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
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  • 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 12, 2022Return to the Foundation – Tom LeRoy
    Jun 12, 2022
    Return to the Foundation – Tom LeRoy
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Tom shares a special message titled 'Return to the Foundation' based on 1 Timothy 4:11-16.

    1. Example
    2. Devotion
    3. Practice

    ICEBREAKER: What did your parents and teachers say would be important when you grew up but has not been?
    1. According to the context, what are “these things” that Timothy was challenged to command and teach [1 Timothy 4:11]? Are “these things” still applicable for us today [cf. Genesis 1:31; Genesis 2:18-25; and Hebrews 5:14]?

    2. Why are godly examples powerful and necessary for our spiritual development [1 Timothy 4:12]? Who is influencing you to follow Christ more closely [Philippians 2:19-24; 1 Thessalonians 1:6-10; and Titus 2:7-8]?

    3. Why is the public reading of Scripture needed whenever Christians meet for corporate worship [1 Timothy 4:13]? What does this practice signal to those gathered as believers [cf. Joshua 1:7-8; Psalm 1:1-3; and Colossians 3:16]?

    4. What is the purpose of spiritual gifts [1 Timothy 4:14]? What does it look like when someone neglects his/her gift, and what impact does it have on the rest of the Body of Christ [cf. Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; and 1 Peter 4:10-11]?

    5. How are you practicing and immersing yourself in sound teaching so that you make spiritual progress [1 Timothy 4:15]? What habits are you finding beneficial [cf. Romans 12:1-2; Philippians 4:8-9; and 2 Peter 1:3-11]?

    6. What did Paul mean when he urged Timothy to keep close watch on himself and to persist in the teaching so that he would “save” himself and his hearers [1 Timothy 4:16]? Was the Apostle advocating a “works salvation”, or something else [cf. Acts 20:28; Romans 11:13-16; 1 Corinthians 9:27; and James 5:19-20]?

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

    “People do not drift toward holiness.
    Apart from grace-driven effort,
    people do not gravitate toward godliness,
    prayer, obedience to Scripture,
    faith, and delight in the Lord.
    We drift toward compromise and
    call it tolerance; we drift toward
    disobedience and call it freedom;
    we drift toward superstition and
    call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline
    of lost self-control and call it relaxation;
    we slouch toward prayerlessness
    and delude ourselves into thinking
    we have escaped legalism;
    we slide toward godlessness and
    convince ourselves we have been liberated.”
    D. A. Carson
  • Jun 5, 2022We Believe:The Holy Spirit – Deric Bartlett
    Jun 5, 2022
    We Believe:The Holy Spirit – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "We Believe" with a message titled 'The Holy Spirit'. The primary scripture reference is from John 1:29-35.

    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

    Questions:

    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
    of Himself, twenty-four hours a day.”
    Ray C. Stedman
  • 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
  • May 8, 2022MOM = WOW -Tom LeRoy
    May 8, 2022
    MOM = WOW -Tom LeRoy
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Tom shares a special message for Mother's Day. MOM = WOW is based on Exodus 1:22-2:10.

    1. Mother of Faith
    2. Needs of the many
    3. Yes, even you!

    ICEBREAKER: What was your worst haircut experience?
     
    1. To set the historical context for Moses’ birth story, what was the problem the Egyptians were seeking to address [Exodus 1:7-12]? Why were the Israelites flourishing [cf. Genesis 12:1-3;
    Genesis 15:1-6; and Genesis 15:12-16]?
     
    2. According to Exodus 1:15-22, what was Pharaoh’s solution to the extraordinary growth of the Hebrew population in Egypt? What does this show you about the value of human life in those days? Has anything changed over time [cf. Genesis 1:26-28; Psalm 139:13-16; and Jeremiah 1:5]?
     
    3. Moses’ mother was named Jochebed [Exodus 6:20]. What did her actions in Exodus 2:2-3 say about her character and personality [cf. Psalm 131:1-3; Proverbs 31:10-31; and 2 Timothy 1:5]?
     
    4. What emotion did Pharaoh’s daughter show that resulted in the baby’s salvation from death [Exodus 2:6]? Why is this virtue so necessary in our world [cf. Judges 2:18; 1 Kings 8:50; and Matthew 9:35-38]?
     
    5. Why do you think all these “coincidences” fell into place to preserve Moses during his early years [Exodus 2:5-9]? What does this teach you about God’s providence [cf. Esther 4:13-14; Acts 14:15-17; and Romans 8:28]?
     
    6. The great irony of this story was that Pharaoh viewed the males as threats [Exodus1:22], but it was the women who thwarted his population control plans, either knowingly or unknowingly. What lessons to you learn from this irony [cf. 1 Corinthians 1:26-29; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10; and James 2:5]?
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     

    “Anything under God’s control
    is never out of control.”
    Charles Swindoll
  • May 1, 2022A Campfire Conversation – Brad Lehman
    May 1, 2022
    A Campfire Conversation – Brad Lehman
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Brad shares a message titled 'A Campfire Conversation' based on John 21:1-13.

