May 19, 2019
Committed to fix your heart – Deric Bartlett
Series: COMMITTED
This week Pastor Deric continues the series Committed with a sermon titled Committed to Fix your hearts focusing on 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
 
Questions
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
ICEBREAKER: What were some of your childhood hobbies?
1. There appears to be a correlation between “giving thanks” and “joy”. Four times in 1 Thessalonians, Paul gave thanks for others [1:2; 2:13; 3:9; 5:18], and experienced joy another four times [1:6; 2:19, 2:20; 3:9]. From these verses, what is the correlation, and how has thanksgiving produced joy in your life and ministry?
2. What are some factors that could contribute to a lack in one’s faith [3:10]? Examine texts such as Matthew 6:30, Matthew 14:31, Mark 4:40, Luke 22:32 and Romans 14:1 for insights.
3. What principles of prayer do you learn from Paul’s example in 1 Thessalonians 3:10-11?
4. What are the effects of abounding love for one another [1Thessalonians 3:12]? To answer, consider such texts as John 13:34-35, Romans 13:8, Ephesians 4:2, 1 Peter 4:8, 1 John 4:7, and 1 John 4:12.
5. God is at work to strengthen/establish our hearts [1 Thessalonians 3:13]. How does He accomplish this [3:12], and what are the results [3:13]?
6. How does the assurance that you will be blameless and holy in God’s sight get you through the trials of today and give you hope for the future [1 Thessalonians 3:13]?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
 
“Do not strive in your own strength; cast yourself at the feet of the Lord Jesus, and wait upon Him in the sure confidence that He is with you, and works in you. Strive in prayer; let faith fill your heart - so will you be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” (Andrew Murray)
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  • May 19, 2019Committed to fix your heart – Deric Bartlett
    May 19, 2019
    Committed to fix your heart – Deric Bartlett
    Series: COMMITTED
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series Committed with a sermon titled Committed to Fix your hearts focusing on 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
     
    Questions
    1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
    ICEBREAKER: What were some of your childhood hobbies?
    1. There appears to be a correlation between “giving thanks” and “joy”. Four times in 1 Thessalonians, Paul gave thanks for others [1:2; 2:13; 3:9; 5:18], and experienced joy another four times [1:6; 2:19, 2:20; 3:9]. From these verses, what is the correlation, and how has thanksgiving produced joy in your life and ministry?
    2. What are some factors that could contribute to a lack in one’s faith [3:10]? Examine texts such as Matthew 6:30, Matthew 14:31, Mark 4:40, Luke 22:32 and Romans 14:1 for insights.
    3. What principles of prayer do you learn from Paul’s example in 1 Thessalonians 3:10-11?
    4. What are the effects of abounding love for one another [1Thessalonians 3:12]? To answer, consider such texts as John 13:34-35, Romans 13:8, Ephesians 4:2, 1 Peter 4:8, 1 John 4:7, and 1 John 4:12.
    5. God is at work to strengthen/establish our hearts [1 Thessalonians 3:13]. How does He accomplish this [3:12], and what are the results [3:13]?
    6. How does the assurance that you will be blameless and holy in God’s sight get you through the trials of today and give you hope for the future [1 Thessalonians 3:13]?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Do not strive in your own strength; cast yourself at the feet of the Lord Jesus, and wait upon Him in the sure confidence that He is with you, and works in you. Strive in prayer; let faith fill your heart - so will you be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” (Andrew Murray)
  • May 12, 2019Parenting Your Adult Children – Deric Bartlett
    May 12, 2019
    Parenting Your Adult Children – Deric Bartlett
    Series: One off
    On the Mother's day of 2019, Pastor Deric preached a sermon entitled Parenting Your Adult Children focused on Proverbs 23:22.
     
