Dec 5, 2022
Grace and Salvation – Deric Bartlett
This week, Pastor Deric begins the Advent series "Christmas: The Season of Grace" with a messaged titled "Grace and Salvation" from selected passages.

1.    “Where are you?"
2.    Call Him “Jesus” “Immanuel”
3.    Grace brings salvation

 ICEBREAKER: What was something courageous you personally witnessed someone do?

1. As you reflect on the fall of humanity into sin in Genesis 3:1-19, what do you learn from the process of temptation that helps you overcome it today [cf. Genesis 4:5-7; James 1:13-15; and 1 John 2:15-17]?

2. How does God respond both justly and mercifully in Genesis 3:8-24 [cf. Acts 10:42-43; Romans 5:12-21; and Romans 6:22-23]?

3. According to Matthew 1:20-21, what was the significance of Jesus’ identity, name, and mission [cf. Luke 2:11; John 1:29; and Acts 4:10-12]?

4. How can you use the meaning of the name “Immanuel” and the entire Christmas story to demonstrate that God is for us and desires to draw near to us [Matthew 1:22-23]? Also considering Psalm 34:18; Isaiah 57:15; and Isaiah 61:1-3.

5. How are believers to live considering God’s gift of grace [Titus 2:11-13]? Also consult Romans 12:1-2; Philippians 3:20-21; and 2 Timothy 1:8-10.

6. What did Jesus accomplish for us during His first coming 2000 years ago [cf. Titus 2:14]? Also examine 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Titus 3:4-7; and 1 Peter 1:18-23.

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

“The spirit of Christmas needs to be superseded by the Spirit of Christ. The spirit of Christmas is annual; the Spirit of Christ is eternal. The spirit of Christmas is sentimental; the Spirit of Christ is supernatural. The spirit of Christmas is a human product; the Spirit of Christ is a divine person. That makes all the difference in the world.” Stuart Briscoe
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  • Dec 5, 2022Grace and Salvation – Deric Bartlett
    Dec 5, 2022
    Grace and Salvation – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric begins the Advent series "Christmas: The Season of Grace" with a messaged titled "Grace and Salvation" from selected passages.

    1.    “Where are you?"
    2.    Call Him “Jesus” “Immanuel”
    3.    Grace brings salvation

     ICEBREAKER: What was something courageous you personally witnessed someone do?

    1. As you reflect on the fall of humanity into sin in Genesis 3:1-19, what do you learn from the process of temptation that helps you overcome it today [cf. Genesis 4:5-7; James 1:13-15; and 1 John 2:15-17]?

    2. How does God respond both justly and mercifully in Genesis 3:8-24 [cf. Acts 10:42-43; Romans 5:12-21; and Romans 6:22-23]?

    3. According to Matthew 1:20-21, what was the significance of Jesus’ identity, name, and mission [cf. Luke 2:11; John 1:29; and Acts 4:10-12]?

    4. How can you use the meaning of the name “Immanuel” and the entire Christmas story to demonstrate that God is for us and desires to draw near to us [Matthew 1:22-23]? Also considering Psalm 34:18; Isaiah 57:15; and Isaiah 61:1-3.

    5. How are believers to live considering God’s gift of grace [Titus 2:11-13]? Also consult Romans 12:1-2; Philippians 3:20-21; and 2 Timothy 1:8-10.

    6. What did Jesus accomplish for us during His first coming 2000 years ago [cf. Titus 2:14]? Also examine 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Titus 3:4-7; and 1 Peter 1:18-23.

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

    “The spirit of Christmas needs to be superseded by the Spirit of Christ. The spirit of Christmas is annual; the Spirit of Christ is eternal. The spirit of Christmas is sentimental; the Spirit of Christ is supernatural. The spirit of Christmas is a human product; the Spirit of Christ is a divine person. That makes all the difference in the world.” Stuart Briscoe
  • Nov 27, 2022Boast in the Lord – Deric Bartlett
    Nov 27, 2022
    Boast in the Lord – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series 'True Spirituality in a Messy World' with a message titled "Boast in the Lord" based on 1 Cor. 1:26-31.

    1. Answer the ______ (v. 26)
    2. Speak the truth to ______ (v. 27-29)

    3. Boast in the ______ (v. 30-31) 

    ICEBREAKER: Who have you met that had a strange name? What was its origin?

