. How is it possible to acquire a Godly form of love for the world? (see Jn 5:42; 8:42; 14:15; 15:10) How is a mature love lived out in our world? (Rom 13:9)
    4. What is God’s purpose for the Law and Jesus’ example of Godly love? (Rom 13:9)
    5. How does the local church benefit from the membership of mature believers with mature love? (Rom 13:9)
    “Truth without love is imperious self-righteousness. Love without truth is cowardly self-indulgence.” - Timothy Keller
  • Aug 7, 2016The Discipline of Love-Pastor Deric
    Aug 7, 2016
    The Discipline of Love-Pastor Deric
    This week Pastor Deric continues his series The Greatest Is Love with a sermon from Hebrews 12:1-11 entitled “The Discipline of Love."
     
    Questions
    Hebrews 12:1-11
    1. Why is it important to fix our attention upon Jesus, especially when discipline is difficult? (vv.3-6)
    2. How does discipline from the Lord help us? How is love shown through discipline? (vv.6-7)
    3. When on the receiving end of discipline, what are your first thoughts about how you’d like to proceed? How is that different from what the writer says in verses 6 through 8?
    4. How is the discipline of our Heavenly Father different than the discipline we receive from our earthly father? (vv.9-10)
    5. In what ways might your long-term response to discipline be different from your short-term response? (v.11)
    6. How do you recognize God’s discipline in your life? How do you respond to it?
    “Love is primarily, giving. It’s an action that leads to a feeling, not a feeling first.”- Timothy Keller