Nov 21, 2021
The Church as an Encouraging Community – Deric Bartlett
This week, Pastor Deric concludes the series "We Are the Church: Christian Fellowship in a Lonely World" with a message titled "The Church as an Encouraging Community" based on Hebrews 3:13.

1. Everybody needs encouragement.
2. Encouragement is God’s strategy to increase faith.
3. The local church exists to encourage one another.
4. Encouragement reflects God’s character.
5. The Christian hope is the ultimate source of encouragement.

ICEBREAKER: What are some of the dumbest misadventures you have been on?

1. The “therefore” at the beginning of Hebrews 3:7 links this paragraph to the previous one of 3:1-6. How are Jesus and Moses compared and contrasted in 3:1-6, and what is the challenge given to us at the end of 3:6? Also consult Luke 8:15; 1 Corinthians 15:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21; and Hebrews 10:23.

2. Hebrews 3:7-11 is a quote from Psalm 95:7-11. But the phrase “as the Holy Spirit says” is not found anywhere in Psalm 95. What does this indicate about the author’s view of the authority and reliability of the Scriptures [cf. Acts 1:16; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; and 2 Peter 1:21]?

3. Twice in this text (vs. 8 & 13) the readers are warned of possessing hard hearts. From this text, what contributes to hardened hearts that we must beware [cf. Exodus 9:34-35; Deuteronomy 10:16; and Acts 19:9]?

4. What does it say about the condition of the human heart that people rebel, test, and provoke the Sovereign Lord who created them [Hebrews 3:8-10]? Also consider Exodus 17:1-4; Numbers 20:2-9; and Matthew 4:1-11.

5. According to Hebrews 3:12, what are we to watch out for? What might lead us away from the Lord [cf. Matthew 13:18-22; Mark 6:5-6; and Romans 11:19-22]?

6. In practical terms, how can we exhort one another so we are not hardened by sin’s deceitfulness [Hebrews 3:13]? What can we do to encourage each other daily to follow Christ and unfollow sin? Also examine Ephesians 4:17-24; Colossians 2:8; and 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10.

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

“Christians are like the several flowers in a garden that have each of them the dew of heaven, which, being shaken with the wind, they let fall at each other's roots, whereby they are jointly nourished, and become nourishers of each other.” (John Bunyan)
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  • Nov 21, 2021The Church as an Encouraging Community – Deric Bartlett
    Nov 21, 2021
    The Church as an Encouraging Community – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric concludes the series "We Are the Church: Christian Fellowship in a Lonely World" with a message titled "The Church as an Encouraging Community" based on Hebrews 3:13.

    1. Everybody needs encouragement.
    2. Encouragement is God’s strategy to increase faith.
    3. The local church exists to encourage one another.
    4. Encouragement reflects God’s character.
    5. The Christian hope is the ultimate source of encouragement.

    ICEBREAKER: What are some of the dumbest misadventures you have been on?

    1. The “therefore” at the beginning of Hebrews 3:7 links this paragraph to the previous one of 3:1-6. How are Jesus and Moses compared and contrasted in 3:1-6, and what is the challenge given to us at the end of 3:6? Also consult Luke 8:15; 1 Corinthians 15:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21; and Hebrews 10:23.

    2. Hebrews 3:7-11 is a quote from Psalm 95:7-11. But the phrase “as the Holy Spirit says” is not found anywhere in Psalm 95. What does this indicate about the author’s view of the authority and reliability of the Scriptures [cf. Acts 1:16; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; and 2 Peter 1:21]?

    3. Twice in this text (vs. 8 & 13) the readers are warned of possessing hard hearts. From this text, what contributes to hardened hearts that we must beware [cf. Exodus 9:34-35; Deuteronomy 10:16; and Acts 19:9]?

    4. What does it say about the condition of the human heart that people rebel, test, and provoke the Sovereign Lord who created them [Hebrews 3:8-10]? Also consider Exodus 17:1-4; Numbers 20:2-9; and Matthew 4:1-11.

    5. According to Hebrews 3:12, what are we to watch out for? What might lead us away from the Lord [cf. Matthew 13:18-22; Mark 6:5-6; and Romans 11:19-22]?