    1. What does the term “calling” in 1 Corinthians 1:26 indicate about salvation? What are believers called to according to the first chapter of this letter [cf. 1 Corinthians 1:1, 2, 9, and 24]?

    2. Why do you think the gospel impacts the lower levels of society more than the upper, favoured levels of society [1 Corinthians 1:26]? Also, consult Luke 12:13-21; Luke 16:19-31; and James 2:1-7 for more insights.

    3. What is it about the gospel that appears as foolishness and weakness to the unbelieving world [1 Corinthians 1:27]? Also, consider Isaiah 55:8-9; Isaiah 65:1-5; and 1 Corinthians 1:20.

    4. According to 1 Corinthians 1:28, why does God choose the low and despised in the world? How does this help you handle the scorn of others for following Christ [cf. Deuteronomy 7:6-8; Luke 7:36-50; and Luke 18:9-14]?

    5. Why does boasting have no place before God and others [1 Corinthians 1:29]? Also, examine Daniel 4:27-37; Ephesians 2:8-9; and 2 Peter 2:17-22.

    6. What are the benefits that come to believers who are “in Christ Jesus” according to 1 Corinthians 1:30? How do these truths encourage you today [cf. Romans 3:21-26; 2 Corinthians 5:21; and Philippians 3:8-11]?

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

    “Just as the cross reverses human expectations in terms of how the world will be saved, so too God chose to save the most unlikely candidates - the foolish and weak. Those who are not esteemed for their wisdom and those who lack political power are among those whom God has savingly called to himself. In verse 28 Paul strikingly emphasizes the low status of those God has chosen: they are lowly and even despised. They are ‘the nothings’ of the world.”
    Thomas R. Schreiner
  • Nov 20, 2022The Powerless Cross – Deric Bartlett
    Nov 20, 2022
    The Powerless Cross – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the new series 'True Spirituality in a Messy World' with a message titled "The Powerless Cross" based on 1 Cor. 1:17-25.

    1. The cross must be displayed ________ (v. 17)
    2. The cross must be humbly ________ (v. 18-21)
    3. The cross must be sacrificially ________ (v. 22-23)
    4. The cross must be fully ________ (v. 18, 24-25)


    ICEBREAKER: What is the worst advice you have ever received?

    1. What is it about the cross that seems foolish to many [1 Corinthians 1:18a]? What is it about the cross that reveals its power to those who are believers [1 Corinthians 1:18b]? Also consult Romans 1:16-17; 1 Corinthians 2:14; and 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12.

    2. What are some common ideas found in our contemporary world that are presented as wise but are, in fact, foolish from God’s perspective [1 Corinthians 1:19-20]? Also, examine Job 5:13; Isaiah 29:13-16; and Jeremiah 8:9.

    3. Why does preaching the Word of God appear to be foolish [1 Corinthians 1:21]? What is the result of proclaiming the gospel [cf. Luke 3:3-14; Acts 2:37-39; and Acts 16:30-31]?
    4. Why would Jews demand signs [1 Corinthians 1:22]? What was the purpose of signs [cf. Matthew 12:38-41; John 3:2; and Acts 2:22]?

    5. Why did the Greeks seek after wisdom [1 Corinthians 1:22]? How does worldly wisdom often lead people away from God [cf. Psalm 53:1-4; Acts 17:32; and Colossians 2:8]?

    6. How does the message of Christ crucified display both the power and wisdom of God [1 Corinthians 1:23-24]? Also consider Acts 4:10-12; Galatians 3:1; and 1 Peter 3:18.

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

    “Christ does not merely offer the sacrifice; he becomes the sacrifice. He is not simply one who dies with the rest of us or pleads that we be spared the death sentence. He is the one who dies in order that we be spared this death. He drinks the cup so that we should not drink it; is cursed so that we should not be cursed; is forsaken so that we should not be forsaken; is condemned so that we should not be condemned.”
    Donald MacLeod
  • Nov 13, 2022When Church Hurts – Phil Webb
    Nov 13, 2022
    When Church Hurts – Phil Webb
    Series: One off
    This week, Guest Speaker Phil Webb shares 'When Church Hurts' based on Galatians 6:1-10.

    ICEBREAKER: What does your perfect burger or sandwich have in it?

