Sermons by: Pastor Deric Bartlett

Aug 14, 2022
We Believe:Local Church and Ordinances – Deric Bartlett
Series: We Believe
This week, Pastor Deric continues the series 'We Believe' with the topics of the Local Church & Ordinances. The message 'I Will Build My Church' is based on Matthew 16:13-21.

1. We ______ the church (v. 13-17)
2. We have a divine ________ (v. 15)
3. We have __________________ (v. 18)
4. We can _______ the Church (v. 22-23)

ICEBREAKER: What are common misconceptions about your job?

1. According to Matthew 16:18, who predicted the coming of the Church? Who is the foundation of the Church? To whom does the Church belong? And why do these things matter [cf. Matthew 4:18-22; Ephesians 2:19-22; and Revelation 21:14]?

2. What were the essential activities of the early Church recorded in Acts 2:41-47 that continue to be priorities for the Church today [cf. Acts 1:14; Acts 20:7; and Hebrews 10:24-25]?

3. Why is Jesus offended when His Church is persecuted [Acts 9:1-9]? How does this encourage you during trying times [cf. Acts 8:1-3; Acts 22:3-5; and Acts 26:9-18]?

4. What do you learn about Christ’s relationship with the Church from Paul’s discussion of the husband-and-wife relationship in Ephesians 5:22-33 [cf. Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18; and 1 Timothy 3:5]?

5. Why was a believer’s baptism by immersion such an important step of obedience in the early Church [Acts 10:44-48]? Why should we continue to practice it today [cf. Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38-41; and Acts 16:13-15]?

6. How are we to prepare ourselves to partake of the Lord’s Supper, and why is it essential for Christians to regularly participate in it [1 Corinthians 11:17-34]? Also, consult Luke 22:19-20; John 13:1-17; and 1 Corinthians 10:14-22 for more insights.

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

“It is scarcely possible in most places
to get anyone to attend
a meeting where the only
attraction is God.”
A.W. Tozer

“The glory of the gospel is that
when the church is absolutely
different from the world,
she invariably attracts it.”
Martyn Lloyd-Jones
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  • Aug 14, 2022We Believe:Local Church and Ordinances – Deric Bartlett
    Aug 14, 2022
    We Believe:Local Church and Ordinances – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series 'We Believe' with the topics of the Local Church & Ordinances. The message 'I Will Build My Church' is based on Matthew 16:13-21.

    1. We ______ the church (v. 13-17)
    2. We have a divine ________ (v. 15)
    3. We have __________________ (v. 18)
    4. We can _______ the Church (v. 22-23)

    ICEBREAKER: What are common misconceptions about your job?

    1. According to Matthew 16:18, who predicted the coming of the Church? Who is the foundation of the Church? To whom does the Church belong? And why do these things matter [cf. Matthew 4:18-22; Ephesians 2:19-22; and Revelation 21:14]?

    2. What were the essential activities of the early Church recorded in Acts 2:41-47 that continue to be priorities for the Church today [cf. Acts 1:14; Acts 20:7; and Hebrews 10:24-25]?

    3. Why is Jesus offended when His Church is persecuted [Acts 9:1-9]? How does this encourage you during trying times [cf. Acts 8:1-3; Acts 22:3-5; and Acts 26:9-18]?

    4. What do you learn about Christ’s relationship with the Church from Paul’s discussion of the husband-and-wife relationship in Ephesians 5:22-33 [cf. Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18; and 1 Timothy 3:5]?

    5. Why was a believer’s baptism by immersion such an important step of obedience in the early Church [Acts 10:44-48]? Why should we continue to practice it today [cf. Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38-41; and Acts 16:13-15]?

    6. How are we to prepare ourselves to partake of the Lord’s Supper, and why is it essential for Christians to regularly participate in it [1 Corinthians 11:17-34]? Also, consult Luke 22:19-20; John 13:1-17; and 1 Corinthians 10:14-22 for more insights.

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

    “It is scarcely possible in most places
    to get anyone to attend
    a meeting where the only
    attraction is God.”
    A.W. Tozer

    “The glory of the gospel is that
    when the church is absolutely
    different from the world,
    she invariably attracts it.”
    Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Aug 7, 2022We Believe:Salvation – Deric Bartlett
    Aug 7, 2022
    We Believe:Salvation – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series " We Believe" by discussing our doctrine of salvation. The key text is John 3:7.

    1. The _______ of the new birth
    2. The _______ of the new birth
    3. The _______ of the new birth
    4. The _______ of the new birth

    ICEBREAKER: What is the most surreal area you have ever visited?

