Feb 10, 2019
The Bad news about the Good News-Deric Bartlett- Audio Updated
This week Pastor Deric continues the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Bad News about the Good News focussing on Romans 3:9-25.
 
Questions
Romans 3:9-25
ICEBREAKER: If God was about to send a thunder bolt from the sky to strike someone down, who do you think would be struck?
1. In the chapters leading up to Romans 3:9-25, Paul refers to a first century distinction between “we” and “they” [Romans 3:9]. To whom are these terms referring? Why does this matter? What distinctions exist today?
2. Romans 3:10-12 are quotes from Psalm 14:1-3 and Psalm 53:1-3. Observing these two psalms, who is being described? What similarities and differences do you notice between the two Psalms? How do they contribute to Paul’s point in Romans 3:9-18?
3. Romans 3:9-18 present a view of humanity that could be perceived as pessimistic. Do you agree or disagree with Paul’s assessment of the human condition? What evidence would you provide to prove your point?
4. Why do so many struggle with the biblical reality of humanity’s accountability before God [Romans 3:19]?
5. Paul writes, “But now...” [Romans 3:21]. If none are righteous [Romans 3:9-18], then how can we become righteous [Romans 3:21b-22]?
6. What is your story of “falling short” of God’s glory [Romans 3:23]? What is your story of receiving God’s grace through Christ Jesus [Romans 3:24]?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

“Without a heart transformed by the grace of Christ, we just continue to manage external and internal darkness.” (Matt Chandler, The Explicit Gospel)
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  • Feb 10, 2019The Bad news about the Good News-Deric Bartlett- Audio Updated
    Feb 10, 2019
    The Bad news about the Good News-Deric Bartlett- Audio Updated
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Bad News about the Good News focussing on Romans 3:9-25.
     
    Questions
    Romans 3:9-25
    ICEBREAKER: If God was about to send a thunder bolt from the sky to strike someone down, who do you think would be struck?
    1. In the chapters leading up to Romans 3:9-25, Paul refers to a first century distinction between “we” and “they” [Romans 3:9]. To whom are these terms referring? Why does this matter? What distinctions exist today?
    2. Romans 3:10-12 are quotes from Psalm 14:1-3 and Psalm 53:1-3. Observing these two psalms, who is being described? What similarities and differences do you notice between the two Psalms? How do they contribute to Paul’s point in Romans 3:9-18?
    3. Romans 3:9-18 present a view of humanity that could be perceived as pessimistic. Do you agree or disagree with Paul’s assessment of the human condition? What evidence would you provide to prove your point?
    4. Why do so many struggle with the biblical reality of humanity’s accountability before God [Romans 3:19]?
    5. Paul writes, “But now...” [Romans 3:21]. If none are righteous [Romans 3:9-18], then how can we become righteous [Romans 3:21b-22]?
    6. What is your story of “falling short” of God’s glory [Romans 3:23]? What is your story of receiving God’s grace through Christ Jesus [Romans 3:24]?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “Without a heart transformed by the grace of Christ, we just continue to manage external and internal darkness.” (Matt Chandler, The Explicit Gospel)
  • Feb 3, 2019Signs of Life-Deric Bartlett
    Feb 3, 2019
    Signs of Life-Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Sign of Life focussing on 1 John 5:1-5.
     
    Questions
    1 John 5:1-5
    ICEBREAKER: Does your first or middle name have any significance (or were you name after another family member or influential person)?
    1. What are people in the world trusting other than Jesus? How would you compare these alternatives to Him [1 John 5:1]?
    2. It is the nature of faith to always have an object. In other words, faith is always “in” someone or something. Why do Christians insist that faith in Jesus is the only way of salvation [1 John 5:1]?
    3. How do we know Jesus alone qualifies as “the Christ” [1 John 5:1]?
    4. What is the significance of Jesus being “the Christ”? What are the promises and hopes wrapped up in “the Christ” that encourage your walk with Him [1 John 5:1]?
    5. Why are love for God and obedience to His commands inseparably linked [1 John 5:2-3]?
    6. In what sense do believers in Jesus overcome/conquer the world [1 John 5:4-5]? Are you able to share how you have experienced this in your life recently?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “A transformed life is the greatest of all miracles. Every time a person is “born again” by repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ, the miracle of regeneration is performed.” (Billy Graham)
  • Jan 27, 2019The Security of the Believer-Deric Bartlett
    Jan 27, 2019
    The Security of the Believer-Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Security of the Believer focussing on John 10: 22-39.
     
