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)
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  • 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)
  • Nov 3, 2019Good News About REST – Deric Bartlett
    Nov 3, 2019
    Good News About REST – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled Good News About Rest focusing on Hebrews 4:1-13
     
    Questions
    Hebrews 4: 1 -13
    ICEBREAKER: What incredibly common thing have you never done?

    1. The term “rest” is central to this passage. Look up Genesis 2:2 (God’s rest after creation), Numbers 13-14 (the Promised Land rest), Psalm 95:7-11 (God’s rest still available in David’s day), and Hebrews 4:1, 10-11. Why is “rest” so important?
    2. Hearing the good news is a significant first step [Hebrews 4:2]. But faith needs to accompany it. Reread Numbers 13:25-14:10 and contrast the two opposite responses to the opportunity to enter the Promised Land. What do you notice about true faith?
    3. The future for God’s people is described as “rest” [Hebrews 4:3-11]. What do believers have to look forward to in God’s rest? Consult also Genesis 2:2-3; Exodus 20:11; Exodus 31:17; and Matthew 11:28-30.
    4. Entering into God’s rest depends on the condition of one’s heart [Hebrews 4:6-7]. A disobedient, hard heart hinders the experience of God’s rest. What specifically shows a disobedient, hard heart in this text, along with Isaiah 6:9-10; John 12:36-43; and Acts 19:8-10?
    5. The author of Hebrews referred to several Old Testament texts throughout Hebrews 3:7-4:10 before writing of the discerning power of the Word of God in Hebrews 4:12. From this text, as well as Psalm 19:7-14; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; and 1 Peter 1:22-25, what effect does God’s Word have on human hearts?
    6. Few today think seriously about having to give an account for their thoughts, attitudes and actions. But Hebrews 4:13 warns of the certainty of the day of judgment. Therefore, how should we live in light of our accountability before God? Examine 1 Chronicles 28:9; 2 Chronicles 6:30; Ecclesiastes 12:13-14; Romans 2:16; and 1 Corinthians 4:5 for further insights.
    7.What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “You have made us for Yourself, O Lord; and our heart is restless until it rests in You.” (Augustine)
  • Oct 20, 2019The Hard Heart – Deric Bartlett
    Oct 20, 2019
    The Hard Heart – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled The Hard Heart focusing on Hebrews 3:7 - 19.
     
    Questions
    Hebrews 3:7 - 19
    ICEBREAKER: When someone finds out what you do, or where you are from, what question do they always ask you?

    1. Hebrews 3:7-11 is a quote from Psalm 95:7-11 that reflects back on an incident when Israel grumbled against Moses and the Lord [cf. Numbers 17:1-7]. What prompted the complaints? Do you think they were valid? Have you ever been tempted to question the Lord during trying times?
    2. How does a person “harden” his/her “heart” [Hebrews 3:8]? What contributes to a hardened heart [cf. Exodus 17:1-7; Proverbs 28:14; Zechariah 7:12; Matthew 13:15; Romans 2:5]? What can be done to remedy this condition?
    3. Going astray in one’s heart is related in Hebrews 3:10 to not knowing the Lord’s “ways”. What are the Lord’s “ways”? Consult also Deuteronomy 8:5-10; Psalm 138 (especially verse 5); and Revelation 15:1-4.
    4. We are commanded to beware of an unbelieving heart [Hebrews 3:12]. Part of that defensive strategy is to enlist the help of other believers [Hebrews 3:13]. What should we include in our exhortations to one another from this text, as well as Acts 14:22; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; and Hebrews 10:24-25?
    5. What is “our original confidence” that we are to hold firm to the end [Hebrews 3:14]? Examine Luke 8:15; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; and Hebrews 10:19-23 for more clarity.
    6. Hebrews 3:16-18 poses a series of questions to highlight the hard hearts and unbelief [Hebrews 3:15, 19] of the Exodus generation of Israel. Using the terms found in these verses, what do we need to watch out for so that our hearts remain “soft” to God’s voice? Include Deuteronomy 9:18; 1 Samuel 15:22-23; Psalm 106:6-43; and Ephesians 5:3-13 in your response.
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Better a shattered heart than a hardened heart.” (Woodrow Kroll)
  • Oct 13, 2019Faithful – Deric Bartlett
    Oct 13, 2019
    Faithful – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled Faithful focusing on Hebrews 3:1 - 6.
     
