Sermons by: Pastor Deric Bartlett

Sep 15, 2019
The Greatest Claims in History – Deric Bartlett
This week Pastor Deric continues the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled The Greatest Claims in History focusing on Hebrews 1:1-14.
 
Questions
Hebrews 1:1-14.
ICEBREAKER: If you could add two commandments to the existing ten, what would they be?
1. The author of Hebrews emphasizes that God had spoken to us – in the past through the prophets, and in the present in His Son [Hebrews 1:1-2]. What does this tell us about God and the authority of His word? Consider Exodus 20:1-20, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, and 2 Peter 1:19-21 as well.
2. Hebrews 1:1-4 contains one of the most exalted and comprehensive descriptions of Jesus found in all of Scripture. What does this text affirm about Jesus’ identity and activity, and how do each of these descriptions impact your spiritual walk with Him?
3. Many false ideas about angels exist today. What do the following texts assert about them: Matthew 13:41-42; Matthew 22:30; Matthew 25:31; Luke 16:22; Luke 20:30; Acts 27:23-25; Acts 10:3, 22; Colossians 1:16; and Hebrews 2:7?
4. Throughout Hebrews 1, Jesus is referred to as the Son [Hebrews 1:2, 3, 5, 8]. From this chapter, what is the significance of this title for Jesus, and why does it matter?
5. How does Hebrews 5:8 affirm the deity of Jesus? Examine also Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 1:23; John 10:30; and Titus 2:13 for more Scriptural support. Why is this important?
6. In Hebrews 1:14, angels are called “ministering spirits” sent to serve believers. Do you find this concerning, confusing, or comforting? How do such passages as 2 Kings 6:15-17; Isaiah 6:6-7; Psalm 34:7, Acts 1:11 and Matthew 28:1-7 encourage you?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
 
“The ultimate key to joining together in radical obedience to Christ is found in fostering a humble view of ourselves and a high view of God in the church. [Let us] give ourselves in total abandonment for His great purpose in the world: the declaration of His gospel and the demonstration of His glory to all the peoples of the earth.” (David Platt)
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  • Sep 15, 2019The Greatest Claims in History – Deric Bartlett
    Sep 15, 2019
    The Greatest Claims in History – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled The Greatest Claims in History focusing on Hebrews 1:1-14.
     
    Questions
    Hebrews 1:1-14.
    ICEBREAKER: If you could add two commandments to the existing ten, what would they be?
    1. The author of Hebrews emphasizes that God had spoken to us – in the past through the prophets, and in the present in His Son [Hebrews 1:1-2]. What does this tell us about God and the authority of His word? Consider Exodus 20:1-20, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, and 2 Peter 1:19-21 as well.
    2. Hebrews 1:1-4 contains one of the most exalted and comprehensive descriptions of Jesus found in all of Scripture. What does this text affirm about Jesus’ identity and activity, and how do each of these descriptions impact your spiritual walk with Him?
    3. Many false ideas about angels exist today. What do the following texts assert about them: Matthew 13:41-42; Matthew 22:30; Matthew 25:31; Luke 16:22; Luke 20:30; Acts 27:23-25; Acts 10:3, 22; Colossians 1:16; and Hebrews 2:7?
    4. Throughout Hebrews 1, Jesus is referred to as the Son [Hebrews 1:2, 3, 5, 8]. From this chapter, what is the significance of this title for Jesus, and why does it matter?
    5. How does Hebrews 5:8 affirm the deity of Jesus? Examine also Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 1:23; John 10:30; and Titus 2:13 for more Scriptural support. Why is this important?
    6. In Hebrews 1:14, angels are called “ministering spirits” sent to serve believers. Do you find this concerning, confusing, or comforting? How do such passages as 2 Kings 6:15-17; Isaiah 6:6-7; Psalm 34:7, Acts 1:11 and Matthew 28:1-7 encourage you?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “The ultimate key to joining together in radical obedience to Christ is found in fostering a humble view of ourselves and a high view of God in the church. [Let us] give ourselves in total abandonment for His great purpose in the world: the declaration of His gospel and the demonstration of His glory to all the peoples of the earth.” (David Platt)
  • Sep 8, 2019No Turning Back Introduction – Deric Bartlett
    Sep 8, 2019
    No Turning Back Introduction – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric begins the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled Introduction to Studies in the Book of Hebrews focusing on Hebrews 12:1-3.
     
