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
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  • 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
  • Aug 28, 2022We Believe: God and Government – Deric Bartlett
    Aug 28, 2022
    We Believe: God and Government – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series 'We Believe' with a message titled 'God and Government' from Romans 13:1-10.
    1. Human government is a divinely ordained institution; v. 1-2 2. Human government is a divinely limited institution; v. 3-5 3. Human government is a divinely impartial institution: v. 6 4. Human government is a divinely energized institution: v. 7-10
    ICEBREAKER: What is the most outdated piece of tech you still use regularly?
    1. As the Apostle Paul wrote Romans, the dreaded Nero was emperor. What was the reason Paul stated in Romans 13:1 for believers to be subject to governing authorities [cf. Daniel 2:21; Titus 3:1-2; and 1 Peter 2:13-16]?
    2. Under what circumstances might a believer choose to resist or disobey governing authorities [Romans 13:2]? Also consider Daniel 1:8-16; Daniel 3:16-18; and Acts 4:13-22.
    3. What is the God-ordained purpose of human government according to Romans 13:3-4? Also consult Proverbs 16:12-15; Proverbs 20:2; and Proverbs 24:21-22 for further insights.
    4. Why are Christians obligated to pay taxes according to Romans 13:6-7? How do texts such as Matthew 17:24-27; Matthew 22:15-22; and Luke 23:1-2 influence your answer?
    5. How can you show God’s love to those who are in government [Romans 13:8]? Also examine Daniel 4:19; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; and 1 Peter 2:17 for more ideas.
    6. Why is love the defining attribute of all followers of Jesus [Romans 13:9-10]? Look up John 13:34-35; Galatians 5:14; and James 2:8 for more reasons.
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
    “People who cannot restrain their own baser instincts, who cannot treat one another with civility, are not capable of self-government.” Chuck Colson
  • Aug 21, 2022We Believe: Future Things – Deric Bartlett
    Aug 21, 2022
    We Believe: Future Things – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series 'We Believe' with statement on Future Things. The message 'A Thief in the Night' is based on 2 Peter 3:1-15.

    1. We see the need to be _______ __ in our faith (v. 1-2)
    2. We see the _____ that hold people in _______ (v. 3-4)
    3. We see the end of the age with its ________ ________ (v. 5-12)
    4. We see God’s ______ _____ for the world (v. 8-9)
    5. We see the ____ __ ______ we ought to be (v. 11-15)

    ICEBREAKER: What public spaces do you feel most comfortable in (library, park, mall, stadium, etc.)? Why?

    1. According to 2 Peter 3:1-4, scoffers existed in the first century AD. They persist today, for people haven’t changed. How should believers respond to the critical skepticism of unbelieving scoffers [cf. Psalm 1:1-2; 1 Timothy 4:1-3; and Jude 1:18-19]?

    2. How does the historical reality of the Genesis Flood prepare us for the impending judgment that is predicted in the Word of God [2 Peter 3:5-6]? Also consult Genesis 1:6-10; Genesis 6-8; and Romans 1:18-23 for more insights.

    3. What is the future for the present earth and heavens [2 Peter 3:7 & 10]? How does this influence your perspective on the things of this world [cf. Matthew 6:19-21; Colossians 3:1-4; and 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10]?

    4. Why is God delaying His judgment [2 Peter 3:8-9]? What is the calling of believers to the unbelieving world in light of God’s predicted judgment [cf. Ezekiel 18:23; Romans 9:22-24; and 1 Timothy 2:3-7]?

    5. How are believers to live in the world as we prepare for the future that has been prophesied in God’s Word [2 Peter 3:11-12]? Also consider 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Peter 2:11-12; and 1 John 3:2-3.

    6. According to 2 Peter 3:13-14, how should believers conduct themselves while awaiting Christ’s return [cf. Philippians 3:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:8-12; and Titus 2:11-14]?

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

    “The Coming of the Prince of Peace is a promise
    that everything that is damaged
    by sin will be restored.”
    Paul David Tripp
  • Aug 14, 2022We Believe:Local Church and Ordinances – Deric Bartlett
    Aug 14, 2022
    We Believe:Local Church and Ordinances – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series 'We Believe' with the topics of the Local Church & Ordinances. The message 'I Will Build My Church' is based on Matthew 16:13-21.

