Feb 5, 2017
The Prince of Peace Meets The Ruler of this World-Pastor Deric

This week Pastor Deric continues his series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”The Prince of Peace Meets The Ruler of this World” in John 14:27-31.

Questions:
John 14:27-31
Ice Breaker: When you REALLY NEED to get away from it all, where do you go? This could be a daily retreat, a yearly get away or anything in between.
 
1. What kind of peace is Jesus talking about in verse 27? (also see Phil. 4:7)
2. Why did Jesus feel the need to address the issue of peace with His disciples at this point?
3. What is man's critical response to Jesus’ offer of peace? (also see Col. 1:20; 3:15)
4. What do we need to know about God’s peace? (also see 1 Cor. 14:33; Eph. 2:14)
5. What can we expect to receive from God as we journey with Him through troubled times?
 

“God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” - C.S. Lewis

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  • Feb 5, 2017The Prince of Peace Meets The Ruler of this World-Pastor Deric
    Feb 5, 2017
    The Prince of Peace Meets The Ruler of this World-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”The Prince of Peace Meets The Ruler of this World” in John 14:27-31.

    Questions:
    John 14:27-31
    Ice Breaker: When you REALLY NEED to get away from it all, where do you go? This could be a daily retreat, a yearly get away or anything in between.
     
    1. What kind of peace is Jesus talking about in verse 27? (also see Phil. 4:7)
    2. Why did Jesus feel the need to address the issue of peace with His disciples at this point?
    3. What is man's critical response to Jesus’ offer of peace? (also see Col. 1:20; 3:15)
    4. What do we need to know about God’s peace? (also see 1 Cor. 14:33; Eph. 2:14)
    5. What can we expect to receive from God as we journey with Him through troubled times?
     

    “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” - C.S. Lewis

  • Jan 29, 2017The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit-Pastor Deric
    Jan 29, 2017
    The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit.”

    Questions:
    John 14:15-26
    Ice Breaker: Biblical fellowship with friends is a wonderful thing! Just the right balance of study and discussion around God’s Word, application of what we learn together and the sharing of our lives through the daily issues, struggles and joys of life. There might even be a little sharing of food to link it all together! Who would be the person or people you have this kind of relationship with?

    1. What was different or new about how Jesus described the Holy Spirit to His disciples?

    2. Why is the Holy Spirit necessary to the life of a believer?

    3. How does the Holy Spirit evidence Himself in the lives of believers? What about non-believers?

    4. What does Judas’ question tell us about the disciples’ relationship with Jesus?

    5. How does the Holy Spirit minister to believers?

    “Those in whom the Holy Spirit comes to live are God’s new Temple. They are, individually and corporately, places where heaven and earth meet.”- N.T. Wright

  • Jan 22, 2017He Works, We Trust-Pastor Deric
    Jan 22, 2017
    He Works, We Trust-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”He Works, We Trust” in John 14:6-14.

    Questions
    John 14:6-14
    Ice Breaker: Who has had the steadiest or greatest influence on you through the course of your life?

    1. Why are TRUTH and TRUST so important to the Christian?
    2. What are you learning about Jesus from His declaration that He is the way, the truth and the Life?
    3. How easy or difficult is it for you to relate to God as your heavenly Father?
    4. Explain and expound on the difference between Jesus’ words and His works (miracles).
    5. What does Jesus mean when He says that those who follow Him will do greater works than He?
    6. What is the connection between the greater works we are promised and the promise of answered prayer in verse 13?

    “God provides the revelation, God provides the intercession and God provides the atonement.” - Kevin DeYoung

  • Jan 15, 2017Knowing Your Place in the Father’s House-Pastor Deric
    Jan 15, 2017
    Knowing Your Place in the Father’s House-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues his series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”Knowing Your Place in the Father’s House.”

    Questions
    John 14:2-6
    Ice Breaker: If you could live in any kind of home or apartment/condo, what would you choose?

    1. How important is our expectation of a place in heaven and why is that so?
    2. Explain why Jesus would use the words “Father’s House” to describe heaven ? (v.2) What difference would that particular description make?
    3. How do we gain access to the Father’s house? (vv.2-3)
    4. What is the first thing that must happen before we can even begin to understand God’s eternal plan? (vv.4-5)
    5. How are we even able to walk in “the way, and the truth and the life”? (v.6) What other scripture can you find that supports this?
    6. What two things does Jesus want to make very clear about our relationship with God the Father and Jesus His Son?
    7. What are your thoughts about how these verses should be a ‘game changer’ regarding how we live our lives today?

