Mar 3, 2019
The Best Possible Outcome- Deric Bartlett
This week Pastor Deric concludes the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Best Possible Outcome focussing on 1 Peter 1:3-9
 
Questions
1 Peter 1:3 - 9
ICEBREAKER: What is your favourite place in the world? Why?
1. What are the blessings listed in 1 Peter 1:3-5 that prompt those who have experienced the new birth to praise God?
2. What are the qualities of God’s promised eternal inheritance listed in 1 Peter 1:4, and how do they help you each day?
3. How does the promise of God’s protective power help you persevere through troubling times [1 Peter 1:5]?
4. How do you make sense of the call to rejoice alongside the reality of grief due to trials [1 Peter 1:6]?
5. What is God’s purpose in trials [1 Peter 1:7]? Does this insight change your perspective on trials? If so, how?
6. What is the ultimate goal of the new birth [1 Peter 1:8-9]? Based on these verses, what is your response to this good news?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

“How sweet is rest after fatigue! How sweet will heaven be when our journey is ended.” (George Whitefield)
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  • Mar 3, 2019The Best Possible Outcome- Deric Bartlett
    Mar 3, 2019
    The Best Possible Outcome- Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric concludes the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Best Possible Outcome focussing on 1 Peter 1:3-9
     
    Questions
    1 Peter 1:3 - 9
    ICEBREAKER: What is your favourite place in the world? Why?
    1. What are the blessings listed in 1 Peter 1:3-5 that prompt those who have experienced the new birth to praise God?
    2. What are the qualities of God’s promised eternal inheritance listed in 1 Peter 1:4, and how do they help you each day?
    3. How does the promise of God’s protective power help you persevere through troubling times [1 Peter 1:5]?
    4. How do you make sense of the call to rejoice alongside the reality of grief due to trials [1 Peter 1:6]?
    5. What is God’s purpose in trials [1 Peter 1:7]? Does this insight change your perspective on trials? If so, how?
    6. What is the ultimate goal of the new birth [1 Peter 1:8-9]? Based on these verses, what is your response to this good news?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “How sweet is rest after fatigue! How sweet will heaven be when our journey is ended.” (George Whitefield)
  • Feb 24, 2019The New You (Part 2) – Deric Bartlett
    Feb 24, 2019
    The New You (Part 2) – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The New You (Part 2) focussing on 2 Corinthians 5: 14-21
     
    Questions
    2 Corinthians 5: 14-21
    ICEBREAKER: What has been one of the greatest adventures you have ever experienced?
    1. Why do you think love is at the core of the gospel [2 Corinthians 5:14]? What practical difference does this make?
    2. How does Paul contrast the “old you” with the “new you” in 2 Corinthians 5:15? How do you live this out in the context of our self-centred culture?
    3. In your experience of the new birth, what has passed away and what has become new for you [2 Corinthians 5:16-17]?
    4. What is involved in reconciliation [2 Corinthians 5:18-19]? Why is reconciliation important and how does it work?
    5. What is the role of an ambassador? How does this calling influence your sharing of the gospel [2 Corinthians 5:20]?
    6. How would you use the ideas presented in 2 Corinthians 5:21 to clearly communicate the good news of salvation?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “God did not wait for a change of heart on our part. He made the first move. Indeed, He did more than that. He did all that was necessary to secure our reconciliation, including our change of heart. Even though He is the One offended by our sin, He is the One who makes amends to Himself through the death of Christ.” (Jerry Bridges)
  • Feb 17, 2019The New You (Part-1) – Deric Bartlett
    Feb 17, 2019
    The New You (Part-1) – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The New You (Part 1) focussing on 2 Corinthians 5: 1-13
     
    Questions
    2 Corinthians 5: 1-13
    ICEBREAKER: What is your biggest fear about death?
    1. How does the promise of eternal life affect your present earthly life [2 Corinthians 5: 1-4]?
    2. Paul uses the term “groan” in 2 Corinthians 5:2 and 4 for our earthly existence. Do you think this is an accurate designation? Why or why not?
    3. Why is the Holy Spirit compared to a “deposit/pledge/guarantee” [2 Corinthians 5:5]? Do you find this helpful? If so, why?
    4. Do you find it a challenge to live by faith and not by sight [2 Corinthians 5:7]? Why or why not? What helps you overcome the challenge?
    5. How does the future reality of appearing before Christ’s judgment seat influence your living today [2 Corinthians 5:10]?
    6. How does the fear of the Lord motivate you to share your faith with others [2 Corinthians 5:11]?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
  • Feb 10, 2019The Bad news about the Good News-Deric Bartlett- Audio Updated
    Feb 10, 2019
    The Bad news about the Good News-Deric Bartlett- Audio Updated
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Bad News about the Good News focussing on Romans 3:9-25.
     
    Questions
    Romans 3:9-25
    ICEBREAKER: If God was about to send a thunder bolt from the sky to strike someone down, who do you think would be struck?
    1. In the chapters leading up to Romans 3:9-25, Paul refers to a first century distinction between “we” and “they” [Romans 3:9]. To whom are these terms referring? Why does this matter? What distinctions exist today?
    2. Romans 3:10-12 are quotes from Psalm 14:1-3 and Psalm 53:1-3. Observing these two psalms, who is being described? What similarities and differences do you notice between the two Psalms? How do they contribute to Paul’s point in Romans 3:9-18?
    3. Romans 3:9-18 present a view of humanity that could be perceived as pessimistic. Do you agree or disagree with Paul’s assessment of the human condition? What evidence would you provide to prove your point?
    4. Why do so many struggle with the biblical reality of humanity’s accountability before God [Romans 3:19]?
    5. Paul writes, “But now...” [Romans 3:21]. If none are righteous [Romans 3:9-18], then how can we become righteous [Romans 3:21b-22]?
    6. What is your story of “falling short” of God’s glory [Romans 3:23]? What is your story of receiving God’s grace through Christ Jesus [Romans 3:24]?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “Without a heart transformed by the grace of Christ, we just continue to manage external and internal darkness.” (Matt Chandler, The Explicit Gospel)
  • Feb 3, 2019Signs of Life-Deric Bartlett
    Feb 3, 2019
    Signs of Life-Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Sign of Life focussing on 1 John 5:1-5.
     
