Sep 28, 2014
Our Generous God
This week Pastor Deric starts a new series entitled "Our Generous God" a Stewardship Series. He kicks off the series with a sermon on James 1:16-18.

Questions:
Please read James 1:16-18 twice.
1. According to the passage you just read, what is the most destructive lie that Satan can use to disrupt our faith in God?

2. From verses 12-18, summarize in your own words how God’s goodness is contrasted with evil.

3. How can a Christian who is described as “walking in the light” (1John 1:7), be susceptible to deception? (v.16)

4. If every good and perfect gift is from above (v.17), where do “evil” gifts come from? How do the words “every good and perfect gift” defend and support God’s generosity?

5. Has there ever been a circumstance in your life where you doubted the goodness of God and wondered about His generosity? Share if you are willing.

6. What fundamental difference between God and mankind does James describe towards the end of verse 17?

7. What is the greatest gift a human being can receive from God, and how does it relate to James’ teaching in this passage?
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  • Sep 28, 2014Our Generous God
    Sep 28, 2014
    Our Generous God
    This week Pastor Deric starts a new series entitled "Our Generous God" a Stewardship Series. He kicks off the series with a sermon on James 1:16-18.

    Questions:
    Please read James 1:16-18 twice.
    1. According to the passage you just read, what is the most destructive lie that Satan can use to disrupt our faith in God?

    2. From verses 12-18, summarize in your own words how God’s goodness is contrasted with evil.

    3. How can a Christian who is described as “walking in the light” (1John 1:7), be susceptible to deception? (v.16)

    4. If every good and perfect gift is from above (v.17), where do “evil” gifts come from? How do the words “every good and perfect gift” defend and support God’s generosity?

    5. Has there ever been a circumstance in your life where you doubted the goodness of God and wondered about His generosity? Share if you are willing.

    6. What fundamental difference between God and mankind does James describe towards the end of verse 17?

    7. What is the greatest gift a human being can receive from God, and how does it relate to James’ teaching in this passage?
  • Sep 21, 2014“Farewell.” A Ministry Map from Acts 20
    Sep 21, 2014
    “Farewell.” A Ministry Map from Acts 20
    Series: Various
    This week Pastor Deric share a special message to kick off our ministry year from Acts 20:17-38 entitled "Farewell. A Ministry Map from Acts 20". Questions: Please read Acts 20:17-38 1. Who is Paul serving according to vs.18-19 and what does it have to do with his ministry to the church at Ephesus?   2. What are the two major components of Paul’s teaching ministry that are highlighted in vs.21 and why are they important?   3. Why was Paul committed to going to Jerusalem? vs.22-24   4. Explain why Paul’s view of himself is important to the progress of the Gospel? vs.24   5. What makes us “innocent of the blood of all men” according to vs.26-27? 6. Who are the “wolves” that Paul warned about in vs.29-30 and how does a congregation recognize them? 7. Who ultimately is responsible for the well being of a local congregation according to Paul’s farewell address to the elders at Ephesus? Compare verses 28-32. 8. How is it more blessed to give than to receive? vs.35   9. What does the “kneeling, praying, weeping, embracing and kissing” (vs.36-38) tell you about the bond that exists between believers in a local church? Click here for a PDF version of the Digging Deeper questions
  • Sep 14, 2014God So Loves The World
    Sep 14, 2014
    God So Loves The World
    Series: Various
    This week Pastor Deric share a special message from John 3:16-18 entitled "For God So Loves The World" as we celebrate Baptism Sunday where 10 people are getting baptized. Questions: Please read John 3:9 to 3:21 twice through. 1. What is the significance of the phrase, “for God so loved the world” to the people of John’s time? What about it’s significance today? 2. What is it about Jesus that we are to believe? 3. How should we understand the truth that God “sent” Jesus into the world? Who else has been sent into the world? What are the similarities and differences? 4. How is it that we are saved “though Him”? (also see v.14) 5. What is it that distinguishes the condemned from the saved? Why is that such a serious offense? 6. What was the burden on John’s heart that moved him to write this passage of Scripture?
  • Aug 31, 2014The Original Storm Chaser
    Aug 31, 2014
    The Original Storm Chaser
    Series: Various
    This week Pastor Deric share a special message from Mark 4:35-41 entitled "The Original Storm Chaser" where Jesus calms the storm before the very eyes of his disciples. Questions: Please read Mark 4:35-41. 1. What significance is it that Jesus requested the voyage across the water? (v.35) 2. How did the disciples respond to Jesus’ request? What does the fact that there were “other boats” along on the voyage suggest? (v.36) 3. Knowing the background of the disciples, what does verse 37 tell us about the severity of the storm? 4. Why would the disciples have reacted so harshly to Jesus? (v.38) What had the disciples placed their confidence in? 5. What was Jesus demonstrating to the disciples with His calm in the midst of the storm? What was driving the disciples fear? What lesson is Jesus sharing with His disciples? (v.39-40) [See Exodus 14:13; 20:20 for additional insights]. 6. How did the disciples react to Jesus’ calming of the storm? What was the reason for this reaction in the disciples? (v.41)
    7. Read Mark 9:6 and 16:8. What similarities do you see in the disciples reactions? Compare that to Revelation 1:17.
  • Apr 19, 2014The Message & Mission of the Church
    Apr 19, 2014
    The Message & Mission of the Church
    Series: Easter
    Pastor Deric shares with us an special Easter message from John 20:19-23 entitled "The Message & Mission of the Church" on Easter Sunday at the Living Arts Centre.

