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.
The Good News sermon series started back in April with Pastor Preston introducing us. What is the good news? And what does Jesus do for us? The Good News of Jesus is hope when all hope is lost. Pastor Preston explores the story of Jesus reinstating Peter. He discuses the three lies of the good news of Jesus. You can also find them on our blog!
We live our lives in our community so we can show and share the love of God. Special Guest Dick Lucco shares with Lake Ridge his insight on moving from a come and see to a go and be people of God. Jesus steps into our world through you and through me. This is not a strategy, but a fact. Dick helps us to remember that to show God's love is through acts of kindness and service.
Pastor Preston interviews Tim Keener, a Covenant Church planter who is building and growing a church in Montreal. Tim shares some of his experiences and the differences in planting a church in Montreal. Have a listen!
Pastor Evan wraps up our Clearing the Way series on looking at the heart of God with the Easter Sunday message. The story is about falling in love. It's about realizing a deep kind of love that can be difficult to put into words. Embracing a truth that we were created for relationship. He continued to demonstrate over and over his unending grace for us. We look at the story of the resurrection from the perspective of Mary. Some of the most profound things in scripture stories are when God enters into real, normal, people's lives. Our world is broken and chaotic, but we have a God who is overcoming.
Pastor Evan explores John 14. Following Palm Sunday we see several interactions with Jesus and disciples and other people. Jesus in this particular story begins by trying to comfort the disciples and is trying to show them he has a greater plan for them. "No one comes to the father except through me," is one of the most controversial things that Jesus said in his lifetime. Jesus states the exclusive way in which we come to the father. It required a great deal of trust for the disciples to follow Jesus, yet it was difficult for them. We can place ourselves in that story. God is taking us somewhere and it requires our trust and our faith. So, what does it look like to follow him there?
In a moving and emotional service Pastor Preston shares the crucifixion story. He walks us through the painful account of the death of Jesus. In our lent sermons series we talked about how Jesus is clearing the way for us, through his love, his grace and God's power to heal and save us. All the way along we talked about how Jesus came and bound up those things that divided us and God. On this cross Jesus takes everything that separates us from the love of God and takes it on himself in this moment. Have a listen to the full message as we head into Easter Sunday.
Pastor Evan explores the story of Jesus and the fig tree through the book of Mark. Jesus continued to clear the way towards the cross. In this story he is preparing to become THE sacrifice. Jesus was always teaching and preparing the way for us to understand the heart of God. Jesus was in the business of changing the ideas we have about him. Have a listen and join on this lent journey.
Pastor Preston explores the way we work in the second week of the lent sermon series Clearing the Way. Our work is often not where we live in our neighbourhoods. We get into cars and drive far away to work, sometimes in a difficult place with difficult people. All around us God is doing something, and sometimes that's hard to see. When you work with Jesus in the world around you people see Jesus in you.
Pastor Evan kicks-off our new sermon series for lent titled "Clearing the Way". Lent is really this difficult time as Jesus lives and moves and breathes among us. He comes into a challenging time and difficult time, so when he comes we start to see him reorient people. It's messy, chaotic and even causes some conflict. Listen in as as we explore how Jesus begins to prepare the way for us to reorient our heart towards God.
Pastor Evan covers a special service all about spiritual gifts. What does the bible say about our gifts? How do we discern what are gifts are? Who do we do that with? Pastor Evan explains how humility and trust work within these areas.