Jan 13, 2019
The Necessity of the New Birth-Deric Bartlett
This week Pastor Deric begins the new series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Necessity of the New Birth focussing on John 3:1-18Questions

John 3:1-18

 
ICEBREAKER: If you could have dinner with any person alive in the world today, who would that be?
1. What are some popular misconceptions and misuses of the phrase “born again” found throughout our modern culture?
2. Why do you think Nicodemus was so baffled by Jesus’ ministry [v. 2]?
3. Discuss some options for the writer’s comment that Nicodemus came to Jesus “by night”? Which option best fits with John’s overall message [v. 2]? Why?
4. What was the disconnect between Jesus’ statements and Nicodemus’ understanding [vs. 4, 9]? Is this still an issue for people today?
5. How do Ezekiel 36:25-27 and Titus 3:5 shed some light on Jesus’ comments about being “born from above”?
6. What difference does it make to you that Jesus claimed to have ascended into, and descended from, heaven [v. 13]?
7. What is your “born from above” story? Share it with others in your group.
8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
 
" As is true of man who is born naturally and receives a human nature from his parents, so man born anew receives a new nature, a new capacity for service and devotion to God.” – John F. Walvoord
 
"The Jews looked upon a serpent to be freed from serpents; and we look upon the death of Christ to be delivered from death.” – Augustine
 
"When we are born again, a new life – the life of God – is put into us by the Holy Spirit.” - F.B. Meyer
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  • Jan 13, 2019The Necessity of the New Birth-Deric Bartlett
    Jan 13, 2019
    The Necessity of the New Birth-Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric begins the new series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Necessity of the New Birth focussing on John 3:1-18Questions

    John 3:1-18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Nov 18, 2018The Unfinished Script-Deric Bartlett
    Nov 18, 2018
    The Unfinished Script-Deric Bartlett

    This week Pastor Deric concludes our series The Runaway Prophet with a sermon entitled The Unfinished Script focussing on Jonah 4:6-11.

    Questions
    Jonah 4:6-11.
     
    ICEBREAKER: If you could retake one class from high school what subject would you chose? Why?
    1. Seeing that the Lord had already decided to spare the city (v.3:10), why do you think Jonah was still watching to see what would happen?
    2. Why do you think God caused a plant to grow up over Jonah? (v.6) Why did God then take it away the next day? (v.7)
    3. What does Jonah’s speech in this passage indicate about the condition of his heart?
    4. The book of Jonah concludes abruptly with Jonah still not able to grasp the heart of God for the people of Nineveh. Why do you think Jonah was still unmoved after everything he had experienced?
    5. Find 3 other examples from the Old Testament that illustrate the consequences when someone fails to adopt the heart of God.
    6. How does Jonah serve as a warning for us today? What steps do you need to take to avoid having an uncompassionate heart?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "The will of God for your life is simply that you submit yourself to Him each day and say, "Father, your will for today is mine. Your pleasure for today is mine. Your work for today is mine. I trust you to be God. You lead me today and I will follow."" - Kay Arthur

  • Nov 11, 2018A Prophet With A Temperature! – Deric Bartlett
    Nov 11, 2018
    A Prophet With A Temperature! – Deric Bartlett

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The Runaway Prophet with a sermon entitled A Prophet With A Temperature focussing on Jonah 4:1-5.

    Questions
    Jonah 4:1-5.
     
    ICEBREAKER: What is your most favourite Bible you have ever received? What made it so special?
    1. What was the reason for Jonah’s great anger against the Ninevites? (v.1)
    2. What five qualities of God does Jonah highlight in reference to His decision not to destroy Nineveh? (v.2)
    3. Find three other scriptures in the Old Testament that use a similar description of God from verse two.
    4. What did Jonah think God should have done to the Ninevites?
    5. Where is there an example from the gospel of Luke of someone believing God should destroy a city rather than show mercy?
    6. Why do you think God caused a plant to grow up over Jonah? (v.6)
    7. In verse 4 God asked Jonah if he did well to act the way he did. What areas of your life might God be asking you a similar question?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you." - C.S. Lewis

  • Nov 4, 2018Near to the Heart Of God.
    Nov 4, 2018
    Near to the Heart Of God.

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The Runaway Prophet with a sermon entitled Near to the Heart of God focussing on Jonah 3:3-10.

    Questions
    Jonah 3:3-10.
     
    ICEBREAKER: If you had to choose one word that defined you and your life, what would it be?
    1. What is the significance of putting on sackcloth? (v.5)
    2. Why did God relent of the disaster he was planning to bring on Nineveh? (v.10)
    3. Read 2 Chronicles 7:14. Other than Nineveh, where is there another example of this principle occurring in the Old Testament?
    4. Read Matthew 28:18-20, Ephesians 2:10 and 1 Peter 2:9. How would you summarize these in one sentence to define your identity and purpose is in Christ?
    5. What do you believe God’s specific purposes are for you is in this current season of your life?
    6. What do you need to start doing to focus more on the things God has for you to do? What things might be holding you back?
    7. In what areas of your life do you tend to be judgmental or unforgiving? How does this effect your ministry to other people?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "God’s definition of what matters is pretty straightforward. He measures our lives by how we love.” – Francis Chan

  • Oct 21, 2018Second Chances
    Oct 21, 2018
    Second Chances

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The Runaway Prophet with a sermon entitled Second Chances focussing on Jonah 3:1-3.

    Questions
    Jonah 3:1-3.
     
