Feb 23, 2020
By Faith – Deric Bartlett
This week Pastor Deric continues the series 'No Turning Back' with a message called 'By Faith' From Hebrews 11.

1. The assurance of faith
2. The people of faith
3. The exploits of faith
4. The patience of faith
5. The cost of faith
6. The ancestry of faith
 
Questions:
 
ICEBREAKER: If you could start a charity, what would it be for?
 
1. How does Hebrews 11:1-3 clarify what faith is [11:1], how faith is rewarded [11:2], and how faith affects our view of life’s origins [11:3]? What difference do various views of life’s ultimate origins make on a person’s perspective on life [cf. Genesis 1:1; Romans 1:20; and Colossians 1:16-17]?
 
2. Hebrews 11:6 is a key verse in this chapter. How necessary is faith, who is the focus of our faith, and what results from faith [cf. Psalm 19:1-6; John 14:1; Acts 17:24-28]?
 
3. Examine the stories of Abel [Genesis 4:1-8], Enoch [Genesis 5:21-24], and Noah [Genesis 6:8-22]. What did each do to demonstrate his faith? What resulted from their faith that encourages us to live similarly?
 
4. Hebrews 11:8-12 recounts the faith of Abraham and Sarah [Genesis 15; 18:1-19; 21:1-8]. What was their faith based on [cf. Romans 4:13-18], how did they show their faith, and how was their faith ultimately rewarded?
 
5. The author of Hebrews observed in Hebrews 11:13-16 that the patriarchs never saw the fulfillment of God’s promise. Yet, they still looked forward and remained faithful. How does this help you persevere in your faith journey [cf. John 8:56; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Peter 2:11; and Revelation 21]?
 
6. Hebrews 11:17-19 recounts Abraham’s sacrifice of his promised son [cf. Genesis 22:1-19]. What do you learn about faith from this story [cf. James 2:21; James 5:10-11; and 1 Peter 1:6-7]? What do you learn about who God is and what He can do?
 
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
 
“Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.” (Oswald Chambers)
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  • Feb 23, 2020By Faith – Deric Bartlett
    Feb 23, 2020
    By Faith – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series 'No Turning Back' with a message called 'By Faith' From Hebrews 11.

    1. The assurance of faith
    2. The people of faith
    3. The exploits of faith
    4. The patience of faith
    5. The cost of faith
    6. The ancestry of faith
     
    Questions:
     
    ICEBREAKER: If you could start a charity, what would it be for?
     
    1. How does Hebrews 11:1-3 clarify what faith is [11:1], how faith is rewarded [11:2], and how faith affects our view of life’s origins [11:3]? What difference do various views of life’s ultimate origins make on a person’s perspective on life [cf. Genesis 1:1; Romans 1:20; and Colossians 1:16-17]?
     
    2. Hebrews 11:6 is a key verse in this chapter. How necessary is faith, who is the focus of our faith, and what results from faith [cf. Psalm 19:1-6; John 14:1; Acts 17:24-28]?
     
    3. Examine the stories of Abel [Genesis 4:1-8], Enoch [Genesis 5:21-24], and Noah [Genesis 6:8-22]. What did each do to demonstrate his faith? What resulted from their faith that encourages us to live similarly?
     
    4. Hebrews 11:8-12 recounts the faith of Abraham and Sarah [Genesis 15; 18:1-19; 21:1-8]. What was their faith based on [cf. Romans 4:13-18], how did they show their faith, and how was their faith ultimately rewarded?
     
    5. The author of Hebrews observed in Hebrews 11:13-16 that the patriarchs never saw the fulfillment of God’s promise. Yet, they still looked forward and remained faithful. How does this help you persevere in your faith journey [cf. John 8:56; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Peter 2:11; and Revelation 21]?
     
    6. Hebrews 11:17-19 recounts Abraham’s sacrifice of his promised son [cf. Genesis 22:1-19]. What do you learn about faith from this story [cf. James 2:21; James 5:10-11; and 1 Peter 1:6-7]? What do you learn about who God is and what He can do?
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.” (Oswald Chambers)
  • Feb 16, 2020Draw Near to God – Deric Bartlett
    Feb 16, 2020
    Draw Near to God – Deric Bartlett

    This week Pastor Deric continues the series 'No Turning Back' with a message called 'Draw Near to God' from Hebrews 10.