    Questions
    Hebrews 3:1 - 6
    ICEBREAKER: What are you most thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day weekend?

    1. What is the “heavenly calling” we share in together in Hebrews 3:1? Consult Philippians 3:14; 2 Thessalonians 2:14; 2 Timothy 1:9; and 1 Peter 5:1, 10 for further insights. How does this hope encourage you today?
    2. We are commanded to “consider Jesus” in Hebrews 3:1. List the various titles and descriptions of our Saviour in Hebrews 3:1-6 and reflect on their significance in God’s plan of salvation, as well as the impact on your personal life.
    3. The term “faithful” and related phrases appear in Hebrews 3:1-6 at least 4-5 times, indicating, through repetition, a central theme of the text. Who are the ones called “faithful”, how do they demonstrate faithfulness, and what difference do their examples make? Also consider Numbers 12:1-8 (Moses); Psalm 100 (God); and Colossians 1:7 (church servant).
    4. Moses is a towering figure in the Old Testament Scriptures. In Hebrews 3:1-6, Moses and Jesus are compared and contrasted. According to this passage, in what ways are they similar? And in what ways is Jesus superior? Why do you think this matters?
    5. Hebrews 3:4 declares an absolute truth: God is the builder of all things. This impacts the household of faith that is being built in this text. But it also affects all of life. How does your understanding of God as Creator influence your worship and walk each day? Examine Genesis 1; Psalm 19:1-6; and Romans 1:18-25 to go deeper.
    6. Hebrews 3:6 contains the condition that if we are of God’s household of faith, we must hold fast our confidence and hope in Christ. How do you understand this “if” phrase, and how do you “hold fast” in practical ways? Use Matthew 10:22; Matthew 13:3-8, 18-23; Philippians 2:12-13; and Colossians 1:21-23 to gain further clarity.
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Everything about God is great, vast, incomparable. He never forgets, never fails, never falters, never forfeits His word. To every declaration of promise or prophecy the Lord has exactly adhered, every engagement of covenant or threatening He will make good.” (A.W. Pink)
  • Sep 29, 2019Merciful and Faithful – Deric Bartlett
    Sep 29, 2019
    Merciful and Faithful – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled Merciful and Faithful focusing on Hebrews 2: 14 - 18.
     
    Questions
    Hebrews 2: 14 - 18.
    ICEBREAKER: What were some games you played as a child?
    1. Hebrews 2:14 asserts that Jesus, the Pioneer of our salvation, shared in our humanity, becoming flesh and blood like us. Why is the full humanity of Jesus an essential part of God’s plan of salvation? Consult Matthew 8:23-24; Luke 4:1-2; John 1:14; John 4:5-6; and John 11:35 for further insights.
    2. According to Hebrews 2:14-15, what are the results of Jesus’ death, and why are these accomplishments so significant? Compare Romans 8:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:54-57; Colossians 1:13-15; and 2 Timothy 1:10 as well.
    3. Why do you think death is fearful and enslaving? How do texts such as Hebrews 2:15, as well as Psalm 23:4; Isaiah 25:6-9; Luke 20:34-36; 1 Corinthians 15:26; and Revelation 21:4 give you a different perspective that is full of hope and encouragement?
    4. Who are “the offspring of Abraham” [Hebrews 2:16]? Examine Genesis 15:6; Isaiah 41:8; Luke 19:8-10; Romans 4:16-22, and Galatians 3:6-9 for clarification.
    5. What role does a high priest play [Hebrews 2:17], and why do you think it is helpful to know Jesus is merciful and faithful? Consider such texts as Hebrews 4:15-16; Hebrews 5:1-6; Hebrews 8:1-3; 1 John 2:1-2; and 1 John 4:10 in your response.
    6. Do you find it helpful to know Jesus suffered and was tempted just as we are? Why or why not? Look up Matthew 4:1-11; 2 Timothy 4:16-18; James 1:2-4, 12; and 2 Peter 2:9 for more input.
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is...We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means...” (C.S. Lewis)
  • Sep 22, 2019A Focused Faith – Deric Bartlett
    Sep 22, 2019
    A Focused Faith – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled A Focused Faith focusing on Hebrews 2: 1-13
     
