Apr 10, 2016
The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ
This week Pastor Deric share a special message from Luke 24:45-53 entitled "The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ.”
Questions

Luke 24:45-53

Ice Breaker: I love planning! There’s almost nothing more fun for me than mapping out the details of a project. I go over and over my plan until I have all of the most intricate details in place. On the other hand, the actual ‘hands-on’ execution of the plan is not nearly so much fun for me. I like to see it progressing and ultimately completed, but the “doing” is not where I get my greatest joy.
 
What about you? There must be things that just seem natural and/or easy to you. Are there other related areas that are far more difficult to grasp, master or just far less interesting?
 
1. From the content of verse 45, describe what makes the Scriptures unique? How did the disciples' experience here change things for them?
 
2. By comparing Him with other great leaders, explain how Jesus is unique as a leader. (vv. 46-48)
 
3. In your own words, how would you describe the mission that Jesus has left for His church? (vv. 47-48)
 
4. Why is the imagery Jesus uses important regarding His description of the power that was coming to the disciples? (v. 49)
 
5. What is it that should drive every believer to serve in Jesus’ church? Why do you serve in the church?  (v. 50)
 
6. How did the disciples react to Jesus’ ascension to heaven? Are you surprised at their reaction?
 
“Becoming a Christian doesn’t mean you can erase your past, but it does mean you have an entirely new future."- Kevin De Young
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  • Apr 10, 2016The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ
    Apr 10, 2016
    The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ
    This week Pastor Deric share a special message from Luke 24:45-53 entitled "The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ.”
    Questions
    
Luke 24:45-53

    Ice Breaker: I love planning! There’s almost nothing more fun for me than mapping out the details of a project. I go over and over my plan until I have all of the most intricate details in place. On the other hand, the actual ‘hands-on’ execution of the plan is not nearly so much fun for me. I like to see it progressing and ultimately completed, but the “doing” is not where I get my greatest joy.
     
    What about you? There must be things that just seem natural and/or easy to you. Are there other related areas that are far more difficult to grasp, master or just far less interesting?
     
    1. From the content of verse 45, describe what makes the Scriptures unique? How did the disciples' experience here change things for them?
     
    2. By comparing Him with other great leaders, explain how Jesus is unique as a leader. (vv. 46-48)
     
    3. In your own words, how would you describe the mission that Jesus has left for His church? (vv. 47-48)
     
    4. Why is the imagery Jesus uses important regarding His description of the power that was coming to the disciples? (v. 49)
     
    5. What is it that should drive every believer to serve in Jesus’ church? Why do you serve in the church?  (v. 50)
     
    6. How did the disciples react to Jesus’ ascension to heaven? Are you surprised at their reaction?
     
    “Becoming a Christian doesn’t mean you can erase your past, but it does mean you have an entirely new future."- Kevin De Young
  • Mar 27, 2016Easter at LAC 2016
    Mar 27, 2016
    Easter at LAC 2016
    Series: Easter
    Pastor Deric teaches us Jesus' words to the thief on the cross next to him "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise" from Luke 23:43 as we celebrate Resurrection Sunday at the Living Arts Centre!
  • Mar 20, 2016The Meaning of Baptism
    Mar 20, 2016
    The Meaning of Baptism
    Pastor Deric teaches us "The Meaning of Baptism" in several different Scripture passages as we celebrated 6 baptisms.
     
    Questions
    Ice Breaker: Who is the first person you remember recognizing as an authority figure in your life?
     
    Read Matthew 28:18-20
    1. Describe the importance of the word “all” in this passage. (also read Acts 1:6-11)
    2. What are two significant applications for life of a follower of Jesus that can be pulled from this passage?
     
    Read Romans 6:1-4
    3. What does the ordinance of baptism state about the one being baptized?
     
    Read Acts 2:40-47
    4. How is the process of witnessing, salvation and baptism described in the time of Acts? How is that different than our modern times?
    5. Describe the community that was growing in these early days of the church. What were some of the unique attributes of this new community?
     
    “If you look down at the poor or stay aloof from their suffering, you have not really understood or experienced God’s grace.” - Timothy Keller
  • Mar 13, 2016Ask with Confidence
    Mar 13, 2016
    Ask with Confidence
    Pastor Deric concludes our series “Your 100 Day Prayer” with a sermon entitled “Ask with Confidence” from Hebrews 4:14-16.
     
    Questions
    Hebrews 4:14-16
    Ice Breaker: What is it about some people that just make it so easy and pleasant for you to be around?