    1. What evidence is available from studying Scripture and observing the world around you that humanity is in desperate need of God’s salvation [cf. Isaiah 53:5-6; Isaiah 59:1-21; and Isaiah 64:6-7]?

    2. What motivated God to extend His salvation to lost humanity [cf. John 3:16; Romans 5:8; and 1 John 4:10]?

    3. Why are people unable to earn God’s salvation [cf. Mark 10:17-31; Romans 3:19-20; and Galatians 2:16]? Why do you think people insist on attempting to merit it through their good works?

    4. Grace has been popularly defined as “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense”. Consider the following three biblical stories: Mephibosheth [cf. 2 Samuel 9:1-13; 19:24-30]; Nicodemus [John 3:1-21]; and the Samaritan woman by Jacob’s Well [cf. John 4:1-30]. How does each story illustrate God’s grace?

    5. Why was Jesus’ death on the cross necessary to accomplish our salvation [cf. Romans 3:21-26; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; and 1 Timothy 2:5-6]?

    6. What is the future prospect for everyone saved by the grace of God [cf. John 1:12; Romans 8:28-30; and Ephesians 1:3-14]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “On the one hand, Christianity is the most
    exclusive religion imaginable. It insists that
    belief in Jesus Christ is absolutely
    necessary for salvation. Jesus is the only way.
    You must go to Him to get eternal life.
    On the other hand, Christianity is the
    most inclusive religion possible because
    it makes salvation accessible to everyone.
    Salvation is offered for all people through
    one Person. Whoever believes in Him
    will not perish. Anyone who receives or
    believes in Jesus will live forever with God.
    There are no racial, social, intellectual,
    or economic criteria that prevent
    anyone from joining God’s family.
    One of the problems with the other
    religions of the world is that they
    all smack of elitism… Only Christianity
    offers salvation to everyone as a free gift.”
    Philip Graham Ryken
     
  • Jul 31, 2022Man: Crowned with Glory and Honour – Deric Bartlett
    Jul 31, 2022
    Man: Crowned with Glory and Honour – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe
    this week, Pastor Deric continues the series "We Believe" by looking at our statement on man. the message "Crowned with Glory and honour" is based on Psalm 8.

    1. Man in relationship to God’s __________ (v. 1-2,9)
    2. Man in relationship to God’s __________ (v.3-5)
    3. Man in relationship to God’s __________ (v. 6-8)
    4. Man in relationship to God’s __________.

    ICEBREAKER: Has there ever been a time when something so amazing or unexpected happened that it literally left you speechless for a time?

    1. Why do you think King David, the writer of Psalm 8, repeated the same sentence at the beginning and at the end of this short psalm [Psalm 8:1 & 9]? What is the value of praise [cf. Exodus 15:11; Psalm 113:1-9; and Revelation 4:2-11]?

    2. Psalm 8:2 seems odd at first. However, Jesus quoted it when He was criticized by the religious leaders in Matthew 21:16. How does His use of the verse and the context of Matthew 21:1-17 help you understand Psalm 8:2 in its context [cf. Matthew 11:25-26; 1 Corinthians 1:26-29; and 2 Corinthians 12:10]?

    3. What do you learn about God by stargazing and studying His creation [Psalm 8:3]? Also, consult Job 38-41; Psalm 19:1-6; and Romans 1:18-20.

    4. Why is the LORD mindful of humans, and why do you think He cares for us [Psalm 8:4]? Also, consider Matthew 6:25-33; John 3:16; and 1 John 4:9-10.

    5. The background to Psalm 8:5 is Genesis 1:26-30. How does the image of God confer on humanity at creation impact your understanding of your identity [cf. Genesis 2:7; Exodus 19:5-6; Revelation 1:6; and Revelation 22:1-6]?

    6. According to Psalm 8:6-8, what is our God-given purpose and ultimate destiny as image-bearers of God? How will this be accomplished [cf. 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; Ephesians 1:20-23; and Hebrews 2:6-9]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “People today are trying to hang
    on to the dignity of man,
    but they do not know how to,
    because they have lost the truth
    that man is made in the image
    of God. . .We are watching our
    culture put into effect the fact
    that when you tell men
    long enough that they are machines,
    it soon begins to show
    in their actions. You see it in our
    whole culture — in the theater
    of cruelty, in the violence in the streets,
    in the death of man in art and life.”
    Francis Schaeffer
     
  • Jul 24, 2022Satan: The Prince of Darkness and His Doom – Deric Bartlett
    Jul 24, 2022
    Satan: The Prince of Darkness and His Doom – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe
    This week, Pastor Deric returns to the series "We Believe" with a message titled "Satan: the Prince of Darkness and His Doom!". the key text is Zechariah 3:1-10.

