Aug 29, 2021
The Second Coming of Jesus Christ – Deric Bartlett
This week, Pastor Deric continues his 5-part series with a message titled 'The Second Coming of Jesus Christ' based on Mark 13:24-37
1. The second coming will rock the world (v. 24-25) 

2. The second coming is a revelation of Jesus Christ to the world (v.26) 

3. The second coming is proof that Jesus is preeminent in all things (v. 27) 

4. The second coming fills God’s people with expectation and hope (v. 28-37) 
ICEBREAKER: What is the best part of an action/adventure movie? I would suggest that it’s when the “hero” shows up and “wins the day”! What would be some of your favorite movie or show scenes like this?  1.When we see the word, “but” in Scripture, it often means a switch or a change in direction of some sort. Compared to the descriptions in verses 19 to 23, how is the perspective significantly changing here in verses 24 and 25?   2. These verses are very similar to a number of old testament passages (Isa.13:6-10; Isa.34:4; Ezek.32:7-8). With this background in mind, how would you describe what Jesus is telling us here?  3. What do the words “they will see” taken from the ESV translation of verse 26 indicate about the posture of Jesus followers? How might we be prepared to “see” what Jesus describes?  4. While there is an element of excitement and awe generated from this passage, this is also a word of caution from Jesus. Why so? Read Daniel 7:9-10 for some additional insight and a clue.  5. How should this passage inspire Jesus’ church today and in the limited time we have ahead of us? 6. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?   “Preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified. The Lion of the tribe of Judah will soon drive away all His adversaries.”  Charles Spurgeon 
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  • Aug 29, 2021The Second Coming of Jesus Christ – Deric Bartlett
    Aug 29, 2021
    The Second Coming of Jesus Christ – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues his 5-part series with a message titled 'The Second Coming of Jesus Christ' based on Mark 13:24-37
    1. The second coming will rock the world (v. 24-25) 
    
    2. The second coming is a revelation of Jesus Christ to the world (v.26) 
    
    3. The second coming is proof that Jesus is preeminent in all things (v. 27) 
    
    4. The second coming fills God’s people with expectation and hope (v. 28-37) 
    ICEBREAKER: What is the best part of an action/adventure movie? I would suggest that it’s when the “hero” shows up and “wins the day”! What would be some of your favorite movie or show scenes like this?  1.When we see the word, “but” in Scripture, it often means a switch or a change in direction of some sort. Compared to the descriptions in verses 19 to 23, how is the perspective significantly changing here in verses 24 and 25?   2. These verses are very similar to a number of old testament passages (Isa.13:6-10; Isa.34:4; Ezek.32:7-8). With this background in mind, how would you describe what Jesus is telling us here?  3. What do the words “they will see” taken from the ESV translation of verse 26 indicate about the posture of Jesus followers? How might we be prepared to “see” what Jesus describes?  4. While there is an element of excitement and awe generated from this passage, this is also a word of caution from Jesus. Why so? Read Daniel 7:9-10 for some additional insight and a clue.  5. How should this passage inspire Jesus’ church today and in the limited time we have ahead of us? 6. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?   “Preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified. The Lion of the tribe of Judah will soon drive away all His adversaries.”  Charles Spurgeon 
  • Aug 22, 2021The Tribulation – Deric Bartlett
    Aug 22, 2021
    The Tribulation – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'The Tribulation' based on Mark 13:14-23.

    1. The Antichrist and the Temple

    2. The Rapture and the Tribulation

    3. The Great Tribulation and Armageddon

    4. The Repentance of Israel and the Return of Jesus


    ICEBREAKER: What is the biggest mistake you have made at work?

    1. From the very phrase “abomination of desolation” in Mark 13:14, what conclusions can you draw? What emotions does it arise in you [cf. Daniel 9:27; Daniel 11:31; and Daniel 12:11]?

     

    2. What do the various directives of Mark 13:14-18 emphasize about the dangers associated with the “abomination of desolation” [cf. Genesis 19:17; Judges 6:2; and Zechariah 14:5]?

