Sep 10, 2017
Following Jesus As Lord

This week Pastor Deric begins our fall series Jesus is LORD OF ALL with a sermon in Matthew 28:18-20 entitled “Following Jesus As Lord”

Questions:
Matthew 28:18-20

Icebreaker: If you had to state your main ambition as a follower of Christ, what would it be?

1. What are the two main activities in City Centre’s vision statement? How well does this align with the Great Commission (Mt. 28:18-20)?
2. The two qualities in our vision statement are Spirit-filled and unified – find three scriptures where Paul exhorts the church to be like this.
3.  Read Micah 6:8. What does it mean to you “to walk humbly with your God”?
4. Rate the following in the order of your own sense of priority: Worship, Career, Bible Study, Family, Small Groups, Hobbies, Serving Others, Fitness, Evangelism.
5. Phil. 2:4-8 exhorts us to serve one another and points to Jesus’ life as the perfect example of servitude. What practical ways can you serve others in the church? What new area of ministry could you get involved with?
 

“If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?” - David Livingstone

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  • Sep 10, 2017Following Jesus As Lord
    Sep 10, 2017
    Following Jesus As Lord

    This week Pastor Deric begins our fall series Jesus is LORD OF ALL with a sermon in Matthew 28:18-20 entitled “Following Jesus As Lord”

    Questions:
    Matthew 28:18-20

    Icebreaker: If you had to state your main ambition as a follower of Christ, what would it be?

    1. What are the two main activities in City Centre’s vision statement? How well does this align with the Great Commission (Mt. 28:18-20)?
    2. The two qualities in our vision statement are Spirit-filled and unified – find three scriptures where Paul exhorts the church to be like this.
    3.  Read Micah 6:8. What does it mean to you “to walk humbly with your God”?
    4. Rate the following in the order of your own sense of priority: Worship, Career, Bible Study, Family, Small Groups, Hobbies, Serving Others, Fitness, Evangelism.
    5. Phil. 2:4-8 exhorts us to serve one another and points to Jesus’ life as the perfect example of servitude. What practical ways can you serve others in the church? What new area of ministry could you get involved with?
     

    “If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?” - David Livingstone

  • Sep 3, 2017He is Lord of All
    Sep 3, 2017
    He is Lord of All

    This week Pastor Deric concludes our summer series True Patriot Love with a sermon in Acts 10:34-47 entitled “He is Lord of All”

    Questions:
    Acts 10:34-47
    Icebreaker: What does the term “lordship” mean to you?
     
    1. Read Luke 6:46 and Matthew 7:21. What does Christ identify as the main result of his lordship over our lives?
    2. Acts 10:43 states that all the prophets bear witness to Christ as our Saviour. Find 3 Old Testament prophecies that support this.
    3. What is the difference between living for Christ and Christ being your very life? (Phil. 1:21)
    4. Acts 10:39 alludes to the fact that we are Christ’s witnesses. List 3 practical ways you can accomplish this in your day to day life.
    5. Read Phil. 2:5-11. Through what means did Christ receive absolute authority over all things?
    6. The lordship of Christ means he has total authority over every area of our lives. What are some areas of your life that still need to be affected by this?
     

    "The Christian life is not adding Jesus to one's own way of life but renouncing that personal way of life for His and being willing to pay whatever cost that may require." - John MacArthur

  • Aug 6, 2017The Gospel & Government
    Aug 6, 2017
    The Gospel & Government

    This week Pastor Deric continues our summer series True Patriot Love with a sermon in Romans 13:1-7 entitled “The Gospel & Government”

    Questions:
    Romans 13:1-7

    Icebreaker: What is your definition of "good government"?

    1. What does the context of the Gospel, as explained in the book of Romans,  have to do with Paul’s emphasis on submission to “governing authorities”?
    2. Why is the theme of “submission” so important in the New Testament, especially in the first seven verses of Romans 13?
    3. If all authority belongs to God (v.1) then how do believers reconcile the presence of dictatorial regimes and persecuting authorities? How are they “God’s servants”? (v.4)
    4. How would you counsel fellow believers to live under the pressure of evil empires as so many do in the world today?
    5. Why does Paul highlight “good conduct” in the context of counseling believers how to live in peace with governing authorities?
    6. Explain Paul’s use of maintaining a clear conscience as it relates to the believer in relationship to government?  (v.5)
     

    "When you know that all is God’s, then anything you render to Caesar you will render for God’s sake." - John Piper

  • Jul 30, 2017Indebted to God & Government
    Jul 30, 2017
    Indebted to God & Government

    This week Pastor Deric continues our summer series True Patriot Love with a sermon in Matthew 22:15-22 entitled “Indebted to God & Government”

    Questions:
    Matthew 22:15-22
    Icebreaker: When you have to pay taxes do you do so willingly or with reluctance?