    Questions
    Hebrews 12:1-3
    ICEBREAKER: Describe an embarrassing incident that happened in elementary school.
    1. Hebrews 1:1 - 4 contains at least 7 descriptions of Jesus, God’s Son, showing the reasons He is God’s supreme revelation. How many can you identify from this text, and what difference does each make in your daily walk with the Lord?
    2. “To drift” implies a gradual change over time [Hebrews 2:1]. Apparently, this was, and still is, a very real danger for believers. Based on this text, what can we do to prevent drifting away? Also consult Deuteronomy 4:9-10, Proverbs 4:23, Acts 20:28 - 31, and Romans 16:17 - 18 for more strategies.
    3. How do you, as one of God’s holy people who shares in a heavenly calling, practice the discipline of “consider(ing) Jesus” [Hebrews 3:1]? Examine Philippians 2:5 - 11, Colossians 1:13 - 20, Hebrews 4:14 - 16, and 1 Peter 2:21 - 23 for further insights.
    4. The struggle to not fall away, to not be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness, and to not rebel against God’s voice [Hebrews 3:12 - 15] requires the help of God’s people to exhort us each day [Hebrews 3:13]. What does this exhortation include according to this text, as well as Acts 14:19 - 23; Colossians 3:12 - 17, and Revelation 3:14 - 22?
    5. Believers are commanded to “hold fast to our confession” [Hebrews 4:14]. This does not refer to confessing our sins, but to publicly proclaiming our allegiance to Christ. How do we best do this according to this text, as well as 1 Timothy 6:12, Hebrews 3:1, and Hebrews 10:19 - 25?
    6. How does Jesus’ example in Hebrews 12:1 - 3 motivate you to run the Christian race with endurance? Look closely at 1 Corinthians 9:24 - 27, 1 Timothy 4:6 - 8, and James 5:7 - 11 for other inspiring examples of endurance.
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “To endure the cross is not tragedy; it is the suffering which is the fruit of an exclusive allegiance to Jesus Christ.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
  • Aug 18, 2019Delivered From All My Fears – Deric Bartlett
    Aug 18, 2019
    Delivered From All My Fears – Deric Bartlett
    Series: Restored
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series Restored-The Pathway to a Healthy Soul with a sermon titled Delivered From All My Fears focusing on Psalms 34:1-10
     
    Questions
    Psalms 34:1-10
    ICEBREAKER: Do you have any phobias?
    1. The most often repeated command in the Bible is, “Do not fear!” [Examples: Exodus 20:20; Joshua 8:1; Luke 1:30; Revelation 2:10]. To overcome your fears, you must be able to identify them and admit them. What are your most debilitating fears? How are they hindering your walk with the Lord as well as your relationships with others?
    2. Examine Numbers 13:17-14:10. How did the Israelites’ fear of the people of Canaan affect their choices and actions [Numbers 14:9-10]? Notice the correlation of fear and rebellion against God’s clearly revealed will. What conclusions do you draw from this story?
    3. In Isaiah 7, King Ahaz and his people feared invading armies [Isaiah 7:1-2]. The prophet Isaiah challenged him to trust in the Lord’s deliverance [7:3-9], and even offered a sign to confirm the prophecy [7:10-11]. Ahaz refused the sign under the pretense of piety, but he was covering up his unbelief. God gave him the sign anyway – the birth of a child named Immanuel (“God with us”) [7:13-14]. How does the promise of God’s presence address your fears? What is the best strategy to face your fears based on this text?
    4. Psalm 139:23-24 is King David’s sincere prayer for God’s examination of his heart and innermost thoughts. He requested God’s light to expose his darkness. Note the relationship between his anxious thoughts and grievous ways. What does this show you about the detrimental effects of your fears? How does this insight help you combat your fears?
    5. Near the end of Jesus’ time with His disciples, He told them he was going to leave them [John 13:36; 14:28]. Obviously, they found this news distressing [14:1]. To counter their anxieties, Jesus offered them His peace [14:27]. What is distinctive about His peace, and Who brings it to us [14:26]?
    6. Philippians 4:4-7 provides God’s strategy for dealing with believers’ fearful anxieties. Meditate on these verses and come up with a list of definite steps you can take to experience His promised peace.
    7.What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Faith, which is trust, and fear are opposite poles. If a man has the one, he can scarcely have the other in vigorous operation. He that has his trust set upon God does not need to dread anything except the weakening or the paralyzing of that trust.” (Alexander MacLaren)
  • Aug 11, 2019Healing for the Heart – Deric Bartlett
    Aug 11, 2019
    Healing for the Heart – Deric Bartlett
    Series: Restored
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series Restored-The Pathway to a Healthy Soul with a sermon titled Healing for the Heart focusing on Proverbs 14:30.
     
