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Jan 23, 2022
The Gospel and Culture Pt. 3 – Brad Lehman
This week, Pastor Brad continues the series 'The Gospel and Culture' with a message titled 'The Gospel and Culture Pt. 3' base on Colossians 2:8-15.

1. Apprehend hostage-takers before they cause harm [Colossians 2:8-15]
a) Beware hostage-takers [2:8]
b) Storm hostage-takers with the truth [2:9-15]

2. Acquire a good Security Guard [Colossians 2:6-7]
a) Check credentials [2:6a]
b) Keep close for safety [2:6b-7]

Point: Trust the Security Guard to save you from hostage-takers.

ICEBREAKER: What makes you feel old when you think about it?

1. What does it look like for a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ to obey the command to “walk in Him” [Colossians 2:6]? How do the 3-word pictures in Colossians 2:7 (“rooted…built up…established…”) help explain the command of 2:6? Also, consult Ephesians 5:15-21; Colossians 1:9-10; and 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7.

2. Two kinds of philosophies are contrasted in Colossians 2:8. What are they, how do they differ, and what difference do they make in how people live [cf. 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; 1 Corinthians 3:18-20; and Galatians 4:8-11]?

3. What evidence can you provide indicating that, in Jesus, “the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily” [Colossians 2:9]? Why does this matter [cf. Mark 4:35-41; Luke 5:17-26; and Romans 1:3-4]?

4. How is salvation portrayed in Colossians 2:13? According to this verse, who initiated salvation? What blessings flow to those who believe in Jesus [cf. Psalm 103:8-18; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; and Ephesians 2:4-7]?

5. What did Jesus accomplish for us when He died on the cross according to Colossians 2:14? What difference does it make [cf. Acts 3:18-21; Ephesians 2:11-22; and 1 Peter 2:24-25]?

6. A glimpse into the unseen spiritual realm is given to us in Colossians 2:15. Who are the ones identified in this text, what happened, and what was the result that brings you encouragement today [cf. Genesis 3:15; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28; and Hebrews 2:14-15]?

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

“The man or woman who does
not know God demands an
infinite satisfaction from
other human beings which they
cannot give, and in the case
of the man, he becomes
tyrannical and cruel.
It springs from this one thing,
the human heart must
have satisfaction, but there is
only one Being who can satisfy
the last abyss of the human heart,
and that is the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Oswald Chambers
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  • Jan 23, 2022The Gospel and Culture Pt. 3 – Brad Lehman
    Jan 23, 2022
    The Gospel and Culture Pt. 3 – Brad Lehman
    This week, Pastor Brad continues the series 'The Gospel and Culture' with a message titled 'The Gospel and Culture Pt. 3' base on Colossians 2:8-15.

    1. Apprehend hostage-takers before they cause harm [Colossians 2:8-15]
    a) Beware hostage-takers [2:8]
    b) Storm hostage-takers with the truth [2:9-15]

    2. Acquire a good Security Guard [Colossians 2:6-7]
    a) Check credentials [2:6a]
    b) Keep close for safety [2:6b-7]

    Point: Trust the Security Guard to save you from hostage-takers.

    ICEBREAKER: What makes you feel old when you think about it?

    1. What does it look like for a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ to obey the command to “walk in Him” [Colossians 2:6]? How do the 3-word pictures in Colossians 2:7 (“rooted…built up…established…”) help explain the command of 2:6? Also, consult Ephesians 5:15-21; Colossians 1:9-10; and 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7.

    2. Two kinds of philosophies are contrasted in Colossians 2:8. What are they, how do they differ, and what difference do they make in how people live [cf. 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; 1 Corinthians 3:18-20; and Galatians 4:8-11]?

    3. What evidence can you provide indicating that, in Jesus, “the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily” [Colossians 2:9]? Why does this matter [cf. Mark 4:35-41; Luke 5:17-26; and Romans 1:3-4]?

    4. How is salvation portrayed in Colossians 2:13? According to this verse, who initiated salvation? What blessings flow to those who believe in Jesus [cf. Psalm 103:8-18; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; and Ephesians 2:4-7]?

    5. What did Jesus accomplish for us when He died on the cross according to Colossians 2:14? What difference does it make [cf. Acts 3:18-21; Ephesians 2:11-22; and 1 Peter 2:24-25]?

