We are exploring a theme that threads its way through the whole Bible: Exile. A pivotal moment in the story of God's people is when they lost everything and were taken away. But according to prophets like Jeremiah, God saw that they had lost more than their stuff, they lost their way. Pastor Preston explores the ways in which God loves us there and back again. Exile feels less maze and more labyrinth. God wanted you to know keep your eyes on me. It’s not a trick. Jesus says keep your eyes on me.
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Our youth leader, Erik Davis, shares on the story from Ezekiel 37 the story of the valley of dry bones. Erik shares on the prophecy in chapter 37 of the Book of Ezekiel. In his vision Ezekiel sees himself standing in the valley full of dry human bones. What does this mean for you in your life? Dry bones doesn’t mean you’re dead. Maybe it just means that you don’t feel alive.
Pastor Evan shares the story from Acts 10 where Peter and Cornelius each received a dream from God about a message of inclusion. The divide between the Jews and Gentiles was so great. There were prejudices on both sides that meant they did not intermingle. They were being asked to include Gentiles in the kingdom without becoming Jews first. As a result of Peter baptizing Gentiles there were long reaching cultural implications. It’s a story of transformation between two groups of people. It wasn’t determine that everything was “in” the community. It was determine those who were seeking God, as Cornelius was, were welcomed in to keep seeking him. God invites us as we are.
Guest Homilist, Ann Symes discusses what it means to be a citizen of heaven here and now. She explores the scripture reading Matthew 5:43-48 (from the message) and Phil 3:20 unpacking the idea of what it means to be a citizen. The gift of God’s love comes first and comes without having to do anything. When I think of God’s gift of heavenly citizenship it calms the deepest part of me. It tells me I belong. What does it mean to be a citizen of heaven right now here in your family, workplace, Chestermere and our world?
Pastor Preston explores the beginning of the Book of John. God called everything into being. The word that made the world is now in the world and he is walking among us. Jesus is here. Jesus speaks the word and it happens. Everything broken and fallen, sinful and diseased is called into salvation by God’s spoken word.
Guest Homilist, Tara Jensen shares on the story of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane. She unpacks the story where Jesus led his disciples to the garden the night before he was arrested. Jesus withdraws into solitude to fully surrender in this moment to the will of the Father. What if the invitation we are receiving is to move beyond the faith in Jesus and to practice the faith of Jesus? To grow into people of deep faith by intimidating the faith he had and draws us into sacred solitude with the father.
Guest Homilist, Tara Linsley shares on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians in Chapter 3. She explores the extraordinary plan that is revealed to Paul that through the gospel the Gentiles will inherit Israel. There are no longer Jews and Gentiles, but one body and they are sharers in the inheritance. What would this have meant for them? And what are the tensions in culture today that are similar?
Our youth leader, Erik Davis, unpacks this sad of betrayal and forgiveness. Judas betrays Jesus . Judas was one of the 12 disciples closest to Jesus. Judas offered to betray Jesus to the religious authorities. They agreed to pay him for doing so. And Jesus knew that Judas was going to do this and instead Jesus is able to forgive him because he knows people are so much more complicated than just right or wrong. So where can we find hope in this story?
Enter Gideon, while harvesting wheat and hiding from the Midianites an angel spoke to him and addressed him as a mighty man of courage and that God is sending him to "save Israel from the hand of Midian.” Pastor Evan shares the conclusion of the story of Gideon. The big story of this is not about rescuing the people from the - God was restoring the people onto himself. The battle is not that important. This story was about his people about what it means to trust. What does it look like for us to notice and see the challenges we are facing as places where God is trying to interact with you?
Enter Gideon, while harvesting wheat and hiding from the Midianites an angel spoke to him and addressed him as a mighty man of courage and that God is sending him to "save Israel from the hand of Midian.” Pastor Evan shares the story of Gideon and his growing relationship with God as they figured out what it was going to mean to move forward in their faith. It’s a story about restoring their faith. What if the places you feel you are being tested or are asking questions is the most important moments of your growing relationship with God?
Guest Speaker, Shannon Dean from Camp Chestermere shared on John 3:16. Shannon explored the different ways over the years he has understood this verse and the impact it has had on him personally. Is the calling of Camp Chestermere and Lake Ridge to be a people that would so love our neighbours that we give of ourselves so that they would see the one that makes difference in our lives?
Our youth leader, Erik Davis, shares what is means to have meaningful mentors and be a meaningful mentor. It is a gift to have meaningful mentors and to be viewed as a mentor. It’s more than just giving your time and instead it’s about a relationship that is enjoyed. Exploring the story from 2 Timothy 1:1-15 consider who is the Timothy in your life and who is the Paul in your life?
Is fear a liar or does it speak truth (sometimes)? Can we trust our fears, worries, and anxieties? Our sermon series is about exploring one of the most frequent commands in the Bible: 'do not be afraid.' Pastor Evan shares on how there are right responses to fear and wrong responses to fear. How you come to see God is vitally important thing when we are trying to understand if fear is helpful or destructive. When we have a healthy understanding of God we get the opportunity to see things from a position of safety. When God looks at you what does he see?
Is fear a liar or does it speak truth (sometimes)? Can we trust our fears, worries, and anxieties? Our sermon series is about exploring one of the most frequent commands in the Bible: 'do not be afraid.' Pastor Preston shares on what fear in community can look like. When we are a fearless community because of what Jesus says what it true about God. When we live with a sense of courage we have a potential to be like Jesus in the world.
Is fear a liar or does it speak truth (sometimes)? Can we trust our fears, worries, and anxieties? Our sermon series is about exploring one of the most frequent commands in the Bible: 'do not be afraid.' Pastor Evan explores how fear can remind us who we are and who’s we are. Fear can be a liar, but it can also lead us (when it’s kept in check) to big truth.
Is fear a liar or does it speak truth (sometimes)? Can we trust our fears, worries, and anxieties? Our new sermon series begins this Sunday with Pastor Preston exploring one of the most frequent commands in the Bible: 'do not be afraid.' In a world with much to fear, how can we live fearlessly?
This Lent season we were talking about how God meets us and working through the biblical One-Another’s. We are already loved by God. Rooted in the foundation of who God is that his love for us is already given to us. Pastor Preston wraps up the One Another sermon series on Easter Sunday.
This Lent season we’re talking about how God meets us. Join us on Sunday mornings as we explore the biblical ‘One-Another’s. Pastor Evan shares on grace and how God’s love for us is poured out in the moment Jesus choses to die on the cross for us. The lent story is literally about exposing the weakness. Revealing in our weakness, our failures that is actually the moment that Jesus makes the choice. Jesus did not give his life for you at your best, he gave his lief for you at your worst. The practice of grace begins internally in each of our own souls. Us coming to understand the depth of God's grace for you and I. Our failures call us back to Him.
This Lent season we’re talking about how God meets us. Join us on Sunday mornings as we explore the biblical ‘One-Another’s. Pastor Preston explores humility and how God might be using others to show us his love. Humility is using your power to serve another person. The bible talks about Jesus having all power - he choose to forgo some of this to be here with us.
This Lent season we’re talking about how God meets us. Join us on Sunday mornings as we explore the biblical ‘One-Another’s’ from John 13:34 and discover how God might be using others to show us his love. Pastor Evan shares on unity and breaks down how one of the hardest things we will do in our faith is to choose to be united.