    Draw near to God through Jesus. v. 1-12

    Draw near to God by the Word of God. v. 14-18
    Draw near to Godin community.v. 24-25
    Draw near to Godin suffering.v. 32-35
    Draw near to God by faith.v. 36-38
     
    Questions:
     
    ICEBREAKER: What’s the best thing you’ve got going on in your life at the moment?
     
    1. Compare and contrast Christ’s sacrifice of Himself for us to the Old Testament sacrificial system [Hebrews 10:1-13]. Why is trusting in Jesus’ sacrifice a superior option than trusting in religious rituals? Consult also Romans 8:3-4; 1 Peter 2:24; and 1 Peter 3:18.
     
    2. What did Christ’s sacrifice accomplish for all who believe in Him [Hebrews 10:14-18]? Examine also Matthew 26:28; Luke 24:46-49; and Colossians 1:13-14.
     
    3. According to Hebrews 10:19-23, why are we now able to confidently draw near to God, and how are we to do so? Look up 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Ephesians 2:11-22; and Titus 3:4-7 for further insights.
     
    4. What are believers responsible to do for one another to help “hold fast” our confession of Christ [Hebrews 10:23-25]? How can we practice this in our church family [cf. Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 15:1-2; Colossians 3:16; and 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22]?
     
    5. The author of Hebrews warned of the fearful danger of turning away from following Christ [Hebrews 10:26-31]. What are the warning signs, and what will result for those who fall away [cf. Numbers 15:30-31; 2 Peter 2:20-22; and 1 John 2:15-17]?
     
    6. Following the warning, the writer of Hebrews offered his readers encouragement [Hebrews 10:32-39]. What evidence gave him hope that they would persevere [cf. Matthew 10:22; Luke 8:15; and James 1:12]?
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Christ is our best friend, and ere long will be our only friend. I pray God with all my heart that I may be weary of everything else but converse and communion with Him.” (John Owen)
  • Feb 10, 2020The GREATEST Reformation – Deric Bartlett
    Feb 10, 2020
    The GREATEST Reformation – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series 'No Turning Back' with a message titled 'The GREATEST Reformation' based on Hebrews 9.
     
    1. God went to great lengths to prepare the world for His reformation. v. 1-10
    2. The greatest reformation took place at the cross. v. 10-14, 22
    3. Jesus makes it possible for us to dwell in the presence of God. v. 24
    4. God’s great reformation includes the second appearing of Jesus Christ. v. 27-28
     
    Questions:
     
    ICEBREAKER: What topic could you give a 20-minute presentation on without any preparation?
     
    1. The writer of Hebrews cut short his discussion of the details of the Old Testament tabernacle [Hebrews 9:5]. As you reflect on the details listed in Hebrews 9:1-5, what was the significance of the tabernacle along with the items within it [cf. Exodus 16:32-34; Exodus 25:8-9; Exodus 26:33; Numbers 17:10; and Deuteronomy 4:13-14]?
     
    2. According to Hebrews 9:6-10, what were the limitations of the Old Testament sacrificial system [cf. 1 Samuel 15:22-23; Psalm 51:16-19; and Mark 12:32-33]? Why does the author call the end of the sacrificial system “the time of reformation” [Hebrews 9:10]?
     
    3. Hebrews 9:13-14 argues from the lesser to the greater. What did Christ accomplish once for all, according to Hebrews 9:11-14, that clearly demonstrated His superiority over the Old Testament sacrificial system [cf. Ephesians 2:13-18; 1 Peter 1:17-19; and 1 John 1:7]?
     
    4. Why does humanity require a Mediator [Hebrews 9:15], and what are the results of His efforts on our behalf [cf. Galatians 3:19-20; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 12:22-24]?
     
    5. Hebrews 9:19-22 tells us that without blood, there is no forgiveness of sins. Why is blood necessary for forgiveness [cf. Leviticus 17:10-11; Romans 3:21-26; Revelation 1:5-6]?
     
