Jan 31, 2016
People Pleasing vs God Fearing
Pastor Deric continues his current series "Your 100 Day Prayer" with a sermon entitled "People Pleasing vs God Fearing" from Luke 12:1-9.
 
Questions:
Luke 12:1-9
Ice Breaker: What’s it gonna be? Life often presents choices as we navigate through the years. Some are big, course-altering choices and others are smaller, less significant decisions.
How do you approach 'decision making' in your life?
 
1. Why would the example of the Pharisees' life of hypocrisy be so dangerous? (vv.1-3)
 
2. What is the principle behind living without fear of what might happen to us and our lives here on earth? (vv.4-5)
 
3. Can a person in this world really live without worrying? (vv.6-7)
 
4. What would be one of the most significant differences in the life of one who has a healthy and correct fear of God? (vv.8-9)
 
5. Describe the expected outcomes of a life lived in faithful obedience to God.
 
“God relentlessly offers His grace to people who do not deserve it, seek it, or appreciate it after they have been saved by it.”
- Timothy Keller
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  • Jan 31, 2016People Pleasing vs God Fearing
    Jan 31, 2016
    People Pleasing vs God Fearing
    Pastor Deric continues his current series "Your 100 Day Prayer" with a sermon entitled "People Pleasing vs God Fearing" from Luke 12:1-9.
     
    Questions:
    Luke 12:1-9
    Ice Breaker: What’s it gonna be? Life often presents choices as we navigate through the years. Some are big, course-altering choices and others are smaller, less significant decisions.
    How do you approach 'decision making' in your life?
     
    1. Why would the example of the Pharisees' life of hypocrisy be so dangerous? (vv.1-3)
     
    2. What is the principle behind living without fear of what might happen to us and our lives here on earth? (vv.4-5)
     
    3. Can a person in this world really live without worrying? (vv.6-7)
     
    4. What would be one of the most significant differences in the life of one who has a healthy and correct fear of God? (vv.8-9)
     
    5. Describe the expected outcomes of a life lived in faithful obedience to God.
     
    “God relentlessly offers His grace to people who do not deserve it, seek it, or appreciate it after they have been saved by it.”
    - Timothy Keller
  • Jan 24, 2016The Lord is Near!
    Jan 24, 2016
    The Lord is Near!
    Pastor Deric continues his current series "Your 100 Day Prayer" with a sermon entitled "The Lord is Near!" from Philippians 4:4-7.
     
    Questions:
    Philippians 4:4-7
    Ice Breaker: There’s something crucial about remaining calm in the midst of a ‘storm.' I’m not always good at it, but it makes a very positive difference in the outcome.
    How are you able to remain grounded and steady in the midst of trials?
     
    1. These were not easy times for Paul (Acts 16:19-24) and for the church (1:29-30) at Philippi. What is it that makes the kind of joy Paul is speaking about, possible in difficult times? (v.7) (also see James 1:2-5)
     
    2. What does ‘reasonableness’ have to do with joy? (v.5)
     
    3. In the midst of difficult times (1:28; 3:1; 4:1), what would be the cure for anxiousness? (v.6)
     
    4. As we consider the three part description of Paul’s call for prayer in verse 6, how would you construct your prayer to God?
     
    5. How would you describe the peace Paul is talking about? (v.7) (Col. 3:15)
     
    6. How would you define Christian joy?
     
    “Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.”- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
  • Jan 17, 2016God Feels What You Feel
    Jan 17, 2016
    God Feels What You Feel
    Pastor Deric continues his current series "Your 100 Day Prayer" with a sermon entitled "God Feels What You Feel" from Isaiah 63:7-19.
     
    Questions:
    Isaiah 63:7-19
    Ice Breaker: Sometimes it seems that we can be 'knocked off stride' by the simplest, as well as the biggest things life throws at us. Other times we seem to be able to handle even the most difficult twists and turns of life with little or no affect. I think I’m usually somewhere in the middle. While the big issues of life can certainly get to me, there are times when insignificant things set me off as well. I’m sure we all have those moments from time to time.

    How do you regain your footing in life after you’ve been disturbed enough to be knocked off stride?