    Questions
    Proverbs 23:22
    ICEBREAKER: What is your favourite or most memorable “Mom” moment?
    1. Genesis 2:24 gives the reason a man leaves his parents to marry his wife. From this text, what are the implications for the parents who are left? If you have experienced this departure, either as a child or as a parent, what was it like?
    2. 3 John 4 is referring to spiritual children, but the principle can apply to the parenting process as well. What evidence are you looking for to discern whether your children are “walking in the truth”?
    3. The fifth commandment mandates the honouring of parents [Exodus 20:12]. Does this require that all children, including adult ones, should be expected to obey their parents at all times and in every way? Is it possible to honour parents without fully obeying them?
    4. What principles of parenting children do you glean from God’s comments to Abraham in Genesis 18:19?
    5. Proverbs 3:1-10 provides an excellent example of a godly parent passing on wise counsel to children of an unspecified age. Some of the counsel appears particularly relevant to older offspring as well [3:9]. Which of these proverbs would be fitting for your family members, and how would they apply?
    6. Part of parenting adult children is to encourage them to conduct themselves in a godly, responsible manner within the broader family of God. What good counsel comes from Paul in 1 Timothy 5:1-16 that applies to all ages?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “To learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings.” [George Mueller]
  • May 5, 2019Standing Strong in Your Trials – Deric Bartlett
    May 5, 2019
    Standing Strong in Your Trials – Deric Bartlett
    Series: COMMITTED
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series Committed with a sermon entitled Standing Strong in Your Trials focusing on 1 Thessalonians 3:1-8
     
    Questions
    1 Thessalonians 3:1-8
    ICEBREAKER: Before you die, what is one thing you’d like to do just for the fun/thrill of it?

    1. How did Paul express his deep and heartfelt concern for this local church family in 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:1? Are there some in your circle of ministry    
        who you would consider your “glory and crown”?
    2. Paul sent Timothy to the Thessalonian church out of his concern for their spiritual vitality. If you knew someone was “moved” or shaken by afflictions [1
        Thessalonians 3:1], how would you try to “establish and exhort” them about their faith [3:2]?
    3. Why do you think God destines or appoints His precious children for affliction [1 Thessalonians 3:3-4]? Use passages such as Acts 11:19, Romans 5:3-
        5, Romans 12:12 and 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 to contribute to your understanding.
    4. Satan is mentioned as a true menace in 1 Thessalonians 2:18 and 3:5. How can a follower of Christ avoid falling prey to his temptations based on such
        texts as Zechariah 3:1-2, Matthew 4:1-11, John 8:44, 2 Corinthians 2:11, 2 Corinthians 11:14, James 4:7 and 1 Peter 5:8-9?
    5. Paul experienced both the highs and the lows of ministry. In 1 Thessalonians 3:1-3, he was anxious for the church’s faith. However, in 3:6, he was
        ecstatic when he heard Timothy’s good news report. How are you fostering this kind of affection and attachment to those you minister?
    6. How does the faith of others encourage or comfort you as you endure life’s distresses and afflictions [1 Thessalonians 3:7]?
    7. How do believers “stand firm in the Lord” [1 Thessalonians 3:8], based on passages like 1 Corinthians 16:13, Galatians 5:1, Philippians 1:27, and 2
        Thessalonians 2:15?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
     
    “To learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings.” [George Mueller]
  • Apr 28, 2019Committed to Dokimos Part 2
    Apr 28, 2019
    Committed to Dokimos Part 2
    Series: COMMITTED
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series Committed with a sermon entitled Committed to Dokimos- Part 2 focusing on 1 Thessalonians 2:9-20
     
    Questions
    1 Thessalonians 2:9-20
    ICEBREAKER: What was one of your favourite trips, and what made it so memorable?
    1. The Apostle Paul strategically used his so-called “secular job” as a tentmaker [cf. Acts 18:3] to further the gospel message [1 Thessalonians 2:9]. How    
        can you do the same in your work situation [cf. 1 Corinthians 4:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:11; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12]?
    2. What do the terms “labour”, “toil”, and “worked” imply about the reality of Christian ministry [1 Thessalonians 2:9]? What helps you persevere through
        life’s hardships and challenges?
    3. Paul and his associates weren’t claiming perfection in 1 Thessalonians 2:10. In what sense were they “holy”, “righteous”, and “blameless”? What would
        the Thessalonians “witness” in Paul, Silas and Timothy’s conduct that would qualify as evidence?
    4. What do you learn about balanced ministry from the two metaphors Paul used of a “nursing mother taking care of her own children” [1 Thessalonians
        2:7], and of a “father with his children” [1 Thessalonians 2:11]? Why are both essential?
    5. Why are “exhorting”, “encouraging”, and “charging” necessary in discipleship [1 Thessalonians 2:12]? How do these practices help us “walk in a manner
        worthy of God” [cf. Ephesians 4:1; Philippians 1:27; Colossians 1:10]?
    6. How does the assurance of God’s call to His kingdom and glory inspire and motivate you despite the hardships of life and ministry [Daniel 7:13- 14; \
        Micah 4:1-5; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28; Revelation 21:1-4]?
    7. How does the knowledge of Christ’s sufferings and those of other believers strengthen you to endure when you’re faced with open hostility to your beliefs     [1 Thessalonians 2:14-16]?
    8.People matter to God, so people should matter to us [1 Thessalonians 2:17-20]. Who has influenced you to follow Christ, and why was he/she effective? How can
       you do the same by influencing others to follow Christ?
    9. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “To pursue joy is to lose it. The only way to get it is to follow steadily the path of duty, without thinking of joy, and then, like sheep, it comes most surely unsought, and we “being in the way,” the angel of God, bright-haired joy, is sure to meet us.” [Alexander MacLaren]
  • Apr 21, 2019Easter Reflections_Deric Bartlett
    Apr 21, 2019
    Easter Reflections_Deric Bartlett
    Series: Easter
    On Easter of 2019, Pastor Deric preached a sermon entitled Easter Reflections focused on asking the right questions.
     
