May 15, 2022
We Believe the Scripture – Deric Bartlett
Series: We Believe
This week, Pastor Deric starts a new series 'We Believe' based on our doctrinal statements. The key text for this Sunday's message, 'The Scripture', is Genesis 1:3.

I. WHY doctrinal beliefs matter

II. THE SCRIPTURE
“We believe the Bible to be the very Word of God; that the sixty-six books comprising the Old and New Testaments were verbally inspired in all parts and therefore wholly without error as originally given by God; that it is our final authority, our only and all-sufficient rule of faith and practice.”

III. Why Christians believe the Bible is UNIQUE
1. The Bible has a unique _____________ Gen 1:3
2. The Bible has a unique _____________ Gen 1:3; Ex. 20:1ff; Deut. 6
3. The Bible has a unique _____________ John 10:35
4. The Bible has a unique _____________ 2 Tim 3:16
5. The Bible has a unique _____________ Hebrews 4:12
6. The Bible has a unique _____________ 2 Tim 3:14-16
7. The Bible has a unique _____________ John 1:1-14: Luke 21:33
8. The Bible has a unique _____________1 Peter 1:22-25
9. The Bible has a unique _____________Gen 3:1
10. The Bible has a unique _____________ Heb. 4:2

ICEBREAKER: Do you prefer pens or pencils? Why?

1. In Genesis 1, the phrase “God said” appears 9 times in our English Bibles. What resulted immediately after God spoke in this text? What does this teach you about God’s Word [cf. Exodus 20:1-17; Numbers 23:19; and Hebrews 1:1-4]?

2. Psalm 19 extolls God for revealing Himself in nature [vs. 1-6] and in the Scriptures [vs. 7-14]. What benefits are derived from building your life on the Word of God that are listed in this text [cf. Psalm 119:9-11; Jeremiah 15:16; and 1 Peter 1:22-25]?

3. How did the Thessalonians respond to Paul’s preaching of the gospel [1 Thessalonians 2:13-14]? How did they view the Word of God and what difference did it make in their lives [cf. Luke 3:2-14; Luke 8:11-15; and Acts 17:11]?

4. According to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, what is the origin of all the Scriptures? What are the 4 purposes of the Word of God? And what is the ultimate goal of the Bible [cf. Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:1-3; and Romans 15:4]?

5. James implores his readers to be doers of the Word and not just hearers [James 1:22-25]. How does his illustration of the mirror help you understand and apply the point of his command in verse 22 [cf. Ezra 7:10; Matthew 7:21; and Romans 2:13]?

6. 2 Peter 1:20-21 speaks of the Holy Spirit “carrying along” the writers of Scripture. It is the same term found in Acts 27:15 of a ship being caught up in a windstorm. How does this word picture help you understand the process of inspiration [cf. Psalm 39:1-5; Jeremiah 20:9; and Acts 4:19-20]?

7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
 
“The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.”
Augustine
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  • May 15, 2022We Believe the Scripture – Deric Bartlett
    May 15, 2022
    We Believe the Scripture – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe
    This week, Pastor Deric starts a new series 'We Believe' based on our doctrinal statements. The key text for this Sunday's message, 'The Scripture', is Genesis 1:3.

    I. WHY doctrinal beliefs matter

    II. THE SCRIPTURE
    “We believe the Bible to be the very Word of God; that the sixty-six books comprising the Old and New Testaments were verbally inspired in all parts and therefore wholly without error as originally given by God; that it is our final authority, our only and all-sufficient rule of faith and practice.”

    III. Why Christians believe the Bible is UNIQUE
    1. The Bible has a unique _____________ Gen 1:3
    2. The Bible has a unique _____________ Gen 1:3; Ex. 20:1ff; Deut. 6
    3. The Bible has a unique _____________ John 10:35
    4. The Bible has a unique _____________ 2 Tim 3:16
    5. The Bible has a unique _____________ Hebrews 4:12
    6. The Bible has a unique _____________ 2 Tim 3:14-16
    7. The Bible has a unique _____________ John 1:1-14: Luke 21:33
    8. The Bible has a unique _____________1 Peter 1:22-25
    9. The Bible has a unique _____________Gen 3:1
    10. The Bible has a unique _____________ Heb. 4:2

    ICEBREAKER: Do you prefer pens or pencils? Why?

    1. In Genesis 1, the phrase “God said” appears 9 times in our English Bibles. What resulted immediately after God spoke in this text? What does this teach you about God’s Word [cf. Exodus 20:1-17; Numbers 23:19; and Hebrews 1:1-4]?

