Jan 7, 2018
The Ten Greatest Words in the Bible

This week Pastor Deric begins our new series Forgiven to Forgive with a sermon entitled “The Ten Greatest Words in the Bible”

Questions
John 7:53-8:11

Ice Breaker: When you were little, which superhero did you like best? Why?

1. What does it mean to you to forgive someone?
2. Read Matthew 18:21-35. What is the Biblical measure of forgiveness?
3. In John 8 verse 6 it says the Pharisees were trying to find a way to bring an accusation against Jesus. In what way was this particular situation intended as a trap?
4. Explain why Jesus’ response in verse 7 produced the results it did? How should his words also affect us?
5. Find 3 other references in the gospels of the word “condemn”. From the context of these verses chose a synonym that could be substituted instead.
6. Spend some time reflecting on your relationships (including the past). Who are some of the people you need to forgive today?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
 

“Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.” - Henry Ward Beecher

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  • Jan 7, 2018The Ten Greatest Words in the Bible
    Jan 7, 2018
    The Ten Greatest Words in the Bible

    This week Pastor Deric begins our new series Forgiven to Forgive with a sermon entitled “The Ten Greatest Words in the Bible”

    Questions
    John 7:53-8:11

    Ice Breaker: When you were little, which superhero did you like best? Why?

    1. What does it mean to you to forgive someone?
    2. Read Matthew 18:21-35. What is the Biblical measure of forgiveness?
    3. In John 8 verse 6 it says the Pharisees were trying to find a way to bring an accusation against Jesus. In what way was this particular situation intended as a trap?
    4. Explain why Jesus’ response in verse 7 produced the results it did? How should his words also affect us?
    5. Find 3 other references in the gospels of the word “condemn”. From the context of these verses chose a synonym that could be substituted instead.
    6. Spend some time reflecting on your relationships (including the past). Who are some of the people you need to forgive today?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    “Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.” - Henry Ward Beecher

  • Dec 31, 2017Sola Fide By Faith Alone
    Dec 31, 2017
    Sola Fide By Faith Alone

    This week Pastor Deric preaches a New Years Eve sermon entitled “Sola Fide By Faith Alone”

    Questions
    Ice Breaker: If you could take a vacation right now, where would you go?
     
    1. Read Hebrews 11:6. What is the main requirement for pleasing God?
    2. Considering your answer above, explain how this characteristic determines every other aspect of your Christian walk?
    3. What’s the difference between genuine faith and counterfeit faith? How can you tell the difference?
    4. What is the fruit of faith in the Christian life?
    5. On a scale of 1 to 10 how would you rate the strength of your faith? What things could you do to strengthen it further?
    6. What’s a practical area of your life where you need to start exercising more faith?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” - Saint Augustine

  • Dec 24, 2017Jesus of Nazareth
    Dec 24, 2017
    Jesus of Nazareth

    This week Pastor Deric preaches a Christmas Eve sermon entitled “Jesus of Nazareth”

    Questions
    Matthew 2:19-23
    Ice Breaker: Name a Christmas gift you received that you will never forget.
     
    1. Research the historical context of Nazareth at the time of Jesus. What would it have been like for him to grow up there?
    2. Nazareth and its inhabitants were generally despised throughout Israel. Why would this be the chosen hometown of Jesus?
    3. Read Luke 2:29-35. In what ways do Simeon’s prophecies reflect the life and ministry of Jesus?
    4. What was the significance of the visit of the Magi? (Matthew 2:1-12)
    5. Christmastime provides a great opportunity to reach out to family and friends with the gospel. Think of one person who you will share the gospel with over the holidays.
    6. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    “You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father’s face and tell him you have received his Christmas gift.” - John R. Rice

  • Dec 17, 2017The Biblical Story of Immanuel (God With Us)
    Dec 17, 2017
    The Biblical Story of Immanuel (God With Us)

    This week Pastor Deric continues our Christmas series Hope Arriving with a sermon entitled “The Biblical Story of Immanuel (God With Us)”

    Questions
    Matthew 1:21-23
    Ice Breaker: Name one person that is not a family member that has had the greatest influence in your life. Why?

