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)
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  • 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)
  • May 23, 2021Jesus Teaching About Divorce Pt 2 – Deric Bartlett
    May 23, 2021
    Jesus Teaching About Divorce Pt 2 – 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 Teaching About Divorce Pt 2' based on Mark 10:1-16. He adds some perspective from John 1:16-18.

    ICEBREAKER: What well-known person does the most good for the world?

    1. What are the specifics of the Mosaic law that governed divorce in Deuteronomy 24:1-4? According to v. 4, why could her first husband not marry her again? Why does this matter [cf. Isaiah 24:5; Jeremiah 3:1; and Hosea 1:2]?
     
    2. Proverbs 5 provides excellent advice on how to divorce-proof your marriage. What principles are given to help you prioritize your marriage [cf. Proverbs 9:13-18; Ecclesiastes 9:9; and 1 Corinthians 7:1-7]?
     
    3. According to Malachi 2:13-16, God views marriage as a covenant. What does this mean, and what are the consequences of breaking it through divorce [cf. Isaiah 54:6; Jeremiah 9:2; and 1 Timothy 3:2]?
     
    4. Jesus contradicted the popular teachings of the rabbis of His day in Matthew 5:31-32. They were looking for loopholes; He was looking at the heart. What do you learn about the seriousness of marriage from Jesus’ comments in Matthew 5:32 [cf. Luke 16:18; Romans 7:1-3; and 1 Corinthians 7:10-11]?
     
    5. The Apostle Paul used the mystery of the marriage union to illustrate Christ’s relationship with His Church [Ephesians 5:21-33]. According to these verses, what is the wife’s main responsibility? What is the husband’s main responsibility? What does this look like in practical terms [cf. Proverbs 24:3-4; Proverbs 31:10-31; and Colossians 3:18-19]?
     
    6. We know the Apostle Peter was married [cf. Matthew 8:14]. What principles does he share from his marriage that are applicable to yours today [1 Peter 3:1-7]? How do the following verses [1 Peter 3:8-12] apply within the context of a godly biblical marriage [cf. Matthew 5:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8; and 1 Timothy 2:8-10]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
    “Great marriages don’t happen by luck or by accident. They are the result of a consistent investment of time, thoughtfulness, forgiveness, affection, prayer, mutual respect, and a rock-solid commitment between a husband and a wife.” (Dave Willis)
  • May 16, 2021Jesus Teaching About Divorce – Deric Bartlett
    May 16, 2021
    Jesus Teaching About Divorce – 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 Teaching About Divorce' based on Mark 10:1-16.

    1. ____________________ is as old as time: v. 1-2
    2. ____________________ are for the hard-hearted: v. 3-5
    3. The ____________________ plan still stands: v. 6-12
    4. Children need to be ___________________ by Jesus: v. 13-16

    ICEBREAKER: What kind of physical exercise activities do you like doing?

    1. The people of Jesus’ day were just as confused about controversial topics as people are today. How did Jesus combat cultural confusion that helps us set a clear course in our cultural moment [cf. Matthew 7:28-29; John 7:14-19; and 2 Timothy 4:1-5]?

    2. Mark 10:2 was a “loaded question”. Jesus had just entered the territory governed by Herod Antipas who had earlier beheaded John the Baptist over this same issue. And there was a crowd in attendance as well [Mark 10:1]. From this text, what is an effective way of handling such tests [cf. Matthew 22:18; 1 Corinthians 10:13; and Revelation 2:2-3]?

    3. When Jesus responded to the question in Mark 10:3, where was He directing them? Why is this an important step to answer hostile critics [Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; and 2 Peter 1:19-21]?

    4. What is the root of the divorce problem according to Jesus in Mark 10:5? How does knowing this help us address relational breakdowns [cf. Ezekiel 3:7; Malachi 2:13-16; and Ephesians 5:21-33]?

    5. What timeless principles of marriage do you pick up from Jesus’ comments in Mark 10:6-9 [cf. Genesis 2:18-25; Colossians 3:18-19; and 1 Peter 3:1-7]?

    6. Matthew 19:10 records the disciples’ alarmed reaction to Jesus’ conclusions on divorce and remarriage in Mark 10:10-12. How does this teaching of Jesus affect you? How does God’s view of marriage relationships contrast with our culture’s views [cf. Matthew 5:32; Luke 16:18; and Romans 7:2-3]?

