Jul 31, 2016
The Royal Law of Love-Pastor Deric
This week Pastor Deric continues his series The Greatest Is Love with a sermon from James 2:1-13 entitled “The Royal Law of Love."
Questions
James 2:1-13
1. How does James describe his view of the Law? (vv.8-11) Why is James’ understanding of ‘partiality’ important to this passage?
2. Who is ‘my neighbor’ according to Jesus? (v.8) (also see Mt 22:34-40; Luke 11:29-37; Rom 13:9-10; Gal 5:14)
3. Why does James make specific reference to ‘speaking’ and ‘acting’ when referring to our behaviour? (v.12)
4. According to verse 13, what were James’ readers failing to do?
5. Why is showing mercy the right thing to do?
“When we confront people who are in sin, we should not expect that they will thank us for it.” - Kevin DeYoung
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  • Jul 31, 2016The Royal Law of Love-Pastor Deric
    Jul 31, 2016
    The Royal Law of Love-Pastor Deric
    This week Pastor Deric continues his series The Greatest Is Love with a sermon from James 2:1-13 entitled “The Royal Law of Love."
    Questions
    James 2:1-13
    1. How does James describe his view of the Law? (vv.8-11) Why is James’ understanding of ‘partiality’ important to this passage?
    2. Who is ‘my neighbor’ according to Jesus? (v.8) (also see Mt 22:34-40; Luke 11:29-37; Rom 13:9-10; Gal 5:14)
    3. Why does James make specific reference to ‘speaking’ and ‘acting’ when referring to our behaviour? (v.12)
    4. According to verse 13, what were James’ readers failing to do?
    5. Why is showing mercy the right thing to do?
    “When we confront people who are in sin, we should not expect that they will thank us for it.” - Kevin DeYoung
  • Jul 24, 2016Being Your Best Within the Body-Pastor Max
    Jul 24, 2016
    Being Your Best Within the Body-Pastor Max
    This week Pastor Max concludes his series Being the Body, with a sermon from 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 entitled “Being Your Best Within the Body”
     
    Questions:
    1 Corinthians 12:12-31
     
    1. What point is Paul making with the ‘body’ metaphor? (see Rom. 12:4-8; Eph. 1:22-23; 4:4, 12-16; 5:23; Col. 1:18, 24)

    2. Did Paul emphasize diversity or unity in the body? Did he treat both equally? Back up your answer with examples from the text. (vv.12-31)

    3. How are we to value the different gifts of the Spirit? (Eph. 4:4-6, 5:30)

    4. What is the purpose of gifts of the Spirit? What is your most dominant spiritual gift?

    5. What do all of the gifts of the Spirit have in common? (see vv.3, 11, 28)

    6. What is the difference between ‘skills’ and ‘spiritual gifts’? (Matt. 10:1; Rom. 1:1; 1 Cor. 12:6-11)

    “If somebody watched your life for 60 days – your priorities, actions and spending – where would they conclude your heart lies? - Andy Bannister
  • Jul 17, 2016Who Is Accountable?-Pastor Max
    Jul 17, 2016
    Who Is Accountable?-Pastor Max
    This week Pastor Max continues his series “Being the Body” with a sermon from 1 Corinthians 5:1-12.
     

    Questions:
    1 Corinthians 15:1-12
    1. What seems to be Paul’s greatest concern in the opening paragraph of this passage? (vv.1-2)
     
    2. What is the church's obligation in a situation like this? (vv.3-5)

    3. What is the risk to the church if it does not respond properly to such a situation? (vv.5-8)

    4. How does Paul counsel the believer to respond and relate to professing Christians whose lives indicate significant moral failure? (vv.9-12)

    5. What is the ultimate goal of church discipline? (for example, see Matt 18:15; 2 Cor 2:5-11; Eph 4:29; Col 3:12-13; 1 Thes 5:14-22)
     
    “Pride is the carbon monoxide of sin. It silently and slowly kills you, without you even knowing.” - Timothy Keller

  • Jul 10, 2016The Ultimate Love
    Jul 10, 2016
    The Ultimate Love
    This week Pastor Deric continues our current series The Greatest Is Love with a sermon from Matthew 23:34-40 entitled “The Ultimate Love.”
     
    Questions:

    Matthew 23:34-40
     
    
1. Explain what the Pharisees were trying to accomplish in their confrontations with Jesus. What was the fuel that drove their scheme? (vv.34-35) (also see 22:18)
    2. How was Jesus’ response to the Pharisees trap so perfect, considering their motives? (vv. 36-38) (also see Deut. 6:4-5)
    3. How would you make the connection between the first commandment Jesus gave them, and the second? (vv.39-40)
    4. How do you see the local church at work fulfilling these commands?
    5. These two commandments seem pretty straightforward. Why do we find them such a challenge to follow through on?
     
