Mar 6, 2022
The Plot to Kill Jesus – Deric Bartlett
"This week, Pastor Deric resumes the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled "The Plot to Kill Jesus" based on Mark 14:1-11.

1. The __________ to kill Jesus (evil in surprising places) v. 1-2
2. The __________ for Jesus (the alternative to hatred and betrayal) v. 3-9
3. The __________ of Jesus (more than knowledge) v. 10-11

ICEBREAKER: What are some of your favourite inspirational scenes from movies? Why?

1. How do you account for spiritual leaders who are able to observe religious festivals and yet persistently plan to arrest and assassinate an innocent Man [Mark 14:1]? What does this tell you about humanity [cf. Ecclesiastes 9:3; Jeremiah 17:9; and Mark 7:20-23]?

2. What was the reason stated by the religious leaders for not arresting Jesus during the festival [Mark 14:2]? What does it indicate when people plot evil secretly [cf. Deuteronomy 27:24; Psalm 64:1-10; and Jeremiah 9:1-9]?

3. Why do you think the woman in the story (who was Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus) chose such an expensive and extravagant way of honouring Jesus [Mark 14:3]? How do you think you would have reacted if you had witnessed this event [cf. 1 Chronicles 29:1-9; Luke 7:37-38; and John 12:1-3]?

4. Deep-seated emotions erupted when the onlookers witnessed Mary’s extravagant act [Mark 14:4-5]? Why? What did the onlookers overlook [cf. 2 Samuel 6:12-23; 2 Samuel 23:13-17; and 2 Samuel 24:18-25]?

5. Jesus stood up for Mary [Mark 14:6-9]. What were His reasons for commending her? How does this encourage you when your devotion to Jesus is questioned [cf. Acts 9:3-6; Philippians 1:27-30; and 2 Thessalonians 1:3-10]?

6. Notice the abrupt switch in Mark’s storytelling from Mary’s beautiful devotion to Jesus to Judas’s brutal betrayal of Jesus in Mark 14:10-11. How do you account for this? What do you learn from the examples of these two people [cf. Psalm 41:9; Psalm 55:12-14; and Obadiah 1:8-16]?

7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
 
"God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him”
John Piper
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  • Mar 6, 2022The Plot to Kill Jesus – Deric Bartlett
    Mar 6, 2022
    The Plot to Kill Jesus – Deric Bartlett
    "This week, Pastor Deric resumes the series "The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World" with a message titled "The Plot to Kill Jesus" based on Mark 14:1-11.

    1. The __________ to kill Jesus (evil in surprising places) v. 1-2
    2. The __________ for Jesus (the alternative to hatred and betrayal) v. 3-9
    3. The __________ of Jesus (more than knowledge) v. 10-11

    ICEBREAKER: What are some of your favourite inspirational scenes from movies? Why?

    1. How do you account for spiritual leaders who are able to observe religious festivals and yet persistently plan to arrest and assassinate an innocent Man [Mark 14:1]? What does this tell you about humanity [cf. Ecclesiastes 9:3; Jeremiah 17:9; and Mark 7:20-23]?

    2. What was the reason stated by the religious leaders for not arresting Jesus during the festival [Mark 14:2]? What does it indicate when people plot evil secretly [cf. Deuteronomy 27:24; Psalm 64:1-10; and Jeremiah 9:1-9]?

    3. Why do you think the woman in the story (who was Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus) chose such an expensive and extravagant way of honouring Jesus [Mark 14:3]? How do you think you would have reacted if you had witnessed this event [cf. 1 Chronicles 29:1-9; Luke 7:37-38; and John 12:1-3]?

    4. Deep-seated emotions erupted when the onlookers witnessed Mary’s extravagant act [Mark 14:4-5]? Why? What did the onlookers overlook [cf. 2 Samuel 6:12-23; 2 Samuel 23:13-17; and 2 Samuel 24:18-25]?

    5. Jesus stood up for Mary [Mark 14:6-9]. What were His reasons for commending her? How does this encourage you when your devotion to Jesus is questioned [cf. Acts 9:3-6; Philippians 1:27-30; and 2 Thessalonians 1:3-10]?