    1. From this passage, how do the people of God view their God? (v.7)

    2. God identifies with His people in such a way that He commits Himself to them in action. In what ways has God ‘saved’ his children? (vv.8-9)

    3. Why would the 'Holy Spirit’ specifically be grieved by their rebellion and what was the result? (v.10)

    4. In the thick of the rebellion, everything changes for God’s people. How does God ‘change’? (vv.11-13)

    5. What is God’s purpose and reason for all of this? (v.14-19)

    6. How do we know that God feels what we feel? (vv.7-19)

    “If you do not die to sin, you shall die for sin. If you do not slay sin, sin will slay you.”- Charles H. Spurgeon

  • Jan 10, 2016Anxiety and Prayer
    Jan 10, 2016
    Anxiety and Prayer
    Pastor Deric begins a brand new series "Your 100 Day Prayer" with a sermon entitled "Anxiety and Prayer" from Matthew 6:25-34

    Questions:
    Matthew 6:25-34
    Ice Breaker: Glass half full or glass half empty. We all know people who are natural optimists and others who are natural pessimists. Some folks are just naturally positive and upbeat and others are more likely to point out the problems and the downside.

    So. What about you? Is the glass half full or half empty?

    1. What would be the fundamental problem regarding a ‘Christian state of mind’ that is rooted in anxiousness? (v.25)

    2. What logical reasoning is Jesus using to convince His followers? (vv.26-27) (Psalm 147:9)

    3. How has the world around us affected our mindset and our pursuits in life? (vv.30-32) (also see Matt 16:8-10; 17:19-20)

    4. Draw a vertical line down the middle of your page. On one side describe a life of anxiousness and on the other, a life of confidence. Which side might you be more naturally drawn to?

    5. What then, is the answer to worry in life?

    “Jesus wants your obedience over your sacrifice. In other words, He wants you, not what you have to offer.”- Timothy Keller
  • Jan 3, 2016There Is No One Like Our God
    Jan 3, 2016
    There Is No One Like Our God
    This week Pastor Deric share a special message from Deuteronomy 33:26-27 entitled "There Is No One Like Our God."
     
    Questions:
    Please read Deuteronomy 33:26-27
    Ice Breaker: Who is the most influential person you’ve ever met?

    1. How is the God described here unique to all other gods?

    2. How are the people of God also unique? (also see v.29)

    3. From your overall impression of God from these verses, how would you describe God to someone?

    4. How does the phrase from verse 26 “rides through the heavens to your help” impact your image and understanding of God?

    5. From this passage, what is the lasting understanding about God that you’re left with?

    “The great basis of Christian assurance is not how much our hearts are set on God, but how unshakeably His heart is set on us.” - Tim Keller

  • 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
  • Dec 20, 2015For We…Have Come To Worship Him
    Dec 20, 2015
    For We…Have Come To Worship Him
    Pastor Deric concludes our Christmas series "Come Together for Christmas" with a sermon entitled "For we...have come to worship Him" from Matthew 2:2.

    Questions:
    Matthew 2:2
    Ice Breaker: What one thing about Jesus causes you to worship Him this Christmas?

    1. What does the Magi asking “where is he” say about what they expected from the Jews in Jerusalem?

    2. The Magi were ready to worship Jesus as they arrived and met Him. What did they know about Him that required their worship?

    3. What does the fact that this diverse entourage who came to worship Jesus suggest about how we are to worship?

    4. How would this experience of meeting and worshiping Jesus have affected the Magi? (see v.11)

    5. What have you learned from this ‘Come Together for Christmas’ series and how are you going to apply that to your worship of Jesus this Christmas and into 2016?

    “Abraham knew the Lord as a promise maker, Moses knew Him as a promise keeper, but we know the One in whom all the promises are yes and amen.”- Kevin DeYoung
  • Dec 13, 2015Enduring Divine Hardship
    Dec 13, 2015
    Enduring Divine Hardship
    Pastor Deric continues our Christmas series "Come Together for Christmas" with a sermon entitled "Enduring Divine Hardships" from Matthew 2:13-23
     
    Questions:
    Matthew 2:13-23
    Ice Breaker: You don’t have to be from a war-torn area of the world to have experienced times of difficulty and even great hardships in life.
    How have you experienced God’s wisdom and provision in times of difficulty in your life?
     
    1. Why would it seem strange that God would send Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus to Egypt of all places? (vv.13-15)
     
    2. What portion of God’s message to Joseph might seem a little different, and why might that be? (v.13b)
     
    3. How does Herod’s arrogance toward God seem somewhat familiar in the world today? (v.16)
     
    4. In the midst of a great tragedy in the region of Bethlehem, how might there be a glimmer of hope? (v.18) (see Jer. 31:16-17)
     
    5. What would be the significance of Jesus’ growing up in Nazareth as opposed to a city like Jerusalem? (vv.19-23)
     
    6. What does this passage have to say to you about what Christians should expect to encounter regarding hardships in the world we live in?
     