    1. We ______ the church (v. 13-17)
    2. We have a divine ________ (v. 15)
    3. We have __________________ (v. 18)
    4. We can _______ the Church (v. 22-23)

    ICEBREAKER: What are common misconceptions about your job?

    1. According to Matthew 16:18, who predicted the coming of the Church? Who is the foundation of the Church? To whom does the Church belong? And why do these things matter [cf. Matthew 4:18-22; Ephesians 2:19-22; and Revelation 21:14]?

    2. What were the essential activities of the early Church recorded in Acts 2:41-47 that continue to be priorities for the Church today [cf. Acts 1:14; Acts 20:7; and Hebrews 10:24-25]?

    3. Why is Jesus offended when His Church is persecuted [Acts 9:1-9]? How does this encourage you during trying times [cf. Acts 8:1-3; Acts 22:3-5; and Acts 26:9-18]?

    4. What do you learn about Christ’s relationship with the Church from Paul’s discussion of the husband-and-wife relationship in Ephesians 5:22-33 [cf. Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18; and 1 Timothy 3:5]?

    5. Why was a believer’s baptism by immersion such an important step of obedience in the early Church [Acts 10:44-48]? Why should we continue to practice it today [cf. Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38-41; and Acts 16:13-15]?

    6. How are we to prepare ourselves to partake of the Lord’s Supper, and why is it essential for Christians to regularly participate in it [1 Corinthians 11:17-34]? Also, consult Luke 22:19-20; John 13:1-17; and 1 Corinthians 10:14-22 for more insights.

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

    “It is scarcely possible in most places
    to get anyone to attend
    a meeting where the only
    attraction is God.”
    A.W. Tozer

    “The glory of the gospel is that
    when the church is absolutely
    different from the world,
    she invariably attracts it.”
    Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Aug 7, 2022We Believe:Salvation – Deric Bartlett
    Aug 7, 2022
    We Believe:Salvation – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series " We Believe" by discussing our doctrine of salvation. The key text is John 3:7.

    1. The _______ of the new birth
    2. The _______ of the new birth
    3. The _______ of the new birth
    4. The _______ of the new birth

    ICEBREAKER: What is the most surreal area you have ever visited?

    1. What evidence is available from studying Scripture and observing the world around you that humanity is in desperate need of God’s salvation [cf. Isaiah 53:5-6; Isaiah 59:1-21; and Isaiah 64:6-7]?

    2. What motivated God to extend His salvation to lost humanity [cf. John 3:16; Romans 5:8; and 1 John 4:10]?

    3. Why are people unable to earn God’s salvation [cf. Mark 10:17-31; Romans 3:19-20; and Galatians 2:16]? Why do you think people insist on attempting to merit it through their good works?

    4. Grace has been popularly defined as “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense”. Consider the following three biblical stories: Mephibosheth [cf. 2 Samuel 9:1-13; 19:24-30]; Nicodemus [John 3:1-21]; and the Samaritan woman by Jacob’s Well [cf. John 4:1-30]. How does each story illustrate God’s grace?

    5. Why was Jesus’ death on the cross necessary to accomplish our salvation [cf. Romans 3:21-26; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; and 1 Timothy 2:5-6]?

    6. What is the future prospect for everyone saved by the grace of God [cf. John 1:12; Romans 8:28-30; and Ephesians 1:3-14]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “On the one hand, Christianity is the most
    exclusive religion imaginable. It insists that
    belief in Jesus Christ is absolutely
    necessary for salvation. Jesus is the only way.
    You must go to Him to get eternal life.
    On the other hand, Christianity is the
    most inclusive religion possible because
    it makes salvation accessible to everyone.
    Salvation is offered for all people through
    one Person. Whoever believes in Him
    will not perish. Anyone who receives or
    believes in Jesus will live forever with God.
    There are no racial, social, intellectual,
    or economic criteria that prevent
    anyone from joining God’s family.
    One of the problems with the other
    religions of the world is that they
    all smack of elitism… Only Christianity
    offers salvation to everyone as a free gift.”
    Philip Graham Ryken
     
  • Jul 31, 2022Man: Crowned with Glory and Honour – Deric Bartlett
    Jul 31, 2022
    Man: Crowned with Glory and Honour – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe
    this week, Pastor Deric continues the series "We Believe" by looking at our statement on man. the message "Crowned with Glory and honour" is based on Psalm 8.

