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Oct 17, 2021
Engage the Bible – Darryl Dash
Series: One off
This week, Pastor Darryl Dash from Liberty Grace Church shares with us. 'Engage the Bible' is based on Psalm 1.

1. Avoid what's opposed to God (v.1)
2. Delight in and meditate on God's Word (v.2)
3. The results (vv.3-6)

ICEBREAKER: What weird quirks did you pick up from your parents?


1.   To be “blessed” refers to the happiness that God-given security and prosperity produces. According to Psalm 1:1-2, what are the conditions that lead to “blessedness” [cf. Psalm 32:1-2; Psalm 40:4; and Matthew 5:3-12]?

2.   Psalm 1 has been described as a “Wisdom Psalm” that boils all of life down to two opposing life directions. What are these two options, and how can you tell when you have chosen well [cf. Proverbs 1:10-19; Proverbs 4:14-19; and Luke 11:28]?

3.   Why is it so hard sometimes to read the Bible [Psalm 1:2]? What are some practical steps we can take to make the Bible the primary influence in our lives [cf. Ezra 7:10; Psalm 63:5-7; and 2 Timothy 2:15]?

4.   What does it look like to “delight” and “meditate” on the law of the Lord [Psalm 1:2]? Also consider Joshua 1:8; Psalm 119:9-11; and Colossians 3:16.

5.   Why is the contrast between a tree and chaff a fitting illustration of the benefits of living wisely [Psalm 1:3-4]? Also consult Psalm 92:12-15; Jeremiah 17:7-8; and Matthew 7:24-27.

6.   The Wisdom Literature of the Bible always takes the long view of life. What is the destiny of the wicked as compared to the destiny of the righteous [Psalm 1:5-6]? Also examine Psalm 145:20; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43; and Matthew 25:31-46.

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

“The Word of God I think of as a straight edge, which shows up our own crookedness. We can’t really tell how crooked our thinking is until we line it up with the straight edge of Scripture.” (Elisabeth Elliot)

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  • Oct 17, 2021Engage the Bible – Darryl Dash
    Oct 17, 2021
    Engage the Bible – Darryl Dash
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Darryl Dash from Liberty Grace Church shares with us. 'Engage the Bible' is based on Psalm 1.

    1. Avoid what's opposed to God (v.1)
    2. Delight in and meditate on God's Word (v.2)
    3. The results (vv.3-6)

    ICEBREAKER: What weird quirks did you pick up from your parents?


    1.   To be “blessed” refers to the happiness that God-given security and prosperity produces. According to Psalm 1:1-2, what are the conditions that lead to “blessedness” [cf. Psalm 32:1-2; Psalm 40:4; and Matthew 5:3-12]?

    2.   Psalm 1 has been described as a “Wisdom Psalm” that boils all of life down to two opposing life directions. What are these two options, and how can you tell when you have chosen well [cf. Proverbs 1:10-19; Proverbs 4:14-19; and Luke 11:28]?

    3.   Why is it so hard sometimes to read the Bible [Psalm 1:2]? What are some practical steps we can take to make the Bible the primary influence in our lives [cf. Ezra 7:10; Psalm 63:5-7; and 2 Timothy 2:15]?

    4.   What does it look like to “delight” and “meditate” on the law of the Lord [Psalm 1:2]? Also consider Joshua 1:8; Psalm 119:9-11; and Colossians 3:16.

    5.   Why is the contrast between a tree and chaff a fitting illustration of the benefits of living wisely [Psalm 1:3-4]? Also consult Psalm 92:12-15; Jeremiah 17:7-8; and Matthew 7:24-27.

    6.   The Wisdom Literature of the Bible always takes the long view of life. What is the destiny of the wicked as compared to the destiny of the righteous [Psalm 1:5-6]? Also examine Psalm 145:20; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43; and Matthew 25:31-46.

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

    “The Word of God I think of as a straight edge, which shows up our own crookedness. We can’t really tell how crooked our thinking is until we line it up with the straight edge of Scripture.” (Elisabeth Elliot)

  • Oct 10, 2021Keep Looking to Jesus – Dan Shurr
    Oct 10, 2021
    Keep Looking to Jesus – Dan Shurr
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Dan Shurr shares a message titled 'Keep Looking to Jesus!' based on Hebrews 12:1-6.

    1. The danger of discouragement.

    2. 3 reasons to keep focused on Jesus:
    a. Because of WHO HE IS – “founder and perfector of our faith.”
    b. Because of WHAT HE HAS DONE – “endured the cross.”
    c. Because of WHERE HE REIGNS – “at the right hand of God.”

    3. He recites 5 promises to us:
    a. Steadfast love of God never ceases.
    b. His mercies never come to an end.
    c. They are new every morning.
    d. Great is Thy faithfulness.
    e. The Lord is my portion.

    ICEBREAKER: What is the most delightful hotel or house you have stayed in while on vacation?

    1. Who is the great cloud of witnesses mentioned in Hebrews 12:1? Why do we need them [cf. Acts 1:8; 1 Timothy 6:12; and 1 Peter 5:1]?