    1. We have a ________ spiritual enemy who loves to accuse us (v. 1-2)
    2. We have a ________ and ________ God who loves to forgive us (v. 3-7)
    3. We have a ________ ________ who alone can restore us to the Garden of God (v. 8-10)

    ICEBREAKER: Who has been your most interesting/confusing/annoying neighbour?

    1. What do you learn about the temptation process from the original fall into sin by Adam and Eve [Genesis 3:1-7]? Also consult Genesis 4:6-7; James 1:13-15; and 1 John 2:15-17 for further insights.

    2. What do you notice about Satan’s access, activity, influence, and authority from his interaction with the LORD in Job 1 & 2 that both concerns and comforts you [cf. 1 Chronicles 21:1; Luke 22:31-32; and 2 Corinthians 12:7-10]?

    3. How did Jesus resist the enticements of the evil one in Matthew 4:1-11 that serves as a model for us today [cf. Hebrews 2:18; Hebrews 4:15-16; and Revelation 12:7-12]?

    4. Why is the daily putting on of God’s armour essential for every Christian [Ephesians 6:10-20]? How does each part of the equipment help you stand firm against the evil one [cf. Romans 13:11-14; 2 Corinthians 10:3-6; and Ephesians 4:14]?

    5. How does Peter’s list of commands and promises in 1 Peter 5:6-11 help you resist the “prowling lion” identified as the devil [cf. 2 Corinthians 2:11; Ephesians 4:26-27; and 2 Timothy 4:17-18]?

    6. What does James 4:6-10 recommend believers do to repel the attacks of Satan [cf. John 8:44; 2 Timothy 2:22-26; and Revelation 2:9-10]?

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

    “Satan, like a fisher, baits his hook according to the appetite of the fish.”
    Thomas Adams
  • Jun 26, 2022Living in the Fullness of Jesus – Deric Bartlett
    Jun 26, 2022
    Living in the Fullness of Jesus – Deric Bartlett
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Deric shares a special message titled 'Living in the Fullness of Jesus' based on Colossians 2:6-10.

    1. Closer
    2. Deeper
    3. Higher

    4. Stronger

    ICEBREAKER: What is your favourite genre of movie? Why?

    1. The Apostle Paul wrote his letter to the Colossians to combat false teaching [Colossians 2:4]. Why is false teaching so dangerous [cf. Romans 16:17-18; 2 Corinthians 11:3-4; and Ephesians 4:14]?

    2. Paul repurposed the key words used by the false teachers in Colossae to establish the truth. Some of these terms are listed in Colossians 2:2-3: “understanding”, “knowledge”, “mystery”, and “wisdom”. According to these terms, how does Christ reveal the truth [cf. Romans 16:25; 1 Corinthians 1:30; and Colossians 1:24-27]?

    3. What does it mean to “receive Christ Jesus as Lord” [Colossians 2:6]? Also consult Acts 16:30-31; Romans 10:9-13; and Philippians 2:9-11 for further insights.

    4. Colossians 2:6 tells Christians to “walk in Him [Christ Jesus]”. It is a present tense command calling for a continuous or repeated walk on a moment-to-moment basis. How does this word picture help you in your spiritual journey [cf. Galatians 5:16, 25; Colossians 1:9-10; and 1 Thessalonians 4:1]?

    5. How do the ideas of being rooted, built up, and established in the faith help you understand how to walk in Christ [Colossians 2:7]? Also, consider 1 Corinthians 3:9; Ephesians 2:19-22; and Ephesians 3:17 for more ideas.

    6. What two conflicting worldviews are seeking to take people captive in Colossians 2:8-10, and how do they contrast with each other? Why is Christ the only One we should allow to captivate our hearts [cf. Galatians 4:3-7; Colossians 2:20-23; and 1 Timothy 6:20-21]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “God has a program of character
    development for each of us.
    He wants others to look
    at our lives and say, He walks with God,
    for he lives like Christ.”
    Erwin W. Lutzer
  • Jun 19, 2022Faithful Men – Deric Bartlett
    Jun 19, 2022
    Faithful Men – Deric Bartlett
    Series: One off

    This week, Pastor Deric offers a special message for Father's Day. 'Faithful Men' is based on 1 Corinthians 4:1-5.

    1. We have a _______ to fill (v. 1-2)
    2. We have a _______ to follow (v. 3-5a)
    3. We have a _______ to gain (v. 5b)

    GOD IS FAITHFUL

    ICEBREAKER: How do you feel about clowns? Why?
    1. When you hear the phrase “servants of Christ” [1 Corinthians 4:1], what images come to mind? Is it something desirable, or not [cf. John 18:36; Acts 13:5; and Acts 26:16]?
     
