Sermons by: Pastor Deric Bartlett

Nov 21, 2021
The Church as an Encouraging Community – Deric Bartlett
This week, Pastor Deric concludes the series "We Are the Church: Christian Fellowship in a Lonely World" with a message titled "The Church as an Encouraging Community" based on Hebrews 3:13.

1. Everybody needs encouragement.
2. Encouragement is God’s strategy to increase faith.
3. The local church exists to encourage one another.
4. Encouragement reflects God’s character.
5. The Christian hope is the ultimate source of encouragement.

ICEBREAKER: What are some of the dumbest misadventures you have been on?

1. The “therefore” at the beginning of Hebrews 3:7 links this paragraph to the previous one of 3:1-6. How are Jesus and Moses compared and contrasted in 3:1-6, and what is the challenge given to us at the end of 3:6? Also consult Luke 8:15; 1 Corinthians 15:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21; and Hebrews 10:23.

2. Hebrews 3:7-11 is a quote from Psalm 95:7-11. But the phrase “as the Holy Spirit says” is not found anywhere in Psalm 95. What does this indicate about the author’s view of the authority and reliability of the Scriptures [cf. Acts 1:16; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; and 2 Peter 1:21]?

3. Twice in this text (vs. 8 & 13) the readers are warned of possessing hard hearts. From this text, what contributes to hardened hearts that we must beware [cf. Exodus 9:34-35; Deuteronomy 10:16; and Acts 19:9]?

4. What does it say about the condition of the human heart that people rebel, test, and provoke the Sovereign Lord who created them [Hebrews 3:8-10]? Also consider Exodus 17:1-4; Numbers 20:2-9; and Matthew 4:1-11.

5. According to Hebrews 3:12, what are we to watch out for? What might lead us away from the Lord [cf. Matthew 13:18-22; Mark 6:5-6; and Romans 11:19-22]?

6. In practical terms, how can we exhort one another so we are not hardened by sin’s deceitfulness [Hebrews 3:13]? What can we do to encourage each other daily to follow Christ and unfollow sin? Also examine Ephesians 4:17-24; Colossians 2:8; and 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10.

7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

“Christians are like the several flowers in a garden that have each of them the dew of heaven, which, being shaken with the wind, they let fall at each other's roots, whereby they are jointly nourished, and become nourishers of each other.” (John Bunyan)
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  • Nov 21, 2021The Church as an Encouraging Community – Deric Bartlett
    Nov 21, 2021
    The Church as an Encouraging Community – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric concludes the series "We Are the Church: Christian Fellowship in a Lonely World" with a message titled "The Church as an Encouraging Community" based on Hebrews 3:13.

    1. Everybody needs encouragement.
    2. Encouragement is God’s strategy to increase faith.
    3. The local church exists to encourage one another.
    4. Encouragement reflects God’s character.
    5. The Christian hope is the ultimate source of encouragement.

    ICEBREAKER: What are some of the dumbest misadventures you have been on?

    1. The “therefore” at the beginning of Hebrews 3:7 links this paragraph to the previous one of 3:1-6. How are Jesus and Moses compared and contrasted in 3:1-6, and what is the challenge given to us at the end of 3:6? Also consult Luke 8:15; 1 Corinthians 15:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21; and Hebrews 10:23.

    2. Hebrews 3:7-11 is a quote from Psalm 95:7-11. But the phrase “as the Holy Spirit says” is not found anywhere in Psalm 95. What does this indicate about the author’s view of the authority and reliability of the Scriptures [cf. Acts 1:16; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; and 2 Peter 1:21]?

    3. Twice in this text (vs. 8 & 13) the readers are warned of possessing hard hearts. From this text, what contributes to hardened hearts that we must beware [cf. Exodus 9:34-35; Deuteronomy 10:16; and Acts 19:9]?

    4. What does it say about the condition of the human heart that people rebel, test, and provoke the Sovereign Lord who created them [Hebrews 3:8-10]? Also consider Exodus 17:1-4; Numbers 20:2-9; and Matthew 4:1-11.