    6. Notice the abrupt switch in Mark’s storytelling from Mary’s beautiful devotion to Jesus to Judas’s brutal betrayal of Jesus in Mark 14:10-11. How do you account for this? What do you learn from the examples of these two people [cf. Psalm 41:9; Psalm 55:12-14; and Obadiah 1:8-16]?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him”
    John Piper
  • Feb 27, 2022No Deals with the Devil – Deric Bartlett
    Feb 27, 2022
    No Deals with the Devil – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric wraps up the series 'The Gospel and Culture' with a message titled 'No Deal with the Devil' based on 2 Corinthains 6:14-7:1.

    1. We are the ______________ of God
    2. We are the ______________ of God
    3. We are the ______________ of God

    ICEBREAKER: What is the noblest endeavour a person can dedicate their life to?

    1. How do you strike a balance between refraining from being “unequally yoked with unbelievers” [2 Corinthians 6:14] while serving as “ambassadors for Christ” [2 Corinthians 5:20] who appeal to unbelievers to be reconciled to God by trusting Christ [cf. Deuteronomy 7:1-5; 1 Corinthians 5:9-10; and Ephesians 5:3-14]?

    2. What clues do you observe in Colossians 3:1-5 to help you prioritize heavenly things as opposed to earthly things [cf. Romans 6:4; Ephesians 1:20; and Ephesians 2:5-7]?

    3. How can you tell that salvation is a spiritual battle from 2 Corinthians 4:3-6? What can be done about it from this text [cf. Genesis 3:1-7; 2 Corinthians 3:14-16; and Ephesians 2:1-3]?

    4. According to Hebrews 1:1-3, why is Jesus Christ central to our faith? What sets Him apart from all others [cf. Colossians 1:15-16; Colossians 2:9; and Hebrews 12:1-2]?

    5. Jesus made an astonishing claim to His disciples in John 14:8-11. What was that claim, and how could His disciples know it was true [cf. John 1:14; John 12:45; and Acts 10:38]?

    6. At the close of His High Priestly Prayer recorded in John 17:20-26, Jesus made it clear how the unbelieving world would know that He was who He claimed to be. What is to be the defining characteristic of His disciples so that the world might know Jesus came from the Father [cf. John 3:16-17; John 10:38; and John 13:34-35]?

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

    “So those [in] this group of the
    spiritual but not religious display
    an uncommon inclination to
    think beyond the material and to
    experience the transcendent.
    Such a desire can open the door
    to deep, spiritual conversations and,
    in time, perhaps a willingness
    to hear about Christian spirituality.
    The bent of those conversations
    necessarily must be different
    though than with those who
    love Jesus but not the church.
    The wounds and suspicions toward
    the church will come from
    different places—as will their
    understanding of spirituality.
    But both groups represent people
    outside of the church who have an
    internal leaning toward the
    spiritual side of life.”
    Barna Group
  • Feb 20, 2022Pluralism – Deric Bartlett
    Feb 20, 2022
    Pluralism – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series 'The Gospel and Culture' with a message titled 'Pluralism' based on Acts 17:16-34.

    1. You must be ___________
    2. You must be ___________
    3. You must be ___________

    ICEBREAKER: What are two of your favorite snacks?
     
    1. According to Romans 1:21-23, what is the primary sin that has ruptured the relationship between God and people? What are the tragic results listed in these verses that still haunt our world today [cf. 2 Kings 17:7-18; Jeremiah 2:5; and Ephesians 4:17-19]?
     
    2. What is the lie that our culture has bought into that has displaced the truth about God [Romans 1:24-25]? What evidence do you see in our world that indicates the lie persists today [cf. Psalm 81:11-12; Romans 6:19; and Ephesians 2:1-3]?
     
    3. What is the ultimate reason unbelievers fail to trust Christ according to 2 Corinthians 4:4? What is the remedy found in the surrounding verses of 2 Corinthians 4:1-6? [cf. Matthew 23:16-26; John 9; and Revelation 3:15-19]?
     
    4. Why do you think the Apostle John used the imagery of light versus darkness to contrast the difference between believers and unbelievers in John 1:4-9? Also consult John 8:12; John 9:5; and John 12:46 for more insights.
     