    Questions
    Hebrews 2:1-13.
    ICEBREAKER: Who has been the greatest influence on your Christian life, and why?
    1. Believers are urged to pay closer attention to what we have heard [Hebrews 2:1] so we won’t drift away from following Christ. In context, what specifically are the things “we have heard”? Also consult 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-20; and 1 Timothy 2:5-6.
    2. The author of Hebrews warns that believers can “neglect such a great salvation” by ignoring it or treating it with disregard [Hebrews 2:3]. How do we prevent this from happening according to this text, as well as Acts 4:8-12; Acts 28:23-28; Romans 13:11-14; Philippians 2:12-13; and Titus 2:11-14?
    3. Hebrews 2:6-8 (a quote from Psalm 8:4-6) reflects on the God-given exalted dignity and privileged position over creation of every member of the human race. Do you see yourself as God sees you? Why or why not? Do you see others as God sees them? Compare such texts as Genesis 1:26-28; Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; James 3:8-10; and 1 John 3:1-3.
    4. The entire earthly life and ministry of Jesus is succinctly summarized in Hebrews 2:9. By way of contrast, He accomplished what fallen humanity could not [Hebrews 2:6-8]. What has Jesus achieved for us, and why does it matter? Examine John 3:16; Romans 3:21-26; Ephesians 2:13- 22; and 2 Timothy 1:8-10 as well.
    5. The believer can look forward to future glory [Hebrews 2:10]. However, the road to glory passes through sufferings, just as our Saviour experienced. How does this text, along with Romans 8:16-17; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; Philippians 1:27-31; and Colossians 1:21-24, strengthen you for the challenges of the Christian life?
    6. Jesus is not ashamed to call believers His sisters and brothers [Hebrews 2:11-13]. How does this make you feel, and how does it influence your living? Include Luke 8:19-21; Romans 8:28-30; and Jude 1:1-2 in your discussion.
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “People don’t drift toward holiness; they drift toward compromise and call it tolerance, and drift toward disobedience and call it freedom.” (D. A. Carson)
  • Sep 15, 2019The Greatest Claims in History – Deric Bartlett
    Sep 15, 2019
    The Greatest Claims in History – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled The Greatest Claims in History focusing on Hebrews 1:1-14.
     
    Questions
    Hebrews 1:1-14.
    ICEBREAKER: If you could add two commandments to the existing ten, what would they be?
    1. The author of Hebrews emphasizes that God had spoken to us – in the past through the prophets, and in the present in His Son [Hebrews 1:1-2]. What does this tell us about God and the authority of His word? Consider Exodus 20:1-20, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, and 2 Peter 1:19-21 as well.
    2. Hebrews 1:1-4 contains one of the most exalted and comprehensive descriptions of Jesus found in all of Scripture. What does this text affirm about Jesus’ identity and activity, and how do each of these descriptions impact your spiritual walk with Him?
    3. Many false ideas about angels exist today. What do the following texts assert about them: Matthew 13:41-42; Matthew 22:30; Matthew 25:31; Luke 16:22; Luke 20:30; Acts 27:23-25; Acts 10:3, 22; Colossians 1:16; and Hebrews 2:7?
    4. Throughout Hebrews 1, Jesus is referred to as the Son [Hebrews 1:2, 3, 5, 8]. From this chapter, what is the significance of this title for Jesus, and why does it matter?
    5. How does Hebrews 5:8 affirm the deity of Jesus? Examine also Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 1:23; John 10:30; and Titus 2:13 for more Scriptural support. Why is this important?
    6. In Hebrews 1:14, angels are called “ministering spirits” sent to serve believers. Do you find this concerning, confusing, or comforting? How do such passages as 2 Kings 6:15-17; Isaiah 6:6-7; Psalm 34:7, Acts 1:11 and Matthew 28:1-7 encourage you?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “The ultimate key to joining together in radical obedience to Christ is found in fostering a humble view of ourselves and a high view of God in the church. [Let us] give ourselves in total abandonment for His great purpose in the world: the declaration of His gospel and the demonstration of His glory to all the peoples of the earth.” (David Platt)
  • Sep 8, 2019No Turning Back Introduction – Deric Bartlett
    Sep 8, 2019
    No Turning Back Introduction – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric begins the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled Introduction to Studies in the Book of Hebrews focusing on Hebrews 12:1-3.
     
