Oct 21, 2018
Second Chances

This week Pastor Deric continues our series The Runaway Prophet with a sermon entitled Second Chances focussing on Jonah 3:1-3.

Questions
Jonah 3:1-3.
 
ICEBREAKER: Apart from God, who is your number one advisor in life and why?
1. What was different about Jonah’s response to God’s call the second time? (v.3) What does this indicate about Jonah?
2. Where is Nineveh located? What implications would this have had for Jonah? What does this reveal about God?
3. Read Luke 11:37-41. In what ways do you think this relates to the heart of Jonah?
4. Jonah was called to preach a message of repentance but was in need of repentance himself. Find one person in the New Testament who also faced this problem.
5. List some reasons why God’s people disobey the Lord. What forms of disobedience are you most susceptible to? Why?
6. How closely do you think your heart matches the heart of God today? What can you do to get yourself more inline with His will?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
 

"If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?" - David Livingstone

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  • Oct 21, 2018Second Chances
    Oct 21, 2018
    Second Chances

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The Runaway Prophet with a sermon entitled Second Chances focussing on Jonah 3:1-3.

    Questions
    Jonah 3:1-3.
     
    ICEBREAKER: Apart from God, who is your number one advisor in life and why?
    1. What was different about Jonah’s response to God’s call the second time? (v.3) What does this indicate about Jonah?
    2. Where is Nineveh located? What implications would this have had for Jonah? What does this reveal about God?
    3. Read Luke 11:37-41. In what ways do you think this relates to the heart of Jonah?
    4. Jonah was called to preach a message of repentance but was in need of repentance himself. Find one person in the New Testament who also faced this problem.
    5. List some reasons why God’s people disobey the Lord. What forms of disobedience are you most susceptible to? Why?
    6. How closely do you think your heart matches the heart of God today? What can you do to get yourself more inline with His will?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?" - David Livingstone

  • Oct 14, 2018Merciful Saviour, Sovereign Lord
    Oct 14, 2018
    Merciful Saviour, Sovereign Lord

    This week Pastor Max preaches a sermon entitled Merciful Saviour, Sovereign Lord focussing on Ephesians 2:1-10.

    Questions
    Ephesisans 2:1-10
     
    ICEBREAKER: What was the high point of your week? What made it so great?
    1. What is the “course of the world” that the ungodly follow? (v.2) What does Paul mean when he says the world follows the “prince of the power of the air”?
    2. How has God’s merciful sovereignty changed the disobedience of mankind? (vv.4-5,8-9)
    3. What is your response to God’s plan for you mentioned in vv.6-7? How does this change the way you view the future? How does this change the way you live your life now?
    4. How is the principle outlined in verse 8 highlighted in the story of Jonah?
    5. What is God’s purpose for you outlined in verse 10? What does this mean for you personally?
    6. In what areas of your life do you need to start seeking the Lord in order to conform yourself to God’s plan for your life?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "Greater is Your care for me than all the care I am able to take from myself.” - Thomas à Kempis

  • Oct 7, 2018The Danger of Being Divided
    Oct 7, 2018
    The Danger of Being Divided

    This week Pastor Max preaches a sermon entitled The Danger of Being Divided focussing on 1 Corinthians 10:14-22.

    Questions
    1 Corinthians 10:14-22
     
    ICEBREAKER: What is the biggest misconception people tend to have about you?
    1. What do you think best describes the true nature of idolatry?
    2. In ancient times people used to worship a physical idol - what are some modern examples of idols?
    3. According to Jesus in Matthew 6:24, is it possible to serve God and other idols in our lives? How does this tie in with James 4:1-4?
    4. Read Galatians 5:19-21. What kinds of other sins are found in the same list as “rivalries, dissensions, divisions.” How does this indicate how serious disunity is in God’s eyes?
    5. List three attitudes or behaviours that might cause division in a church. What are the godly opposites of those things? What is the biblical remedy to correct those things?
    6. What steps do you need to take to avoid causing division among the people in your own life?  How can you better practice the godly virtues you listed above?
    7. Read 1 Kings 18:21. What bearing does Elijah’s question to Israel have on your own life?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "Believers are never told to become one; we already are one and are expected to act like it." - Joni Tada

  • Sep 30, 2018Jonah’s Prayer
    Sep 30, 2018
    Jonah’s Prayer

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The Runaway Prophet with a sermon entitled Jonah's Prayer focussing on Jonah 2:1-10.