    Questions
    Read John 20:19-23
    1. In the light of Jesus’ life, and His death on the cross, what is the significance of Jesus’ resurrection? What difference does it make to you that Jesus lives?

    2. To say the least, it had been a tumultuous week for Jesus, and especially His disciples. After reading v.19, place yourself in their sandals and describe their emotions and thoughts at this time leading up to v.19a. What had Jesus promised them some time earlier? (John 16:20)

    3. Read v.20. Describe the disciples initial reaction to seeing Jesus standing before them. (see Luke 24:36-43) What did Jesus do that changed them, and brought about their second reaction?

    4. Read v.21-22. Jesus brings clarity to the purpose for which He had called His disciples. How might the disciples understand their purpose now? What might have been their natural reaction to His statement? How could the Holy Spirit have changed their understanding?

    5. Does Jesus get your attention with the statement, “as the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you”? What implications do you see regarding your own life?

    6. How do you understand John’s instructions to the disciples in v. 23? Do we have the power to forgive sin? What is John saying?

    7. After digging deeper into the events of the resurrection, what does the statement, “Jesus is Lord” mean to you?
    8. All believers are commissioned by Jesus to do the work of making disciples. How do you maintain your career / job, and fulfill this command of Jesus?
  • Apr 13, 2014Your Are Being Called
    Apr 13, 2014
    Your Are Being Called
    Pastor Deric continues his series from 1 Peter entitled "The House that God is Building." This week the message is from 1 Peter 2:21-25 entitled "You Are Being Called"

    Questions
    Read 1 Peter 2:21-25
    1. In your own words, to what have you “been called”?

    2. When we follow Jesus’ example, what does this reveal about our life and our attitude? (v.23 b) How do you react to the prospect of suffering for Jesus sake? What does Peter say about this in 1Peter 4:13-14?

    3. Read the 12 verses of Isaiah 53. It seems apparent that Peter had these verses in mind when he wrote this passage. From v.22-25, find the quote and the allusions to Isaiah 53.

    4. How did Jesus respond to the unjust treatment He received? (v.23)   What would our instinctive response be to such treatment? What would these responses indicate about “who we depend on” in times of crisis?  Who did Jesus depend on?

    5. In v.24, Peter reminds us of the heart of the Gospel, “He bore our sins in His body on the tree.” According to Peter, why did Jesus do that? How does Peter’s answer to this question relate back to our necessary response to unjust treatment?
    6. Peter has reminded us that we are called to a difficult calling. Remembering the points from Pastor Deric’s lesson on Sunday, how can we “answer the call” that Peter identified and Jesus modelled for our lives?
  • Apr 6, 2014You Are God’s People
    Apr 6, 2014
    You Are God’s People
    Pastor Deric continues his series from 1 Peter entitled "The House that God is Building." This week the message is from 1 Peter 2:10-20 entitled "You Are God's People"

    Questions
    1. Read v.10-12. Who are the “beloved” that Peter refers to and what makes them “sojourners and exiles”?

    2. The fact that Peter implores the beloved to “abstain” from these passions, carries a significant implication about our ability to resist sin. What is the implication?

    3. How does the Christian “wage war” against the desires of the flesh?

    4. What may result from living a life of honourable conduct among the “gentiles”? (v.12)

    5. Read v.13-17. Why should we “be subject” to “every human institution”? What about institutions that are led by leaders that are not believers or are morally bankrupt? (see Rom 13:1-7) Are there any exceptions to this?

