Sep 5, 2021
The New Heaven and The New Earth
Series: One off
This week, Pastor Deric concludes his 5-part series with a message titled 'The New Heaven And The New Earth' based on Revelation 21:1-8. 1. Heaven is the _______________ 'welcome home' (v.1-3) 2. Heaven is the _______________ removal of the curse of sin (v.4) 3. Heaven is the _______________ reckoning in God's eternal plan (v.5-6) 4. Heaven is the _______________ 'well done' for every believer (v.6-8) ICEBREAKER: What useless facts do you know? 1. How does the fact that there will be a new heaven and a new earth without any sea influence how you view this present life [Revelation 21;1]? Also consider Isaiah 65:17-25; Colossians 3:1-4; and 2 Peter 3:11-13. 2. What will be the defining feature of the new Jerusalem [Revelation 21:2-3], and how does this bring you comfort, assurance, and hope today [cf. Ezekiel 37:24-28; John 1:14; and Hebrews 11:13-16]? 3. How are the promises of Revelation 21:4 helping you persevere through the pains and problems of this life [cf. Isaiah 25:8; Luke 20:34-36; and 1 Corinthians 15:26]? 4. What does the Lord promise to those who are spiritually parched [Revelation 21:6]? How is He satisfying your thirsty soul today [cf. John 4:7-15; John 7:37-39; and Revelation 22:17]? 5. How is the sobering list of those destined for the lake of fire and the second death [Revelation 21:8] prompting you to regularly self-examine your own life [cf. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Galatians 5:19-21; and 1 Timothy 1:8-11]? 6. What does the beauty of the new Jerusalem of Revelation 21:9-14 show you about the character of our God [cf. Isaiah 60:17-22; Ezekiel43:1-5; and Hebrews 12:22-24]? 7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
“The New Heaven and New Earth will be God resetting and recreating the heavens and the earth, where sin and the effects of sin will no longer be present. You will be able to enjoy the beauty of God's presence in all of his glory, unhindered by the presence of sin." (Clarence L. Haynes Jr.)
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  • Sep 5, 2021The New Heaven and The New Earth
    Sep 5, 2021
    The New Heaven and The New Earth
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Deric concludes his 5-part series with a message titled 'The New Heaven And The New Earth' based on Revelation 21:1-8. 1. Heaven is the _______________ 'welcome home' (v.1-3) 2. Heaven is the _______________ removal of the curse of sin (v.4) 3. Heaven is the _______________ reckoning in God's eternal plan (v.5-6) 4. Heaven is the _______________ 'well done' for every believer (v.6-8) ICEBREAKER: What useless facts do you know? 1. How does the fact that there will be a new heaven and a new earth without any sea influence how you view this present life [Revelation 21;1]? Also consider Isaiah 65:17-25; Colossians 3:1-4; and 2 Peter 3:11-13. 2. What will be the defining feature of the new Jerusalem [Revelation 21:2-3], and how does this bring you comfort, assurance, and hope today [cf. Ezekiel 37:24-28; John 1:14; and Hebrews 11:13-16]? 3. How are the promises of Revelation 21:4 helping you persevere through the pains and problems of this life [cf. Isaiah 25:8; Luke 20:34-36; and 1 Corinthians 15:26]? 4. What does the Lord promise to those who are spiritually parched [Revelation 21:6]? How is He satisfying your thirsty soul today [cf. John 4:7-15; John 7:37-39; and Revelation 22:17]? 5. How is the sobering list of those destined for the lake of fire and the second death [Revelation 21:8] prompting you to regularly self-examine your own life [cf. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Galatians 5:19-21; and 1 Timothy 1:8-11]? 6. What does the beauty of the new Jerusalem of Revelation 21:9-14 show you about the character of our God [cf. Isaiah 60:17-22; Ezekiel43:1-5; and Hebrews 12:22-24]? 7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
    “The New Heaven and New Earth will be God resetting and recreating the heavens and the earth, where sin and the effects of sin will no longer be present. You will be able to enjoy the beauty of God's presence in all of his glory, unhindered by the presence of sin." (Clarence L. Haynes Jr.)
  • May 9, 2021The Queen of the Castle – Deric Bartlett
    May 9, 2021
    The Queen of the Castle – Deric Bartlett
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Deric shares a special Mother's Day message titled 'The Queen of the Castle" based on the book of Esther.