    1. Man in relationship to God’s __________ (v. 1-2,9)
    2. Man in relationship to God’s __________ (v.3-5)
    3. Man in relationship to God’s __________ (v. 6-8)
    4. Man in relationship to God’s __________.

    ICEBREAKER: Has there ever been a time when something so amazing or unexpected happened that it literally left you speechless for a time?

    1. Why do you think King David, the writer of Psalm 8, repeated the same sentence at the beginning and at the end of this short psalm [Psalm 8:1 & 9]? What is the value of praise [cf. Exodus 15:11; Psalm 113:1-9; and Revelation 4:2-11]?

    2. Psalm 8:2 seems odd at first. However, Jesus quoted it when He was criticized by the religious leaders in Matthew 21:16. How does His use of the verse and the context of Matthew 21:1-17 help you understand Psalm 8:2 in its context [cf. Matthew 11:25-26; 1 Corinthians 1:26-29; and 2 Corinthians 12:10]?

    3. What do you learn about God by stargazing and studying His creation [Psalm 8:3]? Also, consult Job 38-41; Psalm 19:1-6; and Romans 1:18-20.

    4. Why is the LORD mindful of humans, and why do you think He cares for us [Psalm 8:4]? Also, consider Matthew 6:25-33; John 3:16; and 1 John 4:9-10.

    5. The background to Psalm 8:5 is Genesis 1:26-30. How does the image of God confer on humanity at creation impact your understanding of your identity [cf. Genesis 2:7; Exodus 19:5-6; Revelation 1:6; and Revelation 22:1-6]?

    6. According to Psalm 8:6-8, what is our God-given purpose and ultimate destiny as image-bearers of God? How will this be accomplished [cf. 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; Ephesians 1:20-23; and Hebrews 2:6-9]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “People today are trying to hang
    on to the dignity of man,
    but they do not know how to,
    because they have lost the truth
    that man is made in the image
    of God. . .We are watching our
    culture put into effect the fact
    that when you tell men
    long enough that they are machines,
    it soon begins to show
    in their actions. You see it in our
    whole culture — in the theater
    of cruelty, in the violence in the streets,
    in the death of man in art and life.”
    Francis Schaeffer
     
  • Jul 24, 2022Satan: The Prince of Darkness and His Doom – Deric Bartlett
    Jul 24, 2022
    Satan: The Prince of Darkness and His Doom – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe
    This week, Pastor Deric returns to the series "We Believe" with a message titled "Satan: the Prince of Darkness and His Doom!". the key text is Zechariah 3:1-10.

    1. We have a ________ spiritual enemy who loves to accuse us (v. 1-2)
    2. We have a ________ and ________ God who loves to forgive us (v. 3-7)
    3. We have a ________ ________ who alone can restore us to the Garden of God (v. 8-10)

    ICEBREAKER: Who has been your most interesting/confusing/annoying neighbour?

    1. What do you learn about the temptation process from the original fall into sin by Adam and Eve [Genesis 3:1-7]? Also consult Genesis 4:6-7; James 1:13-15; and 1 John 2:15-17 for further insights.

    2. What do you notice about Satan’s access, activity, influence, and authority from his interaction with the LORD in Job 1 & 2 that both concerns and comforts you [cf. 1 Chronicles 21:1; Luke 22:31-32; and 2 Corinthians 12:7-10]?

    3. How did Jesus resist the enticements of the evil one in Matthew 4:1-11 that serves as a model for us today [cf. Hebrews 2:18; Hebrews 4:15-16; and Revelation 12:7-12]?

    4. Why is the daily putting on of God’s armour essential for every Christian [Ephesians 6:10-20]? How does each part of the equipment help you stand firm against the evil one [cf. Romans 13:11-14; 2 Corinthians 10:3-6; and Ephesians 4:14]?

    5. How does Peter’s list of commands and promises in 1 Peter 5:6-11 help you resist the “prowling lion” identified as the devil [cf. 2 Corinthians 2:11; Ephesians 4:26-27; and 2 Timothy 4:17-18]?

