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Faith In More Than Gold Medals

February 23, 2014 by Barry Parker

Read Hebrews 11:23-29. For the ‘Big Picture,’ read the full story of Moses as it unfolds in Exodus 1:8 – 14:31.1. Take a moment and list the acts of faith from Moses’ life (identified by the phrase “by faith”) and why, in your view, each of those acts required faith. Consider Hebrews chapter 11, verses 23, 24, 27 and 28. Why did these circumstances require faith? How did God use Moses’ circumstances to build his faith? What is God doing in your life to build your faith?2. How did Moses’ parents&rs…

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Abraham: The Faith Of A Resident Alien

February 9, 2014 by Barry Parker

Please read Hebrews 11:1-19, and re-read verses 8-19. (If you feel ambitious and want the ‘Big Picture,’ read the full story of Abraham in the narrative as it unfolds in Genesis 11:27 – 25:18).1. Review the definition of faith (Hebrews 11:1-3) and the need for understanding, conviction, and commitment. Now reflect on the life of Abraham as a person of faith, and reflect on your life of faith.2. Hebrews 11:9 states “by faith [Abraham] went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac an…

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Noah: More Than A Boat

February 2, 2014 by Barry Parker

1. Read Hebrews 11:1-7, and re-read verse 7. Now read Genesis 6:5-14 (to put the story of Noah in context, the whole narrative unfolds in Genesis 6:5 – 9:29).2. What is faith as defined in this chapter? (verse 1) If we are certain that something will happen, but it doesn’t, is it still called faith? What do we understand “by faith” concerning creation (verse 3)?3. Describe the conditions of the world at the time of the flood (Genesis 6: 5, 11, 12). Why did Noah find favour with God (Genesis 5:22; 6:9)? How would you expl…

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By Faith... Life Defined

January 12, 2014 by Barry Parker

Read Hebrews 11:1-40. Now re-read Hebrews 11:1-3.1. In your own words, unpackHebrews 11:1-3, translating the words into your life experience. Ask yourself, what does it mean to have confidence, hope, assurance, a good reputation and understanding in the context of these three verses?2. According to the writer of Hebrews, why is faith important? What does it “do”?3. Along with Hebrews 11:1-3, read Romans 8:24-25 and 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. Discuss some of the “by-products” of a living faith.4. Faith is intimately connected…

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Rock/Sand: Your Life/Your Choice

December 22, 2013 by Barry Parker

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Last. Living. Hope

November 24, 2013 by Barry Parker

1. Read Revelation 21:1-6. What stands out? What strikes you as important in these verses?2. The Book of Revelation is the last book of the Bible. In our sermon series this Fall, The Big Picture, we have gazed on this epic vista, starting at the beginning in Genesis to see the gift of Creation. We then saw what went wrong at the Fall, the relationship of Covenant, the loving Judge, God In the Flesh (life re-defined), the Vision, Reconciliation, New Community, Future Hope (the Already & Not Yet), the Present Hope and now we reach the Final H…

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The Community Of Present Hope

November 17, 2013 by Barry Parker

1. The Book of Acts is the unfolding of the ministry of Jesus through God’s people empowered by God’s Holy Spirit. Take a few minutes to read Acts 2:1-41. What stands out?2. What relevance does the gift of the Holy Spirit (verses 1-13) and the first sermon (verses 14-41) have to your life? Where and what is the connection?3. Now read Acts 2:43-47. These verses are a response to the gift of the Holy Spirit and the sermon. What do you think it looked like for these new Christians to be devoted to the apostles teaching (learning), to f…

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Remembrance Sunday: Living Between The Already And Not Yet

November 10, 2013 by Barry Parker

We continue our journey through the big story of Scripture, focusing on the future hope we have in Christ. This is particularly important on this Remembrance Sunday.Read Romans 8:18-25.1. This passage speaks of present and future realities. How does Paul characterize the nature of creation and human life in the present? What does he suggest about the future?2. There are a number of big themes in this passage: curse and hope (verse 20); freedom versus death and decay (verse 21); conception and birth (verse 22). How does Paul work with these them…

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Our Vision of God's Big Picture

October 20, 2013 by Barry Parker

Today we continue our journey through the big picture of Scripture, reflecting on God's plan to redeem his people and to make them a blessing to the entire world.Read Jeremiah 29:11-14.1. What are your initial thoughts? What feelings does it stirup for you?2. This passage is part of a letter written to God's people who have become exiles in Babylon. Let's back up to verse 4 and read the whole letter.3. The judgement of exile would seem to frustrate God's original plan to bless the nations through his people (Genesis 12:1-3). Wha…

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