    6. The text implies active participation in the political institutions of our day. Why are believers often tempted to neglect their civic duties? (see Matt 22:15-21)

    7. How does God intend for us to silence the foolish and the slanderer? (v.15-17)

    8. Read v.18-20. Peter calls believers to a difficult level of obedience. What confidence enables the Christian to endure difficult circumstances and even mistreatment? What does this confidence and ability to endure                hardship say about the believers’ faith?
    9. So in the light of what we’ve studied and learned this week, how do we live this way? What are we to do? Give examples of how Acts 5:29 will apply.
  • Mar 23, 2014Proclaiming the Excellencies of God’s Big House!
    Mar 23, 2014
    Proclaiming the Excellencies of God’s Big House!
    Pastor Deric continues his series from 1 Peter entitled "The House that God is Building." This week the message is from 1 Peter 2:3-10 entitled "Proclaiming the Excellencies of God's Big House!"

    Questions
    1. Reading from v.4, what are some images that come to mind where we read that Christ is, “a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious”?

    2. Earlier in v.4 it says we “come to Him”. How would you describe this call to ‘draw near’ to Christ the living cornerstone?

    3. In v.5 Peter says we are “like living stones.” As Christ is a “living stone”, what implications does Peter’s description of us now suggest to you?

    4. Peter goes on to say we are “a spiritual house” and “a holy priesthood” offering “spiritual sacrifices.” (v.5) How is this possible for us?

    5. There is a history of visible evidence of God’s presence among His people. Examine these examples of God’s presence in Scripture. (Ex. 13:21-22; Ex. 33:8-13; 40:34-38; 1Kings 8:10-11; Jn. 1:14; Jn. 2:19) How is the visible presence of God evidenced in the world today?

    6. Peter cites Isaiah 28:16 in v.6. In your own words, how is Peter applying this Scripture? What has God done?

    7. In v.6, Peter states that those who believe in Christ, “will not be put to shame.” In v.7-8, the other shoe drops. How do you understand, “a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense”?

    8. How should we best understand the end of v.8 where Peter says, “as they were destined to do”? (Eph. 1:4; 2 Pet. 2:3; Jude 4; Acts 13:48; Rom. 8:29-30; 9:14-24)

    9. Reading in v.9, who are the “chosen race” the “royal priesthood, a holy nation”? Describe some of the implications your answer carries with it.
    10. In v.10 Peter contrasts our former standing with our present blessing. What is your response to this truth? How are you working out your response today?
  • Mar 16, 2014Letters from Heaven
    Mar 16, 2014
    Letters from Heaven
    Pastor Deric continues his series from 1 Peter entitled "The House that God is Building." This week the message is from 1 Peter 1:22-2:3 entitled "Letters From Heaven"

    Questions
    1. What is Peter’s point in distinguishing between “perishable seed” and “imperishable”? (v.23) What is Peter saying about the nature of our faith? On what basis does Peter make this claim?

    2. Peter cites Isaiah 40:6 in vv.24-25. What is Peter emphasizing here by using this quote? Can you think of any implications these verses might have regarding our understanding of evangelism? Your role? God’s role?

    3. As we read and understand the earlier verses, why are we to “put away” malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander mentioned in 2:1?

    4. Just as a newborn infant cries for milk, what is it that Peter implies we should long for? (v.2) What does desire or longing for God’s Word have to do with the Christian life? Can’t we just read and study the Bible as a matter of discipline?

    5. What does Peter mean (v.3) that we have “tasted” that the Lord is good? How do you taste something that is invisible?

    Personal Application: What evidence do you see in your own life that you are growing in your salvation experience?

  • Mar 2, 2014Ask and It Will Be Given to You!
    Mar 2, 2014
    Ask and It Will Be Given to You!
    Pastor Deric continues his series from 1 Peter entitled "The House that God is Building." This week the message is from 1 Peter 1:17-25 entitled "Ask and it Will Be Given to You!"

    Questions
    1. If you could ask God for anything, what would it be?

    2. In verse 17, Peter describes the church reaching out to God as a call to Him as our Father. What two aspects of being a Christian are highlighted in that statement?

    3. Read vv.18-19. It says we, “were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from our forefathers…” In your words, what does “ransomed” mean? Name 3 implication your definition suggests.

    4. In verse 19 Peter reminds us that God paid a very high price for us. What does that say about God the Father? Jesus Christ, His Son? You and me?

    5. Peter paints an extremely vivid picture of the Gospel in verses 18-22. What makes that makes that Gospel so compelling to us?