    2. What is a “steward”, and what is his/her role [1 Corinthians 4:1-2]? Is this an honourable or dishonourable position? Why [cf. Luke 12:42; Titus 1:7-8; and 1 Peter 4:10]?
     
    3. What are “the mysteries of God” as revealed in the Scriptures [1 Corinthians 4:1]? Also consult Mark 4:11; Ephesians 3:2-10; and Colossians 1:24-27 for more insights.
     
    4. Why is the virtue of faithfulness admirable [1 Corinthians 4:2]? What impact does unfaithfulness have on others [cf. Matthew 25:21; Luke 16:10-12; and 2 Timothy 2:2]?
     
    5. What are some ways to handle personal criticism from others that you learn from 1 Corinthians 4:3-4? How does the prospect of the Lord’s evaluation of you both encourage and sober you [cf. Acts 23:1; Acts 24:16; and 2 Corinthians 1:12]?
     
    6. According to 1 Corinthians 4:5, what lies in the future for everyone? Due to this reality, how does it influence the way you live each day [cf. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14; Romans 2:12-16; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15; and 2 Corinthians 5:6-10]?
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
     
    “Let us remember, there is One
    who daily records all we do for Him,
    and sees more beauty in His servants' work
    than His servants do themselves...
    And then shall His faithful witnesses discover,
    to their wonder and surprise,
    that there never was a word spoken
    on their Master's behalf,
    which does not receive a reward.”
    J. C. Ryle
  • Jun 5, 2022We Believe:The Holy Spirit – Deric Bartlett
    Jun 5, 2022
    We Believe:The Holy Spirit – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe
    WE BELIEVE in the absolute deity and personality of the Holy Spirit; that He is the Divine Agent in the sinner’s regeneration and the believer’s sanctification. WE BELIEVE at conversion He baptizes all believers into the body of Christ; indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption.

    1. The Holy Spirit is God who _______________ the world .
    2. The Holy Spirit is God who _______________ through the prophets .
    3. The Holy Spirit is God who ____________________ Jesus Christ .
    4. The Holy Spirit is God who _______________ in every Christian.

    ICEBREAKER: How good are you at drawing?
    1. The Spirit of God is frequently mentioned in the Old Testament, but only in Psalm 51:11 and Isaiah 63:10-11 (once in each verse) is He specifically referred to as the “Holy Spirit”. What do you observe in the contexts of both these texts that prompt the emphasis on God’s holiness [cf. 1 Samuel 11:6; 1 Samuel 16:14; and 2 Samuel 7:14-16]?

    2. The term “Spirit” appears many times in the Old Testament, often combined with the divine name – the Spirit of God [Genesis 1:2; 1 Samuel 11:6], or the Spirit of Yahweh/the LORD [Judges 11:29; 14:6; 15:14; 1 Samuel 10:6; and Isaiah 11:2]. What specific ministries did God’s Spirit carry out in people’s lives in each of these texts?

    3. Jesus used the analogy of the wind to describe the Holy Spirit [John 3:5-8]. How does this depiction help you understand the Spirit’s identity and ministry [cf. Acts 2:1-4; 1 Corinthians 12:4-13; and Galatians 5:22-23]?

    4. During Jesus’ final conversation with His disciples prior to His crucifixion, He promised that the Father would send them the Holy Spirit [John 14:26 & John 16:13-14]. What names are given to the Spirit in these two texts, and how was He going to minister to the disciples [cf. Mark 13:11; John 14:16-17; and Acts 1:8]?

    5. The ministry of the Spirit of God is highlighted throughout Romans 8. Focusing on verses 9-17, how does the Holy Spirit impact the believer’s life in practical ways [cf. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Galatians 4:6; and Galatians 6:7-10]?

    6. What happens at the moment of salvation according to Ephesians 1:13-14, and what difference does God’s Spirit make in the believer’s present circumstances and future prospects [cf. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; 2 Corinthians 5:5; and Titus 3:4-7]?

    7. According to Ephesians 5:18, believers are commanded to “be filled with the Holy Spirit”. The Apostle Paul used drunkenness for an analogy of coming under the influence or control of another. How does the following list of verses help you obey this command: Acts 4:8; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 4:30; and 1 Thessalonians 5:19?

