Maple Ridge Baptist Church



Weekly Sermons from Maple Ridge Baptist Church


  • Labour Pains


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  • Created to Create.



  • Is Jesus Enough? Jesus IS Enough!


    COMMUNITY Discipleship Conversations | Sunday August 8th, 2021

  • What Your Money Is For


    Discipleship for Community Conversations for August 1st

  • Contentment in a World of Inextinguishable Discontent

    25/07/2021 Duración: 37min


  • God Cares About Your Anxiety

    18/07/2021 Duración: 33min

    Discipleship Questions for Community - July 18th

  • An Alternate Society

    11/07/2021 Duración: 35min


  • Imitate

    04/07/2021 Duración: 34min

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  • Grace and Grit

    27/06/2021 Duración: 30min

    SCRIPTURE:Philippians 3:12 - 16 CONVERSATIONS What is something that you became excellent at -- whether big or small? How did you become so good at it? Why did you choose to become good at that particular thing? In your mind, how would you define what it looks like to be spiritually healthy and vibrant? Read Philippians 3:12.Spiritual maturity is the result of the accumulation of a lot of little (sometimes seemingly mundane) practices over time. What kinds of practices would those be? What does Paul mean when he says, I press on to make it my own because Christ Jesus has made me his own? How does that apply to us? Read Philippians 3:13 - 14.What are some things that Christians need to jettison from their life in order to continue to grow spiritually?Dallas Willard said: Grace is not opposed to effort, but to earning. What does that mean? Is it wrong to work at knowing Jesus more deeply? If we are to work at knowing Jesus more deeply, what does that look like? Read Philippians 3:15 - 16Why does Paul say that

  • The Surpassing Worth of Knowing Jesus

    20/06/2021 Duración: 30min

    SCRIPTURE:Philippians 3:8 - 11 CONVERSATIONS Read Psalm 63:1. What does it mean to know God (as opposed to knowing a lot about God or being right with God or doing things for God)? Read Philippians 3:8. Has it ever cost you something to identify as a follower of Jesus? If so, what did it cost you? If it hasnt cost you much -- and for many of us it hasnt cost us much -- should we be concerned about the fact that it hasnt really cost us much? Why or why not? Read Philippians 3:10. What does it mean to know the power of Jesus resurrection? Read Romans 8:11. What implication does Jesus resurrection have for this life that we are living right now?How does Jesus resurrection and the new creation that it points to, give us strength and confidence in the present? Have you ever experienced significant suffering or stress alongside someone else? Did it draw you together or push you apart? How does sharing in the sufferings of Jesus help us know Jesus more? How does dying to yourself lead to a closer relationshi

  • How Grace (Actually) Works

    13/06/2021 Duración: 39min

    SCRIPTURE: Philippians 3:1 - 7 CONVERSATIONS Read Matthew 23:1 - 5 . Pastor Dan explained that Jesus + _______ creates a burden that we find hard to bear. What is it that you are tempted to add to faith in Jesus in order to feel that you are doing enough to earn Jesus approval? Tim Keller says: It is not the strength of your faith, but the object of your faith that actually saves you. What does he mean by that? If that is the case, how much faith should we have? Read Philippians 3:7. Are there things or have their been things that you have done in the past -- thinking that you were earning Gods love and grace -- that now you would consider to be wasted? Brennan Manning writes: My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn or deserve it. Why is a proper understanding of grace so important? What kinds of problems happen if we misunderstand what grace is all about? COMMUNITY DISCIPLESHIP DISCUSSION for JUNE 13th

  • Amazing, Incredible, Everyday Christians

    06/06/2021 Duración: 35min

    SCRIPTURE: Philippians 2:19-30 CONVERSATIONS Who are your favorite authors, leaders, or theologians (past or present) that have encouraged your faith in Jesus? What do you look for in a Christian leader? What character traits, experience, or other factors matter for someone in leadership to have? Do you feel like your life has clarity of purpose? What is it? If ongoing learning is a part of the life of a follower of Jesus, how do you continue to grow in your understanding of who Jesus is and what that means for our lives? What do you wish you did or want to try for this kind of growth? Who is someone you know that is an amazing, incredible, everyday Christian - even if it is behind the scenes? COMMUNITY DISCIPLESHIP CONVERSATIONS for JUNE 6th

  • Spiritual Growth and Wandering in the Wilderness

    30/05/2021 Duración: 29min

    CONVERSATIONS Our salvation is much broader than just giving our life to follow Jesus. It involves justification, sanctification and glorification -- a beginning, middle and end. How would you define each of those ideas in simple, everyday language? Read Philippians 2:12 - 13. Explain in your own words how verse 12 fits together with verse 13. Given your personality, is your tendency more towards the working part (v. 12) or the trusting God to work part (v. 13)? What is the danger of taking either of those aspects too far? Tell of a time when your spiritual growth felt stalled. Why do you think that happened? What did or what might help you begin to grow spiritually again? Read Philippians 2:14 - 15. Why is complaining so attractive to us? What are we really saying about God when we complain about what He has (or hasnt) done in our life? How does complaining damage relationships with others in the church? Read Philippians 1:6. God is at work in our lives. What is one action or idea that you should pursue in

  • Imitation, Humility and Exaltation

    23/05/2021 Duración: 30min

    CONVERSATIONS Read Philippians 2:5 - 6. Has there ever been someone in your life that lorded their position authority over you? How did that affect you? Read Philippians 2:7 What does it mean that Jesus emptied himself? If we are to imitate Jesus, how does the emptying of ourselves become the ultimate guardrail in life for not taking advantage of our positions, power or privileges? Read Mark 10:45 Jesus came not to serve but to be served. Where in your life (home, work, school, neighborhood, friends, etc.) do you find it easiest to be a servant to others? Why? Where in your life (home, work, school, neighborhood, friends, etc.) do you find it most difficult to be a servant to others? Why? How is the Christian view of humility different from the worlds view? In the book The Ideal Team Player author Patrick Lencioni lists three key attributes of a leader: Humble / Hungry (i.e. motivated) / Smart. Which do you think the world says is the most important and why? Lenconi determines that humility is the