    5. How is the gospel ministry described in Acts 26:18? What is the goal of sharing the good news, and what are the results [cf. Isaiah 42:6-7; Luke 24:47; and 1 Thessalonians 5:5]?
     
    6. As you read through Ephesians 1:15-21, what stands out to you regarding the Apostle Paul’s prayer list? Why would “the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation” and “hearts enlightened” be important prayer requests for believers in his day as well as today [cf. 2 Corinthians 4:6; Ephesians 3:16-19; and Colossians 1:9-10]?
     
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “`All religions are basically the same’? Hinduism’s gods are many and impersonal. Christianity’s God is one and personal.
    Buddhism offers no forgiveness or divine intervention. Christianity offers forgiveness and divine intervention.
    In Judaism and Islam men earn righteous status before God through doing good works. In Christianity men gain righteousness only by confessing their unrighteousness and being covered by Christ’s merit.
    Every other religion is man working his way to God. Christianity is God working His way to men.”
    Randy Alcorn
  • Feb 13, 2022Wise Up! – Deric Bartlett
    Feb 13, 2022
    Wise Up! – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series 'The Gospel and Culture' with a message titled 'Wise Up!'

    1. You have the BIBLE to keep you walking in the light
    2. You have a DIVINE APPOINTMENT to keep you inspired
    3. You have a DIVINE PROMISE to keep you anchored
    4. You have the HOLY SPIRIT to guide you
    5. You have A GREAT CLOUD OF WITNESSES to keep you encouraged

    ICEBREAKER: What was your funniest or worst experience with a dentist?

    1. While waiting for his missionary companions to join him, Paul’s spirit was repeatedly provoked by the pervasive presence of idols in the city of Athens [Acts 17:16]. What idols are you observing in our world today that provoke your spirit [cf. Isaiah 44:9-20; Romans 1:18-25; and 2 Corinthians 6:14-18]?

    2. According to Acts 17:17, how did Paul respond when his spirit was irritated by all the city’s idols that provide a model for us in our day [cf. Matthew 5:13-16; Colossians 4:5-6; and 1 Peter 3:14-16]?

    3. What were the philosophical ideas that were shaping Paul’s day [Acts 17:18-21]? What are the philosophical ideas shaping our world today? What are the differences? What are the similarities [cf. 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; Colossians 2:8; and 1 Peter 4:3-5]?

    4. How did Paul affirm his audience in Acts 17:22-23 and then transition into a tactful gospel presentation [cf. Acts 24:10-21; Acts 26:1-8; and Acts 28:30-31]?

    5. Why do you think Paul did not directly quote Scripture when he shared the gospel with the Athenians in Acts 17:16-31? Why did he quote their own pagan writers [Acts 17:28]? What is your takeaway from his strategy [cf. Daniel 5:23; Acts 14:8-18; and Titus 1:12-13]?

    6. What is it about the resurrection that is so controversial, causing some to mock [Acts 17:32] and others to believe [Acts 17:34]? Also consult Acts 4:2; Acts 23:6; and 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 for further insights.

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

    “Paul's claim [was] that the message he preached
    was the authentic gospel of Christ.
    It is this: two things on which Paul pre-eminently insisted -
    that salvation
    was provided by God's
    grace and that faith
    was the means by which men appropriated it.”
    F.F. Bruce
  • Feb 6, 2022The Gospel and Gender Pt. 2: Angry Much? – Deric Bartlett
    Feb 6, 2022
    The Gospel and Gender Pt. 2: Angry Much? – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series 'The Gospel and Culture' with a message titled 'The Gospel and Gender Pt. 2: Angry Much?' based on 2 Timothy 2:24-26.

    1. WHY: Certain ideas are core to being a Christian.
    2. HOW: You need to know how to respond in this angry age

    ICEBREAKER: Who is the most interesting stranger you have met?

    1. 2 Timothy 2:24 speaks directly to our current cultural climate where people engage in heated debates at the slightest provocation. God’s people possess His wisdom to do better. How are we to behave when a controversial topic arises in a conversation [cf. 1 Timothy 3:2-3; Titus 3:1-2; and James 1:19-20]?

    2. How are the wise and the foolish contrasted in Proverbs 29:11? Why is showing self-control such a forgotten virtue in today’s world? How can it be rediscovered [cf. Proverbs 12:16; 18:13; and 25:28]?