    6. A glimpse into the unseen spiritual realm is given to us in Colossians 2:15. Who are the ones identified in this text, what happened, and what was the result that brings you encouragement today [cf. Genesis 3:15; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28; and Hebrews 2:14-15]?

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

    “The man or woman who does
    not know God demands an
    infinite satisfaction from
    other human beings which they
    cannot give, and in the case
    of the man, he becomes
    tyrannical and cruel.
    It springs from this one thing,
    the human heart must
    have satisfaction, but there is
    only one Being who can satisfy
    the last abyss of the human heart,
    and that is the Lord Jesus Christ.”
    Oswald Chambers
  • Jan 16, 2022Your TRUE Identity – Deric Bartlett
    Jan 16, 2022
    Your TRUE Identity – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series 'The Gospel and Culture' with a message titled 'Your TRUE Identity'.

    1. HIS ________________ of God as His Father
    2. HIS ________________ to anchor His life in God
    3. HIS ________________ as the Beloved of God
    4. HIS ________________ of temptation and suffering
    5. HIS ________________ to the mission of his life
    6. HIS ________________ to be himself

    ICEBREAKER: What music do you put on when you want to get pumped?

    1. John 1:18 states an obstacle in the first phrase. However, it is overcome in the rest of the verse. What are the 3 descriptions of Jesus listed in this verse and what difference do they make [cf. Matthew 11:27; John 1:14; and John 6:46]?

    2. Philip’s question was profound, yet unnecessary in John 14:8&9. He desired to experience God personally and directly. But Jesus responded by making an astonishing claim. What was that claim, and what does it reveal about Jesus [cf. John 10:30; John 12:44-45; and Colossians 1:15]?

    3. How is our Triune God revealed and described in John 14:25-26? Also consult Luke 24:49; John 15:26; and Acts 2:33]?

    4. In Paul’s prayer in Colossians 1:11-14, he gave thanks to the Father for several blessings. What are those blessings that belong to all believers, and why are they significant [cf. Acts 26:18; Ephesians 5:8; and 1 Peter 2:9]?

    5. What is the source of the spiritual blindness of our world according to 2 Corinthians 4:4-6, and what is the only remedy to restore spiritual sight [cf. Matthew 13:19; 2 Corinthians 3:14; and Ephesians 2:1-3]?

    6. Hebrews 1:1-4 is one of the richest texts in all of Scripture extolling the identity and ministry of our Lord Jesus. How is He described in these verses, and what impact does it make in your life [cf. John 1:3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; and Colossians 1:16-17]?

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

    “The more you reaffirm
    who you are in Christ,
    the more your behavior will begin
    to reflect your true identity.”
    Neil T. Anderson
     
  • Jan 9, 2022Picture Frames and Maps – Deric Bartlett
    Jan 9, 2022
    Picture Frames and Maps – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric begins the series 'The Gospel and Culture' with a message titled 'Picture Frames and Maps'.

    1. ______________ (why it should matter to you)
    2. _______________ (the past and the present)
    3. _______________ (humility is the best approach)
    4. ________________ (how Christian’s frame identity)

    ICEBREAKER: What slang terms or phrases are you happy went out of fashion?

    1. What practical implications for understanding human behaviour flow out of the prophet Jeremiah’s portrayal of the human heart in Jeremiah 17:9? Examine the context as well as Genesis 6:5; Mark 7:18-23; and Romans 1:18-23 for more insights.

    2. Matthew 4:15-16 is a quote from Isaiah 9:1-2. How is the world characterized in these verses, what evidence shows this to be true, and what can be done about it [cf. Luke 1:79; John 8:12; and Ephesians 5:7-14]?

    3. Two commands are listed in Romans 12:2 - one negative and one positive. What are the commands, how can they be obeyed, and what will be the results according to the latter part of the verse [cf. Ephesians 4:23; Colossians 3:9-10; and 1 Peter 1:13-16]?

    4. What difference does it make for a believer to be “in Christ” according to 2 Corinthians 5:17? How does this give you hope in your own personal struggles? How does this influence your witness to the world? Examine the context as well as Romans 6:4; Romans 8:1-2; and Ephesians 4:24 for further clues.