    Questions
    Proverbs 14:30
    ICEBREAKER: Have you ever had a physical wound that took you a period of time to recover from? What was it, and what was the recovery process like?
    1. For Christians, the center-point of our faith is what Jesus accomplished on the cross. What initially comes to your mind when you think of the cross, and why Jesus died for us?
    2. Think about a diamond. It has many sides, called facets, and these all make up the shape of the stone. Keep this illustration in mind as you reflect on the cross. What different pictures—or facets—do we see from Scripture about the cross, and about what Jesus accomplished there? Look up the following passages, note down observations, then discuss your findings together (see Colossians 2:13-15; Acts 2:23; Mark 2:17; 10:45; John 1:29; Romans 3:23-25; Galatians 3:13-14; Ephesians 2:11-16; 5:25-27; Titus 3:3-7; Hebrews 2:14-18; 1 Peter 2:24-25; Isaiah 53:5).
    3. When we have grasped the message of the cross and how we can have forgiveness through Jesus and security for the afterlife, we can often stop there. But Scripture’s multi-faceted picture of the cross tells us there is so much more to why Jesus died for us. Forgiveness is offered to us because God wants us to have a restored relationship with Him. In that way, it is the foundation of our relationship, but only the beginning of the relationship God wants with us. Reflect on what the Scripture says about God’s intention for us to be reconciled with Him (see John 14:27; 15:9-11; Psalm 16:11; Romans 5:3-5; Revelation 19:6-9).
    4. The wounds and hurts we carry with us in life often prevent us from experiencing the joy and peace in our hearts that God wants us to enjoy in relationship with Him. How could unhealed wounds affect people, or you personally? And why do you think it is important that we find healing for our past wounds?
    5. In his Soul Care book, Rob Reimer says: “Sadly, sometimes these hurts [from our past] are protected behind a fortress of defense mechanisms that keep us from accessing them. The fortress is not a healing refuge. The walls must come down, and we must let Jesus into our painful places, for He alone is the Healer” (p.150). What “defense mechanisms” have you seen in people (or in yourself personally) that keep us from processing our hurts with God?
    6. What can each of us do to curb our habits of avoiding facing our pain, and carve out more space and time to process them with the Lord?
    7. What did you find challenging or helpful about this Sunday’s message?
     
     
  • Aug 4, 2019Your Ancestry Sin – Deric Bartlett
    Aug 4, 2019
    Your Ancestry Sin – Deric Bartlett
    Series: Restored
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series Restored-The Pathway to a Healthy Soul with a sermon titled Your Ancestry Sin focusing on Ephesians 5:31-32.
     