    3. Matthew’s Gospel account begins with Immanuel (“which means, God with us” – 1:23) and ends with Jesus’ reassuring words “I am with you always” (28:20). How does the promise of His presence help to strengthen you while living in our corrupt and confused culture [cf. 1 Kings 8:57; Isaiah 41:10; and Acts 18:9-10]?

    4. According to Galatians 6:1-2, what is commanded, who should carry out the command, and how should it be done [cf. Romans 15:1-2; 2 Corinthians 13:11; and James 5:19-20]?

    5. Our culture is noticeably self-absorbed. How are Christians to live differently and show the world a better way, according to Philippians 2:3-4 [cf. Romans 12:10; Galatians 5:25-26; and 1 Peter 5:5]?

    6. According to James 5:19-20, what is our Christian responsibility to those who stray into error? What is the desired outcome of our intervention [cf. Matthew 18:15; Luke 1:16-17; and 2 Corinthians 2:6-8]?

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

    “Most laws condemn the soul
    and pronounce sentence.
    The result of the law
    of my God is perfect.
    It condemns but forgives.
    It restores - more than abundantly –
    what it takes away.”
    Jim Elliot
  • Jan 30, 2022The Gospel and Gender Pt. 1: God Made Them Man And Woman- Deric Bartlett
    Jan 30, 2022
    The Gospel and Gender Pt. 1: God Made Them Man And Woman- Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series 'The Gospel and Culture' with a message titled 'The Gospel and Gender Pt. 1: God Made Them Man and Woman' based on Mark 10:6-9.

    1. Jesus ___________ God’s plan for men and women back to the creation story
    2. Jesus ___________ God’s plan for making us male or female
    3. Jesus ______________ God’s authority in creating us in His image

    ICEBREAKER: How well do you know your neighbours?

    1. Based on Genesis 1:26-28, how would you define the image of God, where does it originate, who does it apply to, and why does it matter [cf. Genesis 5:1-3; Genesis 9:6; and James 3:9]?

    2. How are both the created order and believers linked together in Romans 8:18-25? What is wrong with them? What will be their future [cf. Genesis 3:17-19; 2 Corinthians 5:1-5; and 2 Peter 3:11-13]?

    3. Are we free without consequences to do whatever we want with our bodies according to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20? Why or why not? What is the purpose of our bodies, and what difference does it make [cf. Romans 6:15-19; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; and 2 Corinthians 6:16-18]?

    4. What does the Apostle Paul urge every believer to do as an act of worship in Romans 12:1? What reason does he give? What would this look like in practical terms [cf. Romans 6:13; Ephesians 4:1-3; and 1 Peter 2:11-12]?

    5. According to Philippians 3:19-20, where is our future destiny, how will we get there, and how do we live in the meantime [cf. 1 Corinthians 15:51-57; Colossians 3:1-4; and Titus 2:11-14]?

    6. From 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8, what is God’s will for our lives? How are we to behave while in the world? What are the consequences for disobeying [cf. Acts 15:20; Romans 1:24-32; and Ephesians 5:3-5]?

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

    “The whole concept of the
    “image of God” is the idea that
    all men have something within
    them that God injected...
    And this gives [man] a uniqueness,
    it gives him worth,
    it gives him dignity.
    And we must never forget this. . .
    there are no gradations in
    the image of God.
    Every man from a treble white
    to a bass black is significant
    on God’s keyboard, precisely
    because every man is made
    in the image of God.
    One day we will learn that.
    We will know one day that
    God made us to live together
    as brothers and to respect
    the dignity and worth
    of every man.”
    Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Jan 23, 2022The Gospel and Culture Pt. 3 – Brad Lehman
    Jan 23, 2022
    The Gospel and Culture Pt. 3 – Brad Lehman
    This week, Pastor Brad continues the series 'The Gospel and Culture' with a message titled 'The Gospel and Culture Pt. 3' base on Colossians 2:8-15.

    1. Apprehend hostage-takers before they cause harm [Colossians 2:8-15]
    a) Beware hostage-takers [2:8]
    b) Storm hostage-takers with the truth [2:9-15]

    2. Acquire a good Security Guard [Colossians 2:6-7]
    a) Check credentials [2:6a]
    b) Keep close for safety [2:6b-7]

    Point: Trust the Security Guard to save you from hostage-takers.

