Jan 22, 2023
Eat, Grow, Serve – Deric Bartlett
This week, Pastor Deric continues the series 'True Spirituality in a Messy World' with a message titled "Eat, Grow, Serve" based on 1 Cor. 3:1-9.

1. ________ progress and it’s cause: v. 1-2 
2. ________ division and it’s cure: v. 3-8  
3. ________ laziness and it’s solution: v. 9

ICEBREAKER: What hard time in your life left you a better person after it was finished?

1. In context, what should be expected of “spiritual people” [1 Corinthians 3:1]? What would you expect of “people of the flesh” [1 Corinthians 3:3]? Also consult 1 Corinthians 1:10-13; 1 Corinthians 14:20; and Galatians 5:19-21.

2. Why is growth toward spiritual maturity vital for every believer [1 Corinthians 3:2]? Also, consider Ephesians 4:13-14; Colossians 1:28; and Hebrews 5:11-6:3.

3. Why is it spiritually unhealthy to exclusively follow a favourite Christian celebrity [1 Corinthians 3:4]? Also, examine Luke 8:14; 1 Corinthians 4:6-7; and Galatians 2:6. 

4. Why are ministry to others and servanthood linked together in 1 Corinthians 3:5 [cf. Mark 10:42-45; 2 Corinthians 6:4-10; and Ephesians 3:7]?

5. What do you learn about ministry from Paul’s agricultural analogy in 1 Corinthians 3:6-7 [cf. 2 Corinthians 9:10; Ephesians 2:19-22; and Colossians 2:19]?

6. What are the results of God’s people staying united to work together to accomplish God’s mission [1 Corinthians 3:8-9]? Also, look up Romans 16:3-4; Colossians 4:11; and 1 Thessalonians 3:2.

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

“The Christian life is very much like climbing a hill of ice. You cannot slide up. You have to cut every step with an ice axe. Only with incessant labor in cutting and chipping can you make any progress. If you want to know how to backslide, leave off going forward. Cease going upward and you will go downward of necessity. You can never stand still.”
C.H Spurgeon
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  • Jan 22, 2023Eat, Grow, Serve – Deric Bartlett
    Jan 22, 2023
    Eat, Grow, Serve – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series 'True Spirituality in a Messy World' with a message titled "Eat, Grow, Serve" based on 1 Cor. 3:1-9.

    1. ________ progress and it’s cause: v. 1-2 
    2. ________ division and it’s cure: v. 3-8  
    3. ________ laziness and it’s solution: v. 9

    ICEBREAKER: What hard time in your life left you a better person after it was finished?

    1. In context, what should be expected of “spiritual people” [1 Corinthians 3:1]? What would you expect of “people of the flesh” [1 Corinthians 3:3]? Also consult 1 Corinthians 1:10-13; 1 Corinthians 14:20; and Galatians 5:19-21.

    2. Why is growth toward spiritual maturity vital for every believer [1 Corinthians 3:2]? Also, consider Ephesians 4:13-14; Colossians 1:28; and Hebrews 5:11-6:3.

    3. Why is it spiritually unhealthy to exclusively follow a favourite Christian celebrity [1 Corinthians 3:4]? Also, examine Luke 8:14; 1 Corinthians 4:6-7; and Galatians 2:6. 

    4. Why are ministry to others and servanthood linked together in 1 Corinthians 3:5 [cf. Mark 10:42-45; 2 Corinthians 6:4-10; and Ephesians 3:7]?

    5. What do you learn about ministry from Paul’s agricultural analogy in 1 Corinthians 3:6-7 [cf. 2 Corinthians 9:10; Ephesians 2:19-22; and Colossians 2:19]?

    6. What are the results of God’s people staying united to work together to accomplish God’s mission [1 Corinthians 3:8-9]? Also, look up Romans 16:3-4; Colossians 4:11; and 1 Thessalonians 3:2.

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

    “The Christian life is very much like climbing a hill of ice. You cannot slide up. You have to cut every step with an ice axe. Only with incessant labor in cutting and chipping can you make any progress. If you want to know how to backslide, leave off going forward. Cease going upward and you will go downward of necessity. You can never stand still.”
    C.H Spurgeon
  • Jan 15, 2023We Have the Mind of Christ – Deric Bartlett
    Jan 15, 2023
    We Have the Mind of Christ – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series 'True Spirituality in a Messy World' with a message titled "We have the Mind of Christ" based on 1 Cor. 2:6-16.

    1. The mind of Christ is accessible _______ __ ______(v. 6-8)
    2. The mind of Christ is given __ ___ ____ ______ (v. 9-10)
    3. The mind of Christ leads to _______ ___ __________ (v. 11-12)
    4. The mind of Christ ______ __ __ ____ __ _________ ______ (v. 13-16)

    ICEBREAKER: What is the most unique shop or restaurant you have visited?