    5. According to Hebrews 3:12, what are we to watch out for? What might lead us away from the Lord [cf. Matthew 13:18-22; Mark 6:5-6; and Romans 11:19-22]?

    6. In practical terms, how can we exhort one another so we are not hardened by sin’s deceitfulness [Hebrews 3:13]? What can we do to encourage each other daily to follow Christ and unfollow sin? Also examine Ephesians 4:17-24; Colossians 2:8; and 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10.

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “Christians are like the several flowers in a garden that have each of them the dew of heaven, which, being shaken with the wind, they let fall at each other's roots, whereby they are jointly nourished, and become nourishers of each other.” (John Bunyan)
  • Nov 14, 2021A Praying Community – Deric Bartlett
    Nov 14, 2021
    A Praying Community – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric returns to continue the series "We Are the Church: Christian Fellowship in a Lonely World" with a message titled "A Praying Community" based on James 5:13-20.

    1. Pray always (v.13)
    2. Pray in faith (v. 14-16)
    3. Pray boldly (v. 17-18)
    4. Pray redemptively (v. 19-20)

    ICEBREAKER: What is your idea of a great day?

    1. The first verb in James 5:16 is “confess” and it is in the form of a command. What are the pitfalls of disobeying this clear instruction [cf. Genesis 3:8-13; Psalm 32:3-4; and Isaiah 6:9-10]?

    2. Christians are also commanded to “pray for one another” [James 5:16]. What are the benefits of this practice [cf. 2 Corinthians 13:9-11; Philippians 4:6-7; and Hebrews 4:16]?

    3. What difference does it make that a person be “righteous” when she is praying [James 5:16]? In what sense is the term “righteous” used [cf. Psalm 66:18; Proverbs 15:29; and 1 Peter 3:7]?

    4. What do you know about Elijah that indicated he was an ordinary person [James 5:17-18; cf. 1 Kings 19:1-18]? What indicated that God did extraordinary things when Elijah prayed [James 5:17-18; cf. 1 Kings 17 & 18]?

    5. James called the Christian community to restore the wandering ones rather than ignore them or gossip about them [James 5:19-20]. How can we put this into practice at CCBC [cf. John 4:4-30; John 21:15-19; and Philemon 1:1-25]?

    6. What provides the motivation to restore erring brothers and sisters [James 5:19-20? Also consult Proverbs 10:12; Galatians 6:1-2; and 1 Peter 4:8.

    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)
  • Nov 7, 2021We Are In This Together: The Church is a Supporting Community – Deric Bartlett
    Nov 7, 2021
    We Are In This Together: The Church is a Supporting Community – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric returns to continue the series "We Are the Church: Christian Fellowship in a Lonely World" with a message titled "We Are In This Together: The Church is a Supporting Community" based on Galatians 6:1-10.

    1. Restore one another(v. 1).
    2. Bear one another’s burdens (v. 2 – 5).
    3. Sow generously into each other’s lives (v. 6 – 10).

    ICEBREAKER: What is the silliest thing you do well?

    1. Galatians 6:1 is a key text urging believers to behave as a healing community. Who are the ones caught in a trespass? Why does it matter to commiserate with those caught in sin? Also consult 2 Samuel 12:1-14; Hebrews 12:12-13; and James 5:19-20.

    2. Who are the “spiritual” ones in Galatians 6:1 who are to do the restoring? How does the context help identify the “spiritual” ones [cf. Galatians 5:22-26; 1 Corinthians 2:14-16; and Ephesians 4:1-3]?

    3. The term “restore” in Galatians 6:1 is used in other Scripture passages to refer to mending a damaged fishing net. How does this word picture help you understand what it looks like to restore a wayward brother or sister in the Lord [cf. Matthew 4:21; 1 Corinthians 1:10; and 2 Corinthians 13:11]?

    4. How do you “keep watch on yourself” so you will not be tempted by sin [Galatians 6:1]? Also examine Matthew 26:41; Romans 15:1-6; and 1 Corinthians 10:12-13.