    ICEBREAKER: What makes you feel old when you think about it?

    1. What does it look like for a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ to obey the command to “walk in Him” [Colossians 2:6]? How do the 3-word pictures in Colossians 2:7 (“rooted…built up…established…”) help explain the command of 2:6? Also, consult Ephesians 5:15-21; Colossians 1:9-10; and 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7.

    2. Two kinds of philosophies are contrasted in Colossians 2:8. What are they, how do they differ, and what difference do they make in how people live [cf. 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; 1 Corinthians 3:18-20; and Galatians 4:8-11]?

    3. What evidence can you provide indicating that, in Jesus, “the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily” [Colossians 2:9]? Why does this matter [cf. Mark 4:35-41; Luke 5:17-26; and Romans 1:3-4]?

    4. How is salvation portrayed in Colossians 2:13? According to this verse, who initiated salvation? What blessings flow to those who believe in Jesus [cf. Psalm 103:8-18; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; and Ephesians 2:4-7]?

    5. What did Jesus accomplish for us when He died on the cross according to Colossians 2:14? What difference does it make [cf. Acts 3:18-21; Ephesians 2:11-22; and 1 Peter 2:24-25]?

    6. A glimpse into the unseen spiritual realm is given to us in Colossians 2:15. Who are the ones identified in this text, what happened, and what was the result that brings you encouragement today [cf. Genesis 3:15; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28; and Hebrews 2:14-15]?

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

    “The man or woman who does
    not know God demands an
    infinite satisfaction from
    other human beings which they
    cannot give, and in the case
    of the man, he becomes
    tyrannical and cruel.
    It springs from this one thing,
    the human heart must
    have satisfaction, but there is
    only one Being who can satisfy
    the last abyss of the human heart,
    and that is the Lord Jesus Christ.”
    Oswald Chambers
  • Jan 16, 2022Your TRUE Identity – Deric Bartlett
    Jan 16, 2022
    Your TRUE Identity – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the series 'The Gospel and Culture' with a message titled 'Your TRUE Identity'.

    1. HIS ________________ of God as His Father
    2. HIS ________________ to anchor His life in God
    3. HIS ________________ as the Beloved of God
    4. HIS ________________ of temptation and suffering
    5. HIS ________________ to the mission of his life
    6. HIS ________________ to be himself

    ICEBREAKER: What music do you put on when you want to get pumped?

    1. John 1:18 states an obstacle in the first phrase. However, it is overcome in the rest of the verse. What are the 3 descriptions of Jesus listed in this verse and what difference do they make [cf. Matthew 11:27; John 1:14; and John 6:46]?

    2. Philip’s question was profound, yet unnecessary in John 14:8&9. He desired to experience God personally and directly. But Jesus responded by making an astonishing claim. What was that claim, and what does it reveal about Jesus [cf. John 10:30; John 12:44-45; and Colossians 1:15]?

    3. How is our Triune God revealed and described in John 14:25-26? Also consult Luke 24:49; John 15:26; and Acts 2:33]?

    4. In Paul’s prayer in Colossians 1:11-14, he gave thanks to the Father for several blessings. What are those blessings that belong to all believers, and why are they significant [cf. Acts 26:18; Ephesians 5:8; and 1 Peter 2:9]?

    5. What is the source of the spiritual blindness of our world according to 2 Corinthians 4:4-6, and what is the only remedy to restore spiritual sight [cf. Matthew 13:19; 2 Corinthians 3:14; and Ephesians 2:1-3]?

    6. Hebrews 1:1-4 is one of the richest texts in all of Scripture extolling the identity and ministry of our Lord Jesus. How is He described in these verses, and what impact does it make in your life [cf. John 1:3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; and Colossians 1:16-17]?

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

    “The more you reaffirm
    who you are in Christ,
    the more your behavior will begin
    to reflect your true identity.”
    Neil T. Anderson
     
  • Jan 9, 2022Picture Frames and Maps – Deric Bartlett
    Jan 9, 2022
    Picture Frames and Maps – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric begins the series 'The Gospel and Culture' with a message titled 'Picture Frames and Maps'.