    Questions
    Hebrews 12:1-3
    ICEBREAKER: Describe an embarrassing incident that happened in elementary school.
    1. Hebrews 1:1 - 4 contains at least 7 descriptions of Jesus, God’s Son, showing the reasons He is God’s supreme revelation. How many can you identify from this text, and what difference does each make in your daily walk with the Lord?
    2. “To drift” implies a gradual change over time [Hebrews 2:1]. Apparently, this was, and still is, a very real danger for believers. Based on this text, what can we do to prevent drifting away? Also consult Deuteronomy 4:9-10, Proverbs 4:23, Acts 20:28 - 31, and Romans 16:17 - 18 for more strategies.
    3. How do you, as one of God’s holy people who shares in a heavenly calling, practice the discipline of “consider(ing) Jesus” [Hebrews 3:1]? Examine Philippians 2:5 - 11, Colossians 1:13 - 20, Hebrews 4:14 - 16, and 1 Peter 2:21 - 23 for further insights.
    4. The struggle to not fall away, to not be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness, and to not rebel against God’s voice [Hebrews 3:12 - 15] requires the help of God’s people to exhort us each day [Hebrews 3:13]. What does this exhortation include according to this text, as well as Acts 14:19 - 23; Colossians 3:12 - 17, and Revelation 3:14 - 22?
    5. Believers are commanded to “hold fast to our confession” [Hebrews 4:14]. This does not refer to confessing our sins, but to publicly proclaiming our allegiance to Christ. How do we best do this according to this text, as well as 1 Timothy 6:12, Hebrews 3:1, and Hebrews 10:19 - 25?
    6. How does Jesus’ example in Hebrews 12:1 - 3 motivate you to run the Christian race with endurance? Look closely at 1 Corinthians 9:24 - 27, 1 Timothy 4:6 - 8, and James 5:7 - 11 for other inspiring examples of endurance.
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “To endure the cross is not tragedy; it is the suffering which is the fruit of an exclusive allegiance to Jesus Christ.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
  • Aug 18, 2019Delivered From All My Fears – Deric Bartlett
    Aug 18, 2019
    Delivered From All My Fears – Deric Bartlett
    Series: Restored
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series Restored-The Pathway to a Healthy Soul with a sermon titled Delivered From All My Fears focusing on Psalms 34:1-10
     
    Questions
    Psalms 34:1-10
    ICEBREAKER: Do you have any phobias?
    1. The most often repeated command in the Bible is, “Do not fear!” [Examples: Exodus 20:20; Joshua 8:1; Luke 1:30; Revelation 2:10]. To overcome your fears, you must be able to identify them and admit them. What are your most debilitating fears? How are they hindering your walk with the Lord as well as your relationships with others?
    2. Examine Numbers 13:17-14:10. How did the Israelites’ fear of the people of Canaan affect their choices and actions [Numbers 14:9-10]? Notice the correlation of fear and rebellion against God’s clearly revealed will. What conclusions do you draw from this story?
    3. In Isaiah 7, King Ahaz and his people feared invading armies [Isaiah 7:1-2]. The prophet Isaiah challenged him to trust in the Lord’s deliverance [7:3-9], and even offered a sign to confirm the prophecy [7:10-11]. Ahaz refused the sign under the pretense of piety, but he was covering up his unbelief. God gave him the sign anyway – the birth of a child named Immanuel (“God with us”) [7:13-14]. How does the promise of God’s presence address your fears? What is the best strategy to face your fears based on this text?
    4. Psalm 139:23-24 is King David’s sincere prayer for God’s examination of his heart and innermost thoughts. He requested God’s light to expose his darkness. Note the relationship between his anxious thoughts and grievous ways. What does this show you about the detrimental effects of your fears? How does this insight help you combat your fears?
    5. Near the end of Jesus’ time with His disciples, He told them he was going to leave them [John 13:36; 14:28]. Obviously, they found this news distressing [14:1]. To counter their anxieties, Jesus offered them His peace [14:27]. What is distinctive about His peace, and Who brings it to us [14:26]?
    6. Philippians 4:4-7 provides God’s strategy for dealing with believers’ fearful anxieties. Meditate on these verses and come up with a list of definite steps you can take to experience His promised peace.
    7.What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Faith, which is trust, and fear are opposite poles. If a man has the one, he can scarcely have the other in vigorous operation. He that has his trust set upon God does not need to dread anything except the weakening or the paralyzing of that trust.” (Alexander MacLaren)
  • Aug 11, 2019Healing for the Heart – Deric Bartlett
    Aug 11, 2019
    Healing for the Heart – Deric Bartlett
    Series: Restored
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series Restored-The Pathway to a Healthy Soul with a sermon titled Healing for the Heart focusing on Proverbs 14:30.
     