    Questions
    Jonah 2:1-10
     
    ICEBREAKER: What crazy activity do you dream of trying someday?
    1. What do you think was the cause of Jonah’s hope that God would deliver him from the belly of the fish? (v.4) How does this tie in with verses 7-9?
    2. Read Psalms 18:4-6, 88:1-9, 107:17-20, and 116:1-6. What similarities do you see between these Psalms and Jonah’s prayer?
    3. What is “Sheol” mentioned in verse 2? How does this illustrate how dire Jonah’s situation was according to verses 5-6?
    4. Why do you think Jonah had to go through such severe circumstances to be reconciled to God?
    5. What can you learn from God’s deliverance of Jonah out of such an extreme situation?
    6. When Jonah was suffering he “remembered the Lord” and prayed. What prayer do you need to offer to God in your own circumstances today?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "Our Lord told His disciples that love and obedience were organically united. The final test of love is obedience." - A. W. Tozer

  • Sep 23, 2018The Faith Gap
    Sep 23, 2018
    The Faith Gap

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The Runaway Prophet with a sermon entitled The Faith Gap -The Danger of Disconnection focussing on Jonah 1:9-17.

    Questions
    Jonah 1:9-17
     
    ICEBREAKER: What is one thing you really like about yourself? Why?
    1. What does Jonah’s reply in verse 12 indicate about his knowledge of his actions? How does this illustrate the way our running from God can impact others in our lives?
    2. Why did the men try to row harder even after Jonah had told them to throw him into the sea? (v.13) Why did the storm continue to get worse?
    3. What do you think Jonah was expecting to happen to him after being thrown into the sea? What insights do you have from God’s response in sending the fish?
    4. What storms have you faced in your own life that reshaped how you understood God and the world?
    5. What is it in your life right now that God has called you to do - and trust him with it - that you're running away from?
    6. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "Just as a servant knows that he must first obey his master in all things, so the surrender to an implicit and unquestionable obedience must become the essential characteristic of our lives." - Andrew Murray

  • Sep 16, 2018A Perfect Storm
    Sep 16, 2018
    A Perfect Storm

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The Runaway Prophet with a sermon entitled A Perfect Storm focussing on Jonah 1:4-10.

    Questions
    Jonah 1:4-10
     
    ICEBREAKER: Have you ever purchased something that you later came to regret? What happened?
    1. Why was the captain of the ship angry at Jonah (v.6)? What did he think Jonah should have been doing?
    2. How does Jonah’s description of God (v.9) make his attempt to flee seem foolish? How is this echoed in Psalm 139:1–12?
    3. Do you find the message of Psalm 139:1–12 comforting or intimidating? Why?
    4. Why were the men afraid when they heard Jonah’s answer (v.10)?
    5. How is the storm in Jonah 1 an act of mercy rather than judgment? How have you seen God spare no expense in his pursuit of you?
    6. When storms come our way, how can we look at them from a divine perspective? What should we ask from God in them?
    7. What should Jonah have done in order to prevent this storm in his life? What things do you need to do in order to avoid an unnecessary storm in your own life?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "The heart is the place where our life gets its direction.” ? Jim George

  • Sep 9, 2018Running From God
    Sep 9, 2018
    Running From God

    This week Pastor Deric begins our series The Runaway Prophet with a sermon entitled “Running from God” focussing on Jonah 1:1-3.

