Maple Ridge Baptist Church



Weekly Sermons from Maple Ridge Baptist Church


  • The Gift of ADOPTION

    20/12/2020 Duration: 37min

    REFLECTION QUESTIONS J.I. Packer writes this: If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being Gods child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his prayers, and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all. Why do you think that Packer says this particular doctrine should be the key to judging how well someone understands Christianity? How does your experience with your parent(s) affect how you see and understand this teaching about who God is? How does it challenge you or set you free? How is your relationship with your heavenly Father? What part of your relationship with Him do you need to invest in? How can you do that over the next few weeks of Christmas? PRAYER

  • Anchored Hope

    18/10/2020 Duration: 42min

    COMMUNITY Study Questions Who comes to your mind when you think about what it means to have a life that is well-lived? What do you think goes into living well? Genesis 15, upon first reading, is a strange passage. What do you do when you come upon stories like this in your own reading of the Bible? How do you try to find their meaning? Read Genesis 15:2-5 - God asks Abram to live in light of his promises even when it means surrendering control.. Do you find it easy to surrender control in your own life? Why or why not? Read Genesis 5:8-20 - Why would God go through the process of the covenant ceremony with Abraham? Why not just make the promise and move on? How do you think God uses specific moments to form us as followers of Christ? God passes through the covenant and promises to take on the curse of the broken covenant along. This is ultimately fulfilled by the cross of Jesus Christ. Why do you think it is so hard to trust that Jesus really has paid it all? What holds you back from knowing that all your si

  • Faith in a World of Possessions

    11/10/2020 Duration: 31min

    COMMUNITY Study Questions Read 1 Peter 2:11 - 12. How does living as foreigners and exiles affect our attitudes, our actions and our interactions with the people in the culture around us? Read Genesis 14:11 - 16. Do you think Abram was wise to rescue his nephew Lot? Why or why not? Is it always good to pursue reconciliation of relationships if there has been hurt? Why or why not? Read Genesis 14:17 - 20. Abram gave 10% of everything as a tithe out of gratitude to God.Why do you think he did this, instead of simply saying thank you and promising to keep following God? Randy Alcorn writes: The principle is timeless: There is a powerful relationship between our true spiritual condition and our attitudes and actions concerning money and possessions. What does he mean by this?What are some reasons why a follower of Jesus might find it difficult to give a percentage of their income regularly to God as part of what it means to follow after him? Why is giving regularly and consistently such a good practice for t

  • Faith on the Road Less Traveled

    04/10/2020 Duration: 34min

    COMMUNITY Study Questions What stood out to you from the sermon? Read Genesis 13:1 - 7. The problem that Abram faced in this story was due to his prosperity, not his poverty. In your experience, do you find yourself walking by faith more in the midst of prosperity or the midst of hardship? Why do you think this is the case for you? How might you correct this in your walk of faith? Read Genesis 13:8 - 13. It doesnt seem that Lot specifically chose this land because it would lead him to Sodom (where there was much evil) and yet he ended up there. Why do you think this happened to Lot? How does this happen for us today? If it happens so subtly that we hardly notice, how can we become aware of it in our life without becoming defensive? Read Genesis 13:14 - 16. When you lift your eyes to look back at Gods grace and kindness in your life, what is one (brief) story or example that you can share with your group about how God has been faithful in your life? It is not always easy to lift our eyes, especially when we

  • Faith and Circumstances

    27/09/2020 Duration: 31min

    COMMUNITY Study Questions 1) What stood out to you most from this sermon? 2) When someone says that they have lost their faith or that their faith has come crashing down, what exactly does that mean? Have you ever lost faith? 3) When have you misinterpreted Gods voice / direction? When have you been surprised or frustrated by Gods timeline in your life? 4) Read Hebrews 12:1 - 3. a) Who is the great cloud of witnesses that the writer is speaking about? Why does he remind us of them? If you know the stories of the faith of Old Testament saints, which one do you resonate most with? Why? b) What does it mean that Jesus is both the founder and perfecter of our faith? c) How does setting our faith on the foundation of Jesus rather than on our circumstances help us to run with endurance the race that is before us? 5) What does it look like to continue to have faith in the midst of difficult and trying circumstances? PRAYER Please pray for:1) One another 2) Those exploring faith in Jesus through Starting

  • What Faith (Really) Is

    20/09/2020 Duration: 29min

    COMMUNITY Study Questions 1) What stood out to you most about this weeks sermon? 2) Who first introduced you to God? How did you respond to that first introduction? 3) Do you think that you found God or that God found you? Or are you still exploring faith? Why does that make a difference who found who? 4) Read Isaiah 7:9b. Isaiah is speaking to the king of Judah who is worried that a foreign army is going to invade his country. Isaiah tells him to trust God but the king wants to hire another army to come and help defend him. Thats when Isaiah says these words (Isaiah 7:9b). What does he mean by this? How does this apply to our lives? 5) If faith is confidence that God is who he says he is and that he will do what he promises to do, how do you know who God is and how do you know what he promises to do? 6) How does worshiping God in less than perfect circumstances not only flow from faith but also lead us to greater faith? PRAYER What is one area that you need your faith to grow? Pray for one another that God

  • Forward

    13/09/2020 Duration: 30min

    SERMON QUESTIONS 1)What stood out most to you from the sermon? 2) How do you feel about going forward this fall? (i.e. excited, nervous, lethargic, etc.) Why do you feel that way? 3) Where is Jesus speaking to you most about going forward this fall? Is it in the area of your personal relationship with him? Is it about being in community? Is it about being for our city? What does that mean for you? PRAYER Pray that as we go forward this year, that God would open up opportunities to be light in our city.