    3. How does Jesus’ prediction of severe end-time tribulation help you process the current situation in our world [cf. Daniel 9:26; Daniel 12:1; and Joel 2:2]?

     

    4. What do you learn about the character of the Lord from Mark 13:20? How does this help ease your troubled mind [cf. Isaiah 65:8-9; John 15:19; and Romans 11:5]?

     

    5. What kinds of people are we to be watching out for in the last days? What characterizes them according to Jesus’ forewarning [cf. Deuteronomy 13:1-5; Matthew 7:15-20; and 2 Peter 2:1-3]?

    6. How are you putting into practice Jesus’ admonition to “be on guard” in Mark 13:23 [cf. Acts 20:28-35; Philippians 3:2-11; and 2 Peter 3:17-18]?

     

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


    “God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.” (C.S. Lewis)










  • Aug 15, 2021The Last Days – Deric Bartlett
    Aug 15, 2021
    The Last Days – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'The Last Days' based on Mark 13:1-13.
     
    1. Jesus communicated in prophetic language to keep us on God’s agenda (v. 1-2)
    2. You’ve got Questions, Jesus has the Answers (v.3-4)
    3. There is a time frame for the Last Days
    4. Jesus’ description of the Last Days is sobering (v. 3-13)
    5. The next stage of God's plan is tribulation (see v. 14-23)   ICEBREAKER: Who likes books or movies that are set in future times? Why do you like or dislike them? Have any scenes in particular excited or startled you? 1.   Bearing in mind the statement previously directed at Jesus in verse 1, what seems to be the motivation behind the question posed by Peter, James, John and Andrew in verse 4? Are they concerned, serious, curious? Similarly, how might you categorize the tone of Jesus’ response to their question? 2.   Identify 4 spiritual dangers Jesus seems to be warning the disciples about in the early going of this chapter as He responds to the statement and to their question. Pay particular attention to verses 2 to 5. 3.   How does Jesus describe the posture of a Christian through these times and events described in verses 9 and 10? How will you prepare yourself, should you face such times? 4.   What encouragement do you find regarding how you might be able to stand in the midst of extremely difficult circumstances? See verse 11. Read Acts 4:8 and 6:8-10. Find other examples in Scripture you might share. 5.   Jesus doesn’t “pull His punches”. He describes the “end” in very stark and foreboding terms. How do we then approach the possibility of us living through the “end”? Read Rev. 2:10. 6.   How might we learn from this exchange between Jesus and His disciples? How should we approach these future events? See 1Thessalonians 4:13-17 for a similar passage. 7.   What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message? “Let this one great, gracious, glorious fact lie in your spirit until it permeates all your thoughts and makes you rejoice even though you are without strength. Rejoice that the Lord Jesus has become your strength and your song – He has become your salvation.” (Charles Spurgeon)
     
  • Aug 9, 2021The Coming of Christ Pt. 1 – Deric Bartlett
    Aug 9, 2021
    The Coming of Christ Pt. 1 – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'The Coming of Christ, Pt. 1' based on Mark 13:1-2.
    1. Start the journey.
    Prophecy is a MAJOR GENRE of the Bible, so don’t neglect prophetic texts

    2. Pick a lane, honestly.
    You need a framework from which you read prophecy

    3. Drive carefully.
    Prophetic and apocalyptic Scripture humbles even to the greatest students

    4. Enjoy the panoramic view.
    Prophetic and apocalyptic Scripture helps frame our lives from beginning to end

    5. Remember the destination.
    Your future is bright (which is a gross understatement)

    ICEBREAKER: Who is the funniest person in your family?

    1. Why do you think one of Jesus’ disciples was in such awe of the temple precincts [Mark 13:1]? How does this factor into the context of the verses that follow [cf. Mark 11:15
    -17; Luke 21:5; and John 2:20]?

    2. What does the fact that Jesus knew the future reveal about Him [Mark 13:2]? What difference does this make in your life today [cf. Isaiah 42:1-9; Isaiah 44:1-8; and John 1:43
    -51]?