    1. The ________ of Esther
    2. The _______ of Esther

    ICEBREAKER: What life lessons have you learned from your mother?

    1. What do you learn about Esther’s background from Esther 2:5-11? How does her less than ideal life circumstances encourage you to face your own [cf. Genesis 50:19-21; James 1:2-4; and 1 Peter 1:6-9]?

    2. How was Esther’s character portrayed in Esther 2:9, 10, and 15? Why are these desirable attributes to cultivate in life [cf. Proverbs 15:22; Proverbs 19:20; and Proverbs 23:22-23]?

    3. Esther was willing to give others credit instead of being self-serving [Esther 2:21-23]. Why is this such an undervalued characteristic today? What good could possibly from turning the spotlight on others [cf. Roman 16:1-2; 1 Corinthians 16:15-18; and Philippians 2:25-30]?

    4. Esther could have tried to save herself by keeping her nationality hidden. However, she chose, at the bidding of Mordecai, to identify with her endangered people. How does her act of courage and self-sacrifice inspire you to face your fears [cf. 1 Samuel 17:41-51; Daniel 6:19-23; and 1 Peter 3:18]?

    5. How do the events of Esther 5-7 – the first dinner, the humiliation of Haman, the second dinner, and the ultimate downfall of Haman – illustrate the relationship between divine sovereignty and human responsibility [cf. Jeremiah 18:1-11; Acts 13:48; and Philippians 2:12-13]?

    6. Esther decided to petition the king by declaring her solidarity with the people of God [Esther 7:3-4]. Do you value the community of faith? If so, how do you demonstrate it [cf. 1 Corinthians 12:26; Hebrews 10:32-39; and Hebrews 13:1-3]?

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

    “When Eve was brought unto Adam, he became filled with the Holy Spirit, and gave her the most sanctified, the most glorious of appellations. He called her Eve, that is to say, the Mother of All. He did not style her wife, but simply mother, mother of all living creatures. In this consists the glory and the most precious ornament of woman.” (Martin Luther)
  • May 2, 2021Be Strong & Courageous – Max Oates
    May 2, 2021
    Be Strong & Courageous – Max Oates
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Max shares a message titled "Be Strong & Courageous" based on Joshua 1 as he says farewell.

    ICEBREAKER: What workers have the worst jobs?

    1. One of the key attributes of leadership is the ability to accurately describe reality. How do you see that principle at work in the LORD’s first sentence of Joshua 1:2? Why was this such a significant statement of reality for the people of Israel [cf. Deuteronomy 32:48-52; Deuteronomy 34:10-12; and Hebrews 3:5]?

    2. What would be required of the people of Israel to experience the fulfillment of God’s promises to them [Joshua 1:2-4]? Consider also Deuteronomy 9:23-24; Deuteronomy 31:7-8; and Hebrew 3:7-19.

    3. Why did the LORD promise His continued presence as the Israelites prepared to enter the land [Joshua 1:5]? How does this encourage you to trust God and obey Him as you face the challenges in your life [cf. Deuteronomy 31:6; Isaiah 41:10; and Hebrews 13:5-6]?

    4. Why do you think the LORD told Joshua to be “strong and courageous” three times in Joshua 1:6, 7, and 9? What was about to happen in their immediate future that necessitated courage? How does this influence your approach to your current situation [1 Samuel 17:41-47; 2 Chronicles 14:9-15; and 2 Chronicles 32:1-8]?

    5. Joshua 1:1-9 is full of commands from the LORD and promises by the LORD. How do God’s promises help us keep His commands [cf. Exodus 15:26; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; and Colossians 3:1-4]?

