May 15, 2016
Living the Great Requirement

This week our guest speaker is Pastor Dan Shurr, Director of Fellowship Aid and International Relief (FAIR). His message is from Micah 6:8 and Isaiah 58:6-12 entitled “Living the Great Requirement.“

Questions
Micah 6:8; Isaiah 58:6-12
Ice Breaker: What about the needy around the world, in our own country (Ft. Mac) or even in our own City of Mississauga? Do the needs tug at your heart? Do you feel helpless to do any good and throw up your hands in frustration?

To date, how have you responded to the less fortunate?

1. What does Micah 6:8 have to say about whose responsibility it is to meet the needs of the poor? (also see Mt 23:23) Why is that so?

2. How does Micah’s sentiment here suggest we are to meet those needs?

3. Isaiah makes strong statements in 58:6-7. How would you describe the believer’s responsibility according to these verses? How does this compare to Micah 6:8? (also see James 1:27)

4. What is God’s response toward the believer who obeys the words of the prophet? (vv.8-9a)

5. Isaiah shares additional responsibilities and rewards for those who wish to obey the Lord in verses 9b to 12. What additional areas of the life of a believer are impacted by obedience to God in these verses? (also see: Eph 5:13-14)

6. If it was your decision to make, how would you guide our church regarding our responsibility to alleviate suffering in the world?

“Never stop lifting your hands up in praise for each and every gift that falls from heaven’s hands.” (James 1:17) - Douglas O'Donnell
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  • May 15, 2016Living the Great Requirement
    May 15, 2016
    Living the Great Requirement

    This week our guest speaker is Pastor Dan Shurr, Director of Fellowship Aid and International Relief (FAIR). His message is from Micah 6:8 and Isaiah 58:6-12 entitled “Living the Great Requirement.“

    Questions
    Micah 6:8; Isaiah 58:6-12
    Ice Breaker: What about the needy around the world, in our own country (Ft. Mac) or even in our own City of Mississauga? Do the needs tug at your heart? Do you feel helpless to do any good and throw up your hands in frustration?

    To date, how have you responded to the less fortunate?

    1. What does Micah 6:8 have to say about whose responsibility it is to meet the needs of the poor? (also see Mt 23:23) Why is that so?

    2. How does Micah’s sentiment here suggest we are to meet those needs?

    3. Isaiah makes strong statements in 58:6-7. How would you describe the believer’s responsibility according to these verses? How does this compare to Micah 6:8? (also see James 1:27)

    4. What is God’s response toward the believer who obeys the words of the prophet? (vv.8-9a)

    5. Isaiah shares additional responsibilities and rewards for those who wish to obey the Lord in verses 9b to 12. What additional areas of the life of a believer are impacted by obedience to God in these verses? (also see: Eph 5:13-14)

    6. If it was your decision to make, how would you guide our church regarding our responsibility to alleviate suffering in the world?

    “Never stop lifting your hands up in praise for each and every gift that falls from heaven’s hands.” (James 1:17) - Douglas O'Donnell
  • 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
  • May 1, 2016Always Ready
    May 1, 2016
    Always Ready
    This week Pastor Greg shares a message from 2 Timothy 3:16-4:8 entitled “Always Ready.”
     
    Questions
    
2 Timothy 3:16-4:8

    Ice Breaker: In sports and other games, deception is often an integral part of the plan. It’s part of the challenge and sometimes great fun to see who can do the best job. In real life however, deception can be hurtful and cause great pain.
    What can you do, to do your best to avoid being deceived?
     
    1. Why should we have great confidence in the power and validity of the Scriptures? (3:16-17)
     
    2. How can we maintain a positive, enduring, continually maturing life in Christ?
     
    3. Paul says we are to be prepared to preach God’s Word at all times. (4:1-2) When are you most likely to hesitate in sharing the Gospel? How could you prepare beforehand to overcome your timidity or fear in these situations? (see 1 Peter 3:15)
     
    4. How are we to know whether or not the doctrines we are being taught are accurate or true? (vv. 2-3) (see also 2:15)
     
    5. What does this passage tell us about the life of a disciple? What would that life look like? (vv. 5-7)
     
    “God knows things that we don’t know and sees things that we don’t see and has things planned that we could not scarcely imagine.” - Kevin DeYoung
  • 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 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