Believing the Gospel

Worship Service10:00 am

Bulletin: August 18 2019
Newsletter: June 2019 Newsletter

Scriptures: Psalm 80, Acts 26:1-29


Richard Hovey

Paul was living a life opposed to the Gospel, opposed to Jesus Christ, and opposed to those who followed Jesus. Paul not only opposed these things mildly, but with violence and persistence. What things do you oppose in your life or through the way you live? Are there elements of your life that are in opposition to Jesus?

Paul had a rather direct experience with Jesus which reoriented his priorities and purposes in life. After this encounter with Jesus, Paul began to defend his new found belief in the Gospel – his belief in Jesus Christ and his fellowship with other believers. The good news about Jesus became the cornerstone of Paul’s life moving forward. Have you had an experience with Jesus? Has he become the central truth and reality of your life?

Paul began to preach – not only for the purpose of proclamation of truth but with a hope and a desire that through his preaching others might come to believe, that others might come to reorient their lives around Jesus Christ. Yes, that they might become like Paul and believe in the Gospel. Are there people in your life that you proclaim the good news of Jesus to? Are there people you hope will believe?

The song “We are the Reason” is one which has come to mean a lot to me over the years and calls me to share the gift of Christ. You can listen to it here.

Within the Family of God

Listen to the sermon Dell Bornowsky

Worship Service10:00 am

Bulletin: bulletin Aug 11
NewsletterJune 2019 Newsletter

Scriptures: Psalm 33.12-22; Acts 20.16-28


Dell Bornowsky

The Grotto of Saint Paul in Ephesus

The Grotto of Saint Paul in Ephesus

As the Gospel spreads and churches grow throughout Asia Minor, Paul leaves Ephesus where he has been pastoring for about 3 years and travels through Greece and Macedonia visiting churches there.  Then in a bit of a rush to get to Jerusalem in time for Pentecost he stops at Miletus long enough to give a farewell address to his fellow elders from the Ephesus church.

Paul summarizes his ministry with them, and speaks of his continued commitment to give his life in order to fulfil the ministry he received Jesus.  Indeed prophetic predictions have been foretelling that imprisonment and persecutions await him in Jerusalem.

Paul reminds the elders that the Holy Spirit has given them responsibility to shepherd the flock of God’s people.  He warns that others will come with distorted messages and entice disciples to follow them.  He reminds them that just as he was certainly not in the ministry for the money they should follow his example of being blessed by giving rather than just receiving.

What ministries have each of us been given by the Lord Jesus? 

Have we given our lives to the Lord Jesus just in theory or do we, like Paul, experience a daily and deep emotional commitment to the family of God? 

What is the Gospel?

Listen to the sermon Kayely Rich

Worship Service10:00 am

Bulletin: August 4
Newsletter: June 2019 Newsletter

Scriptures: Acts 17.16-34, Psalm 95


Kayely Rich

If you were asked to share the Gospel, what would you say?

Does our context change what we will say? Are there elements that do not change? This week, we will look at how Paul adjusted his message depending on his context. But we will also see that Paul would not adjust the truth of the message in order to make it more palatable for his audience.

Captivity and Freedom

Listen to the sermon Joel Russell-MacLean

Worship Service10:00 am

Bulletin: July 28
Newsletter: June 2019 Newsletter

Scriptures: Acts 16.6-34, Psalm 146, Luke 4.16 – 21


Joel Russell-MacLean

Jesus came to bring good news to the poor, proclaim release to the captives, free the oppressed…

That sounds pretty good. 

While the church was under construction however, sometimes the people who met Jesus lost everything and become poor, were chained up and thrown in a dungeon, were oppressed by fellow citizens…

“Jesus is worth it”, said Paul.

Paul travelled to Europe not long after Jesus’ death and resurrection. Acts contains a number of quick stories to show that right away, people in Europe turned their lives over to Jesus.

We meet Lydia, the first European believer. Acts repeatedly highlights the leadership of women in the church even though it was in a male dominated culture.

We also meet a slave and her owners, a jailor and his family, and Paul and Silas. 

Jesus had an impact on each person; however, not everyone was thankful. Some preferred being slaves to being free, and some who were in chains sang as if they were truly free. 

Is Jesus worth what you have lost? Can you still sing to God?

To Hinder or Hear

Listen to the sermon Richard Hovey

Worship Service10:00 am

Bulletin: July 21 2019
Newsletter: June 2019 Newsletter

Scriptures: Jonah 3, Psalm 15, Acts 11:1-18


Richard Hovey

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The gospel is for everyone. This may sound obvious and perhaps quite simple – and might even be something you’ve said yourself. Yet do we stop to think about the implications of this: first, what is this gospel that is for everyone? and secondly, who is everyone? Often we mold the gospel of Jesus Christ into our own context; this might be the broad context of our geographical location (our North American context) or the narrower context of our local church. What is the gospel that is for everyone?

A further question to ask is this: are we okay with a gospel that is for everyone? Jonah was displeased (angry) that the grace and love of God would be extended to the people of Nineveh. When Peter had shared the gospel with the Gentiles and they accepted it and were gifted with the Holy Spirit, some of the believers were critical – concerned, displeased. Will we hear the heart of God with the gospel that is for everyone or will we hinder the heart of God with a gospel that is for us?

Prayer “Open Me” by Shawn MacDonald

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