Dec 6, 2015
Embracing Divine Guidance
Pastor Deric continues our Christmas series "Come Together for Christmas" with a sermon entitled "Embracing Divine Guidance" from Matthew 2:1-12
 
Questions:
Matthew 2:1-12
Ice Breaker: Who do you turn to when you have a need for wisdom or good advice, and why?
 
1. What is the significance of Jesus being born in Bethlehem of Judea? (v.1)
 
2. Who were the ‘wise men’ who came looking for the ‘king of the Jews’ and what is the significance of their coming? (v.2)
 
3. Why was Herod and ‘all of Jerusalem’ troubled by the news of Jesus’ birth? (vv.3-6)
 
4. How is the chief priests’ response to the news of the birth of a ruler/shepherd for the people of Israel puzzling? (vv.3-6)
 
5. Describe how this story is a lesson for the church today? (vv.1-2, 7-12)
 
6. What would be your most significant ‘take away’ from this story of the wise men and their experience?
“It’s one thing to believe in God, but it is another thing to trust Him.”- Timothy Keller
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  • Dec 6, 2015Embracing Divine Guidance
    Dec 6, 2015
    Embracing Divine Guidance
    Pastor Deric continues our Christmas series "Come Together for Christmas" with a sermon entitled "Embracing Divine Guidance" from Matthew 2:1-12
     
    Questions:
    Matthew 2:1-12
    Ice Breaker: Who do you turn to when you have a need for wisdom or good advice, and why?
     
    1. What is the significance of Jesus being born in Bethlehem of Judea? (v.1)
     
    2. Who were the ‘wise men’ who came looking for the ‘king of the Jews’ and what is the significance of their coming? (v.2)
     
    3. Why was Herod and ‘all of Jerusalem’ troubled by the news of Jesus’ birth? (vv.3-6)
     
    4. How is the chief priests’ response to the news of the birth of a ruler/shepherd for the people of Israel puzzling? (vv.3-6)
     
    5. Describe how this story is a lesson for the church today? (vv.1-2, 7-12)
     
    6. What would be your most significant ‘take away’ from this story of the wise men and their experience?
    “It’s one thing to believe in God, but it is another thing to trust Him.”- Timothy Keller
  • Nov 29, 2015Repeat the Sounding Joy
    Nov 29, 2015
    Repeat the Sounding Joy
    Pastor Deric begins our Christmas series "Come Together for Christmas" with a sermon entitled "Repeat The Sounding Joy!" from Matthew 1:18-25

    Questions:
    Matthew 1:18-25
    Ice Breaker: Have you ever been truly amazed? Can you find words to describe that feeling of utter amazement?
     
    Spend a minute or two to consider some of the most amazing things you’ve experienced, and how those experiences might even be linked.
     
    1. Why is it vital to believe in the virgin birth as an important part of the Christmas story? (v.18)

    2. What is it about Mary and Joseph that makes them suitable for the role God gave them? (vv.20-21)

    3. Why is the angel’s reference to Joseph’s lineage in verse 20 an important part of the Christmas story?

    4. What is the connection with the name of Jesus and His work as the Saviour of the world? (v.21) (see Hebrews 4:25)

    5. What does “Immanuel” mean and why is it personally important to you? (v.23) (see Isaiah 7:14)

    6. What more do you learn about Joseph through his response to what the angel told him in his dream?

    7. What aspect of the Christmas story do you love most and why?

    “If Jesus didn’t think He could handle life without knowing Scripture inside and out, what makes you think you can? ”- Timothy Keller
  • Nov 8, 2015Come Together for Confession
    Nov 8, 2015
    Come Together for Confession
    Pastor Deric concludes our current series "Come Together" with a sermon entitled "Come Together For Confession" from Matthew 16:13-23

    Questions:
    Matthew 16:13-23
    Ice Breaker: There are a lot of things I’m quite willing to express my opinion about. With some subjects, it’s a relatively ‘off the cuff’ opinion or comment you’ll get from me. With a select few subjects, I have a level of experience and expertise to base my opinions on.

    Is it important to know what we, as individuals, actually believe? Why or why not?

    1. What were the people who had heard Jesus, saying about Him? What can we learn about them from what they said? (vv.13-14)

    2. Matthew’s gospel has come to a turning point here. What is the confession that Peter verbalizes on behalf of the disciples? (v.16)

    3. What are the implications of Jesus' response in verses 17 to 19 for the disciples and for us today?

    4. How does the price Jesus described that He was willing to pay in verses 21, set the ground work for the cost of being His disciple?

    5. How do the ups and downs of Peter in this narrative reflect the ministry partnership between Jesus and man?

    6. “But, who do YOU say I am?" Peter nailed it in verse 16 when Jesus asked him that question. According to the disciples, the people of Jesus' day had a variety of opinions about who He was. They had a high regard for Him, but missed the mark, and that was a critical ‘miss.’ Who do you say Jesus is and what difference does that make in the way you live your life today?