    1. The first part of 1 Corinthians 2:9 is a quotation from Isaiah 64:4 where the prophet longs for the LORD to act on behalf of His people. How does this prophecy inspire you to worship the Lord [cf. Isaiah 65:17; Matthew 25:34; and Hebrews 11:16]?

    2. What is one of the roles of the Holy Spirit recorded in 1 Corinthians 2:10? Why is this significant [cf. John 14:26; John 16:13-14; and Ephesians 3:4-5]?

    3. What was Paul’s point when he used the analogy of the human spirit in 1 Corinthians 2:11?  How does this help you understand the Spirit’s role in revealing God’s truth [cf. Proverbs 20:27; Jeremiah 17:9-10; and Romans 11:33-35]?

    4. What is the difference between “the spirit of the world” and “the Spirit who is from God” in 1 Corinthians 2:12? What blessings come as a result of the Spirit of God [cf. Romans 8:14-17; Romans 8:26-27; and Ephesians 2:2]?

    5. What is the reason given in 1 Corinthians 2:14 for the lack of acceptance of spiritual things by unbelievers? How does this influence your approach to evangelism [cf. John 14:16-17; 1 Corinthians 1:18; and 2 Corinthians 4:4]?

    6. According to 1 Corinthians 2:15-16, what are the benefits the mind of Christ brings to the life of a believer [cf. Isaiah 40:12-14; John 15:15; and Philippians 2:5]?

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

    “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
    Saul of Tarsus
  • Jan 8, 2023Does Your Faith Rest in the Power of God? – Deric Bartlett
    Jan 8, 2023
    Does Your Faith Rest in the Power of God? – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric resumes the series 'True Spirituality in a Messy World' with a message titled "Does Your Faith Rest in the Power of God?" based on 1 Cor. 2:1-8.

    1. Our ____________ needs to focus on Jesus (v. 1-2)
    2. Our ____________ need to reveal the Spirit’s power (v. 3-5)
    3. Our ____________ needs to build on the ____________ of God (v. 6-8)

    (The graphic used is based on content from The bible Project. You can find that resource here: https://bibleproject.com/explore/video/1-corinthians/)

    ICEBREAKER: What movie never gets old no matter how many times you have seen it?

    1. When it comes to spiritual matters, why would “lofty speech or wisdom” potentially be cause for concern [1 Corinthians 2:1]? Also consult 1 Corinthians 1:17; 2 Corinthians 1:12; and 2 Peter 1:16.

    2. Why does the gospel message of a crucified Saviour seem foolish to unbelievers [1 Corinthians 2:2]? In contrast, why does it display to believers the wisdom and power of God [1 Corinthians 1:22-25; Galatians 6:14; and 1 Peter 2:7-8]?

    3. Notice the contrast between Paul’s “weakness” [1 Corinthians 2:3] and the world’s “wisdom” [1 Corinthians 2:5]. In context, how can you tell the difference [1 Corinthians 2:4-5]? Also consider 2 Corinthians 12:5; 12:9-10; and 13:4.

    4. What is, in fact, the wisdom of God [1 Corinthians 2:6]? Why does pursuing it matter [cf. Romans 11:33-35; 1 Corinthians 1:30-31; and Colossians 2:2-4]?

    5. What benefits will believers experience as a result of embracing the wisdom of God [1 Corinthians 2:7]? Also examine Romans 8:18-23; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; and Colossians 3:1-4.

    6. Why do unbelievers fail to recognize that Jesus is the Lord of glory [1 Corinthians 2:8]? How can you help to overcome this misunderstanding [cf. Acts 13:27; 2 Corinthians 3:14; 4:4; and 1 Peter 3:15]?

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

    “A necessary pre-cursor of any great spiritual awakening is a spirit of deep humiliation growing out of a consciousness of sin, and fresh revelation of the holiness and power and glory of God.”
    John R. Mott
     
     
  • Dec 18, 2022Gracious Words (Grace and Others) – Deric Bartlett
    Dec 18, 2022
    Gracious Words (Grace and Others) – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the Advent series "Christmas: The Season of Grace" with a message titled "Gracious Words (Grace and Truth)" from John 4:1-26.

    1. Grace overrules ______ (v. 1-10)
    “He had to pass through Samaria”

    2. Grace ______ for and with ______ (v. 4-7)
    “Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman from Samaria came to draw water.”

    3. Grace ______ spiritual ______ (v.15-21) 
    “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.”

    4. Grace ______ difficult ______ (v. 16-19)
    “Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”

    5. Grace ______ distracting ______ (v. 1-3; 19ff)
    “Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.”

    6. Grace ______ Jesus (v. 25-26) 
    The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”

    ICEBREAKER: What are you best at fixing?