    1. What are three significant statements the author of Hebrews makes about Jesus? (v.14)

    2. We are called at the end of verse 14 to “hold fast to our confession” or faith. How does verse 15 suggest we do that?

    3. What makes Jesus superior to any other priest? (v.15) (see Heb. 7:27; 1 Pet. 1:19)

    4. How should we respond to our sinless Saviour? (v.16) (see Heb. 7:25; Lk. 18:9-14)

    5. Why is Jesus so approachable in our prayers? (v.16)

    “The gospel is not only the most important message in all of history; it is the only essential message in all of history.”- Jerry Bridges
  • Mar 3, 2016Ask For the Impossible
    Mar 3, 2016
    Ask For the Impossible
    Pastor Deric continues our current series “Your 100 Day Prayer” with a sermon entitled “Ask For the Impossible” from Jeremiah 32:27
     
    Questions
    Please read all of Jeremiah 32, verses 1 through 44
     
    Ice Breaker: Have you ever encountered a task or a job that your first reaction was, “this impossible?"
     
    What did you do? What was the outcome?
     
    1. What do we see as the purpose behind the message that Jeremiah has brought to King Zedekiah and the people of Judah in verses 1 to 5?
     
    2. Describe the action and the reason behind what God was telling Jeremiah to do. (vv.6-15)
     
    3. What is the hope that Jeremiah clings to in the midst of his prayer to God?  (vv.16-25)
     
    4. Describe the events concerning the fate of the people of Judah and consider how they might be inspired to endure to the end. (vv.26-35)
     
    5. How could God’s response to Jeremiah in this passage describe our contemporary western society?
     
    6. Describe the “light at the end of the tunnel” for Jeremiah and the people of Judah. (vv.36-44) How should we to be encouraged by this truth?
     

    “The Gospel has supernatural versatility to address the particular hopes, fears and idols of every culture and every person.”- Timothy Keller

  • Feb 28, 2016God in our Catastrophes
    Feb 28, 2016
    God in our Catastrophes
    Pastor Deric continues our current series "Your 100 Day Prayer" with a sermon entitled "God in our Catastrophes" from Psalm 46.
     
    Questions:
    Psalm 46
    Ice Breaker: When it comes to the unexpected trouble in your life, do you 'lose it' because you are a bit of a control freak, or do you generally remain calm and 'chill' in the midst of it?
     
    1. From the first 6 verses of Psalm 46 what are some of the events in life that can cause us to be vulnerable? (vv.1-6)
     
    2. Find examples in the passage of blessings or opportunities we receive in the midst of suffering (see Deut. 4:7; Jer. 5:22)
     
    3. Describe ways we can see evidence of God's supremacy in our struggles.
     
    4. What is the image of God that the psalmist leave you with? (vv.4-7) (see Matt. 28:20)
     
    5. How is it possible to have peace at times like these? (vv.8-11) (see Is. 2:11)
     
    "Much of our difficulty stems from our unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust ourselves accordingly." - A.W. Tozer
  • Feb 21, 2016Stress Free
    Feb 21, 2016
    Stress Free
    Pastor Deric continues our current series "Your 100 Day Prayer" with a sermon entitled "Stress Free" from Psalm 55:22.

    Questions
    Psalm 55:22
    Background: This psalm is a prayer for God’s help against dangerous enemies who hate the faithful. It was written by David during the revolt led by his son Absalom, who was supported by his close friend and counsellor Ahithophel. David provided this psalm for God’s people to sing when under this same kind of duress.

    Ice Breaker: Stress is a reality in life and comes at us from a wide variety of sources.

    How good are you at dealing with stress? What are some of the ways you’ve been taught or learned to cope with stress?

    1. How does David direct us to approach our cares and burdens? (also see 1 Pet. 5:7)

    2. How does God promise to respond to the troubles that we will face in life? (also see Gen. 45:11; Neh. 9:21)

    3. What difference does God make, when we engage Him in our struggle with the everyday realities of life? (Gal. 6:2)

    4. How are we able to include our Heavenly Father in our daily burdens? (Heb. 4:16)

    5. What would be God’s purpose in this?

    “On my very best days, I’m not good enough to enter God’s presence and on my very worst days, I’m not beyond God’s grace and love.” - Dwayne Cline
  • Jan 31, 2016People Pleasing vs God Fearing
    Jan 31, 2016
    People Pleasing vs God Fearing
    Pastor Deric continues his current series "Your 100 Day Prayer" with a sermon entitled "People Pleasing vs God Fearing" from Luke 12:1-9.
     