    6. What does it look like to meditate on the Word of God day and night [Joshua 1:8]? What does God promise to those who do so [cf. Psalm 1:1-3; Psalm 119:9-11; and Colossians 3:16]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Meditation is simply talking to God about His Word with a desire that your life and those you pray for come into agreement with it.” (William Thrasher)
  • Jan 3, 2021Spiritual Vaccination – Deric Bartlett
    Jan 3, 2021
    Spiritual Vaccination – Deric Bartlett
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Deric start the new year with a message title 'Spiritual Vaccination' base don Jeremiah 9:23-24.
     

     

    1. Knowing God as the LORD is the experience that summarizes the entire Bible
    2. Knowing God as the LORD will protect you from judgment
    3. Knowing God as the LORD will protect you from boasting
    4. Knowing God as the LORD will protect you from ignorance


    ICEBREAKER:
    What realistic New Year’s resolutions are you planning to make?

    1. Jeremiah is known as “the weeping prophet”. Jeremiah 9:1-2 provides a great example of this tendency. What prompted his tears, and how does it help in the development of a compassionate heart for people [cf. Matthew 5:4; Luke 19:41-44; and Romans 9:1-5]?

    2. Notice the word pictures used to describe the spiritual adultery of the people [Jeremiah 9:3-8]. Has the human condition changed over time? What examples from today reveal the human race’s continued spiritual unfaithfulness [cf. Genesis 6:5-7; Mark 7:20-23; Romans 1:28-32; and 2 Timothy 3:1-5]?

    3. God’s patience toward sinners eventually ends. What do you learn about God’s character that prompts you to restrain unrighteousness [cf. Romans 2:1-11; Romans 9:19-26; and 2 Peter 3:8-10]?

    4. Jeremiah 9:12-22 lists God’s indictment of His unfaithful people along with the impending doom of destruction and exile. Why do you think people persist in sin when it inevitably leads to disaster [cf. Genesis 4:6-7; Numbers 32:23; and Romans 6:15-19]?

    5. After outlining the imminent destruction and death [Jeremiah 9:15-22], the LORD exposed the false boasts of the people of Judah [Jeremiah 9:23]. What were these 3 false hopes, and what are modern parallels [cf. Deuteronomy 8:11-20; Isaiah 5:18-23; and Zephaniah 1:14-18]?

    6.  According to Jeremiah 9:24, in what does the LORD delight? If someone truly knows the LORD and His character, what practices will he/she exhibit? Consider Exodus 34:6-7; Jeremiah 31:33-34; and Micah 6:6-8 for further insights.

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

    “There’s a difference between knowing God and knowing about God. When you truly know God, you have energy to serve Him, boldness to share Him, and contentment in Him.” (J.I. Packer)

  • Oct 18, 2020The Shining City – Deric Bartlett
    Oct 18, 2020
    The Shining City – Deric Bartlett
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Deric shares a special message for our 40th anniversary titled 'The Shining City' based on Matthew 5:13-16.
    We are the salt of the earth We are the light of the world We are a city set on a hill
     
    1.Why do you think Jesus employed the metaphor of salt to describe the impact of His disciples on others [Matthew 5:13]? What is it about salt that makes it influential [cf. Job 6:6; 2 Kings 2:19-22; and Colossians 4:5-6]?
     
    2.Jesus listed the qualities of His disciples in His Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3-12. How do these shed light on how a disciple may lose saltiness [Matthew 5:13]? Consider also Ephesians 4:17-24; Hebrews 6:1-6; and 2 Peter 2:17-22.
     
    3.What is it about the properties of light that make it a fitting metaphor for Jesus’ followers [cf. Matthew 5:14]? Examine also John 8:12; Ephesians 5:7-10; and Philippians 2:14-16.
     
    4.Why would a city set atop a hill be an apt description of a follower of Jesus [Matthew 5:14]? Look up Psalm 48; Zechariah 8:1-8; and Hebrews 11:13-16 as well.
     
