Aug 21, 2022
We Believe: Future Things – Deric Bartlett
Series: We Believe
This week, Pastor Deric continues the series 'We Believe' with statement on Future Things. The message 'A Thief in the Night' is based on 2 Peter 3:1-15.

1. We see the need to be _______ __ in our faith (v. 1-2)
2. We see the _____ that hold people in _______ (v. 3-4)
3. We see the end of the age with its ________ ________ (v. 5-12)
4. We see God’s ______ _____ for the world (v. 8-9)
5. We see the ____ __ ______ we ought to be (v. 11-15)

ICEBREAKER: What public spaces do you feel most comfortable in (library, park, mall, stadium, etc.)? Why?

1. According to 2 Peter 3:1-4, scoffers existed in the first century AD. They persist today, for people haven’t changed. How should believers respond to the critical skepticism of unbelieving scoffers [cf. Psalm 1:1-2; 1 Timothy 4:1-3; and Jude 1:18-19]?

2. How does the historical reality of the Genesis Flood prepare us for the impending judgment that is predicted in the Word of God [2 Peter 3:5-6]? Also consult Genesis 1:6-10; Genesis 6-8; and Romans 1:18-23 for more insights.

3. What is the future for the present earth and heavens [2 Peter 3:7 & 10]? How does this influence your perspective on the things of this world [cf. Matthew 6:19-21; Colossians 3:1-4; and 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10]?

4. Why is God delaying His judgment [2 Peter 3:8-9]? What is the calling of believers to the unbelieving world in light of God’s predicted judgment [cf. Ezekiel 18:23; Romans 9:22-24; and 1 Timothy 2:3-7]?

5. How are believers to live in the world as we prepare for the future that has been prophesied in God’s Word [2 Peter 3:11-12]? Also consider 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Peter 2:11-12; and 1 John 3:2-3.

6. According to 2 Peter 3:13-14, how should believers conduct themselves while awaiting Christ’s return [cf. Philippians 3:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:8-12; and Titus 2:11-14]?

7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

“The Coming of the Prince of Peace is a promise
that everything that is damaged
by sin will be restored.”
Paul David Tripp
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  • Aug 21, 2022We Believe: Future Things – Deric Bartlett
    Aug 21, 2022
    We Believe: Future Things – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series 'We Believe' with statement on Future Things. The message 'A Thief in the Night' is based on 2 Peter 3:1-15.

    1. We see the need to be _______ __ in our faith (v. 1-2)
    2. We see the _____ that hold people in _______ (v. 3-4)
    3. We see the end of the age with its ________ ________ (v. 5-12)
    4. We see God’s ______ _____ for the world (v. 8-9)
    5. We see the ____ __ ______ we ought to be (v. 11-15)

    ICEBREAKER: What public spaces do you feel most comfortable in (library, park, mall, stadium, etc.)? Why?

    1. According to 2 Peter 3:1-4, scoffers existed in the first century AD. They persist today, for people haven’t changed. How should believers respond to the critical skepticism of unbelieving scoffers [cf. Psalm 1:1-2; 1 Timothy 4:1-3; and Jude 1:18-19]?

    2. How does the historical reality of the Genesis Flood prepare us for the impending judgment that is predicted in the Word of God [2 Peter 3:5-6]? Also consult Genesis 1:6-10; Genesis 6-8; and Romans 1:18-23 for more insights.

    3. What is the future for the present earth and heavens [2 Peter 3:7 & 10]? How does this influence your perspective on the things of this world [cf. Matthew 6:19-21; Colossians 3:1-4; and 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10]?

    4. Why is God delaying His judgment [2 Peter 3:8-9]? What is the calling of believers to the unbelieving world in light of God’s predicted judgment [cf. Ezekiel 18:23; Romans 9:22-24; and 1 Timothy 2:3-7]?

    5. How are believers to live in the world as we prepare for the future that has been prophesied in God’s Word [2 Peter 3:11-12]? Also consider 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Peter 2:11-12; and 1 John 3:2-3.

    6. According to 2 Peter 3:13-14, how should believers conduct themselves while awaiting Christ’s return [cf. Philippians 3:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:8-12; and Titus 2:11-14]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “The Coming of the Prince of Peace is a promise
    that everything that is damaged
    by sin will be restored.”
    Paul David Tripp
  • Aug 14, 2022We Believe:Local Church and Ordinances – Deric Bartlett
    Aug 14, 2022
    We Believe:Local Church and Ordinances – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series 'We Believe' with the topics of the Local Church & Ordinances. The message 'I Will Build My Church' is based on Matthew 16:13-21.

