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
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  • 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
  • Dec 4, 2016Wonderful Counselor-Pastor Deric
    Dec 4, 2016
    Wonderful Counselor-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric begins his Christmas series Before Bethlehem in Isaiah 9:6 with a sermon entitled “ Wonderful Counselor.”

    Questions
    Isaiah 9:1-7
    Ice breaker: A nickname can often be an indication of a good story. Do you have a nickname? Who gave it to you, and why?

    1. Who exactly is the child/son that’s given to us?
    2. What does it mean that “the government will be upon his shoulder”?
    3. Using a concordance, find three verses in the book of Proverbs that illustrate the importance of taking counsel.
    4. What are some New Testament examples of Christ being our counselor?
    5. What resources can we utilize to gain access to the counsel and wisdom of Christ in times of need?
    6. Thinking back over your life, can you recall a time when you experienced the benefits of following good counsel? Or the outcome of not following good counsel?

    “No enemy is worse than bad advice.” - Sophocles

  • 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

  • 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