Aug 30, 2015
Partners For Ministry
This week Pastor Max concludes the series "The Privilege of Partnership" with a message entitled, "Partners For Ministry."

Questions
Please read
Philippians 1:3-11

Ice Breaker: If you’ve been paying attention here, you know how much I appreciate working as part of a team! There’s nothing like partnering with other like-minded people to win a game or to make a difference that matters for eternity.

Describe some of the challenges faced in assembling a really good team.

1. What was it about the relationship between Paul and the Philippian church that brought great thankfulness and joy to Paul? (vv.3-5)

2. Describe what you notice that is unique about a partnership in ministry? (v.6) (see Ps. 57:2-3; 1 Cor 1:7-8; 1 Thess. 1:3-4)

3. What do we learn about the cost and the reality of partnership in ministry? (vv.7-8) (see 4:14-15)

4. Describe some of the results of this partnership between Paul, the Philippian church and God. (vv.7-11) (see 1:29-30; Rom. 1:11)

5. Are you a member in a partnership such as we’ve been studying in this passage? Describe how it's working, its strengths and weaknesses. If you’re not participating, what needs to change?

“I would rather fail in the weakness of the Spirit than succeed in the power of the flesh.” - Ray Ortlund

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  • Aug 30, 2015Partners For Ministry
    Aug 30, 2015
    Partners For Ministry
    This week Pastor Max concludes the series "The Privilege of Partnership" with a message entitled, "Partners For Ministry."

    Questions
    Please read
    Philippians 1:3-11

    Ice Breaker: If you’ve been paying attention here, you know how much I appreciate working as part of a team! There’s nothing like partnering with other like-minded people to win a game or to make a difference that matters for eternity.

    Describe some of the challenges faced in assembling a really good team.

    1. What was it about the relationship between Paul and the Philippian church that brought great thankfulness and joy to Paul? (vv.3-5)

    2. Describe what you notice that is unique about a partnership in ministry? (v.6) (see Ps. 57:2-3; 1 Cor 1:7-8; 1 Thess. 1:3-4)

    3. What do we learn about the cost and the reality of partnership in ministry? (vv.7-8) (see 4:14-15)

    4. Describe some of the results of this partnership between Paul, the Philippian church and God. (vv.7-11) (see 1:29-30; Rom. 1:11)

    5. Are you a member in a partnership such as we’ve been studying in this passage? Describe how it's working, its strengths and weaknesses. If you’re not participating, what needs to change?

    “I would rather fail in the weakness of the Spirit than succeed in the power of the flesh.” - Ray Ortlund

  • Aug 23, 2015Partners For Education
    Aug 23, 2015
    Partners For Education
    This week Pastor Max continues the series "The Privilege of Partnership" with a message entitled, "Partners For Education."

    Questions
    Please read Ephesians 6:1-4

    Ice Breaker: If you are a parent, there’s almost nothing as satisfying and at the same time frustrating as raising children. There is an element of great responsibility, and also the sense that much of what results is out of your control.

    As a parent, from where did you gather your information on how to raise your children?

    1. Describe what Paul means when he says children are to “obey” and  “honor” their father and mother? (vv.1-3) (also see Ex. 20:12; Deut. 5:16; Col. 3:20)

    2. What is the child’s responsibility and how might we see that working itself out in a family? (see Luke 2:51)

    3. Explain what it means to “provoke” your children. (see Col. 3:21)

    4. How would you describe Paul’s expectations of parents as they raise children?

    5. If you are a parent, what would be your strengths? What would be your weaknesses? How might you capitalize on your strengths and overcome your weaknesses?

    6. How might you apply the principles of this passage in the broader context of relationships, the church and society as a whole? (also read Eph. 5; 6:5-20)

    “The goal is Jesus, the centre is the Gospel and the family is a means for revealing the Gospel now and for passing the Gospel from one generation to the next.” - Dr. Timothy Paul Jones
  • Aug 16, 2015Partners For Missions
    Aug 16, 2015
    Partners For Missions
    This week Pastor Max continues the series "The Privilege of Partnership" with a message entitled, "Partners For Missions."