    1. We ______ the church (v. 13-17)
    2. We have a divine ________ (v. 15)
    3. We have __________________ (v. 18)
    4. We can _______ the Church (v. 22-23)

    ICEBREAKER: What are common misconceptions about your job?

    1. According to Matthew 16:18, who predicted the coming of the Church? Who is the foundation of the Church? To whom does the Church belong? And why do these things matter [cf. Matthew 4:18-22; Ephesians 2:19-22; and Revelation 21:14]?

    2. What were the essential activities of the early Church recorded in Acts 2:41-47 that continue to be priorities for the Church today [cf. Acts 1:14; Acts 20:7; and Hebrews 10:24-25]?

    3. Why is Jesus offended when His Church is persecuted [Acts 9:1-9]? How does this encourage you during trying times [cf. Acts 8:1-3; Acts 22:3-5; and Acts 26:9-18]?

    4. What do you learn about Christ’s relationship with the Church from Paul’s discussion of the husband-and-wife relationship in Ephesians 5:22-33 [cf. Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18; and 1 Timothy 3:5]?

    5. Why was a believer’s baptism by immersion such an important step of obedience in the early Church [Acts 10:44-48]? Why should we continue to practice it today [cf. Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38-41; and Acts 16:13-15]?

    6. How are we to prepare ourselves to partake of the Lord’s Supper, and why is it essential for Christians to regularly participate in it [1 Corinthians 11:17-34]? Also, consult Luke 22:19-20; John 13:1-17; and 1 Corinthians 10:14-22 for more insights.

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “It is scarcely possible in most places
    to get anyone to attend
    a meeting where the only
    attraction is God.”
    A.W. Tozer

    “The glory of the gospel is that
    when the church is absolutely
    different from the world,
    she invariably attracts it.”
    Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Aug 7, 2022We Believe:Salvation – Deric Bartlett
    Aug 7, 2022
    We Believe:Salvation – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series " We Believe" by discussing our doctrine of salvation. The key text is John 3:7.

    1. The _______ of the new birth
    2. The _______ of the new birth
    3. The _______ of the new birth
    4. The _______ of the new birth

    ICEBREAKER: What is the most surreal area you have ever visited?

    1. What evidence is available from studying Scripture and observing the world around you that humanity is in desperate need of God’s salvation [cf. Isaiah 53:5-6; Isaiah 59:1-21; and Isaiah 64:6-7]?

    2. What motivated God to extend His salvation to lost humanity [cf. John 3:16; Romans 5:8; and 1 John 4:10]?

    3. Why are people unable to earn God’s salvation [cf. Mark 10:17-31; Romans 3:19-20; and Galatians 2:16]? Why do you think people insist on attempting to merit it through their good works?

    4. Grace has been popularly defined as “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense”. Consider the following three biblical stories: Mephibosheth [cf. 2 Samuel 9:1-13; 19:24-30]; Nicodemus [John 3:1-21]; and the Samaritan woman by Jacob’s Well [cf. John 4:1-30]. How does each story illustrate God’s grace?

    5. Why was Jesus’ death on the cross necessary to accomplish our salvation [cf. Romans 3:21-26; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; and 1 Timothy 2:5-6]?

    6. What is the future prospect for everyone saved by the grace of God [cf. John 1:12; Romans 8:28-30; and Ephesians 1:3-14]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “On the one hand, Christianity is the most
    exclusive religion imaginable. It insists that
    belief in Jesus Christ is absolutely
    necessary for salvation. Jesus is the only way.
    You must go to Him to get eternal life.
    On the other hand, Christianity is the
    most inclusive religion possible because
    it makes salvation accessible to everyone.
    Salvation is offered for all people through
    one Person. Whoever believes in Him
    will not perish. Anyone who receives or
    believes in Jesus will live forever with God.
    There are no racial, social, intellectual,
    or economic criteria that prevent
    anyone from joining God’s family.
    One of the problems with the other
    religions of the world is that they
    all smack of elitism… Only Christianity
    offers salvation to everyone as a free gift.”
    Philip Graham Ryken
     
  • Jul 31, 2022Man: Crowned with Glory and Honour – Deric Bartlett
    Jul 31, 2022
    Man: Crowned with Glory and Honour – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe
    this week, Pastor Deric continues the series "We Believe" by looking at our statement on man. the message "Crowned with Glory and honour" is based on Psalm 8.

    1. Man in relationship to God’s __________ (v. 1-2,9)
    2. Man in relationship to God’s __________ (v.3-5)
    3. Man in relationship to God’s __________ (v. 6-8)
    4. Man in relationship to God’s __________.

    ICEBREAKER: Has there ever been a time when something so amazing or unexpected happened that it literally left you speechless for a time?