    5. What are some practical ways you can carry others’ burdens [Galatians 6:2]? Also consider Matthew 25:34-40; 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15; and James 1:27.

    6. The principle of “reaping and sowing” is clearly observed in life [Galatians 6:7-10]. From the context, how do you “sow to the Spirit” and not “to your own flesh” [cf. Hosea 10:12-13; Romans 12:9-13; and James 3:18]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “Our relationship with each other is the criterion the world uses to judge whether our message is truthful - Christian community is the final apologetic.” (Francis Schaeffer)
  • Sep 26, 2021The Church is a Loving Community – Deric Bartlett
    Sep 26, 2021
    The Church is a Loving Community – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "We Are the Church: Christian Fellowship in a Lonely World" with a message titled "The Church is a Loving Community" based on 1 John 2:1-17.

    1. Walk ___________ of Jesus Christ. (v. 1-6)
    2. Live in fellowship with _______________. (v. 7-14)
    3. Guard your heart against _____________. (v. 15-17)

    ICEBREAKER: How do you usually get your news?

    1. In light of the context, what is the old commandment that the Apostle John’s readers have had since the beginning [1 John 2:7]? Why is it important to obey it [cf. John 13:34-35; 1 John 3:11; and 2 John 1:5-6]?

    2. What is the darkness that is passing away, and what is dispelling it [1 John 2:8]? Also consult John 1:5, 9; John 8:12; and Ephesians 5:7-12.

    3. Is it true that actions speak louder than words [1 John 2:9]? Why [cf. 1 John 1:6; 1 John 3:15; and 1 John 4:20]?

    4. According to 1 John 2:10, how can you tell if someone is abiding in the light? What difference does it make [cf. Romans 14:13; 1 Corinthians 13:1; and 1 John 3:14]?

    5. What might cause someone to hate a brother [1 John 2:11]? What does this indicate about the person’s spiritual state [cf. John 12:35; 2 Peter 1:9; and 1 John 4:20]?

    6. 1 John 2:12-14 lists several characteristics of Christians. What are they, and why are they such significant traits [cf. John 14:7-11; Acts 13:38; and Ephesians 6:10-20]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” (Martin Luther King Jr.)
  • Sep 19, 2021Created for Fellowship in a Divine Community – Deric Bartlett
    Sep 19, 2021
    Created for Fellowship in a Divine Community – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "We Are the Church: Christian Fellowship in a Lonely World" with a message titled "Created for Friendship in a Divine community" based on 1 John 1:1-4.

    1. Christian friendship is a ______________ experience (v. 1-2).
    2. Christian friendship is a ______________ experience (v. 2).
    3. Christian friendship is a ______________ experience (v. 3).
    4. Christian friendship is a ______________ experience (v. 4).

    ICEBREAKER: What is your favourite Olympic sport to watch? Why?

    1. When the Apostle John wrote, “That which was from the beginning” [1 John 1:1], he was making an extraordinary claim about Jesus. What was that claim, and why does it matter [cf. Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-2; and John 1:14]?

    2. Why are the eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ disciples so significant to our Christian faith [1 John 1:1]? Also consider Acts 1:8; Ephesians 2:20; and 2 Peter 1:16-18.

    3. John wrote that “our hands have touched” deity [1 John 1:1]. What does this mean, when did it happen, and why does it matter [cf. Luke 24:39-40; John 13:23-25; and John 20:27-29]?

    4. In a culture that increasingly promotes death, how is the message of life announced in 1 John 1:1-2 bringing you encouragement and hope [cf. John 1:4; John 11:25-27; and John 14:5-7]?

    5. According to 1 John 1:3, what is the essential nature of the Christian faith? What is it all about, and what difference does this make [cf. John 17:3; John 17:21; and 1 Corinthians 1:9]?

    6. What is it about the nature of true joy that makes life worthwhile and gives purpose to our lives [1 John 1:4]? Also consult John 15:11; John 16:20-24; and 1 Peter 1:8-9.