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

    “In sharp contrast with our culture, the Bible teaches that the essence of marriage is a sacrificial commitment to the good of the other. That means that love is more fundamentally action than emotion.” (Tim Keller)
  • Apr 25, 2021God’s Heart for Children – Deric Bartlett
    Apr 25, 2021
    God’s Heart for Children – 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's Heart for Children' based on selected passages from Mark 9 & 10.

    1. ______________ as God sees them (9:14-29)
    2. ____________________ as Jesus illustrated (9:33-37)
    3.  ________________  from temptation (9:42-50)
    4. ____________________ to Jesus (10:13-16)


    ICEBREAKER:
    What is your favourite international food?

    1. What divine characteristics did Jesus demonstrate in the healing of the demonized boy in Mark 9:14-27? How do these encourage you in your times of crisis [cf. Psalm 103:13; Colossians 2:15; and Hebrews 2:14-15]?

    2. The word translated “received” in Mark 9:37 is a term of hospitality. Children in ancient times had little significance. How did Jesus’ actions and words in Mark 9:36-37 challenge the prevailing attitude regarding the value of children [cf. Psalm 131:1-3; Ephesians 6:1-4; and Colossians 3:20-21]?

    3. Why do you think Jesus was particularly harsh in His condemnation of those who cause “one of these little ones who believe in me to sin” [Mark 9:42]? Examine also Proverbs 28:10; Luke 17:1-4; and Romans 14:13-23.

    4. What principles for dealing with temptation to sin do you pick up from Jesus’ instruction to cut off various body parts if they cause you to sin [Mark 9:43, 45, 47]? Consider also 1 Corinthians 10:13; James 1:13-15; and 1 John 2:15-17.

    5. The contrast between Jesus’ approach to young children and His disciples’ could not be starker [Mark 10:13]. What does this tell you about Jesus? What does this tell you about His disciples [cf. Genesis 33:5; 1 Samuel 1:26-28; and Psalm 127:3-5]?

    6. What is it about a child that makes him/her the ultimate example of how to enter God’s kingdom [Mark 10:15]? Look up John 1:12; Romans 8:14-17; and Galatians 3:25-26 for more insights.

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

    “Now, as always, God discloses Himself to “babes” and hides Himself in thick darkness from the wise and the prudent. We must simplify our approach to Him. We must strip down to essentials (and they will be found to be blessedly few). We must put away all effort to impress, and come with the guileless candor of childhood. If we do this, without doubt God will quickly respond.” (A.W. Tozer)
  • Apr 18, 2021Who Is Greatest? – Max Oates
    Apr 18, 2021
    Who Is Greatest? – Max Oates
    This week, Pastor Max continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'Who Is Greatest?' based on Mark 9:33-41
     
    1. We have ___________ (v. 33-34)
    2. Jesus has ____________ (v. 35-37)
    3. We may ___________ (v. 38)
    4. Christ will _______________ (v. 39-41)

    ICEBREAKER: What do you wish your phone could do?
     1. Imagine walking among the disciples during their argument over which of them was the greatest [Mark 9:33-34]? What may have prompted the discussion? What does this kind of debate indicate about people’s hearts [cf. Proverbs 16:18; Matthew 23:1-12; and 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4]?

    2. Why do you think Jesus reversed cultural norms to promote humble service [Mark 9:35]? What does this indicate about the values that govern His kingdom [cf. Luke 18:9-14; James 4:10; and 1 Peter 3:8]?

    3. What do you know about the nature of children that made one of them a useful illustration for Jesus to correct His disciples [Mark 9:36]? Consider also Matthew 11:25-26; Ephesians 5:1; and Philippians 2:14-16.

    4. What does John’s reaction to the man casting out demons reveal about the individual’s legitimacy and the apostle’s exclusivity [Mark 9:38]? Look up Numbers 11:26-30; Luke 9:51-55; and Philippians 2:25-30 for more insights.

    5. How does this exchange between Jesus and John in Mark 9:38-40 address the tribalism that frequently infects the Christian subculture [cf. John 13:34-35; John 17:20-23; and 1 Corinthians 12:3]?

    6. Why does Jesus promise a reward for simple acts of service such as the giving of a cup of water for His sake [Mark 9:41]? What does this show about His kingdom’s values [cf. Luke 7:44-50; John 13:1-17; and Philippians 2:5-8]?

