Dec 23, 2018
The Christmas Gospel_Deric Bartlett

This week Pastor Deric concludes the series The Miracles of Christmas with a sermon entitled The Christmas Gospel focussing on Colossians 1:13-22.

Questions
Colossians 1:13-22 
ICEBREAKER: If you had to go to prison for a year, what do you imagine would be the hardest part of that experience?
1. Where else in the book of Colossians does Paul talk about the fullness of God dwelling bodily in Christ?
2. In what ways do you think things in heaven were reconciled to God through the cross? (v.20)
3. What is God’s purpose for us in reconciling us to himself as stated in Colossians 1:22?
4. Find three other verses from Ephesians that talk about God’s purpose for us in salvation.
5. Do you think there is any difference between being saved and being reconciled to God?
6. Read Hebrews 4:14-16. In what ways should the reality of God’s incarnation as a human being influence the way you live your life today?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
 

"The Son of God became man to enable men to become the sons of God.” - C. S. Lewis

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  • Dec 23, 2018The Christmas Gospel_Deric Bartlett
    Dec 23, 2018
    The Christmas Gospel_Deric Bartlett

    This week Pastor Deric concludes the series The Miracles of Christmas with a sermon entitled The Christmas Gospel focussing on Colossians 1:13-22.

    Questions
    Colossians 1:13-22 
    ICEBREAKER: If you had to go to prison for a year, what do you imagine would be the hardest part of that experience?
    1. Where else in the book of Colossians does Paul talk about the fullness of God dwelling bodily in Christ?
    2. In what ways do you think things in heaven were reconciled to God through the cross? (v.20)
    3. What is God’s purpose for us in reconciling us to himself as stated in Colossians 1:22?
    4. Find three other verses from Ephesians that talk about God’s purpose for us in salvation.
    5. Do you think there is any difference between being saved and being reconciled to God?
    6. Read Hebrews 4:14-16. In what ways should the reality of God’s incarnation as a human being influence the way you live your life today?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "The Son of God became man to enable men to become the sons of God.” - C. S. Lewis

  • Dec 9, 2018The Miracle of the Christmas Star_Deric Bartlett
    Dec 9, 2018
    The Miracle of the Christmas Star_Deric Bartlett

    This week Pastor Deric continues the series The Miracles of Christmas with a sermon entitled The Miracle of the  Christmas Star focussing on Matthew 2:1-12.

    Questions
    Matthew 2:1-12
     
    ICEBREAKER: Over the last few weeks what news event had a significant impact on you?
    1. What do you think is significant about Magi arriving from the East to worship a Jewish king? (vv.1-2)
    2. Why do you think Herod sent the Magi to Bethlehem to search for the child instead of going himself? (v.8)
    3. What do you think Joseph and Mary’s response was when they opened the door? (v.11) What rumors might have circulated around Bethlehem afterward?
    4. Read Genesis 12:1-9 and Hebrews 11:8-9. In what ways does Abraham’s journey parallel the journey of the Magi?
    5. What do you find most challenging about following the Lord when there is uncertainty about the next steps?
    6. What can you learn from the story of the Magi to help you move forward in faith?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "never have any difficulty believing in miracles, since I experienced the miracle of a change in my own heart." - Augustine

  • Dec 2, 2018The Miracle of the Virgin Birth- Deric Bartlett
    Dec 2, 2018
    The Miracle of the Virgin Birth- Deric Bartlett

    This week Pastor Deric begins a new series The Miracles of Christmas with a sermon entitled The Miracle of the  Virgin Birth focussing on Matthew 1:18-25.

    Questions
    Matthew 1:18-25.
     
    ICEBREAKER: What is the most daring thing you have ever done?
    1. What challenges would you have faced personally if you were in Joseph or Mary’s position during these events? How would you have dealt with them?
    2. Why do you think Joseph’s intended actions showed that he was a just man? (Matthew 1:19)
    3. What is your definition of a miracle?
    4. Read Exodus 14:19-22 and Matthew 12:10-13. Do you believe there is any difference between “big” and “little” miracles?
    5. Considering God’s miraculous nature and all of Jesus’ works, why do you think Jesus was so grieved by the Pharisees seeking a sign in Mark 8:11-12?
    6. What are you believing on God for today? What things are a barrier to putting your full trust in him?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "It is not the objective proof of God's existence that we want but the experience of God's presence. That is the miracle we are really after, and that is also, I think, the miracle that we really get." - Frederick Buechner

  • Nov 25, 2018Waiting for a Miracle-Max Oates
    Nov 25, 2018
    Waiting for a Miracle-Max Oates
    This week Pastor Max preaches a sermon entitled Waiting for a Miracle focussing on Isaiah 8:11-17.
     
    Questions
    Isaiah 8:11-17.
     
    ICEBREAKER: Where would you like to be in life one year from today?
    1. For what reason had God become a stone of stumbling and snare to the people of Israel? (v.14) What would the outcome of that be for the nation?
    2. What does the use of the imagery of water signify in verses 6-8?
    3. What specifically do you think Isaiah was hoping in God for? (v.17) What was he waiting on God to do?
    4. How many verses from the book of Psalms can you find that speak about waiting on God? What is the outcome often associated with that? 5. Why do you think it’s sometimes necessary to wait on God? What are some reasons he may not act as quickly as we’d like?
    6. What is the most difficult thing for you about waiting on God?
    7. What are some ways we can be encouraging to others who are in a “season of waiting”?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     
    "Biblically, waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be.” – John Ortberg