    2. Psalm 19 extolls God for revealing Himself in nature [vs. 1-6] and in the Scriptures [vs. 7-14]. What benefits are derived from building your life on the Word of God that are listed in this text [cf. Psalm 119:9-11; Jeremiah 15:16; and 1 Peter 1:22-25]?

    3. How did the Thessalonians respond to Paul’s preaching of the gospel [1 Thessalonians 2:13-14]? How did they view the Word of God and what difference did it make in their lives [cf. Luke 3:2-14; Luke 8:11-15; and Acts 17:11]?

    4. According to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, what is the origin of all the Scriptures? What are the 4 purposes of the Word of God? And what is the ultimate goal of the Bible [cf. Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:1-3; and Romans 15:4]?

    5. James implores his readers to be doers of the Word and not just hearers [James 1:22-25]. How does his illustration of the mirror help you understand and apply the point of his command in verse 22 [cf. Ezra 7:10; Matthew 7:21; and Romans 2:13]?

    6. 2 Peter 1:20-21 speaks of the Holy Spirit “carrying along” the writers of Scripture. It is the same term found in Acts 27:15 of a ship being caught up in a windstorm. How does this word picture help you understand the process of inspiration [cf. Psalm 39:1-5; Jeremiah 20:9; and Acts 4:19-20]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.”
    Augustine
  • Apr 24, 2022Clothed with Power – Deric Bartlett
    Apr 24, 2022
    Clothed with Power – Deric Bartlett
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Deric shares a message titled 'Clothed with Power' from Luke 24:36-53.

    1. Power to _______ the new reality in Jesus (v. 36 - 40)
    2. Power to _______ the new relationship with God (v.41-45)
    3. Power to _______ to all the world (v. 46-48)
    4. Power to _______ the life of faith (v.49)
    5. Power to _______ by Jesus (v.50-53)

    ICEBREAKER: If a new volcano formed and the government had an online contest to see what it would be named, what name would you submit?

    1. What is our best response to the words that Jesus has spoken [Luke 24:44]? Also, consult John 1:1; John 14:23; and Hebrews 1:1-4 for more ideas.

    2. How does the fact that Jesus fulfilled all the Old Testament prophesies about the coming Messiah give you confidence that your faith is well-founded [Luke 24:44]? Also consider Deuteronomy 18:15-19; 2 Samuel 7:11-16; and Psalm 22:12-18.

    3. According to Luke 24:45, what is the goal of all effective Bible teaching [cf. Ezra 7:10; Luke 24:32; and 2 Timothy 3:16-17]?

    4. What is the complete gospel message outlined for us in Luke 24:46-47? Why is this such good news for our world today [cf. Luke 9:22; Acts 5:30-32; and Romans 1:16-17]?

    5. Why are witnesses so important in establishing the truth of the gospel [Luke 24:48]? Also, examine Deuteronomy 19:15; Acts 1:8; and Ephesians 2:19-22 for more insights.

    6. What does it mean to be “clothed with power from on high” [Luke 24:49]? What difference does this make in a believer’s life [cf. John 7:37-39; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; and Ephesians 5:18-21]?

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

    “The Spirit-filled life is not a special,
    deluxe edition of Christianity.
    It is part and parcel of the
    total plan of God for His people.”
    A.W. Tozer
  • Apr 17, 2022He is Risen – Easter Sunday – Deric Bartlett
    Apr 17, 2022
    He is Risen – Easter Sunday – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric wraps up the Mark series with a special Easter message titled 'He is Risen' based on Mark 16.

    ICEBREAKER: If you had to lose one of your senses, which would you choose to lose?

    1. In Mark’s Gospel account, women play a prominent role [Mark 15:40-41, 47; 16:1-8]. What was that role, and why was it so critical [cf. Mark 14:3-9; Luke 23:55-24:1; and John 20:1-2]?2,

    2. Why did the women bother to go to the tomb to bring spices to anoint Jesus’ body since He was already dead [Mark 16:1]? What would that accomplish now that His voice was silenced, His miracles were memories, and His kingdom was seemingly lost? What did their act indicate about them [cf. Acts 2:25-28; Romans 4:18-22; and Romans 5:1-5]?

    3. Does the stone over the entrance of Jesus’ tomb have any parallels to the message of salvation [Mark 16:3-4]? If so, what themes does it illustrate [cf. Daniel 6:17; Matthew 27:62-66; and Matthew 28:2]?

    4. What is the complete gospel message as declared by the angel in Jesus’ empty tomb [Mark 16:6]? Also consult Acts 4:10-12; Romans 1:1-6; and 1 Corinthians 15:3-8.

    5. What is the message of restoration the angel gave to Jesus’ followers in Mark 16:7? How does this encourage you today in your failings and shortcomings [cf. 2 Corinthians 13:11; Galatians 6:1-2; and 1 Peter 5:10]?