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

    “The Christian Gospel is that I am so flawed that Jesus had to die for me, yet I am so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die for me. This leads to deep humility and deep confidence at the same time. It undermines both swaggering and sniveling. I cannot feel superior to anyone, and yet I have nothing to prove to anyone. I do not think more of myself nor less of myself. Instead, I think of myself less.” (Timothy Keller)







  • Apr 11, 2021All Things Are Possible For One Who Believes – Deric Bartlett
    Apr 11, 2021
    All Things Are Possible For One Who Believes – Deric Bartlett

    This week, Pastor Deric resumes the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'All Things Are Possible For One Who Believes' based on Mark 9:14-32.

    1. You can _________ with Jesus in every circumstance of life (v. 14-15)
    2. You can __________ the deepest disappointments of life (v. 16-19)
    3. You can _________ hurting and troubled people to Jesus for healing (v. 17-27)
    4. You can ___________ in faith and spiritual discernment (v. 23-29)

    ICEBREAKER: If you were featured on the local news, what would be the most likely reason?

    1. Although we don’t learn how the demon entered the young person, we still learn other important lessons about the demonic world from Mark 9:17-18. What lessons do you observe from this text [cf. Job 1:6-2:8; Ephesians 6:11-12; and 1 Peter 5:8-9]?

    2. Jesus’ disciples experienced some ministry success [cf. Mark 6:12-13]. However they remained a work in progress [Mark 9:18b]. How do their initial struggles encourage you to persevere in using your gifts to serve the Lord Jesus [cf. Mark 8:14-21; Mark 8:31-33; and Mark 9:9-10]?

    3. According to Mark 9:19, what was hampering the disciples’ fruitfulness in ministry that remains a persistent issue for Christ’s followers today [cf. Luke 24:25-27; John 20:26-29; and Hebrews 11:6]?

    4. How would you use Mark 9:20-22 to encourage a curious person to steer clear of the occult [cf. Isaiah 8:19-20; 2 Corinthians 2:11; 2 Corinthians 11:14]?

    5. The father’s cry, “I believe; help my unbelief!” gives amazing insight into the human condition and the fight for faith. What does this cry reveal about the person and the way forward for his spiritual journey [cf. Matthew 14:28-33; Matthew 21:18-22; and Luke 17:5-6]?

    6. Following their ministry failure, the disciples (to their credit) approached Jesus hoping to gain some insights into what went wrong [Mark 9:28-29]. What reason did Jesus give which is critical for ministry effectiveness today [cf. Mark 11:22-24; John 15:1-7; and Ephesians 6:18]?

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

    “Faith upholds a Christian under all trials, by assuring him that every painful dispensation is under the direction of his Lord; that chastisements are a token of His love; that the season, measure, and continuance of his sufferings, are appointed by Infinite Wisdom, and designed to work for his everlasting good; and that grace and strength shall be afforded him, according to his need.” (John Newton)
  • Mar 28, 2021Mountain Top Moments – Deric Bartlett
    Mar 28, 2021
    Mountain Top Moments – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'Mountain Top Moments' based on Mark 9:1-13.
     
    1. Climbing ______ the mountain with Jesus   -  v. 1-2a
    2. Living ______ the mountain with Jesus:  v. 2b-7
    3. Traveling _______ the mountain with Jesus: v. 8-13

    ICEBREAKER: What works of art have really made an impression on you?

    1. Jesus said some standing in His presence at that moment would actually see the kingdom of God come in power [Mark 9:1]. In context, to what event was He referring [cf. Matthew 24:29-31; Matthew 25:31; and Hebrew 2:9]?

    2. What was the significance of Jesus’ transfiguration [Mark 9:2-3]? What did it reveal about Him and the kingdom of God [cf. John 1:14; 2 Corinthians 3:18, and 2 Peter 1:16-18]?

    3. Why do you think it was Moses and Elijah that showed up on the mountain to talk to Jesus [Mark 9:4]? What lessons do you learn from this about the afterlife [cf. Malachi 4:5-6; Luke 9:30-31; and Acts 3:18-22]?

    4. Peter’s offer to pitch 3 tents seems to point to the Feast of Tabernacles, also known as Booths [Mark 9:5; cf. Leviticus 23:39-43]. Why do you think this feast would come to his mind? Why was the offer both appropriate and inappropriate when you consider the identities of the 3 persons Peter mentioned [cf. John 1:14; Acts 10:25-26; and Revelation 19:10]?

    5. What Old Testament event took place on a mountain, was overshadowed by a cloud, and was accompanied by God’s voice [Mark 9:7]? What parallels do you see, and why are they so significant to Jesus and His ministry [cf. Exodus 19:16-20:17; Deuteronomy 18:15-19; and Acts 3:17-26]?