    3. How do you think the news of the temple’s approaching destruction would have affected Jesus’ disciples [Mark 13:2]? Why [cf. Jeremiah 6:1-30; Micah 3:1-12; and Zephaniah 1:1-18]?

    4. Why is nature such an effective tool to reveal God’s truth [Mark 13:28
    ]? Also consider Psalm 8:1-4; Psalm 19:1-6; and Romans 1:19-20.

    5. What do you learn about Jesus’ words from Mark
    13:31? What impact does this make in your life [cf. Isaiah 40:8; John 3:31-36; and John 14:23-24]?

    6. Jesus told His followers 4 times in Mark 13:32
    -37 to “stay awake”. Why is this so important, and how are you doing this in practical terms [cf. Matthew 24:42-44; Matthew 26:40-41; and Ephesians 6:18]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message? “For this time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature. It will be too late then to choose your side.” (C.S. Lewis)
  • Aug 1, 2021Secret Identities:More than Meets the Eye – Brad Lehman
    Aug 1, 2021
    Secret Identities:More than Meets the Eye – Brad Lehman
    This week, Pastor Brad continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'Secret Identities: More Than Meets the Eye' based on Mark 12:35-44.

    1. THE CONTENDER [Mark 12:35-37]: Only Jesus qualifies as the Saviour King.

    2. THE PRETENDERS [Mark 12:38-40]: Trade the charade parade.

    3. THE SURRENDER [Mark 12:41-44]: Complete surrender completes salvation.

    Humility reveals your secret identity.


    ICEBREAKER: Who is the oldest person you know personally? What interesting stories have they told you?

    1.   What was the role of the Holy Spirit to ensure the inspiration and authority of Scripture [Mark 12:36]? Also consider Acts 1:16; Acts 28:23-27; and 2 Peter 1:19-21.

     

    2.   What do you learn about the coming Messiah from Psalm 110 [quoted by Jesus in Mark 12:36]? Also examine Acts 2:34-35; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; and Hebrews 1:8-13.

    3.   Why is faked spirituality so reprehensible in the sight of God [Mark 12:38-40]? Look up Matthew 6:1, 5-6; Matthew 23:2-12; and Luke 11:42-44 for more insights.

    4.   How are believers to treat those who are powerless and vulnerable in society [Mark 12:40]? Also study Proverbs 31:8-9; Isaiah 1:16-17; and James 1:27.

    5.   How should Christians contribute to the work of God to receive His blessing [Mark 12:41]? Gain more clues by turning to 1 Chronicles 29:6-9; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9; and Philippians 4:14-20.

    6.   What do you find inspirational about the circumstances and actions of the widow as she contributed to the Lord’s work [Mark 12:44]? Explore Acts 11:27-30; 2 Corinthians 8:1-7; and James 2:1-7 for further ideas.

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

     

    “Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being little. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation. Modest humility is beauty's crown.” (Saint Augustine)

  • Jul 25, 2021Riptide – Brad Lehman
    Jul 25, 2021
    Riptide – Brad Lehman
    This week, Pastor Brad continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'Riptide' based on Mark 12:28-35.
     

    1. The Questioner [Mark 12:28]: Look for open hearts.

    2. The Question [Mark 12:28-31]: Prioritize God’s priorities.

    3. The Quest [Mark 12:32-34a]: Be a rogue among the religious.

    4. The Conquest [Mark 12:34b]: Fight the riptide by fleeing to Jesus.

     
    ICEBREAKER: What, in your opinion, is the most amazing animal?
     

    1.   According to Mark 12:28, why did the scribe pose his question to Jesus? What was so extraordinary about Jesus [cf. Matthew 7:28-29; Matthew 13:54; and Matthew 22:34-35]?

    2.   Why do you think both Moses in Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and Jesus in Mark 12:29-30 included the affirmation of God’s oneness [cf. 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:4-6; and 1 Timothy 2:5]?