    6. In practical terms, how can we exhort one another so we are not hardened by sin’s deceitfulness [Hebrews 3:13]? What can we do to encourage each other daily to follow Christ and unfollow sin? Also examine Ephesians 4:17-24; Colossians 2:8; and 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10.

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

    “Christians are like the several flowers in a garden that have each of them the dew of heaven, which, being shaken with the wind, they let fall at each other's roots, whereby they are jointly nourished, and become nourishers of each other.” (John Bunyan)
  • Nov 14, 2021A Praying Community – Deric Bartlett
    Nov 14, 2021
    A Praying Community – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric returns to continue the series "We Are the Church: Christian Fellowship in a Lonely World" with a message titled "A Praying Community" based on James 5:13-20.

    1. Pray always (v.13)
    2. Pray in faith (v. 14-16)
    3. Pray boldly (v. 17-18)
    4. Pray redemptively (v. 19-20)

    ICEBREAKER: What is your idea of a great day?

    1. The first verb in James 5:16 is “confess” and it is in the form of a command. What are the pitfalls of disobeying this clear instruction [cf. Genesis 3:8-13; Psalm 32:3-4; and Isaiah 6:9-10]?

    2. Christians are also commanded to “pray for one another” [James 5:16]. What are the benefits of this practice [cf. 2 Corinthians 13:9-11; Philippians 4:6-7; and Hebrews 4:16]?

    3. What difference does it make that a person be “righteous” when she is praying [James 5:16]? In what sense is the term “righteous” used [cf. Psalm 66:18; Proverbs 15:29; and 1 Peter 3:7]?

    4. What do you know about Elijah that indicated he was an ordinary person [James 5:17-18; cf. 1 Kings 19:1-18]? What indicated that God did extraordinary things when Elijah prayed [James 5:17-18; cf. 1 Kings 17 & 18]?

    5. James called the Christian community to restore the wandering ones rather than ignore them or gossip about them [James 5:19-20]. How can we put this into practice at CCBC [cf. John 4:4-30; John 21:15-19; and Philemon 1:1-25]?

    6. What provides the motivation to restore erring brothers and sisters [James 5:19-20? Also consult Proverbs 10:12; Galatians 6:1-2; and 1 Peter 4:8.

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

    “Jesus Christ became Incarnate for one purpose, to make a way back to God that man might stand before Him as He was created to do, the friend and lover of God Himself.” (Oswald Chambers)
  • Nov 7, 2021We Are In This Together: The Church is a Supporting Community – Deric Bartlett
    Nov 7, 2021
    We Are In This Together: The Church is a Supporting Community – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric returns to continue the series "We Are the Church: Christian Fellowship in a Lonely World" with a message titled "We Are In This Together: The Church is a Supporting Community" based on Galatians 6:1-10.

    1. Restore one another(v. 1).
    2. Bear one another’s burdens (v. 2 – 5).
    3. Sow generously into each other’s lives (v. 6 – 10).

    ICEBREAKER: What is the silliest thing you do well?

    1. Galatians 6:1 is a key text urging believers to behave as a healing community. Who are the ones caught in a trespass? Why does it matter to commiserate with those caught in sin? Also consult 2 Samuel 12:1-14; Hebrews 12:12-13; and James 5:19-20.

    2. Who are the “spiritual” ones in Galatians 6:1 who are to do the restoring? How does the context help identify the “spiritual” ones [cf. Galatians 5:22-26; 1 Corinthians 2:14-16; and Ephesians 4:1-3]?

    3. The term “restore” in Galatians 6:1 is used in other Scripture passages to refer to mending a damaged fishing net. How does this word picture help you understand what it looks like to restore a wayward brother or sister in the Lord [cf. Matthew 4:21; 1 Corinthians 1:10; and 2 Corinthians 13:11]?

    4. How do you “keep watch on yourself” so you will not be tempted by sin [Galatians 6:1]? Also examine Matthew 26:41; Romans 15:1-6; and 1 Corinthians 10:12-13.