    6. The disciples were confused about the meaning of “rising from the dead” [Mark 9:10]. From their perspective, why was it difficult to understand this statement from Jesus literally? What does this teach us about the nature of the discipleship process [cf. Matthew 4:19; Matthew 28:19-20; and Acts 4:13]?

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

    “On Christ’s glory I would fix my thoughts and desires, and the more I see of the glory of Christ, the more the painted beauties of this world will wither in my eyes and I will be more and more crucified to this world”. (John Owen)


  • Mar 21, 2021What Do You Say About Jesus? – Deric Bartlett
    Mar 21, 2021
    What Do You Say About 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 Say About Jesus?' based on Mark 8:27-38.

    1. We say that He is ____________________ (v. 27-30)
    2. We say that He is _____________________ (v. 31-33)
    3. We say that He is ______________________ (v. 34-38)

    ICEBREAKER: What weird thing do you have nostalgia for?

    1. Mark 8:27-28 indicates there were multiple theories concerning Jesus’ identity.What do these popular ideas reveal about Jesus and His ministry? What theories are floating around today regarding who Jesus is [cf. Luke 9:7-9; John 7:10-13, 20; and John 8:48]?
    2. The question Jesus posed to His disciples in Mark 8:29 penetrates to the core of what it means to be a Christian. How do you personally answer His question? Why? [John 6:68-69; John 11:27; Romans 10:9-10; and Philippians 2:9-11]?
    3. The Greek term “Christ” and the Hebrew term “Messiah” both mean “anointed one”. If the claim that Jesus is the Christ is true, what difference does it make [Luke 24:25-27; Acts 2:36; and 1 John 5:1-5]?
    4. What does Jesus’ prediction that He would suffer, die, and rise from the dead [Mark 8:31] demonstrate about what Christians can also expect in this earthly life [John 16:33; Acts 14:19-23; and 2 Timothy 3:10-13]?
    5. According to Mark 8:33, what elicited such a stern rebuke from Jesus? What were the disciples expecting Jesus, as the Christ, to accomplish? What should they have expected [Romans 8:5-8; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; and Colossians 3:1-4]?
    6. Today, the cross is often used as jewelry and the idea of bearing one’s cross typically conveys the thought of putting up with an inconvenience. What did Jesus mean when He called all His followers to take up their crosses and follow Him [Luke 14:25-33; Romans 6:5-11; and Galatians 2:20]?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “God is looking for broken men who have judged themselves in the light of the cross of Christ. When He wants anything done, He takes up men who have come to the end of themselves, whose confidence is not in themselves, but in God.” (Harry Ironside)
  • Mar 14, 2021What Do You See? – Deric Bartlett
    Mar 14, 2021
    What Do You See? – 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 See?' based on Mark 8:22-26.

    1.    We see Jesus living every day in the ______________ (v. 22) 

    2.    We see Messiah fulfilling every promise ________________  (v. 22-25)

    3.    We see the Good Shepherd guiding His children all the way _______________ (v. 26) 


    ICEBREAKER:
    What is the best or worst prank you have played on someone?

    1. In Mark 8:18, Jesus reprimanded His disciples for having eyes but not perceiving clearly who He was and what He could do. Why is physical sight such a potent metaphor for spiritual perception [cf. Isaiah 6:9-10; Jeremiah 5:18-31; and Matthew 13:13-17]? 

    2. During these days of physical distancing and sanitizing, we are being deprived of human touch. Why do you think Jesus often helped so many through touch and the laying on of His hands [cf. Mark 8:22-23]? Consider also Mark 3:10; Mark 10:13-16; and Luke 13:10-13.

    3. Why do you think Jesus spat on the blind man’s eyes [Mark 8:23]? Look up Numbers 12:14; Deuteronomy 25:7-10; and Job 30:9-10 for background ideas.

    4. What did the blind man’s comment that people initially appeared like trees walking [Mark 8:24] indicate about his eyesight at that moment? Do you think Jesus messed up the healing and had to retry it to get it right [cf. Mark 2:8-12; Mark 7:37; and Luke 4:36]? Why or why not?

    5. Why do you think Jesus healed the blind man in 2 stages, from partial to full sight [Mark 8:25]?

    6. Who, beside the blind man, benefitted from this miracle [Mark 8:25]? Who was with Jesus observing it as eyewitnesses? In context, how did this healing instruct them [cf. Mark 8:17-18; Mark 8:21; Mark 8:27-38]?