    1. Who are the “spiritual” ones mentioned in Galatians 6:1 who are responsible to restore the one caught in a transgression? How does the context, particularly Galatians 5:22-24, help provide some clarity [cf. Romans 15:1-6; 1 Corinthians 4:14-21; and 2 Corinthians 13:11]?

    2.The term “restore” in Galatians 6:1 is used elsewhere to refer to the mending of fishing nets [cf. Matthew 4:21]. How does this background help to explain how to restore an erring believer [cf. Matthew 18:15; 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15; and James 5:19-20]?

    3. How do you faithfully practice the command to “keep watch on yourself” in Galatians 6:1 [cf. 2 Corinthians 7:1; 2 Timothy 2:20-23; and 2 Peter 3:14]?

    4. Why is pride destructive [Galatians 6:3]? What can we do to prevent pride from deceiving us and disrupting our relationships [cf. Romans 12:3; 1 Corinthians 3:18-23; and 1 Peter 5:5-6]?

    5. The law of sowing and reaping cannot be bypassed [Galatians 6:7-8]. What can you do to “sow to the Spirit” instead of “sowing to the flesh” [cf. Hosea 10:12; Matthew 6:33; and Galatians 5:19-21]?

    6. According to Galatians 6:9-10, what can we do to “sow to the Spirit” to reap eternal life [cf. Romans 2:6-7; 1 Corinthians 15:58; and 2 Thessalonians 3:13]?

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

    “The Church is the Church only when it exists for others - not dominating, but helping and serving. It must tell men of every calling what it means to live for Christ, to exist for others.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Nov 6, 2022Healing a Spiritual Fracture – Deric Bartlett
    Nov 6, 2022
    Healing a Spiritual Fracture – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric introduces the new series 'True Spirituality in a Messy World' with a message titled "Healing a Spiritual Fracture" base don 1 Cor. 1:10-17.

    1. You must be _______: v. 10
    2. You must be _______: v. 11
    3. You must be _______: v. 12-14
    4. You must be _______: v. 14-16
    5. You must be _______: v. 17

    ICEBREAKER: What is your favourite way to spend time outdoors?

    1. 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 sets the stage for Paul’s rebuke of the Corinthian church’s divisiveness. What did Paul positively affirm about them in these verses, and why was this important before launching into his reprimand [cf. Romans 15:14; Philippians 1:6; and Philippians 1:27]?

    2. Why are divisions within church families so disruptive and damaging [1 Corinthians 1:10]? What contributes to church divisions [cf. 1 Corinthians 11:18-19; Galatians 5:13-15; and James 4:1-3]?

    3. Why do quarrels flare up among the people of God [1 Corinthians 1:11]? What causes them, and what can be done to quell them [cf. Romans 1:29; 1 Corinthians 3:3; and 2 Corinthians 12:20]?

    4. Why is comparison among Christians destructive [1 Corinthians 1:12]? Why are people, including believers, enamoured by “celebrities”? What can we do to guard against playing favourites [cf. 1 Corinthians 3:4-9; 1 Corinthians 12:14-26; and Galatians 2:6-10]?

    5. How do the rhetorical questions (meaning questions with an obvious answer, used for dramatic effect) of Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:13 highlight the absurdity of playing favourites within a church community [cf. Acts 4:12; Philippians 2:9-11; and 1 Timothy 2:5-6]?

    6. According to the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:17, what is the priority for the people of God? How does this help us maintain our focus and avoid divisions in our church family [cf. Romans 1:16-17; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; and Titus 3:4-11]?

    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 30, 2022True Spirituality in a Messy World – Introduction – Deric Bartlett
    Oct 30, 2022
    True Spirituality in a Messy World – Introduction – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric introduces the new series 'True Spirituality in a Messy World'. the passage read is 1 Cor. 1:1-9.

    1. Paul ________ the church at Corinth
    2. Paul ________ for the church at Corinth
    3. Paul ________ the church at Corinth
    4. Paul ________ the church at Corinth

    ICEBREAKER: What is the best day you have had recently? What happened?

    1. 1 Corinthians challenges Christians to be holy in an unholy world. The first obstacle the Apostle Paul addressed was divisions within the church [1:10-4:21]. What causes divisions [1:10-17], and what is the remedy [3:1-17]. Also consult 2 Corinthians 13:11; Ephesians 4:1-6; and Philippians 1:27.