    6. What does James 4:6-10 recommend believers do to repel the attacks of Satan [cf. John 8:44; 2 Timothy 2:22-26; and Revelation 2:9-10]?

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

    “Satan, like a fisher, baits his hook according to the appetite of the fish.”
    Thomas Adams
  • Jun 26, 2022Living in the Fullness of Jesus – Deric Bartlett
    Jun 26, 2022
    Living in the Fullness of Jesus – Deric Bartlett
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Deric shares a special message titled 'Living in the Fullness of Jesus' based on Colossians 2:6-10.

    1. Closer
    2. Deeper
    3. Higher

    4. Stronger

    ICEBREAKER: What is your favourite genre of movie? Why?

    1. The Apostle Paul wrote his letter to the Colossians to combat false teaching [Colossians 2:4]. Why is false teaching so dangerous [cf. Romans 16:17-18; 2 Corinthians 11:3-4; and Ephesians 4:14]?

    2. Paul repurposed the key words used by the false teachers in Colossae to establish the truth. Some of these terms are listed in Colossians 2:2-3: “understanding”, “knowledge”, “mystery”, and “wisdom”. According to these terms, how does Christ reveal the truth [cf. Romans 16:25; 1 Corinthians 1:30; and Colossians 1:24-27]?

    3. What does it mean to “receive Christ Jesus as Lord” [Colossians 2:6]? Also consult Acts 16:30-31; Romans 10:9-13; and Philippians 2:9-11 for further insights.

    4. Colossians 2:6 tells Christians to “walk in Him [Christ Jesus]”. It is a present tense command calling for a continuous or repeated walk on a moment-to-moment basis. How does this word picture help you in your spiritual journey [cf. Galatians 5:16, 25; Colossians 1:9-10; and 1 Thessalonians 4:1]?

    5. How do the ideas of being rooted, built up, and established in the faith help you understand how to walk in Christ [Colossians 2:7]? Also, consider 1 Corinthians 3:9; Ephesians 2:19-22; and Ephesians 3:17 for more ideas.

    6. What two conflicting worldviews are seeking to take people captive in Colossians 2:8-10, and how do they contrast with each other? Why is Christ the only One we should allow to captivate our hearts [cf. Galatians 4:3-7; Colossians 2:20-23; and 1 Timothy 6:20-21]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “God has a program of character
    development for each of us.
    He wants others to look
    at our lives and say, He walks with God,
    for he lives like Christ.”
    Erwin W. Lutzer
  • Jun 19, 2022Faithful Men – Deric Bartlett
    Jun 19, 2022
    Faithful Men – Deric Bartlett
    Series: One off

    This week, Pastor Deric offers a special message for Father's Day. 'Faithful Men' is based on 1 Corinthians 4:1-5.

    1. We have a _______ to fill (v. 1-2)
    2. We have a _______ to follow (v. 3-5a)
    3. We have a _______ to gain (v. 5b)

    GOD IS FAITHFUL

    ICEBREAKER: How do you feel about clowns? Why?
    1. When you hear the phrase “servants of Christ” [1 Corinthians 4:1], what images come to mind? Is it something desirable, or not [cf. John 18:36; Acts 13:5; and Acts 26:16]?
     
    2. What is a “steward”, and what is his/her role [1 Corinthians 4:1-2]? Is this an honourable or dishonourable position? Why [cf. Luke 12:42; Titus 1:7-8; and 1 Peter 4:10]?
     
    3. What are “the mysteries of God” as revealed in the Scriptures [1 Corinthians 4:1]? Also consult Mark 4:11; Ephesians 3:2-10; and Colossians 1:24-27 for more insights.
     
    4. Why is the virtue of faithfulness admirable [1 Corinthians 4:2]? What impact does unfaithfulness have on others [cf. Matthew 25:21; Luke 16:10-12; and 2 Timothy 2:2]?
     
    5. What are some ways to handle personal criticism from others that you learn from 1 Corinthians 4:3-4? How does the prospect of the Lord’s evaluation of you both encourage and sober you [cf. Acts 23:1; Acts 24:16; and 2 Corinthians 1:12]?
     