    Questions
    John 10:22-39

    ICEBREAKER: If you had the power to change one problem in the world today, what would that problem be?

    1. According to John’s Gospel, what “works/deeds” [John 10:25] had Jesus done already to demonstrate He was the Christ? Trace them through the first 9 chapters of John.

    2. Why do you think Jesus uses “sheep” as a comparison for believers [John 10:27]

    3. Observing the whole context of John 10, what comfort and encouragement do you derive from the “Good Shepherd” and “sheep” imagery of Jesus

    4. How can you tell if you are a “sheep” of Jesus [John 10:27]? What are the benefits of being one of Jesus’ “sheep” [John 10:28-29]?

    5. What do you learn about Who Jesus is from His words and those of His opponents in John 10:30-33? Why did they prepare to stone Him?

    6. What has Jesus done to convince you He is the Son of God [John 10:36-38]?

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

    When a man or woman is born again by the Spirit of God, they will give evidence of it in part by striving to live a holy life. (Alistair Begg)

     
     
     
  • Jan 20, 2019The Blessing of the New Birth – Deric Bartlett
    Jan 20, 2019
    The Blessing of the New Birth – Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric continues the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Blessing of the New Birth focussing on Ephesians 1:3-14.
     
    Questions
    Ephesians 1:3-14
    ICEBREAKER: Tell me about a family member you are really proud of.

    1. What comes to mind when you hear the term “mediator”? Under what circumstances would you expect to need one?
    2. Why do you think Jesus is the only One qualified to act as our Mediator? [1 Timothy 2:5]?
    3. In the original language, Ephesians 1:3-14 is a single sentence.What short phrase is repeated, in one form or another, that reveals
    the source of all the listed spiritual blessings?
    4. What spiritual blessings are listed in this sentence [Ephesians 1:3-14]? Share how each impacts your thinking and living today.
    5. According to this text, how has the Father, the Son, and the HolySpirit contributed to our salvation? How does this enrich your understanding of the new birth?
    6. Who initiates and accomplishes the spiritual restoration of lost and broken people? Why does this matter?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?

     “When we are born again, a new life – the life of God – is put into us by the Holy Spirit.” - F.B. Meyer
  • Jan 13, 2019The Necessity of the New Birth-Deric Bartlett
    Jan 13, 2019
    The Necessity of the New Birth-Deric Bartlett
    This week Pastor Deric begins the new series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Necessity of the New Birth focussing on John 3:1-18Questions

    John 3:1-18

     
    ICEBREAKER: If you could have dinner with any person alive in the world today, who would that be?
    1. What are some popular misconceptions and misuses of the phrase “born again” found throughout our modern culture?
    2. Why do you think Nicodemus was so baffled by Jesus’ ministry [v. 2]?
    3. Discuss some options for the writer’s comment that Nicodemus came to Jesus “by night”? Which option best fits with John’s overall message [v. 2]? Why?
    4. What was the disconnect between Jesus’ statements and Nicodemus’ understanding [vs. 4, 9]? Is this still an issue for people today?
    5. How do Ezekiel 36:25-27 and Titus 3:5 shed some light on Jesus’ comments about being “born from above”?
    6. What difference does it make to you that Jesus claimed to have ascended into, and descended from, heaven [v. 13]?
    7. What is your “born from above” story? Share it with others in your group.
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     
    " As is true of man who is born naturally and receives a human nature from his parents, so man born anew receives a new nature, a new capacity for service and devotion to God.” – John F. Walvoord
     
