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Nov 21, 2021
The Church as an Encouraging Community – Deric Bartlett
This week, Pastor Deric concludes the series "We Are the Church: Christian Fellowship in a Lonely World" with a message titled "The Church as an Encouraging Community" based on Hebrews 3:13.

1. Everybody needs encouragement.
2. Encouragement is God’s strategy to increase faith.
3. The local church exists to encourage one another.
4. Encouragement reflects God’s character.
5. The Christian hope is the ultimate source of encouragement.

ICEBREAKER: What are some of the dumbest misadventures you have been on?

1. The “therefore” at the beginning of Hebrews 3:7 links this paragraph to the previous one of 3:1-6. How are Jesus and Moses compared and contrasted in 3:1-6, and what is the challenge given to us at the end of 3:6? Also consult Luke 8:15; 1 Corinthians 15:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21; and Hebrews 10:23.

2. Hebrews 3:7-11 is a quote from Psalm 95:7-11. But the phrase “as the Holy Spirit says” is not found anywhere in Psalm 95. What does this indicate about the author’s view of the authority and reliability of the Scriptures [cf. Acts 1:16; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; and 2 Peter 1:21]?

3. Twice in this text (vs. 8 & 13) the readers are warned of possessing hard hearts. From this text, what contributes to hardened hearts that we must beware [cf. Exodus 9:34-35; Deuteronomy 10:16; and Acts 19:9]?

4. What does it say about the condition of the human heart that people rebel, test, and provoke the Sovereign Lord who created them [Hebrews 3:8-10]? Also consider Exodus 17:1-4; Numbers 20:2-9; and Matthew 4:1-11.

5. According to Hebrews 3:12, what are we to watch out for? What might lead us away from the Lord [cf. Matthew 13:18-22; Mark 6:5-6; and Romans 11:19-22]?

6. In practical terms, how can we exhort one another so we are not hardened by sin’s deceitfulness [Hebrews 3:13]? What can we do to encourage each other daily to follow Christ and unfollow sin? Also examine Ephesians 4:17-24; Colossians 2:8; and 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10.

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

“Christians are like the several flowers in a garden that have each of them the dew of heaven, which, being shaken with the wind, they let fall at each other's roots, whereby they are jointly nourished, and become nourishers of each other.” (John Bunyan)
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  • Nov 21, 2021The Church as an Encouraging Community – Deric Bartlett
    Nov 21, 2021
    The Church as an Encouraging Community – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric concludes the series "We Are the Church: Christian Fellowship in a Lonely World" with a message titled "The Church as an Encouraging Community" based on Hebrews 3:13.

    1. Everybody needs encouragement.
    2. Encouragement is God’s strategy to increase faith.
    3. The local church exists to encourage one another.
    4. Encouragement reflects God’s character.
    5. The Christian hope is the ultimate source of encouragement.

    ICEBREAKER: What are some of the dumbest misadventures you have been on?

    1. The “therefore” at the beginning of Hebrews 3:7 links this paragraph to the previous one of 3:1-6. How are Jesus and Moses compared and contrasted in 3:1-6, and what is the challenge given to us at the end of 3:6? Also consult Luke 8:15; 1 Corinthians 15:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21; and Hebrews 10:23.

    2. Hebrews 3:7-11 is a quote from Psalm 95:7-11. But the phrase “as the Holy Spirit says” is not found anywhere in Psalm 95. What does this indicate about the author’s view of the authority and reliability of the Scriptures [cf. Acts 1:16; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; and 2 Peter 1:21]?

    3. Twice in this text (vs. 8 & 13) the readers are warned of possessing hard hearts. From this text, what contributes to hardened hearts that we must beware [cf. Exodus 9:34-35; Deuteronomy 10:16; and Acts 19:9]?

    4. What does it say about the condition of the human heart that people rebel, test, and provoke the Sovereign Lord who created them [Hebrews 3:8-10]? Also consider Exodus 17:1-4; Numbers 20:2-9; and Matthew 4:1-11.

    5. According to Hebrews 3:12, what are we to watch out for? What might lead us away from the Lord [cf. Matthew 13:18-22; Mark 6:5-6; and Romans 11:19-22]?

    6. In practical terms, how can we exhort one another so we are not hardened by sin’s deceitfulness [Hebrews 3:13]? What can we do to encourage each other daily to follow Christ and unfollow sin? Also examine Ephesians 4:17-24; Colossians 2:8; and 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10.

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

    “Christians are like the several flowers in a garden that have each of them the dew of heaven, which, being shaken with the wind, they let fall at each other's roots, whereby they are jointly nourished, and become nourishers of each other.” (John Bunyan)
  • Nov 14, 2021A Praying Community – Deric Bartlett
    Nov 14, 2021
    A Praying Community – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric returns to continue the series "We Are the Church: Christian Fellowship in a Lonely World" with a message titled "A Praying Community" based on James 5:13-20.

    1. Pray always (v.13)
    2. Pray in faith (v. 14-16)
    3. Pray boldly (v. 17-18)
    4. Pray redemptively (v. 19-20)

    ICEBREAKER: What is your idea of a great day?

    1. The first verb in James 5:16 is “confess” and it is in the form of a command. What are the pitfalls of disobeying this clear instruction [cf. Genesis 3:8-13; Psalm 32:3-4; and Isaiah 6:9-10]?