    ICEBREAKER: Apart from God, who is your number one advisor in life and why?
    1. What was different about Jonah’s response to God’s call the second time? (v.3) What does this indicate about Jonah?
    2. Where is Nineveh located? What implications would this have had for Jonah? What does this reveal about God?
    3. Read Luke 11:37-41. In what ways do you think this relates to the heart of Jonah?
    4. Jonah was called to preach a message of repentance but was in need of repentance himself. Find one person in the New Testament who also faced this problem.
    5. List some reasons why God’s people disobey the Lord. What forms of disobedience are you most susceptible to? Why?
    6. How closely do you think your heart matches the heart of God today? What can you do to get yourself more inline with His will?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?" - David Livingstone

  • Sep 30, 2018Jonah’s Prayer
    Sep 30, 2018
    Jonah’s Prayer

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The Runaway Prophet with a sermon entitled Jonah's Prayer focussing on Jonah 2:1-10.

    Questions
    Jonah 2:1-10
     
    ICEBREAKER: What crazy activity do you dream of trying someday?
    1. What do you think was the cause of Jonah’s hope that God would deliver him from the belly of the fish? (v.4) How does this tie in with verses 7-9?
    2. Read Psalms 18:4-6, 88:1-9, 107:17-20, and 116:1-6. What similarities do you see between these Psalms and Jonah’s prayer?
    3. What is “Sheol” mentioned in verse 2? How does this illustrate how dire Jonah’s situation was according to verses 5-6?
    4. Why do you think Jonah had to go through such severe circumstances to be reconciled to God?
    5. What can you learn from God’s deliverance of Jonah out of such an extreme situation?
    6. When Jonah was suffering he “remembered the Lord” and prayed. What prayer do you need to offer to God in your own circumstances today?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "Our Lord told His disciples that love and obedience were organically united. The final test of love is obedience." - A. W. Tozer

  • Sep 23, 2018The Faith Gap
    Sep 23, 2018
    The Faith Gap

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The Runaway Prophet with a sermon entitled The Faith Gap -The Danger of Disconnection focussing on Jonah 1:9-17.

    Questions
    Jonah 1:9-17
     
    ICEBREAKER: What is one thing you really like about yourself? Why?
    1. What does Jonah’s reply in verse 12 indicate about his knowledge of his actions? How does this illustrate the way our running from God can impact others in our lives?
    2. Why did the men try to row harder even after Jonah had told them to throw him into the sea? (v.13) Why did the storm continue to get worse?
    3. What do you think Jonah was expecting to happen to him after being thrown into the sea? What insights do you have from God’s response in sending the fish?
    4. What storms have you faced in your own life that reshaped how you understood God and the world?
    5. What is it in your life right now that God has called you to do - and trust him with it - that you're running away from?
    6. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "Just as a servant knows that he must first obey his master in all things, so the surrender to an implicit and unquestionable obedience must become the essential characteristic of our lives." - Andrew Murray

  • Sep 16, 2018A Perfect Storm
    Sep 16, 2018
    A Perfect Storm

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The Runaway Prophet with a sermon entitled A Perfect Storm focussing on Jonah 1:4-10.

    Questions
    Jonah 1:4-10
     
    ICEBREAKER: Have you ever purchased something that you later came to regret? What happened?
    1. Why was the captain of the ship angry at Jonah (v.6)? What did he think Jonah should have been doing?
    2. How does Jonah’s description of God (v.9) make his attempt to flee seem foolish? How is this echoed in Psalm 139:1–12?
    3. Do you find the message of Psalm 139:1–12 comforting or intimidating? Why?
    4. Why were the men afraid when they heard Jonah’s answer (v.10)?
    5. How is the storm in Jonah 1 an act of mercy rather than judgment? How have you seen God spare no expense in his pursuit of you?
    6. When storms come our way, how can we look at them from a divine perspective? What should we ask from God in them?
    7. What should Jonah have done in order to prevent this storm in his life? What things do you need to do in order to avoid an unnecessary storm in your own life?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "The heart is the place where our life gets its direction.” ? Jim George

  • Sep 9, 2018Running From God
    Sep 9, 2018
    Running From God

    This week Pastor Deric begins our series The Runaway Prophet with a sermon entitled “Running from God” focussing on Jonah 1:1-3.

    Questions
    Jonah 1:1-3
     
    ICEBREAKER: What is your favourite memory from this summer? Why?
    1. Why didn’t Jonah want to go to Nineveh to preach a message of repentance?
    2. In verse 3 it says Jonah fled in order to go “away from the presence of the Lord”. What was the consequence of his actions? Is it really possible to run from God?
    3. Where is another example from the Old Testament of someone turning the other way from God? What was the outcome?
    4. How is the book of Jonah different from all the other books of the prophets?
    5. What do you think Jonah needed to do in order to change his heart towards the Ninevites?
    6. How are you “fleeing from the presence of the Lord” in your own life? What steps can you take to turn yourself around?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "The condition of an enlightened mind is a surrendered heart." - Alan Redpath

  • Sep 2, 2018Glory in JESUS
    Sep 2, 2018
    Glory in JESUS

    This week Pastor Deric preaches a sermon entitled “Glory in JESUS

    Questions:

    Philippians 3:7-14

    1. What was the reason Paul considered everything he lost to be rubbish? (v.8)
    2. How many  times does Paul use the phrase “press on” (ESV) in this passage? What other words does he use to describe his pursuit of Christ?
    3. What does Paul mean in v.10 when he said he wanted to “become like Christ in his death”?
    4. Read Jeremiah 29:13. What does this mean to you in your own life?
    5. Using a concordance find three verses from the Psalms that contain the word “seek”. What common theme is present in them?
    6. What practical things do you need to do in order to reach the goal of Philippians 3:14?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    “Nothing teaches us about the preciousness of the Creator as much as when we learn the emptiness of everything else.” - Charles Haddon Spurgeon