    Questions
    Jonah 1:1-3
     
    ICEBREAKER: What is your favourite memory from this summer? Why?
    1. Why didn’t Jonah want to go to Nineveh to preach a message of repentance?
    2. In verse 3 it says Jonah fled in order to go “away from the presence of the Lord”. What was the consequence of his actions? Is it really possible to run from God?
    3. Where is another example from the Old Testament of someone turning the other way from God? What was the outcome?
    4. How is the book of Jonah different from all the other books of the prophets?
    5. What do you think Jonah needed to do in order to change his heart towards the Ninevites?
    6. How are you “fleeing from the presence of the Lord” in your own life? What steps can you take to turn yourself around?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "The condition of an enlightened mind is a surrendered heart." - Alan Redpath

  • Sep 2, 2018Glory in JESUS
    Sep 2, 2018
    Glory in JESUS

    This week Pastor Deric preaches a sermon entitled “Glory in JESUS

    Questions:

    Philippians 3:7-14

    1. What was the reason Paul considered everything he lost to be rubbish? (v.8)
    2. How many  times does Paul use the phrase “press on” (ESV) in this passage? What other words does he use to describe his pursuit of Christ?
    3. What does Paul mean in v.10 when he said he wanted to “become like Christ in his death”?
    4. Read Jeremiah 29:13. What does this mean to you in your own life?
    5. Using a concordance find three verses from the Psalms that contain the word “seek”. What common theme is present in them?
    6. What practical things do you need to do in order to reach the goal of Philippians 3:14?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    “Nothing teaches us about the preciousness of the Creator as much as when we learn the emptiness of everything else.” - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

  • Aug 26, 2018The Evolution of Faith
    Aug 26, 2018
    The Evolution of Faith

    This week Pastor Max concludes our series The Mustard Seed Life with a sermon entitled “The Evolution of Faith”

    Questions:
    Colossians 2:6-7
     
    1. What does it mean in Colossians 2:3 that all the treasures of knowledge and wisdom are hidden in Christ?
    2. Read Mark 9:17-24. What was Jesus' response to the man? What do we need to do if we’re weak in faith?
    3. Find three other examples of people putting their faith in Jesus in the gospels.
    4. According to Hebrews 12:2 who is the one who develops our faith?
    5. Read 2 Timothy 1:12. What is the foundation of Paul’s confidence in his own walk of faith?
    6. What practical steps do you need to take to grow more in your faith?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?

    "Faith is a sounder guide than reason. Reason can go only so far, but faith has no limits." - Blaise Pascal

  • Aug 19, 2018The Evidence of Faith
    Aug 19, 2018
    The Evidence of Faith

    This week Pastor Max continues our series The Mustard Seed Life with a sermon entitled “The Evidence of Faith”

    Questions:
    Hebrews 11:1-7
     
    1. In chapter 11 the author of Hebrews cites many examples of individuals who proved their faith by their actions. Find three more examples from the Old Testament of someone acting out their faith in God.
    2. What can you learn from the outcomes of the examples of people cited throughout this chapter? What theme is presen
    3. Read Hebrews 12:1-2. What is the desired outcome for the readers of this epistle after considering these heroes of faith?
    4. What is the significance of Abraham’s hope for a city whose designer and builder is God? (v.10)
    5. According to 1 Thessalonians 3:7 how does our faith influence others?
    6. How are we to treat other believers who are weak in faith according to Romans 14:1-4?
    7. Do you truly believe that God is a rewarder of those who seek him (Heb. 11:6)? What things do you need to seek the Lord for in your own life?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees, and looks to God alone; Laughs at impossibilities, and cries it shall be done." - Charles Wesley

  • Aug 12, 2018The Challenge of Faith
    Aug 12, 2018
    The Challenge of Faith

    This week Pastor Max continues our series The Mustard Seed Life with a sermon entitled “The Challenge of Faith”

