A Loud Silence

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Learning for Life: 9:30 am
Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: March 18, 2018

Newsletter: March 2018

Scriptures: Hebrews 9:11-15; Psalm 93; John 8:43-59;

Songs:

Rev. John Nelson

Let’s agree to disagree!

The Gospel of John was written by John (the disciple whom Jesus loved), the devoted follower of Christ. He provides us with a personal and powerful look at Jesus Christ. Who was this Gospel written for? In John 8: 43-59, how does John reveal and emphasize the true identity of Jesus? The formula used by John to emphasize the identity of Jesus seems to be, “I AM.”

The key people in John 8:43-59 are Jesus, the disciples, and the Pharisees. The conversation between Jesus and the Jewish leaders was very intense. Why was the conversation so confrontational? Why were the Jewish leaders trying to provoke Jesus? Who do you think you are? Did the Jewish people understand what Jesus was declaring? Who was Jesus equating Himself to? Why did the statement, “Before Abraham was, I AM”, provoke such intense anger on the part of the Jewish leaders?

Jesus reveals His personality to the disciples in this passage of scripture. Even though the Jewish leaders’ understood what Jesus was saying, what were they going to do with stones? In every chapter of the Gospel of John, John reveals what major identity characteristic about Jesus? Through this confrontational conversation between Jesus and the Jewish leaders, Jesus reveals life lessons to His disciples. what were those life lessons?

Come on Sunday morning and hear answers to many of the questions resulting from John 8:43-59.

Fed By God, Set Free to Share

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Learning for Life: 9:30 am
Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: March 11, 2018

Newsletter: March 2018

Scriptures: Galatians 4:21-5.1Psalm 143John 6:1-14

Songs:

Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

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Copycat

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Learning for Life: 9:30 am
Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: March 4, 2018

Newsletter: March 2018

Scriptures: Ephesians 5:1-14; Psalm 25; Luke 11:14-28

Songs:

Rev. Kayely Rich

If you’ve worked with a group of kids for any length of time, you have likely heard one child tell another “Stop copying me.” This is often said by an older sibling or older child in the group who is getting frustrated as the younger child is trying to keep up with them by mimicking sayings and/or actions of the older child. Yet from the perspective of the ‘copycat,’ they are simply looking up to the older child with admiration, wanting to be like this bigger person.

Developmental psychologists teach us that this how children learn – by observing and copying behaviours. In our epistle reading this week, we are reminded that we are offered a invaluable invitation. We are invited to be imitators of Christ! We are invited to be like the One who is both God and Human, the One who lived a perfect, sinless life on this earth. And guess what? Unlike the children described above, He is not annoyed with our attempts to copy Him. Rather, we are welcomed.

Recovering the Call to Holiness

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Learning for Life: 9:30 am
Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: February 25, 2018

Newsletter: February 2018

Scriptures: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7Psalms 123Matthew 15: 21-28

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Tribute to Billy Graham – Gaither

Rev. Ron Phillips

Today’s sermon will look at the subject of holiness, and a Christian’s call to be holy. Scary? Intimidating? Actually holiness is not about meeting impossible standards, but rather it’s about becoming the kind of human beings God intends us to be. The kind of human being who is fully alive. Come and see!

Trust God in the Wilderness

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Learning for Life: 9:30 am
Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: February 18, 2018

Newsletter: February 2018

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 6:1-19; Psalm 91, Matthew 4:1-11

Songs:

Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

Most people can think of time when they felt lost and alone. It is common in those times to doubt God and oneself.

The Spirit of God led Jesus into wilderness. Jesus had just been baptized, he had just heard God say, “You are my beloved son, I am so pleased with you.” For any of us, that would have been a high point in life. What would it have been like to move from that incredible experience into the wilderness?

Alone and vulnerable, Jesus confronted doubt and temptation. He came through that period of suffering in the wilderness and then began his ministry.

When are going through times of doubting and temptation, we can look to Jesus who trusted God. If Jesus went through this, there is no shame or guilt when it happens to us. In fact, the Spirit may be accomplishing something in us and in the world when we are able to trust in the midst of the hardest times.

 
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