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Mar 17, 2019
Community Living Part 2-Max Oates
This week Pastor Max concludes the series Community Living with a sermon entitled Community Living - Part 2 focusing on Ephesians 4:25-32
 
Questions
Ephesians 4:25-32
ICEBREAKER: What is your earliest childhood memory?
1. Why does falsehood disrupt community? What are believers to substitute for falsehood [Ephesians 4:25], and what would this look like within our faith community?
2. How is it possible to be angry and not sin [Ephesians 4:26]? How do you reconcile this with Jesus’ actions when He cleared the temple courts [cf. John 2:13-17]? Why is this a critical lesson to learn [4:27]?
3. What do you learn from Ephesians 4:28-29 about overcoming evil behaviours and speech? How would you use this principle to counsel someone struggling with any sin?
4. How do we grieve the Holy Spirit [cf. Acts 2:3-4; 1 Thessalonians 5:19], and what does this reveal about the Spirit’s identity [Ephesians 4:30]?
5. What does this list of misbehaviours indicate about Christians [Ephesians 4:31]? How do we specifically put these things away [cf. Colossians 3:5- 11]?
6. What should characterize our church relationships [Ephesians 4:32]? Where do we need to grow as church family? What might result if our community acted like this?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

“Nothing can be more cruel than the leniency which abandons others to their sin. Nothing can be more compassionate than the severe reprimand which calls another Christian in one’s community back from the path of sin.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community)
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  • Mar 17, 2019Community Living Part 2-Max Oates
    Mar 17, 2019
    Community Living Part 2-Max Oates
    This week Pastor Max concludes the series Community Living with a sermon entitled Community Living - Part 2 focusing on Ephesians 4:25-32
     
    Questions
    Ephesians 4:25-32
    ICEBREAKER: What is your earliest childhood memory?
    1. Why does falsehood disrupt community? What are believers to substitute for falsehood [Ephesians 4:25], and what would this look like within our faith community?
    2. How is it possible to be angry and not sin [Ephesians 4:26]? How do you reconcile this with Jesus’ actions when He cleared the temple courts [cf. John 2:13-17]? Why is this a critical lesson to learn [4:27]?
    3. What do you learn from Ephesians 4:28-29 about overcoming evil behaviours and speech? How would you use this principle to counsel someone struggling with any sin?
    4. How do we grieve the Holy Spirit [cf. Acts 2:3-4; 1 Thessalonians 5:19], and what does this reveal about the Spirit’s identity [Ephesians 4:30]?
    5. What does this list of misbehaviours indicate about Christians [Ephesians 4:31]? How do we specifically put these things away [cf. Colossians 3:5- 11]?
    6. What should characterize our church relationships [Ephesians 4:32]? Where do we need to grow as church family? What might result if our community acted like this?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “Nothing can be more cruel than the leniency which abandons others to their sin. Nothing can be more compassionate than the severe reprimand which calls another Christian in one’s community back from the path of sin.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community)
  • Mar 10, 2019Community Living – Max Oates
    Mar 10, 2019
    Community Living – Max Oates
    This week Pastor Max begins the series Community Living with a sermon entitled Community Living - Part 1 focussing on 1 Peter 4: 8 -11
     
    Questions
    1 Peter 4: 8 - 11
    ICEBREAKER: If you were banished to a desert island, would you rather be stranded alone, or with your worst enemy? Why?
    1. In context, healthy church community life flows from a specific conviction [1 Peter 4:7]. What is that conviction, and how are we to conduct ourselves accordingly?
    2. Why is love such a priority for the Christian community [1 Peter 4:8a]? How have you experienced genuine Christian love within a church family?
    3. “Love covers a multitude of sins” [1 Peter 4:8b]. Does this mean sins should never be confronted? Explain the difference between covering sins and covering up sins.
    4. Is it possible to grumble while showing hospitality [1 Peter 4:9]? What does this reveal about human character? Under what circumstances could this occur?
    5. What are the privileges and responsibilities associated with being a “steward”, and how would one know if he/she was a “good” one [1 Peter 4:10]?
    6. What is the ultimate purpose in stewarding our spiritual gifts [1 Peter 4:11]? What is our role, and what is God’s role, in fostering healthy church community life?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “As the church, we are in community together trying to fulfill this Great Commission that Jesus left us with. As we gently press into each other, we form one united thing, His church. As we work together, sharing the space God gives us to do His work, we all become shaped a little different. We all become a little more like Him.” (Jennifer L. Lane)
  • Mar 3, 2019The Best Possible Outcome- Deric Bartlett
    Mar 3, 2019
    The Best Possible Outcome- Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric concludes the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Best Possible Outcome focussing on 1 Peter 1:3-9
     