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “True joy comes only from God, and He shares this joy with those who walk in fellowship with Him.” (Jerry Bridges)


  • Sep 12, 2021Some Friendly Advice – Deric Bartlett
    Sep 12, 2021
    Some Friendly Advice – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric starts a new series titled "We Are the Church: Christian Fellowship in a Lonely World" with 'Some Friendly Advice'.

    1. Be a good friend to others.
    2. Pray for an intimate friend.
    3. Lose your toxic friends.
    4. Love your married friend.
    5. Join a small group of friends in the church.
    6. You have a Divine Friend.

    ICEBREAKER: What qualities do you value most in a true friend? Why?

    1. David and Jonathan were true friends who looked after each other’s interests even at great personal cost. What does Jonathan’s actions in 1 Samuel 18:1-4 reveal about friendship? Also consult Romans 12:10; 1 Corinthians 10:24; and Philippians 2:1-4.

    2. At a particularly desperate time in David’s life, when King Saul was seeking to kill him, Jonathan came to David and “strengthened his hand in God” [1 Samuel 23:15-18]. What do you imagine Jonathan said and did to lift David’s spirits [cf. Proverbs 17:17; Proverbs 18:24; and Proverbs 27:9]?

    3. In 2 Chronicles 20:7, King Jehoshaphat of Judah prayed, calling Abraham God’s “friend”. What do you observe about Abraham’s relationship with God that would indicate friendship [cf. Genesis 15:1-21; Genesis 17:1-8; and Genesis 18:16-33]?

    4. If Abraham was God’s friend, why did God test him [Genesis 22:1]? What does the story of Genesis 22:1-19 teach you about friendship with God [cf. Isaiah 41:8-10; Hebrews 11:17-19; and James 2:20-24]?

    5. Toward the end of His ministry just prior to his crucifixion, Jesus called His disciples His “friends” [John 15:14-15]. How are Jesus’ friends supposed to live according to John 15:12-17? Also consider John 3:26-30; John 13:34-35; and John 14:21.

    6. In Matthew 11:16-19, Jesus quoted the opinion of the religious authorities that He was “a friend of tax collectors and sinners”. What does this self-admission by Jesus reveal about His heart for sinful people [cf. Luke 19:10; John 3:16; and Romans 5:6-8]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “[Spiritual friendship] is eagerly helping one another know, serve, love, and resemble God in deeper and deeper ways.” (Tim Keller)
  • Sep 5, 2021The New Heaven and The New Earth
    Sep 5, 2021
    The New Heaven and The New Earth
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Deric concludes his 5-part series with a message titled 'The New Heaven And The New Earth' based on Revelation 21:1-8. 1. Heaven is the _______________ 'welcome home' (v.1-3) 2. Heaven is the _______________ removal of the curse of sin (v.4) 3. Heaven is the _______________ reckoning in God's eternal plan (v.5-6) 4. Heaven is the _______________ 'well done' for every believer (v.6-8) ICEBREAKER: What useless facts do you know? 1. How does the fact that there will be a new heaven and a new earth without any sea influence how you view this present life [Revelation 21;1]? Also consider Isaiah 65:17-25; Colossians 3:1-4; and 2 Peter 3:11-13. 2. What will be the defining feature of the new Jerusalem [Revelation 21:2-3], and how does this bring you comfort, assurance, and hope today [cf. Ezekiel 37:24-28; John 1:14; and Hebrews 11:13-16]? 3. How are the promises of Revelation 21:4 helping you persevere through the pains and problems of this life [cf. Isaiah 25:8; Luke 20:34-36; and 1 Corinthians 15:26]? 4. What does the Lord promise to those who are spiritually parched [Revelation 21:6]? How is He satisfying your thirsty soul today [cf. John 4:7-15; John 7:37-39; and Revelation 22:17]? 5. How is the sobering list of those destined for the lake of fire and the second death [Revelation 21:8] prompting you to regularly self-examine your own life [cf. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Galatians 5:19-21; and 1 Timothy 1:8-11]? 6. What does the beauty of the new Jerusalem of Revelation 21:9-14 show you about the character of our God [cf. Isaiah 60:17-22; Ezekiel43:1-5; and Hebrews 12:22-24]? 7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
    “The New Heaven and New Earth will be God resetting and recreating the heavens and the earth, where sin and the effects of sin will no longer be present. You will be able to enjoy the beauty of God's presence in all of his glory, unhindered by the presence of sin." (Clarence L. Haynes Jr.)
  • Aug 29, 2021The Second Coming of Jesus Christ – Deric Bartlett
    Aug 29, 2021
    The Second Coming of Jesus Christ – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues his 5-part series with a message titled 'The Second Coming of Jesus Christ' based on Mark 13:24-37
    1. The second coming will rock the world (v. 24-25) 
    
