Oct 19, 2014
The Selfishness of Shallow Worship
Pastor Deric continues our new series entitled "Our Generous God" a Stewardship Series. This week his sermon is on Isaiah 58 entitled "The Selfishness of Shallow Worship."

Questions:
Please read Isaiah 58.

Now, begin by re-reading verses 3 to 5.

 
1. God was commanding the prophet to give His reproofs to His people in a powerful and pressing manner. What was so wrong? What is the warning here for us? What does God identify as the basic troubling issue?
 
2. What place does fasting have in a life of faith, and what are some of the obvious conclusions you can draw from this text about your attitude while fasting? Give Scripture examples to back your answers.
 
3. God’s people were engaged in religious form (going to church, praying, fasting, having devotions, etc), yet God did not hear them or acknowledge their “worship.” What was the problem? (Rev 3:17; Matt 7:21-23)
 
4. Identify and elaborate on the specific behaviours in verses 3 and 4 that God points to as evidence of their hypocrisy.

5. What is God describing in verse 5?

Now, re-read verses 6 to 12.

6. What is the overall teaching that is being conveyed?

7. Explain and elaborate on what each point of God’s fast may mean to us today. Give biblical examples to support your ideas.

8. Discuss the many way the Lord promises to replenish and transform our lives as a result of fasting the way He prescribes.

9. What will be the final result according to verse 12?
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  • Oct 19, 2014The Selfishness of Shallow Worship
    Oct 19, 2014
    The Selfishness of Shallow Worship
    Pastor Deric continues our new series entitled "Our Generous God" a Stewardship Series. This week his sermon is on Isaiah 58 entitled "The Selfishness of Shallow Worship."

    Questions:
    Please read Isaiah 58.

    Now, begin by re-reading verses 3 to 5.

     
    1. God was commanding the prophet to give His reproofs to His people in a powerful and pressing manner. What was so wrong? What is the warning here for us? What does God identify as the basic troubling issue?
     
    2. What place does fasting have in a life of faith, and what are some of the obvious conclusions you can draw from this text about your attitude while fasting? Give Scripture examples to back your answers.
     
    3. God’s people were engaged in religious form (going to church, praying, fasting, having devotions, etc), yet God did not hear them or acknowledge their “worship.” What was the problem? (Rev 3:17; Matt 7:21-23)
     
    4. Identify and elaborate on the specific behaviours in verses 3 and 4 that God points to as evidence of their hypocrisy.

    5. What is God describing in verse 5?

    Now, re-read verses 6 to 12.

    6. What is the overall teaching that is being conveyed?

    7. Explain and elaborate on what each point of God’s fast may mean to us today. Give biblical examples to support your ideas.

    8. Discuss the many way the Lord promises to replenish and transform our lives as a result of fasting the way He prescribes.

    9. What will be the final result according to verse 12?
  • Oct 12, 2014More Than Enough
    Oct 12, 2014
    More Than Enough
    Pastor Deric continues our new series entitled "Our Generous God" a Stewardship Series. This week his sermon is on Exodus 35 and 36 entitled "More Than Enough."

    Questions:
    Please read Exodus 35 and 36 twice through.
    1. What detail in Exodus 35:5 changes the nature of Israel’s contribution to build the Tabernacle? How does this principle apply to the church today? Can you support your idea from Scripture?   

    2. Exodus 35:21 describes the people as being “stirred” and “moved” in their giving.  What does that mean? Do you feel that way about being generous to God’s work?  (Compare Rev. 3:15-18)
     
    3. Exodus 35:22 explains that the people were moved to give “willingly.” What does their willingness communicate to us? (see 2 Cor 9:7; compare 2 Chron 35:8)  
     
    4. The “sub-plot” in this narrative is the revelation about the condition of the people’s hearts (v. 5, 21, 22, 26, 29). They had a heart for God and His work. It is a heart response that God cares about more than anything else. How does this apply to our lives today? (see Prov 21:2;  1 Sam 16:7)

    5. How do you explain the concept of being “commanded” to participate in God’s work in Exodus 35:10 and the “free-will” participation of God’s people emphasized in this story?  