    Questions
    ICEBREAKER: Was there ever a time when you were frightened for your life?
    1. How does the Bible’s portrayal of Jesus’ full humanity [hunger – Matthew 4:2; thirst – John 19:28; physically exhausted/weary – John 4:6; tired – Matthew 8:24; agony/ anguish – Luke 22:44] affect your perspective of Him? Does this help you in your spiritual walk, or hinder you? Why?
    2. Do you fear death? How do Scripture passages such as Hebrews 2:14-15, 1 Corinthians 15:20-28, Revelation 20:11-14, and Revelation 21:4 change your outlook?
    3. Hebrews 2:17-18 lists some results stemming from Christ’s sacrifice of Himself on the cross for the sins of humanity. Are any of these particularly poignant for you? Why?
    4. How do you account for the apparent shock and surprise of the first witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection [Luke 24:1-12] in light of His clear communication to them prior to the event [Luke 18:31-34]?
    5. What did the reaction of the disciples in Luke 24:36-43 reveal about the reality of Jesus’ resurrection, and how did Jesus reassure them?
    6. What features of the encounter between Jesus and Mary Magdalene in John 20:11-18 indicate this was an eye-witness account? What aspects do you find personally touching or moving? Why?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the messages on Good Friday or Easter Sunday?
     
    “God has defeated Satan through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Through this overwhelming victory, God has also empowered you to overcome any temptation to sin and has provided sufficient resources for you to respond biblically to any problem of life. By relying on God’s power and being obedient to His Word, you can be an overcomer in any situation.” [John C. Broger]
  • Apr 14, 2019Comitted to Dokimos- Deric Bartlett
    Apr 14, 2019
    Comitted to Dokimos- Deric Bartlett
    Series: COMMITTED
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series Committed with a sermon entitled Committed to Dokimos- Part 1 focusing on 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
     
    Questions
    1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
    ICEBREAKER: Who is the most famous person you have known or met? How did it happen?
    1. Surprisingly, the Apostle Paul had his detractors in his day. In 1 Thessalonians 2:1- 6, he defended his ministry by reminding the Thessalonian believers of his ministry among them [cf. Acts 17:1-14]. What did they “know” about him [repeated 3 times in verses 1, 2, 5] that proved his legitimacy?
    2. Why does so much conflict/opposition accompany the declaration of the gospel of God [1 Thessalonians 2:2; cf. Acts 16:11-40]? What does this require of those who share the good news in our antagonistic world?
    3. Corrupt motives contaminate the gospel’s appeal [1 Thessalonians 2:3]. Have you observed corrupt motives in the presentation of the gospel in today’s church? How do believers combat error, impurity and deceit so that the gospel message remains pure and powerful?
    4. God tests our hearts in order to reinforce their integrity and usefulness. What, specifically in this text [1 Thessalonians 2:4-5], is God looking for in order to approve us?
    5. Why does character matter so much in ministry [1 Thessalonians 2:5; cf. 2 Timothy 14-26, especially verses 20-21]?
    6. Glory-seeking is always condemned in Scripture [cf. Proverbs 25:27; Isaiah 42:8; Romans 1:21-23; Acts 12:20-23]. How do we address this tendency within the context of our self-absorbed culture?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “No faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs through adversity. Tested faith brings experience. You would never have believed your own weakness had you not needed to pass through trials. And you would never have known God’s strength had His strength not been needed to carry you through.” [Charles Spurgeon]
     
  • Apr 7, 2019Committed to His Gospel-Deric Bartlett
    Apr 7, 2019
    Committed to His Gospel-Deric Bartlett
    Series: COMMITTED
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series Committed with a sermon entitled Committed to His Gospel focusing on 1 Thessalonians 1:4-10.
     
