Pastor Preston shares in our sermon series on worship and looking at how God shapes us in worship. What do you want? Jesus asked this question over and over again. It is the start of the book of John. Pastor Preston shares how Jesus invades the passions of our hearts and what you most want will be revealed in that. Worship shapes are desires, postures, habits and rhythms. In time it shapes our hearts to be more like God’s. It’s more than a song in a service. What is in your heart?
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As we get closer to lent Pastor Evan shared this week in our series Loved to Life: Anger to Justice. He looked at the kinds of anger, where some can be good and some can be bad. There are three main types of anger he describes. The first emotional anger is minor annoyances, the second type, becomes a vice when it's deep rooted in who you are, and the only way to ease that is through some form of vengeance. In our minds with this type we might believe if we got restitution then we would feel better. The third kind of anger this holy anger. It tells us that something is not right and we need to do something about it. Justice is on the other side of anger, but the definition is sometimes misguided We get the definition of justice wrong in our culture all the time. God's understanding of justice has to do with making things right and reconciling all things onto himself.
As we get closer to Easter, Pastor Preston shared on the journey from Envy to Courage. He explored how envy clouds our vision, and how God’s love leads us into new life. Envy and courage hinge on how we relate to the goodness in others. there are at least three evil components to envy: the deep discontent that comes when I see that another person has what I want; the desire to have it for myself; and the desire for it to be taken from him.
Pastor Preston explores the Christmas story from the perspective of vulnerable joy and the story of the Shepherd's. It's a story of shepherd's and all that is welcoming, unexpected and warm.
We often don't celebrate vulnerability too much in our culture. During Advent we are exploring the main characters of the Christmas story from a lens of vulnerability. Pastor Preston shares on the story of Mary in Luke 1. We're introduced to families and some specific women in her story. This season of advent is about hope for God. Hope reminds us that our story is not over. That God is in control, and we are not adding Him to our story, but in fact it's the other way around. Join us on our journey this advent season of exploring the theme of vulnerability.
Pastor Evan wraps up the sermon series on the Church as a Movement on what it's like to be a part of the movement of God. It's not always easy to communicate how you're doing in your faith. It's actually important to communicate that to each other because we are the people of God. And sometimes there are moments when your faith is just your faith. And sometimes it's a little harder to experience Jesus. We can assume being a part of the movement of God is like a connect the dots activity from 1-2-3. When really the history of the church demonstrates it never seems to be sequential in the way that God works out the movement. It can create a sense of confusion and unsettledness that's like, "is God really doing something here in my life?" Yet, what we need to remind ourselves of is that God is drawing a great picture.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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!