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This sermon series closes today with a reminder that a purpose of the church is to serve together as a body using our individual gifts.  From Romans 12:3-8 we are reminded that we are to think and act with humility, recognize and respect our diversity, and use our gifts to serve.  Serving, on the other hand, requires sacrifice and commitment.  The reward is joy.  

 

This Thanksgiving weekend our Church 101 series continues with giving as a purpose of the church.  Why is giving important?  It allows us to draw closer to God. We believe that the God of the Bible is a giving God. And so knowing that and believing that, we seek to follow His model and the reality that He gave His Son as a ransom so that we could be forgiven of our sin. From 2 Corinthians 9:10-15, we are reminded that generous giving is a gift from God, it leads to thanksgiving to Him and brings glory to Him.  What should we give?  Our time, our talent, our treasure.  

 

 

"The more you give, the more comes back to you, because God is the greatest giver in the universe, and He won't let you outgive Him. Go ahead and try. See what happens." (Randy Alcorn)

In week 5 of our Church 101 series, we explore missions through the lens of Psalm 67:1-7.  Our passion for missions is fueled by our passion for God.  Prayer is the seed; the source of missions is God's power; the result of missions, praise of the nations; and the harvest, a profit of abundance.  

"How Do We Participate in the Harvest?"  We Pray. We Give. We Go. 

Our Church 101 series continues.  The message today is intended to compel us to share Jesus with those around us.  From 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, we are reminded that we are made new in Jesus, we are reconciled to God through Jesus, we are entrusted with the ministry of reconciliation, we are ambassadors for Christ and we become the righteousness of God in Jesus. We are to share Jesus out of obedience to God, our love for Him and our love for others.  

Today our "Church 101" series continues with the meaning and importance of discipleship.  We learn from Hebrews 10:19-25 that as disciples, we are called to follow Jesus' leading and invitation, to faithfully draw near, to hold fast, to provoke other disciples and to meet frequently with and encourage other disciples. 

Today our "Church 101" series continues with an examination of what it means to bow in contant prayer. Drawing from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, we are reminded to pray remembering who God is; knowing who we are; without ceasing and individually and corporately.  

 

Today marks the beginning of a seven-week sermon series, "Church 101", aimed at helping us understand what it means to be a church. As the title suggests, this week is an examination of what it means to stand on the authority of God's Word.  In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, we are told that "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."  These verses, along with 2 Timothy 4:1-4, remind us that the Word of God is inspired; authoritative and sufficient.  We are called on to faithfully preach, read, discuss and apply His Word.  

 

On this Communion Sunday we are reminded of the reasons why we follow Jesus' instruction to come to the Lord's table (Matthew 26:26-29).  The table is a place of fellowship and identification, a place to remember Jesus' sacrifice for us and a place of restoration.  

 

 

 

God originally designed work as a good thing.  People were designed and set apart to reflect God through work and rest, just as He did when He created the earth.  This assignment of work occurred before the Fall according to Genesis 1:28 and 2:15.  Unfortunately, this gift can be corrupted because of our sin by either negative attitudes and work ethics or our work can become an idol.  As Jesus makes all things new, we can approach our work as God intended it.  The challenge for us:  remember to pray for our work; reclaim the purpose of our work; and resolve to honour the Lord in and through our work.

Continuing with the "Hard Wired" series, the message today focuses on relationships.  The first and most important is our relationship with God.  Scripture reminds us that God created us to know Him and see His glory; He loves us; and He cares about us.  In different circumstances, our relationship with God can be easier than with those who surround us, especially those why may be challenging to love. Nevertheless, we must pursue meaningful relationships, prioritize them and protect and steward them well.  

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