    6. Chapter 35:23-24; 31, and chapter 36:2 explain that the people gave according to the abilities that God gave them. How does that apply to our giving practices? (see 2 Cor 8:7-12)
     
    7. Exodus 36:7 states that Israel “had more than enough” to complete the work that God gave them to do. How is the story an example of the words of the famous missionary to China, Hudson Taylor: “God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply?” What does this story remind you about God’s ability to meet your need? (see Phil 4:19)
  • Oct 5, 2014Giving Back to Yourself
    Oct 5, 2014
    Giving Back to Yourself
    Pastor Deric continues our new series entitled "Our Generous God" a Stewardship Series. This week his sermon is on Luke 6:27-38 entitled "Giving Back to Yourself."

    Questions:
    Please read Luke 6:27-38 several times through.
    1. What is the significance of Jesus’ use of “love” (agape) to this overall passage?

    2. Jesus instructs us, “love your enemies” in verse 27. What is the the first step in obedience to Jesus and how would this change how we think, act and live?

    3. Is it possible to fake this kind of love? How do we know love is genuine?

    4. What is the principle in verse 30 that Jesus wants His followers to adopt? What guides and governs a giving heart?

    5. God is the ultimate example of a good gift giver. How are some ways His giving differs from ours?

    6. According to verses 32 to 35, what is it that sets the Christian apart from the unbeliever?

    7. In verse 35, Jesus gives us directions on how to live this way. What are His orders to us?  What will the result be?

    8. How does Jesus describe a forgiven follower in verse 37?

    9. What is the connection between “giving” and “getting” that is being taught from this entire paragraph?

    Click here for a PDF version of the Digging Deeper questions
  • Sep 28, 2014Our Generous God
    Sep 28, 2014
    Our Generous God
    This week Pastor Deric starts a new series entitled "Our Generous God" a Stewardship Series. He kicks off the series with a sermon on James 1:16-18.

    Questions:
    Please read James 1:16-18 twice.
    1. According to the passage you just read, what is the most destructive lie that Satan can use to disrupt our faith in God?

    2. From verses 12-18, summarize in your own words how God’s goodness is contrasted with evil.

    3. How can a Christian who is described as “walking in the light” (1John 1:7), be susceptible to deception? (v.16)

    4. If every good and perfect gift is from above (v.17), where do “evil” gifts come from? How do the words “every good and perfect gift” defend and support God’s generosity?

    5. Has there ever been a circumstance in your life where you doubted the goodness of God and wondered about His generosity? Share if you are willing.

    6. What fundamental difference between God and mankind does James describe towards the end of verse 17?

    7. What is the greatest gift a human being can receive from God, and how does it relate to James’ teaching in this passage?
  • 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?
  • Sep 7, 2014Motivation for Mission
    Sep 7, 2014
    Motivation for Mission
    This week our guest speaker Pastor Graeme Melvin will be teaching us from Luke 5:1-11 entitled "Motivation for Mission"

    Questions:

    Please read through Luke 5:1-11 twice.
    1. Describe Peter’s motivation as he responds to each of Jesus’ requests.

    2. How was Jesus able to show Peter his sin without verbally pointing it out?

    3. What causes Peter to give up his whole life and follow a man he just met?

    4. If you were Peter and saw Jesus preform this miracle would you too give up everything and follow him?

    5. Do you view your own salvation as a miracle? If so, should we have the same reaction as Peter? Which is the greater miracle? What then is holding us back from going and making disciples with Jesus?

    6. Which areas of your life do you feel Jesus is asking you to make into a mission for making disciples? How can you turn your job, a hobby, or your neighbourhood into a place of ministry?

    7. How does our view of Jesus effect the way we serve him? What should our true motivation for mission be? Is that powerful enough for you to follow Jesus?