    5. What are some practical ways you can carry others’ burdens [Galatians 6:2]? Also consider Matthew 25:34-40; 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15; and James 1:27.

    6. The principle of “reaping and sowing” is clearly observed in life [Galatians 6:7-10]. From the context, how do you “sow to the Spirit” and not “to your own flesh” [cf. Hosea 10:12-13; Romans 12:9-13; and James 3:18]?

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

    “Our relationship with each other is the criterion the world uses to judge whether our message is truthful - Christian community is the final apologetic.” (Francis Schaeffer)
  • Oct 3, 2021Like A Good Neighbour… – Tom LeRoy
    Oct 3, 2021
    Like A Good Neighbour… – Tom LeRoy
    This week, Pastor Tom continues the series "We Are the Church: Christian Fellowship in a Lonely World" with a message titled "Like a Good Neighbour..." based on Luke 10:25-37.

    1. The story behind the words.
    2. Setting the scene.
    3. Compliance vs compassion.
    4. Christlike from an unlikely source.
    5. Challenge to change.

    ICEBREAKER: What smell do you hate that doesn't seem to bother other people?

    1. What do you think of the religious lawyer’s question in Luke 10:25? What do you learn about discerning a questioner’s motives [cf. Matthew 22:34-36; Mark 12:28; and Luke 18:18]?

    2. The lawyer in this story knew the law, but he did not seem to understand it. What is the difference, and why is it important [cf. Ezekiel 33:31-32; Matthew 15:7-9; and Romans 13:9-10]?

    3. What is it about our human nature that seeks to justify ourselves when confronted with the truth [Luke 10:29]? Also consult Luke 16:14-15; Luke 18:9; and Romans 10:1-3.

    4. In Jesus’ Parable of the Good Samaritan, why would it have shocked His original hearers [cf. Luke 17:15-19; John 4:9; and John 8:48]?

    5. Why does compassion for others supersede religious observance [Luke 10:31-32]? Also consider 1 Samuel 15:22-23; Hosea 6:6; and Matthew 9:10-13.

    6. Why is mercy so highly valued by the Lord [Luke 10:37]? Which of your “neighbours” could you show mercy to right now [cf. Micah 6:6-8; Zechariah 7:9-10; and Luke 6:32-36]?

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

    “The Gospel is good news of mercy to the undeserving. The symbol of the religion of Jesus is the cross, not the scales.” (John Stott)
  • Sep 26, 2021The Church is a Loving Community – Deric Bartlett
    Sep 26, 2021
    The Church is a Loving Community – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "We Are the Church: Christian Fellowship in a Lonely World" with a message titled "The Church is a Loving Community" based on 1 John 2:1-17.

    1. Walk ___________ of Jesus Christ. (v. 1-6)
    2. Live in fellowship with _______________. (v. 7-14)
    3. Guard your heart against _____________. (v. 15-17)

    ICEBREAKER: How do you usually get your news?

    1. In light of the context, what is the old commandment that the Apostle John’s readers have had since the beginning [1 John 2:7]? Why is it important to obey it [cf. John 13:34-35; 1 John 3:11; and 2 John 1:5-6]?

    2. What is the darkness that is passing away, and what is dispelling it [1 John 2:8]? Also consult John 1:5, 9; John 8:12; and Ephesians 5:7-12.

    3. Is it true that actions speak louder than words [1 John 2:9]? Why [cf. 1 John 1:6; 1 John 3:15; and 1 John 4:20]?

    4. According to 1 John 2:10, how can you tell if someone is abiding in the light? What difference does it make [cf. Romans 14:13; 1 Corinthians 13:1; and 1 John 3:14]?

    5. What might cause someone to hate a brother [1 John 2:11]? What does this indicate about the person’s spiritual state [cf. John 12:35; 2 Peter 1:9; and 1 John 4:20]?

    6. 1 John 2:12-14 lists several characteristics of Christians. What are they, and why are they such significant traits [cf. John 14:7-11; Acts 13:38; and Ephesians 6:10-20]?