     

    1. Immanuel means “God with us”. Find 3 other places in the New Testament and 3 places in the Old Testament illustrating God dwelling with his people.
    2. Read Romans 5:1. How does this verse parallel with Luke 2:14?
    3. What are the divine attributes that Mary ascribes to God in her song of praise (Luke 1:46-55)? What does this reveal about her relationship with Him?
    4. What can you do to remember the significance of Christmas in your life each day?
    5. Jesus was always intentional in fulfilling His purpose in coming into the world. If we live with intentionality toward fulfilling His calling on our lives, how might our lives look differently?

    6. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?

    "'For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.' That's what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown." - Linus

  • Dec 10, 2017Jesus Saves!
    Dec 10, 2017
    Jesus Saves!

    This week Pastor Deric continues our Christmas series Hope Arriving with a sermon entitled “Jesus Saves!”

    Questions
    Matthew 1:21

    Ice Breaker: What would you do with your time if you didn’t have to work?

    1. What is Jesus’ name in Hebrew? What is the significance of the meaning of his name?
    2. What sign did the angel give to the shepherds concerning the newborn baby? What is so surprising about this detail?
    3. Read Luke 2:19. What does it mean that Mary “treasured” and “pondered” the things said about Jesus? How can we do the same?
    4. Find the chapter in Isaiah that reveals the purpose of the Messiah’s coming was to save mankind from their sins? After reading this chapter, how does it impact the way you view Jesus laying in a manger?
    5. What can you do to avoid the worldly aspects of the Christmas season and stay focused on Jesus instead?
    6. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    “If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words, these would be the words: “God with us.” We tend to focus our attention at Christmas on the infancy of Christ. The greater truth of the holiday is His deity. More astonishing than a baby in the manger is the truth that this promised baby is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the earth!” - John MacArthur

  • Dec 3, 2017The Great Unveiling
    Dec 3, 2017
    The Great Unveiling

    This week Pastor Deric begins our Christmas series Hope Arriving with a sermon entitled “The Great Unveiling”

    Questions

    John 1:1-5, 14-18

    Ice Breaker: If you could give someone special in your life ANY gift in the world, what would it be? Why?

    1. Israel had long hoped for the arrival of the Messiah and God’s salvation through him - find 3 prophecies from the Old Testament regarding the coming of Jesus.
    2. Keeping verses 14 & 18 in mind, read Philippians 2:3-8. How should Christ’s example of humility and self-sacrifice change the way we treat one another?
    3. In verse 18 we see that one of Jesus’ purpose in coming into the world was to reveal God to mankind. Find three other verses from John that illustrate this.
    4. Read Lk.1:26-38. If you were in Mary’s shoes, how would you respond to the angel’s annunciation of Christ’s birth? What thoughts might be going through your mind?
    5. How should the magnitude of God’s gift to us in Jesus influence our generosity this holiday season?
    6. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world." - C.S. Lewis

  • Nov 26, 2017The Irony of Faith
    Nov 26, 2017
    The Irony of Faith

    This week Pastor Deric concludes our series The Greatest Book with a sermon entitled “The Irony of Faith”

    Questions
    Psalm 119:25-32
    Ice Breaker: What is one thing you like to do when you have free time?
     
    1. What is the significance of the psalmist running in the way of the Lord, as opposed to walking (v.32)?
    2. In verse 25 and 28 the psalmist looks to the Lord to find strength in his weakness. Find three other scriptures from the Bible that show people finding strength in the Lord.
    3. There are many paradoxes which characterize the Christian life, such as “many who are first will be last, and the last first” (Matthew 19:30). Find three more examples from the New Testament.
    4. Three times in the New Testament the word of God is compared to milk. Find the three references and explain the significance of milk being used as the comparison.
    5. Of the following Bible study tools, which one is your favourite: commentary, concordance, lexicon, Bible dictionary, Bible encyclopedia. Why?
    6. What are some of the practical implications and personal challenges from your answers in question three?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives." - Dwight L. Moody

  • Nov 19, 2017More Than Enough
    Nov 19, 2017
    More Than Enough

    This week Pastor Max continues our series The Greatest Book with a sermon entitled “More Than Enough”

    Questions:
    Psalm 119:17-24
    Ice Breaker: If you had to live this week over again, would you change anything? If so, what would that be?
     