    2. Corinth was a notoriously immoral city, and its immorality infected the church [5:1-13]. What was happening in the church, why was it unhealthy, and what was to be done about it [cf. Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3-5; and 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8]?

    3. Paul dealt with practical difficulties in the church in chapters 7-14. The first issue was marriage [7:1-40]. Our current culture belittles marriage. Why did Paul value it and what beneficial advice did he give to strengthen marital relationships [cf. Ephesians 5:21-33; Colossians 3:18-19; and 1 Peter 3:1-7]?

    4. Believers regularly face the question, “What is permissible for a Christian to do?” Paul addressed Christian liberty in 8:1-11:1. What was the issue he faced in 8:1-13, how did he combat error with the truth, and what was the guiding principle established in 8:12-13? Also consider Romans 14:1-23; 1 Corinthians 10:23-26; and 1 Corinthians 10:28-29.

    5. The evil one frequently aims his attacks at Christian worship [Chapters 11-14]. In the Corinthian church, the Lord’s Table and the practice of the spiritual gifts had become chaotic. Why would these be obvious targets, and what can be done to promote harmony [cf. 1 Corinthians 11:27-34; 12:1-7; and 14:26]?

    6. The resurrection is foundational to Christianity, so it is unsurprising when false teaching seeps into this core doctrine. Paul clarified the gospel [1 Corinthians 15:3-11], argued for the necessity of the resurrection [15:12-34], and ended with our resurrection hope [15:35-57]. How do these spiritual realities encourage you in today’s uncertain times [15:58]?

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

    “No man should desire to be happy who is not at the same time holy. He should spend his efforts in seeking to know and do the will of God, leaving to Christ the matter of how happy he should be.”
    A. W. Tozer
  • Oct 23, 2022Moving Forward with Expectant Faith – Steve Adams
    Oct 23, 2022
    Moving Forward with Expectant Faith – Steve Adams
    Series: One off
    This week, guest speaker Steve Adams shares a message titled "Moving Forward with Expectant Faith' based on 2 Timothy 1:1-12.

    ICEBREAKER: What's your favourite thing about the area/city/province you live in?

    1. What is “the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus” [2 Timothy 1:1]? What difference does this promise make in how you live each day [cf. John 1:4; John 10:10; and 1 John 2:24-25]?

    2. Where did Timothy’s faith originate [2 Timothy 1:5]? How does one’s upbringing influence the development of faith? What are you doing to pass on the faith in your family [cf. Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Acts 16:1-3; and 2 Timothy 3:14-15]?

    3. Why is it necessary to “fan into flame the gift of God” in our lives [2 Timothy 1:6]? How does a believer do this, and what is the evidence that he/she is being successful [2 Timothy 1:7]? Also, consult John 14:27; Romans 8:15; and 1 Timothy 4:14 for more insights.

    4. Why would someone “be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord” [2 Timothy 1:8]? Why does sharing in suffering for Christ play such a vital role in the believer’s life [cf. Romans 1:16-17; Romans 8:16-17; and Colossians 1:24]?

    5. 2 Timothy 1:9-10 is packed with salvation theology. According to these verses, who initiated salvation, what is the calling or purpose of salvation, what is the basis of salvation, when was it given, who achieved it for us, and what are the benefits of salvation we enjoy in Christ? Also, consider Galatians 2:15-16; Ephesians 2:4-10; and Titus 3:4-7 for more clues.

    6. What can you learn from how the Apostle Paul handled suffering that can help you persevere through the trying circumstances in your life [2 Timothy 1:11-12]? Also examine 1 Corinthians 1:8-9; 2 Timothy 4:6-8; and 1 Peter 4:12-19 for more encouragement.