    1. Why do you think King David, the writer of Psalm 8, repeated the same sentence at the beginning and at the end of this short psalm [Psalm 8:1 & 9]? What is the value of praise [cf. Exodus 15:11; Psalm 113:1-9; and Revelation 4:2-11]?

    2. Psalm 8:2 seems odd at first. However, Jesus quoted it when He was criticized by the religious leaders in Matthew 21:16. How does His use of the verse and the context of Matthew 21:1-17 help you understand Psalm 8:2 in its context [cf. Matthew 11:25-26; 1 Corinthians 1:26-29; and 2 Corinthians 12:10]?

    3. What do you learn about God by stargazing and studying His creation [Psalm 8:3]? Also, consult Job 38-41; Psalm 19:1-6; and Romans 1:18-20.

    4. Why is the LORD mindful of humans, and why do you think He cares for us [Psalm 8:4]? Also, consider Matthew 6:25-33; John 3:16; and 1 John 4:9-10.

    5. The background to Psalm 8:5 is Genesis 1:26-30. How does the image of God confer on humanity at creation impact your understanding of your identity [cf. Genesis 2:7; Exodus 19:5-6; Revelation 1:6; and Revelation 22:1-6]?

    6. According to Psalm 8:6-8, what is our God-given purpose and ultimate destiny as image-bearers of God? How will this be accomplished [cf. 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; Ephesians 1:20-23; and Hebrews 2:6-9]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “People today are trying to hang
    on to the dignity of man,
    but they do not know how to,
    because they have lost the truth
    that man is made in the image
    of God. . .We are watching our
    culture put into effect the fact
    that when you tell men
    long enough that they are machines,
    it soon begins to show
    in their actions. You see it in our
    whole culture — in the theater
    of cruelty, in the violence in the streets,
    in the death of man in art and life.”
    Francis Schaeffer
     
  • Jul 24, 2022Satan: The Prince of Darkness and His Doom – Deric Bartlett
    Jul 24, 2022
    Satan: The Prince of Darkness and His Doom – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe
    This week, Pastor Deric returns to the series "We Believe" with a message titled "Satan: the Prince of Darkness and His Doom!". the key text is Zechariah 3:1-10.

    1. We have a ________ spiritual enemy who loves to accuse us (v. 1-2)
    2. We have a ________ and ________ God who loves to forgive us (v. 3-7)
    3. We have a ________ ________ who alone can restore us to the Garden of God (v. 8-10)

    ICEBREAKER: Who has been your most interesting/confusing/annoying neighbour?

    1. What do you learn about the temptation process from the original fall into sin by Adam and Eve [Genesis 3:1-7]? Also consult Genesis 4:6-7; James 1:13-15; and 1 John 2:15-17 for further insights.

    2. What do you notice about Satan’s access, activity, influence, and authority from his interaction with the LORD in Job 1 & 2 that both concerns and comforts you [cf. 1 Chronicles 21:1; Luke 22:31-32; and 2 Corinthians 12:7-10]?

    3. How did Jesus resist the enticements of the evil one in Matthew 4:1-11 that serves as a model for us today [cf. Hebrews 2:18; Hebrews 4:15-16; and Revelation 12:7-12]?

    4. Why is the daily putting on of God’s armour essential for every Christian [Ephesians 6:10-20]? How does each part of the equipment help you stand firm against the evil one [cf. Romans 13:11-14; 2 Corinthians 10:3-6; and Ephesians 4:14]?

    5. How does Peter’s list of commands and promises in 1 Peter 5:6-11 help you resist the “prowling lion” identified as the devil [cf. 2 Corinthians 2:11; Ephesians 4:26-27; and 2 Timothy 4:17-18]?

    6. What does James 4:6-10 recommend believers do to repel the attacks of Satan [cf. John 8:44; 2 Timothy 2:22-26; and Revelation 2:9-10]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “Satan, like a fisher, baits his hook according to the appetite of the fish.”
    Thomas Adams
  • Jul 17, 2022Go Therefore and Make Disciples – Tom LeRoy
    Jul 17, 2022
    Go Therefore and Make Disciples – Tom LeRoy
    Series: One off

    This week, Pastor Tom LeRoy shares 'Go Therefore and Make Disciples' based on Matthew 28:16-20.