    “None of us are so clumsy or so bad or so weak that God cannot and will not use us for His glory.”- Kevin DeYoung

  • Oct 11, 2015Come Together for the Cross
    Oct 11, 2015
    Come Together for the Cross
    Pastor Deric continues our new series "Come Together" with a sermon entitled "Come Together For The Cross" from Galatians 6:11-17.

    Questions:
    Galatians 6:11-17
    Ice Breaker: Ice Breaker: The ‘core’ of something is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a central and often foundational part… “

    What would you consider to be foundational or ‘central’ in your life?

    1. What are the two opposing motivations that Paul highlights in this paragraph?

    2. Why does the cross invite persecution?

    3. What place does the law of Moses hold in the life of the Christian today?

    4.  What does it mean to “boast in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ?"

    5.  What does it mean to be “crucified to the world and the world to us?"

    6.  What is the new creation that Paul refers to in verse 15? What does it mean to us today? (also see 2 Cor. 5:17)

    “God doesn’t have to use people, but He almost always does. It means privilege for us and glory for Him."- Kevin DeYoung
  • Sep 27, 2015We Are His Witnesses
    Sep 27, 2015
    We Are His Witnesses
    Pastor Deric continues our new series "Come Together" with a sermon entitled "We Are His Witnesses" from Acts 1:4-9.

    Questions:
    Acts 1:4-9
    Ice Breaker: When I think of a ‘witness’, most often it seems to refer to someone involved in a police and/or legal matter. Often it seems that being a witness can mean a good outcome for some and a difficult outcome for others.

    How have you responded to the call to be Jesus’ witness in the world around you?

    1. Why is “waiting” so hard for us and why is it so good for us? (v.4)

    2. What does it mean to be “baptized” with the Holy Spirit? (v.5)

    3. What are the dangers inherent in “knowing the times and dates” that are God’s own business? (vv.6-7)

    4. What is the “power” that we receive when the Holy Spirit comes upon us? (v.8)

    5. What is a witness and why is it important to the church? (vv.8-9)

    “We are all apologists now, and we stand at the dawn of the grand age of human apologetics." - Os Guinness
  • Sep 20, 2015The One Church
    Sep 20, 2015
    The One Church

    Pastor Deric starts a new series called "Come Together" with a sermon entitled "The One Church" from Ephesians 4:1-6.

    Questions:
    Ephesians 4:1-6
    Ice Breaker: At City Centre, our vision is to be a "Spirit-filled and unified church family who are working together to reach others with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and build believers on the foundation of God’s Word."

    Very simply, what would be the central responsibility of the congregation in our vision statement?

    1. What is the calling that we have received? (v.1)

    2. In your words explain what Paul meant when he emphasized a life worthy of the calling they have received.

    3. What does it mean according to the Scriptures to “keep the unity of the Spirit?" (v.3)

    4. Identify the evidence for the universal or “invisible” church and the local or “visible” church in this passage.

    5. What is the importance of the word “one” (used 8 times) in Paul’s argument for "coming together" as the church? Which of the “ones” stood out to you most?

    6. What does it mean that God is ONE, the Father who is “over all and through all and in all?" (v.6)

    “God always has a plan, and he can use anybody to carry it out." - Kevin DeYoung

  • Sep 6, 2015A Treasure Worth Dying For
    Sep 6, 2015
    A Treasure Worth Dying For
    Series: Various
    This week Pastor Deric share a special message from Matthew 13:44-46 entitled "A Treasure Worth Dying For." Questions: Please read Matthew 13:44-46 Ice Breaker: What do you value most? I grew up in a world where family, job, home and ’things’ were most valued. Later, in my Christian walk, I struggled to make God and my relationship with Him the most important thing in my life. After some honest reflection, what are some of the things that can push God into the background of your life? 1.  Why did Jesus speak in parables?  (see vv. 10-13) 2.  What lessons do we specifically learn from these parables in the context of the Gospel?  3.  What significance does the word “treasure” in verse 44 suggest? 4.  What does “selling all” mean in this parable? (v. 45) 5.  What or who is the phrase “pearl of great price” referring to in verses 45-46? 6.  Compare and contrast the two parables. “The more you see your own flaws and sins the more precious, electrifying and amazing God’s grace appears to you.” - Timothy Keller
  • Aug 2, 2015Personal Security in a Terrorizing World
    Aug 2, 2015
    Personal Security in a Terrorizing World
    Pastor Deric completes our new series in Matthew 7 called "Life Lessons From Jesus" with a sermon entitled "Personal Security in a Terrorizing World" from vs 24-29.