    “Your life as a Christian should make nonbelievers question their disbelief in God.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Jan 8, 2017Do Not Let Your Heart Be Troubled-Pastor Deric
    Jan 8, 2017
    Do Not Let Your Heart Be Troubled-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric begins a new series In God We Trust from John 14-16 with a sermon entitled ”Do Not Let Your Heart Be Troubled.”

    Questions
    John 14:1
    Ice Breaker: How does the ‘world’ through the media and other ways, interpret and possibly distort the meaning of the word “trust?"

    1. What were the disciples troubled about? What are things that trouble you?
    2. What is the answer to our troubled hearts?
    3. What exactly are we to believe? How is believing in God and believing in Jesus the same thing?
    4. How can we know that we can trust Jesus with our troubles? What scriptures would you turn to?
     

    “You don’t get to decide to worship. Everyone worships something. The only choice you get, is what to worship.”- Timothy Keller
  • Jan 1, 2017What Do You See?-Pastor Deric
    Jan 1, 2017
    What Do You See?-Pastor Deric
    This week Pastor Deric shares an important New Years Day sermon about the things he wants us to see in 2017 entitled “What Do You See?”
     

    Questions
    Ice Breaker:
    Have you ever tried to navigate through your house in pitch black darkness? Even though you’re familiar with your home, it can be quite a challenge to do it safely! Describe the differences between navigating in the dark verses navigating with a light for your path.

    1. How is it that we don’t all see things the same way? Read: Ps 119:18; Mk 8:17-18; Lk 11:34-35; Acts 2:25
    2. What difference does our view of the world make in our daily lives? Read: Ps 73:3; Is 6; Lk 6:41
    3. What does my life say about who I really think Jesus is? Do my beliefs about Jesus change anything about the way I live? Read: Jn 1:29
    4. Would you describe your life as ordinary or extraordinary? Why? Read: Eph 1:15-20
    5. How does God view the end of the world as we presently know it? Read: Rev 19:11-14; Rev 20:11-12
    6. What will your life be like after God brings His judgement? Read: Rev 21:1-8

    “A church is not a group of friends you’ve picked, it’s a group of brothers and sisters God has picked for you.” - Michael Horton

  • Dec 20, 2016Everlasting Father-Pastor Deric
    Dec 20, 2016
    Everlasting Father-Pastor Deric
    This week Pastor Deric continues his Christmas series Before Bethlehem in Isaiah 9:6-7 with a sermon entitled “Everlasting Father”

    Questions
    Ice breaker: Who is the one person in your life you have learned that you can count on in any and all circumstances?

    1. Just as with the previous weeks in our study of Is. 9:6, we need to look at helpful O.T. prophesy and the N.T. scriptures. The interpretation and meaning of these passages will help us to understand the description of the Messiah as “Everlasting Father." Listing passages you consulted, how do you best understand this descriptor of the Messiah?
    2. How do the characteristics of a ‘good Father’ perfectly fit Jesus in this instance?
    3. Just as there are critical pieces in every design, how does Jesus fit into the puzzle of ‘time?'
    4. Where can we find some N.T. passages that point to Jesus as the ‘Father of eternity’?
    5. What new concepts of Jesus as Messiah have you gained from this passage and the sermon this week?

    “The Gospel is the most inclusive exclusive truth in the world.”- Andy Bannister
  • Dec 11, 2016Mighty God-Pastor Deric
    Dec 11, 2016
    Mighty God-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric continues his Christmas series Before Bethlehem in Isaiah 9:6 with a sermon entitled “Mighty God.”

    Questions
    Ice Breaker: Who would be your favourite ‘hero’ and why does that individual resonate with you?