    Questions
    Proverbs 14:30
    ICEBREAKER: Have you ever had a physical wound that took you a period of time to recover from? What was it, and what was the recovery process like?
    1. For Christians, the center-point of our faith is what Jesus accomplished on the cross. What initially comes to your mind when you think of the cross, and why Jesus died for us?
    2. Think about a diamond. It has many sides, called facets, and these all make up the shape of the stone. Keep this illustration in mind as you reflect on the cross. What different pictures—or facets—do we see from Scripture about the cross, and about what Jesus accomplished there? Look up the following passages, note down observations, then discuss your findings together (see Colossians 2:13-15; Acts 2:23; Mark 2:17; 10:45; John 1:29; Romans 3:23-25; Galatians 3:13-14; Ephesians 2:11-16; 5:25-27; Titus 3:3-7; Hebrews 2:14-18; 1 Peter 2:24-25; Isaiah 53:5).
    3. When we have grasped the message of the cross and how we can have forgiveness through Jesus and security for the afterlife, we can often stop there. But Scripture’s multi-faceted picture of the cross tells us there is so much more to why Jesus died for us. Forgiveness is offered to us because God wants us to have a restored relationship with Him. In that way, it is the foundation of our relationship, but only the beginning of the relationship God wants with us. Reflect on what the Scripture says about God’s intention for us to be reconciled with Him (see John 14:27; 15:9-11; Psalm 16:11; Romans 5:3-5; Revelation 19:6-9).
    4. The wounds and hurts we carry with us in life often prevent us from experiencing the joy and peace in our hearts that God wants us to enjoy in relationship with Him. How could unhealed wounds affect people, or you personally? And why do you think it is important that we find healing for our past wounds?
    5. In his Soul Care book, Rob Reimer says: “Sadly, sometimes these hurts [from our past] are protected behind a fortress of defense mechanisms that keep us from accessing them. The fortress is not a healing refuge. The walls must come down, and we must let Jesus into our painful places, for He alone is the Healer” (p.150). What “defense mechanisms” have you seen in people (or in yourself personally) that keep us from processing our hurts with God?
    6. What can each of us do to curb our habits of avoiding facing our pain, and carve out more space and time to process them with the Lord?
    7. What did you find challenging or helpful about this Sunday’s message?
     
     
  • Aug 4, 2019Your Ancestry Sin – Deric Bartlett
    Aug 4, 2019
    Your Ancestry Sin – Deric Bartlett
    Series: Restored
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series Restored-The Pathway to a Healthy Soul with a sermon titled Your Ancestry Sin focusing on Ephesians 5:31-32.
     