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

    “Remember that grace and truth cannot finally be crucified. Remember that all the high things that make humanity beautiful cannot be forever laid in the dust, spattered with blood. And most of all, remember that He who rose from the dead, rose to pour out His Holy Spirit into human lives, and, by that Spirit, to make available to any individual all the fullness






  • May 29, 2022The Lord Jesus Christ – Deric Bartlett
    May 29, 2022
    The Lord Jesus Christ – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "We Believe" with a message titled 'The Lord Jesus Christ'. The primary scripture references are from John 1.

    MESSAGE OUTLINE:

    We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God and God the Son, who eternally existed in pre-incarnate glory. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, all-sufficient substitutionary death, victorious bodily resurrection,
    triumphant ascension, present intercession, and personal and glorious return.

    1. Jesus Christ is the _______ __ _______: v. 1-5
    2. Jesus Christ is the _______ __ _______: v. 14-18
    3. Jesus Christ is the _______ __ _______: v. 22-29
    4. Jesus Christ is the _______ __ _______, the Messiah: v. 40-45

    ICEBREAKER:What is the most stressful TV show or movie you watched? Why did you find it stressful?

    1. John 1 is rich in the study of Christ’s identity [John 1:1-18]. As you meditate on these verses, who was Jesus and what did He accomplish during His earthly life [cf. Genesis 1:1; John 17:5; and 1 John 1:1-3]?

    2. The Lord used Peter and John to heal a lame man and then they, in turn, used the occasion to proclaim the gospel, raising the ire of the religious authorities. Arrested, they were interrogated by the same Council members who condemned Jesus [Acts 4:5-6]. What did the apostles claim about Jesus that made Him unique [Acts 4:10-12]? Also consult Matthew 1:21; Acts 10:34-43; and 1 Timothy 2:5-6 for more insights.

    3. Philippians 2:5-11 encompasses the entirety of Jesus’ existence. What phases of Jesus’ life do you see in this text, and what difference does each phase make in your life [cf. Mark 10:45; 2 Corinthians 8:9; and Ephesians 1:20-23]?

    4. Who is Jesus according to Colossians 1:15-20, and what did He achieve during his earthly ministry [Romans 8:28-30; 2 Corinthians 4:6; and 1 Timothy 1:15-17]?

    5. According to Hebrews 1:1-4, what is it about Jesus that makes Him the final revelation of God to humanity [cf. Matthew 11:27; 1 Corinthians 8:6; and Hebrews 12:2-3]?

    6. In Revelation 5, we get a glimpse into the very throne room of God. Who are present in this heavenly scene, what are they doing, and what prompted the worship of the central Figure in John’s vision [cf. Daniel 7:13-14; John 1:29; and 1 Peter 1:17-21]?

    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
  • May 22, 2022We Believe: God the Father – Deric Bartlett
    May 22, 2022
    We Believe: God the Father – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe

    MESSAGE OUTLINE:

    “We believe there is only one living and true God; 

    who is inexpressibly holy, infinite, eternal, and perfect in all His attributes;

    who is self-existing in three distinct Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, 

    equal in every divine perfection. Each is to be honoured and worshipped.”

    1.  ____________ who is invisible 

    2.  ____________ to Him

    3.  ____________ Him


    ICEBREAKER:

    What is the best way to stay young?

    1.    The Scriptures affirm that Christians worship and serve one God who has revealed Himself in three Persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. How do you understand this revelation about our Triune God, and why does it matter [cf. Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19; and 2 Corinthians 13:14]?

    2.    During Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, He informed her that God is spirit [John 4:24], indicating that worship is not about location but disposition. How does this influence your worship practices [cf. Romans 12:1; Philippians 3:3; and Hebrews 12:28-29]?

    3.    When you read that God is light [1 John 1:5], what is conveyed about God’s nature that sets Him apart from all others [cf. Isaiah 6:3; 1 Timothy 6:15-16; and Revelation 4:8]?

    4.    How does the revelation that God’s character is love affect how you deal with your sins and shortcomings, as well as those of others [cf. Romans 5:8; 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17; and 1 John 4:8 & 16]?

    5.    How does the conviction that God is good to help you when experiencing suffering, loss, and difficulties in life [cf. Psalm 86:5; Mark 10:18; Titus 3:4-7; and James 1:17]?

    6.    What difference does it make to you that God is faithful to His Word and to His people [cf. Deuteronomy 7:9; 1 Corinthians 1:9 & 10:13; and 2 Timothy 2:11-13]?

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

    “Whether you can see it or not - and often we cannot –  everything is being used of God for your good as well as the good of others. This knowledge is by faith. It is not always by sight. But it is nevertheless certain, because it is based on the character of God, who reveals himself to us as both sovereign and benevolent. We are not to be anxious about the unknown future or to fret about it. We are to live in a moment-by-moment dependence upon God.” 