    Questions:
    Luke 12:1-9
    Ice Breaker: What’s it gonna be? Life often presents choices as we navigate through the years. Some are big, course-altering choices and others are smaller, less significant decisions.
    How do you approach 'decision making' in your life?
     
    1. Why would the example of the Pharisees' life of hypocrisy be so dangerous? (vv.1-3)
     
    2. What is the principle behind living without fear of what might happen to us and our lives here on earth? (vv.4-5)
     
    3. Can a person in this world really live without worrying? (vv.6-7)
     
    4. What would be one of the most significant differences in the life of one who has a healthy and correct fear of God? (vv.8-9)
     
    5. Describe the expected outcomes of a life lived in faithful obedience to God.
     
    “God relentlessly offers His grace to people who do not deserve it, seek it, or appreciate it after they have been saved by it.”
    - Timothy Keller
  • Jan 24, 2016The Lord is Near!
    Jan 24, 2016
    The Lord is Near!
    Pastor Deric continues his current series "Your 100 Day Prayer" with a sermon entitled "The Lord is Near!" from Philippians 4:4-7.
     
    Questions:
    Philippians 4:4-7
    Ice Breaker: There’s something crucial about remaining calm in the midst of a ‘storm.' I’m not always good at it, but it makes a very positive difference in the outcome.
    How are you able to remain grounded and steady in the midst of trials?
     
    1. These were not easy times for Paul (Acts 16:19-24) and for the church (1:29-30) at Philippi. What is it that makes the kind of joy Paul is speaking about, possible in difficult times? (v.7) (also see James 1:2-5)
     
    2. What does ‘reasonableness’ have to do with joy? (v.5)
     
    3. In the midst of difficult times (1:28; 3:1; 4:1), what would be the cure for anxiousness? (v.6)
     
    4. As we consider the three part description of Paul’s call for prayer in verse 6, how would you construct your prayer to God?
     
    5. How would you describe the peace Paul is talking about? (v.7) (Col. 3:15)
     
    6. How would you define Christian joy?
     
    “Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.”- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
  • Jan 17, 2016God Feels What You Feel
    Jan 17, 2016
    God Feels What You Feel
    Pastor Deric continues his current series "Your 100 Day Prayer" with a sermon entitled "God Feels What You Feel" from Isaiah 63:7-19.
     
    Questions:
    Isaiah 63:7-19
    Ice Breaker: Sometimes it seems that we can be 'knocked off stride' by the simplest, as well as the biggest things life throws at us. Other times we seem to be able to handle even the most difficult twists and turns of life with little or no affect. I think I’m usually somewhere in the middle. While the big issues of life can certainly get to me, there are times when insignificant things set me off as well. I’m sure we all have those moments from time to time.

    How do you regain your footing in life after you’ve been disturbed enough to be knocked off stride?

    1. From this passage, how do the people of God view their God? (v.7)

    2. God identifies with His people in such a way that He commits Himself to them in action. In what ways has God ‘saved’ his children? (vv.8-9)

    3. Why would the 'Holy Spirit’ specifically be grieved by their rebellion and what was the result? (v.10)

    4. In the thick of the rebellion, everything changes for God’s people. How does God ‘change’? (vv.11-13)

    5. What is God’s purpose and reason for all of this? (v.14-19)

    6. How do we know that God feels what we feel? (vv.7-19)

    “If you do not die to sin, you shall die for sin. If you do not slay sin, sin will slay you.”- Charles H. Spurgeon

  • Jan 10, 2016Anxiety and Prayer
    Jan 10, 2016
    Anxiety and Prayer
    Pastor Deric begins a brand new series "Your 100 Day Prayer" with a sermon entitled "Anxiety and Prayer" from Matthew 6:25-34

    Questions:
    Matthew 6:25-34
    Ice Breaker: Glass half full or glass half empty. We all know people who are natural optimists and others who are natural pessimists. Some folks are just naturally positive and upbeat and others are more likely to point out the problems and the downside.

    So. What about you? Is the glass half full or half empty?

    1. What would be the fundamental problem regarding a ‘Christian state of mind’ that is rooted in anxiousness? (v.25)

    2. What logical reasoning is Jesus using to convince His followers? (vv.26-27) (Psalm 147:9)

    3. How has the world around us affected our mindset and our pursuits in life? (vv.30-32) (also see Matt 16:8-10; 17:19-20)

    4. Draw a vertical line down the middle of your page. On one side describe a life of anxiousness and on the other, a life of confidence. Which side might you be more naturally drawn to?