    3.   What does it look like in real life to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength [Mark 12:30]? Also consider Joshua 22:5; Psalm 18:1-3; and John 21:15-17 for more insights.

    4.   What does it look like to love your neighbour as yourself [Mark 12:31]? Also look up Luke 10:29-37; John 15:12-14; and Romans 12:9-21.

    5.   Why is loving God and loving others more important than the religious rituals God prescribed in the Old Testament [Mark 12:33]? Also examine 1 Samuel 15:22-23; Isaiah 1:10-20; and Micah 6:6-8.

    6.   Was Jesus condemning or commending the scribe when he told him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God” [Mark 12:34]? Why? Study Matthew 6:33; Acts 17:24-28; and Ephesians 2:13 for further clues.

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

    “To love you as I should, I must worship God as Creator. When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now. In so far as I learn to love my earthly dearest at the expense of God and instead of God, I shall be moving towards the state in which I shall not love my earthly dearest at all. When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased.” (C. S. Lewis)

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
  • Jul 18, 2021Checkmate – Brad Lehman
    Jul 18, 2021
    Checkmate – Brad Lehman
    This week, Pastor Brad continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'Checkmate' based on Mark 12:18-27.

    1. The ________ of the Game: Hard hearts are _______ to the truth.
    2. The ________ of the Game: Checkmate, because only one ________ can be left standing on the board at the end of the game.
    3. The _________ during the Game: Bad ideas produce _______________.
    4. The _________________ to end the Game: The __________ transforms everything!
    Conclusion: Jesus declares “__________” to make me His __________.

    ICEBREAKER: What was something you thought would be easy until you tried it?

    1. What are the implications of a belief system that denies the resurrection [Mark 12:18]? Can you think of modern examples? Consider also Acts 17:32; Acts 23:6-10; and 1 Corinthians 15:12-19.

    2. Although it seems strange to us, how would the practice of levirate marriage provide for the vulnerable in that ancient society [Mark 12:19]? Look up Genesis 38:1-14; Deuteronomy 25:5-10; and Ruth 4:5 for more insights.

    3. How is it possible to be familiar with the Scriptures and yet not know them [Mark 12:24]? What is the difference? What is the remedy [cf. Colossians 3:16; 2 Timothy 2:15; and 2 Timothy 3:14-17]?

    4. The Sadducees were religious leaders, but Jesus said they did not know the power of God [Mark 12:24]. What are some possible reasons that would prevent someone from knowing God’s power [cf. Genesis 18:14; Jeremiah 32:17; and Matthew 19:26]?

    5. What do you find remarkable about Jesus’ teaching in Mark 12:25? How does it make you feel [cf. Romans 7:2-3; 1 Corinthians 7:39-40; and Colossians 3:18-19]?

    6. How does Jesus’ explanation found in Mark 12:26-27 give you hope for the future [cf. John 11:21-27; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; and 2 Timothy 1:10]?

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

    “Jesus Christ did not come into this world to make bad people good; he came into this world to make dead people live.” (Lee Strobel)
  • Jul 11, 2021God & Government – Deric Bartlett
    Jul 11, 2021
    God & Government – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'God & Government' based on Mark 12:13-17.


    1.   Don’t __________ when conflicting factions align to discredit Jesus (v.13)

    2.   Don’t __________ by hypocritical rhetoric that is meant to disgrace Jesus (v. 14-16)

    3.   Don’t __________ to a false or forced narrative that is meant to derail Jesus (v. 17)

    ICEBREAKER: What was something you thought would be easy until you tried it?

    1.   In the context of the latter part of Mark 11 and into Mark 12, open hostility and conflict broke out between Jesus and the Jewish religious authorities. What does this signify for those who desire to live godly lives today [cf. Matthew 5:11-12; John 15:18-21; and 2 Timothy 3:10-13]? 

    2.   What does the writer’s comment that some of the Pharisees and Herodians were sent to trap Jesus in His words reveal about the hearts of these religious leaders [Mark 12:13]? Consider also Psalm 34:12-16; Romans 1:28-32; and 1 Peter 2:1. 