    5.According to Jesus, what is the role of “good works” [Matthew 5:16]? Are they necessary for salvation, or necessary as a result of salvation [cf. Ephesians 2:10; Titus 3:4-8, 14; and 1 Peter 2:11-12]?
     
    6.What does it mean to “give glory to your Father in heaven” [Matthew 5:16]? How do we ensure God receives glory [cf. Daniel 4:34-37; Matthew 9:1-8; and Revelation 4:9-11]?
     
    7.What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
     
    “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” (John Piper)
  • Mar 15, 2020Do Not Be Anxious – Deric Bartlett
    Mar 15, 2020
    Do Not Be Anxious – Deric Bartlett
    Series: One off
    This week Pastor Deric shares a message called 'Do not be Anxious' based on Psalm 28:& and Philippians 4:6.
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  • Mar 8, 2020Cornering A Con – Brad Lehman
    Mar 8, 2020
    Cornering A Con – Brad Lehman
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Brad shares a message called 'Cornering A con', based on the book of Philemon.
     
    1. The witnesses of a con: Find faithful accomplices [Philemon 1:1-3].
    2. The victim of a con: Respond to victimization by refreshing others [Philemon 1:4-7].
    3. The cornering of a con: Let God corner the useless to convert them to useful [Philemon 1:8-16].
    4. Climbing into a con’s corner: Identify with the guilty [Philemon 1:17-22].
    5. Greetings from more accomplices: Praise God for His grace [Philemon 1:23-25]. Let Jesus climb into your corner.
     
    Questions:
     
    ICEBREAKER: What do you wish someone taught you a long time ago?
     
    1. What prayer principles do you pick up from Paul’s prayer in Philemon 1:4-7? Compare with other Scriptures such as 1 Corinthians 1:4-9; Ephesians 1:15-19; and 1 Thessalonians 1:2-5.
     
    2. How does a believer refresh “the hearts of the saints” [Philemon 1:7, 20]? What would that look like? Consult also Matthew 11:28-30; 1 Corinthians 16:15-18; and 2 Corinthians 7:13-16 for further insights.
     
    3. Paul wrote that he had become the “father” of Onesimus during his imprisonment [Philemon 1:10]. What does this show about their spiritual relationship? What impact does the analogy of a “father” have for those who serve in Christ’s church [cf. Acts 20:25-35; 1 Corinthians 4:14-21; and 1 Thessalonians 2:9-12]?
     
    4. Have you ever felt or been called “useless” [Philemon 1:11]? Who or what prompted this reaction? How does the good news of Christ restore one to “usefulness” [cf. Luke 19:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:12-16; and 2 Timothy 2:20-21]?
     
    5. The world focuses on status symbols, titles, power, fame and wealth. In contrast, Christ’s gospel elevates all who trust Him to His beloved family members [Philemon 1:15-17]. How does this changed perspective influence how you treat each member of your church family [cf. Ephesians 6:5-9; Colossians 3:22-24; and 1 Timothy 6:1-2]?
     
    6. How does Paul’s language in Philemon 1:17-19 echo that of the gospel? How does Paul’s advocacy on Onesimus’ behalf imitate Christ for us? How can we do this for others? Consider Luke 15:1-7; Acts 9:26-30; and Romans 15:7 for more ideas.
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “Wherever Jesus has been proclaimed, we see lives change for the good, nations change for the better, thieves become honest, alcoholics become sober, hateful individuals become channels of love, unjust persons embrace justice.” (Josh McDowell)
  • Mar 1, 2020What’s Suffering Good For? – Darryl Dash
    Mar 1, 2020
    What’s Suffering Good For? – Darryl Dash
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Darryl Dash from Liberty Grace Church shares with us. 'What's Suffering Good For?' is based on 2 Corinthians 1:1-11.
     
    God is a compassionate, encouraging God.
    The suffering we face is purposeful.
    Suffering builds community.
     
    Questions:
     
    ICEBREAKER: What has really taken a toll on you?
     
