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

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  • 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
  • Sep 25, 2016God, Gender & The Gospel-Pastor Max
    Sep 25, 2016
    God, Gender & The Gospel-Pastor Max
    This week Pastor Max highlights what was taught at our Sexuality Truth & Grace conference with a sermon from Genesis 1:26-31 entitled “God, Gender & The Gospel.”
     
    Questions
    Genesis 1:26-31

    Ice Breaker: Out of all of your regular Bible reading, what percentage of it would come from the Old Testament? What percentage of that would be from books other than Psalms and Proverbs? Why would that be the case?1. What would be the most distinctive differences described here, between ‘man’ and the rest of God’s creation? (vv.26-31) (also see vv.20-25)

    2. How do we understand the phrase, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”? (v.26-27) (also see 5:1-5; Col 3:10; Eph 4:24)

    3. How should our understanding of how we were created in God’s image affect our relationship with our fellow man?

    4. The statement from verse 27 that God created us “in His own image” and “male and female” has some implications regarding gender. What can we deduce from this and other supporting Scriptures? (i.e. 1 Cor 11:7-12; 1 Tim 2:12-13; Gal 3:28; 1 Pet 3:5-7; Mark 12:25)

    5. That God pauses and proclaims the entirety of His completed creation as “very good” (v.31), suggests that, at times, we need the same ‘big picture’ perspective on the world. How does God’s Word consistently address this view of the material world? (for example, read Ps 104:24; 1 Tim 4:3-5)

    “The most important aspect of our faith is not how hard we believe, but in whom we believe.” - Kevin DeYoung
  • Sep 18, 2016Coram Deo-Pastor Deric
    Sep 18, 2016
    Coram Deo-Pastor Deric
    Series: Worship

    This week Pastor Deric concludes his series Worship with a sermon from Psalm 95 entitled “Coram Deo.”

    Questions
    Psalm 95
    Ice Breaker: How do you approach the list of tasks you face each day?
    1. Elaborate on the various descriptors of worship in verses 1-2 and explain why they are important in worship.
    2. How do our thoughts about God impact our worship? (vv.3-5)
    3. In the process of worshipping God, how have you experienced your relationship with Him change? (vv.6-7)
    4. As you remember the previous works of the Lord in your life, what does that do for your attitude and relationship with Him? (vv.7-11)
    5. “Coram Deo” is a Latin phrase translated “in the presence of God.” It is derived from Christian theology, which summarizes the idea of Christians living in the presence of, under the authority of, and to the honour and glory of God. After studying this passage, how might your response to the ice breaker question change? Is it possible to live this way?

    “They are the happiest, who have the lowest thoughts of themselves, and in whose eyes Jesus is the most glorious and precious.”- John Newton
  • Sep 11, 2016Wanted! True Worshippers-Pastor Deric
    Sep 11, 2016
    Wanted! True Worshippers-Pastor Deric
    Series: Worship

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series Worship with a sermon from John 4:23-24 entitled “Wanted! True Worshippers.”

    Questions
    Read John 4:1-24
    Ice Breaker: Think of and describe some of your most memorable times of worship.
    1. What is the significance of verse 4, “And he had to pass through Samaria.“?
    2. Describe some ways we can know that we are spiritually thirsty.
    3. How can you tell if you are worshipping God in spirit and truth in your public worship at church? In your private worship?
    4. Just as with the Samaritan woman in this passage, how is our confusion stripped away, and how are we enlightened to worship?
    5. In your own words, how would you now define a ‘true worshiper?’
     
    “We never move on from the Gospel, we move on in the Gospel.”- J.I. Packer
  • Sep 4, 2016The Good Shepherd-Mike Standish
    Sep 4, 2016
    The Good Shepherd-Mike Standish
    This week our guest speaker, Pastor Mike Standish teaches us from God's Word with a sermon from Psalm 23 entitled “The Good Shepherd."
     
    Questions
    Psalm 23
    1. What does it mean to you that the Lord is your Shepherd?
    2. What does it mean that he guides us “for his name’s sake”? (v.3)
    3. When we go through difficult circumstances in life why should we not fear? (v.4)
    4. What does the rod and staff of God represent? (v.4)
    5. What was the significance of God preparing a table for David in the presence of his enemies? (v.5)
    6. What is the end result of the Lord being our Shepherd? (v.6)
     
    “Satan and wicked men are not able to destroy (the saints) comforts, while they are anointed with the Holy Spirit, and drink of the cup of salvation which is ever full.” – Matthew Henry
  • Aug 28, 2016Made For Worship-Pastor Deric
    Aug 28, 2016
    Made For Worship-Pastor Deric
    Series: Worship
    This week Pastor Deric begins a new series #Worship as we look at 1 Chronicles 16:8-36 with a sermon entitled "Made For Worship."
    Questions
    1 Chronicles 16:8-36
    1. One aspect of worship is telling other people about God’s wondrous works (vv. 8-9). What are some everyday opportunities where we can do this?
    2. In verses 15-18 David recalls and rejoices in the everlasting covenant God made with Israel. What everlasting covenant can we rejoice in as believers?
    3. Why is holiness (v. 29) an important component of worship?
    4. In the Old Testament, animals were sacrificed as offerings to God. What offerings can we offer to God in worship today?
    5. David says the hearts of those who are seeking the Lord should rejoice (v. 10). Why is this so?
    6. In verse 12 we are encouraged to remember the previous works of God. What things can you remember that God has done for you?
    7. Take a moment to reflect upon your salvation and be prepared to share it as the Lord gives you opportunity (see v.23).

    “May we marvel at the mundane today, for God is at work doing extraordinary stuff in the midst of ordinary life.”- C.J. Mahaney