    5. The Apostle Paul insisted on the reality of a war being continually waged in the world [2 Corinthians 10:3-6]. What is the nature of the war, who are the combatants, where is it being fought, what are the weapons being wielded, and what is the desired outcome [cf. 1 Samuel 17:45; 2 Corinthians 6:7; and Ephesians 6:10-20]?

    6. According to Colossians 2:8, what are believers to beware of? What ideas do you think qualify as spiritually hazardous today [cf. Galatians 4:3; Ephesians 5:6; and Colossians 2:20-23]?

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

    “Man, in his own wisdom, has developed a vast number of philosophies and theories seeking to explain one's thoughts, words, and actions. In doing so, man has pridefully sought to deny his own sinfulness and has confused any clear definition of God's standards of right and wrong.” (John C. Broger)
  • Jan 2, 2022Vision Sunday – Deric Bartlett
    Jan 2, 2022
    Vision Sunday – Deric Bartlett
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Deric refocuses our vision as we head into 2022.

    1. God not ____________
    2. People not _______________
    3. Relationship not _______________
    4. Ministry not ________________
    5. Partnership not ________________

    ICEBREAKER: What new year’s resolutions have you actually kept over the years?

    1. What is the primary responsibility of believers according to Matthew 28:16-20? How do these verses act as a guide for us as a church family to carry out Jesus’ command [Luke 24:44-49; Acts 1:8; and Acts 2:37-40]?

    2. What are some “next steps” that you can take in this coming year to continue your spiritual growth journey [Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Peter 2:1-3; and 2 Peter 3:17-18]?

    3. How can we build each other up in the faith in this new year of ministry [cf. Romans 14:19; Ephesians 4:25-32; and 1 Thessalonians 5:11]?

    4. How would you describe a mature Christian? What would characterize a well-grounded disciple of Jesus [cf. John 15:1-11; Galatians 5:22-26; and Colossians 1:24-29]?

    5. How are you planning to prioritize prayer in 2022 [cf. Matthew 6:5-15; Acts 4:23-31; and Philippians 4:4-7]?

    6. What are some specific strategies you can use to share your faith in the Lord Jesus with others in this next year [cf. Matthew 5:13-16; Colossians 4:5-6; and 1 Peter 3:13-16]?

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

    “It is not the number of books you read, nor the variety of sermons you hear, nor the amount of religious conversation in which you mix, but it is the frequency and earnestness with which you meditate on these things till the truth in them becomes your own and part of your being, that ensures your growth.” (Frederick W. Robertson)
  • Dec 26, 2021A Watchful Eye – Brad Lehman
    Dec 26, 2021
    A Watchful Eye – Brad Lehman
    This week, Pastor Brad concludes the Advent series 'Christmas Heroes' with a message titled 'A Watchful Eye' from Luke 2:8-20.

    1. Receive the love of God.
    2. Rest in the peace of God.
    3. Rely on the presence of God.
    4. Rejoice in the promises of God.
    5. Remember the watchful eye of God.

    ICEBREAKER: Share a favourite Christmas memory and the reason it was so special to you.

    1. Why do shepherds play such a predominant role in the Bible [Luke 2:8]? Why is this metaphor so useful in our relationship with the Lord [cf. Psalm 23; Isaiah 40:10-11; and John 10:11-18]?

    2. What is God’s glory, and why is it important to understand [Luke 2:9]? Also consult Exodus 33:17-23; Psalm 19:1-6; and Hebrews 1:1-4.

    3. The biblical command, “Fear not!” [Luke 2:10] is the most often repeated command in Scripture. Why is that, and how do you obey it [cf. Exodus 14:10-14; Isaiah 41:8-14; and Revelation 1:17-18]?

    4. Do you think people need a Saviour [Luke 2:11]? Why? What do you observe about humanity that indicates the need for a Saviour [cf. Isaiah 59:1-2; Luke 1:46-48; and Romans 3:23]?

    5. Luke 2:11 is a clear biblical text on the identity and mission of the Lord Jesus. What do you learn about Him in this verse that causes you to pause and worship Him this Advent season [cf. Acts 2:36; Acts 5:29-32; and 2 Timothy 1:8-12]?