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


    “In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.” (Blaise Pascal)






  • Mar 7, 2021Our Daily Bread! – Deric Bartlett
    Mar 7, 2021
    Our Daily Bread! – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'Our Daily Bread!' based on Mark 8:1-21.
     
    1. God has a plan to ___________________ (v. 1-10)
    2. You can refuse to eat the _____________________ (v. 11-13)
    3.  You have to learn to digest your _______________________  (v. 14-21
     
     

    ICEBREAKER: What skill or talent would you most like to learn?

    1. Why do you think Jesus miraculously fed the 5000 in Mark 6:35-44, and then repeated it by feeding the 4000 in Mark 8:1-9? Why was this such an important lesson for His disciples to grasp [Mark 8:16-21]? Consider also Isaiah 6:8-13; Matthew 13:10-17; and Hebrews 5:11-14.

    2. Mark 8:11 tells us the Pharisees came to Jesus asking for a sign from heaven. But Mark’s Gospel to this point has recorded numerous miracles of healings, feedings, and exorcisms among others. What does this indicate about the religious leaders’ hearts [cf. Matthew 16:1-4; Luke 11:14-23; and 1 Corinthians 1:18-25]?

    3. What does Jesus’ reaction to the Pharisees’ demand in Mark 8:12 indicate about His humanity, as well as the condition of people’s hearts [cf. Isaiah 53:1-4; Mark 6:1-6; and Luke 19:41-44?

    4. Why do you think Jesus unfavourably compared the teachings of the Pharisees and Herod’s politics to leaven [cf. Matthew 16:11-12; Luke 12:1-3; and 1 Corinthians 5:6-8]?

    5. Mark’s Gospel clearly recorded the disciples’ frequent misunderstanding of Jesus’ miracles and teachings. How do their struggles encourage you to continue striving to understand and live as a disciple today [cf. Matthew 6:25-34; Matthew 14:28-31; and Matthew 16:8]?

    6. The disciples were thinking literally whereas Jesus was thinking figuratively when He mentioned the bread and the leaven [Mark 8:14-18]. Why do you think Jesus employed analogies or word pictures to convey spiritual truth [cf. John 3:1-7; John 4:7-15; and John 7:37-39?

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

    “Jesus did not come into the world mainly to give bread, but to be bread. ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will not hunger. He who believes in me will never thirst’ (John 6:35)…Now he is going to give bread and you can miss it by thinking that is the main thing he came to do. But that is not the main reason he came. You have already had a lot of bread taken out of your hands. And I hope it lands on you with massive good news that he came to be bread, not mainly give bread. He has got to take bread out of a lot of people’s hands so that they will trust him as the bread.” (John Piper)

  • Feb 28, 2021The Paradise of God – Deric Bartlett
    Feb 28, 2021
    The Paradise of God – 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 Paradise of God' based on Mark 7:1-23.
     
    1. Elevate tradition over __________: v. 1-5 
    2. Value appearance over ___________: v. 6-7 
    3. Observe legalism over _____________: v. 8-13
    4. Choose compliance over ______________: v. 14 & 18 
    5. Trust law over ________________: v. 15-23

    ICEBREAKER: How handy are you when it comes to fixing things?

    1. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day would have felt right at home during our pandemic with their emphasis on washing [Mark 7:1-4].  Why did their cleansing activities upset Jesus [cf. Matthew 23:25; Acts 10:28; and Colossians 2:8]?

    2. The religious leaders were good at judging others but not so good at judging themselves [Mark 7:5]. Why is judging others so dangerous [cf. Matthew 7:1-5; Romans 2:1-11; and James 4:11-12]?

    3. Why is hypocrisy a particularly heinous sin [Mark 7:6-8]? Consult Matthew 23:27-28; Luke 13:10-17; and Galatians 2:11-13 for more insights.

    4. Having traditions is not necessarily evil [cf. 1 Corinthians 11:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:15]. Why was Jesus taking issue with the traditions of the religious leaders [Mark 7:9-13]? Look up Proverbs 28:24; Matthew 23:23-26; and Galatians 1:14 for further clues.

    5. Why are outward appearances poor indicators of a person’s spirituality [Mark 7:17-19]? Consider also 1 Samuel 16:6-7; 1 Chronicles 28:9; and Luke 16:15.

    6. Jesus cut to the heart of the matter by stating that defilement derives from a person’s heart [Mark 7:20-23]. What can be done to cleanse a defiled heart [cf. Psalm 51:10, 17; Ezekiel 36:26; and Acts 15:9]?