    2. Why is the metaphor of long-distance running such an appropriate illustration of the Christian life [Hebrews 12:1]? Also consult 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Galatians 5:7; and Philippians 2:14-16.

    3. How is it possible to experience joy in the middle of suffering [Hebrews 12:2]? Also consider Luke 24:26; John 16:20-22; and 2 Corinthians 8:1-2.

    4. According to Hebrews 12:2, who is Jesus, and what had He accomplished on our behalf [cf. Matthew 16:24-27; Philippians 2:5-11; and Hebrews 2:10]?

    5. How does Christ’s example of faithful endurance of suffering encourage you to do the same [Hebrews 12:3]? Also examine Luke 2:34-35; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; and Revelation 2:3.

    6. What is the value of the Lord’s discipline as outlined in Hebrews 12:5-6? Also look up Deuteronomy 8:5; Psalm 94:12-13; and 1 Corinthians 11:27-32.

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

    “Never let any man become necessary to you. Christ alone is necessary. Apart from Him we are completely wretched; without Him we cannot live and dare not die. Our need of Him is real and vital and will outlast time and go on into eternity. That deep and desperate need is met by Christ so completely that when we have Him we need no one else.” (A.W. Tozer)
  • Oct 3, 2021Like A Good Neighbour… – Tom LeRoy
    Oct 3, 2021
    Like A Good Neighbour… – Tom LeRoy
    This week, Pastor Tom continues the series "We Are the Church: Christian Fellowship in a Lonely World" with a message titled "Like a Good Neighbour..." based on Luke 10:25-37.

    1. The story behind the words.
    2. Setting the scene.
    3. Compliance vs compassion.
    4. Christlike from an unlikely source.
    5. Challenge to change.

    ICEBREAKER: What smell do you hate that doesn't seem to bother other people?

    1. What do you think of the religious lawyer’s question in Luke 10:25? What do you learn about discerning a questioner’s motives [cf. Matthew 22:34-36; Mark 12:28; and Luke 18:18]?

    2. The lawyer in this story knew the law, but he did not seem to understand it. What is the difference, and why is it important [cf. Ezekiel 33:31-32; Matthew 15:7-9; and Romans 13:9-10]?

    3. What is it about our human nature that seeks to justify ourselves when confronted with the truth [Luke 10:29]? Also consult Luke 16:14-15; Luke 18:9; and Romans 10:1-3.

    4. In Jesus’ Parable of the Good Samaritan, why would it have shocked His original hearers [cf. Luke 17:15-19; John 4:9; and John 8:48]?

    5. Why does compassion for others supersede religious observance [Luke 10:31-32]? Also consider 1 Samuel 15:22-23; Hosea 6:6; and Matthew 9:10-13.

    6. Why is mercy so highly valued by the Lord [Luke 10:37]? Which of your “neighbours” could you show mercy to right now [cf. Micah 6:6-8; Zechariah 7:9-10; and Luke 6:32-36]?

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

    “The Gospel is good news of mercy to the undeserving. The symbol of the religion of Jesus is the cross, not the scales.” (John Stott)
  • Sep 26, 2021The Church is a Loving Community – Deric Bartlett
    Sep 26, 2021
    The Church is a Loving Community – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "We Are the Church: Christian Fellowship in a Lonely World" with a message titled "The Church is a Loving Community" based on 1 John 2:1-17.

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

    ICEBREAKER: How do you usually get your news?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1. The Antichrist and the Temple

    2. The Rapture and the Tribulation

    3. The Great Tribulation and Armageddon

    4. The Repentance of Israel and the Return of Jesus


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

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

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

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


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










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

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

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

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

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

    ICEBREAKER: Who is the funniest person in your family?

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

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

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

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

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

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

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message? “For this time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature. It will be too late then to choose your side.” (C.S. Lewis)
  • Aug 1, 2021Secret Identities:More than Meets the Eye – Brad Lehman
    Aug 1, 2021
    Secret Identities:More than Meets the Eye – Brad Lehman
    This week, Pastor Brad continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'Secret Identities: More Than Meets the Eye' based on Mark 12:35-44.

    1. THE CONTENDER [Mark 12:35-37]: Only Jesus qualifies as the Saviour King.

    2. THE PRETENDERS [Mark 12:38-40]: Trade the charade parade.

    3. THE SURRENDER [Mark 12:41-44]: Complete surrender completes salvation.

    Humility reveals your secret identity.


    ICEBREAKER: Who is the oldest person you know personally? What interesting stories have they told you?

    1.   What was the role of the Holy Spirit to ensure the inspiration and authority of Scripture [Mark 12:36]? Also consider Acts 1:16; Acts 28:23-27; and 2 Peter 1:19-21.

     

    2.   What do you learn about the coming Messiah from Psalm 110 [quoted by Jesus in Mark 12:36]? Also examine Acts 2:34-35; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; and Hebrews 1:8-13.