    6. How does Mary’s example of contemplation inspire you to meditate on the activities of God [Luke 2:19]? Also consider Psalm 119:9-11; Psalm 143:5; and Psalm 145.

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

    “All the Christmas presents in the world are worth nothing without the presence of Christ." (David Jeremiah)
  • Dec 24, 2021Jesus – Deric Bartlett
    Dec 24, 2021
    Jesus – Deric Bartlett
    Pastor Deric shares a devotional on Christmas Eve about the greatest Christmas Hero: Jesus.
  • Dec 19, 2021Elizabeth – Deric Bartlett
    Dec 19, 2021
    Elizabeth – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the Advent series 'Christmas Heroes' with a message about Elizabeth from Luke 1.

    1. True spirituality requires faith in God (v. 5-7).
    2. True spirituality requires time alone with God (v. 24-25).
    3. True spirituality requires fellowship time with others (v. 39-45).
    4. True spirituality requires courage to challenge the status quo (v. 60).
    5. True spirituality is best shaped in the home (v. 80).

    ICEBREAKER: What are some films that would make it on to your top 50 list of movies?

    1. Zechariah and Elizabeth had to wait a long time before they became pregnant with their first child [Luke 1:24]. Why do you think God makes His people wait for certain answers to prayer [cf. Psalm 27:14; Acts 1:4-5; and Romans 8:18-25]?

    2. What are the similarities in the following births: Isaac [Genesis 15:1-6; 21:1-7], Samson [Judges 13:1-25], Samuel [1 Samuel 1:1-28], and John the Baptist [Luke 1:5-25]? What lessons do you learn from these events?

    3. The reason Elizabeth secluded herself after she conceived is unspecified in the text [Luke 1:24-25]. Why do you think she did so? What might it indicate about her character [cf. Genesis 30:23; Psalm 113:1-9; and Isaiah 4:1]?

    4. Why do you think the baby in Elizabeth’s womb leaped when Mary entered her home [Luke 1:41, 44]? What did it reveal about Mary’s baby [cf. Malachi 4:5-6; Luke 1:15; and John 1:19-36]?

    5. What does it mean for a believer to “be filled with the Holy Spirit” [Luke 1:41]? Also consult Acts 4:8; Acts 11:22-26; and Ephesians 5:18.

    6. What is the relationship between blessedness and believing according to Elizabeth’s words in Luke 1:42-45? Why does this matter [cf. Matthew 15:28; John 20:29; and 1 Peter 1:8]?

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

    “Faith is the root of all blessings. Believe, and you shall be saved; believe, and you must needs be satisfied; believe, and you cannot but be comforted and happy.” (Jeremy Taylor)
  • Dec 12, 2021Zechariah – Deric Bartlett
    Dec 12, 2021
    Zechariah – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the Advent series 'Christmas Heroes' with a message about Zechariah from Luke 1.

    1.   Zechariah faithfully served his generation (v. 5-10).

    2.   Zechariah served the Lord sacrificially (v. 11-17).

    3.   Zechariah served imperfectly (v. 18-23).

    4.   Zechariah served to bless the next generation (v. 57-67).

    ICEBREAKER: Would you rather spend time with other people, or at home alone?

     

    1.   In what sense were Zechariah and Elizabeth “righteous in the sight of God” [Luke 1:6]? What are some clues in the passage that explain their exemplary character? How does their example encourage you to live similarly [Genesis 5:21-24; Deuteronomy 28:9; and Daniel 6:4, 22]?

     

    2.  What was the specific disappointment Zechariah and Elizabeth faced in Luke 1:7? How might they have been perceived by others? How might they have felt about themselves? What does the way they handled their hurt indicate about their character [cf. Genesis 15:1-6; Genesis 25:21-26; and 1 Samuel 1:1-20]?

     

    3.  Why do you think Luke included all these details in the birth announcement to John’s father [Luke 1:13-17]? Why was John the Baptist so significant [cf. Isaiah 40:3-5; Malachi 3:1; and Malachi 4:5-6]?

     

    4.  Why do people find it difficult to believe the Word of the Lord [Luke 1:18]? Also consult Luke 24:25; John 20:27-29; and James 1:6-8.