    James Montgomery Boice

     

  • May 15, 2022We Believe the Scripture – Deric Bartlett
    May 15, 2022
    We Believe the Scripture – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe
    This week, Pastor Deric starts a new series 'We Believe' based on our doctrinal statements. The key text for this Sunday's message, 'The Scripture', is Genesis 1:3.

    I. WHY doctrinal beliefs matter

    II. THE SCRIPTURE
    “We believe the Bible to be the very Word of God; that the sixty-six books comprising the Old and New Testaments were verbally inspired in all parts and therefore wholly without error as originally given by God; that it is our final authority, our only and all-sufficient rule of faith and practice.”

    III. Why Christians believe the Bible is UNIQUE
    1. The Bible has a unique _____________ Gen 1:3
    2. The Bible has a unique _____________ Gen 1:3; Ex. 20:1ff; Deut. 6
    3. The Bible has a unique _____________ John 10:35
    4. The Bible has a unique _____________ 2 Tim 3:16
    5. The Bible has a unique _____________ Hebrews 4:12
    6. The Bible has a unique _____________ 2 Tim 3:14-16
    7. The Bible has a unique _____________ John 1:1-14: Luke 21:33
    8. The Bible has a unique _____________1 Peter 1:22-25
    9. The Bible has a unique _____________Gen 3:1
    10. The Bible has a unique _____________ Heb. 4:2

    ICEBREAKER: Do you prefer pens or pencils? Why?

    1. In Genesis 1, the phrase “God said” appears 9 times in our English Bibles. What resulted immediately after God spoke in this text? What does this teach you about God’s Word [cf. Exodus 20:1-17; Numbers 23:19; and Hebrews 1:1-4]?

    2. Psalm 19 extolls God for revealing Himself in nature [vs. 1-6] and in the Scriptures [vs. 7-14]. What benefits are derived from building your life on the Word of God that are listed in this text [cf. Psalm 119:9-11; Jeremiah 15:16; and 1 Peter 1:22-25]?

    3. How did the Thessalonians respond to Paul’s preaching of the gospel [1 Thessalonians 2:13-14]? How did they view the Word of God and what difference did it make in their lives [cf. Luke 3:2-14; Luke 8:11-15; and Acts 17:11]?

    4. According to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, what is the origin of all the Scriptures? What are the 4 purposes of the Word of God? And what is the ultimate goal of the Bible [cf. Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:1-3; and Romans 15:4]?

    5. James implores his readers to be doers of the Word and not just hearers [James 1:22-25]. How does his illustration of the mirror help you understand and apply the point of his command in verse 22 [cf. Ezra 7:10; Matthew 7:21; and Romans 2:13]?

    6. 2 Peter 1:20-21 speaks of the Holy Spirit “carrying along” the writers of Scripture. It is the same term found in Acts 27:15 of a ship being caught up in a windstorm. How does this word picture help you understand the process of inspiration [cf. Psalm 39:1-5; Jeremiah 20:9; and Acts 4:19-20]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.”
    Augustine
  • Apr 24, 2022Clothed with Power – Deric Bartlett
    Apr 24, 2022
    Clothed with Power – Deric Bartlett
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Deric shares a message titled 'Clothed with Power' from Luke 24:36-53.

    1. Power to _______ the new reality in Jesus (v. 36 - 40)
    2. Power to _______ the new relationship with God (v.41-45)
    3. Power to _______ to all the world (v. 46-48)
    4. Power to _______ the life of faith (v.49)
    5. Power to _______ by Jesus (v.50-53)

    ICEBREAKER: If a new volcano formed and the government had an online contest to see what it would be named, what name would you submit?

    1. What is our best response to the words that Jesus has spoken [Luke 24:44]? Also, consult John 1:1; John 14:23; and Hebrews 1:1-4 for more ideas.

    2. How does the fact that Jesus fulfilled all the Old Testament prophesies about the coming Messiah give you confidence that your faith is well-founded [Luke 24:44]? Also consider Deuteronomy 18:15-19; 2 Samuel 7:11-16; and Psalm 22:12-18.

    3. According to Luke 24:45, what is the goal of all effective Bible teaching [cf. Ezra 7:10; Luke 24:32; and 2 Timothy 3:16-17]?

    4. What is the complete gospel message outlined for us in Luke 24:46-47? Why is this such good news for our world today [cf. Luke 9:22; Acts 5:30-32; and Romans 1:16-17]?

    5. Why are witnesses so important in establishing the truth of the gospel [Luke 24:48]? Also, examine Deuteronomy 19:15; Acts 1:8; and Ephesians 2:19-22 for more insights.