    Questions
    1 Peter 1:3 - 9
    ICEBREAKER: What is your favourite place in the world? Why?
    1. What are the blessings listed in 1 Peter 1:3-5 that prompt those who have experienced the new birth to praise God?
    2. What are the qualities of God’s promised eternal inheritance listed in 1 Peter 1:4, and how do they help you each day?
    3. How does the promise of God’s protective power help you persevere through troubling times [1 Peter 1:5]?
    4. How do you make sense of the call to rejoice alongside the reality of grief due to trials [1 Peter 1:6]?
    5. What is God’s purpose in trials [1 Peter 1:7]? Does this insight change your perspective on trials? If so, how?
    6. What is the ultimate goal of the new birth [1 Peter 1:8-9]? Based on these verses, what is your response to this good news?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “How sweet is rest after fatigue! How sweet will heaven be when our journey is ended.” (George Whitefield)
  • Feb 24, 2019The New You (Part 2) – Deric Bartlett
    Feb 24, 2019
    The New You (Part 2) – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The New You (Part 2) focussing on 2 Corinthians 5: 14-21
     
    Questions
    2 Corinthians 5: 14-21
    ICEBREAKER: What has been one of the greatest adventures you have ever experienced?
    1. Why do you think love is at the core of the gospel [2 Corinthians 5:14]? What practical difference does this make?
    2. How does Paul contrast the “old you” with the “new you” in 2 Corinthians 5:15? How do you live this out in the context of our self-centred culture?
    3. In your experience of the new birth, what has passed away and what has become new for you [2 Corinthians 5:16-17]?
    4. What is involved in reconciliation [2 Corinthians 5:18-19]? Why is reconciliation important and how does it work?
    5. What is the role of an ambassador? How does this calling influence your sharing of the gospel [2 Corinthians 5:20]?
    6. How would you use the ideas presented in 2 Corinthians 5:21 to clearly communicate the good news of salvation?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “God did not wait for a change of heart on our part. He made the first move. Indeed, He did more than that. He did all that was necessary to secure our reconciliation, including our change of heart. Even though He is the One offended by our sin, He is the One who makes amends to Himself through the death of Christ.” (Jerry Bridges)
  • Feb 17, 2019The New You (Part-1) – Deric Bartlett
    Feb 17, 2019
    The New You (Part-1) – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The New You (Part 1) focussing on 2 Corinthians 5: 1-13
     
    Questions
    2 Corinthians 5: 1-13
    ICEBREAKER: What is your biggest fear about death?
    1. How does the promise of eternal life affect your present earthly life [2 Corinthians 5: 1-4]?
    2. Paul uses the term “groan” in 2 Corinthians 5:2 and 4 for our earthly existence. Do you think this is an accurate designation? Why or why not?
    3. Why is the Holy Spirit compared to a “deposit/pledge/guarantee” [2 Corinthians 5:5]? Do you find this helpful? If so, why?
    4. Do you find it a challenge to live by faith and not by sight [2 Corinthians 5:7]? Why or why not? What helps you overcome the challenge?
    5. How does the future reality of appearing before Christ’s judgment seat influence your living today [2 Corinthians 5:10]?
    6. How does the fear of the Lord motivate you to share your faith with others [2 Corinthians 5:11]?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
  • Feb 10, 2019The Bad news about the Good News-Deric Bartlett- Audio Updated
    Feb 10, 2019
    The Bad news about the Good News-Deric Bartlett- Audio Updated
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Bad News about the Good News focussing on Romans 3:9-25.
     
