Mar 23, 2014
Proclaiming the Excellencies of God’s Big House!
Pastor Deric continues his series from 1 Peter entitled "The House that God is Building." This week the message is from 1 Peter 2:3-10 entitled "Proclaiming the Excellencies of God's Big House!"

Questions
1. Reading from v.4, what are some images that come to mind where we read that Christ is, “a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious”?

2. Earlier in v.4 it says we “come to Him”. How would you describe this call to ‘draw near’ to Christ the living cornerstone?

3. In v.5 Peter says we are “like living stones.” As Christ is a “living stone”, what implications does Peter’s description of us now suggest to you?

4. Peter goes on to say we are “a spiritual house” and “a holy priesthood” offering “spiritual sacrifices.” (v.5) How is this possible for us?

5. There is a history of visible evidence of God’s presence among His people. Examine these examples of God’s presence in Scripture. (Ex. 13:21-22; Ex. 33:8-13; 40:34-38; 1Kings 8:10-11; Jn. 1:14; Jn. 2:19) How is the visible presence of God evidenced in the world today?

6. Peter cites Isaiah 28:16 in v.6. In your own words, how is Peter applying this Scripture? What has God done?

7. In v.6, Peter states that those who believe in Christ, “will not be put to shame.” In v.7-8, the other shoe drops. How do you understand, “a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense”?

8. How should we best understand the end of v.8 where Peter says, “as they were destined to do”? (Eph. 1:4; 2 Pet. 2:3; Jude 4; Acts 13:48; Rom. 8:29-30; 9:14-24)

9. Reading in v.9, who are the “chosen race” the “royal priesthood, a holy nation”? Describe some of the implications your answer carries with it.
10. In v.10 Peter contrasts our former standing with our present blessing. What is your response to this truth? How are you working out your response today?
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  • Mar 23, 2014Proclaiming the Excellencies of God’s Big House!
    Mar 23, 2014
    Proclaiming the Excellencies of God’s Big House!
    Pastor Deric continues his series from 1 Peter entitled "The House that God is Building." This week the message is from 1 Peter 2:3-10 entitled "Proclaiming the Excellencies of God's Big House!"

    Questions
    1. Reading from v.4, what are some images that come to mind where we read that Christ is, “a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious”?

    2. Earlier in v.4 it says we “come to Him”. How would you describe this call to ‘draw near’ to Christ the living cornerstone?

    3. In v.5 Peter says we are “like living stones.” As Christ is a “living stone”, what implications does Peter’s description of us now suggest to you?

    4. Peter goes on to say we are “a spiritual house” and “a holy priesthood” offering “spiritual sacrifices.” (v.5) How is this possible for us?

    5. There is a history of visible evidence of God’s presence among His people. Examine these examples of God’s presence in Scripture. (Ex. 13:21-22; Ex. 33:8-13; 40:34-38; 1Kings 8:10-11; Jn. 1:14; Jn. 2:19) How is the visible presence of God evidenced in the world today?

    6. Peter cites Isaiah 28:16 in v.6. In your own words, how is Peter applying this Scripture? What has God done?

    7. In v.6, Peter states that those who believe in Christ, “will not be put to shame.” In v.7-8, the other shoe drops. How do you understand, “a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense”?

    8. How should we best understand the end of v.8 where Peter says, “as they were destined to do”? (Eph. 1:4; 2 Pet. 2:3; Jude 4; Acts 13:48; Rom. 8:29-30; 9:14-24)

    9. Reading in v.9, who are the “chosen race” the “royal priesthood, a holy nation”? Describe some of the implications your answer carries with it.
    10. In v.10 Peter contrasts our former standing with our present blessing. What is your response to this truth? How are you working out your response today?
  • Mar 16, 2014Letters from Heaven
    Mar 16, 2014
    Letters from Heaven
    Pastor Deric continues his series from 1 Peter entitled "The House that God is Building." This week the message is from 1 Peter 1:22-2:3 entitled "Letters From Heaven"

    Questions
    1. What is Peter’s point in distinguishing between “perishable seed” and “imperishable”? (v.23) What is Peter saying about the nature of our faith? On what basis does Peter make this claim?