    Questions
    1 Thessalonians 1:4-10
    ICEBREAKER: Have you ever won a trophy? If so, share the story of your triumph.
    1. How does it make you feel to know God loves you and chose you for Himself [1 Thessalonians 1:4]? Spend a few moments in quiet reflection, thanksgiving and worship inspired by His love for you.
    2. How does the report of the Thessalonians’ conversion in 1 Thessalonians 1:5 influence your approach to sharing your faith? What are the evidences of true, saving faith?
    3. How is it possible to experience joy while suffering great affliction [1 Thessalonians 1:6]? Recall the history of the Thessalonian church’s beginnings in Acts 17:1-14, as well as Paul’s observations in 2 Corinthians 8:1-5.
    4. Godly examples provide inspiration and direction for our lives. What did Paul find exemplary among the Thessalonians [1 Thessalonians 1:7-8]? In what areas of our lives should we strive to be exemplary [cf. 1 Timothy 4:12]?
    5. 1 Thessalonians 1:9 paints a poignant portrait of genuine repentance. What qualifies as idolatry today [cf. Colossians 3:5; Revelation 9:20]? Contrast these empty pursuits with the beauty and majesty of our God as described by Paul at the end of this verse.
    6. According to 1 Thessalonians 1:10, what is the relevance of the titles/ names and actions ascribed to our Saviour? How do these provide you with hope, encouragement, and motivation to face the challenges of life?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Faith, Hope and Love: Faith is directed towards God, love towards others.The church is not a theological classroom. It is a conversion, confession, repentance, reconciliation, forgiveness and sanctification center, where flawed people place their faith in Christ, gather to know and love him better, and learn to love others as he designed.” [Paul David Tripp]
  • Mar 31, 2019Comitted to His People-Deric Bartlett
    Mar 31, 2019
    Comitted to His People-Deric Bartlett
    Series: COMMITTED
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series Committed with a sermon entitled Committed to His People focusing on 1 Thessalonians 1:1-3
     
    Questions
    1 Thessalonians 1:1-3
    ICEBREAKER: Share a favourite childhood memory about one of your siblings.
    1. Acts 17:1-14 provides some historical background to the beginning of the church in Thessalonica. What do you learn about the Apostle Paul’s mission strategy, his message, and the various responses to the gospel in this story that is useful for our mission today?
    2. Paul mentioned others in his greeting, namely Silvanus [also known as Silas – cf. Acts 15:32; Acts 16:25; 1 Peter 5:12] and Timothy [cf. Acts 16:1-3; Philippians 2:19- 22; 2 Timothy 1:2-5]. Why are these individuals important, and what do you learn about how Paul valued relationships in life and ministry?
    3. The term “church” [1 Thessalonians 1:1] literally means “called out” ones. In this context, it referred to those called out by God in the city of Thessalonica, gathered together to live in community with one another, and sent out on mission together. How does this impact your commitment to being a member of CCBC?
    4. Paul almost always addressed specific churches by city name when he wrote, rooting his instructions in specific places and times. Why is this significant, and how does this influence the specific ministry of our church (City Centre Baptist) in our specific city of Mississauga in 2019?
    5. 1 Thessalonians 1:2 shares words of thanksgiving and prayer. How do you respond when you hear encouraging words from others, and how can you use this to lift up the spirits of others?
    6. 1 Thessalonians 1:3 lists the 3 key Christian virtues of faith, love and hope. Why are these foundational to the Christian life? Look up 1 Corinthians 13:13, Colossians 1:5 and 1 Thessalonians 5:8 to see the interplay between these virtues.
    7. What do you notice about the words associated with faith, love and hope in 1 Thessalonians 1:3? What do these energetic terms convey about our responsibilities as followers of Jesus?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Faith, Hope and Love: Faith is directed towards God, love towards others (both within the Christian fellowship and beyond it) and hope towards the future, in particular, the glorious coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Similarly, faith rests on the past; love works in the present; hope looks to the future. Every Christian without exception is a believer, a lover and a hoper. Faith, hope and love are three sure evidences of regeneration by the Holy Spirit.” (John Stott)
  • Mar 24, 2019The Quest for God’s Best – Deric Bartlett
    Mar 24, 2019
    The Quest for God’s Best – Deric Bartlett
    Series: COMMITTED
    This week Pastor Deric begins the series Committed with a sermon entitled The Quest for God's Best focusing on 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
     