    6. What effect does the abrupt ending of Mark’s Gospel have on the story he has told of Jesus’ life [Mark 16:8]? Why do you think he chose to end it so suddenly [cf. Luke 1:1-4; Acts 1:1; and Acts 1:8]

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “The resurrection completes
    the inauguration of God’s kingdom…
    It is the decisive event demonstrating
    that God’s kingdom really has been
    launched on earth as it is in heaven.
    The message of Easter is
    that God’s new world has been
    unveiled in Jesus Christ and that
    you’re now invited to belong to it.”
    N.T. Wright
  • Apr 10, 2022Forsaken – Deric Bartlett
    Apr 10, 2022
    Forsaken – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'Forsaken' based on Mark 15:21-47.

    1. ____________ did ‘forsaken’ mean to Jesus at the Cross?
    2. ____________ forsook Jesus at the Cross?
    3. ____________ was Jesus forsaken at the Cross?
    4. ____________ did Jesus endure being forsaken at the Cross?

    ICEBREAKER: What TV shows are you hooked on or were recently hooked on?

    1. Why was Simon of Cyrene compelled to carry Jesus’ cross on the way to Golgotha [Mark 15:21]? What does this tell you about Jesus’ suffering to that point [cf. Isaiah 52:14-53:5; Matthew 27:26; and John 19:1]?

    2. Reflect on the taunts of the passersby in Mark 15:29-30. What would have been the consequences if Jesus had had enough of the suffering and saved Himself [cf. Mark 10:45; Luke 24:26; and Philippians 2:8]?

    3. Why did Jesus disregard the challenge to miraculously come down from the cross in the sight of all the religious leaders [Mark 15:31-32]? Also, consult Psalm 42:9-11; Luke 16:29-31; and Hebrews 2:9-10.

    4. What or who tore the curtain of the temple, and why was it torn [Mark 15:38]? Also, consider Romans 5:2; Ephesians 2:11-22; and Hebrews 10:19-22.

    5. It is possible that the centurion of Mark 15:29 was part of the battalion that mocked and beat Jesus [Mark 15:16-20], forcibly conscripted Simon to carry the cross, helped crucify Jesus, and participated in dividing up His clothes. What had this Roman soldier witnessed that prompted him to utter his confession, “Truly this man was the Son of God” [cf. Matthew 16:16; John 1:32-34; and John 20:28]?

    6. What do you learn about Joseph of Arimathea from Mark 15:43? What do his actions in verses 43-46 reveal about his faith [cf. John 19:38-42; 1 Corinthians 15:9; and Philippians 3:4-11]?

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

    “No pain, no palm;
    no thorns, no throne; no gall,
    no glory; no cross, no crown.”
    William Penn
  • Apr 3, 2022Amazed by Jesus – Deric Bartlett
    Apr 3, 2022
    Amazed by Jesus – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'Amazed by Jesus' based on Mark 15:1-20.

    1. Jesus is the _______________ (v. 1)
    2. Jesus is the _______________ (v. 2ff)
    3. Jesus is the _______________ (v. 5)
    4. Jesus is the _______________ (v. 6-15)
    5. Jesus is the _______________ (v.16-20)

    ICEBREAKER: What is something you do better than most people and something you do worse than most people?

    1. Why do you think Pilate was amazed at Jesus’ silence [Mark 15:5]? How did Jesus’ silence indict the entire Jewish Council’s legal proceedings against Him [cf. Acts 2:36; Acts 4:10; and 1 Peter 2:23]?
     
    2. Why do you think Pilate asked Jesus if He was the King of the Jews [Mark 15:2]? In what sense did he understand it? In what sense did Jesus mean it [cf. Jeremiah 23:5-6; Zechariah 9:9; and Matthew 2:2]?
     
    3. Barabbas was likely viewed as a popular hero by the general Jewish public due to his involvement in an insurrection attempt against the Romans [Mark 15:6-7]. How does the exchange of Barabbas for Jesus illustrate our salvation [cf. Romans 5:6-8; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; and 1 Peter 3:18]?
     
    4. How would you characterize Pilate according to his words and decisions in Mark 15:1-15? Are his actions understandable, or inexcusable? Why? [cf. Matthew 27:24-26; John 18:33-38; and John 19:8-12]?
     
    5. Four times in Mark 15:1-20, Jesus is called “The King of the Jews”. Add in Mark 15:26, and it is five times. What do you think was Mark’s intent in repeating it so often [cf. Psalm 2:1-12; Isaiah 9:6-7; Daniel 7:13-14; and Revelation 19:11-16]?
     