    1. Jesus is using us
    2. Jesus is sending us
    3. Jesus tells us to keep going

    ICEBREAKER: What would you change if you were in charge of the company you work for?
    1. In Matthew 28:1-9, Jesus’ followers are called “disciples”, meaning a learner, pupil, follower, or even an apprentice. But in Matthew 28:10, Jesus called them “brothers”. Is this significant? Why or why not [cf. Luke 8:21; John 20:17; and John 21:23]?
    2. Matthew’s resurrection account is rather short. However, he included details found in no other gospel. What is unique about Matthew 28:11-15, and what is its relevance [cf. Proverbs 6:16-19; Matthew 27:62-66; and Luke 16:29-31]?
    3. A report of hardened unbelief [Matthew 28:11-15] is sandwiched between two instances of worship and belief [Matthew 28:1-10 and 16-20]. What does this illustrate about the spiritual condition of the human heart [cf. Luke 18:9-14; Romans 10:3; and Philippians 3:3-11]?
    4. Why do you think some of the disciples were still doubting in Matthew 28:17? What was giving rise to their doubts? Was it understandable in light of recent events [cf. Romans 14:23; Hebrews 11:6; and James 1:6-8]?
    5. Matthew 28:9 and 17 says Jesus’ followers worshiped Him. What do you imagine that looked like considering the fact they weren’t in a building, had no worship instruments, and no other worship tools at hand? What does this indicate about the nature of true worship [cf. Matthew 2:11; John 4:21-24; and John 9:38]?
    6. The Great Commission of Matthew 28:19-20 has one command: “make disciples”. The other three actions words describe how to accomplish that mission: by going, baptizing, and teaching. How are you participating in each of these disciple-making activities [cf. Luke 24:46-49; Acts 1:8; and Romans 10:6-17]?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
    “Christian life is the discipled life
    and the discipling life.
    Yes, Christianity involves taking
    the road less traveled and hearing
    a different drummer. But not
    in the way that Frost and Thoreau
    meant. Christianity is not for loners or
    individualists. It is for a people traveling
    together down the narrow path
    that leads to life. You must follow
    and you must lead. You must be loved
    and you must love. And we love
    others best by helping them
    to follow Jesus down the pathway of life.”
    Mark Dever
  • Jul 10, 2022Hope for Tired Christians – Darryl Dash
    Jul 10, 2022
    Hope for Tired Christians – Darryl Dash
    Series: One off
    This week, our guest speaker Dr. Darryl Dash (Liberty Grace Church) shares 'Hope for Tired Christians' based on Isaiah 40:27-31.

    Phase One: Our Despair (40:27)

    Phase Two: God's Greatness (40:28)

    Phase Three: Our Renewal (40:29-31)

    ICEBREAKER: What is the weirdest food combination you've made and tried?

    1.    In the verses prior to Isaiah 40:28-31, God declares His absolute sovereignty over His creation, including the nations [Isaiah 40:10-17]. How do these words encourage you and give you God’s perspective during today’s turbulent times [cf. Psalm 47:1-9; Daniel 2:44-45; and Daniel 4:34-37]?

     

    2.    Why is idolatry so foolish [Isaiah 40:18-20]? Also consult Isaiah 44:9-20; Isaiah 46:5-7; and Habakkuk 2:18-19.

     

    3.    Why does pondering the created order around us foster faith in the LORD [Isaiah 40:25-27]? Also consider Psalm 8:1-9; Psalm 19:1-6; and Isaiah 42:5.

     

    4.    How does thinking about eternal realities help you deal with present problems [Isaiah 40:28]? Also examine Nehemiah 9:5-6; Psalm 90:1-6; and Romans 11:33-36.

     

    5.    How does the truth that the LORD never grows weary inspire you when you become weary [Isaiah 40:28-30]? Also look up Isaiah 41:10; and Jeremiah 31:25; and Romans 8:31.

     

    6.    What does it mean to “wait for the LORD” [Isaiah 40:31]? What benefits come to those who learn to put this into practice [cf. Psalm 27:1-14; Psalm 130:1-8; and 2 Corinthians 4:16-18]?

    7.    What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “The remedy for discouragement is the Word of God. When you feed your heart and mind with its truth, you regain your perspective and find renewed strength.”

    (Warren Wiersbe)

     

  • Jul 3, 2022The Eternal Significance of Your Body – Scott Stein
    Jul 3, 2022
    The Eternal Significance of Your Body – Scott Stein
    Series: One off
    This week, our guest speaker is Scott Stein from Prepared to Answer. He shares a message titled 'The Eternal Significance of Your Body' and the key text is Romans 12:1.

    1. Jesus’ Incarnation
    2. Jesus’ Crucifixion
    3. Jesus’ Resurrection

    ICEBREAKER: What brands do you love/hate the most?
     
    1. Why is exhortation necessary for the people of God [Romans 12:1]? Also consult Acts 14:21-22; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; and Hebrews 3:12-13 for more insights.

    2. In context, what are “the mercies of God” that the Apostle Paul referred to in Romans 12:1? How do they form the foundation of his exhortation to the Roman believers [cf. Romans 9:14-26; 11:30-32; and 15:7-12]?