  • 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.
  • Aug 24, 2014Love: The Mark of Discipleship
    Aug 24, 2014
    Love: The Mark of Discipleship
    Pastor Max continues in the series, "Discovering Discipleship", with a message from John 13:31-38.

    Questions:
    Please read John 13:31-38.
    1. What does Jesus mean when He says, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him”? How does Jesus glorify God?

    2. In verse 32, Jesus says that, “God will glorify the Son” and “will glorify Him at once.” How will God do that? (see Phil.2:8-11)

    3. Jesus makes reference in verse 33 to His “little children” and though a number of them are Jews, He makes another reference to “the Jews.” What is the distinction Jesus is making? What is the present truth that both groups share? What is the future that the “little children” have to look forward to? (see verse 36)

    4. In the following verse, Jesus raises the bar regarding how the disciples are to love. How so? How had the disciples previously been taught to love one another? (see Lev.19:18)
    5. Lastly, what is the intended impact upon the world concerning this demonstration of love? What sets this love apart?
  • Aug 17, 2014Spiritual Maturity: The Fruit of Discipleship
    Aug 17, 2014
    Spiritual Maturity: The Fruit of Discipleship
    Pastor Max continues in the series, "Discovering Discipleship", with a message from Ephesians 4:11-16.

    Questions:
    Please read all of Ephesians 4 in order to understand the full context of what Paul is communicating. Now we'll focus on verses 11 to 16.


    1. Who assigned the spiritually gifted individuals listed in verse 11 to lead and serve in the church?

    2. What is the purpose of their role and service as identified in verse 12? Does this surprise you? What overall result is implied at the end of verse 12?

    3. List the traits that will be evident in the body of Christ when fully mature (v. 13). How will this growth prevent the spiritual dangers warned of in verse 14? In which of these areas do you recognize the greatest need for personal growth in your life?

    4. In what ways can “speaking the truth in love” (v. 15) among believers help combat the perils warned of in verse 14? Can you think of some examples from the life of Christ, who was full of both “grace and truth” (John 1:14)?

    5. How is a human body a good illustration of Christ's body, the Church? Who gives life and direction to thisbody (vv. 15-16)?

    6. What happens to both a human body and the Church when any part of it is hurting, unhealthy or not working in unity (see 1 Corinthians 12:12-31)? What is the result when “each part is working properly” (Ephesians 4:16)?
    7. What is God saying to you about your “work of ministry” (v. 12) in the body of Christ?
  • Aug 10, 2014Self-Control: The Character of Discipleship
    Aug 10, 2014
    Self-Control: The Character of Discipleship
    Pastor Max continues in the series, "Discovering Discipleship", with a message from Titus 2.

    Questions:
    Please read Titus 2:1-15.

    1. What would Paul define as, “sound doctrine”? With respect to that definition and to what Paul says in verses 1-10, how should sound doctrine affect how we live?

    2. Paul addresses several different groups of people in this passage. What are some of the similarities in how these different peoples are to live? What are some of the distinct differences?

    3. Why would Paul address Titus specifically in verse 7? What 2 specific areas of Titus' life does Paul address?

    4. Paul gives his readers then, and now, our motivation at the end of his directive to the slaves. What should be the result of a life lived as Paul describes?

    5. How are the Christians under Titus’ care in Crete, and us now in Mississauga, able to live as Paul has directed us? (vv.11-14)

    6. By what authority does Titus teach and lead the people entrusted to him? (v.15)


    “There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.”
    - William Barclay
  • Aug 3, 2014Abandon: The Cost of Discipleship
    Aug 3, 2014
    Abandon: The Cost of Discipleship
    Today Pastor Max begins a new series entitled "Discovering Discipleship".  The first message is from Luke 14:25-35.

    Questions:
    Please read Luke 14:25-35.

    1. With the context of this chapter in mind, what would the crowd of followers be expecting to hear from Jesus as He turned to address them in verse 25?

