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
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  • 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
  • Aug 7, 2016The Discipline of Love
    Aug 7, 2016
    The Discipline of Love
    This week Pastor Deric continues his series The Greatest Is Love with a sermon from Hebrews 12:1-11 entitled “The Discipline of Love."
     
    Questions
    Hebrews 12:1-11
    1. Why is it important to fix our attention upon Jesus, especially when discipline is difficult? (vv.3-6)
    2. How does discipline from the Lord help us? How is love shown through discipline? (vv.6-7)
    3. When on the receiving end of discipline, what are your first thoughts about how you’d like to proceed? How is that different from what the writer says in verses 6 through 8?
    4. How is the discipline of our Heavenly Father different than the discipline we receive from our earthly father? (vv.9-10)
    5. In what ways might your long-term response to discipline be different from your short-term response? (v.11)
    6. How do you recognize God’s discipline in your life? How do you respond to it?
    “Love is primarily, giving. It’s an action that leads to a feeling, not a feeling first.”- Timothy Keller
  • Jul 31, 2016The Royal Law of Love
    Jul 31, 2016
    The Royal Law of Love
    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 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
  • 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 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 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
  • 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
  • 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