    3. In practical terms, how do believers “present [their] bodies” to God [cf. Romans 6:13; 6:16; and 6:19]?

    4. Why do you think it matters to God what we do with our physical bodies [Romans 12:1]? Also consider 1 Corinthians 6:18-20; Philippians 1:20; and 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8.

    5. The phrase “a living sacrifice” appears absurd at first glance. What do you think is meant by the phrase and what would it look like to practice it [cf. Hebrews 13:16; 1 Peter 2:5; and 1 Peter 2:11-12]?

    6. The term for “service” at the end of Romans 12:1 refers to priestly worship activities. How do believers serve as priests today [cf. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 1 Peter 2:4-10; and Revelation 20:4-6]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
     
    “A life of visible, lived-out, physical actions of mercy might result in the death of a believer. There have always been martyrs. But that is not mainly what Paul has in mind here. Here he has in mind a lifestyle. Present your bodies a living sacrifice. It is your living that is the act of worship. Let every act of your body in living be an act of worship. That is, let every act of your living body be a demonstration that God is your treasure. Let every act of your living body show that Christ is more precious to you than anything else. Let every act of your living body be a death to all that dishonors Christ.”
    John Piper
  • Jun 26, 2022Living in the Fullness of Jesus – Deric Bartlett
    Jun 26, 2022
    Living in the Fullness of Jesus – Deric Bartlett
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Deric shares a special message titled 'Living in the Fullness of Jesus' based on Colossians 2:6-10.

    1. Closer
    2. Deeper
    3. Higher

    4. Stronger

    ICEBREAKER: What is your favourite genre of movie? Why?

    1. The Apostle Paul wrote his letter to the Colossians to combat false teaching [Colossians 2:4]. Why is false teaching so dangerous [cf. Romans 16:17-18; 2 Corinthians 11:3-4; and Ephesians 4:14]?

    2. Paul repurposed the key words used by the false teachers in Colossae to establish the truth. Some of these terms are listed in Colossians 2:2-3: “understanding”, “knowledge”, “mystery”, and “wisdom”. According to these terms, how does Christ reveal the truth [cf. Romans 16:25; 1 Corinthians 1:30; and Colossians 1:24-27]?

    3. What does it mean to “receive Christ Jesus as Lord” [Colossians 2:6]? Also consult Acts 16:30-31; Romans 10:9-13; and Philippians 2:9-11 for further insights.

    4. Colossians 2:6 tells Christians to “walk in Him [Christ Jesus]”. It is a present tense command calling for a continuous or repeated walk on a moment-to-moment basis. How does this word picture help you in your spiritual journey [cf. Galatians 5:16, 25; Colossians 1:9-10; and 1 Thessalonians 4:1]?

    5. How do the ideas of being rooted, built up, and established in the faith help you understand how to walk in Christ [Colossians 2:7]? Also, consider 1 Corinthians 3:9; Ephesians 2:19-22; and Ephesians 3:17 for more ideas.

    6. What two conflicting worldviews are seeking to take people captive in Colossians 2:8-10, and how do they contrast with each other? Why is Christ the only One we should allow to captivate our hearts [cf. Galatians 4:3-7; Colossians 2:20-23; and 1 Timothy 6:20-21]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “God has a program of character
    development for each of us.
    He wants others to look
    at our lives and say, He walks with God,
    for he lives like Christ.”
    Erwin W. Lutzer
  • Jun 19, 2022Faithful Men – Deric Bartlett
    Jun 19, 2022
    Faithful Men – Deric Bartlett
    Series: One off

    This week, Pastor Deric offers a special message for Father's Day. 'Faithful Men' is based on 1 Corinthians 4:1-5.

    1. We have a _______ to fill (v. 1-2)
    2. We have a _______ to follow (v. 3-5a)
    3. We have a _______ to gain (v. 5b)

    GOD IS FAITHFUL

    ICEBREAKER: How do you feel about clowns? Why?
    1. When you hear the phrase “servants of Christ” [1 Corinthians 4:1], what images come to mind? Is it something desirable, or not [cf. John 18:36; Acts 13:5; and Acts 26:16]?
     
    2. What is a “steward”, and what is his/her role [1 Corinthians 4:1-2]? Is this an honourable or dishonourable position? Why [cf. Luke 12:42; Titus 1:7-8; and 1 Peter 4:10]?
     
    3. What are “the mysteries of God” as revealed in the Scriptures [1 Corinthians 4:1]? Also consult Mark 4:11; Ephesians 3:2-10; and Colossians 1:24-27 for more insights.
     
    4. Why is the virtue of faithfulness admirable [1 Corinthians 4:2]? What impact does unfaithfulness have on others [cf. Matthew 25:21; Luke 16:10-12; and 2 Timothy 2:2]?
     