    1. From this passage, how does one avoid contempt and condemnation in life? Find 3 other passages from Psalms 119 that reiterate this.
    2. One of the verses from this passage contains a prayer we should all pray before studying the scriptures – which verse is it? Why is this so important?
    3. What is the significance of the psalmist being a “sojourner” on the earth? Where is this also emphasized in the New Testament?
    4. What does it mean to you to “meditate on God’s statutes” (v.23)? How do we apply this practically?
    5. What is one area of your life that you need to apply God’s commands more consistently?
    6. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "The purpose of the Bible? Salvation. God's highest passion is to get His children home. His book, the Bible, describes His plan of salvation. The purpose of the Bible is to proclaim God's plan and passion to save His children." - Max Lucado

  • Nov 12, 2017Keeping Faith
    Nov 12, 2017
    Keeping Faith

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The Greatest Book with a sermon entitled “Keeping Faith”

    Questions
    Psalm 119:9-16
    Ice Breaker: What is one thing you are looking forward to?
     
    1. Read Hebrews 11:6. What is your definition of faith, and why is faith so important to God?
    2. What can we do to help grow our faith?
    3. In Psalm 119:9 the psalmist tells us how to keep our lives pure before God – how is this accomplished?
    4. Twice Paul gives Timothy a similar charge as above – find the two scripture references.
    5. Psalm 119:11 notes the importance of storing up the word of God in our hearts. Choose one verse from the New Testament about the importance of applying the word of God in our lives to memorize this week and share it with the group the next time you meet.
    6. In Acts 17 the Bereans were commended for their diligence in studying the scriptures daily. Choose a bible reading plan to begin implementing and share what you’ve chosen with the group.

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?

    "A readiness to believe every promise implicitly, to obey every command unhesitatingly, to stand perfect and complete in all the will of God, is the only true spirit of Bible study." - Andrew Murray

  • Nov 5, 2017The Blessing of the Bible
    Nov 5, 2017
    The Blessing of the Bible

    This week Pastor Deric begins our series The Greatest Book with a sermon entitled “The Blessing of the Bible”

    Questions
    Psalm 119:1-8
    Ice Breaker: What has been one recent high point and low point in your life over the past year?
     
    1. There are many places in the New Testament that talk about Jesus and his ministry as the fulfillment of the Old Testament scriptures – find three examples.
    2. For each of the three examples above find the original scripture in the Old Testament.
    3. One of the predominate themes of Psalm 119 is building a secure foundation for your life based on the commands of God. Find one example from Jesus’ teaching and one from the epistles which reiterate this.
    4. 2 Timothy 3:16 lists some of the beneficial uses of scripture. Identify each one and give a practical, day to day example for each. (Bonus: Find an example from scripture as well!)
    5. What challenges, barriers or inhibitions do you face when studying scriptures? What can you do to overcome them?
    6. Choose one verse from Psalm 119 to memorize this week and share it with the group the next time you meet.
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    “The Bible is the inevitable outcome of God’s continuous speech. It is the infallible declaration of His mind.” – A. W. Tozer

  • Oct 29, 2017Ambassadors for Jesus Christ
    Oct 29, 2017
    Ambassadors for Jesus Christ

    This week Pastor Deric concludes our fall series Jesus is LORD OF ALL with a sermon entitled “Ambassadors for Jesus Christ”

    Questions:
    2 Corinthians 5:9-21
    Icebreaker: If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would you travel to and why?
     
    1. Read Acts 10:22-23, 13:4, 14:26 and 18:23. What pattern do you see through these verses? How does this tie in with Matthew 28:18-20?
    2. From where does a believer receive the strength and power needed to expand and establish the Kingdom of God?
    3. When you become a Christian your life is no longer your own, but you now belong to God. Find 3 verses in the NT that exemplify this.
    4. Meditate on the verses you discovered from question three - what implications do they have on how you live your life?
    5. Read 2 Cor. 5:16-17. What does Paul mean when he says “from now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh”?
    6. Not everyone has the gift of evangelism, but all are called to witness to Christ as they are able. What are some ways that you can do this in your day to day life?
    7. Do you feel like you’re currently living on mission for Jesus? If not, what things do you need to change to make that happen?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "Live in such a way that those who know you, but don't know God, will come to know God because they know you." – Anonymous

  • Oct 22, 2017Building Believers by the Book
    Oct 22, 2017
    Building Believers by the Book

    This week Pastor Deric continues our fall series Jesus is LORD OF ALL with a sermon entitled “Building Believers by the Book”

    Questions:
    Ephesians 4:7-16
    Icebreaker: Tell everyone about a book or movie that you have watched recently and would recommend to the group.
     