    1. Paul discussed affliction and suffering in 2 Corinthians 1:1-11. Yet he began by blessing God [11:3]. What role does worship play in helping us navigate life’s trials [cf. Luke 1:68-75; Ephesians 1:3-6; and 1 Peter 1:3-9]?
     
    2. What does it mean that God is the God of all comfort [2 Corinthians 1:3-4]? How does this encourage you? Consult also Isaiah 40:1-2; Isaiah 60:1-3; 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17.
     
    3. How does our suffering prepare us to help others [2 Corinthians 1:4-6]? Consider also Philippians 3:10-11; Colossians 1:24; and 1 Peter 4:12-14.
     
    4. How does our suffering help to deepen community [2 Corinthians 1:7-11]? Look up Acts 9:15-16; Romans 8:16-17; and 1 Peter 5:8-10 for further insights.
     
    5. Paul was honest about his suffering [2 Corinthians 1:8-9]. Why do we sometimes believe that followers of Jesus shouldn’t suffer or despair [cf. Isaiah 53:3-6; Romans 5:3-5; and 2 Timothy 3:10-12]?
     
    6. What is the place of prayer in suffering [2 Corinthians 1:11]? How have you experienced comfort through the prayers of others? Examine Acts 12:3-17; Philippians 1:19, and Ephesians 6:18-20 for more encouragement.
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “I am not a theologian or a scholar, but I am very aware of the fact that pain is necessary to all of us. In my own life, I think I can honestly say that out of the deepest pain has come the strongest conviction of the presence of God and the love of God.” (Elisabeth Elliot)
  • Jan 19, 2020Breaking The Surface – Brad Lehman
    Jan 19, 2020
    Breaking The Surface – Brad Lehman
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Brad shares some tips on how to improve your prayer life titled 'Breaking the Surface' based on Acts 4:23-31.
     
    Questions:
     
    ICEBREAKER: What was your favourite vehicle that you’ve owned?
     
    1. The context for Acts 4:23-31 began in Acts 3:1. What was the backstory that instigated this prayer? What was noticeably different about the early Christians, and what caused the change [cf. Mark 5:18-19; Luke 19:7-10; John 4:28-29]?
     
    2. How did these early believers begin their prayer in Acts 4:24? Why is worshiping God – rehearsing Who He is and what He has done – such a priority in prayer? Consult also 2 Kings 19:14-19; Nehemiah 9:5b-15; and Isaiah 6:1-7.
     
    3. What do you learn about the value of the Bible as an aid to prayer from Acts 4:25-26? What are the benefits of praying Scripture [cf. Psalm 19:7-11; Matthew 6:9-13; 2 Timothy 3:14-17]?
     
    4. The prayer of these early Christians acknowledged the evil perpetrated by Jesus’ enemies [Acts 4:27]. Yet, they were confident God sovereignly superintended everything for His purposes [Acts 4:28]. How does their confidence in the Lord inspire you in your life challenges [cf. Acts 2:23-24; Romans 8:28; Ephesians 1:11-12]?
     
    5. These early Christians did not pray for deliverance from persecution but boldness in persecution [Acts 4:29]. What does this tell you about the purpose and power of prayer [cf. Acts 4:13; Philippians 1:12-14; 1Thessalonians 2:1-2]?
     
    6. Notice the order of the events in Acts 4:31 – prayer, God’s presence, empowerment, and mission. What do we learn about ministry and mission from this order [Acts 9:17-22; Acts 11:23-26; Ephesians 5:17-20]?
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “The right way to pray is to stretch out our hands and ask of One who we know has the heart of a Father.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
  • Jan 5, 202020/20 Vision – Deric Bartlett
    Jan 5, 2020
    20/20 Vision – Deric Bartlett
    Series: One off
    This week Pastor Deric sets our vision for the year 2020 with a message titled "20/20 Vision"

    Questions:

    ICEBREAKER: What are you planning to practice this year to make it your best year ever spiritually?