    “The head finds reasons to disbelieve when the heart is unwilling to surrender.”- Kevin DeYoung
  • Dec 6, 2015Embracing Divine Guidance
    Dec 6, 2015
    Embracing Divine Guidance
    Pastor Deric continues our Christmas series "Come Together for Christmas" with a sermon entitled "Embracing Divine Guidance" from Matthew 2:1-12
     
    Questions:
    Matthew 2:1-12
    Ice Breaker: Who do you turn to when you have a need for wisdom or good advice, and why?
     
    1. What is the significance of Jesus being born in Bethlehem of Judea? (v.1)
     
    2. Who were the ‘wise men’ who came looking for the ‘king of the Jews’ and what is the significance of their coming? (v.2)
     
    3. Why was Herod and ‘all of Jerusalem’ troubled by the news of Jesus’ birth? (vv.3-6)
     
    4. How is the chief priests’ response to the news of the birth of a ruler/shepherd for the people of Israel puzzling? (vv.3-6)
     
    5. Describe how this story is a lesson for the church today? (vv.1-2, 7-12)
     
    6. What would be your most significant ‘take away’ from this story of the wise men and their experience?
    “It’s one thing to believe in God, but it is another thing to trust Him.”- Timothy Keller
  • Nov 29, 2015Repeat the Sounding Joy
    Nov 29, 2015
    Repeat the Sounding Joy
    Pastor Deric begins our Christmas series "Come Together for Christmas" with a sermon entitled "Repeat The Sounding Joy!" from Matthew 1:18-25

    Questions:
    Matthew 1:18-25
    Ice Breaker: Have you ever been truly amazed? Can you find words to describe that feeling of utter amazement?
     
    Spend a minute or two to consider some of the most amazing things you’ve experienced, and how those experiences might even be linked.
     
    1. Why is it vital to believe in the virgin birth as an important part of the Christmas story? (v.18)

    2. What is it about Mary and Joseph that makes them suitable for the role God gave them? (vv.20-21)

    3. Why is the angel’s reference to Joseph’s lineage in verse 20 an important part of the Christmas story?

    4. What is the connection with the name of Jesus and His work as the Saviour of the world? (v.21) (see Hebrews 4:25)

    5. What does “Immanuel” mean and why is it personally important to you? (v.23) (see Isaiah 7:14)

    6. What more do you learn about Joseph through his response to what the angel told him in his dream?

    7. What aspect of the Christmas story do you love most and why?

    “If Jesus didn’t think He could handle life without knowing Scripture inside and out, what makes you think you can? ”- Timothy Keller
  • Nov 22, 2015A Tale of Two Lions
    Nov 22, 2015
    A Tale of Two Lions
    This week our guest speaker is Rev. Paul Estabrooks with Open Doors International, helping persecuted Christians around the world. Rev. Paul Estabrooks' message is from 1 Peter 5:8-11 entitled "A Tale of Two Lions."

    Questions:
    1 Peter 5:8-11
    Ice Breaker: An inattentive driver is one of the greatest dangers one might face on the road. There is genuine danger

    if all drivers aren't focused and attentive to the task.

    What are some practical things you do to assure you give proper attention to the most important tasks in your
    day?

    1. Discuss how the following Scriptures will help us understand who Satan really is? (see John 14:30; 2 Cor
    4:4; Eph 2:2)

    2. Sometimes people act as if Satan is just an evil influence. Why does knowing Satan is a real being matter?

    3. As an enemy of God, how does Satan carry on his subversive activities within your church and family? What
    tactics does he employ against you?

    4. Some believe that Satan cannot harm a Christian. What does God’s Word teach about this? (see Heb 11:32-39)

    5. Describe how we can have victory over Satan’s accusations. (see Rev 12:10-11)

    6. What is the Biblical response of Christians to the sufferings of brothers and sisters around the world?

    7. How is the plight of the persecuted church around the world linked to you?

    “Only God can make the depraved heart desire God.”- John Piper
  • 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
  • Nov 8, 2015Come Together for Confession
    Nov 8, 2015
    Come Together for Confession
    Pastor Deric concludes our current series "Come Together" with a sermon entitled "Come Together For Confession" from Matthew 16:13-23

    Questions:
    Matthew 16:13-23
    Ice Breaker: There are a lot of things I’m quite willing to express my opinion about. With some subjects, it’s a relatively ‘off the cuff’ opinion or comment you’ll get from me. With a select few subjects, I have a level of experience and expertise to base my opinions on.