    6. What is the reason believers are “eagerly awaiting for” Jesus [Hebrews 9:28]? Consult also Acts 1:11; Philippians 3:20-21; and Titus 2:11-14 for hope to persevere without ever turning back?
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Our sins are debts that none can pay but Christ. It is not our tears, but His blood; it is not our sighs, but His sufferings, that can testify for our sins. Christ must pay all, or we are prisoners forever.” (Thomas Brooks)
  • Feb 2, 2020Written on Our Hearts – Deric Bartlett
    Feb 2, 2020
    Written on Our Hearts – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series 'No Turning Back' with a message called 'Written on Our Hearts', based on Hebrews 7-8.
     
    1. Jesus is greater than Abraham
    2. Jesus is greater than the law
    3. Jesus is the Savior of those who draw near to God through Him
    4. Jesus is the source of new life
     
    Questions:
     
    ICEBREAKER: What food do you love that a lot of people might find a little odd?
     
    1. The mysterious figure of Melchizedek first appears in Genesis 14:18-20, then in Psalm 110:4, and finally in Hebrews 5:6, 10, 6:20, and 7:1-17. What do you learn about him from these verses? How does he show the superiority of Jesus over all rivals?
     
    2. How is Jesus’ priesthood an improvement over the Levitical priesthood [Hebrews 7:18-25]? How does this give you encouragement to “draw near to God” [Hebrews 7:25]? Consider also Luke 22:31-32; John 17:6-26; and Romans 8:34.
     
    3. Why is it “fitting that we should have such a high priest” like Jesus [Hebrews 7:26]? What sets Him apart from all who preceded Him or try to follow Him? What difference does this make to you? Consult also 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 2:17; and 1 Peter 1:17-21.
     
    4. Hebrews 8:1-7 speaks of heavenly and earthly realities. Contrast the two to highlight the superiority of the heavenly realities. How does this help you prioritize “the things above” [cf. John 3:11-15; Ephesians 2:4-7; and Colossians 3:1-4]?
     
    5. Hebrews 8:7-9 quotes from Jeremiah 31:31-32, stating the old covenant was obsolete. Why was it ineffective [cf. Isaiah 1:10-20; Isaiah 29:13; Ezekiel 33:31-32; and Matthew 15:1-9]? What does this tell you about the weakness of merely performing religious rituals?
     
    6. The quote from Jeremiah 31:33-34 in Hebrews 8:10-12 promises a better covenant. What is special about this new covenant, and what are the results God is looking for [cf. Jeremiah 24:7; 2 Corinthians 3:12-18; and Galatians 3:23-29]?
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Jesus Christ carries on intercession for us in heaven; the Holy Ghost carries on intercession in us on earth; and we the saints have to carry on intercession for all men.” (Oswald Chambers)
  • Jan 26, 2020The God Who Goes the Extra Mile – Deric Bartlett
    Jan 26, 2020
    The God Who Goes the Extra Mile – Deric Bartlett

    Pastor Deric continues the series 'No Turning Back' with a message called "The God Who Goes the Extra Mile' based on Hebrews 6:13-20.

    Questions:

    ICEBREAKER: What website or app doesn’t exist, but you really wish it did?

    1. The backstory to Hebrews 6:13-15 is found in Genesis 22, and the quote is from verse 17. What was God’s promise to Abraham, and what did Abraham do that led to receiving the promise (see context)? How does Abraham’s example challenge you?

    2. We are told that Abraham obtained the promise by persevering. Why do you think perseverance is so important in all areas of life, and what are its spiritual benefits? Consider also 1 Thessalonians 5:14; James 5:7-8, 11; and 2 Peter 3:9.

    3. God guaranteed His promise to us with an oath to show the unchangeable character of His purpose [Hebrews 6:17]. What is God’s purpose, and how does it give you a sense of purpose? Consult also Acts 2:22-24; Acts 20:25-27, 32; and Ephesians 1:11-14.

    4. How does the fact that God does not lie [Hebrews 6:18] help you face the trials and temptations of this life? Reflect also on Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29; and Titus 1:2.

    5. What is the hope that is set before us that we’re to hold fast to [Hebrews 6:18]? How does this serve as a refuge for those who flee to it [cf. Acts 23:6; Acts 26:4-8; and 1 Peter 1:3-9]?