    5. What then, is the answer to worry in life?

    “Jesus wants your obedience over your sacrifice. In other words, He wants you, not what you have to offer.”- Timothy Keller
  • Jan 3, 2016There Is No One Like Our God
    Jan 3, 2016
    There Is No One Like Our God
    This week Pastor Deric share a special message from Deuteronomy 33:26-27 entitled "There Is No One Like Our God."
     
    Questions:
    Please read Deuteronomy 33:26-27
    Ice Breaker: Who is the most influential person you’ve ever met?

    1. How is the God described here unique to all other gods?

    2. How are the people of God also unique? (also see v.29)

    3. From your overall impression of God from these verses, how would you describe God to someone?

    4. How does the phrase from verse 26 “rides through the heavens to your help” impact your image and understanding of God?

    5. From this passage, what is the lasting understanding about God that you’re left with?

    “The great basis of Christian assurance is not how much our hearts are set on God, but how unshakeably His heart is set on us.” - Tim Keller

  • Dec 27, 2015The Story Behind the Story
    Dec 27, 2015
    The Story Behind the Story
    Series: Various
    This week Pastor Deric share a special message from John 1:1-14 entitled "The Story Behind the Story."

    Questions:

    Please read John 1:1-14 & 29
    
Ice Breaker: I love a great story, both fiction and non-fiction! There are many types of stories and two of my  favourites are adventure stories and biographies. 
 
In your opinion, what makes a story great?


    1. How does John begin to build his case for the importance of the central character in his gospel? (vv. 1-5)  

    2. There are different kinds of ‘life’ including physical, spiritual and eternal. How would this passage describe the origins of ‘life’? (v.4) (also see, John 14:6)

    3. How do you understand this passage to describe the relationship between ‘light’ and ‘darkness’? (vv.4-5)

    4. Why was it that the world did not know and recognize the Lord Jesus Christ when He was present? (vv.9-11)

    5. Since the early church, Christians talk about being ‘born again’ and in verse 13 John describes being “born of God.”  Describe in your own words what it means to be ‘born of God.’ (vv. 11-13, 29) (also see John 3:3; Peter 1:3, 23)

    6. How can you find ways to focus all year long on the importance of the incarnation? 


    “There are some mysteries that shut us out, and there are some that invite us in. The Trinity invites us in to discover and know our God." - Nabeel Qureshi
  • Dec 20, 2015For We…Have Come To Worship Him
    Dec 20, 2015
    For We…Have Come To Worship Him
    Pastor Deric concludes our Christmas series "Come Together for Christmas" with a sermon entitled "For we...have come to worship Him" from Matthew 2:2.

    Questions:
    Matthew 2:2
    Ice Breaker: What one thing about Jesus causes you to worship Him this Christmas?

    1. What does the Magi asking “where is he” say about what they expected from the Jews in Jerusalem?

    2. The Magi were ready to worship Jesus as they arrived and met Him. What did they know about Him that required their worship?

    3. What does the fact that this diverse entourage who came to worship Jesus suggest about how we are to worship?

    4. How would this experience of meeting and worshiping Jesus have affected the Magi? (see v.11)

    5. What have you learned from this ‘Come Together for Christmas’ series and how are you going to apply that to your worship of Jesus this Christmas and into 2016?

    “Abraham knew the Lord as a promise maker, Moses knew Him as a promise keeper, but we know the One in whom all the promises are yes and amen.”- Kevin DeYoung
  • Dec 13, 2015Enduring Divine Hardship
    Dec 13, 2015
    Enduring Divine Hardship
    Pastor Deric continues our Christmas series "Come Together for Christmas" with a sermon entitled "Enduring Divine Hardships" from Matthew 2:13-23
     
    Questions:
    Matthew 2:13-23
    Ice Breaker: You don’t have to be from a war-torn area of the world to have experienced times of difficulty and even great hardships in life.
    How have you experienced God’s wisdom and provision in times of difficulty in your life?
     
    1. Why would it seem strange that God would send Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus to Egypt of all places? (vv.13-15)
     
    2. What portion of God’s message to Joseph might seem a little different, and why might that be? (v.13b)
     
    3. How does Herod’s arrogance toward God seem somewhat familiar in the world today? (v.16)
     
    4. In the midst of a great tragedy in the region of Bethlehem, how might there be a glimmer of hope? (v.18) (see Jer. 31:16-17)
     
    5. What would be the significance of Jesus’ growing up in Nazareth as opposed to a city like Jerusalem? (vv.19-23)
     
    6. What does this passage have to say to you about what Christians should expect to encounter regarding hardships in the world we live in?
     
    “The head finds reasons to disbelieve when the heart is unwilling to surrender.”- Kevin DeYoung