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

    “In God’s eyes, the greatest heroes of faith are not those who achieve prosperity, success, and power in this life, but those who treat life as a temporary assignment and serve faithfully, expecting their promised reward in eternity.”
    Rick Warren
  • Oct 16, 2022Gathered Around the Cross – Armen Hakopian
    Oct 16, 2022
    Gathered Around the Cross – Armen Hakopian
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Armen (leader of our Arabic Ministries) shares a message titled 'Gathered Around the Cross' based on Luke 23.
    1. Pilate: __________________ 2. Herod: __________________ 3. Simon of Cyrene: __________________ 4. Daughters of Jerusalem: __________________ 5. People: __________________ 6. Rulers and Soldiers: __________________ 7. The Thief: ________________
    ICEBREAKER: What kind of art do you appreciate the most?
    1. Why did Pilate ask Jesus if He was “the King of the Jews” [Luke 23:3]? Why would another king be a problem for Rome? What difference does it make to you that Jesus is the King [cf. Daniel 7:13-14; John 18:33-38; and Revelation 19:11-16]? 2. Why was Herod “very glad” to see Jesus [Luke 23:8]? What is it about “signs” that arouse our curiosity? Why did Jesus refrain from performing a sign for Herod [cf. Matthew 16:1-4; John 2:23-25; and 1 Corinthians 1:22-24]? 3. Why do you think Luke included the forced conscription of Simon of Cyrene in his Gospel account [Luke 23:26]? What does this tell you about Jesus’ physical condition? Why is Simon even named since he appears to be such a minor footnote to the story [cf. Isaiah 52:14-53:12; Matthew 27:26; and Mark 15:21]? 4. Who was being mourned and lamented by the women in Luke 23:27? Why did Jesus correct them [Luke 23:28]? According to Jesus, what was in store for the nation due to their rejection of Him [Luke 23:29-31]? Also reflect on Isaiah 2:19-22; Hosea 10:8; and Revelation 6:15-17 for more insights. 5. What did it reveal about human nature when people – such as the rulers, the soldiers, and the by-standers – mocked and scoffed at the suffering of another [Luke 23:35-38]? What did Jesus’ words of forgiveness in Luke 23:34 reveal about His nature [cf. Psalm 130; Acts 26:14-18; Colossians 1:13-14; and 1 John 1:9]? 6. What do you hear in the words of the second crucified criminal that indicate he was ready for salvation [Luke 23:39-43]? How does he serve as a model for us today of genuine saving faith [cf. Matthew 8:5-13; Romans 3:21-26; and Ephesians 2:1-10]? 7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
    “It’s not that faith itself is saving. It’s that faith is the way you acknowledge Christ as your substitute… Faith leans on Christ and trusts that when Christ died on the cross, He was dying in your place, for you.”
    Michael Lawrence
  • Oct 9, 2022Being Thankful Everyday -Tom Le Roy
    Oct 9, 2022
    Being Thankful Everyday -Tom Le Roy
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Tom shares a special message in honour of our 42nd anniversary and Thanksgiving weekend. "Being Thankful Everyday" is based on Psalm 111.

    1. ________ About God’s Great Works
    2. ________ God’s Great Works
    3. ________ God’s Great Works
    4. The ________ of God’s Great Works
    5. ________ from God’s Great Works

    ICEBREAKER: What are you most grateful for during this Thanksgiving season?

    1. Why are wholehearted praise and thanksgiving appropriate responses of worship [Psalm 111:1]? What does wholehearted worship look like [cf. 2 Samuel 6:12-15; Isaiah 6:1-8; and John 9:35-38]?

    2. What works of the LORD have you observed that cause you to study and delight in them [Psalm 111:2]? Also, consult Psalm 19:1-6; Psalm 139:13-16; and Psalm 148:1-14 for more insights.

    3. How have you experienced the grace and mercy of the LORD in your life over the past year [Psalm 111:4]? Also, consider 2 Chronicles 30:9; Nehemiah 9:16-25; and Joel 2:12-14.

    4. During what time in Israel’s history did the LORD give them the inheritance of the nations [Psalm 111:6]? How does looking back at God’s past faithfulness help you trust Him in the future [cf. Deuteronomy 7:6-8; Joshua 21:43-45; and Acts 7:1-50]?

    5. Note some of the LORD’s attributes that are listed throughout this psalm. How is this revelation of God’s character giving you reasons for thanksgiving today [cf. Exodus 34:6-7; Psalm 103:8-18; and Micah 7:18-20]?

    6. Why is the fear of the LORD the beginning of wisdom [Psalm 111:10]? What does it look like to fear God, and how does this influence the way you live each day [cf. Job 28:28; Proverbs 1:7; and Ecclesiastes 12:13-14]?

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

    “We need to discover all over again that worship is natural to the Christian, as it was to the godly Israelites who wrote the psalms, and that the habit of celebrating the greatness and graciousness of God yields an endless flow of thankfulness, joy, and zeal.”
    J.I. Packer
  • Oct 2, 2022God’s United Nations – Deric Bartlett
    Oct 2, 2022
    God’s United Nations – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric concludes the series "Heaven: The Hope of Our Eternal Home" with a message titled 'God's united Nations' based on Revelation 7:9-17.