    Questions
    Ephesians 5:31-32
    ICEBREAKER: Have you ever accomplished something in your life that others (or even you!) thought you would never be able to do? What was it? How were you able to succeed when the odds were against you? How did you feel when it was over?
    1. Abraham’s story has about as good a beginning as one could imagine! Blessings and a covenant promise from God Himself! In time, things begin to deteriorate, and sin patterns emerge. Read these short chapters, Genesis 12-17. Can you identify the sin patterns and possible causes for these patterns to gain a strong foothold in this family?
    2. David is as well known for his personal failures as he is for his successes. Read 2 Samuel 12:1-23. How is it that David is able to change his sin patterns? Read 1 Chronicles 21:1-27. After disobeying God again, how does David react to his sin? How does God respond and what is the result?
    3. Jacob’s love for his son Joseph actually ends up hurting Joseph. How far back can you trace this pattern of favouritism in Joseph’s family? (ex. read Genesis 25:19 – 37:36)
    4. Joseph is remembered as a success and as a victim. How is Joseph able to rise up and avoid a ‘victim mentality’ even though he was clearly hurt by others? (read Genesis 39-41)
    5. Looking back at your family history, what sin patterns can you identify? How have you seen these patterns influence your family? What have you learned from Scripture that you can now apply to your own situation and family life ?
    6. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “When kingdom culture clashes with my American culture or my family-of- origin culture, I must choose Kingdom culture.” – Dr. Rob Reimer
  • Jul 21, 2019Confessing Christians – Deric Bartlett
    Jul 21, 2019
    Confessing Christians – Deric Bartlett
    Series: Restored
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series Restored-The Pathway to a Healthy Soul with a sermon titled Confessing Christians focusing on 1 John 1 :1- 10.
     
    Questions
    Galatians 1 John 1: 1 - 10
    ICEBREAKER: Did you ever run away from home?
    1. How important is it to you that the gospel writers, including the apostle John, were actual eye-witnesses of Jesus’ earthly life [1 John 1:1-2]? What difference does this make in your faith [cf. Luke 24:45-48; Acts 10:34-43; 2 Peter 1:16]?
    2. In today’s world, everyone thinks morality is determined by what they feel is right or wrong for them. How does the Word of God counter this dangerous falsehood with the necessity of repentance [cf. Matthew 3:7-12; Luke 5:31-32; 2 Timothy 2:24- 26]?
    3. How does the assertion that “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” [1 John 1:5] affect your understanding of God’s character and mission? Consider other texts such as John 3:19-21, John 8:12, and John 9:5 in your response.
    4. In the book, Soul Care, the author writes, “A soul in alignment is a soul without secrets. We cannot walk free if we will not repent from sin and bring it into the light with God and others” [p. 78]. What are the negative consequences of remaining in the dark [1 John 1:6]? What are the positives of walking in God’s light [1 John 1:7]?
    5. The doomed attempt to appear perfect or faultless is an unhealthy, debilitating burden to bear. According to 1 John 1: 8 and 10, what results from such false appearances? What does this reveal about the power of unchecked, unconfessed sin [cf. Genesis 4:6-7; Isaiah 53:6; James 3:2]?
    6. What are the liberating effects of humbly and authentically taking full ownership for our part in our sin [1 John 1:9]? Reflect on Psalm 32, Psalm 139:23-24, Acts 13:37-39, and Acts 28:18 for further insights.
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Few things accelerate the peace process as much as humbly admitting our own wrongdoing and asking forgiveness.” (Lee Strobel)
  • Jul 14, 2019Let’s Talk About You – Deric Bartlett
    Jul 14, 2019
    Let’s Talk About You – Deric Bartlett
    Series: Restored
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series Restored-The Pathway to a Healthy Soul with a sermon titled Let's Talk About You! focusing on Galatians 2:20
     