    1. The Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20 is key to understanding City Centre’s reason for existing. Who [Matthew 3:16-17] is commissioning who [Matthew 10:2]? What is the mission [Acts 1:8]? How is it to be done [Matthew 13:36-43]? What is the promise [Matthew 1:21-23] and hope [Revelation 22:1-5]?

    2. Christianity is designed to be a relationship with God, not just a religion. Spending time with God fosters that relationship. What are your daily practices that prioritize alone time with God? Consider Psalm 5:3; Psalm 42:1-2; Luke 5:16; and Acts 17:11 in your thoughts.

    3. What is the purpose of weekly corporate worship, and why is it so important? Include Psalm 95:1-7; Acts 13:1-2; and Revelation 5:6-14 in your response.

    4. Following Christ is more than a solitary pursuit. We are created for community. What are the benefits of walking with Jesus alongside others [cf. Acts 2:42-47; Colossians 3:12-17; and Hebrews 10:24-25]?

    5. Christians are saved to serve, for that was the example of our Lord [cf. Mark 10:45; Luke 22:27]. How does serving others benefit us as well as the entire body of Christ [cf. Galatians 5:13-14; Ephesians 4:11-16; and 1 Peter 4:10]?

    6. Throughout church history, the Great Commission has too often collapsed into the Great Omission. Why is mission so dear to our Heavenly Father’s heart, and what are we able to do to accomplish it together? Reflect on Romans 16:25-27; Galatians 4:4-5; and 1 John 4:9-10 for further insights.

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

    “All God’s giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on God being with them.” (Hudson Taylor

  • Dec 1, 2019Jesus, the Perfect High Priest – Deric Bartlett
    Dec 1, 2019
    Jesus, the Perfect High Priest – Deric Bartlett
    Series: One off
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series No Turning Back with a sermon titled Jesus, the Perfect High Priest focusing on Hebrews 5:1-10.
     
    Questions
    Hebrews 5:1-10
     

    Ice Breaker: Are you more productive at night or in the morning? Do you think it’s possible to change and get used to another schedule?

    1. According to Hebrews 5:1, what qualifies a person to serve as an Old Testament high priest? How does this help us understand Christ’s high priestly role, and how does it encourage you? Check also Romans 8:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; and 1 Peter 2:24-25.

    2. Hebrews 5:2-4 speak of an effective high priest’s empathy for the people he represents before God. How does Jesus measure up, and surpass, such lofty standards? Also look at Matthew 9:35-38; Luke 7:11-17; and John 11:32-35.

    3. Although the texts quoted in Hebrews 5:5-6 speak of the exalted position of God’s Anointed King [Psalm 2:7; Psalm 110:4], Jesus lived on earth as a humble servant [cf. Matthew 21:5; Luke 2:4-7; Philippians 2:3-11]. How does this portrayal of Jesus amaze and inspire you?

    4. How does Jesus’ model of a prayer life instruct and inspire your prayer life [Hebrews 5:7]? Consult also Luke 5:16; Luke 11:1-4; and Luke 22:39-46.

    5. How do you understand Hebrews 5:8? What is the relationship between a child of God and the purpose of suffering [cf. Matthew 5:10-12; Romans 5:3-5; Philippians 4:10-13; and James 1:2-4]?

    6. What is the role of obedience in Christ’s experience as well as the believer’s experience [Hebrews 5:8-9]? How does His obedience motivate your obedience [cf. Romans 1:5; Romans 2:6-8; and Romans 6:15-19]?

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

  • Nov 24, 2019Great Expectations – Max Oates
    Nov 24, 2019
    Great Expectations – Max Oates
    Series: One off
    1. Two times David writes he “waits in silence for God” in this psalm [Psalm 62:1 & 5]. What does that look like? Does it mean do nothing, or is there some activity we must engage in? Consult also Psalm 27:14; Psalm 130:5-6; and Isaiah 40:28-31.
     
    2. Why does David use the images of a rock, a refuge, and a fortress [Psalm 62:2, 6-8]? Why were these images so meaningful to him [cf. 1 Samuel 23:24-29; 1 Samuel 30:6; 2 Samuel 5:17]? How do these images help you through life’s difficulties?
     