    1. What is the “work of the ministry” that Paul talks about in Eph. 4:12, and what is the outcome of that work?
    2. According to Phil. 2:3-8, why did God the Father exalt Jesus?
    3. What is your definition of a servant? What does it mean to you to be a servant of Christ (1 Thess. 1:9) and others (Gal. 5:13)?
    4. Find 2 verses in the NT that admonish us not to live selfishly.
    5. What is the primary motivation at the heart of servanthood? What currently motivates you to serve?
    6. For each of the following write one practical way that you can serve someone this week:
    Your Time – Your Spiritual Gift – A Talent/Skill – A Word of Encouragement – A Resource (i.e. a Christian book, a power tool, etc.)
    7. What must you do, beginning today, to acquire an authentic heart of a servant?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "When a man becomes a Christian, he becomes industrious, trustworthy and prosperous. Now, if that man when he gets all he can and saves all he can does not give all he can, I have more hope for Judas Iscariot than for that man!" - John Wesley

  • Oct 15, 2017Grow Time
    Oct 15, 2017
    Grow Time

    This week Pastor Deric continues our fall series Jesus is LORD OF ALL with a sermon entitled “Grow Time”

    Questions:
    Icebreaker: If you were any kitchen appliance, which one would you be and why?
     
    1. What importance does the Bible place on regular fellowship with other believers?
    2. Who supplies the growth to the body, and how does growth take place through fellowship with other believers?
    3. The New Testament has over 50 “one another” verses which admonish us how to treat each other living in community (i.e. “… Honour one another above yourselves.” – Rom. 12:10). Find 5 other “one another” verses that you think are especially important.
    4. List 3 ways participating in a small group creates conditions for growth.
    5. What other things can you do throughout the week to live more in community with other Christians?
    6. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    “We should not…think of our fellowship with other Christians as a spiritual luxury, an optional addition to the exercises of private devotion. We should recognize rather that such fellowship is a spiritual necessity, for God has made us in such a way that our fellowship with himself is fed by our fellowship with fellow Christians, and requires to be so fed constantly for its own deepening and enrichment.” – J.I. Packer

  • Oct 8, 2017Gather Time
    Oct 8, 2017
    Gather Time
    This week Pastor Deric continues our fall series Jesus is LORD OF ALL with a sermon entitled “Gather Time”
     
    Questions:
    Icebreaker: If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would you live? Why?
     
    1. What did it mean to be a priest of God in the Old Testament? What does it mean now that all believers are priests of God? (1 Peter 2:5,9; Revelation 5:10, 20:6)
    2. What is true biblical worship as defined in the New Testament? Find three verses that illustrate this.
    3. What does it mean to worship God “in spirit and truth”? (John 4:23-24)
    4. What is one practical thing you can do this week to become a more worshipful believer?
    5. How important is it to you to worship together corporately? Why or why not?
    6. What is your favourite worship song? Why are the words so important to you?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     
    "Worship has been misunderstood as something that arises from a feeling which 'comes upon you', but it is vital that we understand that it is rooted in a conscious act of the will, to serve and obey the Lord Jesus Christ." - Graham Kendrick
  • Oct 1, 2017The Principles that Connect our Priorities
    Oct 1, 2017
    The Principles that Connect our Priorities

    This week Pastor Max continues our series Jesus Is Lord of ALL with a sermon entitled “The Principles that Connect our Priorities”

    Questions:
    1 Peter 2:9-12
    Ice Breaker: If your house was burning down, what three objects would you try to save?

    1. The four qualities listed in 1 Peter 2:9 were first applied to Israel as a nation – find two OT scriptures that refer to them. What is the significance that they now apply to us?
    2. What is God’s purpose in choosing us as a people for his own possession? (see v.9)
    3. What does it mean when Peter says, “once we were not a people”? (v.10)
    4. In what way are we sojourners and exiles in the world? (v.11) How ought this influence the way we live?
    5. One of the goal’s in our church’s vision is “Building” – find 3 scriptures from the NT that talk about building the kingdom of God. Which one is your favourite, and why?
    6. How important is it for you to be connected with others in the church in order to fulfill our mandate to grow, serve and reach others for Christ? What are some additional ways you could get better connected at City?

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?

    “The best Christians we have among us are only Christians in the making. They are by no means finished products.”– Anonymous