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

    “Hypocrisy can plunge the mind of a man into a dark abyss, when he believes his own self-flattery instead of God’s verdict.” (John Calvin)

  • Feb 21, 2021This Man Walks on Water – Max Oates
    Feb 21, 2021
    This Man Walks on Water – Max Oates
    This week, Pastor Max continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'This Man Walks on Water' based on Mark 6:45-52.
     
    1. The battle is not for kingdoms, but for souls. (v. 45 – 48a)
     
    2. The hero is not just a man, but God Himself. (v. 48b – 50)
     
    3. The risk is not in the storm, but in the heart. (v. 52)
     
    ICEBREAKER: What is the best location to fully enjoy a good cup of coffee?
     
    1. One of the most astonishing aspects of Jesus’ earthly life was His practice of prayer [Mark 6:46]. Why do you think Jesus prayed, and how does this impact your prayer life [cf. Matthew 26:36-44; Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16; and John 17:1-26]?
    2. Amid growing opposition to Jesus, and following a day of exhausting ministry, how does the description of the contrary wind and the disciples’ difficult lake crossing [Mark 6:48] contribute to Mark’s portrayal of discipleship [cf. Matthew 8:18-22; Matthew 19:16-22; and Luke 9:23-26]?
    3. What does the miracle of Jesus walking on the rough, windblown waters to be with His disciples reveal about Jesus [Mark 6:48]? Consider also John 1:1-5; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; and Colossians 1:15-17.
    4. Apparently, first century people also believed in the paranormal as in our day, for the disciples feared the one walking on the water was a ghost [Mark 6:49]. What should believers think about the paranormal [cf. Deuteronomy 18:9-14; 1 Samuel 28:3-20; and Isaiah 8:19]?
    5. Whether your fears are well-founded or irrational, how are Jesus’ words in Mark 6:50 bringing you comfort and peace in these troubled times [cf. Exodus 14:13-14; Isaiah 41:13; Isaiah 43:1-2; and John 16:33]?
    6. In Mark 6:51-52, why does Mark expose the disciples’ lack of understanding and hard-heartedness with regard to the loaves? How are the miracles of the feeding of the 5000 and Jesus’ walking on water related? What was the lesson of the loaves that they were failing to grasp [cf. Mark 2:1-12; Mark 4:35-41; Mark 6:30-44; and John 6:14]?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “If God be our God, He will give us peace in trouble. When there is a storm without, He will make peace within. The world can create trouble in peace, but God can create peace in trouble.” (Thomas Watson)

  • Feb 14, 2021The Master’s Math Lesson – Brad Lehman
    Feb 14, 2021
    The Master’s Math Lesson – Brad Lehman

    This week, Pastor Brad continues the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled 'The Master's Math Lesson: The Feeding of the 5000' based on Mark 6:30-44.

    1. Prioritize _______ to recharge your reserves [Mark 6:30-32].
    2. Pray for a ____________ heart for others [Mark 6:33-36].
    3. ______________ your human resources [Mark 6:37-38].
    4. Let your Master do the ______________ [Mark 6:39-44].
    5. Meager resources grow _______________ when entrusted to Jesus.


    ICEBREAKER:
    How into self-improvement are you? In what areas?

    1. Why is rest so essential for followers of Jesus [Mark 6:31]? How are you incorporating rest into your regular routine [cf. Genesis 2:1-3; Mark 1:35; and Luke 5:16]?
    2. What does compassion look like in practical terms, and how does a follower of Jesus develop it [Mark 6:34]? Examine Luke 7:11-15; Luke 15:20-24; and Colossians 3:12-15 for more ideas.
    3. Why do sheep require a shepherd [Mark 6:34]? Why does Jesus uniquely qualify to be our Shepherd [cf. Psalm 23; Ezekiel 34:1-16; and John 10:1-18]?
    4. Why do you think God sometimes gives seemingly impossible assignments to His people [Mark 6:37]? What do these assignments require of us? What do they require of God [cf. Exodus 3:7-22; Numbers 11:10-23; and Matthew 19:23-26]?
    5. Children played significant roles in Jesus’ earthly ministry [Mark 6:38; cf. John 6:9]. Why do you think this was so [cf. Matthew 18:1-4; Mark 10:13-16; and Luke 9:46-48]?
    6. What did the beheading of John the Baptist [Mark 6:24-29] forebode for Jesus? Why is following Jesus costly? Do you believe Jesus is worth suffering for? Why or why not? [cf. Luke 9:23-26; John 12:25-26; and Revelation 12:11]?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.” (Henri J.M. Nouwen)

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