    1. We’ve learned from the last two weeks that you can’t interpret the Christmas story in all of its glory without seeing it through the lens of Biblical prophecy. Do you have a favourite OT prophecy about the identity and ministry of Jesus? Explain.
    2. How does the term “Mighty God” reveal Jesus as one with the LORD GOD of the OT? How would the Jews have interpreted this title?
    3. Why is Jesus' incarnation so important to us?      
    4. Read the statement of Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 and discuss the connection between the royal name “Mighty God” and His claim of having “all power or authority.”
    5. Can you name NT passages that teach and/or illustrate that Jesus is the “mighty God?"
    6. Name and discuss a few of the ways that we learned in the sermon, that Jesus exemplifies the “might” of a hero.   
     
     “While it looks like things are out of control, behind the scenes there is a God who hasn’t surrendered His authority.”- A.W. Tozer
  • Dec 4, 2016Wonderful Counselor-Pastor Deric
    Dec 4, 2016
    Wonderful Counselor-Pastor Deric

    This week Pastor Deric begins his Christmas series Before Bethlehem in Isaiah 9:6 with a sermon entitled “ Wonderful Counselor.”

    Questions
    Isaiah 9:1-7
    Ice breaker: A nickname can often be an indication of a good story. Do you have a nickname? Who gave it to you, and why?

    1. Who exactly is the child/son that’s given to us?
    2. What does it mean that “the government will be upon his shoulder”?
    3. Using a concordance, find three verses in the book of Proverbs that illustrate the importance of taking counsel.
    4. What are some New Testament examples of Christ being our counselor?
    5. What resources can we utilize to gain access to the counsel and wisdom of Christ in times of need?
    6. Thinking back over your life, can you recall a time when you experienced the benefits of following good counsel? Or the outcome of not following good counsel?

    “No enemy is worse than bad advice.” - Sophocles

  • Nov 24, 2016The Centrality of the Cross in Christian Worship-Pastor Deric
    Nov 24, 2016
    The Centrality of the Cross in Christian Worship-Pastor Deric
    Series: Worship
    This week Pastor Deric concludes his series Worship with a sermon from Hebrews 13:10-16 entitled “ The centrality of the Cross in Christian Worship.”
     

    Questions
    Hebrews 13:10-16
    Ice breaker: Have you ever had someone go out of their way to put in a really good word for you? Have you ever done that?

    1. What is the fundamental benefit that believing Christians receive that practicing Jews do not? (v.10)
    2. What parallels can we see between the Jewish sin offerings, and Christ’s sacrifice on the cross? (see Jn. 19:20)
    3. What is the significance of our joining Jesus at His place of sacrifice outside the city?
    4. What are two fundamental features of the Christian faith that we can glean from verse 14?
    5. How do the elements and practices of Old Testament religion help us understand Jesus and the practices of Christianity?

    6. In the light of this passage, what is our right response to God? (vv.15-16)

    “You cannot fix your gaze on the cross without knowing that He cares beyond words for you.” - Sinclair Ferguson

  • Nov 20, 2016Abraham’s Altars-Pastor Deric
    Nov 20, 2016
    Abraham’s Altars-Pastor Deric
    Series: Worship
    This week Pastor Deric continues his series Worship with a sermon from the book of Genesis entitled “Abraham’s Altars.”
     

    Questions
    See below.
    Ice Breaker: What are some of the best memories you have from days gone by that you love to share with others?

    1. Text: Gen. 12:5-7 Describe the early lessons Abram was learning and things he was teaching by example to his family.
    2. Text: Gen. 12:8-9 What was Abram discovering about God and himself early on in the journey?
    3. Text: Gen. 13:3-4 How did Abram respond to the failures in his life? How is that an example for us?
    4. Text: Gen. 13:17-18 As Abram journeyed with God as his guide, how was he changing, and how can we apply that to our personal journey?
    5. Text: Gen. 22:2 Describe what Abraham demonstrated and what he learned that day on the mountain.
    6. How can Abraham be a model for you and your life? Where could you be building altars in your journey with God?
     
    “When life is threatened we need the defender; when life has been shattered we need the mender.” - Ravi Zacharias
  • Nov 13, 2016A Living Sacrifice-Pastor Deric
    Nov 13, 2016
    A Living Sacrifice-Pastor Deric
    Series: Worship

    This week Pastor Deric continue his series Worship with a sermon from Romans 12:1-2 entitled “A Living Sacrifice.”

    Questions
    Romans 12:1-2
    Ice Breaker: When was the last time (or the only time!) a friend did something truly sacrificial for you? How did you feel? How did you respond?