    3.   Few words are more deceitful than those recorded in Mark 12:14. What was accurate in the adversaries’ assessment of Jesus? What was inaccurate [cf. Proverbs 26:22-28; Acts 13:4-12; and 2 Corinthians 11:12-15]? 

    4.   Knowing the Lord disapproves of hypocrisy [Mark 12:15], what would be appropriate replacement virtues to pursue [cf. Ephesians 6:5-8; 1 Timothy 1:5; and 1 Peter 1:22-25]? 

    5.   What do you learn about the character of God from the way Jesus dealt with these adversaries who were putting Him to the test [Mark 12:15]? Examine also Exodus 17:1-7; Matthew 4:7; and 1 Corinthians 10:6-13. 

    6.   In your thinking, what things belong to God, and what things belong to Caesar (i.e. the civil government) [Mark 12:17]? How did you determine your answer [cf. Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 13:1-7; and 1 Peter 2:13-17]? 

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

    “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” (Paul of Tarsus) 








  • Jul 11, 2021God & Government – Deric Bartlett
    Jul 11, 2021
    God & Government – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'God & Government' based on Mark 12:13-17.


    1.   Don’t __________ when conflicting factions align to discredit Jesus (v.13)

    2.   Don’t __________ by hypocritical rhetoric that is meant to disgrace Jesus (v. 14-16)

    3.   Don’t __________ to a false or forced narrative that is meant to derail Jesus (v. 17)

    ICEBREAKER: What was something you thought would be easy until you tried it?

    1.   In the context of the latter part of Mark 11 and into Mark 12, open hostility and conflict broke out between Jesus and the Jewish religious authorities. What does this signify for those who desire to live godly lives today [cf. Matthew 5:11-12; John 15:18-21; and 2 Timothy 3:10-13]? 

    2.   What does the writer’s comment that some of the Pharisees and Herodians were sent to trap Jesus in His words reveal about the hearts of these religious leaders [Mark 12:13]? Consider also Psalm 34:12-16; Romans 1:28-32; and 1 Peter 2:1. 

    3.   Few words are more deceitful than those recorded in Mark 12:14. What was accurate in the adversaries’ assessment of Jesus? What was inaccurate [cf. Proverbs 26:22-28; Acts 13:4-12; and 2 Corinthians 11:12-15]? 

    4.   Knowing the Lord disapproves of hypocrisy [Mark 12:15], what would be appropriate replacement virtues to pursue [cf. Ephesians 6:5-8; 1 Timothy 1:5; and 1 Peter 1:22-25]? 

    5.   What do you learn about the character of God from the way Jesus dealt with these adversaries who were putting Him to the test [Mark 12:15]? Examine also Exodus 17:1-7; Matthew 4:7; and 1 Corinthians 10:6-13. 

    6.   In your thinking, what things belong to God, and what things belong to Caesar (i.e. the civil government) [Mark 12:17]? How did you determine your answer [cf. Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 13:1-7; and 1 Peter 2:13-17]? 

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

    “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” (Paul of Tarsus) 








  • Jul 4, 2021The Cornerstone of God’s Plan – Deric Bartlett
    Jul 4, 2021
    The Cornerstone of God’s Plan – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'Jesus ROCKS!' based on Mark 12:1-12.

    1. God _________________ to feed the world: (v. 1-8)
    2. God _________________ to die for the sins of the world: (v. 6-9)
    3. God _________________ as the Cornerstone of His plan: (v. 10-12)

    ICEBREAKER: What was the longest trip you have taken?

    1. Why do you think the parables of Jesus are such a powerful tool for teaching God’s truth [Mark 12:1]? Also consider Matthew 13:10-17; Luke 14:7-11; and Luke 15:1-3.

    2. The background to Jesus’ parable in Mark 12:1-12 is likely Isaiah 5:1-7. Why are these two texts linked? What were the parallels historically, morally, and spiritually for the nation [cf. Psalm 80:1-19; Isaiah 3:14-15; and Ezekiel 19:10-14]?