    6. Who serves as the anchor of the soul [Hebrews 6:19], and how does He secure our hope [Hebrews 6:20]? How does this truth help you in the middle of life’s storms [cf. Psalm 62:5-8; Romans 5:1-5; 1 Peter 2:4-6]?

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

    “Outside of the cross of Jesus Christ, there is no hope in this world. That cross and resurrection at the core of the Gospel is the only hope for humanity. Wherever you go, ask God for wisdom on how to get that Gospel in, even in the toughest situations of life.” (Ravi Zacharias)

  • Jan 19, 2020Breaking The Surface – Brad Lehman
    Jan 19, 2020
    Breaking The Surface – Brad Lehman
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Brad shares some tips on how to improve your prayer life titled 'Breaking the Surface' based on Acts 4:23-31.
     
    Questions:
     
    ICEBREAKER: What was your favourite vehicle that you’ve owned?
     
    1. The context for Acts 4:23-31 began in Acts 3:1. What was the backstory that instigated this prayer? What was noticeably different about the early Christians, and what caused the change [cf. Mark 5:18-19; Luke 19:7-10; John 4:28-29]?
     
    2. How did these early believers begin their prayer in Acts 4:24? Why is worshiping God – rehearsing Who He is and what He has done – such a priority in prayer? Consult also 2 Kings 19:14-19; Nehemiah 9:5b-15; and Isaiah 6:1-7.
     
    3. What do you learn about the value of the Bible as an aid to prayer from Acts 4:25-26? What are the benefits of praying Scripture [cf. Psalm 19:7-11; Matthew 6:9-13; 2 Timothy 3:14-17]?
     
    4. The prayer of these early Christians acknowledged the evil perpetrated by Jesus’ enemies [Acts 4:27]. Yet, they were confident God sovereignly superintended everything for His purposes [Acts 4:28]. How does their confidence in the Lord inspire you in your life challenges [cf. Acts 2:23-24; Romans 8:28; Ephesians 1:11-12]?
     
    5. These early Christians did not pray for deliverance from persecution but boldness in persecution [Acts 4:29]. What does this tell you about the purpose and power of prayer [cf. Acts 4:13; Philippians 1:12-14; 1Thessalonians 2:1-2]?
     
    6. Notice the order of the events in Acts 4:31 – prayer, God’s presence, empowerment, and mission. What do we learn about ministry and mission from this order [Acts 9:17-22; Acts 11:23-26; Ephesians 5:17-20]?
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “The right way to pray is to stretch out our hands and ask of One who we know has the heart of a Father.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
  • Jan 12, 2020The Elephant in the Room – Deric Bartlett
    Jan 12, 2020
    The Elephant in the Room – Deric Bartlett
    Pastor Deric continues the series 'No Turning Back' with a message titled 'The Elephant in the Room', based on Hebrews 6:4-12.
     
    Questions:
     
    ICEBREAKER: What has taken you the longest to get good or decent at?
     
    1. The little term “for” at the start of Hebrews 6:4 is significant because it looks back to Hebrews 5:11-6:3. The author addressed the need for spiritual progress, not stagnation, or worse, retreat. Why is Christian maturity so necessary to spiritual health [cf. Luke 8:14; Ephesians 4:13-15; Colossians 1:27-29]?
     
    2. Does Hebrews 6:4-5 describe a genuine believer in Jesus? Examine the use of these key terms in Hebrews: “enlightened” [10:32]; “tasted” [2:9]; “shared” [3:1,14]; and “miracles” [2:4] in your response.
     
    3. According to Hebrews 6:6, apostasy is a real danger. What are the consequences listed in this text of falling away from following Jesus [cf. Luke 8:13; 1 Timothy 1:19; 1 Timothy 4:1-3; Hebrews 3:12]?
     
    4. Hebrews 6:7-8 begins with another “for”, leading to an illustration that clarifies the author’s point in 6:4-6. How does this example from agriculture help you understand this warning [cf. Matthew 3:7-10; Matthew 7:15-20; Luke 8:13-15; John 15:6]?
     
    5. As a good pastor, following a stern warning, the author went on to encourage his readers [Hebrews 6:9-10]. What had he seen in them, according to this text, that gave him reason for optimism [cf. Colossians 1:3-8; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-4; Revelation 3:7-13]?
     