    Questions
    Galatians 2:20
    ICEBREAKER: Are you known more as a person who follows all the “rules” or someone who paints outside the lines? How has this been a help or a hindrance to you in the past?
    1. Consider the context of today’s text: Galatians 2:15-19. Compare with Matthew 5:17-19, Philippians 3:9 and Romans 8:1-8. What do you learn about the Law from these passages? How does the Law relate to the life of a Christian today? What other passages of Scripture would you use to support your ideas?
    2. Examine Colossians 2:20, 3:3, 2 Timothy 2:11 and Romans 6:3-14 with today’s text. What does it mean to be “crucified with Christ”?
    3. Read Romans 1:1, James 1:1, 2 Peter 1:1 and Jude 1:1. What do these verses suggest to you about the way the disciples viewed their identity?
    4. Reflect on Galatians 2:20 from the perspective of 1 Corinthians 11:1 and 1 Peter 2:21. How do these passages impact the way you respond to events in your day-to-day life?
    5. How is the person others perceive you to be different than the person you really are? What other passages of Scripture do you turn to when you experience doubt or confusion about your own identity?
    6. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Jesus came to announce to us that an identity based on success, popularity and power is a false identity- an illusion! Loudly and clearly he says: ‘You are not what the world makes you; but you are children of God.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Here and Now: Living in the Spirit
  • Jul 7, 2019Restored – Deric Bartlett
    Jul 7, 2019
    Restored – Deric Bartlett
    Series: Restored
    This week Pastor Deric begins the series Restored-The Pathway to a Healthy Soul with a sermon titled Restored focusing on Psalm 23.
     
    Questions
    Psalm 23
    ICEBREAKER: If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be? Why?
    1. According to Psalm 23:1-4, along with 1 Samuel 17:34-35, Psalm 28:9, Isaiah 40:11, and John 10:1-16, what are the roles and functions of an effective shepherd?
    2. Psalm 23 is full of first-person personal pronouns (“me”, “I”), indicating it has an intensely personal message. Insert your personal name whenever one of these personal pronouns appears and read it out loud. How does this make you feel as you reflect on God’s personal interest and care for you?
    3. Our culture seems bent on living the fast-paced, frenzied, and frazzled lifestyle. Psalm 23:1-3 counters with a message of rest, restoration and refreshment. How are you choosing each day to resist the rush of the world and to rest in your relationship with the Lord? Consider Jeremiah 6:16, Matthew 11:28-30, and Luke 10:38-42 for further insights.
    4. Why do our souls require restoring by our Great Shepherd [Psalm 23:3]? Consult Jeremiah 17:9-10, Matthew 15:18-20, Romans 3:23-24, and Galatians 5:16-24 for deeper understanding.
    5. Life inevitably leads through valleys of deep darkness where danger, despair and doubt lurk [Psalm 23:4]. How does the promise of God’s presence comfort and encourage you from this text, as well as Exodus 33:12-17, Deuteronomy 31:6, Isaiah 43:1-3, Psalm 46:1-3, and Psalm 121?
    6. Psalm 23:1-4 depicts a shepherd with a sheep. In Psalm 23:5-6, the picture shifts to a royal banquet. How does the portrayal that you are an invited and honoured guest of God inspire you to live in close relationship with Him? Examine Psalm 27:4-6, 2 Corinthians 5:1-10, and Revelation 19:5-9 for deeper appreciation.
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Jesus Christ became Incarnate for one purpose, to make a way back to God that man might stand before Him as He was created to do, the friend and lover of God Himself.” (Oswald Chambers)
  • Jun 16, 2019Heavenly Help for the Home – Deric Bartlett
    Jun 16, 2019
    Heavenly Help for the Home – Deric Bartlett
    Series: COMMITTED
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series Committed with a sermon titled Heavenly Help for the Home focusing on biblical parenting principles.
     