    6. Jesus endured such horrific mistreatment, scorn, and abuse at the hands of the Roman battalion [Mark 15:16-20]. How does this scene portray humanity? How does it portray our Saviour [cf. Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Luke 24:25-27; and Hebrews 13:13]?
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “To endure the cross is not a tragedy;
    it is the suffering which is the fruit of
    an exclusive allegiance to Jesus Christ.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Mar 27, 2022Jesus Is On Trial Still – Deric Bartlett
    Mar 27, 2022
    Jesus Is On Trial Still – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric resumes the continues "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'Jesus In On Trial Still' based on Mark 14:53-72.

    1. The ___________ witness: v. 53, 61-62
    2. The ___________ witnesses: v. 55-65
    3. The ___________ witnesses: v. 54, 66-72

    ICEBREAKER: Besides war and diplomacy, what would be the best way for countries to settle disputes?

    1. What do you imagine was going on in Peter’s heart as he followed Jesus from a distance and then entered the courtyard [Mark 14:54]? What might tempt us to also follow Jesus at a distance today [cf. Mark 8:38; 2 Timothy 1:8; and 1 Peter 4:12-19]?

    2. The Council found no clear testimony against Jesus [Mark 14:55-59]. How does this vindicate Jesus’ extraordinary character? What does the persistence of the religious authorities show about human corruption [cf. 1 Kings 21:1-14; Psalm 27:12; and Acts 7:51-8:3]?

    3. The Council thought they were judging Jesus in Mark 14:60-61. What was the truth according to Jesus in Mark 14:62 [cf. Psalm 110:1-2; Isaiah 53:7; and Daniel 7:13-14]?

    4. In one of the Bible’s most distressing and disturbing verses, Jesus was despicably and shamefully mistreated [Mark 14:65]. What does this scene reveal about our Saviour? What does it reveal about humanity [cf. Isaiah 50:6; Mark 10:33-34; and Hebrews 12:2]?

    5. Why was Peter’s denial of Christ such a grievous sin [Mark 14:68]? What caused him to betray his Lord in this way [cf. Genesis 18:15; Matthew 10:32-33; and 2 Timothy 2:11-13]?

    6. Following Peter’s third denial and the rooster crowing a second time, Peter recalled Jesus’ prediction that he would deny Him, and wept [Mark 14:72]? What does this show about Peter and the way forward after sinning [cf. 2 Kings 22:18-19; Psalm 51:16-17; and 1 John 1:9]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Our redemption through the suffering
    of Christ is that deeper
    love within us which not only
    frees us from slavery to sin,
    but also secures for us the true liberty
    of the children of God,
    in order that we might do all things
    out of love rather than
    out of fear - love for him
    that has shown us such grace
    that no greater can be found.”
    Peter Abelard
  • Mar 20, 2022The Garden Where Jesus Prayed – Deric Bartlett
    Mar 20, 2022
    The Garden Where Jesus Prayed – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric resumes the continues "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled "The Garden Where Jesus Prayed" Based on Mark 14:32-52.

    1. He ______________ His burden with others; v. 32-33
    2. He ______________ His burden alone: v. 33-34
    3. He ______________ through the agony of it all; v. 34-42
    4. He ______________ Himself into the hands of sinners: v. 41-50

    ICEBREAKER: What household chores do you actually enjoy? Why?

    1. As you read Mark 14:33-35, notice the words used to describe Jesus’ emotional state in the Garden of Gethsemane. What do these terms reveal about our Saviour at that moment in His life [cf. Isaiah 53:3; Philippians 2:5-8; and Hebrews 5:7-10]?

    2. Why do you think Jesus brought along His disciples, and specifically Peter, James, and John, when He entered Gethsemane to pray [cf. Acts 1:8; Acts 1:20-22; and Philippians 4:6-7]?

    3. What principles of prayer do you pick up from Jesus’ Gethsemane prayer in Mark 14:36 [cf. Mark 9:22-24; John 15:7; and Romans 8:15]?

    4. What insights do you learn about resisting temptation from Mark 14:38 [cf. Luke 21:36; 1 Corinthians 10:13; and James 1:13-15]?

    5. Why was Judas’ choice of a kiss fitting for his act of betrayal [Mark 14:44-45]? Also consider Genesis 27:18-27; 2 Samuel 20:8-10; and Proverbs 27:6 for more clues.

    6. How did Jesus’ words to the crowd sent to arrest Him in Mark 14:48-49 highlight the drama between human responsibility and divine sovereignty [cf. Isaiah 53:1-12; Luke 19:47-48; and John 18:20-21]?