    2. Peter cites Isaiah 40:6 in vv.24-25. What is Peter emphasizing here by using this quote? Can you think of any implications these verses might have regarding our understanding of evangelism? Your role? God’s role?

    3. As we read and understand the earlier verses, why are we to “put away” malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander mentioned in 2:1?

    4. Just as a newborn infant cries for milk, what is it that Peter implies we should long for? (v.2) What does desire or longing for God’s Word have to do with the Christian life? Can’t we just read and study the Bible as a matter of discipline?

    5. What does Peter mean (v.3) that we have “tasted” that the Lord is good? How do you taste something that is invisible?

    Personal Application: What evidence do you see in your own life that you are growing in your salvation experience?

  • Mar 2, 2014Ask and It Will Be Given to You!
    Mar 2, 2014
    Ask and It Will Be Given to You!
    Pastor Deric continues his series from 1 Peter entitled "The House that God is Building." This week the message is from 1 Peter 1:17-25 entitled "Ask and it Will Be Given to You!"

    Questions
    1. If you could ask God for anything, what would it be?

    2. In verse 17, Peter describes the church reaching out to God as a call to Him as our Father. What two aspects of being a Christian are highlighted in that statement?

    3. Read vv.18-19. It says we, “were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from our forefathers…” In your words, what does “ransomed” mean? Name 3 implication your definition suggests.

    4. In verse 19 Peter reminds us that God paid a very high price for us. What does that say about God the Father? Jesus Christ, His Son? You and me?

    5. Peter paints an extremely vivid picture of the Gospel in verses 18-22. What makes that makes that Gospel so compelling to us?

    6. In Verse 20, Pastor Deric explained that the word “foreknown” refers not only to knowing in advance but also actively working out His plan through eternity. How does this truth impact your understanding of your role in God’s ongoing plan?
    7. Read vv. 22-25. In the previous verses Peter has called us to be holy. Now with souls purified by “obedience to the truth” we are to, “love one another earnestly from a pure heart…” How could we see this love in our families? In our church? How could evidence of this kind of love impact the community we live, go to school and work in?
  • Feb 23, 2014Measuring the True Value of Your Salvation
    Feb 23, 2014
    Measuring the True Value of Your Salvation
    Pastor Deric continues his series from 1 Peter entitled "The House that God is Building." This week the message is from 1 Peter 1:13-21 entitled "Measuring the True Value of Your Salvation."

    Questions
    1. Read v.13 again. What does, “preparing your mind for action” look like? Give examples of how you would explain it to someone.

    2. The words “sober-minded” in v.13 translate as un-intoxicated. Why would Peter have used those words?

    3. From v.14, how are you doing at being an obedient child of God? How natural is it to live the way God commands us to?

    4. In v.15, Peter describes God as “holy.” What does that mean? As we are charged in v.16 with being, “holy in all our conduct”, how do we establish this pattern for our lives?

    5. What does it mean that God judges deeds impartially? (v.17)
    6. Three times in this chapter (vv.3,13 & 21), Peter has highlighted the   concept of “hope”. Why is hope important? How does hope affect us?
  • Feb 16, 2014Your Sacred Ancestry
    Feb 16, 2014
    Your Sacred Ancestry
    Pastor Deric continues his series from 1 Peter entitled "The House that God is Building." This week the message is from 1 Peter 1:10-12 entitled "Your Sacred Ancestry."

    Questions
    1. Read the text again (vs. 10-12) and underline key words that highlight the Gospel. What aspect of the Gospel do these words emphasize?

    2. Do you have a favourite verse that utilizes that fabulous word “salvation”? Write it out and think about why it means so much to you.

    3. What did the prophets discover about the message they were delivering to the people of their day?

    4. What lesson for our own lives can we learn from the prophets’ discovery? Give some examples of how you can apply this lesson, this week.