    Questions
    ICEBREAKER: Describe something unique (life lesson, favourite saying, life hack, dream, ability, etc.) that you learned from your father.
    1. We believe that God’s Word is His revelation of Himself and His ways to us. Therefore, it does not originate in people’s minds but God’s [Deuteronomy 6:1-2]. How does this affect your attitude toward the Word of God and its authority to speak into every aspect of your life, including your family?
    2. How would you implement the commands of Deuteronomy 6:6-9 in your household? What do you do formally to instruct our family in God’s ways? What informal opportunities do you look for to bring God’s Word into your family’s life?
    3. In Genesis 18:19, the LORD stated that Abraham’s responsibility was to command his family to keep God’s ways by doing what is right and just. What does that look like according to this text, as well as Jeremiah 22:3, Jeremiah 22:15-17, and Ezekiel 18:5-9?
    4. Joshua, as leader of Israel, challenged the nation to make a choice regarding whom they would serve [Joshua 24:14-15]. He had determined to lead His family to serve/worship the LORD. What would his family do, and not do, according to this text?
    5. Proverbs 4 is written by a parent to a child. From this chapter, what insights do you gain that pertain to child-raising? What should children be encouraged to pursue, and what should they flee?
    6. According to Hebrews 12:5-11, how should discipline be viewed, even within the dynamics of a family? What does discipline indicate [vs. 6-7]? What is the purpose/goal of discipline [vs. 10-11]?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “I was raised in the greatest of homes...just a really great dad, and I miss him so much...he was a good man, a real simple man...Very faithful, always loved my mom, always provided for the kids, and just a lot of fun.” (Max Lucado, Christian Author)
  • Jun 9, 2019Committed to Stir You Up – Deric Bartlett
    Jun 9, 2019
    Committed to Stir You Up – Deric Bartlett
    Series: COMMITTED
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series Committed with a sermon titled Committed to Stir You Up focusing on 1 Thessalonians 5: 1 - 11
     
    Questions
    1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
    ICEBREAKER: What was your worst childhood injury?
    1. The phrase “the day of the Lord” refers to a future time period when the Lord will intervene in human history to complete His plan of redemption and judgment [1 Thessalonians 5:2]. Examine such passages as Joel 2:30-32, Amos 5:18-20, Zephaniah 2:1-3, Malachi 4:1, and 2 Peter 3:10 to find more details.
    2. The world hopes for a brighter future, whereas the Bible speaks of a frightful future for unbelievers [2 Thessalonians 5:3]. Does this prospect propel you forward to reach out to unbelievers [cf. 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; Titus 2:11-14]?
    3. From 1 Thessalonians 5:4-5, as well as Matthew 5:13-16, John 8:12, Romans 1:18- 23, and Ephesians 5:3-14, what are the contrasts between living in the light and living in the dark?
    4. Does the term “sleep” in 1 Thessalonians 5:6-7 mean the same as “asleep” in 4:13- 15? How would you explain the different meanings based on their respective contexts?
    5. We are commanded twice to “be sober” [1 Thessalonians 5:6, 8]. What does that look like based on these verses as well as 2 Timothy 4:5, 1 Peter 1:13, 1 Peter 4:7, and 1 Peter 5:8?
    6. How do you reconcile God’s love and His wrath [1 Thessalonians 5:9]? Include John 3:36, Romans 5:8-9, Romans 12:19, and Ephesians 2:3 in your thoughts.
    7. From 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10, how do we specifically encourage and edify one another [1 Thessalonians 5:11]?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever" (Daniel 12:2-3).
  • Jun 2, 2019Committed to Encouragement – Deric Bartlett
    Jun 2, 2019
    Committed to Encouragement – Deric Bartlett
    Series: COMMITTED
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series Committed with a sermon titled Committed to Encouragement focusing on 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18
     
