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End Of All Suffering

December 2, 2012 by Barry Parker

1. In this sermon series we have defined suffering as “the gap between God’s good and perfect creation and what is our reality – our personal experience of a fractured and often dysfunctional world.” Do you agree? What is your personal definition of suffering and why?2. The series is titled “A Path Through Suffering”. On this journey we have observed various biblical signposts to guide us and point the way forward. We have seen directional signage such as The Source, The Gap, The Reality, God’s Goodness…

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War and Peace: The Prayer of One Afflicted

November 11, 2012 by Barry Parker

1. What is your most vivid memory? How do you feel when you recall it? Happy? Sad? Fearful? Excited?2. Today is Remembrance Sunday. The theme is obviously that we remember. The question –remember what exactly? Why is it important that we remember?Read Psalm 102:1-113. How would you summarize verses 1-11? What “contemporary” health condition captures this experience?4. The theme of time is woven through these verses. Discuss the nature and character of time in verses 1-11.Read Psalm 102:12-175. In verse 12, “Your fame wil…

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Suffering: Not The Why Or The How, But The Who

October 21, 2012 by Barry Parker

Recall last week’s sermon, the first in the series on suffering, where we considered a) the source of suffering and b) embracing the mystery of God’s goodness and God’s sovereignty.1. What is suffering? Are there degrees or categories of suffering?2. Thomas Merton once said, “The truth that many people don’t understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer, because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.&r…

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The Hope of Glory. The Glory of Hope.

September 30, 2012 by Barry Parker

1. What is the Gospel, the good news of Jesus? (Hint: the last two sermons tell us the why and how).2. There are three ‘building blocks’ for the Gospel, and we have considered the first two in the last two sermons. The technical terms are Justification, Sanctification, and Glorification. In your own words, whatdo the first two mean for you?3. Read Romans 8:17-27. In Romans 8:17, Paul is talking of Roman adoption practices where the child receives all of the possible inheritance. Using that analogy, what does it mean for a follower o…

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Friendship - The Deepest Well To Draw From

August 19, 2012 by Barry Parker

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The Word for Our Words

August 12, 2012 by Barry Parker

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Pride and Prejudice

July 8, 2012 by Barry Parker

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Living Wisely

June 17, 2012 by Barry Parker

1. Think of a person you know who you consider to be wise. What are the characteristics you value about their wisdom? What is wisdom?

2. Read Proverbs 3:6 . We live in a world of technique, process and recipes for a better life. What does it mean for wisdom to be gained through life as a path? If true, how do we get wisdom? (Picture walking and hiking on a path).

3. In Proverbs 3:3 , love and faithfulness refer to God’s commitment to us, His children. Why is this vital for wisdom? Why do we need to inscribe them on our hearts?

4. In…

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The One Who Never Leaves

May 27, 2012 by Barry Parker

1. Do you ever have trouble seeing the big picture? Is it challenging to ‘connect the dots’ when you consider what God is up to in the great span of cosmic history and human experience? When we go on a journey, we note progressive signposts that help us to arrive at our destination. Read Genesis 1:2 ; Genesis 2:7 ; Ezekiel 37:1-14 ; John 3:1-12 , John 14:15-20 ; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 ; Romans 8:1-11 and Galatians 5:22-23 . Now, connect the signposts. In what direction are they pointing?

2. Read Ezekiel 37:1-14 . The bones are identified a…

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Royal Protocol

April 29, 2012 by Barry Parker

We have been studying Mark since January and we are now coming to a major pivot point in this Gospel. The focus for Mark and his inspired point to us has been that of the identity. Jesus is the returning King who comes to meet our deepest need – not necessarily what we think we want or need. This passage builds that clear identity that will, after chapter 8, all focus on the Cross.

1. The first encounter (Mark 7:24-30 ) between Jesus and a woman in need sees a number of well-established boundaries crossed. Can you list and discuss some of…

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Free At Last - Easter 2012

April 8, 2012 by Barry Parker

1. We know that 2,000 years ago, in the time of Jesus, women had very low to non-existent status. What are we to learn from the women as the first witnesses to this most earth shattering event?

2. List all the possible explanations for the Resurrection – other than the historic fact that it happened. How does Mark’s account in these eight verses undermine and dispel all of the alternatives?

3. In verse seven, a young man dressed in white sitting inside the tomb, aka the angel, tells the women to go and tell the disciples and Peter. Wh…

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Maundy Thursday 2012

April 5, 2012 by Barry Parker

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