    "The Jews looked upon a serpent to be freed from serpents; and we look upon the death of Christ to be delivered from death.” – Augustine
     
    "When we are born again, a new life – the life of God – is put into us by the Holy Spirit.” - F.B. Meyer
  • Jan 6, 2019Getting a Greater Grip On the Gospel of Grace – Deric Bartlett
    Jan 6, 2019
    Getting a Greater Grip On the Gospel of Grace – Deric Bartlett

    This week Pastor Deric preached a sermon entitled Getting a Greater Grip On the Gospel of Grace focussing on 2 Peter 3:18.

    Questions
    2 Peter 3:18
     
    ICEBREAKER: What are you looking forward to most in 2019?
    1. How do you define grace?
    2. How would you distinguish the difference between growing in grace and growing in knowledge? (v.18)
    3. Read 2 Corinthians 3:18. How might this tie in with Proverbs 4:18? How is it contrasted with the way of the wicked in verse 19?
    4. Find three other verses from the New Testament that talk about growing in our salvation. What ideas or themes are common to them?
    5. What is one aspect of God’s grace that you need to pray for today to help you in your walk?
    6. What is one thing (point from the sermon) you can start practicing this week to grow more in the grace of God?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "Grace is not simply leniency when we have sinned. Grace is the enabling gift of God not to sin. Grace is power, not just pardon." - John Piper

  • Dec 30, 2018The More Excellent Way-Deric Bartlett
    Dec 30, 2018
    The More Excellent Way-Deric Bartlett

    This week Pastor Deric preached a sermon entitled The more excellent way focussing on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

    Questions
    1 Corinthians 13:4-8
     
    ICEBREAKER: What day of your life would you most like to relive? Why?
    1. In 1 Cor. 12:31 Paul segues stating that he will show that the exercise of love is better than exercising spiritual gifts. Why is this so?
    2. What do you think Paul meant when he said, “love never ends”? (v.8)
    3. How do you think genuine love is produced in the life of a believer? (see 1 John 4:19) Where else is this stated in chapter 4?
    4. In 1 Cor. 13:1-3 Paul makes some very challenging statements about the value of actions without love. How does this challenge your perception of good works?
    5. Read Romans 13:8-10 and 1 Peter 4:8. In what ways are these verses complimentary?
    6. What are some practical things you can do this week to authentically love people more?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "In the New Testament, love is more of a verb than a noun. It has more to do with acting than with feeling. The call to love is not so much a call to a certain state of feeling as it is to a quality of action.” - RC Sproul

  • Dec 23, 2018The Christmas Gospel_Deric Bartlett
    Dec 23, 2018
    The Christmas Gospel_Deric Bartlett

    This week Pastor Deric concludes the series The Miracles of Christmas with a sermon entitled The Christmas Gospel focussing on Colossians 1:13-22.

    Questions
    Colossians 1:13-22 
    ICEBREAKER: If you had to go to prison for a year, what do you imagine would be the hardest part of that experience?
    1. Where else in the book of Colossians does Paul talk about the fullness of God dwelling bodily in Christ?
    2. In what ways do you think things in heaven were reconciled to God through the cross? (v.20)
    3. What is God’s purpose for us in reconciling us to himself as stated in Colossians 1:22?
    4. Find three other verses from Ephesians that talk about God’s purpose for us in salvation.
    5. Do you think there is any difference between being saved and being reconciled to God?
    6. Read Hebrews 4:14-16. In what ways should the reality of God’s incarnation as a human being influence the way you live your life today?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "The Son of God became man to enable men to become the sons of God.” - C. S. Lewis

  • Dec 9, 2018The Miracle of the Christmas Star_Deric Bartlett
    Dec 9, 2018
    The Miracle of the Christmas Star_Deric Bartlett

    This week Pastor Deric continues the series The Miracles of Christmas with a sermon entitled The Miracle of the  Christmas Star focussing on Matthew 2:1-12.