    6. According to 1 Corinthians 4:5, what lies in the future for everyone? Due to this reality, how does it influence the way you live each day [cf. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14; Romans 2:12-16; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15; and 2 Corinthians 5:6-10]?
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
     
    “Let us remember, there is One
    who daily records all we do for Him,
    and sees more beauty in His servants' work
    than His servants do themselves...
    And then shall His faithful witnesses discover,
    to their wonder and surprise,
    that there never was a word spoken
    on their Master's behalf,
    which does not receive a reward.”
    J. C. Ryle
  • Jun 5, 2022We Believe:The Holy Spirit – Deric Bartlett
    Jun 5, 2022
    We Believe:The Holy Spirit – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe
    WE BELIEVE in the absolute deity and personality of the Holy Spirit; that He is the Divine Agent in the sinner’s regeneration and the believer’s sanctification. WE BELIEVE at conversion He baptizes all believers into the body of Christ; indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption.

    1. The Holy Spirit is God who _______________ the world .
    2. The Holy Spirit is God who _______________ through the prophets .
    3. The Holy Spirit is God who ____________________ Jesus Christ .
    4. The Holy Spirit is God who _______________ in every Christian.

    ICEBREAKER: How good are you at drawing?
    1. The Spirit of God is frequently mentioned in the Old Testament, but only in Psalm 51:11 and Isaiah 63:10-11 (once in each verse) is He specifically referred to as the “Holy Spirit”. What do you observe in the contexts of both these texts that prompt the emphasis on God’s holiness [cf. 1 Samuel 11:6; 1 Samuel 16:14; and 2 Samuel 7:14-16]?

    2. The term “Spirit” appears many times in the Old Testament, often combined with the divine name – the Spirit of God [Genesis 1:2; 1 Samuel 11:6], or the Spirit of Yahweh/the LORD [Judges 11:29; 14:6; 15:14; 1 Samuel 10:6; and Isaiah 11:2]. What specific ministries did God’s Spirit carry out in people’s lives in each of these texts?

    3. Jesus used the analogy of the wind to describe the Holy Spirit [John 3:5-8]. How does this depiction help you understand the Spirit’s identity and ministry [cf. Acts 2:1-4; 1 Corinthians 12:4-13; and Galatians 5:22-23]?

    4. During Jesus’ final conversation with His disciples prior to His crucifixion, He promised that the Father would send them the Holy Spirit [John 14:26 & John 16:13-14]. What names are given to the Spirit in these two texts, and how was He going to minister to the disciples [cf. Mark 13:11; John 14:16-17; and Acts 1:8]?

    5. The ministry of the Spirit of God is highlighted throughout Romans 8. Focusing on verses 9-17, how does the Holy Spirit impact the believer’s life in practical ways [cf. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Galatians 4:6; and Galatians 6:7-10]?

    6. What happens at the moment of salvation according to Ephesians 1:13-14, and what difference does God’s Spirit make in the believer’s present circumstances and future prospects [cf. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; 2 Corinthians 5:5; and Titus 3:4-7]?

    7. According to Ephesians 5:18, believers are commanded to “be filled with the Holy Spirit”. The Apostle Paul used drunkenness for an analogy of coming under the influence or control of another. How does the following list of verses help you obey this command: Acts 4:8; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 4:30; and 1 Thessalonians 5:19?

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

    “Remember that grace and truth cannot finally be crucified. Remember that all the high things that make humanity beautiful cannot be forever laid in the dust, spattered with blood. And most of all, remember that He who rose from the dead, rose to pour out His Holy Spirit into human lives, and, by that Spirit, to make available to any individual all the fullness






  • May 29, 2022The Lord Jesus Christ – Deric Bartlett
    May 29, 2022
    The Lord Jesus Christ – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "We Believe" with a message titled 'The Lord Jesus Christ'. The primary scripture references are from John 1.

    MESSAGE OUTLINE:

    We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God and God the Son, who eternally existed in pre-incarnate glory. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, all-sufficient substitutionary death, victorious bodily resurrection,
    triumphant ascension, present intercession, and personal and glorious return.