    1. In verse 15 we find the Pharisees plotting to entrap Jesus. In what way would either of the expected answers help to damage Jesus' ministry?
    2. Using a lexicon or commentary, explain the significance of the word "render" (v.21).
    3. In what ways do loyalty and obligation differ? Do you consider yourself to be obligated or loyal to the government?
    4. Using a concordance, find the verse in Titus which commands us to be subject to rulers.
    5. On what grounds is a Christian obligated to disobey governmental authority (see Acts 5:29)?
    6. In what ways does submission to authority benefit us? (ref. Hebrews 13:17)
     

    “Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official.” - Theodore Roosevelt

  • Jul 23, 2017Meet Mr Douglas
    Jul 23, 2017
    Meet Mr Douglas

    This week Pastor Deric continues our summer series True Patriot Love as he introduces us to one of our Fathers of Faith, Mr. Douglas

    Questions:
    Icebreaker: Who do you think has been the most positively impactful Canadian politician (from any level of government) over the last 25 years?
     
    1. What does civic duty mean to you? Is it important in your Christian walk?
    2. Why does Paul urge us to pray for those in authority in 1 Timothy 2:1-2?
    3. Considering your answer above, what then is the God-given purpose of good government? Do you believe this is happening in Canada today?
    4. What is the difference between supplications, prayers and intercessions (v.1)?
    5. In what ways can you involve yourself in the affairs of government to help others in Mississauga?

    6. Regardless of whether you live under a godly or ungodly authority, we can rest in God’s sovereignty over all things. Find three stories from the scriptures that demonstrate how God has ultimate control of all governing authority.

    “A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.” - Theodore Roosevelt

  • Jul 9, 2017Meet Mr Ryerson
    Jul 9, 2017
    Meet Mr Ryerson

    This week Pastor Deric continues our summer series True Patriot Love as he introduces us to one of Canada's Fathers of Faith, Meet Mr. Ryerson

    Questions:
    Icebreaker: Who is your favourite Canadian politician of all time? Why?

    1. Read Romans 13:6-7. Why is a Christian obligated to pay taxes?
    2. Do you think it's a Christian's duty to help serve their country? Why or why not?
    3. Do you view yourself as a positive force for change in Canada? What are some ways you could help serve your country?
    4. Do you think patriotism is a valid extension of Christianity?
    5. According to Psalms 33:12 what is the determining factor if a nation is blessed or not?
     

    “Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” - Adlai Stevenson II

  • Jul 2, 2017True Patriot Love
    Jul 2, 2017
    True Patriot Love

    This week Pastor Deric begins our summer series True Patriot Love with a sermon in Psalm 72

    Questions:
    Psalm 72
    Icebreaker: How important is voting to you?
     
    1. Using a concordance, find three other Psalms that talk about God governing the world.
    2. What value do you place on the government of Canada?
    3. Read Romans 13:1-7. In your own words state why submitting to government is important to God.
    4. How active are you in keeping track of political events in Canada? Why or why not?
    5. Do you agree that the government’s responsibility is to serve the people of the country?
    6. What does a Christian do if a government is breaking God’s moral law (i.e. legitimizing same-sex marriage)?
     

    "Good government is the outcome of private virtue." - John Chapman

  • Jun 18, 2017Family Resemblance
    Jun 18, 2017
    Family Resemblance

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series The Sacred Image with a sermon for Father’s Day in Genesis 1:26-31 entitled “Family Resemblance”

    Questions:
    Genesis 1:26-31

    Ice Breaker: Who have been the most influential men in your life?

    1. What does the knowledge that God created you tell you about your worth?
    2. How does the fact that God created us in His image impact our understanding about who we are?
    3. What can we know about our purpose on earth from these verses?
    4. Knowing all this, how should we change our attitude toward this life?

    5. How should the truth from this passage influence how men live in the world today?

    “A father acts on behalf of his children by working, providing, intervening, struggling and suffering for them. In doing so, he really stands in their place. He is not an isolated individual, but incorporates the selves of several people in his own self.”- Dietrich Bonhoefer

  • May 28, 2017Myths About Educating Our Children
    May 28, 2017
    Myths About Educating Our Children

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series The Sacred Image with a sermon for Christian Education Sunday in Proverbs 22:6 entitled “Myths About Educating Our Children”

    Questions:
    Proverbs 4 (read over the chapter a couple of times)
    Ice Breaker: In your experience, who has been your favourite teacher/instructor/coach and why? In what ways did they influence your growth?
     
    1. From these verses, what role must a parent accept in the life of their children?
    2. What would be of primary importance to share with your children? (also see Deut. 6:5-7)
    3. Ideally, how does a parent learn how to instruct their children? How else could a parent learn this? (vv.3-4)
    4. What are the benefits of good instruction? (vv.10-13)
    5. What will happen if we ignore the God-given role as teacher to our children? (vv.14-17)
    6. What role does the church play in the education of it’s members?
     

    “We teach best by how we live life; who we are instructs with absolute clarity.” - Bryant McGill

  • May 14, 2017A Woman’s Complete Guide to Unfading Beauty
    May 14, 2017
    A Woman’s Complete Guide to Unfading Beauty

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series The Sacred Image with a sermon for Mother’s Day in Proverbs 31:30 entitled “A Woman’s Complete Guide to Unfading Beauty”

    Questions:
    Proverbs 31:30

    Ice Breaker: In your opinion, what are the top 3 most important qualities of a desirable person?