    3. David’s experience seems to mirror today. The current climate of our culture is characterized by mean-spiritedness. Everyone seems angry and personally offended by opposing viewpoints, resulting in yelling past one another, especially in social media. Have you ever experienced Psalm 62:3-4? Is there a better way to respond [ cf. Galatians 5:15; Ephesians 4:25-32; and James 1:19-21]?
     
    4. Faith, love and hope are expressed in other words in Psalm 62:8. Why are these 3 expressions so central to believers’ lives, and how do they strengthen us in the middle of hardships? Also examine Romans 5:1-5; 1 Thessalonians 1:3 and 5:8 for more insights.
    5. Psalm 62:9 addresses our human tendency toward self-importance. In our “selfie” and “viral” age, God’s Word reminds us we are but a “breath”. How does this word picture influence your self-awareness and priorities [cf. Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 8:3-8; Psalm 144:3-4; James 4:13-14; and 1 John 3:1-3]?
    6. The Bible warns us to not set our hears on temporary material things, especially if they are unjustly gained [Psalm 62:10]. How can we keep material possessions from possessing us? Reflect also on Ecclesiastes 5:10-20; Matthew 6:19-24; and  Hebrews 13:5.
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
  • Nov 10, 2019Face to Face with Jesus – Phil Webb
    Nov 10, 2019
    Face to Face with Jesus – Phil Webb
    Series: One off
    This week Phil Webb preached a sermon titled Face to Face With Jesus focusing on Luke 18:18 - 29
     
    Questions
    Luke 18: 18 - 29
    ICEBREAKER: What takes a lot of time but is totally worth it?

    1. The story of the ruler’s question [Luke 18:18-30] follows immediately after Jesus welcomed little children [Luke 18:15-17]. What do you think of the ruler’s question [v. 18] in light of the preceding verse [v. 17], along with John 6:28-29; Acts 16:30-31, and Ephesians 2:8-10? Do you think his question was sincere? Why or why not?
    2. Why do you think Jesus introduced the 10 Commandments to assess the ruler’s spiritual condition [Luke 18:20-22]? How might you use them to share the gospel with unbelievers [cf. Romans 7:7-12; Romans 13:8-10; and Galatians 3:10-14]?
    3. What was the one thing the ruler lacked [Luke 18:22-23]? What do you think was going on in the ruler’s heart? What needed to happen for him to inherit eternal life [cf. John 3:15-17; 1 Timothy 1:15-16; and 1 John 5:10-13]?
    4. Is Jesus commanding all wealthy people to sell everything and distribute the proceeds to the poor in order to follow Him [Luke 18:22]? How should believers view wealth based on this text, as well as Ecclesiastes 5:10-20; Matthew 6:19-24; and 1 Timothy 6:5-10?
    5. How should wealthy believers relate to the poor based on Luke 18:22, as well as Proverbs 14:21 & 31; Luke 12:13-21; Acts 4:32-37; 1 Timothy 6:17-19; and James 2:1-13?
    6. A common misconception is that riches indicate favour while poverty indicates disfavour. Jesus appeared to discourage this wealthy ruler, much to the shock of those with Him [Luke 18:24-26]. According to Jesus, “then who can be saved” to experience God’s favour [Luke 18:27- 30]? Consult also Luke 18:9-14; Luke 19:1-10; and Acts 9:1-6, 17-22.
    7.What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “If we discover a desire within us that nothing in this world can satisfy, also we should begin to wonder if perhaps we were created for another world.” (C.S. Lewis)
  • Oct 27, 2019The Beautiful Strokes of God – Allan Gallant
    Oct 27, 2019
    The Beautiful Strokes of God – Allan Gallant
    Series: One off
    This week Allan Gallant preached a sermon titled The Beautiful Strokes of God focusing on Romans 8:28-29.
     
    Questions
    Romans 8:28 - 29
    ICEBREAKER: What is the most clever or funniest use of advertising you’ve seen?