    6. The term “sluggish” [Hebrews 6:12] is the same term translated “dull” of hearing in Hebrews 5:11. What are some signs of “spiritual sluggishness” listed in Hebrews 5:11-6:3 that we should avoid? What are some remedies to keep us moving forward, particularly in Hebrews 6:11-12, as well as Romans 12:11; Hebrews 13:7; and James 1:2-4?
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
  • Jan 5, 202020/20 Vision – Deric Bartlett
    Jan 5, 2020
    20/20 Vision – Deric Bartlett
    Series: One off
    This week Pastor Deric sets our vision for the year 2020 with a message titled "20/20 Vision"

    Questions:

    ICEBREAKER: What are you planning to practice this year to make it your best year ever spiritually?

    1. The Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20 is key to understanding City Centre’s reason for existing. Who [Matthew 3:16-17] is commissioning who [Matthew 10:2]? What is the mission [Acts 1:8]? How is it to be done [Matthew 13:36-43]? What is the promise [Matthew 1:21-23] and hope [Revelation 22:1-5]?

    2. Christianity is designed to be a relationship with God, not just a religion. Spending time with God fosters that relationship. What are your daily practices that prioritize alone time with God? Consider Psalm 5:3; Psalm 42:1-2; Luke 5:16; and Acts 17:11 in your thoughts.

    3. What is the purpose of weekly corporate worship, and why is it so important? Include Psalm 95:1-7; Acts 13:1-2; and Revelation 5:6-14 in your response.

    4. Following Christ is more than a solitary pursuit. We are created for community. What are the benefits of walking with Jesus alongside others [cf. Acts 2:42-47; Colossians 3:12-17; and Hebrews 10:24-25]?

    5. Christians are saved to serve, for that was the example of our Lord [cf. Mark 10:45; Luke 22:27]. How does serving others benefit us as well as the entire body of Christ [cf. Galatians 5:13-14; Ephesians 4:11-16; and 1 Peter 4:10]?

    6. Throughout church history, the Great Commission has too often collapsed into the Great Omission. Why is mission so dear to our Heavenly Father’s heart, and what are we able to do to accomplish it together? Reflect on Romans 16:25-27; Galatians 4:4-5; and 1 John 4:9-10 for further insights.

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

    “All God’s giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on God being with them.” (Hudson Taylor

  • Dec 29, 2019The Marks of Maturity – Deric Bartlett
    Dec 29, 2019
    The Marks of Maturity – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series 'No turning Back' with a message titled 'The Marks of Maturity' from Hebrews 5:11-6:3.
     
    Questions:
     
    1. What may cause a person to “become dull of hearing” [Hebrews 5:11]? Study Isaiah 6:9-10; Ezekiel 12:2; John 8:42-44; and 2 Peter 3:16 for further insights.]
    2. According to the writer of Hebrews, every believer must mature to the point of being able to teach others [Hebrews 5:12]. What are some obstacles to overcome on the road to spiritual maturity [cf. Luke 8:14; 1 Corinthians 3:1-4; and Ephesians 4:13-14]?
    3. What is “the word of righteousness” [Hebrews 5:13], and why is it so vitally relevant to our modern world? Consider also Matthew 5:6; Romans 1:17; and 1 Peter 2:24 in your response.
    4. Why is discernment so necessary for believers to become mature [Hebrews 5:14]? How can believers become more discerning [cf. 1 Kings 3:9; Romans 12:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:21]?
    5. Hebrews 6:1-2 outlines foundational Christian teachings according to the early church. What are these teachings, and why are they so foundational? Meditate on Acts 20:21; Galatians 2:16; Colossians 2:12; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Corinthians 15:12-28; and Acts 17:30-31 for more ideas.
    6. If you were helping to establish and disciple a young believer in the Christian faith, what are the foundational teachings you would focus on? Would you follow this list in Hebrews 6:1-2? If not, what would you change, and why?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
  • Dec 22, 2019A Humble Response to Christmas – Deric Bartlett
    Dec 22, 2019
    A Humble Response to Christmas – Deric Bartlett
    Pastor Deric concludes his survey of the Advent season with a message based on Luke 1:37-38.