    Questions
    Please read 1 Corinthians 3:5-15

    Ice Breaker: Have you ever been a part of a great team? In my opinion, there’s nothing like it! When every member compliments the other and all are functioning in their strengths, it’s a special synergy that occurs and the outcome is often very special.

    What great and not-so-great experiences have you had as part of a team?

    1. What is a primary role of Christian leaders? How can leaders’ natural abilities affect their role and the outcome of their ministry? (vv.5-7) (also see 9:1; 15:1; Acts 18:4-11; 2 Cor. 10:14,15)

    2. How does Paul’s assertion that God brings about the growth, impact how you view the churches' role in His mission? What about your role?

    3. What can people conflicts within the ministry tell us about those involved?

    4. What was Paul’s goal in his ministry? (vv.8-9) (also see Rom. 12:3-8; 15:20; Eph. 2:20-22)

    5. Where can you participate in the mission and expand your view of the churches’ task to reach the world with the Gospel of Jesus? (vv.10-11)

    “Be obedient even when you don’t know where obedience may lead you.” - Sinclair Ferguson
  • Aug 9, 2015Partners With Christ
    Aug 9, 2015
    Partners With Christ
    This week Pastor Max begins a new series called "The Privilege of Partnership".  Today's message is entitled, "Partners with Christ" from Ephesians 1:3-14.

    Questions
    Please read Ephesians 1:13-14

    Ice Breaker: Have you ever had a relationship where you both just seem to know what the other is going to say or do before they say or do it? I had a good friend 40 years ago that I had a special friendship with. We were like brothers and shared a great deal of our lives with each other.

    Have you ever had a relationship like that? How did you feel when you were together or when you were apart?

    1. As you read through this passage, how would you describe what it’s like to know the spiritual blessings you have in Jesus Christ?

    2. Knowing the spiritual blessings you’ve received, which of the blessings seemed to take on the most meaning to you? Why?

    3. What does this passage and others have to say about why we've received these blessings from God?

    4. Is it possible to find a balance between the teaching of predestination (vv.4-5,11) and our freewill choice? (also see, Rom. 8:29-30; Jn. 6:44; Matt. 11:28; Jn. 3:16; 1Tim. 2:1, 3-4; 2Pet. 3:9; Isa. 55:9; 1 Cor. 13:12)

    5. How would you describe the way God regards His children? (also see, Num. 3:12, 45; 8:14; Josh. 14:3-4; 18:7)

    “Trust is accepting what God sends into your life whether you understand it or not.”
    - Timothy Keller
  • Aug 2, 2015Personal Security in a Terrorizing World
    Aug 2, 2015
    Personal Security in a Terrorizing World
    Pastor Deric completes our new series in Matthew 7 called "Life Lessons From Jesus" with a sermon entitled "Personal Security in a Terrorizing World" from vs 24-29.

    Questions:
    Please read Matthew 7:24-29
    Ice Breaker: Have you ever been in the presence of a true authority figure? In the world of team sports, it could be an experienced coach or it might be a ‘battle-scarred’ veteran player on the team. When they speak, the team listens and follows.
     
    Have you ever experienced this? Why do we follow these people?
     
    1. It makes sense to build on the right foundation, so why would people continue to build their lives on the wrong foundation? (v.24) (also read, Ps 18:30; Prov 30:5; 2 Cor 4:1-2; Heb 4:12)

    2. What is God’s purpose in testing us in our lifetime? (v.25-27)

    3. What are the possible outcomes of the testing we experience in our life? (v.25-27)

    4. Why isn’t there more evidence within the church of people ‘sold out’ and doing what Jesus says?

    5. What is a great danger in all of this? (vv.28-29)

    “I’d rather stand [with God] and have [the world] my enemy, than to go along with the crowd to destruction.” - A.W. Tozer
  • Jul 26, 2015True or False
    Jul 26, 2015
    True or False
    Pastor Deric continues our new series in Matthew 7 called "Life Lessons From Jesus" with a sermon entitled "True or False" from vs 15-23.