    Questions
    1 Thessalonians 5:23 - 24
    ICEBREAKER: What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?
    1. Our God is characterized by peace [1 Thessalonians 5:23]. How do Romans 5:1 and Ephesians 2:13-16 help you understand this aspect of God’s character? How does this description make a difference in how you live?
    2. The biblical concept of “being sanctified completely” is foreign to pop culture. How would you explain this to an unbelieving friend, showing its beauty, purpose and hope? Use Ephesians 5:25-27 to inform your explanation.
    3. Our modern world is confused about what it means to be “human”. How do you differentiate spirit, soul and body, and what do these aspects of our nature indicate about what it means to be truly human?
    4. Who is keeping believers blameless, and how does this promise give you hope despite your continued struggles with sin [cf. 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13]?
    5. In this text, we are afforded an “over the shoulder” glimpse into the Apostle Paul’s prayer life, for 1 Thessalonians 5:23 is in the form of a prayer. What do you learn about prayer from this verse, and how does this impact the way you pray for others?
    6. Does the future prospect of Christ’s return influence how you live today? How?
    7. How does the knowledge of God’s faithfulness to you affect your commitment to Him [1 Thessalonians 5:24]? 
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “God is true. His Word of Promise is sure. In all His relations with His people God is faithful. He may be safely relied upon. No one ever yet really trusted Him in vain. We find this precious truth expressed almost everywhere in the Scriptures, for His people need to know that faithfulness is an essential part of the Divine character. This is the basis of our confidence in Him.” [A.W. Pink, The Attributes of God]
  • Mar 3, 2019The Best Possible Outcome- Deric Bartlett
    Mar 3, 2019
    The Best Possible Outcome- Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric concludes the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Best Possible Outcome focussing on 1 Peter 1:3-9
     
    Questions
    1 Peter 1:3 - 9
    ICEBREAKER: What is your favourite place in the world? Why?
    1. What are the blessings listed in 1 Peter 1:3-5 that prompt those who have experienced the new birth to praise God?
    2. What are the qualities of God’s promised eternal inheritance listed in 1 Peter 1:4, and how do they help you each day?
    3. How does the promise of God’s protective power help you persevere through troubling times [1 Peter 1:5]?
    4. How do you make sense of the call to rejoice alongside the reality of grief due to trials [1 Peter 1:6]?
    5. What is God’s purpose in trials [1 Peter 1:7]? Does this insight change your perspective on trials? If so, how?
    6. What is the ultimate goal of the new birth [1 Peter 1:8-9]? Based on these verses, what is your response to this good news?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “How sweet is rest after fatigue! How sweet will heaven be when our journey is ended.” (George Whitefield)
  • Feb 24, 2019The New You (Part 2) – Deric Bartlett
    Feb 24, 2019
    The New You (Part 2) – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The New You (Part 2) focussing on 2 Corinthians 5: 14-21
     
    Questions
    2 Corinthians 5: 14-21
    ICEBREAKER: What has been one of the greatest adventures you have ever experienced?
    1. Why do you think love is at the core of the gospel [2 Corinthians 5:14]? What practical difference does this make?
    2. How does Paul contrast the “old you” with the “new you” in 2 Corinthians 5:15? How do you live this out in the context of our self-centred culture?
    3. In your experience of the new birth, what has passed away and what has become new for you [2 Corinthians 5:16-17]?
    4. What is involved in reconciliation [2 Corinthians 5:18-19]? Why is reconciliation important and how does it work?
    5. What is the role of an ambassador? How does this calling influence your sharing of the gospel [2 Corinthians 5:20]?
    6. How would you use the ideas presented in 2 Corinthians 5:21 to clearly communicate the good news of salvation?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “God did not wait for a change of heart on our part. He made the first move. Indeed, He did more than that. He did all that was necessary to secure our reconciliation, including our change of heart. Even though He is the One offended by our sin, He is the One who makes amends to Himself through the death of Christ.” (Jerry Bridges)
  • Feb 17, 2019The New You (Part-1) – Deric Bartlett
    Feb 17, 2019
    The New You (Part-1) – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The New You (Part 1) focussing on 2 Corinthians 5: 1-13
     