    Is it important to know what we, as individuals, actually believe? Why or why not?

    1. What were the people who had heard Jesus, saying about Him? What can we learn about them from what they said? (vv.13-14)

    2. Matthew’s gospel has come to a turning point here. What is the confession that Peter verbalizes on behalf of the disciples? (v.16)

    3. What are the implications of Jesus' response in verses 17 to 19 for the disciples and for us today?

    4. How does the price Jesus described that He was willing to pay in verses 21, set the ground work for the cost of being His disciple?

    5. How do the ups and downs of Peter in this narrative reflect the ministry partnership between Jesus and man?

    6. “But, who do YOU say I am?" Peter nailed it in verse 16 when Jesus asked him that question. According to the disciples, the people of Jesus' day had a variety of opinions about who He was. They had a high regard for Him, but missed the mark, and that was a critical ‘miss.’ Who do you say Jesus is and what difference does that make in the way you live your life today?

    “None of us are so clumsy or so bad or so weak that God cannot and will not use us for His glory.”- Kevin DeYoung

  • Nov 1, 2015Three Key Ingredients to a Church on Fire!
    Nov 1, 2015
    Three Key Ingredients to a Church on Fire!
    This week our guest speaker: Gary Carter continues our current series "Come Together" with a sermon entitled "
    Three Key Ingredients to a Church on Fire! " from Acts 4:32-37.

    Questions:
    Acts 4:32-37
    Ice Breaker: I suspect that for most of us, we have categorized the people we interact with by the nature of the relationship. Some are purely professional, such as in the workplace or at the places we shop regularly. Others are placed on a ‘higher’ level, like family and close friends.
     
    Do you interact with people differently depending upon your relationship? Do they all have high value and importance to you? Do you care about people you are not particularly close to? What about people in your church?
     
    1. Compare and contrast the distinctives of the early church described here in verse 32 and the church of today. What aspect of the early church stands out most to you? (also see Acts 4:13, 19-20, 31)
     
    2. How would you describe the Apostles’ ministry? What were two significant outcomes of this ministry? (v.33)

    3. How does the commitment of the early church to the needs of its members, and the specific example of Joseph/Barnabas, challenge the church today? (vv.35-37) (also see Deut 15:4-11)

    4. From this passage, what else can we know about the membership of the early church? (also see Acts 11:27-30) How does that compare to the makeup of churches today?

    5. What characteristics of the church must have been true as a foundation in order to create such unity, commitment and power?
     
    6. To what degree do you think it’s possible to see a “church on fire” today? What steps can we take to move in that direction?

    “Our Christian lives must function as visible words to a world that has forgotten how to ask important questions.”    - Cameron McAllister
  • Oct 25, 2015Come Together for Learning
    Oct 25, 2015
    Come Together for Learning
    Pastor Max continues our current series "Come Together" with a sermon entitled "Come Together For Learning" from Matthew 11:24-30.

    Questions:
    Matthew 11:24-30
    Ice Breaker: Ice Breaker: I seem to learn better when I can dig in, get my hands on something and really experience what I’m trying to discover or learn.

    What are some important keys to ‘learning’ that you have discovered?

    Please read the larger passage, Matthew 11:20-30 to better understand the context.

    1. What is it that Jesus finds intolerable and why is that?

    2. Who does Jesus describe as the truly wise in this case? (Isa. 29:13-19; 1 Cor. 1:18)

    3. What does Jesus mean when He says, “… no one knows the Son except the Father and no one knows the Father except the Son …” and how is it that they have that knowledge? (v.27)

    4. What unlocks the knowledge of God to man? (v.27) (see 2 Cor. 4:3-4)

    5. What would the ‘burden’ be that the Jews would carry? Similarly, what might the ‘burden’ be that our generation carries? (v.28)

    6. What did Jesus mean when He said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light?” (vv.28-30) (also see Jer. 6:16-20)

    7. What have you learned from this passage that you can apply to your life as a disciple of Jesus?

    “Life-giving faith loves Jesus for who He is, not for the benefits He can bring.” - Timothy Keller