    1. Jesus Christ is the _______ __ _______: v. 1-5
    2. Jesus Christ is the _______ __ _______: v. 14-18
    3. Jesus Christ is the _______ __ _______: v. 22-29
    4. Jesus Christ is the _______ __ _______, the Messiah: v. 40-45

    ICEBREAKER:What is the most stressful TV show or movie you watched? Why did you find it stressful?

    1. John 1 is rich in the study of Christ’s identity [John 1:1-18]. As you meditate on these verses, who was Jesus and what did He accomplish during His earthly life [cf. Genesis 1:1; John 17:5; and 1 John 1:1-3]?

    2. The Lord used Peter and John to heal a lame man and then they, in turn, used the occasion to proclaim the gospel, raising the ire of the religious authorities. Arrested, they were interrogated by the same Council members who condemned Jesus [Acts 4:5-6]. What did the apostles claim about Jesus that made Him unique [Acts 4:10-12]? Also consult Matthew 1:21; Acts 10:34-43; and 1 Timothy 2:5-6 for more insights.

    3. Philippians 2:5-11 encompasses the entirety of Jesus’ existence. What phases of Jesus’ life do you see in this text, and what difference does each phase make in your life [cf. Mark 10:45; 2 Corinthians 8:9; and Ephesians 1:20-23]?

    4. Who is Jesus according to Colossians 1:15-20, and what did He achieve during his earthly ministry [Romans 8:28-30; 2 Corinthians 4:6; and 1 Timothy 1:15-17]?

    5. According to Hebrews 1:1-4, what is it about Jesus that makes Him the final revelation of God to humanity [cf. Matthew 11:27; 1 Corinthians 8:6; and Hebrews 12:2-3]?

    6. In Revelation 5, we get a glimpse into the very throne room of God. Who are present in this heavenly scene, what are they doing, and what prompted the worship of the central Figure in John’s vision [cf. Daniel 7:13-14; John 1:29; and 1 Peter 1:17-21]?

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

    “Jesus Christ became Incarnate
    for one purpose,
    to make a way back to God
    that man might stand
    before Him as He was created to do,
    the friend and lover of God Himself.”
    Oswald Chambers
  • May 22, 2022We Believe: God the Father – Deric Bartlett
    May 22, 2022
    We Believe: God the Father – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe

    MESSAGE OUTLINE:

    “We believe there is only one living and true God; 

    who is inexpressibly holy, infinite, eternal, and perfect in all His attributes;

    who is self-existing in three distinct Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, 

    equal in every divine perfection. Each is to be honoured and worshipped.”

    1.  ____________ who is invisible 

    2.  ____________ to Him

    3.  ____________ Him


    ICEBREAKER:

    What is the best way to stay young?

    1.    The Scriptures affirm that Christians worship and serve one God who has revealed Himself in three Persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. How do you understand this revelation about our Triune God, and why does it matter [cf. Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19; and 2 Corinthians 13:14]?

    2.    During Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, He informed her that God is spirit [John 4:24], indicating that worship is not about location but disposition. How does this influence your worship practices [cf. Romans 12:1; Philippians 3:3; and Hebrews 12:28-29]?

    3.    When you read that God is light [1 John 1:5], what is conveyed about God’s nature that sets Him apart from all others [cf. Isaiah 6:3; 1 Timothy 6:15-16; and Revelation 4:8]?

    4.    How does the revelation that God’s character is love affect how you deal with your sins and shortcomings, as well as those of others [cf. Romans 5:8; 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17; and 1 John 4:8 & 16]?

    5.    How does the conviction that God is good to help you when experiencing suffering, loss, and difficulties in life [cf. Psalm 86:5; Mark 10:18; Titus 3:4-7; and James 1:17]?

    6.    What difference does it make to you that God is faithful to His Word and to His people [cf. Deuteronomy 7:9; 1 Corinthians 1:9 & 10:13; and 2 Timothy 2:11-13]?

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

    “Whether you can see it or not - and often we cannot –  everything is being used of God for your good as well as the good of others. This knowledge is by faith. It is not always by sight. But it is nevertheless certain, because it is based on the character of God, who reveals himself to us as both sovereign and benevolent. We are not to be anxious about the unknown future or to fret about it. We are to live in a moment-by-moment dependence upon God.” 

    James Montgomery Boice