    2. The second coming is a revelation of Jesus Christ to the world (v.26) 
    
    3. The second coming is proof that Jesus is preeminent in all things (v. 27) 
    
    4. The second coming fills God’s people with expectation and hope (v. 28-37) 
    ICEBREAKER: What is the best part of an action/adventure movie? I would suggest that it’s when the “hero” shows up and “wins the day”! What would be some of your favorite movie or show scenes like this?  1.When we see the word, “but” in Scripture, it often means a switch or a change in direction of some sort. Compared to the descriptions in verses 19 to 23, how is the perspective significantly changing here in verses 24 and 25?   2. These verses are very similar to a number of old testament passages (Isa.13:6-10; Isa.34:4; Ezek.32:7-8). With this background in mind, how would you describe what Jesus is telling us here?  3. What do the words “they will see” taken from the ESV translation of verse 26 indicate about the posture of Jesus followers? How might we be prepared to “see” what Jesus describes?  4. While there is an element of excitement and awe generated from this passage, this is also a word of caution from Jesus. Why so? Read Daniel 7:9-10 for some additional insight and a clue.  5. How should this passage inspire Jesus’ church today and in the limited time we have ahead of us? 6. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?   “Preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified. The Lion of the tribe of Judah will soon drive away all His adversaries.”  Charles Spurgeon 
  • Aug 22, 2021The Tribulation – Deric Bartlett
    Aug 22, 2021
    The Tribulation – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'The Tribulation' based on Mark 13:14-23.

    1. The Antichrist and the Temple

    2. The Rapture and the Tribulation

    3. The Great Tribulation and Armageddon

    4. The Repentance of Israel and the Return of Jesus


    ICEBREAKER: What is the biggest mistake you have made at work?

    1. From the very phrase “abomination of desolation” in Mark 13:14, what conclusions can you draw? What emotions does it arise in you [cf. Daniel 9:27; Daniel 11:31; and Daniel 12:11]?

     

    2. What do the various directives of Mark 13:14-18 emphasize about the dangers associated with the “abomination of desolation” [cf. Genesis 19:17; Judges 6:2; and Zechariah 14:5]?

    3. How does Jesus’ prediction of severe end-time tribulation help you process the current situation in our world [cf. Daniel 9:26; Daniel 12:1; and Joel 2:2]?

     

    4. What do you learn about the character of the Lord from Mark 13:20? How does this help ease your troubled mind [cf. Isaiah 65:8-9; John 15:19; and Romans 11:5]?

     

    5. What kinds of people are we to be watching out for in the last days? What characterizes them according to Jesus’ forewarning [cf. Deuteronomy 13:1-5; Matthew 7:15-20; and 2 Peter 2:1-3]?

    6. How are you putting into practice Jesus’ admonition to “be on guard” in Mark 13:23 [cf. Acts 20:28-35; Philippians 3:2-11; and 2 Peter 3:17-18]?

     

    7.  What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?


    “God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.” (C.S. Lewis)










  • Aug 15, 2021The Last Days – Deric Bartlett
    Aug 15, 2021
    The Last Days – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'The Last Days' based on Mark 13:1-13.
     