    Questions
    Ephesians 5:31-32
    ICEBREAKER: Have you ever accomplished something in your life that others (or even you!) thought you would never be able to do? What was it? How were you able to succeed when the odds were against you? How did you feel when it was over?
    1. Abraham’s story has about as good a beginning as one could imagine! Blessings and a covenant promise from God Himself! In time, things begin to deteriorate, and sin patterns emerge. Read these short chapters, Genesis 12-17. Can you identify the sin patterns and possible causes for these patterns to gain a strong foothold in this family?
    2. David is as well known for his personal failures as he is for his successes. Read 2 Samuel 12:1-23. How is it that David is able to change his sin patterns? Read 1 Chronicles 21:1-27. After disobeying God again, how does David react to his sin? How does God respond and what is the result?
    3. Jacob’s love for his son Joseph actually ends up hurting Joseph. How far back can you trace this pattern of favouritism in Joseph’s family? (ex. read Genesis 25:19 – 37:36)
    4. Joseph is remembered as a success and as a victim. How is Joseph able to rise up and avoid a ‘victim mentality’ even though he was clearly hurt by others? (read Genesis 39-41)
    5. Looking back at your family history, what sin patterns can you identify? How have you seen these patterns influence your family? What have you learned from Scripture that you can now apply to your own situation and family life ?
    6. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “When kingdom culture clashes with my American culture or my family-of- origin culture, I must choose Kingdom culture.” – Dr. Rob Reimer
  • Jul 21, 2019Confessing Christians – Deric Bartlett
    Jul 21, 2019
    Confessing Christians – Deric Bartlett
    Series: Restored
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series Restored-The Pathway to a Healthy Soul with a sermon titled Confessing Christians focusing on 1 John 1 :1- 10.
     
    Questions
    Galatians 1 John 1: 1 - 10
    ICEBREAKER: Did you ever run away from home?
    1. How important is it to you that the gospel writers, including the apostle John, were actual eye-witnesses of Jesus’ earthly life [1 John 1:1-2]? What difference does this make in your faith [cf. Luke 24:45-48; Acts 10:34-43; 2 Peter 1:16]?
    2. In today’s world, everyone thinks morality is determined by what they feel is right or wrong for them. How does the Word of God counter this dangerous falsehood with the necessity of repentance [cf. Matthew 3:7-12; Luke 5:31-32; 2 Timothy 2:24- 26]?
    3. How does the assertion that “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” [1 John 1:5] affect your understanding of God’s character and mission? Consider other texts such as John 3:19-21, John 8:12, and John 9:5 in your response.
    4. In the book, Soul Care, the author writes, “A soul in alignment is a soul without secrets. We cannot walk free if we will not repent from sin and bring it into the light with God and others” [p. 78]. What are the negative consequences of remaining in the dark [1 John 1:6]? What are the positives of walking in God’s light [1 John 1:7]?
    5. The doomed attempt to appear perfect or faultless is an unhealthy, debilitating burden to bear. According to 1 John 1: 8 and 10, what results from such false appearances? What does this reveal about the power of unchecked, unconfessed sin [cf. Genesis 4:6-7; Isaiah 53:6; James 3:2]?
    6. What are the liberating effects of humbly and authentically taking full ownership for our part in our sin [1 John 1:9]? Reflect on Psalm 32, Psalm 139:23-24, Acts 13:37-39, and Acts 28:18 for further insights.
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Few things accelerate the peace process as much as humbly admitting our own wrongdoing and asking forgiveness.” (Lee Strobel)
  • Jul 14, 2019Let’s Talk About You – Deric Bartlett
    Jul 14, 2019
    Let’s Talk About You – Deric Bartlett
    Series: Restored
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series Restored-The Pathway to a Healthy Soul with a sermon titled Let's Talk About You! focusing on Galatians 2:20
     
    Questions
    Galatians 2:20
    ICEBREAKER: Are you known more as a person who follows all the “rules” or someone who paints outside the lines? How has this been a help or a hindrance to you in the past?
    1. Consider the context of today’s text: Galatians 2:15-19. Compare with Matthew 5:17-19, Philippians 3:9 and Romans 8:1-8. What do you learn about the Law from these passages? How does the Law relate to the life of a Christian today? What other passages of Scripture would you use to support your ideas?
    2. Examine Colossians 2:20, 3:3, 2 Timothy 2:11 and Romans 6:3-14 with today’s text. What does it mean to be “crucified with Christ”?
    3. Read Romans 1:1, James 1:1, 2 Peter 1:1 and Jude 1:1. What do these verses suggest to you about the way the disciples viewed their identity?
    4. Reflect on Galatians 2:20 from the perspective of 1 Corinthians 11:1 and 1 Peter 2:21. How do these passages impact the way you respond to events in your day-to-day life?
    5. How is the person others perceive you to be different than the person you really are? What other passages of Scripture do you turn to when you experience doubt or confusion about your own identity?
    6. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Jesus came to announce to us that an identity based on success, popularity and power is a false identity- an illusion! Loudly and clearly he says: ‘You are not what the world makes you; but you are children of God.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Here and Now: Living in the Spirit
  • Jul 7, 2019Restored – Deric Bartlett
    Jul 7, 2019
    Restored – Deric Bartlett
    Series: Restored
    This week Pastor Deric begins the series Restored-The Pathway to a Healthy Soul with a sermon titled Restored focusing on Psalm 23.
     