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

    “The suffering of Jesus was not
    only his humanity struggling
    with the physical agonies
    of the cross, but Jesus’ deity
    and humanity inseparably
    coming to grips with the
    awesome agony of Calvary.
    It is not Jesus’ humanity
    which dominates this text,
    but the disciples’ humanity.
    It is His deity and humanity,
    dying for man, that is in focus.
    It is supernatural suffering
    that is in view here.”
    Bob Deffinbaugh
  • Mar 13, 2022Strike the Shepherd – Deric Bartlett
    Mar 13, 2022
    Strike the Shepherd – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric resumes the continues "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled "Strike the Shepherd" based on Mark 14:12-31.

    1. The Shepherd is struck down as the _________________ (v. 12-16)
    2. The Shepherd is stuck down to _________________ (v. 17-21)
    3. The Shepherd is struck down to _________________ (v. 22-25)
    4. The Shepherd is struck down to _________________ (v. 26-31)

    ICEBREAKER: What is the biggest adventure you have experienced in life?

    1. Why did Jesus’ death take place during the feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread [cf. Mark 14:12]? What did the symbolism of these feasts represent [cf. Isaiah 53:1-12; John 1:29; and 1 Peter 1:17-21]?

    2. Jesus experienced a brutal betrayal of trust by someone close to him [Mark 14:18]. How does His story help you address your personal pain inflicted by others [cf. 2 Samuel 15:1-17:23; Psalm 41:9; and John 6:70]?

    3. How could Judas deceive all the other disciples so that none of them suspected him as the betrayer [Mark 14:19]? What is the warning to us [cf. Proverbs 26:23-26; Romans 16:17-18; and 2 Corinthians 11:12-15]?

    4. According to Jesus’ words in Mark 14:22-25, what is the significance of the bread and wine at the Lord’s Supper, what do they represent, and what do they look forward to in the future [cf. Jeremiah 31:31-34; 1 Corinthians 10:16; and 1 Corinthians 11:26]?

    5. Jesus predicted the falling away of His disciples [Mark 14:27]. However, He promised to meet them in Galilee later [Mark 14:27]. How do these words challenge you but also encourage you [cf. Mark 16:7; John 16:32; and John 21:1-14]?

    6. Peter’s bravado was both laudable and laughable [Mark 14:29-31]. What does his example show us about our human frailties and our need for a forgiving Saviour [cf. Psalm 103:14-16; Matthew 26:41; and 2 Corinthians 12:7-10]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “I know of nothing which
    I would choose
    to have as the subject
    of my ambition
    for life than to be kept
    faithful to my God till death.”
    C. H. Spurgeon
  • Mar 6, 2022The Plot to Kill Jesus – Deric Bartlett
    Mar 6, 2022
    The Plot to Kill Jesus – Deric Bartlett
    "This week, Pastor Deric resumes the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled "The Plot to Kill Jesus" based on Mark 14:1-11.

    1. The __________ to kill Jesus (evil in surprising places) v. 1-2
    2. The __________ for Jesus (the alternative to hatred and betrayal) v. 3-9
    3. The __________ of Jesus (more than knowledge) v. 10-11

    ICEBREAKER: What are some of your favourite inspirational scenes from movies? Why?

    1. How do you account for spiritual leaders who are able to observe religious festivals and yet persistently plan to arrest and assassinate an innocent Man [Mark 14:1]? What does this tell you about humanity [cf. Ecclesiastes 9:3; Jeremiah 17:9; and Mark 7:20-23]?

    2. What was the reason stated by the religious leaders for not arresting Jesus during the festival [Mark 14:2]? What does it indicate when people plot evil secretly [cf. Deuteronomy 27:24; Psalm 64:1-10; and Jeremiah 9:1-9]?

    3. Why do you think the woman in the story (who was Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus) chose such an expensive and extravagant way of honouring Jesus [Mark 14:3]? How do you think you would have reacted if you had witnessed this event [cf. 1 Chronicles 29:1-9; Luke 7:37-38; and John 12:1-3]?

    4. Deep-seated emotions erupted when the onlookers witnessed Mary’s extravagant act [Mark 14:4-5]? Why? What did the onlookers overlook [cf. 2 Samuel 6:12-23; 2 Samuel 23:13-17; and 2 Samuel 24:18-25]?

    5. Jesus stood up for Mary [Mark 14:6-9]. What were His reasons for commending her? How does this encourage you when your devotion to Jesus is questioned [cf. Acts 9:3-6; Philippians 1:27-30; and 2 Thessalonians 1:3-10]?