    Questions
    Matthew 2:1-12
     
    ICEBREAKER: Over the last few weeks what news event had a significant impact on you?
    1. What do you think is significant about Magi arriving from the East to worship a Jewish king? (vv.1-2)
    2. Why do you think Herod sent the Magi to Bethlehem to search for the child instead of going himself? (v.8)
    3. What do you think Joseph and Mary’s response was when they opened the door? (v.11) What rumors might have circulated around Bethlehem afterward?
    4. Read Genesis 12:1-9 and Hebrews 11:8-9. In what ways does Abraham’s journey parallel the journey of the Magi?
    5. What do you find most challenging about following the Lord when there is uncertainty about the next steps?
    6. What can you learn from the story of the Magi to help you move forward in faith?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "never have any difficulty believing in miracles, since I experienced the miracle of a change in my own heart." - Augustine

  • Dec 2, 2018The Miracle of the Virgin Birth- Deric Bartlett
    Dec 2, 2018
    The Miracle of the Virgin Birth- Deric Bartlett

    This week Pastor Deric begins a new series The Miracles of Christmas with a sermon entitled The Miracle of the  Virgin Birth focussing on Matthew 1:18-25.

    Questions
    Matthew 1:18-25.
     
    ICEBREAKER: What is the most daring thing you have ever done?
    1. What challenges would you have faced personally if you were in Joseph or Mary’s position during these events? How would you have dealt with them?
    2. Why do you think Joseph’s intended actions showed that he was a just man? (Matthew 1:19)
    3. What is your definition of a miracle?
    4. Read Exodus 14:19-22 and Matthew 12:10-13. Do you believe there is any difference between “big” and “little” miracles?
    5. Considering God’s miraculous nature and all of Jesus’ works, why do you think Jesus was so grieved by the Pharisees seeking a sign in Mark 8:11-12?
    6. What are you believing on God for today? What things are a barrier to putting your full trust in him?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "It is not the objective proof of God's existence that we want but the experience of God's presence. That is the miracle we are really after, and that is also, I think, the miracle that we really get." - Frederick Buechner

  • Nov 25, 2018Waiting for a Miracle-Max Oates
    Nov 25, 2018
    Waiting for a Miracle-Max Oates
    This week Pastor Max preaches a sermon entitled Waiting for a Miracle focussing on Isaiah 8:11-17.
     
    Questions
    Isaiah 8:11-17.
     
    ICEBREAKER: Where would you like to be in life one year from today?
    1. For what reason had God become a stone of stumbling and snare to the people of Israel? (v.14) What would the outcome of that be for the nation?
    2. What does the use of the imagery of water signify in verses 6-8?
    3. What specifically do you think Isaiah was hoping in God for? (v.17) What was he waiting on God to do?
    4. How many verses from the book of Psalms can you find that speak about waiting on God? What is the outcome often associated with that? 5. Why do you think it’s sometimes necessary to wait on God? What are some reasons he may not act as quickly as we’d like?
    6. What is the most difficult thing for you about waiting on God?
    7. What are some ways we can be encouraging to others who are in a “season of waiting”?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     
    "Biblically, waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be.” – John Ortberg
  • Nov 18, 2018The Unfinished Script-Deric Bartlett
    Nov 18, 2018
    The Unfinished Script-Deric Bartlett

    This week Pastor Deric concludes our series The Runaway Prophet with a sermon entitled The Unfinished Script focussing on Jonah 4:6-11.

    Questions
    Jonah 4:6-11.
     