    5. What are some ways to handle personal criticism from others that you learn from 1 Corinthians 4:3-4? How does the prospect of the Lord’s evaluation of you both encourage and sober you [cf. Acts 23:1; Acts 24:16; and 2 Corinthians 1:12]?
     
    6. According to 1 Corinthians 4:5, what lies in the future for everyone? Due to this reality, how does it influence the way you live each day [cf. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14; Romans 2:12-16; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15; and 2 Corinthians 5:6-10]?
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
     
    “Let us remember, there is One
    who daily records all we do for Him,
    and sees more beauty in His servants' work
    than His servants do themselves...
    And then shall His faithful witnesses discover,
    to their wonder and surprise,
    that there never was a word spoken
    on their Master's behalf,
    which does not receive a reward.”
    J. C. Ryle
  • Jun 12, 2022Return to the Foundation – Tom LeRoy
    Jun 12, 2022
    Return to the Foundation – Tom LeRoy
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Tom shares a special message titled 'Return to the Foundation' based on 1 Timothy 4:11-16.

    1. Example
    2. Devotion
    3. Practice

    ICEBREAKER: What did your parents and teachers say would be important when you grew up but has not been?
    1. According to the context, what are “these things” that Timothy was challenged to command and teach [1 Timothy 4:11]? Are “these things” still applicable for us today [cf. Genesis 1:31; Genesis 2:18-25; and Hebrews 5:14]?

    2. Why are godly examples powerful and necessary for our spiritual development [1 Timothy 4:12]? Who is influencing you to follow Christ more closely [Philippians 2:19-24; 1 Thessalonians 1:6-10; and Titus 2:7-8]?

    3. Why is the public reading of Scripture needed whenever Christians meet for corporate worship [1 Timothy 4:13]? What does this practice signal to those gathered as believers [cf. Joshua 1:7-8; Psalm 1:1-3; and Colossians 3:16]?

    4. What is the purpose of spiritual gifts [1 Timothy 4:14]? What does it look like when someone neglects his/her gift, and what impact does it have on the rest of the Body of Christ [cf. Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; and 1 Peter 4:10-11]?

    5. How are you practicing and immersing yourself in sound teaching so that you make spiritual progress [1 Timothy 4:15]? What habits are you finding beneficial [cf. Romans 12:1-2; Philippians 4:8-9; and 2 Peter 1:3-11]?

    6. What did Paul mean when he urged Timothy to keep close watch on himself and to persist in the teaching so that he would “save” himself and his hearers [1 Timothy 4:16]? Was the Apostle advocating a “works salvation”, or something else [cf. Acts 20:28; Romans 11:13-16; 1 Corinthians 9:27; and James 5:19-20]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “People do not drift toward holiness.
    Apart from grace-driven effort,
    people do not gravitate toward godliness,
    prayer, obedience to Scripture,
    faith, and delight in the Lord.
    We drift toward compromise and
    call it tolerance; we drift toward
    disobedience and call it freedom;
    we drift toward superstition and
    call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline
    of lost self-control and call it relaxation;
    we slouch toward prayerlessness
    and delude ourselves into thinking
    we have escaped legalism;
    we slide toward godlessness and
    convince ourselves we have been liberated.”
    D. A. Carson
  • Jun 5, 2022We Believe:The Holy Spirit – Deric Bartlett
    Jun 5, 2022
    We Believe:The Holy Spirit – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe
    WE BELIEVE in the absolute deity and personality of the Holy Spirit; that He is the Divine Agent in the sinner’s regeneration and the believer’s sanctification. WE BELIEVE at conversion He baptizes all believers into the body of Christ; indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption.

    1. The Holy Spirit is God who _______________ the world .
    2. The Holy Spirit is God who _______________ through the prophets .
    3. The Holy Spirit is God who ____________________ Jesus Christ .
    4. The Holy Spirit is God who _______________ in every Christian.

    ICEBREAKER: How good are you at drawing?
    1. The Spirit of God is frequently mentioned in the Old Testament, but only in Psalm 51:11 and Isaiah 63:10-11 (once in each verse) is He specifically referred to as the “Holy Spirit”. What do you observe in the contexts of both these texts that prompt the emphasis on God’s holiness [cf. 1 Samuel 11:6; 1 Samuel 16:14; and 2 Samuel 7:14-16]?

    2. The term “Spirit” appears many times in the Old Testament, often combined with the divine name – the Spirit of God [Genesis 1:2; 1 Samuel 11:6], or the Spirit of Yahweh/the LORD [Judges 11:29; 14:6; 15:14; 1 Samuel 10:6; and Isaiah 11:2]. What specific ministries did God’s Spirit carry out in people’s lives in each of these texts?