    3. Was it reasonable of the vineyard owner to expect fruit from his tenants [Mark 12:1-2]? Why? How does this relate to our lives today [cf. Psalm 1:1-6; Matthew 3:7-10; and John 15:1-11]?

    4. Is Jesus’ portrayal of humanity true to life in this parable [Mark 12:3-5]? Are people capable of unprovoked violence and the mistreatment others? If so, how do you account for this kind of callous behaviour [cf. Genesis 6:11-13; Proverbs 1:10-19; and Romans 3:9-18]?

    5. The tenants of Jesus’ parable represented the Jewish religious authorities. How do their comments in Mark 12:7 expose their faulty reasoning and short-sightedness? Why do you think people make evil choices and assume no consequences will result [cf. Genesis 37:18-20; Psalm 94:1-23; and John 5:19-23]?

    6. What does the fact that Jesus referred to Himself as a rejected Cornerstone indicate to His followers how they will likely be treated by their contemporaries [cf. Mark 8:31-38; Acts 4:5-12; 1 Peter 2:4-8]?

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

    “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” (Jesus of Nazareth)
  • Jun 27, 2021Jesus ROCKS! – Deric Bartlett
    Jun 27, 2021
    Jesus ROCKS! – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'Jesus ROCKS!' based on Mark 11:12-18 & 20-32.

    1. Jesus rocks _____________ (v. 1-11; 27-32)
    2. Jesus rocks _____________ (Lk 19:45,46)
    3. Jesus rocks _____________ (v. 12-14, 20-26)
    4. Jesus rocks _____________ (v.15-18)

    ICEBREAKER: What do you think you will be like when you are old, and how will you act?

    1. How do you account for the deterioration of the temple into a marketplace in Mark 11:15-16? What did this blasphemous behaviour indicate about the spiritual condition of the nation of Israel at that time [cf. Isaiah 29:13; Jeremiah 5:21-25; and Ezekiel 33:30-33]?
    2. We see a different side of Jesus in Mark 11:15-16. Why was He upset, and what do you learn about the character of God from His cleansing of the temple [cf. Psalm 2; Isaiah 61:1-2; and Matthew 13:36-43]?
    3. What do you learn about worship from Jesus’ teaching in Mark 11:17, especially from His quote of Isaiah 56:7 [cf. 1 Kings 8:27-30; Isaiah 2:3; and Acts 16:11-16]?
    4. What are some prayer principles you derive from Jesus’ response to Peter’s surprised reaction to the withered fig tree [Mark 11:22-24]? Also consider Matthew 17:20; Hebrews 11:6; and James 1:6-8.
    5. Why do you think Jesus linked answered prayer to the forgiveness of others in Mark 11:24-25? Examine Matthew 6:14; Matthew 18:23-35; and James 5:15 as well.
    6. What did Jesus clearly expose in the hearts of the religious leaders when He answered their questions about the source of His authority in Mark 11:27-33? How can we avoid their sin [cf. Matthew 21:32; Matthew 23:1-12; and John 8:39-47]?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
    “If Bible Christianity is to survive the present world upheaval, we shall need to have a fresh revelation of the greatness and the beauty of Jesus...He alone can raise our cold hearts to rapture and restore again the art of true worship”. (A.W. Tozer)
  • Jun 20, 2021Hosanna in the Highest! – Deric Bartlett
    Jun 20, 2021
    Hosanna in the Highest! – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'Hosanna in the Highest!' based on Mark 11:1-11.

    1.      His ___________ (v. 1)
    2.     His ___________ (v. 2-6)
    3.     His ___________ (v. 7-10)
    4.     His ___________ (v. 11)


    ICEBREAKER: What big problem do you think technology will solve next?

    1. What do you discover about Jesus’ nature in the unfolding of the events of Mark 11:1-6 that serves to calm your anxieties about the future [cf. Genesis 15:12-16; Psalm 139:1-12; and Daniel 2:27-30]?