    3.   Why is faked spirituality so reprehensible in the sight of God [Mark 12:38-40]? Look up Matthew 6:1, 5-6; Matthew 23:2-12; and Luke 11:42-44 for more insights.

    4.   How are believers to treat those who are powerless and vulnerable in society [Mark 12:40]? Also study Proverbs 31:8-9; Isaiah 1:16-17; and James 1:27.

    5.   How should Christians contribute to the work of God to receive His blessing [Mark 12:41]? Gain more clues by turning to 1 Chronicles 29:6-9; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9; and Philippians 4:14-20.

    6.   What do you find inspirational about the circumstances and actions of the widow as she contributed to the Lord’s work [Mark 12:44]? Explore Acts 11:27-30; 2 Corinthians 8:1-7; and James 2:1-7 for further ideas.

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

     

    “Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being little. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation. Modest humility is beauty's crown.” (Saint Augustine)

  • Jul 25, 2021Riptide – Brad Lehman
    Jul 25, 2021
    Riptide – Brad Lehman
    This week, Pastor Brad continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'Riptide' based on Mark 12:28-35.
     

    1. The Questioner [Mark 12:28]: Look for open hearts.

    2. The Question [Mark 12:28-31]: Prioritize God’s priorities.

    3. The Quest [Mark 12:32-34a]: Be a rogue among the religious.

    4. The Conquest [Mark 12:34b]: Fight the riptide by fleeing to Jesus.

     
    ICEBREAKER: What, in your opinion, is the most amazing animal?
     

    1.   According to Mark 12:28, why did the scribe pose his question to Jesus? What was so extraordinary about Jesus [cf. Matthew 7:28-29; Matthew 13:54; and Matthew 22:34-35]?

    2.   Why do you think both Moses in Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and Jesus in Mark 12:29-30 included the affirmation of God’s oneness [cf. 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:4-6; and 1 Timothy 2:5]?

    3.   What does it look like in real life to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength [Mark 12:30]? Also consider Joshua 22:5; Psalm 18:1-3; and John 21:15-17 for more insights.

    4.   What does it look like to love your neighbour as yourself [Mark 12:31]? Also look up Luke 10:29-37; John 15:12-14; and Romans 12:9-21.

    5.   Why is loving God and loving others more important than the religious rituals God prescribed in the Old Testament [Mark 12:33]? Also examine 1 Samuel 15:22-23; Isaiah 1:10-20; and Micah 6:6-8.

    6.   Was Jesus condemning or commending the scribe when he told him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God” [Mark 12:34]? Why? Study Matthew 6:33; Acts 17:24-28; and Ephesians 2:13 for further clues.

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

    “To love you as I should, I must worship God as Creator. When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now. In so far as I learn to love my earthly dearest at the expense of God and instead of God, I shall be moving towards the state in which I shall not love my earthly dearest at all. When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased.” (C. S. Lewis)

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
  • Jul 18, 2021Checkmate – Brad Lehman
    Jul 18, 2021
    Checkmate – Brad Lehman
    This week, Pastor Brad continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'Checkmate' based on Mark 12:18-27.

    1. The ________ of the Game: Hard hearts are _______ to the truth.
    2. The ________ of the Game: Checkmate, because only one ________ can be left standing on the board at the end of the game.
    3. The _________ during the Game: Bad ideas produce _______________.
    4. The _________________ to end the Game: The __________ transforms everything!
    Conclusion: Jesus declares “__________” to make me His __________.

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

    1. What are the implications of a belief system that denies the resurrection [Mark 12:18]? Can you think of modern examples? Consider also Acts 17:32; Acts 23:6-10; and 1 Corinthians 15:12-19.

    2. Although it seems strange to us, how would the practice of levirate marriage provide for the vulnerable in that ancient society [Mark 12:19]? Look up Genesis 38:1-14; Deuteronomy 25:5-10; and Ruth 4:5 for more insights.

    3. How is it possible to be familiar with the Scriptures and yet not know them [Mark 12:24]? What is the difference? What is the remedy [cf. Colossians 3:16; 2 Timothy 2:15; and 2 Timothy 3:14-17]?

    4. The Sadducees were religious leaders, but Jesus said they did not know the power of God [Mark 12:24]. What are some possible reasons that would prevent someone from knowing God’s power [cf. Genesis 18:14; Jeremiah 32:17; and Matthew 19:26]?

    5. What do you find remarkable about Jesus’ teaching in Mark 12:25? How does it make you feel [cf. Romans 7:2-3; 1 Corinthians 7:39-40; and Colossians 3:18-19]?

    6. How does Jesus’ explanation found in Mark 12:26-27 give you hope for the future [cf. John 11:21-27; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; and 2 Timothy 1:10]?

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

    “Jesus Christ did not come into this world to make bad people good; he came into this world to make dead people live.” (Lee Strobel)
  • Jul 11, 2021God & Government – Deric Bartlett
    Jul 11, 2021
    God & Government – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'God & Government' based on Mark 12:13-17.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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








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