    1. On what basis does Paul justify his appeal that we should present ourselves as a sacrifice to God? (v.1) (see Rom 9:15; 16; 18; 23; 11:30; 31; 32)
    2. Worship has always been accompanied by sacrifice. How has the form of sacrifice changed under the new covenant? (v.1)
    3. What will be the overriding characteristic of one who has sacrificed themselves to God and His purpose in their life? (v.2a)
    4. Why is it so dangerous to adopt the practices of the world? (v.2) (also see Gal 1:4; 2 Cor 4:4; 1 Jn 5:19)
    5. How are we able to resist being conformed to this age? (v.2a)
    6. How is the renewal of our minds supposed to take place? What fuels the change that is to take place in a believer’s life? (v.2b)       
     
    “We have the idea that we can dedicate our gifts to God. However, you cannot dedicate what is not yours. There is actually only one thing you can dedicate to God, and that is your right to yourself.”- Oswald Chambers

  • Nov 6, 2016Building & Being Built-Pastor Max
    Nov 6, 2016
    Building & Being Built-Pastor Max

    This week Pastor Max continues his series Building the Body with a sermon from 1 Peter 2:1-5 entitled “Building & Being Built.”

    Questions
    1 Peter 2:1-5
    Ice Breaker: Do you or have you ever spent an extended, consistent time in the gym? What was or is the most difficult aspect of that kind of regimen?

    1. As believers within Christ’s church, how are we expected to grow and what should we expect to see within the body of believers? (v.1)
    2. Who will be our greatest helper in this expected growth? (v.2)
    3. As a sinner having “tasted that the Lord is good”, what do you appreciate most? (v.3)
    4. How does the term “living stone” affect your understanding of the person and work of Jesus? (v.4)
    5. In verse 5, we who have trusted in Jesus, are also described as “living stones” being built into a “spiritual house." What description would you find helpful to describe this particular metaphor?
    6. From verse 5, what would be our “spiritual sacrifices” that Peter is referring to? (see Rom. 12:1-2)
    7. Where are you at in “God’s Building Program?" Are you a living stone in the spiritual house God is building? How do you see God using you in His church?
     

    The message of Christianity is not, “God will love me if I change.” Rather it is, “God loves me so that I can change." - Andy Bannister

  • Oct 30, 2016No Other Name-Pastor Max
    Oct 30, 2016
    No Other Name-Pastor Max
    This week Pastor Max continues his series Building the Body with a sermon from Acts 4:1-22 entitled “No Other Name.”
     
    Questions
    Acts 4:1-22
    1. What can we expect to experience as believers who are building up the body of Christ? (v.2-3)
    2. Where else in the life of Jesus do we see occurrences of this experience, and how did Jesus handle them?
    3. Despite the attempts of the leaders to stop the apostles expanding the body, how successful was the apostles’ ministry? (v.4)
    4. What were the leaders implying when they asked "by what power?" (v.7)
    5. What characteristic did Peter demonstrate that reminded the leaders of Jesus? (v.13) What other characteristics should we have so people will see Jesus in us?
    6. Even after imprisonment and threats, Peter and John refused to stop preaching the Gospel (v.19-20). In what area(s) of your life do you have to boldly persevere in to continue building the body?
     7. How can we help one another to persevere in building the body?
     
    "Few people seem to realize that the resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone to a worldview that provides the perspective to all of life." - Josh McDowell
  • Oct 23, 2016On this Rock-Pastor Max
    Oct 23, 2016
    On this Rock-Pastor Max
    This week Pastor Max begins his series Building the Body with a sermon from Matthew 16:13-20 entitled “On this Rock.”
     
    Questions
    Matthew 16:13-20
    1. How are we blessed like Peter? (v.17)
    2. What other scriptures can you think of that reveal this kind of calling on each believer's life?
    3. What is the significance of Jesus giving Simon a new name ("Rock")? (v.18)
    4. What does the symbolism of "keys of the kingdom of heaven" represent? (v.19)
    5. Why did Jesus strictly tell the disciples not to openly proclaim him as Messiah? (v.20)
    “The reality is that the Lord never calls the qualified; He qualifies the called.” - Henry T. Blackaby