    1. ______________ (why it should matter to you)
    2. _______________ (the past and the present)
    3. _______________ (humility is the best approach)
    4. ________________ (how Christian’s frame identity)

    ICEBREAKER: What slang terms or phrases are you happy went out of fashion?

    1. What practical implications for understanding human behaviour flow out of the prophet Jeremiah’s portrayal of the human heart in Jeremiah 17:9? Examine the context as well as Genesis 6:5; Mark 7:18-23; and Romans 1:18-23 for more insights.

    2. Matthew 4:15-16 is a quote from Isaiah 9:1-2. How is the world characterized in these verses, what evidence shows this to be true, and what can be done about it [cf. Luke 1:79; John 8:12; and Ephesians 5:7-14]?

    3. Two commands are listed in Romans 12:2 - one negative and one positive. What are the commands, how can they be obeyed, and what will be the results according to the latter part of the verse [cf. Ephesians 4:23; Colossians 3:9-10; and 1 Peter 1:13-16]?

    4. What difference does it make for a believer to be “in Christ” according to 2 Corinthians 5:17? How does this give you hope in your own personal struggles? How does this influence your witness to the world? Examine the context as well as Romans 6:4; Romans 8:1-2; and Ephesians 4:24 for further clues.

    5. The Apostle Paul insisted on the reality of a war being continually waged in the world [2 Corinthians 10:3-6]. What is the nature of the war, who are the combatants, where is it being fought, what are the weapons being wielded, and what is the desired outcome [cf. 1 Samuel 17:45; 2 Corinthians 6:7; and Ephesians 6:10-20]?

    6. According to Colossians 2:8, what are believers to beware of? What ideas do you think qualify as spiritually hazardous today [cf. Galatians 4:3; Ephesians 5:6; and Colossians 2:20-23]?

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

    “Man, in his own wisdom, has developed a vast number of philosophies and theories seeking to explain one's thoughts, words, and actions. In doing so, man has pridefully sought to deny his own sinfulness and has confused any clear definition of God's standards of right and wrong.” (John C. Broger)
  • Jan 2, 2022Vision Sunday – Deric Bartlett
    Jan 2, 2022
    Vision Sunday – Deric Bartlett
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Deric refocuses our vision as we head into 2022.

    1. God not ____________
    2. People not _______________
    3. Relationship not _______________
    4. Ministry not ________________
    5. Partnership not ________________

    ICEBREAKER: What new year’s resolutions have you actually kept over the years?

    1. What is the primary responsibility of believers according to Matthew 28:16-20? How do these verses act as a guide for us as a church family to carry out Jesus’ command [Luke 24:44-49; Acts 1:8; and Acts 2:37-40]?

    2. What are some “next steps” that you can take in this coming year to continue your spiritual growth journey [Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Peter 2:1-3; and 2 Peter 3:17-18]?

    3. How can we build each other up in the faith in this new year of ministry [cf. Romans 14:19; Ephesians 4:25-32; and 1 Thessalonians 5:11]?

    4. How would you describe a mature Christian? What would characterize a well-grounded disciple of Jesus [cf. John 15:1-11; Galatians 5:22-26; and Colossians 1:24-29]?

    5. How are you planning to prioritize prayer in 2022 [cf. Matthew 6:5-15; Acts 4:23-31; and Philippians 4:4-7]?

    6. What are some specific strategies you can use to share your faith in the Lord Jesus with others in this next year [cf. Matthew 5:13-16; Colossians 4:5-6; and 1 Peter 3:13-16]?

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

    “It is not the number of books you read, nor the variety of sermons you hear, nor the amount of religious conversation in which you mix, but it is the frequency and earnestness with which you meditate on these things till the truth in them becomes your own and part of your being, that ensures your growth.” (Frederick W. Robertson)
  • Dec 26, 2021A Watchful Eye – Brad Lehman
    Dec 26, 2021
    A Watchful Eye – Brad Lehman
    This week, Pastor Brad concludes the Advent series 'Christmas Heroes' with a message titled 'A Watchful Eye' from Luke 2:8-20.