    1. What things about you and your life determine your sense of identity?
    2. On what basis should a woman be valued?
    3. How can charm be “deceptive”, and why is beauty “vain”?
    4. Based on verses 10-31, what are the qualities of a godly woman?
    5. What is one area of your life that you need to work on to become a more godly person?
    6. What is the reward of a good woman?
     

    “Virtue is the fount whence honour springs.” – Christopher Marlowe

  • May 7, 2017The Legacy of Faith-Pastor Deric
    May 7, 2017
    The Legacy of Faith-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric begins his new series The Sacred Image with a sermon in Hebrews 11:23-29 entitled “The Legacy of Faith”

    Questions:
    Hebrews 11:23-29
    Ice Breaker: How would you define ‘faith’?
     
    1. How does the faith of Moses’ parents impact Moses himself? (v.23)
    2. What had Moses learned about life that enabled him to resist earthly temptations? (vv. 24-25)
    3. Identify the victory that the faithful achieve? (v.26)
    4. Describe what this passage tells us about the relationship between faith and perseverance? (v.27) (review Ex.6 to 14)                    
    5. How would the experiences of celebrating the Passover and crossing over the Red Sea change the nation of Israel? (v.28-29)
    6. Who are your ‘heroes’ of the faith? What have you learned from each of them?
     

    “Jesus, when I’m in fellowship with you, problems assume their right size, fears flee, worries shrink, hurts heal, anger melts, hope grows.”- Scotty Smith

  • Apr 30, 2017Put Your Heart In It-Pastor Deric
    Apr 30, 2017
    Put Your Heart In It-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series The Heart of the Matter with Part Two in 1 Chronicles 29:9-22 entitled "Put Your Heart In It"

    Questions:
    1 Chronicles 29:9-22

    Ice Breaker: Do you generally find saving money easy or hard? Is it easier to save for something specific?

    1. Why was King David’s heart bursting with praise and thankfulness? (read vv.1-9)
    2. What is the most exciting piece of information about the offering that was gathered?
    3. What does a generous giver indicate about his/her heart and attitude towards God?
    4. As expressed in his prayer, what was King David’s greatest joy? (v.17)
    5. Describe the connection between the temple and devotion to the law. (v.19)
    6. Can you see the same principles we’ve learned from David’s prayer at work in the church today? Explain your answer.                        
                        

    “Believing everything God has said in His Word is never risky, but it is dramatically risky to ever believe you know better than He does.”- Paul David Tripp

  • Apr 23, 2017The Heart of the Matter: Part One-Pastor Deric
    Apr 23, 2017
    The Heart of the Matter: Part One-Pastor Deric
    Series: Easter

    This week Pastor Deric begins his series The Heart of the Matter with Part One in Matthew 6:19-24

    Questions:
    Matthew 6:19-24
    Ice Breaker: If you had $100 to spend anywhere you wanted, what would you spend it on? What about $1,000?
    1. What is Jesus urging His followers to do in verses 19 and 20?
    2. What do you see as Jesus’ principle concern in verse 21?
    3. Is it wrong to work for a reward? Why or why not? (see 1Cor. 3:10-15; 9:24-27; Rev. 22:12)
    4. Practically speaking, how do I lay up treasures in Heaven?

    5. How important is a heavenly perspective in the life of a Christian?

    “In this broken world we won’t get paradise now, but the Cross guarantees us that a new heaven and new earth is in our future.”- Paul David Tripp

  • Apr 16, 2017Easter 2017 sermon-Pastor Deric
    Apr 16, 2017
    Easter 2017 sermon-Pastor Deric
    Series: Easter
    For Easter Sunday at the Living Arts Centre Pastor Deric taught us a powerful gospel message entitled "Thomas, The BELIEVER" from John 20:24-31
  • Apr 9, 2017When I Survey the Wondrous Cross-Pastor Deric
    Apr 9, 2017
    When I Survey the Wondrous Cross-Pastor Deric
    This week Pastor Deric concludes his series In God We Trust from John 14-19 with a sermon entitled ”When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”
     
    Questions:
    John 18-19
    Ice Breaker: What’s the first thing you see or think of when you look at the Cross?
     
    1. Describe the make-up of the group that came to take Jesus into custody. What was it that united them?
    2. How would you describe and categorize the behavior and response of Jesus’ disciples to His arrest and ‘trial’?
    3. In chapter 18 verse 37, John quotes Jesus who says, “Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice”. Does this statement fit with our modern world’s understanding of truth?
    4. How do we show we are committed to the truth?
    5. Discuss the power of God over secular authorities on the basis on chapter 19 verse 11.
    6. Why would John refer to the fulfilling of Scripture in chapter 19 verses 24, 28, 36 and 37?
    7. What can we learn about courage to stand up for Jesus from the experience of Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea?
     
    “Today you can celebrate, that although your heart is fickle, easily distracted and tempted, Jesus, your Savior, is faithful.”- Paul David Tripp