    I. God’s ______ on earth as it is in heaven: verses 1-3

    II. God’s ______ populate heaven: verses 4-8

    III. ______ worshipping God in heaven: verses 9-17
    1. Many ______ go to heaven: v. 9
    2. Loud ______ fill heaven: v. 10-12
    3. We ______ God in heaven: v. 13-15
    4. Jesus is our Great ______ in heaven: v. 16-17

    ICEBREAKER: What is your favourite kind of cake?

    1. How does John’s vision of an enormous, diverse, heavenly population bring you encouragement in today’s multicultural world [Revelation 7:9]? How does it challenge you to cross cultural, racial, and linguistic boundaries in mission and ministry [cf. Isaiah 2:2-4; Isaiah 56:6-7; and Matthew 8:11]?

    2. How does the “Lamb” imagery impact your understanding of salvation [Revelation 7:9-10]? Also consider Exodus 12:1-13; John 1:29; and 1 Peter 1:17-19.

    3. Who are listed in Revelation 7:9-12 as standing before the throne of God worshiping both the One seated on the throne and the Lamb? What does this teach you about the inhabitants of heaven [cf. Psalm 148:2; Revelation 4:4-11; and Revelation 5:8-14]?

    4. Who were those dressed in long white robes before the throne [Revelation 7:13-14]? What is the symbolism of the white robes, and how does their description encourage you during times of distress [cf. Hebrews 9:13-14; 1 John 1:7; and Revelation 22:14]?

    5 According to Revelation 7:9-17, what will the inhabitants of heaven be doing throughout eternity [cf. Romans 12:1; Revelation 4; and Revelation 22:3-5]?

    6. How are the promises of Revelation 7:15-17 bringing you comfort and hope in the face of your present problems [cf. Isaiah 25:6-8; Ezekiel 37:27; and Revelation 21:3-4]?

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

    “Scripture repeatedly makes clear that heaven is a realm of unsurpassed joy, unfading glory, undiminished bliss, unlimited delights, and unending pleasures. Nothing about it can possibly be boring or humdrum. It will be a perfect existence. We will have unbroken fellowship with all heaven's inhabitants. Life there will be devoid of any sorrows, cares, tear, fears, or pain.”
    John MacArthur
     
  • Sep 25, 2022Treasures in Heaven – Deric Bartlett
    Sep 25, 2022
    Treasures in Heaven – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "Heaven: The Hope of Our Eternal Home" with a message titled 'Treasures in Heaven' based on Matthew 6:19-24.

    1. Heaven disrupts our idea of _____ & ________: v. 19-20
    2. Heaven disrupts the _____ that root in our hearts; v. 21
    3. Heaven disrupts our concept of _____ & ________; v. 22-23
    4. Heaven disrupts our understanding of _____ & ________; v. 24

    ICEBREAKER: What about becoming an adult caught you completely off guard?

    1. Why did Jesus command believers to refrain from accumulating treasures on earth [Matthew 6:19]? What in your life qualifies as “treasures on earth” [cf. Matthew 19:21-24; Luke 12:32-34; and James 5:1-6]?

    2. What do you think qualifies as “treasures in heaven” [Matthew 6:20]? What can you do to accumulate eternal rewards [cf. 1 Corinthians 3:10-15; Philippians 4:1; 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20; and Hebrews 10:34]?

    3. Why did Jesus link treasures and hearts in Matthew 6:21? What is in the nature of treasure and the nature of our hearts that make them attract one another [cf. Ecclesiastes 2:1-11; 1 Timothy 6:6-10 & 17-19; and 1 John 2:15-17]?

    4. What are you doing to maintain healthy spiritual eyesight [Matthew 6:22]? Also, consult Psalm 19:7-11; Psalm 101:2-3; and John 9:39-41 for more insights.

    5. What are some practical ways to avoid spiritual darkness and to live in God’s light [Matthew 6:23]? Also, examine Ephesians 5:7-14; Philippians 2:14-16; and 1 John 1:5-7 for further clues.

    6. What is it about material wealth that tempts us to worship it rather than the One True God [Matthew 6:24]? Include Ecclesiastes 5:10-20; Luke 12:13-21; and Hebrews 13:5 in your response.