    2. Christians are also commanded to “pray for one another” [James 5:16]. What are the benefits of this practice [cf. 2 Corinthians 13:9-11; Philippians 4:6-7; and Hebrews 4:16]?

    3. What difference does it make that a person be “righteous” when she is praying [James 5:16]? In what sense is the term “righteous” used [cf. Psalm 66:18; Proverbs 15:29; and 1 Peter 3:7]?

    4. What do you know about Elijah that indicated he was an ordinary person [James 5:17-18; cf. 1 Kings 19:1-18]? What indicated that God did extraordinary things when Elijah prayed [James 5:17-18; cf. 1 Kings 17 & 18]?

    5. James called the Christian community to restore the wandering ones rather than ignore them or gossip about them [James 5:19-20]. How can we put this into practice at CCBC [cf. John 4:4-30; John 21:15-19; and Philemon 1:1-25]?

    6. What provides the motivation to restore erring brothers and sisters [James 5:19-20? Also consult Proverbs 10:12; Galatians 6:1-2; and 1 Peter 4:8.

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

    “Jesus Christ became Incarnate for one purpose, to make a way back to God that man might stand before Him as He was created to do, the friend and lover of God Himself.” (Oswald Chambers)
  • Nov 7, 2021We Are In This Together: The Church is a Supporting Community – Deric Bartlett
    Nov 7, 2021
    We Are In This Together: The Church is a Supporting Community – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric returns to continue the series "We Are the Church: Christian Fellowship in a Lonely World" with a message titled "We Are In This Together: The Church is a Supporting Community" based on Galatians 6:1-10.

    1. Restore one another(v. 1).
    2. Bear one another’s burdens (v. 2 – 5).
    3. Sow generously into each other’s lives (v. 6 – 10).

    ICEBREAKER: What is the silliest thing you do well?

    1. Galatians 6:1 is a key text urging believers to behave as a healing community. Who are the ones caught in a trespass? Why does it matter to commiserate with those caught in sin? Also consult 2 Samuel 12:1-14; Hebrews 12:12-13; and James 5:19-20.

    2. Who are the “spiritual” ones in Galatians 6:1 who are to do the restoring? How does the context help identify the “spiritual” ones [cf. Galatians 5:22-26; 1 Corinthians 2:14-16; and Ephesians 4:1-3]?

    3. The term “restore” in Galatians 6:1 is used in other Scripture passages to refer to mending a damaged fishing net. How does this word picture help you understand what it looks like to restore a wayward brother or sister in the Lord [cf. Matthew 4:21; 1 Corinthians 1:10; and 2 Corinthians 13:11]?

    4. How do you “keep watch on yourself” so you will not be tempted by sin [Galatians 6:1]? Also examine Matthew 26:41; Romans 15:1-6; and 1 Corinthians 10:12-13.

    5. What are some practical ways you can carry others’ burdens [Galatians 6:2]? Also consider Matthew 25:34-40; 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15; and James 1:27.

    6. The principle of “reaping and sowing” is clearly observed in life [Galatians 6:7-10]. From the context, how do you “sow to the Spirit” and not “to your own flesh” [cf. Hosea 10:12-13; Romans 12:9-13; and James 3:18]?

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

    “Our relationship with each other is the criterion the world uses to judge whether our message is truthful - Christian community is the final apologetic.” (Francis Schaeffer)
  • Oct 31, 2021Worship and Belong – Darryl Dash
    Oct 31, 2021
    Worship and Belong – Darryl Dash
    Series: One off
    Pastor Darryl Dash joins us one more time to share 'Worship and Belong' based on Psalm 122.
    Two Reasons Church Matters
    1. Church matters because of the "wow" factor 2. Church matters because it brings people together
    Three Actions
    1. Show up 2. Pray for the good of the church 3. Seek the good of the church
    ICEBREAKER: What do you want to do when you retire?
    1. Why is corporate worship vital for the Christian community [Psalm 122:1]? Also consult Deuteronomy 16:16-17; Micah 4:1-5; and Hebrews 10:24-25.
    2. Why is the presence of the Lord so desirable to you [Psalm 122:1-2]? Also consider Exodus 40:34-38; Psalm 16:11; and John 1:1-18.
    3. What is the significance of the city of Jerusalem throughout biblical history [Psalm 122:2, 3, 6]? Why does it matter [cf. 2 Samuel 5:6-9; Ezra 1:1-4; Luke 13:33-35; and Revelation 21:1-4]?
    4. According to Psalm 122:4, what is one of the key purposes of corporate worship [cf. Deuteronomy 8:10; Ezra 3:10-11; and Revelation 7:12]?
    5. The word “peace” is repeated three times in Psalm 122:6-8. Why is prayer crucial to the experience of peace [cf. Micah 5:4-5; Zechariah 9:9-10; and Romans 12:17-18]?
    6. What impact should worship make on worshipers [Psalm 122:9]? Also examine Micah 6:6-8; Galatians 6:9-10; and 2 Thessalonians 3:13.
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message? “The glory of the gospel is that when the church is absolutely different from the world, she invariably attracts it.” (Martyn Lloyd-Jones)
  • Oct 25, 2021Speak with God – Darryl Dash
    Oct 25, 2021
    Speak with God – Darryl Dash
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Darryl Dash (Liberty Grace Church) joins us again to share 'Speak with God' based on Ephesians 6:18-20.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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