Dec 27, 2015
The Story Behind the Story
Series: Various
This week Pastor Deric share a special message from John 1:1-14 entitled "The Story Behind the Story."

Questions:?
Please read John 1:1-14 & 29
?Ice Breaker: I love a great story, both fiction and non-fiction! There are many types of stories and two of my  favourites are adventure stories and biographies. ? ?In your opinion, what makes a story great??

1. How does John begin to build his case for the importance of the central character in his gospel? (vv. 1-5)  

2. There are different kinds of ‘life’ including physical, spiritual and eternal. How would this passage describe the origins of ‘life’? (v.4) (also see, John 14:6)

3. How do you understand this passage to describe the relationship between ‘light’ and ‘darkness’? (vv.4-5)

4. Why was it that the world did not know and recognize the Lord Jesus Christ when He was present? (vv.9-11)

5. Since the early church, Christians talk about being ‘born again’ and in verse 13 John describes being “born of God.”  Describe in your own words what it means to be ‘born of God.’ (vv. 11-13, 29) (also see John 3:3; Peter 1:3, 23)

6. How can you find ways to focus all year long on the importance of the incarnation? ?

“There are some mysteries that shut us out, and there are some that invite us in. The Trinity invites us in to discover and know our God." - Nabeel Qureshi
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  • Dec 27, 2015The Story Behind the Story
    Dec 27, 2015
    The Story Behind the Story
    Series: Various
    This week Pastor Deric share a special message from John 1:1-14 entitled "The Story Behind the Story."

    Questions:?
    Please read John 1:1-14 & 29
    ?Ice Breaker: I love a great story, both fiction and non-fiction! There are many types of stories and two of my  favourites are adventure stories and biographies. ? ?In your opinion, what makes a story great??

    1. How does John begin to build his case for the importance of the central character in his gospel? (vv. 1-5)  

    2. There are different kinds of ‘life’ including physical, spiritual and eternal. How would this passage describe the origins of ‘life’? (v.4) (also see, John 14:6)

    3. How do you understand this passage to describe the relationship between ‘light’ and ‘darkness’? (vv.4-5)

    4. Why was it that the world did not know and recognize the Lord Jesus Christ when He was present? (vv.9-11)

    5. Since the early church, Christians talk about being ‘born again’ and in verse 13 John describes being “born of God.”  Describe in your own words what it means to be ‘born of God.’ (vv. 11-13, 29) (also see John 3:3; Peter 1:3, 23)