    6. In Verse 20, Pastor Deric explained that the word “foreknown” refers not only to knowing in advance but also actively working out His plan through eternity. How does this truth impact your understanding of your role in God’s ongoing plan?
    7. Read vv. 22-25. In the previous verses Peter has called us to be holy. Now with souls purified by “obedience to the truth” we are to, “love one another earnestly from a pure heart…” How could we see this love in our families? In our church? How could evidence of this kind of love impact the community we live, go to school and work in?
  • Feb 23, 2014Measuring the True Value of Your Salvation
    Feb 23, 2014
    Measuring the True Value of Your Salvation
    Pastor Deric continues his series from 1 Peter entitled "The House that God is Building." This week the message is from 1 Peter 1:13-21 entitled "Measuring the True Value of Your Salvation."

    Questions
    1. Read v.13 again. What does, “preparing your mind for action” look like? Give examples of how you would explain it to someone.

    2. The words “sober-minded” in v.13 translate as un-intoxicated. Why would Peter have used those words?

    3. From v.14, how are you doing at being an obedient child of God? How natural is it to live the way God commands us to?

    4. In v.15, Peter describes God as “holy.” What does that mean? As we are charged in v.16 with being, “holy in all our conduct”, how do we establish this pattern for our lives?

    5. What does it mean that God judges deeds impartially? (v.17)
    6. Three times in this chapter (vv.3,13 & 21), Peter has highlighted the   concept of “hope”. Why is hope important? How does hope affect us?
  • Feb 16, 2014Your Sacred Ancestry
    Feb 16, 2014
    Your Sacred Ancestry
    Pastor Deric continues his series from 1 Peter entitled "The House that God is Building." This week the message is from 1 Peter 1:10-12 entitled "Your Sacred Ancestry."

    Questions
    1. Read the text again (vs. 10-12) and underline key words that highlight the Gospel. What aspect of the Gospel do these words emphasize?

    2. Do you have a favourite verse that utilizes that fabulous word “salvation”? Write it out and think about why it means so much to you.

    3. What did the prophets discover about the message they were delivering to the people of their day?

    4. What lesson for our own lives can we learn from the prophets’ discovery? Give some examples of how you can apply this lesson, this week.

    5. Why is preaching as important today as it was in the days of the apostles? What is the Holy Spirits’ role in preaching?
    6. Think/talk about the effect that your earthly ancestry has had upon you. Is it for good, has it caused you pain, or maybe both. Now compare the hope that your new identity by faith in Jesus Christ brings you. Are you learning to live in the light of the “new creation”? (2 Cor.5:17)
  • Feb 9, 2014It’s Simply Complex!
    Feb 9, 2014
    It’s Simply Complex!
    Pastor Deric continues his series from 1 Peter entitled "The House that God is Building." This week the message is from 1 Peter 1:6-9 entitled "It's Simply Complex!"
     
    Questions
    Having already discussed our present and future joy of our reward in heaven, Peter leads us into a further discussion of joy in spite of suffering and our inexpressible joy in knowing Christ as our Saviour!

    There are simple fleeting joys in life and there are deeper, long lasting, life altering joys. Describe examples of each that you have experienced, the similarities and the differences.

    1. Why are we tested by “various trials” in this life? What does Peter have to say about that in 1 Peter1:6-7. How do these verses shed yet additional light on the reason for our trials?

    2. According to this text, what proves that a person has a genuine faith?

    3. How do you explain the “seeming contradiction” in the text between rejoicing and grieving? How is that possible?

    4. Peter begins verse 8, “Though you have not seen Him, you love Him.” This is an incredible statement! How is this possible? Read the rest of verse 8. Reflect on and share what this means to you.

    5. Read and consider 1 Peter1:9. Peter seems to be describing the entire process of growth in the Christian life. How are you doing in the process? Are you shaken by the trials of life, stopped dead in your tracks?  Are you receiving more and more blessings as you journey by faith towards Christian maturity?

    6. Give examples of what loving Jesus, believing Jesus and rejoicing in Jesus looks like.

  • Feb 2, 2014A Living Hope
    Feb 2, 2014
    A Living Hope
    Pastor Deric continues his series from 1 Peter entitled "The House that God is Building." This week the message is from 1 Peter 1:3-5 entitled "A Living Hope."
  • Jan 26, 2014Home! Sweet Home!
    Jan 26, 2014
    Home! Sweet Home!
    Pastor Deric continues his series from 1 Peter entitled "The House that God is Building." This week the message is from 1 Peter 1:1-2 entitled "Home! Sweet Home!"