    Questions
    Romans 3:9-25
    ICEBREAKER: If God was about to send a thunder bolt from the sky to strike someone down, who do you think would be struck?
    1. In the chapters leading up to Romans 3:9-25, Paul refers to a first century distinction between “we” and “they” [Romans 3:9]. To whom are these terms referring? Why does this matter? What distinctions exist today?
    2. Romans 3:10-12 are quotes from Psalm 14:1-3 and Psalm 53:1-3. Observing these two psalms, who is being described? What similarities and differences do you notice between the two Psalms? How do they contribute to Paul’s point in Romans 3:9-18?
    3. Romans 3:9-18 present a view of humanity that could be perceived as pessimistic. Do you agree or disagree with Paul’s assessment of the human condition? What evidence would you provide to prove your point?
    4. Why do so many struggle with the biblical reality of humanity’s accountability before God [Romans 3:19]?
    5. Paul writes, “But now...” [Romans 3:21]. If none are righteous [Romans 3:9-18], then how can we become righteous [Romans 3:21b-22]?
    6. What is your story of “falling short” of God’s glory [Romans 3:23]? What is your story of receiving God’s grace through Christ Jesus [Romans 3:24]?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “Without a heart transformed by the grace of Christ, we just continue to manage external and internal darkness.” (Matt Chandler, The Explicit Gospel)
  • Feb 3, 2019Signs of Life-Deric Bartlett
    Feb 3, 2019
    Signs of Life-Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Sign of Life focussing on 1 John 5:1-5.
     
    Questions
    1 John 5:1-5
    ICEBREAKER: Does your first or middle name have any significance (or were you name after another family member or influential person)?
    1. What are people in the world trusting other than Jesus? How would you compare these alternatives to Him [1 John 5:1]?
    2. It is the nature of faith to always have an object. In other words, faith is always “in” someone or something. Why do Christians insist that faith in Jesus is the only way of salvation [1 John 5:1]?
    3. How do we know Jesus alone qualifies as “the Christ” [1 John 5:1]?
    4. What is the significance of Jesus being “the Christ”? What are the promises and hopes wrapped up in “the Christ” that encourage your walk with Him [1 John 5:1]?
    5. Why are love for God and obedience to His commands inseparably linked [1 John 5:2-3]?
    6. In what sense do believers in Jesus overcome/conquer the world [1 John 5:4-5]? Are you able to share how you have experienced this in your life recently?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “A transformed life is the greatest of all miracles. Every time a person is “born again” by repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ, the miracle of regeneration is performed.” (Billy Graham)
  • Jan 27, 2019The Security of the Believer-Deric Bartlett
    Jan 27, 2019
    The Security of the Believer-Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Security of the Believer focussing on John 10: 22-39.
     
    Questions
    John 10:22-39

    ICEBREAKER: If you had the power to change one problem in the world today, what would that problem be?

    1. According to John’s Gospel, what “works/deeds” [John 10:25] had Jesus done already to demonstrate He was the Christ? Trace them through the first 9 chapters of John.

    2. Why do you think Jesus uses “sheep” as a comparison for believers [John 10:27]

    3. Observing the whole context of John 10, what comfort and encouragement do you derive from the “Good Shepherd” and “sheep” imagery of Jesus

    4. How can you tell if you are a “sheep” of Jesus [John 10:27]? What are the benefits of being one of Jesus’ “sheep” [John 10:28-29]?

    5. What do you learn about Who Jesus is from His words and those of His opponents in John 10:30-33? Why did they prepare to stone Him?

    6. What has Jesus done to convince you He is the Son of God [John 10:36-38]?

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

    When a man or woman is born again by the Spirit of God, they will give evidence of it in part by striving to live a holy life. (Alistair Begg)

     
     
     
  • Jan 20, 2019The Blessing of the New Birth – Deric Bartlett
    Jan 20, 2019
    The Blessing of the New Birth – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Blessing of the New Birth focussing on Ephesians 1:3-14.
     