    6. Notice the abrupt switch in Mark’s storytelling from Mary’s beautiful devotion to Jesus to Judas’s brutal betrayal of Jesus in Mark 14:10-11. How do you account for this? What do you learn from the examples of these two people [cf. Psalm 41:9; Psalm 55:12-14; and Obadiah 1:8-16]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him”
    John Piper
  • Feb 27, 2022No Deals with the Devil – Deric Bartlett
    Feb 27, 2022
    No Deals with the Devil – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric wraps up the series 'The Gospel and Culture' with a message titled 'No Deal with the Devil' based on 2 Corinthains 6:14-7:1.

    1. We are the ______________ of God
    2. We are the ______________ of God
    3. We are the ______________ of God

    ICEBREAKER: What is the noblest endeavour a person can dedicate their life to?

    1. How do you strike a balance between refraining from being “unequally yoked with unbelievers” [2 Corinthians 6:14] while serving as “ambassadors for Christ” [2 Corinthians 5:20] who appeal to unbelievers to be reconciled to God by trusting Christ [cf. Deuteronomy 7:1-5; 1 Corinthians 5:9-10; and Ephesians 5:3-14]?

    2. What clues do you observe in Colossians 3:1-5 to help you prioritize heavenly things as opposed to earthly things [cf. Romans 6:4; Ephesians 1:20; and Ephesians 2:5-7]?

    3. How can you tell that salvation is a spiritual battle from 2 Corinthians 4:3-6? What can be done about it from this text [cf. Genesis 3:1-7; 2 Corinthians 3:14-16; and Ephesians 2:1-3]?

    4. According to Hebrews 1:1-3, why is Jesus Christ central to our faith? What sets Him apart from all others [cf. Colossians 1:15-16; Colossians 2:9; and Hebrews 12:1-2]?

    5. Jesus made an astonishing claim to His disciples in John 14:8-11. What was that claim, and how could His disciples know it was true [cf. John 1:14; John 12:45; and Acts 10:38]?

    6. At the close of His High Priestly Prayer recorded in John 17:20-26, Jesus made it clear how the unbelieving world would know that He was who He claimed to be. What is to be the defining characteristic of His disciples so that the world might know Jesus came from the Father [cf. John 3:16-17; John 10:38; and John 13:34-35]?

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

    “So those [in] this group of the
    spiritual but not religious display
    an uncommon inclination to
    think beyond the material and to
    experience the transcendent.
    Such a desire can open the door
    to deep, spiritual conversations and,
    in time, perhaps a willingness
    to hear about Christian spirituality.
    The bent of those conversations
    necessarily must be different
    though than with those who
    love Jesus but not the church.
    The wounds and suspicions toward
    the church will come from
    different places—as will their
    understanding of spirituality.
    But both groups represent people
    outside of the church who have an
    internal leaning toward the
    spiritual side of life.”
    Barna Group
  • Feb 20, 2022Pluralism – Deric Bartlett
    Feb 20, 2022
    Pluralism – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series 'The Gospel and Culture' with a message titled 'Pluralism' based on Acts 17:16-34.

    1. You must be ___________
    2. You must be ___________
    3. You must be ___________

    ICEBREAKER: What are two of your favorite snacks?
     
    1. According to Romans 1:21-23, what is the primary sin that has ruptured the relationship between God and people? What are the tragic results listed in these verses that still haunt our world today [cf. 2 Kings 17:7-18; Jeremiah 2:5; and Ephesians 4:17-19]?
     
    2. What is the lie that our culture has bought into that has displaced the truth about God [Romans 1:24-25]? What evidence do you see in our world that indicates the lie persists today [cf. Psalm 81:11-12; Romans 6:19; and Ephesians 2:1-3]?
     
    3. What is the ultimate reason unbelievers fail to trust Christ according to 2 Corinthians 4:4? What is the remedy found in the surrounding verses of 2 Corinthians 4:1-6? [cf. Matthew 23:16-26; John 9; and Revelation 3:15-19]?
     
    4. Why do you think the Apostle John used the imagery of light versus darkness to contrast the difference between believers and unbelievers in John 1:4-9? Also consult John 8:12; John 9:5; and John 12:46 for more insights.
     
    5. How is the gospel ministry described in Acts 26:18? What is the goal of sharing the good news, and what are the results [cf. Isaiah 42:6-7; Luke 24:47; and 1 Thessalonians 5:5]?
     