    2. If this scene occurred today, in Mississauga, what would you expect Jesus to say to a crowd of followers?

    3. With Jesus’ other teachings on loving others in mind (Lk. 6:27-31), how should we best understand verse 26?

    4. Similarly, in Luke 9:23-27, Jesus describes bearing ones own cross (v.27). What kind of life should a follower of Jesus expect then, and now?

    5. Jesus now uses two illustrations to make two related points in verses 28-32. What is Jesus’ first point in verses 28-30? How is Jesus’ point different in His illustration from verses 31-32?

    6. How does Jesus short parable in verses 34-35 about salt and saltiness apply to what He has said about discipleship and the cost of following Him?

    7. Summarize in your own words Jesus’ lessons on discipleship from this passage. Have you applied these lessons?
  • Apr 19, 2014The Message & Mission of the Church
    Apr 19, 2014
    The Message & Mission of the Church
    Series: Easter
    Pastor Deric shares with us an special Easter message from John 20:19-23 entitled "The Message & Mission of the Church" on Easter Sunday at the Living Arts Centre.

    Questions
    Read John 20:19-23
    1. In the light of Jesus’ life, and His death on the cross, what is the significance of Jesus’ resurrection? What difference does it make to you that Jesus lives?

    2. To say the least, it had been a tumultuous week for Jesus, and especially His disciples. After reading v.19, place yourself in their sandals and describe their emotions and thoughts at this time leading up to v.19a. What had Jesus promised them some time earlier? (John 16:20)

    3. Read v.20. Describe the disciples initial reaction to seeing Jesus standing before them. (see Luke 24:36-43) What did Jesus do that changed them, and brought about their second reaction?

    4. Read v.21-22. Jesus brings clarity to the purpose for which He had called His disciples. How might the disciples understand their purpose now? What might have been their natural reaction to His statement? How could the Holy Spirit have changed their understanding?

    5. Does Jesus get your attention with the statement, “as the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you”? What implications do you see regarding your own life?

    6. How do you understand John’s instructions to the disciples in v. 23? Do we have the power to forgive sin? What is John saying?

    7. After digging deeper into the events of the resurrection, what does the statement, “Jesus is Lord” mean to you?
    8. All believers are commissioned by Jesus to do the work of making disciples. How do you maintain your career / job, and fulfill this command of Jesus?
  • Apr 18, 2014Good Friday
    Apr 18, 2014
    Good Friday

    Our guest speaker for Good Friday is Pastor Brian Raby. His message is from Matthew 26:36-46.

  • Apr 13, 2014Your Are Being Called
    Apr 13, 2014
    Your Are Being Called
    Pastor Deric continues his series from 1 Peter entitled "The House that God is Building." This week the message is from 1 Peter 2:21-25 entitled "You Are Being Called"

    Questions
    Read 1 Peter 2:21-25
    1. In your own words, to what have you “been called”?

    2. When we follow Jesus’ example, what does this reveal about our life and our attitude? (v.23 b) How do you react to the prospect of suffering for Jesus sake? What does Peter say about this in 1Peter 4:13-14?

    3. Read the 12 verses of Isaiah 53. It seems apparent that Peter had these verses in mind when he wrote this passage. From v.22-25, find the quote and the allusions to Isaiah 53.

    4. How did Jesus respond to the unjust treatment He received? (v.23)   What would our instinctive response be to such treatment? What would these responses indicate about “who we depend on” in times of crisis?  Who did Jesus depend on?

    5. In v.24, Peter reminds us of the heart of the Gospel, “He bore our sins in His body on the tree.” According to Peter, why did Jesus do that? How does Peter’s answer to this question relate back to our necessary response to unjust treatment?
    6. Peter has reminded us that we are called to a difficult calling. Remembering the points from Pastor Deric’s lesson on Sunday, how can we “answer the call” that Peter identified and Jesus modelled for our lives?