    Questions:
    Please read Matthew 7:24-29
    Ice Breaker: Have you ever been in the presence of a true authority figure? In the world of team sports, it could be an experienced coach or it might be a ‘battle-scarred’ veteran player on the team. When they speak, the team listens and follows.
     
    Have you ever experienced this? Why do we follow these people?
     
    1. It makes sense to build on the right foundation, so why would people continue to build their lives on the wrong foundation? (v.24) (also read, Ps 18:30; Prov 30:5; 2 Cor 4:1-2; Heb 4:12)

    2. What is God’s purpose in testing us in our lifetime? (v.25-27)

    3. What are the possible outcomes of the testing we experience in our life? (v.25-27)

    4. Why isn’t there more evidence within the church of people ‘sold out’ and doing what Jesus says?

    5. What is a great danger in all of this? (vv.28-29)

    “I’d rather stand [with God] and have [the world] my enemy, than to go along with the crowd to destruction.” - A.W. Tozer
  • Jul 26, 2015True or False
    Jul 26, 2015
    True or False
    Pastor Deric continues our new series in Matthew 7 called "Life Lessons From Jesus" with a sermon entitled "True or False" from vs 15-23.

    Questions:
    Please read Matthew 7:15-23
    Ice Breaker: Have you ever bitten into a really nice looking piece of fruit and been disappointed with what you tasted? I have. It wasn’t a very satisfying experience.

    What steps can you take first to avoid a really disappointing experience with a good looking, but truly bad piece of fruit?

    1. According to Matthew’s description of a false prophet in verse 15, what makes them so dangerous to a Christian?  (see Acts 20:29-30)

    2. What motivates the false prophet?  (Acts:11:27-28; 21:9-11; 1 Cor 12:10; 28; 14:1-3)

    3. In your own words, define "discernment" and explain why it is so important in light of Jesus' warning about false prophets, phony professions of faith and religious performance.

    4. What constitutes "religious jargon" and why is it so dangerous? (see vs 21)

    5. Why is religious "performance" so dangerous?  Why is Jesus’ statements in verses 21 to 23 so startling to us today?  

    “Be assured there is nothing new in theology except that which is false.” - C.H. Spurgeon
  • Jul 19, 2015Asking and Receiving
    Jul 19, 2015
    Asking and Receiving
    Pastor Deric continues our new series in Matthew 7 called "Life Lessons From Jesus" with a sermon entitled "Asking and Receiving" from vs 7-11.

    Questions:
    Please read Matthew 7:7-11
    Ice Breaker: Asking and receiving. I have a hard time asking for help. I’d much rather be on the giving end. This is something I’ve really had to work on in my life. This also means that being on the receiving end… even receiving good things, has been hard. Maybe you’re the same.

    Why is it hard for some to receive? What do you think this means about how we think? How can this way of thinking affect our image of God the Father as our provider?

    1. As Jesus directs His followers to “ask, seek and knock” in verse 7, describe what that would look like in your prayer life.

    2. With the results Jesus is promising regarding prayer in verse 8, how then should we pray?

    3. What does Jesus have to say about the importance of persistence in our prayer life? (v.8) What do other passages in Scripture have to say about that? (see Luke 11:5-8; 18:1-8)

    4. In this passage, an emphasis is placed on the generosity and faithfulness of the Father. What kinds of ‘good things’ will our Heavenly Father provide for His children?

    5. There is a definite image that Jesus intends for us to grasp in this passage. What is the picture of God that Jesus wants to share with His disciples, and us as well?

    “My God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” - Apostle Paul, Philippians 4:19
  • Jul 12, 2015There’s A Plank In Your Eye!
    Jul 12, 2015
    There’s A Plank In Your Eye!
    Pastor Deric starts a new series in Matthew 7 called "Life Lessons From Jesus" with a sermon entitled "There's A Plant In Your Eye!" from vs 1-6; 12-14.

    Questions:
    Please read Matthew 7:1-6; 12-14
    Ice Breaker: If I’m honest, I feel drawn to judge others. I know I shouldn’t, but the urge to ‘sit in judgement’ is strong.

    Consider what it is that causes us to judge others.

    1. What approach should the church have with regard to judging, according to verses 1 and 2?

    2. According to verses 3 to 5, how am I going to be able to approach the world around me with the ‘right perspective’?

    3. In simple terms, what is Jesus calling His followers to do? (v. 12)

    4. In the light of what we’ve already learned, how would you apply Jesus’ teaching from verses 6, 13 and 14? (also read Luke 13:24)

    “We can only change permanently as we take the Gospel more deeply into our understanding and into our hearts.”- Timothy Keller
  • Jun 21, 2015How God Makes a Faithful Man
    Jun 21, 2015
    How God Makes a Faithful Man
    Series: Fathers Day
    This week Pastor Deric shares a special Father's Day message from 1 Samuel 24 entitled "How God Makes a Faithful Man."