    Questions:
    Please read Matthew 7:15-23
    Ice Breaker: Have you ever bitten into a really nice looking piece of fruit and been disappointed with what you tasted? I have. It wasn’t a very satisfying experience.

    What steps can you take first to avoid a really disappointing experience with a good looking, but truly bad piece of fruit?

    1. According to Matthew’s description of a false prophet in verse 15, what makes them so dangerous to a Christian?  (see Acts 20:29-30)

    2. What motivates the false prophet?  (Acts:11:27-28; 21:9-11; 1 Cor 12:10; 28; 14:1-3)

    3. In your own words, define "discernment" and explain why it is so important in light of Jesus' warning about false prophets, phony professions of faith and religious performance.

    4. What constitutes "religious jargon" and why is it so dangerous? (see vs 21)

    5. Why is religious "performance" so dangerous?  Why is Jesus’ statements in verses 21 to 23 so startling to us today?  

    “Be assured there is nothing new in theology except that which is false.” - C.H. Spurgeon
  • Jul 19, 2015Asking and Receiving
    Jul 19, 2015
    Asking and Receiving
    Pastor Deric continues our new series in Matthew 7 called "Life Lessons From Jesus" with a sermon entitled "Asking and Receiving" from vs 7-11.

    Questions:
    Please read Matthew 7:7-11
    Ice Breaker: Asking and receiving. I have a hard time asking for help. I’d much rather be on the giving end. This is something I’ve really had to work on in my life. This also means that being on the receiving end… even receiving good things, has been hard. Maybe you’re the same.

    Why is it hard for some to receive? What do you think this means about how we think? How can this way of thinking affect our image of God the Father as our provider?

    1. As Jesus directs His followers to “ask, seek and knock” in verse 7, describe what that would look like in your prayer life.

    2. With the results Jesus is promising regarding prayer in verse 8, how then should we pray?

    3. What does Jesus have to say about the importance of persistence in our prayer life? (v.8) What do other passages in Scripture have to say about that? (see Luke 11:5-8; 18:1-8)

    4. In this passage, an emphasis is placed on the generosity and faithfulness of the Father. What kinds of ‘good things’ will our Heavenly Father provide for His children?

    5. There is a definite image that Jesus intends for us to grasp in this passage. What is the picture of God that Jesus wants to share with His disciples, and us as well?

    “My God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” - Apostle Paul, Philippians 4:19
  • Jul 12, 2015There’s A Plank In Your Eye!
    Jul 12, 2015
    There’s A Plank In Your Eye!
    Pastor Deric starts a new series in Matthew 7 called "Life Lessons From Jesus" with a sermon entitled "There's A Plant In Your Eye!" from vs 1-6; 12-14.

    Questions:
    Please read Matthew 7:1-6; 12-14
    Ice Breaker: If I’m honest, I feel drawn to judge others. I know I shouldn’t, but the urge to ‘sit in judgement’ is strong.

    Consider what it is that causes us to judge others.

    1. What approach should the church have with regard to judging, according to verses 1 and 2?

    2. According to verses 3 to 5, how am I going to be able to approach the world around me with the ‘right perspective’?

    3. In simple terms, what is Jesus calling His followers to do? (v. 12)

    4. In the light of what we’ve already learned, how would you apply Jesus’ teaching from verses 6, 13 and 14? (also read Luke 13:24)

    “We can only change permanently as we take the Gospel more deeply into our understanding and into our hearts.”- Timothy Keller
  • Jul 5, 2015Just A Handful of Flour
    Jul 5, 2015
    Just A Handful of Flour
    This week we have a special guest speaker Dr. Sam Martin, Director of Arms for Jesus. He will be preaching from 1 Kings 17:1-16 entitled "Just A Handful of Flour."

    Questions:

    Please read 1 Kings 17:1-16
    Ice Breaker: There is still a great need to share the Gospel in our neighbourhood and around the world.

    Describe and discuss the importance of the local church in this mission.

