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
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  • 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
  • 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