    5. Why is preaching as important today as it was in the days of the apostles? What is the Holy Spirits’ role in preaching?
    6. Think/talk about the effect that your earthly ancestry has had upon you. Is it for good, has it caused you pain, or maybe both. Now compare the hope that your new identity by faith in Jesus Christ brings you. Are you learning to live in the light of the “new creation”? (2 Cor.5:17)
  • Feb 9, 2014It’s Simply Complex!
    Feb 9, 2014
    It’s Simply Complex!
    Pastor Deric continues his series from 1 Peter entitled "The House that God is Building." This week the message is from 1 Peter 1:6-9 entitled "It's Simply Complex!"
     
    Questions
    Having already discussed our present and future joy of our reward in heaven, Peter leads us into a further discussion of joy in spite of suffering and our inexpressible joy in knowing Christ as our Saviour!

    There are simple fleeting joys in life and there are deeper, long lasting, life altering joys. Describe examples of each that you have experienced, the similarities and the differences.

    1. Why are we tested by “various trials” in this life? What does Peter have to say about that in 1 Peter1:6-7. How do these verses shed yet additional light on the reason for our trials?

    2. According to this text, what proves that a person has a genuine faith?

    3. How do you explain the “seeming contradiction” in the text between rejoicing and grieving? How is that possible?

    4. Peter begins verse 8, “Though you have not seen Him, you love Him.” This is an incredible statement! How is this possible? Read the rest of verse 8. Reflect on and share what this means to you.

    5. Read and consider 1 Peter1:9. Peter seems to be describing the entire process of growth in the Christian life. How are you doing in the process? Are you shaken by the trials of life, stopped dead in your tracks?  Are you receiving more and more blessings as you journey by faith towards Christian maturity?

    6. Give examples of what loving Jesus, believing Jesus and rejoicing in Jesus looks like.

  • Feb 2, 2014A Living Hope
    Feb 2, 2014
    A Living Hope
    Pastor Deric continues his series from 1 Peter entitled "The House that God is Building." This week the message is from 1 Peter 1:3-5 entitled "A Living Hope."
  • Jan 26, 2014Home! Sweet Home!
    Jan 26, 2014
    Home! Sweet Home!
    Pastor Deric continues his series from 1 Peter entitled "The House that God is Building." This week the message is from 1 Peter 1:1-2 entitled "Home! Sweet Home!"
  • Jan 19, 2014Introduction to 1 Peter
    Jan 19, 2014
    Introduction to 1 Peter
    Pastor Deric begins a new series for 1 Peter entitled "The House that God is Building." This week the message is an Introduction to 1 Peter. (1 Peter 1:1-2, 1 Peter 2:4-5)
  • Jan 12, 2014Vision Sunday
    Jan 12, 2014
    Vision Sunday
    Series: Various
    A look forward to what God has in store for us in the coming year. Pastor Deric will share his annual Vision Message (Ephesians 4:1-16) as we invite the Lord to go before us in 2014.
  • Dec 29, 2013Growing Up In Christ
    Dec 29, 2013
    Growing Up In Christ
    Pastoral Interim Glen Robson shares a message this morning from Ephesians 4:11-16 entitled "Growing Up In Christ".
  • Dec 15, 2013God’s Favored Family (Part 2): Mary
    Dec 15, 2013
    God’s Favored Family (Part 2): Mary
    Pastor Deric continues his Christmas series entitled "The Holy Family". Today's message is from Matthew 1:18-25; "God's Favored Family (Part 2): Mary".
  • Dec 8, 2013God’s Favored Family (Part 1): Joseph
    Dec 8, 2013
    God’s Favored Family (Part 1): Joseph
    Pastor Deric begins his Christmas series entitled "The Holy Family". Today's message is from Matthew 1:18-21; "God's Favored Family (Part 1): Joseph".
  • Dec 1, 2013Teen Challenge Christmas Presentation
    Dec 1, 2013
    Teen Challenge Christmas Presentation
    Series: Various
    The men & women Teen Challenge Choir did a Christmas presentation called "Home For Christmas." The choir presentation was made up of songs and testimonies.
  • Nov 24, 2013This Husband Loves His Wife
    Nov 24, 2013
    This Husband Loves His Wife
    Series: Various
    Pastor Deric shares with us a special message from Ephesians 5:25-33 entitled "This Husband Loves His Wife" by Deric Bartlett