    6. How can you find ways to focus all year long on the importance of the incarnation? ?

    “There are some mysteries that shut us out, and there are some that invite us in. The Trinity invites us in to discover and know our God." - Nabeel Qureshi
  • Nov 15, 2015Teen Challenge presentation – AUDIO ONLY
    Nov 15, 2015
    Teen Challenge presentation – AUDIO ONLY
    Series: Various
    The Teen Challenge Men's Choir did a special presentation on Sunday, Nov 15 which consisted of inspiring songs and stories of freedom from addiction. Below are questions from Titus 2:11-15 that were inspired by the choir.
      Questions: Titus 2:11-15 Ice Breaker: Have you ever been left with a list of duties to perform that to you seem way beyond your skills and abilities? Expectations on the job can be like that sometimes. Being a spouse and a parent can also leave us with the same feelings of inadequacy. How do you handle it when you have those feelings of not being up to the challenge? 1. Where did grace come from and how would you describe its appearance? (v.11) (John 1:14-18) 2. How does grace teach you to say "no”? (v.12) Give some examples. 3. Discuss the “blessed hope” and what it means to you. (v.13) (see Romans 8:18-39) What can we do to develop a sense of expectancy about Christ’s return? 4. In your own words, explain why Christ redeemed you. (v.14) (see Ephesians 2:8-10) How are you living out His confidence in you? 5. Paul concludes this section as he began it back in verse 1. How would you phrase verse 15 in your own words? 6. How are we able to fulfill the noble purpose that Christ has called us to? (vv.11-15) (also see Titus 3:1-7) 7. Share how you were inspired, blessed, challenged and possibly corrected or admonished by the message from the Teen Challenge staff and residents. “The Bible never describes faith as a leap into the dark; rather it is a step into the light.” - Andy Bannister
  • Sep 6, 2015A Treasure Worth Dying For
    Sep 6, 2015
    A Treasure Worth Dying For
    Series: Various
    This week Pastor Deric share a special message from Matthew 13:44-46 entitled "A Treasure Worth Dying For." Questions: Please read Matthew 13:44-46 Ice Breaker: What do you value most? I grew up in a world where family, job, home and ’things’ were most valued. Later, in my Christian walk, I struggled to make God and my relationship with Him the most important thing in my life. After some honest reflection, what are some of the things that can push God into the background of your life? 1.  Why did Jesus speak in parables?  (see vv. 10-13) 2.  What lessons do we specifically learn from these parables in the context of the Gospel?  3.  What significance does the word “treasure” in verse 44 suggest? 4.  What does “selling all” mean in this parable? (v. 45) 5.  What or who is the phrase “pearl of great price” referring to in verses 45-46? 6.  Compare and contrast the two parables. “The more you see your own flaws and sins the more precious, electrifying and amazing God’s grace appears to you.” - Timothy Keller
  • Jun 14, 2015Caleb the Courageous!
    Jun 14, 2015
    Caleb the Courageous!
    Series: Various
    This week Pastor Deric share a special message on the life of Caleb entitled "Caleb the Courageous!"
    Questions: Please read Joshua 14:6-15 Ice Breaker: There are different kinds of heroes depicted in TV, movies, the news and other forms of media. They can take different forms, but they often share similar characteristics.
    What do you look for in a “hero?” Also read Numbers chapters 13 and 14 to gain background and prepare for these questions. 1. Describe Caleb’s heart as this passage describes him. 2. Describe how Caleb was different than the rest of the men of his day. 3. Where did Caleb’s strength come from? 4. Based upon what you have learned about his life up to this point, how do you expect God might describe Caleb? 5. What lessons can you apply to your life from the life of Caleb? “Christian confidence belongs not just to the future… but to the here and now.” - John Stott
  • May 17, 2015The Hope of Healing
    May 17, 2015
    The Hope of Healing
    Series: Various
    Pastor Max shares a sermon this week entitled "The Hope of Healing" from James 5:13-20. Questions: Ice Breaker: Describe some of the times God has answered prayers for healing that you are familiar with.  What about times when God has not provided healing?  Why do you think God sometimes intervenes miraculously and other times does not?  Are there any Scriptures that would support your thoughts? 1. Is sin ever a cause of sickness (see v.15-16)?  What are the dangers in answering either yes or no? 2. Why might the Bible be encouraging us to confess our sins to one another, and not just directly to God?  What benefits would come from this?  And what kind of spirit would we have to cultivate in order to be open enough with one another to confess and to hear confessions? 3. Do you ever feel like people in the Bible sound different from you and otherworldly?  And why do you feel that way?  What can we take away from verse seventeen’s description of Elijah? 4. Other than healing, what kinds of things should the Christian be quick to "call the elders of the church" for?  What does the Bible say about the profile and role of an elder? 5. How would you describe the role of healing in Jesus' earthly ministry?  Use Biblical examples to demonstrate the priority, function and impact of healing in Jesus' activities.