    1. Receive the love of God.
    2. Rest in the peace of God.
    3. Rely on the presence of God.
    4. Rejoice in the promises of God.
    5. Remember the watchful eye of God.

    ICEBREAKER: Share a favourite Christmas memory and the reason it was so special to you.

    1. Why do shepherds play such a predominant role in the Bible [Luke 2:8]? Why is this metaphor so useful in our relationship with the Lord [cf. Psalm 23; Isaiah 40:10-11; and John 10:11-18]?

    2. What is God’s glory, and why is it important to understand [Luke 2:9]? Also consult Exodus 33:17-23; Psalm 19:1-6; and Hebrews 1:1-4.

    3. The biblical command, “Fear not!” [Luke 2:10] is the most often repeated command in Scripture. Why is that, and how do you obey it [cf. Exodus 14:10-14; Isaiah 41:8-14; and Revelation 1:17-18]?

    4. Do you think people need a Saviour [Luke 2:11]? Why? What do you observe about humanity that indicates the need for a Saviour [cf. Isaiah 59:1-2; Luke 1:46-48; and Romans 3:23]?

    5. Luke 2:11 is a clear biblical text on the identity and mission of the Lord Jesus. What do you learn about Him in this verse that causes you to pause and worship Him this Advent season [cf. Acts 2:36; Acts 5:29-32; and 2 Timothy 1:8-12]?

    6. How does Mary’s example of contemplation inspire you to meditate on the activities of God [Luke 2:19]? Also consider Psalm 119:9-11; Psalm 143:5; and Psalm 145.

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

    “All the Christmas presents in the world are worth nothing without the presence of Christ." (David Jeremiah)
  • Dec 24, 2021Jesus – Deric Bartlett
    Dec 24, 2021
    Jesus – Deric Bartlett
    Pastor Deric shares a devotional on Christmas Eve about the greatest Christmas Hero: Jesus.
  • Dec 19, 2021Elizabeth – Deric Bartlett
    Dec 19, 2021
    Elizabeth – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the Advent series 'Christmas Heroes' with a message about Elizabeth from Luke 1.

    1. True spirituality requires faith in God (v. 5-7).
    2. True spirituality requires time alone with God (v. 24-25).
    3. True spirituality requires fellowship time with others (v. 39-45).
    4. True spirituality requires courage to challenge the status quo (v. 60).
    5. True spirituality is best shaped in the home (v. 80).

    ICEBREAKER: What are some films that would make it on to your top 50 list of movies?

    1. Zechariah and Elizabeth had to wait a long time before they became pregnant with their first child [Luke 1:24]. Why do you think God makes His people wait for certain answers to prayer [cf. Psalm 27:14; Acts 1:4-5; and Romans 8:18-25]?

    2. What are the similarities in the following births: Isaac [Genesis 15:1-6; 21:1-7], Samson [Judges 13:1-25], Samuel [1 Samuel 1:1-28], and John the Baptist [Luke 1:5-25]? What lessons do you learn from these events?

    3. The reason Elizabeth secluded herself after she conceived is unspecified in the text [Luke 1:24-25]. Why do you think she did so? What might it indicate about her character [cf. Genesis 30:23; Psalm 113:1-9; and Isaiah 4:1]?

    4. Why do you think the baby in Elizabeth’s womb leaped when Mary entered her home [Luke 1:41, 44]? What did it reveal about Mary’s baby [cf. Malachi 4:5-6; Luke 1:15; and John 1:19-36]?

    5. What does it mean for a believer to “be filled with the Holy Spirit” [Luke 1:41]? Also consult Acts 4:8; Acts 11:22-26; and Ephesians 5:18.

    6. What is the relationship between blessedness and believing according to Elizabeth’s words in Luke 1:42-45? Why does this matter [cf. Matthew 15:28; John 20:29; and 1 Peter 1:8]?

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

    “Faith is the root of all blessings. Believe, and you shall be saved; believe, and you must needs be satisfied; believe, and you cannot but be comforted and happy.” (Jeremy Taylor)
  • Dec 12, 2021Zechariah – Deric Bartlett
    Dec 12, 2021
    Zechariah – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the Advent series 'Christmas Heroes' with a message about Zechariah from Luke 1.