    Questions
    1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
    ICEBREAKER: If you could visit heaven right now and talk with one of the people of the Bible (other than Jesus), who would you talk to?
    1. Three times in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-15, the term “sleep” appears. Why do you think this term is used and what is implied by it? Consider other passages such as Matthew 27:52, John 11:11, and 1 Corinthians 15:20 to gain further insights.
    2. From your experience, how do people who have no hope grieve, why do they grieve in this manner, and how does this contrast with your hope as a believer [1 Thessalonians 4:13]?
    3. The return of Christ is as much an indispensable part of the gospel message as His death and resurrection [1 Thessalonians 4:14-16]. How does this future hope influence your current living according to this text as well as Titus 2:11-14, James 5:7-11, and 1 John 3:1-3?
    4. What is the order of events that will occur at Christ’s return [1 Thessalonians 4:15-17]? Why are all these details important for believers to know [cf. 1 Corinthians 15:51-57]?
    5. Trick question: Is it better to still be alive at Christ’s coming, or to have died prior to His coming? How does this influence your view of death and your eternal hope? Refer to Isaiah 61, 1 Corinthians 15:20-28, and Revelation 21:1-4 for greater clarity.
    6. The Apostle Paul encouraged believers to hold tightly to the hope of always being with the Lord [1 Thessalonians 4:17-18]. How could you use these verses, alongside of John 14:1-3, Luke 23:43, 1 Corinthians 15:58, and 2 Corinthians 5:1-10, to encourage those who are discouraged, anxious, or lacking hope?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Let us be alert to the season in which we are living. It is the season of the Blessed Hope, calling for us to cut our ties with the world and build ourselves on this One who will soon appear. He is our hope—a Blessed Hope enabling us to rise above our times and fix our gaze upon Him.” (A.W. Tozer)
  • May 26, 2019Committed to grow – Deric Bartlett
    May 26, 2019
    Committed to grow – Deric Bartlett
    Series: COMMITTED
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series Committed with a sermon titled Committed to Grow focusing on 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
     
    Questions
    1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
    ICEBREAKER: Apart from the Bible, what is your favourite book, and what makes it so special to you?
    1. Our culture believes people may live as they please without restraints. On the other hand, God’s Word commands that believers must live to please God [1 Thessalonians 4:1-2]. How would you contrast these opposing perspectives using this text alongside of Galatians 5:16-26, Ephesians 4:17-32, and Colossians 3:1-17?
    2. Some believers find God’s will elusive. According to 1 Thessalonians 4:3a, what is God’s will for your life? Consider other texts such as Romans 6:19, Romans 6:22, Romans 12:2, Ephesians 6:6, and 1 Peter 1:13-16 for further insights.
    3. Our sexually permissive culture mirrors that of the first century A.D. By way of contrast, God’s Word clearly commands how believers must conduct themselves sexually – what they ought to do and ought not to do. What are those commands in 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, and what are God’s reasons for giving them?
    4. Why should believers refrain from illicit sexual behaviour [1 Thessalonians 4:6-8]? What are the solemn consequences outlined in this text, as well as in 2 Corinthians 5:9-10 and Hebrews 13:4?
    5. God has given believers His revelation and His Spirit [1 Thessalonians 4:7-8]. How do these resources empower Christians to live sexually pure while surrounded by a corrupt culture? Meditate on other texts such as Psalm 119:9-11, Galatians 5:16, 1 Peter 2:11-12, and 1 John 2:1-6 for greater understanding.
    6. What are some characteristics of the sanctified life listed by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:9-11, and what are the goals of this virtuous way of life [1 Thessalonians 4:12]?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Jesus)
  • May 19, 2019Committed to fix your heart – Deric Bartlett
    May 19, 2019
    Committed to fix your heart – Deric Bartlett
    Series: COMMITTED
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series Committed with a sermon titled Committed to Fix your hearts focusing on 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
     
    Questions
    1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
    ICEBREAKER: What were some of your childhood hobbies?
    1. There appears to be a correlation between “giving thanks” and “joy”. Four times in 1 Thessalonians, Paul gave thanks for others [1:2; 2:13; 3:9; 5:18], and experienced joy another four times [1:6; 2:19, 2:20; 3:9]. From these verses, what is the correlation, and how has thanksgiving produced joy in your life and ministry?
    2. What are some factors that could contribute to a lack in one’s faith [3:10]? Examine texts such as Matthew 6:30, Matthew 14:31, Mark 4:40, Luke 22:32 and Romans 14:1 for insights.
    3. What principles of prayer do you learn from Paul’s example in 1 Thessalonians 3:10-11?
    4. What are the effects of abounding love for one another [1Thessalonians 3:12]? To answer, consider such texts as John 13:34-35, Romans 13:8, Ephesians 4:2, 1 Peter 4:8, 1 John 4:7, and 1 John 4:12.
    5. God is at work to strengthen/establish our hearts [1 Thessalonians 3:13]. How does He accomplish this [3:12], and what are the results [3:13]?
    6. How does the assurance that you will be blameless and holy in God’s sight get you through the trials of today and give you hope for the future [1 Thessalonians 3:13]?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Do not strive in your own strength; cast yourself at the feet of the Lord Jesus, and wait upon Him in the sure confidence that He is with you, and works in you. Strive in prayer; let faith fill your heart - so will you be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” (Andrew Murray)
  • May 12, 2019Parenting Your Adult Children – Deric Bartlett
    May 12, 2019
    Parenting Your Adult Children – Deric Bartlett
    Series: One off
    On the Mother's day of 2019, Pastor Deric preached a sermon entitled Parenting Your Adult Children focused on Proverbs 23:22.
     