    “God’s incredible generosity toward us compels and empowers us to be incredibly generous toward others.”- Andy Bannister
  • Jul 3, 2016Covenant, Community & Church
    Jul 3, 2016
    Covenant, Community & Church
    This week Pastor Max continues his series “Being the Body” with a sermon from 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.
    Questions:

    1 Corinthians 11:17-34
    Ice Breaker: Outside of your family, where have you experienced the best example of ‘community’ and why do you think so?
    1. What did the behaviour of the people in the church at Corinth signify to Paul? (vv 17-22) Where do behaviours of this kind come from?
    2. Why do we celebrate the Lord’s Supper and what is the significance of the observance of the Lord’s Supper? (vv 23-26)
    3. What should be our focus during the Lord’s Supper? (vv 27-29)
    4. How are we to understand judging ourselves and God’s judgment in theses verses? (vv 29-34)
    5. When you celebrate the Lord’s Supper, do you find yourself focusing more on personal introspection and confession or more on the unity and loving fellowship of the church?
     
    “The tragedy of humanity is that we strive for and fail to find what we could simply receive and enjoy.” - Timothy Keller
  • Jun 26, 2016Never Separated from His Love
    Jun 26, 2016
    Never Separated from His Love
    This week Pastor Deric continues our current series with a sermon from Romans 8:31-39 entitled “Never Separated from His Love.”

    Questions:

    Romans 8:31-39
    
Ice Breaker: Have you ever been on the receiving end of undeserved forgiveness? Have you ever forgiven an indiscretion committed by someone who was unrepentant? In either case, how did you feel?

    1. In the second part of verse 31, Paul asks the question, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” How does it make you feel that “God is for” you, for the believer?  What practical difference does that make in your life?

    2. Explain and elaborate on Paul’s logic about why God “freely gives us all things." (v.32) What does that mean? (also see Gen 22:1-19)

    3. Describe how we are free from all charges that could be brought against us. (v.33-34) (also see Rom 3:21-28) (additional OT readings: Is 50:8-9; 52:13-53:12; Zech 3:1-5)

    4. What does the phrase ”we are more than conquerors” mean on a day-to-day level, rather than the eternal level? (vv.35-39)

    5. Why does Paul take the time to describe what God, and Jesus His Son, have done for us? What difference does all this make?
     
    “The single greatest obstacle to the Gospel’s impact has not been its inability to provide answers, but the failure on our part to live it out.” - Ravi Zacharias
  • Jun 19, 2016A Father’s Day Checklist
    Jun 19, 2016
    A Father’s Day Checklist
    Series: Fathers Day
    This week Pastor Deric teaches us from Titus 2:1-2 & 6-8 entitled “A Father’s Day Checklist.”

    Questions
    Titus 2:1-2 & 6-8
    Ice Breaker: Who have been the most influential men in your life and why?

    1. Who are called to be the teachers in the church and what qualifies them to teach? (vv. 1,7,8) (also see 1 Tim 3:1-13; Titus 1:6-9)
     
    2. Describe the kind of life that Paul says the older men are to model for the younger men. Why is this important? (v.2) (also see 2 Tim 3:14-15; Heb 13:7)

    3. How are the younger men to influence the church and the community? (v.6-7) (also see 1 Cor 16:13)

    4. What roles can you see younger men being called to by this passage? (v.7)

    5. How will the church and the community around us know what we believe and stand for? (v.8) (also see Mt 12:34; Lk 21:15)
     
    “Not only must something be done to evangelize the millions, but everything must be done.” - Charles H. Spurgeon
  • Jun 12, 2016The Supremacy of Love
    Jun 12, 2016
    The Supremacy of Love
    This week Pastor Deric continues our current series with a message from 1 Corinthians entitled “The Supremacy of Love.”

    Questions

    1 Corinthians 13
    Ice Breaker: What is the greatest motivator in your life? What is that one thing that consistently drives you, the thing that keeps you striving forward, day in and day out?

    1. What value do spiritual gifts have? How does love relate to the value of spiritual gifts?(vv.1-3)

    2. What are the ‘characteristics of love’ that you find the most challenging to acquire and demonstrate on a consistent basis? (vv.4-7)

    3. How would you describe love? Does your defi nition look anything like Paul’s? (vv.8-13) (also see Eph. 4:11-16; 1 Cor. 14:20; 2 Pet. 3:18)

    4. Does Paul’s defi nition of love look more like something you feel or something you do? By Paul’s definition, what kinds of things would qualify as love?