    Ice Breaker: What was your all-time favourite Christmas gift as a child?
    1. Mary was “greatly troubled” by the angel’s greeting in Luke 1:28-29. Putting yourself in her “sandals”, how would you have felt? Why? What was so troubling about the angel’s greeting [cf. Judges 6:12; Matthew 1:20; and Matthew 2:13]?
     
    2. Reflect on the description of Mary’s Son in Luke 1:31-33. What do you learn about Him that sets Him apart from all others? Why is worshiping Him the only legitimate response [cf. Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 1:21]?
     
    3. How do you explain the difference between Mary’s question in Luke 1:34 that receives an answer from the angel, and Zechariah’s question in Luke 1:18-20 that receives a rebuke? What do you learn about a fitting response to God’s Word [cf. Luke 1:45; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 11:6]?
     
    4. Nothing is impossible for God [Luke 1:37] makes a bold call for faith. It occurs several times in Scripture [Some examples: Genesis 18:14; Matthew 17:20; Luke 18:27]. Why is this true? How are you living this out in practical terms?
     
    5. What do you understand about Mary’s character and heart from her statement in Luke 1:38? What makes her such a marvellous model for all faithful followers of Jesus [Luke 1:46-55; Luke 2:19]?
     
    6. God’s plan for Mary’s pregnancy completely derailed her life plans and placed her in a precarious predicament. Even Joseph, her betrothed, required a divine dream to alert him to the unique situation [cf. Matthew 1:18-25]. What does this reveal about who God is and His right to direct our lives?
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “The virgin birth is posted on guard at the door of the mystery of Christmas; and none of us must think of hurrying past it. It stands on the threshold of the New Testament, blatantly supernatural, defying our rationalism, informing us that all that follows belongs to the same order as itself and that if we find it offensive there is no point in proceeding further.” (Donald Macleod, The Person of Christ)
  • Dec 15, 2019A Fitting Response to Christmas – Deric Bartlett
    Dec 15, 2019
    A Fitting Response to Christmas – Deric Bartlett
    Pastor Deric continues his survey of the responses to Advent with a message called "A Fitting Response to Christmas", focusing on Luke 2:15-20. 1. Notice the related contrasts of “by night” [Luke 2:8] and “the glory of the Lord shone” [Luke 2:9], along with “fear” [Luke 2:9] and the exercise of faith by the shepherds [Luke 2:15]. What does this imply about the relationship between darkness and light [cf. John 1:5; Acts 26:18; 1 John 2:8]? How do we apply the antidote to fear [cf. Psalm 56:11; Isaiah 12:2; John 14:1]?
    2. It must have been bewildering for Mary and Joseph to have to settle for humble lodgings [Luke 2:7]. However, the Baby in the manger was the specific sign given to the shepherds [Luke 2:12, 16]. How reassuring the shepherds’ report must have been for them, indicating they were exactly where God wanted them to be. How does this story reassure you in your difficult circumstances [cf. Genesis 50:20 Romans 8:28; Philippians 1:12-14]?
    3. Reflect on the gospel as described in Luke 2:10-14 What do you learn about it? Who is it centred on? Who is it aimed at? Who benefits? What are its effects or results? Examine for further insights Matthew 9:35-38; Romans 1:16-17; and 1 Corinthians 15:1-11.
    4. As the shining glory faded and the angelic song drifted away, the shepherds were left with a decision [Luke 2:15]. What do you learn from their response in Luke 2:15-17 that is worth imitating? Find more inspiration in Mark 3:35; Romans 1:5; James 2:14-26; and 1 John 5:1-5.
    5. In Luke 2:8-20, the angel addressed a group of shepherds. What is the value of community when it comes to exercising faith and responding in obedience to God’s Word? Consult also Acts 2:42; Acts 24:23-31; and Colossians 3:12-17.
    6. The angels communicated good news to the shepherds [Luke 2:10], who in turn shared the good news with others [Luke 2:18, 20]. What does this pattern reveal about living as an everyday missionary who shares the faith? Meditate on Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; and 2 Timothy 4:5 for more motivation.
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
  • Dec 8, 2019The Wise Response to Christmas – Deric Bartlett
    Dec 8, 2019
    The Wise Response to Christmas – Deric Bartlett
     Matthew 2:1-12
     
    1. From what you know, what were “the days of Herod the king” like politically, socially and spiritually [Matthew 2:1]? Look up Matthew 2:13-18; Matthew 27:27-31; John 11:48; and Galatians 4:4 for further insights into the brutality and brokenness of the world at Jesus’ birth. How does this compare with our world today?
     