    Questions
    Ephesians 1:3-14
    ICEBREAKER: Tell me about a family member you are really proud of.

    1. What comes to mind when you hear the term “mediator”? Under what circumstances would you expect to need one?
    2. Why do you think Jesus is the only One qualified to act as our Mediator? [1 Timothy 2:5]?
    3. In the original language, Ephesians 1:3-14 is a single sentence.What short phrase is repeated, in one form or another, that reveals
    the source of all the listed spiritual blessings?
    4. What spiritual blessings are listed in this sentence [Ephesians 1:3-14]? Share how each impacts your thinking and living today.
    5. According to this text, how has the Father, the Son, and the HolySpirit contributed to our salvation? How does this enrich your understanding of the new birth?
    6. Who initiates and accomplishes the spiritual restoration of lost and broken people? Why does this matter?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?

     “When we are born again, a new life – the life of God – is put into us by the Holy Spirit.” - F.B. Meyer
  • Jan 13, 2019The Necessity of the New Birth-Deric Bartlett
    Jan 13, 2019
    The Necessity of the New Birth-Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric begins the new series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Necessity of the New Birth focussing on John 3:1-18Questions

    John 3:1-18

     
    ICEBREAKER: If you could have dinner with any person alive in the world today, who would that be?
    1. What are some popular misconceptions and misuses of the phrase “born again” found throughout our modern culture?
    2. Why do you think Nicodemus was so baffled by Jesus’ ministry [v. 2]?
    3. Discuss some options for the writer’s comment that Nicodemus came to Jesus “by night”? Which option best fits with John’s overall message [v. 2]? Why?
    4. What was the disconnect between Jesus’ statements and Nicodemus’ understanding [vs. 4, 9]? Is this still an issue for people today?
    5. How do Ezekiel 36:25-27 and Titus 3:5 shed some light on Jesus’ comments about being “born from above”?
    6. What difference does it make to you that Jesus claimed to have ascended into, and descended from, heaven [v. 13]?
    7. What is your “born from above” story? Share it with others in your group.
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     
    " As is true of man who is born naturally and receives a human nature from his parents, so man born anew receives a new nature, a new capacity for service and devotion to God.” – John F. Walvoord
     
    "The Jews looked upon a serpent to be freed from serpents; and we look upon the death of Christ to be delivered from death.” – Augustine
     
    "When we are born again, a new life – the life of God – is put into us by the Holy Spirit.” - F.B. Meyer
  • Jan 6, 2019Getting a Greater Grip On the Gospel of Grace – Deric Bartlett
    Jan 6, 2019
    Getting a Greater Grip On the Gospel of Grace – Deric Bartlett

    This week Pastor Deric preached a sermon entitled Getting a Greater Grip On the Gospel of Grace focussing on 2 Peter 3:18.

    Questions
    2 Peter 3:18
     
    ICEBREAKER: What are you looking forward to most in 2019?
    1. How do you define grace?
    2. How would you distinguish the difference between growing in grace and growing in knowledge? (v.18)
    3. Read 2 Corinthians 3:18. How might this tie in with Proverbs 4:18? How is it contrasted with the way of the wicked in verse 19?
    4. Find three other verses from the New Testament that talk about growing in our salvation. What ideas or themes are common to them?
    5. What is one aspect of God’s grace that you need to pray for today to help you in your walk?
    6. What is one thing (point from the sermon) you can start practicing this week to grow more in the grace of God?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "Grace is not simply leniency when we have sinned. Grace is the enabling gift of God not to sin. Grace is power, not just pardon." - John Piper

  • Dec 30, 2018The More Excellent Way-Deric Bartlett
    Dec 30, 2018
    The More Excellent Way-Deric Bartlett

    This week Pastor Deric preached a sermon entitled The more excellent way focussing on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