    6. What does it mean to be “clothed with power from on high” [Luke 24:49]? What difference does this make in a believer’s life [cf. John 7:37-39; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; and Ephesians 5:18-21]?

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

    “The Spirit-filled life is not a special,
    deluxe edition of Christianity.
    It is part and parcel of the
    total plan of God for His people.”
    A.W. Tozer
  • Apr 17, 2022He is Risen – Easter Sunday – Deric Bartlett
    Apr 17, 2022
    He is Risen – Easter Sunday – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric wraps up the Mark series with a special Easter message titled 'He is Risen' based on Mark 16.

    ICEBREAKER: If you had to lose one of your senses, which would you choose to lose?

    1. In Mark’s Gospel account, women play a prominent role [Mark 15:40-41, 47; 16:1-8]. What was that role, and why was it so critical [cf. Mark 14:3-9; Luke 23:55-24:1; and John 20:1-2]?2,

    2. Why did the women bother to go to the tomb to bring spices to anoint Jesus’ body since He was already dead [Mark 16:1]? What would that accomplish now that His voice was silenced, His miracles were memories, and His kingdom was seemingly lost? What did their act indicate about them [cf. Acts 2:25-28; Romans 4:18-22; and Romans 5:1-5]?

    3. Does the stone over the entrance of Jesus’ tomb have any parallels to the message of salvation [Mark 16:3-4]? If so, what themes does it illustrate [cf. Daniel 6:17; Matthew 27:62-66; and Matthew 28:2]?

    4. What is the complete gospel message as declared by the angel in Jesus’ empty tomb [Mark 16:6]? Also consult Acts 4:10-12; Romans 1:1-6; and 1 Corinthians 15:3-8.

    5. What is the message of restoration the angel gave to Jesus’ followers in Mark 16:7? How does this encourage you today in your failings and shortcomings [cf. 2 Corinthians 13:11; Galatians 6:1-2; and 1 Peter 5:10]?

    6. What effect does the abrupt ending of Mark’s Gospel have on the story he has told of Jesus’ life [Mark 16:8]? Why do you think he chose to end it so suddenly [cf. Luke 1:1-4; Acts 1:1; and Acts 1:8]

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “The resurrection completes
    the inauguration of God’s kingdom…
    It is the decisive event demonstrating
    that God’s kingdom really has been
    launched on earth as it is in heaven.
    The message of Easter is
    that God’s new world has been
    unveiled in Jesus Christ and that
    you’re now invited to belong to it.”
    N.T. Wright
  • Apr 10, 2022Forsaken – Deric Bartlett
    Apr 10, 2022
    Forsaken – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'Forsaken' based on Mark 15:21-47.

    1. ____________ did ‘forsaken’ mean to Jesus at the Cross?
    2. ____________ forsook Jesus at the Cross?
    3. ____________ was Jesus forsaken at the Cross?
    4. ____________ did Jesus endure being forsaken at the Cross?

    ICEBREAKER: What TV shows are you hooked on or were recently hooked on?

    1. Why was Simon of Cyrene compelled to carry Jesus’ cross on the way to Golgotha [Mark 15:21]? What does this tell you about Jesus’ suffering to that point [cf. Isaiah 52:14-53:5; Matthew 27:26; and John 19:1]?

    2. Reflect on the taunts of the passersby in Mark 15:29-30. What would have been the consequences if Jesus had had enough of the suffering and saved Himself [cf. Mark 10:45; Luke 24:26; and Philippians 2:8]?

    3. Why did Jesus disregard the challenge to miraculously come down from the cross in the sight of all the religious leaders [Mark 15:31-32]? Also, consult Psalm 42:9-11; Luke 16:29-31; and Hebrews 2:9-10.

    4. What or who tore the curtain of the temple, and why was it torn [Mark 15:38]? Also, consider Romans 5:2; Ephesians 2:11-22; and Hebrews 10:19-22.

    5. It is possible that the centurion of Mark 15:29 was part of the battalion that mocked and beat Jesus [Mark 15:16-20], forcibly conscripted Simon to carry the cross, helped crucify Jesus, and participated in dividing up His clothes. What had this Roman soldier witnessed that prompted him to utter his confession, “Truly this man was the Son of God” [cf. Matthew 16:16; John 1:32-34; and John 20:28]?

    6. What do you learn about Joseph of Arimathea from Mark 15:43? What do his actions in verses 43-46 reveal about his faith [cf. John 19:38-42; 1 Corinthians 15:9; and Philippians 3:4-11]?

