May 12, 2019
My Sheep Listen to My Voice; I Know Them, and They Follow Me - John 10:22-30
Every day you and I are overwhelmed with different voices, telling you who you are, what you should buy, who you ought to be. How do we discern what voice to listen to? Whose voice are you listening to?
“My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” Do you listen for the voice of Jesus? If his voice leads us to Gethsemane or deep surrender, will you obey?
Jesus’ actions in this passage enraged his opponents. Like Jesus, what does a voice of truth look like in today’s pluralistic culture? How might our actions and words communicate that Jesus is Lord in 2019?
May 5, 2019
Miraculous Catch of Fish - John 21:1-19
Imagine yourself as one of the disciples on the boat. What goals or ambitions have you been grinding away at and not progressing anywhere? Listen for his still voice, hear and obey it.
Imagine Jesus at a charcoal fire, asking you “_______, do you love me more than these?”
When was the last time you allowed yourself to be wholly surprised by God?
What failures of your life might God be calling you to revisit so that he can transform them to showcase his healing and redemption?
April 28, 2019
Blessed Are Those Who Have Not Seen and Yet Have Believed - John 20:19-31
If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.
– T. Keller
How does the Resurrection shape your thinking and living? How does it shape the way you see people, work and progress?
How are you modelling and displaying the power and hope of the Resurrection in your life within your sphere of influence?
The Scriptures teach “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.” How does being a child of God tangibly impact our fears in daily life?
April 21, 2019
He Is Risen! - Mark 16:1-8
Imagine the emotions and self-dialogue that prevented the women from telling others? What barriers prevent you from sharing the news?
What fear(s) is God calling you to overcome because something else is more important than fear?
Just like Jesus called Lazarus out of the tomb, what grave might Jesus be calling you out of today?
How has the gospel transformed your life? What are the “resurrection stories” in your life? What are the “resurrection stories” of people around you?
April 14, 2019
Who Did you Expect? - Matthew 21:1-15
In what ways does following the way of Jesus confront and pull against our daily posture, practices and habits in our lives?
What expectations regarding the kind of King Jesus is might actually hinder us (and others) from greater intimacy and faithful emulating of Jesus Christ?
What if you are always taught that Jesus will bring you great monetary wealth and physical health and suddenly you get cancer and lose your job? What then?
If we had been among the crowd in Jerusalem that day, and had heard that these two processions (Pontius Pilate and Jesus) were passing by, which would we have chosen to follow?
April 7, 2019
A Different Script - Romans 8:5-14
Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, those controlled by the Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. What drives your imagination?
What motivates you in your daily pattern? What does this look like at (home, work, relationships, family, church etc.)?
What do you consider to be your source of wisdom, values and authority? Do they line up with the patterns of this world or the patterns of Jesus’ life?
March 24, 2019
Jesus Learned Obedience - Hebrews 5:4-10
Is it always appropriate to pray (for ourselves and for others) for deliverance from suffering? If not, how can we properly evaluate our emotions or know what to pray for?
Because Jesus experienced the full extent of our pain and sorrow, how can this affect the way we experience suffering in our own lives?
In what ways has your suffering, the very things which threatened to break you, become a source of healing and wholeness for others?
March 17, 2019
Building on a Solid Foundation - Luke 6:39-49
Consider the ways in which we are being led by culture / society / advertisements? How does this shape our character and where does this guidance lead us?
Are you more accustomed to identifying specks in other people’s eyes that you are unable to see the log in your own?
Are we more focused on accomplishment and ambition than the strength of our inner character and integrity?
When the adversities of life seem unrelenting, where does our hope come from?
Are we building our house (life) with no foundation?
March 10, 2019
Godliness has Value for All Things - 1 Timothy 4:6-10
As you train yourself to be godly, what might need to be stripped away (this Lent season) in order to pursue the goal without hindrance?
Jesus lived a sinless life of servanthood while never appearing to be in a rush. How can we live with the same posture and care for others with the demands of modern life?
What area of ‘train yourself to be godly’ requires the most attention in your life this season? Consider a plan (devotional, Bible reading plan, spiritual discipline) that you can incorporate today.