    Questions
    2 Corinthians 5: 1-13
    ICEBREAKER: What is your biggest fear about death?
    1. How does the promise of eternal life affect your present earthly life [2 Corinthians 5: 1-4]?
    2. Paul uses the term “groan” in 2 Corinthians 5:2 and 4 for our earthly existence. Do you think this is an accurate designation? Why or why not?
    3. Why is the Holy Spirit compared to a “deposit/pledge/guarantee” [2 Corinthians 5:5]? Do you find this helpful? If so, why?
    4. Do you find it a challenge to live by faith and not by sight [2 Corinthians 5:7]? Why or why not? What helps you overcome the challenge?
    5. How does the future reality of appearing before Christ’s judgment seat influence your living today [2 Corinthians 5:10]?
    6. How does the fear of the Lord motivate you to share your faith with others [2 Corinthians 5:11]?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
  • Feb 10, 2019The Bad news about the Good News-Deric Bartlett- Audio Updated
    Feb 10, 2019
    The Bad news about the Good News-Deric Bartlett- Audio Updated
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Bad News about the Good News focussing on Romans 3:9-25.
     
    Questions
    Romans 3:9-25
    ICEBREAKER: If God was about to send a thunder bolt from the sky to strike someone down, who do you think would be struck?
    1. In the chapters leading up to Romans 3:9-25, Paul refers to a first century distinction between “we” and “they” [Romans 3:9]. To whom are these terms referring? Why does this matter? What distinctions exist today?
    2. Romans 3:10-12 are quotes from Psalm 14:1-3 and Psalm 53:1-3. Observing these two psalms, who is being described? What similarities and differences do you notice between the two Psalms? How do they contribute to Paul’s point in Romans 3:9-18?
    3. Romans 3:9-18 present a view of humanity that could be perceived as pessimistic. Do you agree or disagree with Paul’s assessment of the human condition? What evidence would you provide to prove your point?
    4. Why do so many struggle with the biblical reality of humanity’s accountability before God [Romans 3:19]?
    5. Paul writes, “But now...” [Romans 3:21]. If none are righteous [Romans 3:9-18], then how can we become righteous [Romans 3:21b-22]?
    6. What is your story of “falling short” of God’s glory [Romans 3:23]? What is your story of receiving God’s grace through Christ Jesus [Romans 3:24]?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “Without a heart transformed by the grace of Christ, we just continue to manage external and internal darkness.” (Matt Chandler, The Explicit Gospel)
  • Feb 3, 2019Signs of Life-Deric Bartlett
    Feb 3, 2019
    Signs of Life-Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Sign of Life focussing on 1 John 5:1-5.
     
    Questions
    1 John 5:1-5
    ICEBREAKER: Does your first or middle name have any significance (or were you name after another family member or influential person)?
    1. What are people in the world trusting other than Jesus? How would you compare these alternatives to Him [1 John 5:1]?
    2. It is the nature of faith to always have an object. In other words, faith is always “in” someone or something. Why do Christians insist that faith in Jesus is the only way of salvation [1 John 5:1]?
    3. How do we know Jesus alone qualifies as “the Christ” [1 John 5:1]?
    4. What is the significance of Jesus being “the Christ”? What are the promises and hopes wrapped up in “the Christ” that encourage your walk with Him [1 John 5:1]?
    5. Why are love for God and obedience to His commands inseparably linked [1 John 5:2-3]?
    6. In what sense do believers in Jesus overcome/conquer the world [1 John 5:4-5]? Are you able to share how you have experienced this in your life recently?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “A transformed life is the greatest of all miracles. Every time a person is “born again” by repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ, the miracle of regeneration is performed.” (Billy Graham)
  • Jan 27, 2019The Security of the Believer-Deric Bartlett
    Jan 27, 2019
    The Security of the Believer-Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Security of the Believer focussing on John 10: 22-39.
     
    Questions
    John 10:22-39

    ICEBREAKER: If you had the power to change one problem in the world today, what would that problem be?

    1. According to John’s Gospel, what “works/deeds” [John 10:25] had Jesus done already to demonstrate He was the Christ? Trace them through the first 9 chapters of John.

    2. Why do you think Jesus uses “sheep” as a comparison for believers [John 10:27]

    3. Observing the whole context of John 10, what comfort and encouragement do you derive from the “Good Shepherd” and “sheep” imagery of Jesus

    4. How can you tell if you are a “sheep” of Jesus [John 10:27]? What are the benefits of being one of Jesus’ “sheep” [John 10:28-29]?

    5. What do you learn about Who Jesus is from His words and those of His opponents in John 10:30-33? Why did they prepare to stone Him?

    6. What has Jesus done to convince you He is the Son of God [John 10:36-38]?

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

    When a man or woman is born again by the Spirit of God, they will give evidence of it in part by striving to live a holy life. (Alistair Begg)