    1.   Zechariah faithfully served his generation (v. 5-10).

    2.   Zechariah served the Lord sacrificially (v. 11-17).

    3.   Zechariah served imperfectly (v. 18-23).

    4.   Zechariah served to bless the next generation (v. 57-67).

    ICEBREAKER: Would you rather spend time with other people, or at home alone?

     

    1.   In what sense were Zechariah and Elizabeth “righteous in the sight of God” [Luke 1:6]? What are some clues in the passage that explain their exemplary character? How does their example encourage you to live similarly [Genesis 5:21-24; Deuteronomy 28:9; and Daniel 6:4, 22]?

     

    2.  What was the specific disappointment Zechariah and Elizabeth faced in Luke 1:7? How might they have been perceived by others? How might they have felt about themselves? What does the way they handled their hurt indicate about their character [cf. Genesis 15:1-6; Genesis 25:21-26; and 1 Samuel 1:1-20]?

     

    3.  Why do you think Luke included all these details in the birth announcement to John’s father [Luke 1:13-17]? Why was John the Baptist so significant [cf. Isaiah 40:3-5; Malachi 3:1; and Malachi 4:5-6]?

     

    4.  Why do people find it difficult to believe the Word of the Lord [Luke 1:18]? Also consult Luke 24:25; John 20:27-29; and James 1:6-8.

     

    5.   In essence, Zechariah asked for a sign that the angel’s word would come true [Luke 1:18]. What do you make of Gabriel’s response in Luke 1:19-20, and what was the sign [cf. Judges 6:36-40; Isaiah 7:10-17; and 1 Corinthians 1:22]?

     

    6.  What do Elizabeth’s actions and words reveal about the burden she had borne all her married life [Luke 1:24-25]? How does this encourage you to persevere through the burdens you are bearing today [cf. Romans 5:3-5; James 1:2-4; and 1 Peter 1:6-7]?

     

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

    “Nowhere has God promised anyone, even His children, immunity from sorrow, suffering, and pain. This world is a 'vale of tears’, and disappointment and heartache are as inevitable as clouds and shadows. Suffering is often the crucible in which our faith is tested. Those who successfully come through the 'furnace of affliction' are the ones who emerge 'like gold tried in the fire.'” (Billy Graham)

  • Dec 5, 2021Mary – Deric Bartlett
    Dec 5, 2021
    Mary – Deric Bartlett
    This week, Pastor Deric continues the Advent series 'Christmas Heroes' with a message about Mary from Luke 1:26-38

    1. The visit that was a long time in the making (26-30).
    2. The promises that were a long time coming (31-33).
    3. The question that delights the heart of God (34-36).
    4. The only sensible response to God’s favour (38).

    ICEBREAKER: Who is the most competitive person you know?

    1. Angels play important roles in the birth story of Jesus [Luke 1:26]. What are those roles and why do they matter to us [cf. Matthew 1:20; Matthew 2:13; Luke 2:8-14; and Hebrews 1:13-14]?

    2. Gabriel addressed Mary as “O favoured one” [Luke 1:28] and told her she had found favour with God [Luke 1:30]. From these terms and from the context, does this mean she was able to bestow grace, or was she simply a recipient of God’s grace? Why does this matter [cf. Genesis 6:8; Exodus 33:12-17; and Acts 7:45-46]?

    3. What does the title “Most High” [Luke 1:32, 35] reveal about our God, and how does this influence your perspectives on world politics and events [cf. Psalm 47:1-9; Daniel 4:34-37; and Acts 7:48-50]?

    4. What do you learn about the future destiny of Mary’s Child from Luke 1:31-33 that gives you hope and encouragement today [cf. Isaiah 9:6-7; Daniel 7:11-14; and Revelation 11:15-18]?

    5. Meditate on the clear reference to our Triune God in Luke 1:35. How does this truth inspire you to worship the Lord each day [cf. Isaiah 61:1-3; Matthew 3:16-17; and 2 Corinthians 13:14]?

    6. How did the news of Elizabeth’s pregnancy announced in Luke 1:36-37 encourage Mary to trust God and move forward into His will for her life? How does it motivate you to do the same [cf. Genesis 18:14; Jeremiah 32:17; and Matthew 19:26]?

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

    “He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy, He the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute." (Augustine)