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The Parade Begins...

April 13, 2014 by Barry Parker

1. Identity theft is an issue for us. We are warned to protect our bank cards, credit cards and personal information from identity theft. That begs the question, what is your identity?2. Read Matthew 21:1-11. What does this passage tell us about the identity of Jesus? Now read Matthew 20:29-33 and Matthew 21:12-17. From these passages, what would you say about the identity of Jesus?3. Take a bulletin from St. Paul’s and look for the Creed. It will be either a form of the Apostle’s Creed or the Nicene Creed. If you don’t have a…

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From Saying To Praying

March 9, 2014 by Barry Parker

1. If God knows our needs, why should we pray about them?2. There are various examples of what to pray for and reasons to pray. A few might be crisis, protection, guidance, hope, purpose, spiritual hunger, etc. What are some of the things you pray for and why?3. What are some good reasons we may not always get what we pray for?4. Can you think of a time or know of an incident where prayer really did change circumstances?5. What major ingredients does prayer need to include, according to Jesus’ example in the Bible in Matthew 6:9-13? Read…

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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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