    2. Mark 11:2 makes it clear the colt had never been ridden before. Yet Jesus sat on it without incident in Mark 11:7. What does this reveal about Jesus that prompts you to worship Him [cf. Genesis 1:24-25; Isaiah 11:1-9; and Jeremiah 27:5]?

    3. When the disciples threw their outer cloaks on the colt and Jesus sat on it, the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9 was fulfilled. What does this Old Testament prediction declare about Jesus’ character and His mission that gives you hope [cf. Isaiah 9:6-7; Jeremiah 23:5; and Philippians 2:5-11]?

    4. Mark 11:9 quotes from Psalm 118 which would have been the final song Jesus and His disciples would have sung together as part of their Passover celebration. Knowing this background, how does Psalm 118 inspire your worship and thanksgiving for Christ’s salvation [cf. Exodus 15:2; Psalm 18:46-50; and Isaiah 12:2]?

    5. What do the praises of the people in Mark 11:9-10 indicate about their expectations of Jesus? Were they accurate in their assessment of who He was and his mission? How does this impact your hope in the future [cf. Daniel 7:13-14; Matthew 24:30; and Revelation 1:7]?

    6. Why do you think Jesus was upset with the fig tree in Mark 11:12-14? Was He “hangry” (meaning, His hunger made Him touchy)? Did He not like figs? Or was there another, more profound reason? How does the mention of His disciples’ presence [v. 14] influence your answer [cf. Deuteronomy 11:16-17; Isaiah 5:1-7; and Luke 13:6-9]?

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

    “He [Jesus] has a right to interrupt your life. He is Lord. When you accepted Him as Lord, you gave Him the right to help Himself to your life anytime He wants.” (Henry Blackaby)
  • Jun 13, 2021What Do You Want From Jesus? – Deric Bartlett
    Jun 13, 2021
    What Do You Want From Jesus? – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'What Do You Want From Jesus?' based on Mark 10:46-52.

    1. How do you see ___________? V. 46
    2. How do you see ___________? V. 47
    3. How do you respond when ___________? V. 48-50
    4. What do you want ___________? V. 50-51
    5. What will you do when He gives you ___________? V. 52

    ICEBREAKER: What company or brand did you love until they betrayed your trust?

    1. Why do you think blindness is so frequently used in Scripture to describe people’s spiritual condition [Mark 10:46]? Consider also Psalm 146:8; Isaiah 6:9-10; and John 9:1-41 for more insights.

    2. What is the significance of the title “Son of David” that Bartimaeus used to call out to Jesus [Mark 10:47-48]? What does this indicate about Bartimaeus’ perception of Jesus’ identity [cf. Matthew 1:1; Matthew 12:22-23; and Mark 12:35-37]?

    3. Under what circumstances would someone plead “Have mercy on me!” [Mark 10:47-48]? Examine Job 19:21; Psalm 51:1; and Matthew 15:22 for more clues.

    4. What does the observation that some in the crowd rebuked Bartimaeus for crying out for Jesus’ attention reveal about their attitudes toward the unfortunate [Mark 10:48]? Do you think Bartimaeus was the only “blind” person in this story [cf. Luke 18:9-14; Romans 12:3; and Philippians 2:3]?
    5. What principles of prayer do you pick up from the interaction between Jesus and Bartimaeus in Mark 10:51 that have the potential to deepen your prayer life [cf. Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6; and Philippians 4:6-7]?

    6. What is the relationship between faith and prayer [Mark 10:52]? How do they work together to accomplish God’s will for our lives [cf. Matthew 8:10; Matthew 9:22; and James 1:5-8]?

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

    “Faith is like radar that sees through the fog-the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see.” (Corrie Ten Boom)
  • Jun 6, 2021The Servant’s Cup – Deric Bartlett
    Jun 6, 2021
    The Servant’s Cup – Deric Bartlett

    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'The Servant's Cup' based on Mark 10:32-45.