    5. How can we develop the kind of love Paul is talking about here? (see Gal.5:22-23; Col. 3:16-17; Heb. 13:1-2; 1 John 4:7)
     
    “Difficult people are often hiding secret suffering. Before you drop the hammer, try an open heart and a helping hand.”- Kevin DeYoung
  • Jun 5, 2016Pumped About His People!
    Jun 5, 2016
    Pumped About His People!
    This week Pastor Deric begins a new series “The Greatest Is Love” with a sermon from Zephaniah 3:17 entitled “Pumped About His People!“

    Questions
    Zephaniah 3:17
    Ice Breaker: Do you ever get REALLY excited about being with people? For me, there’s nothing like being with good friends and family! These are the ones I can relax with and truly be myself. I break out into a grin just thinking about how good it will be!
     
    Who do you get really excited to spend time with?
     
    1. What is it that brings about this celebration and great expression of joy from God? (see 3:9-16)
     
    2. From the very first line of verse 17, how do we know that God cares about His people?
     
    3. Through His prophet, God calls Himself “mighty one” in verse 17. Where else in Scripture can we find Him described in this way?
                        
    4. What promise does He make to His people?
              
    5. Describe God’s response to the condition and the needs of His people?
     
    6. Describe the exuberant image of God this verse presents. How might this image change the picture you have of Him in your mind?
     
    “All that we have to do is quite beyond our unaided power; we must have our Master with us, or we can do nothing.” - Charles Spurgeon
  • May 29, 2016What is the Church? (And Why Does It Matter?)
    May 29, 2016
    What is the Church? (And Why Does It Matter?)
    Pastor Max teaches us this week with a sermon entitled “What is the Church? (And Why Does It Matter?” from 1 Corinthians 1:2-3. This is part one of a three part series entitled “Being The Body.”
     
    Questions

    1 Corinthians 1:2-3
    Ice Breaker: In a world culture that has been promoting individuality for all its worth, how comfortable are you in the knowledge that you’re really part of a much larger body?
     
    1. In verse 2, what is Paul reminding the church in Corinth?
     
    2. What does it mean to be ‘holy’ in God’s view?
     
    3. What initial concern and theme for his letter is Paul introducing in this verse? (also see 1 Cor. 10:17; 12:12-27)
     
    4. How should we understand the terms ‘grace’ and ‘peace’? (v.3) (also see Rom. 1:7)
     
    5. What similarities and differences do you see comparing the intro verses in this letter, to the introductions in Romans 1:1-7, 2 Corinthians 1:1-2, Galatians 1:1-3, and Ephesians 1:1-2?
     
    6. In keeping with what we’ve been reminded of in these verses, how should you approach ‘your’ church and its ministries?
     
    “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”- Corrie Ten Boom
  • May 22, 2016Close the Gap In Following Jesus
    May 22, 2016
    Close the Gap In Following Jesus
    This week Pastor Deric shares a message from John 6 entitled “Close the Gap In Following Jesus.”
    Questions
    
John 6
    Ice Breaker: There’s one thing I’ve come to realize in my dealings with a great variety of people over the years. Not everyone regards commitments with the same level of importance.
    How seriously do you regard the commitments you make?
    1. What did many of the larger group of disciples have a problem with and why didn't they understand Jesus’ teaching? (vv. 60-63) (review 6:35-59)
    2. How is it possible to understand the difficult teachings of Jesus? (vv. 64-66)
    3. What lesson can we learn from Peter in the concluding verses of this chapter? (vv. 67-71)
    4. How does Jesus address and then respond to the disciples amid the variety of reactions to what He was teaching them? What can we gain from Jesus method?
    5. What would be different about the way we might approach a group like this if we were in Jesus' place?
    6. What would be considered critical 'take-aways' from this passage?
    “Don’t just see Monday as the day you have to go back to work, see it as the day you get to go back to your mission field.” - Burk Parsons
  • May 15, 2016Living the Great Requirement
    May 15, 2016
    Living the Great Requirement

    This week our guest speaker is Pastor Dan Shurr, Director of Fellowship Aid and International Relief (FAIR). His message is from Micah 6:8 and Isaiah 58:6-12 entitled “Living the Great Requirement.“

    Questions
    Micah 6:8; Isaiah 58:6-12
    Ice Breaker: What about the needy around the world, in our own country (Ft. Mac) or even in our own City of Mississauga? Do the needs tug at your heart? Do you feel helpless to do any good and throw up your hands in frustration?

