Dec 20, 2015
For We…Have Come To Worship Him
Pastor Deric concludes our Christmas series "Come Together for Christmas" with a sermon entitled "For we...have come to worship Him" from Matthew 2:2.

Questions:
Matthew 2:2
Ice Breaker: What one thing about Jesus causes you to worship Him this Christmas?

1. What does the Magi asking “where is he” say about what they expected from the Jews in Jerusalem?

2. The Magi were ready to worship Jesus as they arrived and met Him. What did they know about Him that required their worship?

3. What does the fact that this diverse entourage who came to worship Jesus suggest about how we are to worship?

4. How would this experience of meeting and worshiping Jesus have affected the Magi? (see v.11)

5. What have you learned from this ‘Come Together for Christmas’ series and how are you going to apply that to your worship of Jesus this Christmas and into 2016?

“Abraham knew the Lord as a promise maker, Moses knew Him as a promise keeper, but we know the One in whom all the promises are yes and amen.”- Kevin DeYoung
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  • Dec 20, 2015For We…Have Come To Worship Him
    Dec 20, 2015
    For We…Have Come To Worship Him
    Pastor Deric concludes our Christmas series "Come Together for Christmas" with a sermon entitled "For we...have come to worship Him" from Matthew 2:2.

    Questions:
    Matthew 2:2
    Ice Breaker: What one thing about Jesus causes you to worship Him this Christmas?

    1. What does the Magi asking “where is he” say about what they expected from the Jews in Jerusalem?

    2. The Magi were ready to worship Jesus as they arrived and met Him. What did they know about Him that required their worship?

    3. What does the fact that this diverse entourage who came to worship Jesus suggest about how we are to worship?

    4. How would this experience of meeting and worshiping Jesus have affected the Magi? (see v.11)

    5. What have you learned from this ‘Come Together for Christmas’ series and how are you going to apply that to your worship of Jesus this Christmas and into 2016?

    “Abraham knew the Lord as a promise maker, Moses knew Him as a promise keeper, but we know the One in whom all the promises are yes and amen.”- Kevin DeYoung
  • Dec 13, 2015Enduring Divine Hardship
    Dec 13, 2015
    Enduring Divine Hardship
    Pastor Deric continues our Christmas series "Come Together for Christmas" with a sermon entitled "Enduring Divine Hardships" from Matthew 2:13-23
     
    Questions:
    Matthew 2:13-23
    Ice Breaker: You don’t have to be from a war-torn area of the world to have experienced times of difficulty and even great hardships in life.
    How have you experienced God’s wisdom and provision in times of difficulty in your life?
     
    1. Why would it seem strange that God would send Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus to Egypt of all places? (vv.13-15)
     
    2. What portion of God’s message to Joseph might seem a little different, and why might that be? (v.13b)
     
    3. How does Herod’s arrogance toward God seem somewhat familiar in the world today? (v.16)
     
    4. In the midst of a great tragedy in the region of Bethlehem, how might there be a glimmer of hope? (v.18) (see Jer. 31:16-17)
     
    5. What would be the significance of Jesus’ growing up in Nazareth as opposed to a city like Jerusalem? (vv.19-23)
     
    6. What does this passage have to say to you about what Christians should expect to encounter regarding hardships in the world we live in?
     
    “The head finds reasons to disbelieve when the heart is unwilling to surrender.”- Kevin DeYoung
  • Dec 6, 2015Embracing Divine Guidance
    Dec 6, 2015
    Embracing Divine Guidance
    Pastor Deric continues our Christmas series "Come Together for Christmas" with a sermon entitled "Embracing Divine Guidance" from Matthew 2:1-12
     
    Questions:
    Matthew 2:1-12
    Ice Breaker: Who do you turn to when you have a need for wisdom or good advice, and why?
     
    1. What is the significance of Jesus being born in Bethlehem of Judea? (v.1)
     
    2. Who were the ‘wise men’ who came looking for the ‘king of the Jews’ and what is the significance of their coming? (v.2)
     
    3. Why was Herod and ‘all of Jerusalem’ troubled by the news of Jesus’ birth? (vv.3-6)
     
    4. How is the chief priests’ response to the news of the birth of a ruler/shepherd for the people of Israel puzzling? (vv.3-6)
     
    5. Describe how this story is a lesson for the church today? (vv.1-2, 7-12)
     
    6. What would be your most significant ‘take away’ from this story of the wise men and their experience?
    “It’s one thing to believe in God, but it is another thing to trust Him.”- Timothy Keller
  • Nov 29, 2015Repeat the Sounding Joy
    Nov 29, 2015
    Repeat the Sounding Joy
    Pastor Deric begins our Christmas series "Come Together for Christmas" with a sermon entitled "Repeat The Sounding Joy!" from Matthew 1:18-25

    Questions:
    Matthew 1:18-25
    Ice Breaker: Have you ever been truly amazed? Can you find words to describe that feeling of utter amazement?
     
    Spend a minute or two to consider some of the most amazing things you’ve experienced, and how those experiences might even be linked.
     
    1. Why is it vital to believe in the virgin birth as an important part of the Christmas story? (v.18)

    2. What is it about Mary and Joseph that makes them suitable for the role God gave them? (vv.20-21)

    3. Why is the angel’s reference to Joseph’s lineage in verse 20 an important part of the Christmas story?

    4. What is the connection with the name of Jesus and His work as the Saviour of the world? (v.21) (see Hebrews 4:25)

    5. What does “Immanuel” mean and why is it personally important to you? (v.23) (see Isaiah 7:14)

    6. What more do you learn about Joseph through his response to what the angel told him in his dream?

    7. What aspect of the Christmas story do you love most and why?

    “If Jesus didn’t think He could handle life without knowing Scripture inside and out, what makes you think you can? ”- Timothy Keller
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