    Questions
    1 Corinthians 13:4-8
     
    ICEBREAKER: What day of your life would you most like to relive? Why?
    1. In 1 Cor. 12:31 Paul segues stating that he will show that the exercise of love is better than exercising spiritual gifts. Why is this so?
    2. What do you think Paul meant when he said, “love never ends”? (v.8)
    3. How do you think genuine love is produced in the life of a believer? (see 1 John 4:19) Where else is this stated in chapter 4?
    4. In 1 Cor. 13:1-3 Paul makes some very challenging statements about the value of actions without love. How does this challenge your perception of good works?
    5. Read Romans 13:8-10 and 1 Peter 4:8. In what ways are these verses complimentary?
    6. What are some practical things you can do this week to authentically love people more?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "In the New Testament, love is more of a verb than a noun. It has more to do with acting than with feeling. The call to love is not so much a call to a certain state of feeling as it is to a quality of action.” - RC Sproul

  • Dec 23, 2018The Christmas Gospel_Deric Bartlett
    Dec 23, 2018
    The Christmas Gospel_Deric Bartlett

    This week Pastor Deric concludes the series The Miracles of Christmas with a sermon entitled The Christmas Gospel focussing on Colossians 1:13-22.

    Questions
    Colossians 1:13-22 
    ICEBREAKER: If you had to go to prison for a year, what do you imagine would be the hardest part of that experience?
    1. Where else in the book of Colossians does Paul talk about the fullness of God dwelling bodily in Christ?
    2. In what ways do you think things in heaven were reconciled to God through the cross? (v.20)
    3. What is God’s purpose for us in reconciling us to himself as stated in Colossians 1:22?
    4. Find three other verses from Ephesians that talk about God’s purpose for us in salvation.
    5. Do you think there is any difference between being saved and being reconciled to God?
    6. Read Hebrews 4:14-16. In what ways should the reality of God’s incarnation as a human being influence the way you live your life today?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "The Son of God became man to enable men to become the sons of God.” - C. S. Lewis

  • Dec 9, 2018The Miracle of the Christmas Star_Deric Bartlett
    Dec 9, 2018
    The Miracle of the Christmas Star_Deric Bartlett

    This week Pastor Deric continues the series The Miracles of Christmas with a sermon entitled The Miracle of the  Christmas Star focussing on Matthew 2:1-12.

    Questions
    Matthew 2:1-12
     
    ICEBREAKER: Over the last few weeks what news event had a significant impact on you?
    1. What do you think is significant about Magi arriving from the East to worship a Jewish king? (vv.1-2)
    2. Why do you think Herod sent the Magi to Bethlehem to search for the child instead of going himself? (v.8)
    3. What do you think Joseph and Mary’s response was when they opened the door? (v.11) What rumors might have circulated around Bethlehem afterward?
    4. Read Genesis 12:1-9 and Hebrews 11:8-9. In what ways does Abraham’s journey parallel the journey of the Magi?
    5. What do you find most challenging about following the Lord when there is uncertainty about the next steps?
    6. What can you learn from the story of the Magi to help you move forward in faith?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "never have any difficulty believing in miracles, since I experienced the miracle of a change in my own heart." - Augustine

  • Dec 2, 2018The Miracle of the Virgin Birth- Deric Bartlett
    Dec 2, 2018
    The Miracle of the Virgin Birth- Deric Bartlett

    This week Pastor Deric begins a new series The Miracles of Christmas with a sermon entitled The Miracle of the  Virgin Birth focussing on Matthew 1:18-25.

    Questions
    Matthew 1:18-25.
     
    ICEBREAKER: What is the most daring thing you have ever done?
    1. What challenges would you have faced personally if you were in Joseph or Mary’s position during these events? How would you have dealt with them?
    2. Why do you think Joseph’s intended actions showed that he was a just man? (Matthew 1:19)
    3. What is your definition of a miracle?
    4. Read Exodus 14:19-22 and Matthew 12:10-13. Do you believe there is any difference between “big” and “little” miracles?
    5. Considering God’s miraculous nature and all of Jesus’ works, why do you think Jesus was so grieved by the Pharisees seeking a sign in Mark 8:11-12?
    6. What are you believing on God for today? What things are a barrier to putting your full trust in him?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "It is not the objective proof of God's existence that we want but the experience of God's presence. That is the miracle we are really after, and that is also, I think, the miracle that we really get." - Frederick Buechner

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