  • May 10, 2015A Lifetime of Influence
    May 10, 2015
    A Lifetime of Influence
    Series: Various
    Pastor Deric shares a special Mother's Day sermon entitled "A Lifetime of Influence" from a variety of passages in both the Old and New Testaments. Questions: Ice Breaker: I find it interesting when someone is asked who has had the biggest influence on their life. Sometimes it’s a coach or a close friend, but more often it is a parent, even when an older individual is asked, with family of his or her own. A parent’s influence can stand the test of time. Who has had the biggest influence on your life AND who are you currently pouring your life into? 1. Psalm 139:13-18 When the child is in it's most vulnerable state, a mother nurtures and protects her child. How do David’s expressions of God’s thoughts about us, explain why He would choose a process like a 9 month pregnancy to bring children into this world? 2. Psalm 22:9; 71:6 Describe how these passages confirm the influence mothers have on how children think about God.   3. 2 Timothy 1:5-7 Starting with this passage, describe and expand on the influence of a mother and a grandmother through the years. (see Proverbs 31:1) 4. Proverbs 29:15 What does “a child left to himself” mean, and how can that bring shame to his mother? 5. Genesis 2:18 Describe how this passage addresses how a mother’s influence changes in time and as events in a child's life unfold. 6. Ruth 3:1-5 From this passage, what is it that Naomi has to offer Ruth? How might this be applied to your own current station in life? "Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children.” - Billy Graham
  • Apr 3, 2015From Now On
    Apr 3, 2015
    From Now On
    Series: Various
    Our speaker for Good Friday is Pastor Max Oates. His message is titled "From Now On" from 2 Corinthians 5:16-21.
  • Feb 22, 2015What Do You See?
    Feb 22, 2015
    What Do You See?
    Series: Various
    Pastor Deric continues our current series "Walking in the Light" with a sermon entitled "What Do You See?" from 1 John 3:1-3. Questions: Please read 1 John 3:1-3. Ice Breaker: This passage is just a little glimpse into the immeasurable love that God has for you and me! His capacity to love is beyond anything we can imagine, and the depth of His love for each of us is virtually unfathomable. I have been somewhat shocked at my capacity to love my family. Not that they don’t deserve my love… they do! They are all amazing and each of them bring me incredible amounts of joy and pleasure! My astonishment is that my love grows as my family has grown. I thought my heart would burst when I first met my wife-to-be! Now, two sons, two daughters-in-law and four grandkids later, I manage to love them ALL beyond description! Do you ever “wonder” at being loved by God, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe?  Explain. 1. The expression John used to describe God’s love in verse 1 can be understood to mean “other-worldly” or “foreign to this world.” How would you describe the love of God to a person, Christian or not? How is it that so many people in this world miss out on God’s amazing love? Could this explain why people reject the church as well? (see John 1:1-10; Col. 3:1–3) 2. What images and/or feelings come to mind when John describes you as one of “God’s children?” What kind of life will it be for God’s children here on earth? (see John 16:33; Rom. 8:18-39; 12:9-21) 3. What does John mean when he says at the end of verse 2, “we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is”? Rom. 8:29; 2 Cor. 3:18) When will this happen? (read Titus 2:12-13; 1 Thess. 4:16-17) 4. What does it mean to “hope in Christ”?  How does this affect your daily life? (See Rom. 8:17) 5. What are the practical implications of this passage for you and your life right now? Does anything need to change in how you think about God? What about your thoughts of meeting Jesus face-to-face? “We’re far worse than we ever imagined, and far more loved than we could ever dream.” -- Timothy Keller
  • Dec 23, 2014LIttle is Much When God is in It
    Dec 23, 2014
    LIttle is Much When God is in It
    Series: Various
    This week Pastor Deric share a special message from Isaiah 60:22 entitled "Little is Much When God is in It (facing your feelings of futility)." Questions: Please read the whole chapter of Isaiah 60. 1. To begin, God says through Isaiah that the least shall become a clan. Can you recall such a promise in Scripture? (see Gen 17). What does this say about God and his plans for the world? Where do you see yourself in His plans? In what way are you engaged in His plan? 2. God has all the resources of the world, and beyond, at His disposal. Why would He choose to use people to work out His plan? 3. The second part of this verse begins with God saying, "I am the Lord.” This is a simple statement with many implications attached to it. List some of the implications in this statement, and the significance of this on the people of Isaiah’s time, and for us now. 4. It happens according to His timing. Swiftly, but within His timetable! Is there any sense of urgency in your approach to joining the Lord in His work? How do you work out the dichotomy of "urgency and patience" in serving? 5. There is an ultimate grand purpose in everything God undertakes. Do you know His grand purpose? How does this week's passage fit into this? How are you fitting into His purpose? What changes in your attitude, worldview and life must take place in order for you to enter into His grand purpose? “The greatest threat to Christmas this year is not consumerism or Santa, but our own overfamiliarity with the most stunning story ever told." -- Matt Smethurst