    1. Jesus communicated in prophetic language to keep us on God’s agenda (v. 1-2)
    2. You’ve got Questions, Jesus has the Answers (v.3-4)
    3. There is a time frame for the Last Days
    4. Jesus’ description of the Last Days is sobering (v. 3-13)
    5. The next stage of God's plan is tribulation (see v. 14-23)   ICEBREAKER: Who likes books or movies that are set in future times? Why do you like or dislike them? Have any scenes in particular excited or startled you? 1.   Bearing in mind the statement previously directed at Jesus in verse 1, what seems to be the motivation behind the question posed by Peter, James, John and Andrew in verse 4? Are they concerned, serious, curious? Similarly, how might you categorize the tone of Jesus’ response to their question? 2.   Identify 4 spiritual dangers Jesus seems to be warning the disciples about in the early going of this chapter as He responds to the statement and to their question. Pay particular attention to verses 2 to 5. 3.   How does Jesus describe the posture of a Christian through these times and events described in verses 9 and 10? How will you prepare yourself, should you face such times? 4.   What encouragement do you find regarding how you might be able to stand in the midst of extremely difficult circumstances? See verse 11. Read Acts 4:8 and 6:8-10. Find other examples in Scripture you might share. 5.   Jesus doesn’t “pull His punches”. He describes the “end” in very stark and foreboding terms. How do we then approach the possibility of us living through the “end”? Read Rev. 2:10. 6.   How might we learn from this exchange between Jesus and His disciples? How should we approach these future events? See 1Thessalonians 4:13-17 for a similar passage. 7.   What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message? “Let this one great, gracious, glorious fact lie in your spirit until it permeates all your thoughts and makes you rejoice even though you are without strength. Rejoice that the Lord Jesus has become your strength and your song – He has become your salvation.” (Charles Spurgeon)
     
  • Aug 9, 2021The Coming of Christ Pt. 1 – Deric Bartlett
    Aug 9, 2021
    The Coming of Christ Pt. 1 – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'The Coming of Christ, Pt. 1' based on Mark 13:1-2.
    1. Start the journey.
    Prophecy is a MAJOR GENRE of the Bible, so don’t neglect prophetic texts

    2. Pick a lane, honestly.
    You need a framework from which you read prophecy

    3. Drive carefully.
    Prophetic and apocalyptic Scripture humbles even to the greatest students

    4. Enjoy the panoramic view.
    Prophetic and apocalyptic Scripture helps frame our lives from beginning to end

    5. Remember the destination.
    Your future is bright (which is a gross understatement)

    ICEBREAKER: Who is the funniest person in your family?

    1. Why do you think one of Jesus’ disciples was in such awe of the temple precincts [Mark 13:1]? How does this factor into the context of the verses that follow [cf. Mark 11:15
    -17; Luke 21:5; and John 2:20]?

    2. What does the fact that Jesus knew the future reveal about Him [Mark 13:2]? What difference does this make in your life today [cf. Isaiah 42:1-9; Isaiah 44:1-8; and John 1:43
    -51]?

    3. How do you think the news of the temple’s approaching destruction would have affected Jesus’ disciples [Mark 13:2]? Why [cf. Jeremiah 6:1-30; Micah 3:1-12; and Zephaniah 1:1-18]?

    4. Why is nature such an effective tool to reveal God’s truth [Mark 13:28
    ]? Also consider Psalm 8:1-4; Psalm 19:1-6; and Romans 1:19-20.

    5. What do you learn about Jesus’ words from Mark
    13:31? What impact does this make in your life [cf. Isaiah 40:8; John 3:31-36; and John 14:23-24]?

    6. Jesus told His followers 4 times in Mark 13:32
    -37 to “stay awake”. Why is this so important, and how are you doing this in practical terms [cf. Matthew 24:42-44; Matthew 26:40-41; and Ephesians 6:18]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message? “For this time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature. It will be too late then to choose your side.” (C.S. Lewis)
  • Jul 11, 2021God & Government – Deric Bartlett
    Jul 11, 2021
    God & Government – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'God & Government' based on Mark 12:13-17.


