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

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  • 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
  • Apr 2, 2017Love So Amazing, So Divine: Jesus Journeys Towards the Cross-Dr. Scotty Smith
    Apr 2, 2017
    Love So Amazing, So Divine: Jesus Journeys Towards the Cross-Dr. Scotty Smith
    This week our guest speaker Dr. Scotty Smith taught us from John 18:1-14 with a sermon entitled ”Love So Amazing, So Divine: Jesus Journeys Towards the Cross”
     
    Questions:
    John 18:1-14
    Ice Breaker: If there was one thing you’d love to do in your service to God and His church, what would that be? 1. Which attribute or aspect of Jesus’ being does John clearly show in these verses of chapter 18?
    2. What can a follower of Jesus count on? (vv.7-11)
    3. Describe what Jesus’ actions are foreshadowing in these verses? (vv.12-14)
    4. What would you describe as the most impactful words or actions of Jesus in these verses?
    5. How would you describe the amazing love Jesus has for you?
     
    “We don’t produce our significance like a professional achievement. God gives us significance as we put ourselves in His mighty hands.”- Ray Ortlund
  • Mar 26, 2017Jesus Prays for You-Pastor Max
    Mar 26, 2017
    Jesus Prays for You-Pastor Max

    This week Pastor Max concludes his series Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer from John 17 with a sermon entitled ”Jesus Prays for You!”

    Questions:
    John 17:20-26
    Ice Breaker: Describe a true ‘prayer warrior’ you have known. What can you identify as a possible reason for their passion to pray?
    1. What pattern is Jesus beginning to lay out here in this portion of His prayer? (vv.20-22)
    2. How does the unity Jesus describes within the body, affect the world around us? How do you believe we are doing in this regard? (v.23)
    3. Describe the ultimate picture of the unity Jesus is praying for. (v.24)
    4. What is the desired result when there is unity in the body, as Jesus describes in verses 25 and 26?
    5. What are some ways our church can reflect the unity Jesus prayed for in this chapter?
    6. How does the modern world see the love of God in Christian believers?
     
    “Let us preach Christ, sing of Christ, look upon Christ and become what we behold.”- Kevin DeYoung
  • Mar 19, 2017Power and Glory-Pastor Max
    Mar 19, 2017
    Power and Glory-Pastor Max

    This week Pastor Max begins his series Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer from John 17 with a sermon entitled ”Power and Glory”

    Questions:
    John 17:1-5
    Ice Breaker: What is the most amazing thing you have ever witnessed and why would you say so?
     
    1. As Jesus opens his prayer and calls out to His Father, how would you describe Jesus deepest desire? (v.1)
    2. What is Jesus’ purpose according to the authority that has been give to Him from His Father? (v.2)
    3. How is ‘eternal life’ defined in verse 3 and what is crucial about the word ‘know’ in this same verse?
    4. How does Jesus set a model for us in terms of how we are to approach our life and ministry? (v.4)
    5. What are the 2 aspects of ‘glory’ spoken of in the opening paragraph of chapter 17?
    6. How would you describe the relationship between Jesus and His Father?
    7. How does this particular prayer of Jesus compare to other times He prayed? Please give references with similarities and differences.
     

    “Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire, unuttered or expressed.” - James Montgomery

  • 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
  • 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