    2. What do you learn about worship from the words and actions of the wise men throughout this story [Matthew 2:1-12]? Examine also Isaiah 6:1-7; John 4:21-24; and John 9:35-39 for additional worship inspiration.
     
    3. If you were a “spiritual heart surgeon”, what would be your diagnosis of King Herod’s heart [Matthew 2:3-8; 13-18]? What would be his prognosis if left untreated? What treatment would you prescribe? Consult also Isaiah 6:9-10; Jeremiah 17:9; Mark 7:17-23; and 2 Corinthians 4:4.
     
    4. Preoccupation and busyness fosters indifference to God’s working in our lives. The religious leaders quoted Scripture [Matthew 2:4-6; cf. Micah 5:2] but missed out on the opportunity to welcome and worship the new born King with the wise men. How do we combat indifferent attitudes? Consider also Matthew 13:22; Matthew 23:23; and Revelation 3:14-22.
     
    5. What does the quote from Micah 5:2 tell us about “he who has been born king of the Jews” [Matthew 2:6]? How does this ancient prophetic word inspire your worship of Christ today? Reflect also on Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 9:6-7; and Isaiah 11:1-10.
     
    6. The wise men brought gifts to worship the newborn King [Matthew 2:11]. Why does gift-giving often accompany worship? Notice a similar connection in Deuteronomy 16:16; 2 Samuel 24:24; and Philippians 4:15-19. What are you planning to give as an act of worship to your King this Christmas?
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Worship is an act of war against the enemy of our hearts.” (Holley Gerth)
  • Dec 1, 2019Jesus, the Perfect High Priest – Deric Bartlett
    Dec 1, 2019
    Jesus, the Perfect High Priest – Deric Bartlett
    Series: One off
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled Jesus, the Perfect High Priest focusing on Hebrews 5:1-10.
     
    Questions
    Hebrews 5:1-10
     

    Ice Breaker: Are you more productive at night or in the morning? Do you think it’s possible to change and get used to another schedule?

    1. According to Hebrews 5:1, what qualifies a person to serve as an Old Testament high priest? How does this help us understand Christ’s high priestly role, and how does it encourage you? Check also Romans 8:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; and 1 Peter 2:24-25.

    2. Hebrews 5:2-4 speak of an effective high priest’s empathy for the people he represents before God. How does Jesus measure up, and surpass, such lofty standards? Also look at Matthew 9:35-38; Luke 7:11-17; and John 11:32-35.

    3. Although the texts quoted in Hebrews 5:5-6 speak of the exalted position of God’s Anointed King [Psalm 2:7; Psalm 110:4], Jesus lived on earth as a humble servant [cf. Matthew 21:5; Luke 2:4-7; Philippians 2:3-11]. How does this portrayal of Jesus amaze and inspire you?

    4. How does Jesus’ model of a prayer life instruct and inspire your prayer life [Hebrews 5:7]? Consult also Luke 5:16; Luke 11:1-4; and Luke 22:39-46.

    5. How do you understand Hebrews 5:8? What is the relationship between a child of God and the purpose of suffering [cf. Matthew 5:10-12; Romans 5:3-5; Philippians 4:10-13; and James 1:2-4]?

    6. What is the role of obedience in Christ’s experience as well as the believer’s experience [Hebrews 5:8-9]? How does His obedience motivate your obedience [cf. Romans 1:5; Romans 2:6-8; and Romans 6:15-19]?

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

  • Nov 24, 2019Great Expectations – Max Oates
    Nov 24, 2019
    Great Expectations – Max Oates
    Series: One off
    1. Two times David writes he “waits in silence for God” in this psalm [Psalm 62:1 & 5]. What does that look like? Does it mean do nothing, or is there some activity we must engage in? Consult also Psalm 27:14; Psalm 130:5-6; and Isaiah 40:28-31.
     