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

    “Many Christians dread the thought of leaving this world. Why? Because so many have stored up their treasures on earth, not in heaven. Each day brings us closer to death. If your treasures are on earth, that means each day brings you closer to losing your treasures.”
    Randy Alcorn
  • Sep 18, 2022God’s Blueprint for Heaven – Deric Bartlett
    Sep 18, 2022
    God’s Blueprint for Heaven – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "Heaven: The Hope of Our Eternal Home" with a message titled 'God's blueprint for Heaven' based on 2 Corinthians 5:1-10.

    1. _______ for heaven (v. 1-4)
    2. _______ for heaven (v. 2-4)
    3. _______ in the God of heaven (v. 5-8)
    4. _______ for heaven (v. 9-10)

    ICEBREAKER: What recent trend are you totally on board with?

    1. What do you learn from Paul’s confident contrast between our earthly bodies and our heavenly ones from 2 Corinthians 5:1 [cf. Daniel 12:13; Mark 14:58; and Philippians 3:20-21]?

    2. What burdens are you bearing in life that are making you “groan”? How does the assurance of immortality help you cope [2 Corinthians 5:2-4]? Also consult Romans 8:22-23; 1 Corinthians 15:51-54; and 2 Corinthians 4:7-18 for more encouragement.

    3. What role does the Holy Spirit play in your eternal hope according to 2 Corinthians 5:5? What do you think is the significance of the imagery of a “guarantee” [cf. Romans 8:15-17; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; and Ephesians 1:13-14]?

    4. How do the Apostle Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 help you find “good courage” in this life [cf. Philippians 1:20-23; Colossians 3:1-4; and Hebrews 11:13-16]?

    5. What is the aim of the Christian life, according to 2 Corinthians 5:9? How are you making this a priority [cf. Ephesians 5:10; Colossians 1:10; and 1 Thessalonians 4:1]?

    6. 2 Corinthians 5:10 has been used to instill fear and guilt to control others’ behaviour. However, in context, it is not used negatively, but positively, as an incentive. How does your future assessment before Christ motivate your current living [cf. Matthew 16:27; Romans 14:10-12; and 1 Corinthians 3:10-15]?

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

    “Death is not the end of the road; it is only a bend in the road. The road winds only through those paths through which Christ Himself has gone. This Travel Agent does not expect us to discover the trail for ourselves. Often, we say that Christ will meet us on the other side. That is true, of course, but misleading. Let us never forget that He walks with us on this side of the curtain and then guides us through the opening. We will meet Him there because we have met Him here.” Erwin Lutzer
  • Sep 11, 2022A Preview of Heaven – Deric Bartlett
    Sep 11, 2022
    A Preview of Heaven – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "Heaven: The Hope of Our Eternal Home" with a message titled 'A Preview of Heaven' based on 2 Corinthians 12:1-10.

    1. We can’t live in faith without a ______ __ ______ (v. 1-3)
    2. We can’t receive heavenly visions without ________ (v. 2ff)
    3. We can’t have a great vision without a ______ ______ (v. 5ff)
    4. We can’t carry our burdens & weaknesses without ______ (v.9)

    ICEBREAKER: Who was your favourite teacher? Why?

    1. Paul defended his apostolic ministry in 2 Corinthians by citing his weaknesses and sufferings [2 Corinthians 11:21-33]. Why do you think he used apparent negative examples rather than positive [cf. Acts 14:19; Acts 16:22-23; and 2 Corinthians 6:3-10]?

    2. Paul mentioned being “caught up to the third heaven” and “paradise” [2 Corinthians 12:2-3]. What does this tell you about life after this life [cf. Luke 23:43; John 14:1-6; and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18]?

    3. Most people boast about their strengths, abilities, and successes. What do you learn from Paul’s “boasting“ in his “weaknesses” [2 Corinthians 12:1-7a] that reveals the true heart of a servant of the Lord [cf. Psalm 51:17; James 4:6-10; and 1 Peter 5:5-7]?

    4. What was the purpose of Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” [2 Corinthians 12:7]? Where did it originate? How does this encourage you in your sufferings on behalf of Christ [cf. Job 2:4-6; Galatians 4:13-14; and 1 Thessalonians 2:17-18]?

    5. Why do our weaknesses showcase God’s grace more than our strengths [2 Corinthians 12:9]? Also, consult 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; 2 Corinthians 13:4; and Philippians 4:13.