    6. As you read through Ephesians 1:15-21, what stands out to you regarding the Apostle Paul’s prayer list? Why would “the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation” and “hearts enlightened” be important prayer requests for believers in his day as well as today [cf. 2 Corinthians 4:6; Ephesians 3:16-19; and Colossians 1:9-10]?
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “`All religions are basically the same’? Hinduism’s gods are many and impersonal. Christianity’s God is one and personal.
    Buddhism offers no forgiveness or divine intervention. Christianity offers forgiveness and divine intervention.
    In Judaism and Islam men earn righteous status before God through doing good works. In Christianity men gain righteousness only by confessing their unrighteousness and being covered by Christ’s merit.
    Every other religion is man working his way to God. Christianity is God working His way to men.”
    Randy Alcorn
  • Feb 13, 2022Wise Up! – Deric Bartlett
    Feb 13, 2022
    Wise Up! – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series 'The Gospel and Culture' with a message titled 'Wise Up!'

    1. You have the BIBLE to keep you walking in the light
    2. You have a DIVINE APPOINTMENT to keep you inspired
    3. You have a DIVINE PROMISE to keep you anchored
    4. You have the HOLY SPIRIT to guide you
    5. You have A GREAT CLOUD OF WITNESSES to keep you encouraged

    ICEBREAKER: What was your funniest or worst experience with a dentist?

    1. While waiting for his missionary companions to join him, Paul’s spirit was repeatedly provoked by the pervasive presence of idols in the city of Athens [Acts 17:16]. What idols are you observing in our world today that provoke your spirit [cf. Isaiah 44:9-20; Romans 1:18-25; and 2 Corinthians 6:14-18]?

    2. According to Acts 17:17, how did Paul respond when his spirit was irritated by all the city’s idols that provide a model for us in our day [cf. Matthew 5:13-16; Colossians 4:5-6; and 1 Peter 3:14-16]?

    3. What were the philosophical ideas that were shaping Paul’s day [Acts 17:18-21]? What are the philosophical ideas shaping our world today? What are the differences? What are the similarities [cf. 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; Colossians 2:8; and 1 Peter 4:3-5]?

    4. How did Paul affirm his audience in Acts 17:22-23 and then transition into a tactful gospel presentation [cf. Acts 24:10-21; Acts 26:1-8; and Acts 28:30-31]?

    5. Why do you think Paul did not directly quote Scripture when he shared the gospel with the Athenians in Acts 17:16-31? Why did he quote their own pagan writers [Acts 17:28]? What is your takeaway from his strategy [cf. Daniel 5:23; Acts 14:8-18; and Titus 1:12-13]?

    6. What is it about the resurrection that is so controversial, causing some to mock [Acts 17:32] and others to believe [Acts 17:34]? Also consult Acts 4:2; Acts 23:6; and 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 for further insights.

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

    “Paul's claim [was] that the message he preached
    was the authentic gospel of Christ.
    It is this: two things on which Paul pre-eminently insisted -
    that salvation
    was provided by God's
    grace and that faith
    was the means by which men appropriated it.”
    F.F. Bruce
  • Feb 6, 2022The Gospel and Gender Pt. 2: Angry Much? – Deric Bartlett
    Feb 6, 2022
    The Gospel and Gender Pt. 2: Angry Much? – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series 'The Gospel and Culture' with a message titled 'The Gospel and Gender Pt. 2: Angry Much?' based on 2 Timothy 2:24-26.

    1. WHY: Certain ideas are core to being a Christian.
    2. HOW: You need to know how to respond in this angry age

    ICEBREAKER: Who is the most interesting stranger you have met?

    1. 2 Timothy 2:24 speaks directly to our current cultural climate where people engage in heated debates at the slightest provocation. God’s people possess His wisdom to do better. How are we to behave when a controversial topic arises in a conversation [cf. 1 Timothy 3:2-3; Titus 3:1-2; and James 1:19-20]?

    2. How are the wise and the foolish contrasted in Proverbs 29:11? Why is showing self-control such a forgotten virtue in today’s world? How can it be rediscovered [cf. Proverbs 12:16; 18:13; and 25:28]?

    3. Matthew’s Gospel account begins with Immanuel (“which means, God with us” – 1:23) and ends with Jesus’ reassuring words “I am with you always” (28:20). How does the promise of His presence help to strengthen you while living in our corrupt and confused culture [cf. 1 Kings 8:57; Isaiah 41:10; and Acts 18:9-10]?

    4. According to Galatians 6:1-2, what is commanded, who should carry out the command, and how should it be done [cf. Romans 15:1-2; 2 Corinthians 13:11; and James 5:19-20]?

    5. Our culture is noticeably self-absorbed. How are Christians to live differently and show the world a better way, according to Philippians 2:3-4 [cf. Romans 12:10; Galatians 5:25-26; and 1 Peter 5:5]?

    6. According to James 5:19-20, what is our Christian responsibility to those who stray into error? What is the desired outcome of our intervention [cf. Matthew 18:15; Luke 1:16-17; and 2 Corinthians 2:6-8]?