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

    “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” (Martin Luther King Jr.)
  • Sep 19, 2021Created for Fellowship in a Divine Community – Deric Bartlett
    Sep 19, 2021
    Created for Fellowship in a Divine Community – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "We Are the Church: Christian Fellowship in a Lonely World" with a message titled "Created for Friendship in a Divine community" based on 1 John 1:1-4.

    1. Christian friendship is a ______________ experience (v. 1-2).
    2. Christian friendship is a ______________ experience (v. 2).
    3. Christian friendship is a ______________ experience (v. 3).
    4. Christian friendship is a ______________ experience (v. 4).

    ICEBREAKER: What is your favourite Olympic sport to watch? Why?

    1. When the Apostle John wrote, “That which was from the beginning” [1 John 1:1], he was making an extraordinary claim about Jesus. What was that claim, and why does it matter [cf. Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-2; and John 1:14]?

    2. Why are the eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ disciples so significant to our Christian faith [1 John 1:1]? Also consider Acts 1:8; Ephesians 2:20; and 2 Peter 1:16-18.

    3. John wrote that “our hands have touched” deity [1 John 1:1]. What does this mean, when did it happen, and why does it matter [cf. Luke 24:39-40; John 13:23-25; and John 20:27-29]?

    4. In a culture that increasingly promotes death, how is the message of life announced in 1 John 1:1-2 bringing you encouragement and hope [cf. John 1:4; John 11:25-27; and John 14:5-7]?

    5. According to 1 John 1:3, what is the essential nature of the Christian faith? What is it all about, and what difference does this make [cf. John 17:3; John 17:21; and 1 Corinthians 1:9]?

    6. What is it about the nature of true joy that makes life worthwhile and gives purpose to our lives [1 John 1:4]? Also consult John 15:11; John 16:20-24; and 1 Peter 1:8-9.

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

    “True joy comes only from God, and He shares this joy with those who walk in fellowship with Him.” (Jerry Bridges)


  • Sep 12, 2021Some Friendly Advice – Deric Bartlett
    Sep 12, 2021
    Some Friendly Advice – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric starts a new series titled "We Are the Church: Christian Fellowship in a Lonely World" with 'Some Friendly Advice'.

    1. Be a good friend to others.
    2. Pray for an intimate friend.
    3. Lose your toxic friends.
    4. Love your married friend.
    5. Join a small group of friends in the church.
    6. You have a Divine Friend.

    ICEBREAKER: What qualities do you value most in a true friend? Why?

    1. David and Jonathan were true friends who looked after each other’s interests even at great personal cost. What does Jonathan’s actions in 1 Samuel 18:1-4 reveal about friendship? Also consult Romans 12:10; 1 Corinthians 10:24; and Philippians 2:1-4.

    2. At a particularly desperate time in David’s life, when King Saul was seeking to kill him, Jonathan came to David and “strengthened his hand in God” [1 Samuel 23:15-18]. What do you imagine Jonathan said and did to lift David’s spirits [cf. Proverbs 17:17; Proverbs 18:24; and Proverbs 27:9]?

    3. In 2 Chronicles 20:7, King Jehoshaphat of Judah prayed, calling Abraham God’s “friend”. What do you observe about Abraham’s relationship with God that would indicate friendship [cf. Genesis 15:1-21; Genesis 17:1-8; and Genesis 18:16-33]?

    4. If Abraham was God’s friend, why did God test him [Genesis 22:1]? What does the story of Genesis 22:1-19 teach you about friendship with God [cf. Isaiah 41:8-10; Hebrews 11:17-19; and James 2:20-24]?

    5. Toward the end of His ministry just prior to his crucifixion, Jesus called His disciples His “friends” [John 15:14-15]. How are Jesus’ friends supposed to live according to John 15:12-17? Also consider John 3:26-30; John 13:34-35; and John 14:21.

    6. In Matthew 11:16-19, Jesus quoted the opinion of the religious authorities that He was “a friend of tax collectors and sinners”. What does this self-admission by Jesus reveal about His heart for sinful people [cf. Luke 19:10; John 3:16; and Romans 5:6-8]?

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

    “[Spiritual friendship] is eagerly helping one another know, serve, love, and resemble God in deeper and deeper ways.” (Tim Keller)