     

    5.   In essence, Zechariah asked for a sign that the angel’s word would come true [Luke 1:18]. What do you make of Gabriel’s response in Luke 1:19-20, and what was the sign [cf. Judges 6:36-40; Isaiah 7:10-17; and 1 Corinthians 1:22]?

     

    6.  What do Elizabeth’s actions and words reveal about the burden she had borne all her married life [Luke 1:24-25]? How does this encourage you to persevere through the burdens you are bearing today [cf. Romans 5:3-5; James 1:2-4; and 1 Peter 1:6-7]?

     

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

    “Nowhere has God promised anyone, even His children, immunity from sorrow, suffering, and pain. This world is a 'vale of tears’, and disappointment and heartache are as inevitable as clouds and shadows. Suffering is often the crucible in which our faith is tested. Those who successfully come through the 'furnace of affliction' are the ones who emerge 'like gold tried in the fire.'” (Billy Graham)

  • Dec 5, 2021Mary – Deric Bartlett
    Dec 5, 2021
    Mary – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the Advent series 'Christmas Heroes' with a message about Mary from Luke 1:26-38

    1. The visit that was a long time in the making (26-30).
    2. The promises that were a long time coming (31-33).
    3. The question that delights the heart of God (34-36).
    4. The only sensible response to God’s favour (38).

    ICEBREAKER: Who is the most competitive person you know?

    1. Angels play important roles in the birth story of Jesus [Luke 1:26]. What are those roles and why do they matter to us [cf. Matthew 1:20; Matthew 2:13; Luke 2:8-14; and Hebrews 1:13-14]?

    2. Gabriel addressed Mary as “O favoured one” [Luke 1:28] and told her she had found favour with God [Luke 1:30]. From these terms and from the context, does this mean she was able to bestow grace, or was she simply a recipient of God’s grace? Why does this matter [cf. Genesis 6:8; Exodus 33:12-17; and Acts 7:45-46]?

    3. What does the title “Most High” [Luke 1:32, 35] reveal about our God, and how does this influence your perspectives on world politics and events [cf. Psalm 47:1-9; Daniel 4:34-37; and Acts 7:48-50]?

    4. What do you learn about the future destiny of Mary’s Child from Luke 1:31-33 that gives you hope and encouragement today [cf. Isaiah 9:6-7; Daniel 7:11-14; and Revelation 11:15-18]?

    5. Meditate on the clear reference to our Triune God in Luke 1:35. How does this truth inspire you to worship the Lord each day [cf. Isaiah 61:1-3; Matthew 3:16-17; and 2 Corinthians 13:14]?

    6. How did the news of Elizabeth’s pregnancy announced in Luke 1:36-37 encourage Mary to trust God and move forward into His will for her life? How does it motivate you to do the same [cf. Genesis 18:14; Jeremiah 32:17; and Matthew 19:26]?

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

    “He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy, He the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute." (Augustine)
  • Nov 28, 2021Joseph – Deric Bartlett
    Nov 28, 2021
    Joseph – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric begins the Advent series 'Christmas Heroes' with a message about Joseph from Matthew 1 & 2.
     
    1. Joseph was a FAMILY man. (1:15-17)
    2. Joseph was a JUST man. (1:18-25)
    3. Joseph was a BRAVE man. (2:12-14)
    4. Joseph was a BALANCED man. (2:19-23)

    ICEBREAKER: What do you do to unwind after a hard day?

    1. Matthew’s account of Jesus’ birth in Matthew 1:18 differs from all the other births in Matthew 1:1-17 to set His apart. What is the difference, and why does it matter [cf. Genesis 3:15; Luke 1:35; and Galatians 4:4-5]?

    2. Joseph is described as a “just” man in Matthew 1:19. In what sense was he “just”, and how did he demonstrate it [cf. Genesis 6:9; Job 1:1; and 1 John 3:7]?

    3. Why did the angel have to reassure Joseph by telling him not to fear marrying his pregnant betrothed wife [Matthew 1:20]? How would it be perceived if he married Mary [cf. Proverbs 22:1; Ecclesiastes 7:1; and Ephesians 5:5]?

    4. What was Jesus’ mission according to Mathew 1:21? Why is it important for people to be saved from their sins [cf. Isaiah 59:2; John 1:29; and Acts 5:31]?