    3. Jesus used the analogy of the wind to describe the Holy Spirit [John 3:5-8]. How does this depiction help you understand the Spirit’s identity and ministry [cf. Acts 2:1-4; 1 Corinthians 12:4-13; and Galatians 5:22-23]?

    4. During Jesus’ final conversation with His disciples prior to His crucifixion, He promised that the Father would send them the Holy Spirit [John 14:26 & John 16:13-14]. What names are given to the Spirit in these two texts, and how was He going to minister to the disciples [cf. Mark 13:11; John 14:16-17; and Acts 1:8]?

    5. The ministry of the Spirit of God is highlighted throughout Romans 8. Focusing on verses 9-17, how does the Holy Spirit impact the believer’s life in practical ways [cf. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Galatians 4:6; and Galatians 6:7-10]?

    6. What happens at the moment of salvation according to Ephesians 1:13-14, and what difference does God’s Spirit make in the believer’s present circumstances and future prospects [cf. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; 2 Corinthians 5:5; and Titus 3:4-7]?

    7. According to Ephesians 5:18, believers are commanded to “be filled with the Holy Spirit”. The Apostle Paul used drunkenness for an analogy of coming under the influence or control of another. How does the following list of verses help you obey this command: Acts 4:8; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 4:30; and 1 Thessalonians 5:19?

    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “Remember that grace and truth cannot finally be crucified. Remember that all the high things that make humanity beautiful cannot be forever laid in the dust, spattered with blood. And most of all, remember that He who rose from the dead, rose to pour out His Holy Spirit into human lives, and, by that Spirit, to make available to any individual all the fullness






  • May 29, 2022The Lord Jesus Christ – Deric Bartlett
    May 29, 2022
    The Lord Jesus Christ – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series "We Believe" with a message titled 'The Lord Jesus Christ'. The primary scripture references are from John 1.

    MESSAGE OUTLINE:

    We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God and God the Son, who eternally existed in pre-incarnate glory. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, all-sufficient substitutionary death, victorious bodily resurrection,
    triumphant ascension, present intercession, and personal and glorious return.

    1. Jesus Christ is the _______ __ _______: v. 1-5
    2. Jesus Christ is the _______ __ _______: v. 14-18
    3. Jesus Christ is the _______ __ _______: v. 22-29
    4. Jesus Christ is the _______ __ _______, the Messiah: v. 40-45

    ICEBREAKER:What is the most stressful TV show or movie you watched? Why did you find it stressful?

    1. John 1 is rich in the study of Christ’s identity [John 1:1-18]. As you meditate on these verses, who was Jesus and what did He accomplish during His earthly life [cf. Genesis 1:1; John 17:5; and 1 John 1:1-3]?

    2. The Lord used Peter and John to heal a lame man and then they, in turn, used the occasion to proclaim the gospel, raising the ire of the religious authorities. Arrested, they were interrogated by the same Council members who condemned Jesus [Acts 4:5-6]. What did the apostles claim about Jesus that made Him unique [Acts 4:10-12]? Also consult Matthew 1:21; Acts 10:34-43; and 1 Timothy 2:5-6 for more insights.

    3. Philippians 2:5-11 encompasses the entirety of Jesus’ existence. What phases of Jesus’ life do you see in this text, and what difference does each phase make in your life [cf. Mark 10:45; 2 Corinthians 8:9; and Ephesians 1:20-23]?

    4. Who is Jesus according to Colossians 1:15-20, and what did He achieve during his earthly ministry [Romans 8:28-30; 2 Corinthians 4:6; and 1 Timothy 1:15-17]?

    5. According to Hebrews 1:1-4, what is it about Jesus that makes Him the final revelation of God to humanity [cf. Matthew 11:27; 1 Corinthians 8:6; and Hebrews 12:2-3]?

    6. In Revelation 5, we get a glimpse into the very throne room of God. Who are present in this heavenly scene, what are they doing, and what prompted the worship of the central Figure in John’s vision [cf. Daniel 7:13-14; John 1:29; and 1 Peter 1:17-21]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “Jesus Christ became Incarnate
    for one purpose,
    to make a way back to God
    that man might stand
    before Him as He was created to do,
    the friend and lover of God Himself.”
    Oswald Chambers
  • May 22, 2022We Believe: God the Father – Deric Bartlett
    May 22, 2022
    We Believe: God the Father – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe

    MESSAGE OUTLINE:

    “We believe there is only one living and true God; 

    who is inexpressibly holy, infinite, eternal, and perfect in all His attributes;

    who is self-existing in three distinct Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, 

    equal in every divine perfection. Each is to be honoured and worshipped.”