    Questions
    1 John 5:1-5
    ICEBREAKER: Does your first or middle name have any significance (or were you name after another family member or influential person)?
    1. What are people in the world trusting other than Jesus? How would you compare these alternatives to Him [1 John 5:1]?
    2. It is the nature of faith to always have an object. In other words, faith is always “in” someone or something. Why do Christians insist that faith in Jesus is the only way of salvation [1 John 5:1]?
    3. How do we know Jesus alone qualifies as “the Christ” [1 John 5:1]?
    4. What is the significance of Jesus being “the Christ”? What are the promises and hopes wrapped up in “the Christ” that encourage your walk with Him [1 John 5:1]?
    5. Why are love for God and obedience to His commands inseparably linked [1 John 5:2-3]?
    6. In what sense do believers in Jesus overcome/conquer the world [1 John 5:4-5]? Are you able to share how you have experienced this in your life recently?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “A transformed life is the greatest of all miracles. Every time a person is “born again” by repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ, the miracle of regeneration is performed.” (Billy Graham)
  • Jan 27, 2019The Security of the Believer-Deric Bartlett
    Jan 27, 2019
    The Security of the Believer-Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Security of the Believer focussing on John 10: 22-39.
     
    Questions
    John 10:22-39

    ICEBREAKER: If you had the power to change one problem in the world today, what would that problem be?

    1. According to John’s Gospel, what “works/deeds” [John 10:25] had Jesus done already to demonstrate He was the Christ? Trace them through the first 9 chapters of John.

    2. Why do you think Jesus uses “sheep” as a comparison for believers [John 10:27]

    3. Observing the whole context of John 10, what comfort and encouragement do you derive from the “Good Shepherd” and “sheep” imagery of Jesus

    4. How can you tell if you are a “sheep” of Jesus [John 10:27]? What are the benefits of being one of Jesus’ “sheep” [John 10:28-29]?

    5. What do you learn about Who Jesus is from His words and those of His opponents in John 10:30-33? Why did they prepare to stone Him?

    6. What has Jesus done to convince you He is the Son of God [John 10:36-38]?

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

    When a man or woman is born again by the Spirit of God, they will give evidence of it in part by striving to live a holy life. (Alistair Begg)

     
     
     
  • Jan 20, 2019The Blessing of the New Birth – Deric Bartlett
    Jan 20, 2019
    The Blessing of the New Birth – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Blessing of the New Birth focussing on Ephesians 1:3-14.
     
    Questions
    Ephesians 1:3-14
    ICEBREAKER: Tell me about a family member you are really proud of.

    1. What comes to mind when you hear the term “mediator”? Under what circumstances would you expect to need one?
    2. Why do you think Jesus is the only One qualified to act as our Mediator? [1 Timothy 2:5]?
    3. In the original language, Ephesians 1:3-14 is a single sentence.What short phrase is repeated, in one form or another, that reveals
    the source of all the listed spiritual blessings?
    4. What spiritual blessings are listed in this sentence [Ephesians 1:3-14]? Share how each impacts your thinking and living today.
    5. According to this text, how has the Father, the Son, and the HolySpirit contributed to our salvation? How does this enrich your understanding of the new birth?
    6. Who initiates and accomplishes the spiritual restoration of lost and broken people? Why does this matter?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?

     “When we are born again, a new life – the life of God – is put into us by the Holy Spirit.” - F.B. Meyer
  • Jan 13, 2019The Necessity of the New Birth-Deric Bartlett
    Jan 13, 2019
    The Necessity of the New Birth-Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric begins the new series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Necessity of the New Birth focussing on John 3:1-18Questions

    John 3:1-18

     
    ICEBREAKER: If you could have dinner with any person alive in the world today, who would that be?
    1. What are some popular misconceptions and misuses of the phrase “born again” found throughout our modern culture?
    2. Why do you think Nicodemus was so baffled by Jesus’ ministry [v. 2]?
    3. Discuss some options for the writer’s comment that Nicodemus came to Jesus “by night”? Which option best fits with John’s overall message [v. 2]? Why?
    4. What was the disconnect between Jesus’ statements and Nicodemus’ understanding [vs. 4, 9]? Is this still an issue for people today?
    5. How do Ezekiel 36:25-27 and Titus 3:5 shed some light on Jesus’ comments about being “born from above”?
    6. What difference does it make to you that Jesus claimed to have ascended into, and descended from, heaven [v. 13]?
    7. What is your “born from above” story? Share it with others in your group.
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     
    " As is true of man who is born naturally and receives a human nature from his parents, so man born anew receives a new nature, a new capacity for service and devotion to God.” – John F. Walvoord
     
    "The Jews looked upon a serpent to be freed from serpents; and we look upon the death of Christ to be delivered from death.” – Augustine
     
    "When we are born again, a new life – the life of God – is put into us by the Holy Spirit.” - F.B. Meyer