Apr 17, 2016
Resurrection Preaching
This week Pastor Deric shares a special message from Acts 4:1-12 entitled “Resurrection Preaching.”
 
Questions

Luke 4:1-12
Ice Breaker: I’m sure we’ve all seen courage in action. Maybe not everyone has personally witnessed it, but we’ve all heard the stories.
 
Give an example of a great act of courage that you know about. Where does ‘courage’ come from?
 
1. Why would the Sadducees be so hostile towards Peter and John? (vv. 1-2)
 
2. What part did the event of the resurrection have in the apostles' preaching? Why?
 
3. In what way did the authorities first question,"By what power or what name did you do this?” play into the hands of the apostles? (vv. 7-9)
 
4. In his answer to the authorities, how does Peter make the reference to Psalm 118:22 fit with his referring to Jesus as the cornerstone?
 
5. Describe how Peter’s final statement in verse 12 would be recognized as a bold and possibly outrageous claim.
 
6. How did the apostles have courage to face the powerful enemies of the Gospel?
 
“Do all religions lead to God? Actually, ’no' religion leads us to God: only ‘God’ can lead us to God, and that is what is on offer in Jesus.” - Andy Bannister
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  • Apr 17, 2016Resurrection Preaching
    Apr 17, 2016
    Resurrection Preaching
    This week Pastor Deric shares a special message from Acts 4:1-12 entitled “Resurrection Preaching.”
     
    Questions

    Luke 4:1-12
    Ice Breaker: I’m sure we’ve all seen courage in action. Maybe not everyone has personally witnessed it, but we’ve all heard the stories.
     
    Give an example of a great act of courage that you know about. Where does ‘courage’ come from?
     
    1. Why would the Sadducees be so hostile towards Peter and John? (vv. 1-2)
     
    2. What part did the event of the resurrection have in the apostles' preaching? Why?
     
    3. In what way did the authorities first question,"By what power or what name did you do this?” play into the hands of the apostles? (vv. 7-9)
     
    4. In his answer to the authorities, how does Peter make the reference to Psalm 118:22 fit with his referring to Jesus as the cornerstone?
     
    5. Describe how Peter’s final statement in verse 12 would be recognized as a bold and possibly outrageous claim.
     
    6. How did the apostles have courage to face the powerful enemies of the Gospel?
     
    “Do all religions lead to God? Actually, ’no' religion leads us to God: only ‘God’ can lead us to God, and that is what is on offer in Jesus.” - Andy Bannister
  • 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
  • Apr 3, 2016The ONLY Gospel
    Apr 3, 2016
    The ONLY Gospel
    Pastor Max teaches us this week with a sermon entitled "The ONLY Gospel" from Galatians 6:1-10.
     
    Questions
    Galatians 6:1-10
    Ice Breaker: One of my favourite ad campaigns from my childhood is one developed for Coca-Cola. If you’re older than 45 you probably remember, “Coke, It’s the Real Thing!” It’s a claim to uniqueness and superiority over any other competitor. I have to admire their confidence!
    What claims to uniqueness and superiority have you heard over the years?
     
    1. What is the ‘Gospel’ that the people in the churches of Galatia are abandoning? (v.6) (see Acts 10:34-43; Rom. 1:16-17)
     
    2. Why would someone be attracted to another gospel?  What is the great danger in believing a different gospel? (Jn. 14:1-7)
     
    3. What substitute gospels do people teach today that tempt them to depend on something besides Christ for security and salvation? How do you address people who believe such gospels?
     
    4. With many voices preaching different ‘gospels’, how are we able to identify the true Gospel of Jesus Christ?
     
    5. What were Paul’s opponents accusing him of? (v.10)
     
    6. What are we to do with Jesus’ Gospel? Provide Bible references to support your answer. (for example Matt. 28:18-20)
     
    “Here is the wonder of the Gospel. The best of all men dies as though He were the worst of all criminals.”- Sinclair Ferguson
  • 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 25, 2016Good Friday 2016
    Mar 25, 2016
    Good Friday 2016
    Series: (All)
    Pastor Max teaches us about "The Greatest Sacrifice" from Hebrews 9:24-28 as we remember the cross and the importance of Good Friday.
  • 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
  • Feb 14, 2016The Spirit Intercedes For Us!
    Feb 14, 2016
    The Spirit Intercedes For Us!
    Pastor Max continues our current series "Your 100 Day Prayer" with a sermon entitled "The Spirit Intercedes For Us!" from Romans 8:18-30.
     
    Questions
    Romans 8:18-30
    Ice Breaker: I must confess that I tend to be one who, more often than not, tries to ‘go it alone’ without help or assistance. I’m not certain where that comes from. Pride, stubbornness and an overblown level of self-confidence can all factor in I suppose. However, this time of year I’ve learned to 'wave the white flag' and call in the experts. It’s tax time!
    How agreeable are you when it comes to allowing another to work on your behalf?
    1. Describe how sin impacts mankind and how sin affects the physical world we live in. (vv.18-22) (Gen. 3:14-19; 2 Cor. 4:16-18)
     
    2. In the midst of the struggles of life in our fallen world, what is it that keeps you striving, straining and moving forward? (vv.23-25) (Eph. 1:11-14)
     
    3. How are we inspired to patience, resolve and strength to battle on in difficult circumstances? (v.26-27) (1 Cor. 2:9)
     
    4. What is the ‘good’ that Paul is referring to in verse 28? (1Cor. 1:9, 17; Gal. 1:15; Eph. 4:1, 4; 2 Tim. 1:9)
     
    5. As we grapple with understanding our place in God’s plan, what happens to us? (vv.29-30)
     
    6. What would you identify as the most essential and key element within this passage?
     
    “God sees us as we are, loves us as we are and accepts us as we are. But by His grace, He doesn’t leave us as we are.” - Timothy Keller
  • Feb 7, 2016Jesus Teaches Us How To Pray
    Feb 7, 2016
    Jesus Teaches Us How To Pray
    This week we have a special guest speaker James Seward who will be teaching us from Matthew 6:9-13 in a sermon entitled "Jesus Teaches Us How To Pray."
     
    Questions:
    Matthew 6:9-13
    Ice Breaker: What is the best time of the day for you to pray?
     
    1. Who taught you how to pray? How have your prayers changed since then?
     
    2. How would you speak the prayer from this passage in your own words?
     
    3. Describe the difference between praying like Jesus prayed, verses praying what Jesus prayed? (see Matthew 11:25-26)
     
    4. How effective are we Christians at allowing Jesus’ teaching on prayer to shape our practice of prayer? Why? (Luke 18:10-13)
     
    5. What do you typically pray for? What does this reveal about your heart? (see Matthew 5:44; 21:22; 26:39; Luke 6:28)
     
    6. Is there anything that strikes you as unusual about this instruction from Jesus on prayer?
     
    “Prayer brings new perspective because it puts God back into the picture.”- Timothy Keller
  • 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