    1. List the order of events in which God works, through the first 7 verses. What do you learn about Elijah from these verses?

    2. What did Elijah contribute to his own survival? How does God show His abundant provision? (vv. 1-7)  (see Exodus 16:8;12-13) What is the significance of this to your present situation?

    3. What was the woman willing to do for Elijah? What can you discern about the woman, her background and her life? (vv. 10-12)

    4. What does God do in response to the woman’s predicament? (vv. 13-16) Can you think of another example from Scripture where God responded similarly?

    5. What can you take from this passage that can be applied to your ministry and your life today?

    6. What will ignite a passion for missions in the church today?

    “The joyful effects of the Gospel in our own lives gives us an enormous energy for witness.” - Timothy Keller
  • Jun 28, 2015Why Can’t Everyone Wash Feet?
    Jun 28, 2015
    Why Can’t Everyone Wash Feet?
    This week we have a special missionary guest speaker Phil Webb from Fellowship International. He will be preaching from John 13:1-17 entitled "Why Can't Everyone Wash Feet?"

    Questions:

    Please read John 13:1-17
    Ice Breaker: Ice Breaker: The presence of vulnerability is necessary, if a true “community” of believers is to develop.

    Describe a time when you witnessed or experienced honest vulnerability in someone. What effect did that have on you or the group?

    1. What would be the significance of Jesus sharing this lesson with His disciples at this particular point in time? (v.1) Similarly, how is this significant to you and your life today?

    2. Describe any parallels you see in the relationship between Judas and Jesus, and our modern society and God. (vv.2-5)

    3. Describe Jesus’ actions in verses 4 and 5 with respect to the culture of His time. How does the disciples’ response indicate the depth of their understanding of what Jesus was demonstrating to them? (vv.6-11)

    4. What is Jesus’ expectation of His disciples? (vv.12-17) What attitude towards others would the disciples need to embrace?

    5. Explain why this “act of foot washing” would be hard for any of us to do for our friends today? What would have to change in us to make an act like this possible?

    6. In what ways can we “wash the feet” of others?

    “To aim at loving instead of being loved requires sacrifice. Love reaches out, expecting no personal reward.” - Elizabeth Elliot
  • Jun 21, 2015How God Makes a Faithful Man
    Jun 21, 2015
    How God Makes a Faithful Man
    Series: Fathers Day
    This week Pastor Deric shares a special Father's Day message from 1 Samuel 24 entitled "How God Makes a Faithful Man."

    Questions:
    Please read 1 Samuel 24.
    Ice Breaker: Who have you counted on in your life? Who is counting on you? What are you doing so that you can live up to that challenge?

    1. We all have difficult times in life. David seemed to have more than his share, and this was one of them. How did David respond to the difficulties in his life? (also read 1 Samuel 17:37; 26:1-20)

    2. What do we learn early in this passage about David’s approach to life that we can apply to our own?

    3. What principles can we learn from David’s response to the opportunity presented to him in the cave, and then his address to King Saul?

    4. Even knowing Saul as David did, he willingly submitted to him and recognized Saul’s authority over him. From these verses and the entire passage, how would you list some key principles that David built his life and decision-making upon?

    “Faith that disintegrates is a faith that has not rested in God Himself. You’ve been believing in something less than ultimate.” - Elizabeth Elliot
  • 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
  • Jun 7, 2015Arrogant or Confident
    Jun 7, 2015
    Arrogant or Confident
    Pastor Deric completes our current series in 1 John called "Walking in the Light" with a sermon entitled "Arrogant or Confident" from 1 John 5:13-20.

    Questions:
    Please read 1 John 5:13-20
    Ice Breaker: Have you ever had doubts? I can remember being quite fearful and timid as a child. In my case, it was mainly my mother who worked to reassure me and to build confidence in me. It worked, but it was a slow process.

    When you’re in a situation where you’re doubting or questioning something, what do you look for and where do you find it?