    1.  ____________ who is invisible 

    2.  ____________ to Him

    3.  ____________ Him


    ICEBREAKER:

    What is the best way to stay young?

    1.    The Scriptures affirm that Christians worship and serve one God who has revealed Himself in three Persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. How do you understand this revelation about our Triune God, and why does it matter [cf. Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19; and 2 Corinthians 13:14]?

    2.    During Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, He informed her that God is spirit [John 4:24], indicating that worship is not about location but disposition. How does this influence your worship practices [cf. Romans 12:1; Philippians 3:3; and Hebrews 12:28-29]?

    3.    When you read that God is light [1 John 1:5], what is conveyed about God’s nature that sets Him apart from all others [cf. Isaiah 6:3; 1 Timothy 6:15-16; and Revelation 4:8]?

    4.    How does the revelation that God’s character is love affect how you deal with your sins and shortcomings, as well as those of others [cf. Romans 5:8; 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17; and 1 John 4:8 & 16]?

    5.    How does the conviction that God is good to help you when experiencing suffering, loss, and difficulties in life [cf. Psalm 86:5; Mark 10:18; Titus 3:4-7; and James 1:17]?

    6.    What difference does it make to you that God is faithful to His Word and to His people [cf. Deuteronomy 7:9; 1 Corinthians 1:9 & 10:13; and 2 Timothy 2:11-13]?

    7.    What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “Whether you can see it or not - and often we cannot –  everything is being used of God for your good as well as the good of others. This knowledge is by faith. It is not always by sight. But it is nevertheless certain, because it is based on the character of God, who reveals himself to us as both sovereign and benevolent. We are not to be anxious about the unknown future or to fret about it. We are to live in a moment-by-moment dependence upon God.” 

    James Montgomery Boice

     

  • May 15, 2022We Believe the Scripture – Deric Bartlett
    May 15, 2022
    We Believe the Scripture – Deric Bartlett
    Series: We Believe
    This week, Pastor Deric starts a new series 'We Believe' based on our doctrinal statements. The key text for this Sunday's message, 'The Scripture', is Genesis 1:3.

    I. WHY doctrinal beliefs matter

    II. THE SCRIPTURE
    “We believe the Bible to be the very Word of God; that the sixty-six books comprising the Old and New Testaments were verbally inspired in all parts and therefore wholly without error as originally given by God; that it is our final authority, our only and all-sufficient rule of faith and practice.”

    III. Why Christians believe the Bible is UNIQUE
    1. The Bible has a unique _____________ Gen 1:3
    2. The Bible has a unique _____________ Gen 1:3; Ex. 20:1ff; Deut. 6
    3. The Bible has a unique _____________ John 10:35
    4. The Bible has a unique _____________ 2 Tim 3:16
    5. The Bible has a unique _____________ Hebrews 4:12
    6. The Bible has a unique _____________ 2 Tim 3:14-16
    7. The Bible has a unique _____________ John 1:1-14: Luke 21:33
    8. The Bible has a unique _____________1 Peter 1:22-25
    9. The Bible has a unique _____________Gen 3:1
    10. The Bible has a unique _____________ Heb. 4:2

    ICEBREAKER: Do you prefer pens or pencils? Why?

    1. In Genesis 1, the phrase “God said” appears 9 times in our English Bibles. What resulted immediately after God spoke in this text? What does this teach you about God’s Word [cf. Exodus 20:1-17; Numbers 23:19; and Hebrews 1:1-4]?

    2. Psalm 19 extolls God for revealing Himself in nature [vs. 1-6] and in the Scriptures [vs. 7-14]. What benefits are derived from building your life on the Word of God that are listed in this text [cf. Psalm 119:9-11; Jeremiah 15:16; and 1 Peter 1:22-25]?

    3. How did the Thessalonians respond to Paul’s preaching of the gospel [1 Thessalonians 2:13-14]? How did they view the Word of God and what difference did it make in their lives [cf. Luke 3:2-14; Luke 8:11-15; and Acts 17:11]?

    4. According to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, what is the origin of all the Scriptures? What are the 4 purposes of the Word of God? And what is the ultimate goal of the Bible [cf. Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:1-3; and Romans 15:4]?

    5. James implores his readers to be doers of the Word and not just hearers [James 1:22-25]. How does his illustration of the mirror help you understand and apply the point of his command in verse 22 [cf. Ezra 7:10; Matthew 7:21; and Romans 2:13]?

    6. 2 Peter 1:20-21 speaks of the Holy Spirit “carrying along” the writers of Scripture. It is the same term found in Acts 27:15 of a ship being caught up in a windstorm. How does this word picture help you understand the process of inspiration [cf. Psalm 39:1-5; Jeremiah 20:9; and Acts 4:19-20]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.”
    Augustine