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

    “No pain, no palm;
    no thorns, no throne; no gall,
    no glory; no cross, no crown.”
    William Penn
  • Apr 3, 2022Amazed by Jesus – Deric Bartlett
    Apr 3, 2022
    Amazed by Jesus – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'Amazed by Jesus' based on Mark 15:1-20.

    1. Jesus is the _______________ (v. 1)
    2. Jesus is the _______________ (v. 2ff)
    3. Jesus is the _______________ (v. 5)
    4. Jesus is the _______________ (v. 6-15)
    5. Jesus is the _______________ (v.16-20)

    ICEBREAKER: What is something you do better than most people and something you do worse than most people?

    1. Why do you think Pilate was amazed at Jesus’ silence [Mark 15:5]? How did Jesus’ silence indict the entire Jewish Council’s legal proceedings against Him [cf. Acts 2:36; Acts 4:10; and 1 Peter 2:23]?
     
    2. Why do you think Pilate asked Jesus if He was the King of the Jews [Mark 15:2]? In what sense did he understand it? In what sense did Jesus mean it [cf. Jeremiah 23:5-6; Zechariah 9:9; and Matthew 2:2]?
     
    3. Barabbas was likely viewed as a popular hero by the general Jewish public due to his involvement in an insurrection attempt against the Romans [Mark 15:6-7]. How does the exchange of Barabbas for Jesus illustrate our salvation [cf. Romans 5:6-8; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; and 1 Peter 3:18]?
     
    4. How would you characterize Pilate according to his words and decisions in Mark 15:1-15? Are his actions understandable, or inexcusable? Why? [cf. Matthew 27:24-26; John 18:33-38; and John 19:8-12]?
     
    5. Four times in Mark 15:1-20, Jesus is called “The King of the Jews”. Add in Mark 15:26, and it is five times. What do you think was Mark’s intent in repeating it so often [cf. Psalm 2:1-12; Isaiah 9:6-7; Daniel 7:13-14; and Revelation 19:11-16]?
     
    6. Jesus endured such horrific mistreatment, scorn, and abuse at the hands of the Roman battalion [Mark 15:16-20]. How does this scene portray humanity? How does it portray our Saviour [cf. Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Luke 24:25-27; and Hebrews 13:13]?
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “To endure the cross is not a tragedy;
    it is the suffering which is the fruit of
    an exclusive allegiance to Jesus Christ.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Mar 27, 2022Jesus Is On Trial Still – Deric Bartlett
    Mar 27, 2022
    Jesus Is On Trial Still – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric resumes the continues "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'Jesus In On Trial Still' based on Mark 14:53-72.

    1. The ___________ witness: v. 53, 61-62
    2. The ___________ witnesses: v. 55-65
    3. The ___________ witnesses: v. 54, 66-72

    ICEBREAKER: Besides war and diplomacy, what would be the best way for countries to settle disputes?

    1. What do you imagine was going on in Peter’s heart as he followed Jesus from a distance and then entered the courtyard [Mark 14:54]? What might tempt us to also follow Jesus at a distance today [cf. Mark 8:38; 2 Timothy 1:8; and 1 Peter 4:12-19]?

    2. The Council found no clear testimony against Jesus [Mark 14:55-59]. How does this vindicate Jesus’ extraordinary character? What does the persistence of the religious authorities show about human corruption [cf. 1 Kings 21:1-14; Psalm 27:12; and Acts 7:51-8:3]?

    3. The Council thought they were judging Jesus in Mark 14:60-61. What was the truth according to Jesus in Mark 14:62 [cf. Psalm 110:1-2; Isaiah 53:7; and Daniel 7:13-14]?

    4. In one of the Bible’s most distressing and disturbing verses, Jesus was despicably and shamefully mistreated [Mark 14:65]. What does this scene reveal about our Saviour? What does it reveal about humanity [cf. Isaiah 50:6; Mark 10:33-34; and Hebrews 12:2]?

    5. Why was Peter’s denial of Christ such a grievous sin [Mark 14:68]? What caused him to betray his Lord in this way [cf. Genesis 18:15; Matthew 10:32-33; and 2 Timothy 2:11-13]?

    6. Following Peter’s third denial and the rooster crowing a second time, Peter recalled Jesus’ prediction that he would deny Him, and wept [Mark 14:72]? What does this show about Peter and the way forward after sinning [cf. 2 Kings 22:18-19; Psalm 51:16-17; and 1 John 1:9]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Our redemption through the suffering
    of Christ is that deeper
    love within us which not only
    frees us from slavery to sin,
    but also secures for us the true liberty
    of the children of God,
    in order that we might do all things
    out of love rather than
    out of fear - love for him
    that has shown us such grace
    that no greater can be found.”
    Peter Abelard
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