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

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  • 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

  • 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
  • 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
    Aug 21, 2016
    The Rule of Love
    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
    Aug 14, 2016
    The Maturity of Love
    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