    1. Why is it important for a person to have the assurance of their salvation? (v.13)

    2. What does confidence and prayer have to do with one another according to verses 14 and 15?

    3. Who is responsible, according to verse 16, to challenge a sinning brother? Describe what mutual exhortation should look like in the local church? (vv.16-18a)

    4. Explain the difference it makes when we understand that He protects us. How can you apply this knowledge in your life and ministry today? (vv.18b-19) (also see Mt.28:19c; Lk. 24:49; Jn. 14:16; Acts 1:4,5,8)

    5. From this passage, how would you characterize God’s desire and feelings for His people? (vv.20-21)

    6. How does this passage help explain the overarching purpose John had in writing this epistle? How does John’s purpose impact your life and ministry?

    “He found us when we sought Him not. Then we began to seek Him, and He was pleased to be found by us.”- John Newton
  • May 31, 2015Be Bold
    May 31, 2015
    Be Bold
    This week is Church Planting Sunday. Our guest speaker Pastor Graeme Melvin from The Meadows Church planted a church just down the road in Streetsville. He will be teaching us from Acts 4:1-22 entitled "Be Bold."

    Questions:

    Please read Acts 3 and Acts 4:1-22
    Ice Breaker: I’ve never been particularly brave or bold. In fact, my natural shyness causes me to hesitate and consider carefully before entering virtually any situation containing unknowns of any kind. I actually find it easy to talk myself out of many of those situations. Unfortunately, that same reluctance to “step out” can have a serious effect on my witness for Jesus.

    How did Jesus model and live out a life of boldness? Give some examples from Scripture.

    1. Acts 3 describes the most recent events leading up to Acts 4:1-22. Describe the nature, demeanour and actions of Peter, John and the disciples in Acts 3. In what ways are these attributes different than how the disciples are described previously in the Gospels?

    2. How does this passage, Acts 4:1-22, describe the role and effect of the Holy Spirit upon Peter, John and the disciples?

    3. Describe and expand upon the reaction of the authorities to what they had seen and heard from the disciples. (vv.13-14) What, if anything, surprised you about their reaction to Peter and John?

    4. How did Peter and John respond to the demands of the authorities in verses 18 to 20 and how would you describe their demeanour through this particular event?

    5. Many of us have chosen a life here in the Mississauga area because of a desire for comfort and safety, and though we have largely achieved those goals, we are some of the most over-stressed people in the world. What does this passage have to say about how we can achieve peace in our lives? (vv.18-22)

    6. Do you believe everyone is part of the mission? What are the next steps you must take if you are to boldly love your neighbour?

    “If Jesus became incarnate to live among the ordinary, then what we call ordinary is really special to God.” - Timothy Keller
  • May 24, 2015The Four Witnesses to Eternal Life
    May 24, 2015
    The Four Witnesses to Eternal Life
    Pastor Deric continues our current series in 1 John called "Walking in the Light" with a sermon entitled "The Four Witnesses to Eternal Life" from 1 John 5:6-12.

    Questions:
    Please read 1 John 5:6-12.
    Ice Breaker: I enjoy mysteries with a truly satisfying ending. Sometimes it’s a surprise twist or a shocking ending, but I especially love it when truth is revealed and confirmed! That John's message here. He’s reminding us about the overwhelming testimony concerning who Jesus Christ is.

    Consider and then discuss, what does “truth" mean to you? How important is truth?

    1. Explain in your own words what we learn from verses 6 to 8 about the trustworthiness of Jesus. (also read 1:2; 4:14 and John 15:26-27)

    2. How seriously should we regard the human testimony about Jesus? What about the Holy Spirit’s testimony? (v.9-10) (see Rom. 8:16)

    3. Where can you find examples of God the Father as a witness to the truth of eternal life? Cite examples from Scripture.

    4. What evidence is the most compelling to you and why?

    5. If the evidence for Jesus’ origin and purpose is so credible, why is there still questioning, doubting and disbelief in the world and even the church?

    “No need to fret about the future, no need to worry about what’s to come, everything to come is held in the hands of the Lord who loves you.” - Paul David Tripp