  • Oct 26, 2014Take Heart!
    Oct 26, 2014
    Take Heart!
    Series: Various
    Pastor Deric's sermon this week is entitled "Take Heart!" from John 16:33. A response to all that has happened this week in our world.
    Questions: Please read John 16:33 1.  Read John 16:25-33 and explain the context in your own words. Talk about how it relates to our lives as Christians in 2014. 2.  What evidence is there in verse 33 that Jesus isn’t an “escape” from troubled times?  Elaborate and discuss. 3.  How does a Christian experience peace in a world of tribulation according to verse 33?  (see Colossians 3:15; Philippians 4:6-7) 4.  Why is Jesus instruction to “take heart” so appropriate for a Christian? 5.  How has Jesus overcome the world? What does that mean? 6.  What is our role as Christians in a world that is descending increasingly into chaos and violence?
  • Sep 21, 2014“Farewell.” A Ministry Map from Acts 20
    Sep 21, 2014
    “Farewell.” A Ministry Map from Acts 20
    Series: Various
    This week Pastor Deric share a special message to kick off our ministry year from Acts 20:17-38 entitled "Farewell. A Ministry Map from Acts 20". Questions: Please read Acts 20:17-38 1. Who is Paul serving according to vs.18-19 and what does it have to do with his ministry to the church at Ephesus?   2. What are the two major components of Paul’s teaching ministry that are highlighted in vs.21 and why are they important?   3. Why was Paul committed to going to Jerusalem? vs.22-24   4. Explain why Paul’s view of himself is important to the progress of the Gospel? vs.24   5. What makes us “innocent of the blood of all men” according to vs.26-27? 6. Who are the “wolves” that Paul warned about in vs.29-30 and how does a congregation recognize them? 7. Who ultimately is responsible for the well being of a local congregation according to Paul’s farewell address to the elders at Ephesus? Compare verses 28-32. 8. How is it more blessed to give than to receive? vs.35   9. What does the “kneeling, praying, weeping, embracing and kissing” (vs.36-38) tell you about the bond that exists between believers in a local church? Click here for a PDF version of the Digging Deeper questions
  • Sep 14, 2014God So Loves The World
    Sep 14, 2014
    God So Loves The World
    Series: Various
    This week Pastor Deric share a special message from John 3:16-18 entitled "For God So Loves The World" as we celebrate Baptism Sunday where 10 people are getting baptized. Questions: Please read John 3:9 to 3:21 twice through. 1. What is the significance of the phrase, “for God so loved the world” to the people of John’s time? What about it’s significance today? 2. What is it about Jesus that we are to believe? 3. How should we understand the truth that God “sent” Jesus into the world? Who else has been sent into the world? What are the similarities and differences? 4. How is it that we are saved “though Him”? (also see v.14) 5. What is it that distinguishes the condemned from the saved? Why is that such a serious offense? 6. What was the burden on John’s heart that moved him to write this passage of Scripture?
  • Aug 31, 2014The Original Storm Chaser
    Aug 31, 2014
    The Original Storm Chaser
    Series: Various
    This week Pastor Deric share a special message from Mark 4:35-41 entitled "The Original Storm Chaser" where Jesus calms the storm before the very eyes of his disciples. Questions: Please read Mark 4:35-41. 1. What significance is it that Jesus requested the voyage across the water? (v.35) 2. How did the disciples respond to Jesus’ request? What does the fact that there were “other boats” along on the voyage suggest? (v.36) 3. Knowing the background of the disciples, what does verse 37 tell us about the severity of the storm? 4. Why would the disciples have reacted so harshly to Jesus? (v.38) What had the disciples placed their confidence in? 5. What was Jesus demonstrating to the disciples with His calm in the midst of the storm? What was driving the disciples fear? What lesson is Jesus sharing with His disciples? (v.39-40) [See Exodus 14:13; 20:20 for additional insights]. 6. How did the disciples react to Jesus’ calming of the storm? What was the reason for this reaction in the disciples? (v.41)
    7. Read Mark 9:6 and 16:8. What similarities do you see in the disciples reactions? Compare that to Revelation 1:17.
  • Jan 12, 2014Vision Sunday
    Jan 12, 2014
    Vision Sunday
    Series: Various
    A look forward to what God has in store for us in the coming year. Pastor Deric will share his annual Vision Message (Ephesians 4:1-16) as we invite the Lord to go before us in 2014.
  • Dec 1, 2013Teen Challenge Christmas Presentation
    Dec 1, 2013
    Teen Challenge Christmas Presentation
    Series: Various
    The men & women Teen Challenge Choir did a Christmas presentation called "Home For Christmas." The choir presentation was made up of songs and testimonies.