    Questions:
    Luke 17:1-10
     
    1. What was the context of the disciple’s request for Jesus to increase their faith?
    2. Why do you think Jesus responded to their request in the way that he did?
    3. Where is there an instance of active faith in this chapter? What was the outcome?
    4. What importance does faith have in living out your Christian life from day to day?
    5. Read Hebrews 11:1. How does this tie in with 2 Corinthians 5:7 and 1 Peter 1:8? What theme is present in all three scriptures?
    6. Read Matthew 14:25-31. How do you think you would have responded if you were in Peter’s place, and what would the outcome have been?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "It is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you." - Tim Keller

  • Aug 5, 2018The Habit of Faith
    Aug 5, 2018
    The Habit of Faith

    This week Pastor Max begins our series The Mustard Seed Life with a sermon entitled “The Habit of Faith”

    Questions:
    Psalm 26:1-3
     
    1. What is David’s definition of faith in this passage?
    2. Find another Psalm where David writes about his faith in God.
    3. How is faith defined in Hebrew 11:1?
    4. Read Hebrews 11:6. Why do you think faith is so important to God?
    5. According to James 2:17-18 what is an essential component of faith? How is this echoed throughout Psalm 26?
    6. Considering your own walk with Lord, what areas of faith would you like to grow in during this series?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the 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

  • Jul 29, 2018The Renewed Mind
    Jul 29, 2018
    The Renewed Mind
    Series: The 180

    This week Pastor Deric concludes our series The 180 with a sermon entitled “The Renewed Mind” focussing on Romans 12:1-2

    Questions
    Romans 12:1-2
     
    1. What does it mean to present your body as a sacrifice to God?
    2. How is presenting yourself to God an act of spiritual worship?
    3. What do we need to do to be transformed to the image of Christ? (see v.2) How is this done?
    4. According to Mark 7:21-23 what is the main thing that needs to be changed in order to truly repent?
    5. Find one psalm where David asked God to create a new heart in him.
    6. Read the following scriptures: Psalm 116:8, Colossians 1:13, 1 Timothy 1:15, Titus 3:5, 1 Peter 1:3-5. What is the common theme?
    7. What do you need to do in order to trust God - and not yourself - to bring change into your life?

    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?

    "Repentance, as we know, is basically not moaning and remorse, but turning and change." - J.I. Packer

  • Jul 22, 2018Good Grief
    Jul 22, 2018
    Good Grief
    Series: The 180

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The 180 with a sermon entitled “Good Grief” focussing on 2 Corinthians 7

    Questions
    2 Corinthians 7
     
    1. What promises is Paul referring to in verse 1?
    2. What specific types of fruit did Godly grief and repentance produce in the church at Corinth?
    3. What effects did the repentance of the Corinthian church have on Paul?
    4. Write down your current definition of repentance in one sentence. How has it changed since the beginning of the series?
    5. Read Joel 2:17. What does this teach us about the connection between repentance and making disciples?
    6. What role are we meant to play in each other’s lives in terms of helping one another towards repentance?
    7. What is one practical thing you can do to help someone in your life assume a posture of repentance?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "Fear-based repentance makes us hate ourselves. Joy-based repentance makes us hate the sin." - Tim Keller

  • Jul 15, 2018Refreshment in Repentance
    Jul 15, 2018
    Refreshment in Repentance
    Series: The 180

    This week Pastor Max continues our series The 180 with a sermon entitled “Refreshment in Repentance”

    Questions:
    Acts 3:17-21
     
    1. What was the occasion for Peter delivering this message?
    2. What is the requirement for God’s blessing mentioned in verse 26?
    3. Find another verse from the New Testament which states that repentance is a gift from God.
    4. Peter mentioned that all the prophets testified about Jesus (v.18). Find three prophecies from the Old Testament that foretold the works of Christ.
    5. Why do you think the Pharisees & Sadducees refused to believe the miracles they saw?
    6. What is the connection between repentance and faith?
    7. Some of Peter’s listeners had hardened hearts which hindered them from believing and repenting. What obstacle do you need to overcome to repent?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    “Repentance is siding with God against self.” - Todd Nibert

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