    Questions
    Proverbs 23:22
    ICEBREAKER: What is your favourite or most memorable “Mom” moment?
    1. Genesis 2:24 gives the reason a man leaves his parents to marry his wife. From this text, what are the implications for the parents who are left? If you have experienced this departure, either as a child or as a parent, what was it like?
    2. 3 John 4 is referring to spiritual children, but the principle can apply to the parenting process as well. What evidence are you looking for to discern whether your children are “walking in the truth”?
    3. The fifth commandment mandates the honouring of parents [Exodus 20:12]. Does this require that all children, including adult ones, should be expected to obey their parents at all times and in every way? Is it possible to honour parents without fully obeying them?
    4. What principles of parenting children do you glean from God’s comments to Abraham in Genesis 18:19?
    5. Proverbs 3:1-10 provides an excellent example of a godly parent passing on wise counsel to children of an unspecified age. Some of the counsel appears particularly relevant to older offspring as well [3:9]. Which of these proverbs would be fitting for your family members, and how would they apply?
    6. Part of parenting adult children is to encourage them to conduct themselves in a godly, responsible manner within the broader family of God. What good counsel comes from Paul in 1 Timothy 5:1-16 that applies to all ages?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “To learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings.” [George Mueller]
  • May 5, 2019Standing Strong in Your Trials – Deric Bartlett
    May 5, 2019
    Standing Strong in Your Trials – Deric Bartlett
    Series: COMMITTED
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series Committed with a sermon entitled Standing Strong in Your Trials focusing on 1 Thessalonians 3:1-8
     
    Questions
    1 Thessalonians 3:1-8
    ICEBREAKER: Before you die, what is one thing you’d like to do just for the fun/thrill of it?

    1. How did Paul express his deep and heartfelt concern for this local church family in 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:1? Are there some in your circle of ministry    
        who you would consider your “glory and crown”?
    2. Paul sent Timothy to the Thessalonian church out of his concern for their spiritual vitality. If you knew someone was “moved” or shaken by afflictions [1
        Thessalonians 3:1], how would you try to “establish and exhort” them about their faith [3:2]?
    3. Why do you think God destines or appoints His precious children for affliction [1 Thessalonians 3:3-4]? Use passages such as Acts 11:19, Romans 5:3-
        5, Romans 12:12 and 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 to contribute to your understanding.
    4. Satan is mentioned as a true menace in 1 Thessalonians 2:18 and 3:5. How can a follower of Christ avoid falling prey to his temptations based on such
        texts as Zechariah 3:1-2, Matthew 4:1-11, John 8:44, 2 Corinthians 2:11, 2 Corinthians 11:14, James 4:7 and 1 Peter 5:8-9?
    5. Paul experienced both the highs and the lows of ministry. In 1 Thessalonians 3:1-3, he was anxious for the church’s faith. However, in 3:6, he was
        ecstatic when he heard Timothy’s good news report. How are you fostering this kind of affection and attachment to those you minister?
    6. How does the faith of others encourage or comfort you as you endure life’s distresses and afflictions [1 Thessalonians 3:7]?
    7. How do believers “stand firm in the Lord” [1 Thessalonians 3:8], based on passages like 1 Corinthians 16:13, Galatians 5:1, Philippians 1:27, and 2
        Thessalonians 2:15?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
     
    “To learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings.” [George Mueller]
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