    1. Romans 8:28 assures believers that “all things work together for good”. What does this tell you about the character and power of God? How does this assurance help you when times are tough [cf. Romans 5:3-5; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; and James 1:2-4].
    2. What does it mean “to be conformed to the image of His Son” [Romans 8:29]? If this is God’s purpose for every believer’s life, how does this goal impact how we live [cf. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18; Ephesians 1:5; Ephesians 4:22-24]?
    3. Romans 8:31 tells us that no one can be against believers when God is for them. What is the greatest proof that God is for us, according to Romans 8:32? What promise can we hold on to in Romans 8:32 to help us through trying times [cf. Romans 4:24-25; Romans 5:6-8; Ephesians 5:1-2]?
    4. Romans 8:33-34 uses the word picture of a law court. In this context, who serves as the judge, the prosecuting attorney, the defence attorney, and the accused? How is the accused acquitted of all charges in this spiritual courtroom? Are you able to identify [cf. Isaiah 54:17; Zechariah 3:1-5; John 5:24; Romans 8:1]?
    5. How does Christ’s love for you enable you to be more than a conqueror despite the many and various difficulties of life [Romans 8:35-37]? Consult also Matthew 5:10; John 16:33; and 2 Corinthians 12:10.
    6. Are you completely convinced of God’s great love for you? Spend some quiet moments reflecting on each of the threats listed in Romans 8:38-39 that are no match for God’s amazing love for you. Include 1 Corinthians 3:21-23; 1 Corinthians 15:23-28, and Ephesians 1:20-23 in your response.
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “God is completely sovereign. God is infinite in wisdom. God is perfect in love. God in His love always wills what is best for us. In His wisdom He always knows what is best, and in His sovereignty He has the power to bring it about.” (Jerry Bridges)
  • Oct 6, 2019Celebrate the Good News – Dan Shurr
    Oct 6, 2019
    Celebrate the Good News – Dan Shurr
    Series: One off
    This week Pastor Dan Shurr preached a sermon titled Celebrate the Good News  focusing on Luke 4:17-20.
     
    Questions
    Luke 4:17-20.
    ICEBREAKER: Do you have any siblings? What are/were they like?
    1. Luke 4:16-17 give us a brief glimpse into Jesus’ spiritual life along with the worship practices of the first century Jews. What do you learn from these verses, as well as Matthew 21:12-13; Luke 5:16; and Luke 11:1, that inspire your walk with the Lord?
    2. Jesus relied on the Holy Spirit throughout His earthly ministry [Luke 4:18; cf. Luke 4:1; Luke 10:21; Acts 10:38]. How do you live in light of the resources provided by the Holy Spirit? Consider Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; and Ephesians 5:15-20 as well.
    3. The text Jesus read in Nazareth’s synagogue was from Isaiah 61, which is clearly messianic. How would people identify the Messiah from this text? Did Jesus qualify? Examine other passages such as Matthew 4:17; Matthew 11:2- 6; Luke 8:26-33; and Luke 13:10-17.
    4. Jesus stopped reading Isaiah 61 halfway through verse 2 and did not read “...and the day of vengeance of our God.” Why do you think He stopped there? Consult also Matthew 20:28; John 1:29; John 3:17; and 1 Timothy 1:15.
    5. “To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour” [Luke 4:19] refers back to the Jewish practice of the year of Jubilee [Leviticus 25:8-12]. From Jesus’ lips, the Jubilee year becomes a word picture of salvation. What should be our response to total debt forgiveness, according to this text and Matthew 18:32-33; Luke 5:24; Ephesians 4:32; and Colossians 3:12-13?
    6. Jesus claimed to be the fulfillment of Isaiah’s messianic prophecy [Luke 4:21]. However, by vs. 29, his hometown people completely turned against Him. What happened? What are your expectations of Jesus [cf. Matthew 16:21-23; Luke 24:21; and Acts 1:6]?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “You don’t realize Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have.” (Tim Keller)
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