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

    “Most laws condemn the soul
    and pronounce sentence.
    The result of the law
    of my God is perfect.
    It condemns but forgives.
    It restores - more than abundantly –
    what it takes away.”
    Jim Elliot
  • Jan 30, 2022The Gospel and Gender Pt. 1: God Made Them Man And Woman- Deric Bartlett
    Jan 30, 2022
    The Gospel and Gender Pt. 1: God Made Them Man And Woman- Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series 'The Gospel and Culture' with a message titled 'The Gospel and Gender Pt. 1: God Made Them Man and Woman' based on Mark 10:6-9.

    1. Jesus ___________ God’s plan for men and women back to the creation story
    2. Jesus ___________ God’s plan for making us male or female
    3. Jesus ______________ God’s authority in creating us in His image

    ICEBREAKER: How well do you know your neighbours?

    1. Based on Genesis 1:26-28, how would you define the image of God, where does it originate, who does it apply to, and why does it matter [cf. Genesis 5:1-3; Genesis 9:6; and James 3:9]?

    2. How are both the created order and believers linked together in Romans 8:18-25? What is wrong with them? What will be their future [cf. Genesis 3:17-19; 2 Corinthians 5:1-5; and 2 Peter 3:11-13]?

    3. Are we free without consequences to do whatever we want with our bodies according to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20? Why or why not? What is the purpose of our bodies, and what difference does it make [cf. Romans 6:15-19; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; and 2 Corinthians 6:16-18]?

    4. What does the Apostle Paul urge every believer to do as an act of worship in Romans 12:1? What reason does he give? What would this look like in practical terms [cf. Romans 6:13; Ephesians 4:1-3; and 1 Peter 2:11-12]?

    5. According to Philippians 3:19-20, where is our future destiny, how will we get there, and how do we live in the meantime [cf. 1 Corinthians 15:51-57; Colossians 3:1-4; and Titus 2:11-14]?

    6. From 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8, what is God’s will for our lives? How are we to behave while in the world? What are the consequences for disobeying [cf. Acts 15:20; Romans 1:24-32; and Ephesians 5:3-5]?

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

    “The whole concept of the
    “image of God” is the idea that
    all men have something within
    them that God injected...
    And this gives [man] a uniqueness,
    it gives him worth,
    it gives him dignity.
    And we must never forget this. . .
    there are no gradations in
    the image of God.
    Every man from a treble white
    to a bass black is significant
    on God’s keyboard, precisely
    because every man is made
    in the image of God.
    One day we will learn that.
    We will know one day that
    God made us to live together
    as brothers and to respect
    the dignity and worth
    of every man.”
    Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Jan 16, 2022Your TRUE Identity – Deric Bartlett
    Jan 16, 2022
    Your TRUE Identity – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series 'The Gospel and Culture' with a message titled 'Your TRUE Identity'.

    1. HIS ________________ of God as His Father
    2. HIS ________________ to anchor His life in God
    3. HIS ________________ as the Beloved of God
    4. HIS ________________ of temptation and suffering
    5. HIS ________________ to the mission of his life
    6. HIS ________________ to be himself

    ICEBREAKER: What music do you put on when you want to get pumped?

    1. John 1:18 states an obstacle in the first phrase. However, it is overcome in the rest of the verse. What are the 3 descriptions of Jesus listed in this verse and what difference do they make [cf. Matthew 11:27; John 1:14; and John 6:46]?

    2. Philip’s question was profound, yet unnecessary in John 14:8&9. He desired to experience God personally and directly. But Jesus responded by making an astonishing claim. What was that claim, and what does it reveal about Jesus [cf. John 10:30; John 12:44-45; and Colossians 1:15]?

    3. How is our Triune God revealed and described in John 14:25-26? Also consult Luke 24:49; John 15:26; and Acts 2:33]?

    4. In Paul’s prayer in Colossians 1:11-14, he gave thanks to the Father for several blessings. What are those blessings that belong to all believers, and why are they significant [cf. Acts 26:18; Ephesians 5:8; and 1 Peter 2:9]?

    5. What is the source of the spiritual blindness of our world according to 2 Corinthians 4:4-6, and what is the only remedy to restore spiritual sight [cf. Matthew 13:19; 2 Corinthians 3:14; and Ephesians 2:1-3]?

    6. Hebrews 1:1-4 is one of the richest texts in all of Scripture extolling the identity and ministry of our Lord Jesus. How is He described in these verses, and what impact does it make in your life [cf. John 1:3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; and Colossians 1:16-17]?

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

    “The more you reaffirm
    who you are in Christ,
    the more your behavior will begin
    to reflect your true identity.”
    Neil T. Anderson