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]
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  • 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 1, 2018Easter at the LAC
    Apr 1, 2018
    Easter at the LAC
    Series: Easter

    For Easter Sunday at the Living Arts Centre Pastor Deric taught us a powerful Gospel message from John 17:3

    Questions
    John 17:1-3
    Ice Breaker: What's the worst tasting food you have ever had?

     

    1. What does “knowing God” mean (v.3)? How does knowing God give eternal life?
    2. In verse 1 Jesus prays for the Father to glorify him, so he could glorify the Father. How was Jesus glorified?
    3. Read John 17:26. What did Jesus mean when he said he would continue to make God’s name known? What is the fruit of knowing God’s name?
    4. How would you describe “the good life”? How do you think Jesus would describe “the good life”, and how might it differ from your own ideas?
    5. In verse 20 Jesus said that his prayers weren't only for the disciples who were with him, but for all believers. How does this change the way you think about everything he asked for?
    6. What changes do you need to make so that you can experience the fullness of life that is in Jesus?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "Come, and see the victories of the cross. Christ’s wounds are thy healings, His agonies thy repose, His conflicts thy conquests, His groans thy songs, His pains thine ease, His shame thy glory, His death thy life, His sufferings thy salvation." - Matthew Henry

  • Apr 23, 2017The Heart of the Matter: Part One-Pastor Deric
    Apr 23, 2017
    The Heart of the Matter: Part One-Pastor Deric
    Series: Easter

    This week Pastor Deric begins his series The Heart of the Matter with Part One in Matthew 6:19-24

    Questions:
    Matthew 6:19-24
    Ice Breaker: If you had $100 to spend anywhere you wanted, what would you spend it on? What about $1,000?
    1. What is Jesus urging His followers to do in verses 19 and 20?
    2. What do you see as Jesus’ principle concern in verse 21?
    3. Is it wrong to work for a reward? Why or why not? (see 1Cor. 3:10-15; 9:24-27; Rev. 22:12)
    4. Practically speaking, how do I lay up treasures in Heaven?

    5. How important is a heavenly perspective in the life of a Christian?

    “In this broken world we won’t get paradise now, but the Cross guarantees us that a new heaven and new earth is in our future.”- Paul David Tripp

  • Apr 16, 2017Easter 2017 sermon-Pastor Deric
    Apr 16, 2017
    Easter 2017 sermon-Pastor Deric
    Series: Easter
    For Easter Sunday at the Living Arts Centre Pastor Deric taught us a powerful gospel message entitled "Thomas, The BELIEVER" from John 20:24-31
  • Mar 27, 2016Easter at LAC 2016
    Mar 27, 2016
    Easter at LAC 2016
    Series: Easter
    Pastor Deric teaches us Jesus' words to the thief on the cross next to him "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise" from Luke 23:43 as we celebrate Resurrection Sunday at the Living Arts Centre!
  • Apr 5, 2015The Love of Christ Controls Us
    Apr 5, 2015
    The Love of Christ Controls Us
    Series: Easter
    Pastor Deric shares a message today from 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 as we celebrate Easter at the Living Arts Centre.
  • Apr 19, 2014The Message & Mission of the Church
    Apr 19, 2014
    The Message & Mission of the Church
    Series: Easter
    Pastor Deric shares with us an special Easter message from John 20:19-23 entitled "The Message & Mission of the Church" on Easter Sunday at the Living Arts Centre.

    Questions
    Read John 20:19-23
    1. In the light of Jesus’ life, and His death on the cross, what is the significance of Jesus’ resurrection? What difference does it make to you that Jesus lives?

    2. To say the least, it had been a tumultuous week for Jesus, and especially His disciples. After reading v.19, place yourself in their sandals and describe their emotions and thoughts at this time leading up to v.19a. What had Jesus promised them some time earlier? (John 16:20)

    3. Read v.20. Describe the disciples initial reaction to seeing Jesus standing before them. (see Luke 24:36-43) What did Jesus do that changed them, and brought about their second reaction?

    4. Read v.21-22. Jesus brings clarity to the purpose for which He had called His disciples. How might the disciples understand their purpose now? What might have been their natural reaction to His statement? How could the Holy Spirit have changed their understanding?

    5. Does Jesus get your attention with the statement, “as the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you”? What implications do you see regarding your own life?

    6. How do you understand John’s instructions to the disciples in v. 23? Do we have the power to forgive sin? What is John saying?

    7. After digging deeper into the events of the resurrection, what does the statement, “Jesus is Lord” mean to you?
    8. All believers are commissioned by Jesus to do the work of making disciples. How do you maintain your career / job, and fulfill this command of Jesus?