    1.   Don’t __________ when conflicting factions align to discredit Jesus (v.13)

    2.   Don’t __________ by hypocritical rhetoric that is meant to disgrace Jesus (v. 14-16)

    3.   Don’t __________ to a false or forced narrative that is meant to derail Jesus (v. 17)

    ICEBREAKER: What was something you thought would be easy until you tried it?

    1.   In the context of the latter part of Mark 11 and into Mark 12, open hostility and conflict broke out between Jesus and the Jewish religious authorities. What does this signify for those who desire to live godly lives today [cf. Matthew 5:11-12; John 15:18-21; and 2 Timothy 3:10-13]? 

    2.   What does the writer’s comment that some of the Pharisees and Herodians were sent to trap Jesus in His words reveal about the hearts of these religious leaders [Mark 12:13]? Consider also Psalm 34:12-16; Romans 1:28-32; and 1 Peter 2:1. 

    3.   Few words are more deceitful than those recorded in Mark 12:14. What was accurate in the adversaries’ assessment of Jesus? What was inaccurate [cf. Proverbs 26:22-28; Acts 13:4-12; and 2 Corinthians 11:12-15]? 

    4.   Knowing the Lord disapproves of hypocrisy [Mark 12:15], what would be appropriate replacement virtues to pursue [cf. Ephesians 6:5-8; 1 Timothy 1:5; and 1 Peter 1:22-25]? 

    5.   What do you learn about the character of God from the way Jesus dealt with these adversaries who were putting Him to the test [Mark 12:15]? Examine also Exodus 17:1-7; Matthew 4:7; and 1 Corinthians 10:6-13. 

    6.   In your thinking, what things belong to God, and what things belong to Caesar (i.e. the civil government) [Mark 12:17]? How did you determine your answer [cf. Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 13:1-7; and 1 Peter 2:13-17]? 

    7.   What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” (Paul of Tarsus) 








  • Jul 11, 2021God & Government – Deric Bartlett
    Jul 11, 2021
    God & Government – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'God & Government' based on Mark 12:13-17.


    1.   Don’t __________ when conflicting factions align to discredit Jesus (v.13)

    2.   Don’t __________ by hypocritical rhetoric that is meant to disgrace Jesus (v. 14-16)

    3.   Don’t __________ to a false or forced narrative that is meant to derail Jesus (v. 17)

    ICEBREAKER: What was something you thought would be easy until you tried it?

    1.   In the context of the latter part of Mark 11 and into Mark 12, open hostility and conflict broke out between Jesus and the Jewish religious authorities. What does this signify for those who desire to live godly lives today [cf. Matthew 5:11-12; John 15:18-21; and 2 Timothy 3:10-13]? 

    2.   What does the writer’s comment that some of the Pharisees and Herodians were sent to trap Jesus in His words reveal about the hearts of these religious leaders [Mark 12:13]? Consider also Psalm 34:12-16; Romans 1:28-32; and 1 Peter 2:1. 

    3.   Few words are more deceitful than those recorded in Mark 12:14. What was accurate in the adversaries’ assessment of Jesus? What was inaccurate [cf. Proverbs 26:22-28; Acts 13:4-12; and 2 Corinthians 11:12-15]? 

    4.   Knowing the Lord disapproves of hypocrisy [Mark 12:15], what would be appropriate replacement virtues to pursue [cf. Ephesians 6:5-8; 1 Timothy 1:5; and 1 Peter 1:22-25]? 

    5.   What do you learn about the character of God from the way Jesus dealt with these adversaries who were putting Him to the test [Mark 12:15]? Examine also Exodus 17:1-7; Matthew 4:7; and 1 Corinthians 10:6-13. 

    6.   In your thinking, what things belong to God, and what things belong to Caesar (i.e. the civil government) [Mark 12:17]? How did you determine your answer [cf. Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 13:1-7; and 1 Peter 2:13-17]? 

    7.   What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” (Paul of Tarsus) 








  • Jul 4, 2021The Cornerstone of God’s Plan – Deric Bartlett
    Jul 4, 2021
    The Cornerstone of God’s Plan – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'Jesus ROCKS!' based on Mark 12:1-12.