    1. It was not geographically necessary for Jesus to pass through Samaria [John 4:4], yet He chose to do so. Why was this decision remarkable considering the ancient animosity that existed between Jews and Samaritans? What do you learn from Jesus about breaking down barriers [cf. Acts 10:34-35; Romans 2:9-11; and James 2:1-13]?

    2. What do you make of John’s observation that Jesus was “wearied” from his journey” in John 4:6? What does this indicate about Jesus’ humanity that He experienced fatigue from physical exertion just as we do [cf. Matthew 4:2; John 19:28; and Hebrews 2:17-18]?

    3. Why did the Samaritan woman seem surprised when Jesus asked her for a drink [John 4:7-9]? What does the context reveal about her life circumstances? What was counter-cultural about Jesus’ actions [cf. Matthew 5:13-16; John 9:35-39; and Romans 12:16]?

    4. Why is Jesus’ use of the thirst-quenching properties of water such a potent metaphor for sharing the good news about Him [John 4:10-15]? How can you use this approach with people today [cf. Isaiah 55:1-13; John 7:37-39; and Revelation 21:6]?

    5. Jesus exposed the Samaritan woman’s deepest thirst – to be loved [John 4:16-18]. She was a moral mess, yet He treated her with gracious compassion. What does Jesus’ approach teach you about treating others with grace AND truth [cf. Acts 13:44-49; Acts 17:16-34; and Acts 24:24-25]?

    6. It is astonishing that two of the Bible’s key verses about the nature of worship were privately uttered by Jesus to this lowly, broken, unnamed Samaritan woman [John 4:23-24]. According to this passage, what is worship, why is worship our primary responsibility, and how must it be offered [cf. Psalm 100:1-5; Isaiah 6:1-8; and Revelation 14:6-7]?

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

    “Christ is not a reservoir but a spring. His life is continual, active, and ever-passing on with an outflow as necessary as its inflow. If we do not perpetually draw the fresh supply from the living Fountain, we shall either grow stagnant or empty. It is, therefore, not so much a perpetual fullness as a perpetual filling.” 
    A. B. Simpson
  • Dec 12, 2022Grace and Truth – Deric Bartlett
    Dec 12, 2022
    Grace and Truth – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the Advent series "Christmas: The Season of Grace" with a message titled "Grace and Truth" from John 1:14-18.

    1. Jesus is the ________ of grace & truth (v. 14)
    “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”

    2. We are witnesses of His ________  (v. 14-15)
    “We have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. “John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”

    3. We are ________ of His grace & truth (v. 16-17)
    “For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.  For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”
     
    4. Grace & truth lead us into a deeper experience with the ________ (v. 18)   
    “No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.”

    ICEBREAKER: What card or board games do you like to play?

    1. The Apostle John presents Jesus as the Word of God in John 1:1-5. What truths are recorded in these verses that reveal Jesus’ uniqueness [cf. Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:15-20; and Revelation 1:8]?

    2. What do you observe about the ministry of John the Baptist in John 1:6-8 that motivates your witness about Jesus to the world [cf. John 5:33-35; John 15:27; and Acts 1:8]?

    3. In John’s Gospel, the term “world” often refers to a system opposed to God. What did Jesus do for the world and how did it respond to Him in John 1:9-11 [cf. Isaiah 53:3; John 8:12; and Acts 13:44-51]?

    4. What response was God looking for from people in the world [John 1:12]? What blessings come to those who receive and believe in Jesus? What is the basis for someone becoming a child of God according to John 1:13 [cf. Galatians 3:24-26; Ephesians 1:5; and Philippians 2:14-16]?

    5. What difference does it make in your life to know that God became human and dwelt among sinful people during Christ’s earthly life [cf. John 1:14-18]? Also consider 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 2:14-15; and Revelation 21:3-4 for further insights.

    6. The Apostle John writes that Jesus was full of grace and truth [John 1:14, 17]. Why is this balance necessary to our salvation? Can you think of any other biblical examples where Jesus demonstrated both grace and truth [cf. John 3:1-15; John 4:1-30; and John 9:1-41]?

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

    “A paradox is an apparent contradiction. Grace and truth aren’t really contradictory. Jesus didn’t switch on truth, then turn it off so He could switch on grace. Both are permanently switched on in Jesus. Both should be switched on in us… Truth without grace breeds a self-righteousness legalism that poisons the church and pushes the world from Christ. Grace without truth breeds moral indifference and keeps people from seeing their need for Christ. Attempts to “soften” the gospel by minimizing truth keep people from Jesus. Attempts to “toughen” the gospel by minimizing grace keep people from Jesus. It’s not enough for us to offer grace or truth. We must offer both.”
    Randy Alcorn
  • 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 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 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