    6. According to 2 Corinthians 12:10, how can we learn to be content while experiencing suffering? What is one possible purpose for our weaknesses [cf. Romans 5:3-5; Romans 8:31-39; and 1 Peter 4:12-13]?

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

    “Ah, I have kept Him waiting when I ought not,
    but He has waited even then.
    Always waiting - so patient with my
    foolishness, my weakness, my fear.
    Our fellowship is with God,
    and fellowship is friendship,
    and friendship means that partnership which,
    on His part, is the accommodating
    of His strength to my weakness.”
    G. Campbell Morgan
  • Sep 4, 2022Your FOREVER Home – Deric Bartlett
    Sep 4, 2022
    Your FOREVER Home – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric begins a new series "Heaver: The Hope of Our Eternal Home" with a message titled 'Your FOREVER Home' based on John 14:1-11.

    1. Heaven is the ____ ____ ____ for the believer
    2. Heaven is a ____ ____ for the believer
    3. Heaven is the final step in ____ ____ of all things
    4. Heaven is a place of ____ ____

    ICEBREAKER: What is the weirdest food you have eaten?

    1. In context, what was on the disciples’ horizon that could cause their hearts to be troubled in John 14:1? What is currently troubling you? What does this text tell you to do to follow Jesus’ command to calm your heart [cf. Psalm 42:11; Isaiah 41:10; and John 14:27]?

    2. How does Jesus’ assurance of “many rooms” in His “Father’s house” give you comfort today [John 14:2]? Also consult John 2:16-22; John 13:36; and 2 Corinthians 5:1-9 for more insights.

    3. According to John 14:2-3, what has Jesus promised to do for believers in the future? What will be the final destiny of believers [cf. John 14:28; John 17:24; and 1 Thessalonians 4:17]?

    4. Why do you think the disciples were still confused about the way to the Father [John 14:5-6]? How does Jesus’ response bring you clarity [cf. Mark 8:17-20; John 6:35; and John 10:7-9]?

    5. What was Jesus’ claim about His identity and relationship to the Father in John 14:7-9? Do you personally believe His claim [cf. John 1:18; John 6:46; and John 8:19]?

    6. What evidence did Jesus provide to reveal His unique status with the Father in John 14:10-11? How do Jesus’ words and works convince you He is the Son of God [cf. John 5:19; John 10:37-38; and John 17:8]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “God never said that the journey
    would be easy, but He did say
    that the arrival would be worthwhile.”
    Max Lucado
  • Aug 28, 2022We Believe: God and Government – Deric Bartlett
    Aug 28, 2022
    We Believe: God and Government – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series 'We Believe' with a message titled 'God and Government' from Romans 13:1-10.
    1. Human government is a divinely ordained institution; v. 1-2 2. Human government is a divinely limited institution; v. 3-5 3. Human government is a divinely impartial institution: v. 6 4. Human government is a divinely energized institution: v. 7-10
    ICEBREAKER: What is the most outdated piece of tech you still use regularly?
    1. As the Apostle Paul wrote Romans, the dreaded Nero was emperor. What was the reason Paul stated in Romans 13:1 for believers to be subject to governing authorities [cf. Daniel 2:21; Titus 3:1-2; and 1 Peter 2:13-16]?
    2. Under what circumstances might a believer choose to resist or disobey governing authorities [Romans 13:2]? Also consider Daniel 1:8-16; Daniel 3:16-18; and Acts 4:13-22.
    3. What is the God-ordained purpose of human government according to Romans 13:3-4? Also consult Proverbs 16:12-15; Proverbs 20:2; and Proverbs 24:21-22 for further insights.
    4. Why are Christians obligated to pay taxes according to Romans 13:6-7? How do texts such as Matthew 17:24-27; Matthew 22:15-22; and Luke 23:1-2 influence your answer?
    5. How can you show God’s love to those who are in government [Romans 13:8]? Also examine Daniel 4:19; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; and 1 Peter 2:17 for more ideas.
    6. Why is love the defining attribute of all followers of Jesus [Romans 13:9-10]? Look up John 13:34-35; Galatians 5:14; and James 2:8 for more reasons.
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
    “People who cannot restrain their own baser instincts, who cannot treat one another with civility, are not capable of self-government.” Chuck Colson