    To date, how have you responded to the less fortunate?

    1. What does Micah 6:8 have to say about whose responsibility it is to meet the needs of the poor? (also see Mt 23:23) Why is that so?

    2. How does Micah’s sentiment here suggest we are to meet those needs?

    3. Isaiah makes strong statements in 58:6-7. How would you describe the believer’s responsibility according to these verses? How does this compare to Micah 6:8? (also see James 1:27)

    4. What is God’s response toward the believer who obeys the words of the prophet? (vv.8-9a)

    5. Isaiah shares additional responsibilities and rewards for those who wish to obey the Lord in verses 9b to 12. What additional areas of the life of a believer are impacted by obedience to God in these verses? (also see: Eph 5:13-14)

    6. If it was your decision to make, how would you guide our church regarding our responsibility to alleviate suffering in the world?

    “Never stop lifting your hands up in praise for each and every gift that falls from heaven’s hands.” (James 1:17) - Douglas O'Donnell
  • May 8, 2016Leading Ladies
    May 8, 2016
    Leading Ladies
    This week Pastor Deric shares a message for Mother’s Day from Titus 2:3-5 entitled “Leading Ladies”
     
    Questions
    Titus 2:3-5
    Ice Breaker: Since the beginning of time, women have had a significant role and have impacted many pivotal events in history. The “Leading Ladies" in my own life have been incredibly influential.
    How have the women in your world impacted your life?
     
    1. What is at the root of proper Christian living? (see v.1)
     
    2. What does this passage have to say about how the older women are to influence the younger?
     
    3. What vices does Paul warn older women about and how might they combat them?
     
    4. How would you describe the primary focus for the women in these verses?
     
    5. In light of these verses, how do women develop a Christian witness in our communities?
     
    6. How has the role of women in the world changed since the days of Paul? Regarding current roles for women, what if anything should be changed?
     
    “May God give us guidance and may we respond to wisdom from above, so that our hope may be renewed and our blessings treasured.”- Ravi Zacharias
  • May 1, 2016Always Ready
    May 1, 2016
    Always Ready
    This week Pastor Greg shares a message from 2 Timothy 3:16-4:8 entitled “Always Ready.”
     
    Questions
    
2 Timothy 3:16-4:8

    Ice Breaker: In sports and other games, deception is often an integral part of the plan. It’s part of the challenge and sometimes great fun to see who can do the best job. In real life however, deception can be hurtful and cause great pain.
    What can you do, to do your best to avoid being deceived?
     
    1. Why should we have great confidence in the power and validity of the Scriptures? (3:16-17)
     
    2. How can we maintain a positive, enduring, continually maturing life in Christ?
     
    3. Paul says we are to be prepared to preach God’s Word at all times. (4:1-2) When are you most likely to hesitate in sharing the Gospel? How could you prepare beforehand to overcome your timidity or fear in these situations? (see 1 Peter 3:15)
     
    4. How are we to know whether or not the doctrines we are being taught are accurate or true? (vv. 2-3) (see also 2:15)
     
    5. What does this passage tell us about the life of a disciple? What would that life look like? (vv. 5-7)
     
    “God knows things that we don’t know and sees things that we don’t see and has things planned that we could not scarcely imagine.” - Kevin DeYoung
  • Apr 24, 2016God is Working in You
    Apr 24, 2016
    God is Working in You
    This week Pastor Deric shares a message from Philippians 2:13 entitled “God is Working in You.”
     
    Questions
    Philippians 2:13
    Ice Breaker: Have you been mentored in your life? It could have been a family member, a friend or maybe a co-worker in your professional life.
 
How did this mentoring assist you on your journey?
     
    1. What does Paul mean when he says we are to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling”? (Phil. 2:13)
     
    2. In what way have you experienced "the testing of your faith” which produces endurance or perseverance? (James 1:2-3)
     
    3. As we are "strengthened with all power according to His glorious might”, what might this power look like in us? For what purpose are we strengthened?  (Col. 1:11)
     
    4. Peter says we are to be holy, for Jesus is holy. (1 Peter 1:16) What does it mean to you to be called to holiness? What would that look like in your life?
     
    5. How does Paul advise Timothy to live in order to maintain a balanced life? (2Tim. 1:13-14) What would be the result of a balanced life like this?
     
    6. How does Jesus' death and resurrection impact our understanding of and our personal growth in grace? (1 Peter 3:18)
     
    “Our sins are many, but His mercies are more; our sins are great, but His righteousness greater.” - John Newton