    1. God _________________ to feed the world: (v. 1-8)
    2. God _________________ to die for the sins of the world: (v. 6-9)
    3. God _________________ as the Cornerstone of His plan: (v. 10-12)

    ICEBREAKER: What was the longest trip you have taken?

    1. Why do you think the parables of Jesus are such a powerful tool for teaching God’s truth [Mark 12:1]? Also consider Matthew 13:10-17; Luke 14:7-11; and Luke 15:1-3.

    2. The background to Jesus’ parable in Mark 12:1-12 is likely Isaiah 5:1-7. Why are these two texts linked? What were the parallels historically, morally, and spiritually for the nation [cf. Psalm 80:1-19; Isaiah 3:14-15; and Ezekiel 19:10-14]?

    3. Was it reasonable of the vineyard owner to expect fruit from his tenants [Mark 12:1-2]? Why? How does this relate to our lives today [cf. Psalm 1:1-6; Matthew 3:7-10; and John 15:1-11]?

    4. Is Jesus’ portrayal of humanity true to life in this parable [Mark 12:3-5]? Are people capable of unprovoked violence and the mistreatment others? If so, how do you account for this kind of callous behaviour [cf. Genesis 6:11-13; Proverbs 1:10-19; and Romans 3:9-18]?

    5. The tenants of Jesus’ parable represented the Jewish religious authorities. How do their comments in Mark 12:7 expose their faulty reasoning and short-sightedness? Why do you think people make evil choices and assume no consequences will result [cf. Genesis 37:18-20; Psalm 94:1-23; and John 5:19-23]?

    6. What does the fact that Jesus referred to Himself as a rejected Cornerstone indicate to His followers how they will likely be treated by their contemporaries [cf. Mark 8:31-38; Acts 4:5-12; 1 Peter 2:4-8]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” (Jesus of Nazareth)
  • Jun 27, 2021Jesus ROCKS! – Deric Bartlett
    Jun 27, 2021
    Jesus ROCKS! – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'Jesus ROCKS!' based on Mark 11:12-18 & 20-32.

    1. Jesus rocks _____________ (v. 1-11; 27-32)
    2. Jesus rocks _____________ (Lk 19:45,46)
    3. Jesus rocks _____________ (v. 12-14, 20-26)
    4. Jesus rocks _____________ (v.15-18)

    ICEBREAKER: What do you think you will be like when you are old, and how will you act?

    1. How do you account for the deterioration of the temple into a marketplace in Mark 11:15-16? What did this blasphemous behaviour indicate about the spiritual condition of the nation of Israel at that time [cf. Isaiah 29:13; Jeremiah 5:21-25; and Ezekiel 33:30-33]?
    2. We see a different side of Jesus in Mark 11:15-16. Why was He upset, and what do you learn about the character of God from His cleansing of the temple [cf. Psalm 2; Isaiah 61:1-2; and Matthew 13:36-43]?
    3. What do you learn about worship from Jesus’ teaching in Mark 11:17, especially from His quote of Isaiah 56:7 [cf. 1 Kings 8:27-30; Isaiah 2:3; and Acts 16:11-16]?
    4. What are some prayer principles you derive from Jesus’ response to Peter’s surprised reaction to the withered fig tree [Mark 11:22-24]? Also consider Matthew 17:20; Hebrews 11:6; and James 1:6-8.
    5. Why do you think Jesus linked answered prayer to the forgiveness of others in Mark 11:24-25? Examine Matthew 6:14; Matthew 18:23-35; and James 5:15 as well.
    6. What did Jesus clearly expose in the hearts of the religious leaders when He answered their questions about the source of His authority in Mark 11:27-33? How can we avoid their sin [cf. Matthew 21:32; Matthew 23:1-12; and John 8:39-47]?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
    “If Bible Christianity is to survive the present world upheaval, we shall need to have a fresh revelation of the greatness and the beauty of Jesus...He alone can raise our cold hearts to rapture and restore again the art of true worship”. (A.W. Tozer)
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