March 3, 2019
How Can I Forgive? - Matthew 18:21-35
Guest Speaker: Pastor Jeff Jantzi - The Gathering Ottawa
In what ways have you personally experienced God’s forgiveness and mercy in your life?
Who is God calling you to forgive? Why?
What has made forgiving that person so difficult for you?
What is the next step that you sense God inviting you to take as you learn to walk in forgiveness?
February 24, 2019
The Liturgy of the Ordinary - Mark 1:9-11 and Mark 14:22-25
Guest Speaker: Father Stephen Silverthorne - Parish Priest of the Good Shepherd Anglican Church
God took on a human body and didn’t shed this body even when He ascended back into heaven. What does this tell us about the importance God gives our bodies?
What habits can you take on to make you more aware of Christ’s presence in the everyday task of caring for bodies—yours and those you have responsibility for?
This message talked about some of the ways in which communion teaches us to receive grace from God. How can you better prepare yourself to receive communion each week? What habits can you take on which will open your heart to being transformed when you gather for worship?
February 17, 2019
Finding God in Seasons of Darkness - 1 Kings 19:1-18
What are some negative outcomes in measuring the Christian life based on your current feelings and emotions?
God provided for Elijah’s direct needs at the right time. What is a miracle and how can we train ourselves in recognizing God’s miraculous work in our day to day lives?
Elijah suffered from despair, fear, failure and exhaustion. What principles can we learn from this passage in order to demonstrate compassion on brothers/sisters who may be experiencing the same?
In Elijah’s experience, spiritual and emotional well-being did not instantaneously appear. Why does God not always bring immediate emotional healing?
How can God use you as a ‘messenger’ in the lives of the people around you?
February 10, 2019
A Living Sacrifice - Romans 12:1-2
The challenge of a living sacrifice is the ability to crawl off the altar. In what ways are you tempted to exempt yourself from the teachings and life that Jesus modelled?
If you are what you love, then consider what you are consuming daily. What are you dedicated and passionate about? What podcasts or authors are you subscribed to? Are you able to process this information through the lens of the gospel?
When we look at the life of Jesus, what habits demonstrated his priorities and how he offered his life and mind for God’s glory? In what ways can we emulate these practices today?
January 27, 2019
The Pains of Childbirth Until Christ is Formed in You - Galatians 4:8-20
Many forces whisper to us and lie that we would rather be enslaved to them again. What temptations (money, sex, power, comfort, racial identity, social desirability etc.) attempt to seduce you away from true freedom in Christ?
What attributes of healthy relationships are modelled in this passage? what can we draw from Galatians 4:12-14, 19-20 and apply to our life in the church and outside?
Take inventory of the various aspects of your life and how they overlap. The Holy Spirit can reveal and expose our areas in need of growth - is there anything in these areas that enslaves you?
January 20, 2019
The Truth will Set you Free - John 8:31-47
In your daily work and life at home, what does it look like to dwell in/hold to Jesus’ teaching and example? What would an apprenticeship with Jesus entail in your workplace?
If you feel as though you are being held captive by habitual sin, what truth(s) can you cling to? What resources (Scripture, people, Holy Spirit etc.) might help you overcome enslavement? What does being “free indeed” mean?
What are some ways you might be tempted to evade / selectively ignore the teachings of Jesus?
January 13, 2019
The Need for Self-Discipline - 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
What might the Christian life (your life) look like with the same level of daily commitment and determination of an elite athlete?
Are there people in your life that you are pouring into in such a way that you can consider them your joy and crown?
When it comes to the Christian life, what strict training might the Holy Spirit highlight in this season of your life?
Discipline is the key to implementing practices in our lives (Bible reading, prayer, fellowship, giving, serving, sharing good news). Take some time to create specific plans/goals in your spiritual formation.
January 6, 2019
Make Every Effort - 2 Peter 1:3-11
What is your idea of the “good life”? What drives and motivates your daily actions?
Peter tells us that God has provided us all we need to thrive and participate in his divine nature, what ‘additions’ to your faith require your ongoing vigilance?
What practices can you incorporate into your life in order to be more open to how God desires to change your character and desires?