    ICEBREAKER: If you could retake one class from high school what subject would you chose? Why?
    1. Seeing that the Lord had already decided to spare the city (v.3:10), why do you think Jonah was still watching to see what would happen?
    2. Why do you think God caused a plant to grow up over Jonah? (v.6) Why did God then take it away the next day? (v.7)
    3. What does Jonah’s speech in this passage indicate about the condition of his heart?
    4. The book of Jonah concludes abruptly with Jonah still not able to grasp the heart of God for the people of Nineveh. Why do you think Jonah was still unmoved after everything he had experienced?
    5. Find 3 other examples from the Old Testament that illustrate the consequences when someone fails to adopt the heart of God.
    6. How does Jonah serve as a warning for us today? What steps do you need to take to avoid having an uncompassionate heart?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "The will of God for your life is simply that you submit yourself to Him each day and say, "Father, your will for today is mine. Your pleasure for today is mine. Your work for today is mine. I trust you to be God. You lead me today and I will follow."" - Kay Arthur

  • Nov 11, 2018A Prophet With A Temperature! – Deric Bartlett
    Nov 11, 2018
    A Prophet With A Temperature! – Deric Bartlett

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The Runaway Prophet with a sermon entitled A Prophet With A Temperature focussing on Jonah 4:1-5.

    Questions
    Jonah 4:1-5.
     
    ICEBREAKER: What is your most favourite Bible you have ever received? What made it so special?
    1. What was the reason for Jonah’s great anger against the Ninevites? (v.1)
    2. What five qualities of God does Jonah highlight in reference to His decision not to destroy Nineveh? (v.2)
    3. Find three other scriptures in the Old Testament that use a similar description of God from verse two.
    4. What did Jonah think God should have done to the Ninevites?
    5. Where is there an example from the gospel of Luke of someone believing God should destroy a city rather than show mercy?
    6. Why do you think God caused a plant to grow up over Jonah? (v.6)
    7. In verse 4 God asked Jonah if he did well to act the way he did. What areas of your life might God be asking you a similar question?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you." - C.S. Lewis

  • Nov 4, 2018Near to the Heart Of God.
    Nov 4, 2018
    Near to the Heart Of God.

    This week Pastor Deric continues our series The Runaway Prophet with a sermon entitled Near to the Heart of God focussing on Jonah 3:3-10.

    Questions
    Jonah 3:3-10.
     
    ICEBREAKER: If you had to choose one word that defined you and your life, what would it be?
    1. What is the significance of putting on sackcloth? (v.5)
    2. Why did God relent of the disaster he was planning to bring on Nineveh? (v.10)
    3. Read 2 Chronicles 7:14. Other than Nineveh, where is there another example of this principle occurring in the Old Testament?
    4. Read Matthew 28:18-20, Ephesians 2:10 and 1 Peter 2:9. How would you summarize these in one sentence to define your identity and purpose is in Christ?
    5. What do you believe God’s specific purposes are for you is in this current season of your life?
    6. What do you need to start doing to focus more on the things God has for you to do? What things might be holding you back?
    7. In what areas of your life do you tend to be judgmental or unforgiving? How does this effect your ministry to other people?
    8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "God’s definition of what matters is pretty straightforward. He measures our lives by how we love.” – Francis Chan

  • Oct 28, 2018Consider and Imitate
    Oct 28, 2018
    Consider and Imitate
    Series: (All)

    This week Pastor Darryl Dash preaches a sermon entitled Consider and Imitate focussing on Hebrews 13:7-8.

    Questions
    Hebrews 13:7-8.
     
    ICEBREAKER: What was the best job your ever had? What made it so good?
    1. What do you think the “outcome” was of the leader’s lives? (v.7)
    2. Find three additional verses from the New Testament about imitation. What common thread do you see through them?
    3. Who are some people who taught you God’s Word and impacted your life? What did you learn from them?
    4. What is one wrong attitude of the heart that could hinder us from imitating another’s good example?
    5. Why do you think we tend to doubt that God can use our lives to impact others?
    6. What are some things you can do to influence others to live for Jesus?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "When you realize God's purpose for your life isn't just about you, He will use you in a mighty way." - Tony Evans

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