  • Redefining Greatness

    06/09/2020 Duration: 47min

    SERMON QUESTIONS: 1) What stood out to you about the message? 2) Can you think of a time that some else's service has impacted you? What made it so powerful? 3) What small things could you do this week that could show great love? PRAYER Ask God for eyes to see needs and a heart willing to meet them.

  • Prayer and the Reasons We Don't

    30/08/2020 Duration: 35min

    SERMON QUESTIONS 1) What is your biggest struggle when it comes to developing a spiritual rhythm of prayer? 2) When and / or where have you found prayer to be most rich or fulfilling in your life? 3) What is one step that you can take this week to further develop the spiritual rhythm of prayer in your life? PRAYER Take 5 - 10 minutes (set a timer so that you wont be distracted) and open your Bible to Psalm 23. In silent prayer, read through Psalm 23, meditating on each line and allowing that to lead you into a conversation with God.

  • Worship & Celebration

    23/08/2020 Duration: 34min

    SERMON QUESTIONS 1) What stood out to your most about today's sermon? 2) What regular celebrations are in your life and how can you turn them into acts of worship? 3) What times in your life have you seen God work through celebration? PRAYER Take time to express praise and celebrate what God has done/is doing in your life!

  • Freedom & The Bible

    16/08/2020 Duration: 34min

    SERMON QUESTIONS: 1) Where in your life have you experienced boundaries that led to the kind of freedom that brings you real joy and satisfaction? 2) What are some of the challenges of developing a rhythm of abiding in the Word of God? How have you tried to tackle those challenges? 3) What are some of the ways that you have found the Word of God to bring freedom into your life (i.e. freedom from fear, courage to act in a certain way, etc.)? PRAYER: Pray that God would help you to develop a rhythm of abiding in Gods Word.

  • Fasting

    09/08/2020 Duration: 38min

    SERMON QUESTIONS: 1) What stuck out to you from the sermon? 2) Does devotion to God or desperation for God define your life? Explain. 3) What can you "set aside," in order to "set yourself apart" for God? PRAYER: Acknowledge your desperate need for life itself, forgiveness of sin, and provision for ongoing needs. Cry out and depend upon your Heavenly Father.

  • Sabbath

    02/08/2020 Duration: 40min

    SERMON QUESTIONS 1)What stood out to you most about todays sermon? 2) Of the four "movements" of Sabbath, which resonate most with you and why? 3) What's one thing could you include into your Sabbath practice that would help to more deeply rest in God? PRAYER: Ask God to reveal the idols holding you back from real rest. Invite His grace to be sufficient for you. Be still and know that He is God.

  • Simplicity & Stuff

    26/07/2020 Duration: 33min

    SERMON QUESTIONS 1)What stood out to you most about todays sermon? 2) If you dont define success as the American Dream then how should you define success? How does the practice of simplicity help to ensure that you achieve the kind of success in life that you truly want? PRAYER: Ask the Lord in what areas you need to be more generous as you practice simplicity in your life.

  • Silence & Solitude

    19/07/2020 Duration: 40min

    SERMON QUESTIONS 1)What stood out to you most about todays sermon? 2) What is holding you back from a practice of solitude and silence? What emotions arise when you consider this practice? PRAYER: Invite Jesus to show up in your times of silence and solitude and ask for the courage to enter into God's presence.

  • Spiritual Rhythms

    12/07/2020 Duration: 32min

    SERMON QUESTIONS 1)What stood out to you most about todays sermon? 2) How does your way of life compare to Jesus' way of life? Are you "yoked" to him and his ways? PRAYER: Pray for a desire to be with Jesus, be like Jesus, and the direction on how to practice that in your life.

  • Growth Through Community

    05/07/2020 Duration: 38min

    SERMON QUESTIONS 1)What stood out to you most about todays sermon? 2) Have you experienced the power of real community in your life? (If so, why was it helpful in your life?) Or has this been something that you have found difficult to find? (If so, what have been some of the obstacles that have made it difficult?) PRAYER: Pray that God would show you where He wants you to be part of a community.

  • Gathering, Scattering and Grace

    30/06/2020 Duration: 35min

    SERMON QUESTIONS: 1) How do we wrestle through the idea that Gods plan was for the church to scatter? Do you see this as an opportunity or a hindrance? 2) Hebrews 10:25 urges us not to get out of the habit of meeting together. Which way(s) would work best for you to continue (or begin) to be in community with other followers of Jesus this summer? PRAYER: Pray for one person in your life that doesn't know Jesus. Pray for God's leading in where He is calling you to community.

  • Church Is...

    21/06/2020 Duration: 32min

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  • The Second Coming of Jesus

    14/06/2020 Duration: 36min

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