God is shaping the spirit in you and you are being transformed. God continues to do this shaping work in us. Pastor Evan explores the story in Romans of Paul's teachings on the activity of following Jesus at that time. For them, even the name of the church was describing a moving thing: they were people of the way. The movement of the church is about the people of God caring for each other and caring for our world. How can we be the kind of place that creates a safe environment where vulnerability is allowed?
Dr. Manno is a good friend of Lake Ridge Community and the main person in Haiti who helps to guide our larger body of churches in their support of projects in Haiti. He was here in Canada for a few weeks sharing stories on the projects we support, but also helping us to learn more about the lives of our Haitian friends. Listen as Pastor Evan interviews Dr. Manno on his life and work in Haiti. You might be surprised on what you learn.
The last message in our sermon series Eat this Book Pastor Preston shares the story in Luke 15 about how we come to every story in the bible with a particular set of views. People did this in Jesus' day too. Did you know that? But Jesus offers some views that are a bit different from that. The son in the story believes the notion of less love. That there was a love that an up and down flow and he lives that way. We worry sometimes we will love others too much, give too much and somehow deplete ourselves. In reality we are missing out on the depth of love that exists.
We continue in our sermon series of Eat this Book with Pastor Evan sharing the story in John 9. He discusses the way we make our way through change. The goal of this story is to realize where are the places that God is in this story and in our story. It is in the context of your story that God is shaping and changing you. What if the chaos and fears in change are the beginning of God building something new?
The authors that wrote scripture wrote them with a purpose and were writing to someone. It's valuable to know the history and the time. Pastor Evan explores the stories of John that reveal to us John's ability to notice and reveal God. It takes time and reflection, and studying to notice God working in your everyday life. John had spent time to practice this. We want to become the kind of people who notice God in our community.
Sometimes we are more comfortable with the black and white or the "this, then, that" box. When we read the bible sometimes we read it with this lens on. Pastor Preston explores the choice how when life gets complex and messy do we chose simple or face something real.
We're digging into reading the New Testament this fall. Pastor Preston continues to share in our new sermon series "Eat this book" as we consume this book together. The theme this week is about surprise - the bible and God's word is surprising. Why read it? Because of the beauty of being captured by this book and God surprising you with his spirit and love for you.
Pastor Preston explores story in Micah 7:18-20 and the practice of forgiveness. The techniques of forgiveness do not always get us where we want to be. He looks at the mask or the show we put on instead of the authenticity of who we are. Forgiveness breaks down walls, restores families and brings out the best in us. Listen as Pastor Preston explores what it's like to live out forgiveness and unmask who you are.
Pastor Evan explores the story in Matthew 20 1:16 and encourages a discussion and questions as we read through the story. The story is meant to make you wonder about what's happening here. The story is meant for us to see the situation from the compassionate landowner's perspective. His compassion for the unemployed leads him to return to the marketplace through out the day. Pastor Evan reminds us that when God looks down at us whether we are 5 or 75 he sees value in us. The kingdom of God has everything to do with it's owner. Your value is not placed on what you do, or your work in Gods eye is not measured on what you produce, but on who He is, not who you are. You are a child of God. Listen to hear the whole story.
Pastor Preston explores what is means to pray boldly in this week's sermon. We are all called to pray. We pray for things in our lives to go well, like our relationships or our jobs, but we are also called to be bold prayers. The approach was similar in Jesus' time. Listen as Pastor Preston shares as we learn what it means to come, pray boldly and learn the story that's your story, and let others in our community remind us of God's faithfulness.
Pastor Evan explores the story about the wise and foolish builders. This story is a metaphor that likely takes place at the end of the sermon on the mountain. Pastor Evan asks a couple important questions for reflection. Who is God and what beliefs have you built your life on? It's important to do that because you will live that out. Listen as we reflect on the story and discuss the metaphor Jesus shared.
We continue our journey of the short stories Jesus told in our summer sermon series. Pastor Preston shares the story by Jesus of the lost sheep, coin and the son. Both stories are found in Luke Chapter 15. Pastor Preston takes us through this story that Jesus told.
Who do people say that I am? And who do you say that I am? Jesus asked his disciples these very important questions. Even today, we have to ask ourselves who is Jesus to you? Pastor Evan kicks Lake Ridge off in a new sermon series titled Short stories by Jesus. He shares more of the context of the story and the surroundings of where it took place. You might be surprised the impact the surroundings have on the story and what it means for us to look beyond the facts and figures of each story in the bible. Join us as we journey through short stories by Jesus this summer.
Pastor Preston continues in the sermon series of the Good News. What is the good news of Jesus and how do we share it? He continues going through the book of Romans to discuss the good news. The good news of Jesus is for all parts of your life. Pastor Preston shares the good news and the vision of what the good news looks like in is in 1, 3 and 30 words.
Pastor Preston continues in the sermon series The Good News by sharing on disturbing the peace. He introduces us to this phrase, "Sin is culpable disturbance of shalom." As he shares the story of Paul in the book of Romans he breaks down each part of the phrase to help us better understand how the good news of Jesus is transformational and comes as a gift - not a transaction. Our job is to say "yes" to receive the gift.
Recently, Steve Pollard shared at Lake Ridge an experience he had while on vacation in Mexico that impacted his views on generosity. Have a listen while he shares this learnings.
Pastor Evan shares about what does it look like to accept the good news of God's love. How do you accept God news? God gave us the ability to overcome challenges and creatively solve problems. We are all creative, because we are all created in the image of God. It can be an issue for us to receive God's love. We have a tendency to be drawn towards feeling like we haven't earned his endless love - and that we have to pay it off somehow. What does it look like for you to live into the love story of God? Good news is what it looks like to fully live in to a God that frees us.
Pastor Preston continues in the sermon series the Good News with a message on risk. The goal of Christianity is relationship with God, in full trust, without fear, and full activated to live like Jesus in the world. The goal is not to avoid a sinful world, live in fear of contamination or avoid risk. Religion makes us afraid. It's good at keeping us in line and giving us rules to follow. But the truth is religion has never been good at containing people. The Good news of Jesus says that being loved changes how we live altogether.
The Good News sermon series continues with Pastor Evan exploring how we are called to be the people of good news. He looks at the story of Abraham and how the beginning of God's people started with no roots, no home or building. The people of God are a "sent" people. Pastor Evan explores the story of Abraham being sent to be a blessing. Think about how we live out the gospel in our communities. It’s about you being person who engages your neighbour and being who you are. We need to move away from strategy to embrace engaging those people around you simply because God put them in our lives to bless.