    Questions
    Psalm 23
    ICEBREAKER: If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be? Why?
    1. According to Psalm 23:1-4, along with 1 Samuel 17:34-35, Psalm 28:9, Isaiah 40:11, and John 10:1-16, what are the roles and functions of an effective shepherd?
    2. Psalm 23 is full of first-person personal pronouns (“me”, “I”), indicating it has an intensely personal message. Insert your personal name whenever one of these personal pronouns appears and read it out loud. How does this make you feel as you reflect on God’s personal interest and care for you?
    3. Our culture seems bent on living the fast-paced, frenzied, and frazzled lifestyle. Psalm 23:1-3 counters with a message of rest, restoration and refreshment. How are you choosing each day to resist the rush of the world and to rest in your relationship with the Lord? Consider Jeremiah 6:16, Matthew 11:28-30, and Luke 10:38-42 for further insights.
    4. Why do our souls require restoring by our Great Shepherd [Psalm 23:3]? Consult Jeremiah 17:9-10, Matthew 15:18-20, Romans 3:23-24, and Galatians 5:16-24 for deeper understanding.
    5. Life inevitably leads through valleys of deep darkness where danger, despair and doubt lurk [Psalm 23:4]. How does the promise of God’s presence comfort and encourage you from this text, as well as Exodus 33:12-17, Deuteronomy 31:6, Isaiah 43:1-3, Psalm 46:1-3, and Psalm 121?
    6. Psalm 23:1-4 depicts a shepherd with a sheep. In Psalm 23:5-6, the picture shifts to a royal banquet. How does the portrayal that you are an invited and honoured guest of God inspire you to live in close relationship with Him? Examine Psalm 27:4-6, 2 Corinthians 5:1-10, and Revelation 19:5-9 for deeper appreciation.
    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)
  • Jun 16, 2019Heavenly Help for the Home – Deric Bartlett
    Jun 16, 2019
    Heavenly Help for the Home – Deric Bartlett
    Series: COMMITTED
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series Committed with a sermon titled Heavenly Help for the Home focusing on biblical parenting principles.
     
    Questions
    ICEBREAKER: Describe something unique (life lesson, favourite saying, life hack, dream, ability, etc.) that you learned from your father.
    1. We believe that God’s Word is His revelation of Himself and His ways to us. Therefore, it does not originate in people’s minds but God’s [Deuteronomy 6:1-2]. How does this affect your attitude toward the Word of God and its authority to speak into every aspect of your life, including your family?
    2. How would you implement the commands of Deuteronomy 6:6-9 in your household? What do you do formally to instruct our family in God’s ways? What informal opportunities do you look for to bring God’s Word into your family’s life?
    3. In Genesis 18:19, the LORD stated that Abraham’s responsibility was to command his family to keep God’s ways by doing what is right and just. What does that look like according to this text, as well as Jeremiah 22:3, Jeremiah 22:15-17, and Ezekiel 18:5-9?
    4. Joshua, as leader of Israel, challenged the nation to make a choice regarding whom they would serve [Joshua 24:14-15]. He had determined to lead His family to serve/worship the LORD. What would his family do, and not do, according to this text?
    5. Proverbs 4 is written by a parent to a child. From this chapter, what insights do you gain that pertain to child-raising? What should children be encouraged to pursue, and what should they flee?
    6. According to Hebrews 12:5-11, how should discipline be viewed, even within the dynamics of a family? What does discipline indicate [vs. 6-7]? What is the purpose/goal of discipline [vs. 10-11]?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “I was raised in the greatest of homes...just a really great dad, and I miss him so much...he was a good man, a real simple man...Very faithful, always loved my mom, always provided for the kids, and just a lot of fun.” (Max Lucado, Christian Author)