    Questions:
    Please read 1 Samuel 24.
    Ice Breaker: Who have you counted on in your life? Who is counting on you? What are you doing so that you can live up to that challenge?

    1. We all have difficult times in life. David seemed to have more than his share, and this was one of them. How did David respond to the difficulties in his life? (also read 1 Samuel 17:37; 26:1-20)

    2. What do we learn early in this passage about David’s approach to life that we can apply to our own?

    3. What principles can we learn from David’s response to the opportunity presented to him in the cave, and then his address to King Saul?

    4. Even knowing Saul as David did, he willingly submitted to him and recognized Saul’s authority over him. From these verses and the entire passage, how would you list some key principles that David built his life and decision-making upon?

    “Faith that disintegrates is a faith that has not rested in God Himself. You’ve been believing in something less than ultimate.” - Elizabeth Elliot
  • Jun 14, 2015Caleb the Courageous!
    Jun 14, 2015
    Caleb the Courageous!
    Series: Various
    This week Pastor Deric share a special message on the life of Caleb entitled "Caleb the Courageous!"
    Questions: Please read Joshua 14:6-15 Ice Breaker: There are different kinds of heroes depicted in TV, movies, the news and other forms of media. They can take different forms, but they often share similar characteristics.
    What do you look for in a “hero?” Also read Numbers chapters 13 and 14 to gain background and prepare for these questions. 1. Describe Caleb’s heart as this passage describes him. 2. Describe how Caleb was different than the rest of the men of his day. 3. Where did Caleb’s strength come from? 4. Based upon what you have learned about his life up to this point, how do you expect God might describe Caleb? 5. What lessons can you apply to your life from the life of Caleb? “Christian confidence belongs not just to the future… but to the here and now.” - John Stott
  • Jun 7, 2015Arrogant or Confident
    Jun 7, 2015
    Arrogant or Confident
    Pastor Deric completes our current series in 1 John called "Walking in the Light" with a sermon entitled "Arrogant or Confident" from 1 John 5:13-20.

    Questions:
    Please read 1 John 5:13-20
    Ice Breaker: Have you ever had doubts? I can remember being quite fearful and timid as a child. In my case, it was mainly my mother who worked to reassure me and to build confidence in me. It worked, but it was a slow process.

    When you’re in a situation where you’re doubting or questioning something, what do you look for and where do you find it?

    1. Why is it important for a person to have the assurance of their salvation? (v.13)

    2. What does confidence and prayer have to do with one another according to verses 14 and 15?

    3. Who is responsible, according to verse 16, to challenge a sinning brother? Describe what mutual exhortation should look like in the local church? (vv.16-18a)

    4. Explain the difference it makes when we understand that He protects us. How can you apply this knowledge in your life and ministry today? (vv.18b-19) (also see Mt.28:19c; Lk. 24:49; Jn. 14:16; Acts 1:4,5,8)

    5. From this passage, how would you characterize God’s desire and feelings for His people? (vv.20-21)

    6. How does this passage help explain the overarching purpose John had in writing this epistle? How does John’s purpose impact your life and ministry?

    “He found us when we sought Him not. Then we began to seek Him, and He was pleased to be found by us.”- John Newton
  • May 24, 2015The Four Witnesses to Eternal Life
    May 24, 2015
    The Four Witnesses to Eternal Life
    Pastor Deric continues our current series in 1 John called "Walking in the Light" with a sermon entitled "The Four Witnesses to Eternal Life" from 1 John 5:6-12.

    Questions:
    Please read 1 John 5:6-12.
    Ice Breaker: I enjoy mysteries with a truly satisfying ending. Sometimes it’s a surprise twist or a shocking ending, but I especially love it when truth is revealed and confirmed! That John's message here. He’s reminding us about the overwhelming testimony concerning who Jesus Christ is.

    Consider and then discuss, what does “truth" mean to you? How important is truth?

    1. Explain in your own words what we learn from verses 6 to 8 about the trustworthiness of Jesus. (also read 1:2; 4:14 and John 15:26-27)

    2. How seriously should we regard the human testimony about Jesus? What about the Holy Spirit’s testimony? (v.9-10) (see Rom. 8:16)

    3. Where can you find examples of God the Father as a witness to the truth of eternal life? Cite examples from Scripture.

    4. What evidence is the most compelling to you and why?

    5. If the evidence for Jesus’ origin and purpose is so credible, why is there still questioning, doubting and disbelief in the world and even the church?

    “No need to fret about the future, no need to worry about what’s to come, everything to come is held in the hands of the Lord who loves you.” - Paul David Tripp