    1.   We need ________:  v. 32-34

    2.   We need ________:  v. 35-41

    3.   We need ________:  v. 42-45

    ICEBREAKER: Would you rather watch a movie on your TV at home or on the big screen in the theatre? Why?


    1.    According to the context, what was it about Jesus’ demeanour that caused His disciples and the others following Him to be amazed and afraid [Mark 10:32]? What was Jesus determined to accomplish for the world [cf. Romans 5:8; 1 John 4:9-10; and Revelation 1:5-6]?

     

     

    2.     Jesus predicted exactly what was going to happen to Him after He arrived in Jerusalem [Mark 10:33-34]. What does this reveal about Him that helps you face trying circumstances today [cf. Mark 8:31; Mark 9:31; and Luke 18:31-33]?

    3.     What does James and John’s request in Mark 10:35-37 show about them, and how does that contrast with Jesus’ mission [cf. Galatians 5:26; Philippians 2:3; and 1 Peter 5:5]?

    4.     All the disciples seemed to view each other as rivals as evidenced by their reactions to James and John’s request of Jesus [Mark 10:41]. What are the dangers of viewing others in this manner [cf. 1 Corinthians 1:10-11; 1 Corinthians 3:3; and Philippians 1:15-17]?

    5.     Jesus contrasts His way with the world’s way in Mark 10:42-44. These opposing views persist today. What are the characteristics of each perspective? Can you identify various examples of each [cf. Daniel 4:34-37; Luke 9:46-48; and 1 Peter 5:2-3]?

    6.     How does Jesus’ mission statement of Mark 10:45 influence how you conduct yourself in the world [cf. John 13:3-17; Galatians 5:13; and 1 Timothy 2:6]?

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

    “Think about the way God rules. He doesn’t do it by sending in the tanks. He does it by calling servants.” (N.T. Wright)

     

  • May 30, 2021Treasure in Heaven – Deric Bartlett
    May 30, 2021
    Treasure in Heaven – Deric Bartlett
     This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'Treasure in Heaven' based on Mark 10:17-31.

    1.   You can be sincerely wrong about ____________ (v.17-20)
    2.   You need Jesus to expose the ___________________ (v. 21-25)
    3.   You need _______________ to give you “eternal life” (v. 26-27)
    4.   You need to __________________ and follow Jesus (v. 28-31)


    1. What details in Mark 10:17 indicate this man’s question was sincere? How does his question reveal a fundamental flaw in his perception of salvation [cf. Matthew 19:16; Mark 10:15; and John 3:16]?
    2. In answering the man’s question, what did Jesus recite in Mark 10:19? What part did He allude to in Mark 10:21 that was the stumbling point for the man spiritually [cf. Exodus 20:3-17; Matthew 6:24; and 1 John 2:15-17]?
    3. Why do you think wealth is such a barrier to entering into God’s kingdom [Mark 10:23]? Consider also Luke 12:13-21; 1 Timothy 6:9-10; and James 5:1-6.
    4. What do you learn about salvation from Jesus’ comment that “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a (sewing) needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God” [Mark 10:25]? Examine Proverbs 11:28; Matthew 23:25-26; and 1 Timothy 6:17-19 for more insights.
    5. Jesus’ comments on the rich in Mark 10:23-27 completely shocked His disciples [Mark 10:24, 26]. What misconceptions of wealth confused the disciples regarding the nature of salvation [cf. Psalm 49; Psalm 73; and Proverbs 18:11]?
    6. According to Jesus in Mark 10:29-31, what are the costs to following Him? What are the rewards? In your estimation, are the rewards worth the costs [cf. Matthew 6:33; Luke 9:23-26; and Hebrews 10:32-39]?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
    “Water is useful to the ship and helps it to sail better to the haven, but let the water get into the ship, if it is not pumped out, it drowns the ship. So riches are useful and convenient for our passage. We sail more comfortably with them through the troubles of this world; but if the water gets into the ship, if love of riches gets into the heart, then we are drowned by them.” (Thomas Watson)