  • Farmers, Younger Brothers and the Unity of the Church

    16/05/2021 Duración: 28min

    COMMUNITY DISCIPLESHIP QUESTIONS Have you ever had a time that you really struggled to be part of Ridge Church (or another church)? What made you stand firm? In verse 1, the Apostle Paul speaks of the work of Jesus, God the Father and the Holy Spirit in someones life as being foundational for unity within the church. Is the work of God in someones life enough of a foundation for unity within the church or does unity depend on more? Why or why not? In verse 1 the Apostle Paul also speaks of the importance of affection and sympathy when it comes to unity in the church. Who is the most unlikely person that you have developed a genuine relationship with (affection) because of what Jesus has done in your life? How can we develop sympathy for the position of someone that we disagree with if we arent able to know their story? How would you describe or define "emotional intelligence"?How do you think emotional intelligence is created or developed? In verse 3 Paul speaks of having the humility to count others a

  • Being a Church Under Pressure

    09/05/2021 Duración: 38min

    CONVERSATIONS What is the difference between persecution and pressure? Where have you felt pressure to conform or compromise to the culture (ie. at work, family, etc.)? Paul says that we are to live in a manner worthy of the Gospel. (v. 27) In a post-Christian culture, why is this more important than ever? Have you witnessed a Christian who was not living in a manner worthy of the Gospel and how did that affect you or others? Paul calls on us to stand firm in one spirit. (v. 27)What does this mean? Where or how did you learn the foundational beliefs of the Christian faith? Which of those foundational beliefs would you find hard to articulate and explain to others? In light of this command to stand firm in one spirit, how should we think about the theological differences that we have between us? Standing firm in one spirit calls us to lean into the next generation. Who in your life supported you in following Jesus as a young adult or new believer and what did that look like? What do you think are the b

  • To Live is Christ

    02/05/2021 Duración: 37min

    CONVERSATIONS Do you think being a disciple is the same thing as being a Christian? Whats the difference? Should every Christian be a disciple? When you look at the near future (the next 6 months to a year) what kinds of feelings, questions, or fears do you have... ...for you personally? for us as the church? Read Phil 1:21-23. Paul writes that [his] desire is to depart.Can you relate to Pauls sense of tiredness?What do you tend to do when you feel tired in your discipleship? What has helped you feel refreshment? Do you think it is getting harder to be a Christian in our culture? Where have you felt that pressure in your own life?Do you find following Jesus to be simple? Why or why not? How has following Jesus given you purpose in your life? John Stott writes that The mark of a justified believer is JOY. Would you agree or disagree with this statement?Is your faith marked by joy? How do you experience joy, and how do you think God could use that for your progress in the faith? Discipleship for

  • Disappointment, Suffering, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ

    25/04/2021 Duración: 40min

    SCRIPTURE: Read Philippians 1:12 - 18 CONVERSATIONS What has been the biggest disappointment of "plans" changing that you have experienced this past year? Do you have an example of someone you have watched follow Jesus through disappointment or suffering?What did you notice or learn, from watching them?How did their faithfulness impact you? Are disappointments and suffering something that we should embrace as followers of Jesus or try to avoid if at all possible? Why?In what ways is suffering and disappointment valuable and even important in your discipleship to Jesus? Read Hebrews 4:14 - 1 6.When you consider the temptations and sufferings of Christ, how does it change the way you view your own suffering? What does it mean in v. 14, that Jesus is our great high priest?What does it mean to hold fast our confession (v. 14)?Do you find it hard to invite people into your disappointments and suffering? Why or why not?What is the value of inviting someone into your suffering?What are the dangers of inviting someo

  • Amazing Friendships, Great Quests and Real Growth

    18/04/2021 Duración: 36min

    CONVERSATIONS In Philippians 1:5 Paul thanks the Philippian church for their partnership in the gospel. The word word translated partnership is the Greek word for fellowship. What is a fellowship in this context? (A fellowship is a group of deeply devoted friends whose friendship has flourished through the pursuit of a common cause or goal.) How is that definition different from the common understanding of fellowship that most Christians have? What are the benefits and costs of being part of a fellowship?The opposite of being part of a fellowship is to approach Christianity from a consumer mindset. What does it mean to have a consumer mindset when it comes to following Jesus? What are the benefits and costs of this approach to following Jesus. Read Philippians 1:7 and 29 - 30. How can suffering be perceived as experiencing grace?How does suffering together produce strong, deep friendships? Do you have a personal example from your life? Read Philippians 1:6. Why is this important for a church that is

  • Imitate

    11/04/2021 Duración: 39min

    CONVERSATIONS Phillipians is a letter to the church in Philippi calling them to grow and mature in their faith. What was the season in your life where you really grew in your faith? When in your life were there seasons of spiritual withering? What caused that? Review the story of the founding of the church in Philippi (see Acts 16: 11-35) We see here how people came to faith in different ways (intellectual engagement, the power of God and watching someone live out their faith). When you think of how you came to faith, which way was most like yours? Like Philippi, our church is surrounded by many shifts in culture. What are some of those changes in our post Christian culture that are most noticeable to you? How do they influence us / affect our faith? Read Philippians 2:17 4:9 What does it look like to imitate someone who is following Jesus? Can you give examples of times when you have imitated someone who is following Jesus? What did that look like? COMMUNITY DISCIPLESHIP for APRIL

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