    2. Why does David use the images of a rock, a refuge, and a fortress [Psalm 62:2, 6-8]? Why were these images so meaningful to him [cf. 1 Samuel 23:24-29; 1 Samuel 30:6; 2 Samuel 5:17]? How do these images help you through life’s difficulties?
     
    3. David’s experience seems to mirror today. The current climate of our culture is characterized by mean-spiritedness. Everyone seems angry and personally offended by opposing viewpoints, resulting in yelling past one another, especially in social media. Have you ever experienced Psalm 62:3-4? Is there a better way to respond [ cf. Galatians 5:15; Ephesians 4:25-32; and James 1:19-21]?
     
    4. Faith, love and hope are expressed in other words in Psalm 62:8. Why are these 3 expressions so central to believers’ lives, and how do they strengthen us in the middle of hardships? Also examine Romans 5:1-5; 1 Thessalonians 1:3 and 5:8 for more insights.
    5. Psalm 62:9 addresses our human tendency toward self-importance. In our “selfie” and “viral” age, God’s Word reminds us we are but a “breath”. How does this word picture influence your self-awareness and priorities [cf. Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 8:3-8; Psalm 144:3-4; James 4:13-14; and 1 John 3:1-3]?
    6. The Bible warns us to not set our hears on temporary material things, especially if they are unjustly gained [Psalm 62:10]. How can we keep material possessions from possessing us? Reflect also on Ecclesiastes 5:10-20; Matthew 6:19-24; and  Hebrews 13:5.
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
  • Nov 17, 2019Our Great High Priest – Deric Bartlett
    Nov 17, 2019
    Our Great High Priest – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled Our Great High Priest focusing on Hebrews 4:14-16
     
    Questions
    Hebrews 4: 14 - 16
    ICEBREAKER: What scene in a movie always gives you goosebumps every time you watch it?

    1. Why is it necessary for us to have Jesus, God’s Son, as our great high priest [Hebrews 4:14; cf. 2:17; 3:1]? What has He done for us that we could not do, and why does it matter? Consult also Matthew 26:64; John 14:1-4; John 20:17; and Titus 2:11-14.
    2. How are we to “hold fast to our confession” [Hebrews 4:14]? Look for clues in Matthew 28:9; Acts 4:1-22; Acts 5:27-33; 2 Thessalonians 2:15; Revelation 2:13; and Revelation 3:11.
    3. Why does it matter to you that Jesus, your high priest, is fully able to sympathize with your weaknesses [Hebrews 4:15]? What does this tell you about how much God loves you? See also Psalm 103:8-13; Isaiah 53:4-6; Matthew 4:2; John 4:6; John 19:28; and 2 Corinthians 5:21.
    4. Jesus faced temptation just like us, “yet without sin” [Hebrews 4:15]. How does this fact influence your perspective on temptation and your strategy to overcome it? Examine also Matthew 4:1-11; Matthew 26:36-46; and 1 Peter 2:21-25.
    5. The “throne of grace” may refer to the mercy-seat above the ark of the covenant in the Old Testament tabernacle and temple [cf. 2 Kings 19:15; 1 Chronicles 13:6; Psalm 99:1]. In any case, it points to the presence of God. Since Jesus, our high priest, has entered into God’s presence for us [Hebrew 4:14], what are we now able to do [Hebrews 4:16]? Reflect also on Isaiah 55:6-7; Matthew 7:7-11; Romans 5:1-2; and Philippians 4:6-7.
    6. Hebrews 4:16 promises God’s timely help just when needed. Why do we specifically need mercy and grace? Can you think of an instance when God came to your rescue at just the right time with just what you needed? See some biblical examples in Daniel 6:16-23; Matthew 8:23-27; and Matthew 14:28-33.
    7.What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “It seems to me that Jesus is qualified to sympathize, to understand, to provide encouragement, and to be depended on. Jesus is to be valued by his followers. Is not the incarnation of the Son of God and his corresponding trials while here not comforting to the wounded heart?...Run to Jesus with your wounded heart and encourage others to do the same; for he is exalted in his children’s weakness.” (Erik Raymond)