    5. Reflect on the name “Immanuel”, God with us [Matthew 1:23]. How is this name of Jesus giving you hope and encouragement in these trying times [cf. John 1:14; 1 Timothy 3:16; and Hebrews 2:14-15]?

    6. What does Joseph’s actions in Matthew 1:24-25 indicate about his character? How does this challenge you in your spiritual journey today [cf. Romans 1:5; Romans 16:25-27; and 1 Peter 1:22]?

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

    “God's commands are designed to guide you to life's very best. You will not obey Him, if you do not believe Him and trust Him. You cannot believe Him if you do not love Him. You cannot love Him unless you know Him.” (Henry Blackaby)
  • 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)
  • Oct 31, 2021Worship and Belong – Darryl Dash
    Oct 31, 2021
    Worship and Belong – Darryl Dash
    Series: One off
    Pastor Darryl Dash joins us one more time to share 'Worship and Belong' based on Psalm 122.
    Two Reasons Church Matters
    1. Church matters because of the "wow" factor 2. Church matters because it brings people together
    Three Actions
    1. Show up 2. Pray for the good of the church 3. Seek the good of the church
    ICEBREAKER: What do you want to do when you retire?
    1. Why is corporate worship vital for the Christian community [Psalm 122:1]? Also consult Deuteronomy 16:16-17; Micah 4:1-5; and Hebrews 10:24-25.
    2. Why is the presence of the Lord so desirable to you [Psalm 122:1-2]? Also consider Exodus 40:34-38; Psalm 16:11; and John 1:1-18.
    3. What is the significance of the city of Jerusalem throughout biblical history [Psalm 122:2, 3, 6]? Why does it matter [cf. 2 Samuel 5:6-9; Ezra 1:1-4; Luke 13:33-35; and Revelation 21:1-4]?
    4. According to Psalm 122:4, what is one of the key purposes of corporate worship [cf. Deuteronomy 8:10; Ezra 3:10-11; and Revelation 7:12]?
    5. The word “peace” is repeated three times in Psalm 122:6-8. Why is prayer crucial to the experience of peace [cf. Micah 5:4-5; Zechariah 9:9-10; and Romans 12:17-18]?
    6. What impact should worship make on worshipers [Psalm 122:9]? Also examine Micah 6:6-8; Galatians 6:9-10; and 2 Thessalonians 3:13.
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message? “The glory of the gospel is that when the church is absolutely different from the world, she invariably attracts it.” (Martyn Lloyd-Jones)
  • Oct 25, 2021Speak with God – Darryl Dash
    Oct 25, 2021
    Speak with God – Darryl Dash
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Darryl Dash (Liberty Grace Church) joins us again to share 'Speak with God' based on Ephesians 6:18-20.

    1. Pray always.
    2. Pray about everything.
    3. Don't give up.
    4. Pray especially about what matters most.

    ICEBREAKER: What were your favourite television shows when you were growing up?

    1. In the context of Ephesians 6, why is the practice of prayer so vital for the believer [cf. Ephesians 6:10-17; 2 Corinthians 10:4-6; and 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11]?

    2. How does the Holy Spirit help us to pray more effectively [Ephesians 6:18]? Also consult John 14:26; Romans 8:26-27; and Jude 1:20-21.

    3. Why do you think it is so hard to pray [Ephesians 6:18]? Also consider Luke 18:1-8; Romans 12:12; and Colossians 4:2-4.

    4. Do you find it a challenge to persevere in prayer [Ephesians 6:18]? Why do you think this is such a common experience for Christians [cf. Matthew 26:40-41; Philippians 4:4-7; and 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18]?

    5. What do you learn about prayer request priorities from the Apostle Paul’s request in Ephesians 6:19 that can instruct you to pray more profoundly [cf. Ephesians 1:15-23; Ephesians 3:14-21; and Philippians 1:9-11]?

    6. What does the designation “ambassador in chains” indicate about the nature of Christian ministry in the world [Ephesians 6:20]? Also examine 2 Corinthians 5:20; Ephesians 3:1; and Philippians 1:7.

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

    “The greatest tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer.” (F.B. Meyer)
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