    1. Fortify your __________ in the Lord [John 21:1-14]
    a) Futility: People are __________ [vs. 1-3]
    b) Ability: The Lord is __________ [vs. 4-8]
    c) Humility: The Lord’s gracious __________ [vs. 9-14]
     
    2. Find__________ in the Lord [John 21:15-23]
    a) Love the Lord by __________ Him and __________ others [vs. 15-17]
    b) Love the Lord by __________ for Him [vs. 18-19]
    c) Love the Lord by__________ on your calling [vs. 20-23]

    ICEBREAKER: What is the last goal you achieved?

    1. Was Jesus’ self-revelation to His disciples more than just proving He was alive [John 21:1 & 14]? What else do you observe about Him in this chapter [cf. John 14:8-11; Colossians 1:15; and Hebrews 1:1-4]?
     
    2. Do you think Peter and the other six disciples were being disobedient or foolish by going fishing that night [John 21:2-5]? What lesson were they being taught [cf. Matthew 4:19; Matthew 19:27-30; and Luke 5:1-11]?

    3. What does the sudden filling of the net indicate about Jesus [John 21:6-7]? What did the disciples learn from this experience [cf. Psalm 95:1-6; Acts 4:24; and Acts 14:15]?
     
    4. During the breakfast on the beach [John 21:9-13], in what capacity was Jesus acting? What does this indicate about His identity and character [cf. Exodus 16:1-36; Deuteronomy 8:1-4; and John 6:1-13]?
     
    5.Why did Jesus repeat His question to Peter three times in John 21:15-19? What two commands did He give Peter to do to reclaim his usefulness for Christ‘s kingdom [cf. Luke 22:31-32; John 14: 15 & 21; and 1 Peter 5:1-4]?
     
    6. Why do you think Peter was interested in John’s future fate in John 21:18-23? What is it about human nature that arouses our curiosity about others to compare with them [cf. Matthew 7:1-5; Luke 6:37-38; and 2 Corinthians 10:12]?
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “I know the resurrection is a fact,
    and Watergate proved it to me.
    How? Because 12 men testified they had
    seen Jesus raised from the dead, then they
    proclaimed that truth for 40 years,
    never once denying it.
    Everyone was beaten, tortured, stoned,
    and put in prison. They would not
    have endured that if it weren't true.
    Watergate embroiled 12 of the most powerful
    men in the world - and they couldn't keep
    a lie for three weeks. You're telling me
    12 apostles could keep a lie for 40 years?
    Absolutely impossible.”
    Chuck Colson
  • 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 15, 2022Who Is Jesus? The Centurion’s Confession – Aaron Johnson
    Apr 15, 2022
    Who Is Jesus? The Centurion’s Confession – Aaron Johnson
    Series: Good Friday
    Pastor Aaron Johnson joined us a guest speaker for our Good Friday service. He shared a message titled ' Who is Jesus? The Centurion's Confession' based on Luke 23:44-47.
  • 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
  • Mar 20, 2022The Garden Where Jesus Prayed – Deric Bartlett
    Mar 20, 2022
    The Garden Where Jesus Prayed – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric resumes the continues "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled "The Garden Where Jesus Prayed" Based on Mark 14:32-52.

    1. He ______________ His burden with others; v. 32-33
    2. He ______________ His burden alone: v. 33-34
    3. He ______________ through the agony of it all; v. 34-42
    4. He ______________ Himself into the hands of sinners: v. 41-50

    ICEBREAKER: What household chores do you actually enjoy? Why?

    1. As you read Mark 14:33-35, notice the words used to describe Jesus’ emotional state in the Garden of Gethsemane. What do these terms reveal about our Saviour at that moment in His life [cf. Isaiah 53:3; Philippians 2:5-8; and Hebrews 5:7-10]?

    2. Why do you think Jesus brought along His disciples, and specifically Peter, James, and John, when He entered Gethsemane to pray [cf. Acts 1:8; Acts 1:20-22; and Philippians 4:6-7]?

    3. What principles of prayer do you pick up from Jesus’ Gethsemane prayer in Mark 14:36 [cf. Mark 9:22-24; John 15:7; and Romans 8:15]?

    4. What insights do you learn about resisting temptation from Mark 14:38 [cf. Luke 21:36; 1 Corinthians 10:13; and James 1:13-15]?

    5. Why was Judas’ choice of a kiss fitting for his act of betrayal [Mark 14:44-45]? Also consider Genesis 27:18-27; 2 Samuel 20:8-10; and Proverbs 27:6 for more clues.

    6. How did Jesus’ words to the crowd sent to arrest Him in Mark 14:48-49 highlight the drama between human responsibility and divine sovereignty [cf. Isaiah 53:1-12; Luke 19:47-48; and John 18:20-21]?

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

    “The suffering of Jesus was not
    only his humanity struggling
    with the physical agonies
    of the cross, but Jesus’ deity
    and humanity inseparably
    coming to grips with the
    awesome agony of Calvary.
    It is not Jesus’ humanity
    which dominates this text,
    but the disciples’ humanity.
    It is His deity and humanity,
    dying for man, that is in focus.
    It is supernatural suffering
    that is in view here.”
    Bob Deffinbaugh
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