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?
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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?
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?
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’ and discover how God might be using others to show us his love. Pastor Evan shares on the love of the Father and how because the Father loves me I now who I am and therefore I can love.
Pastor Preston continues in our new sermon series, "The Story of David." For five weeks we'll bring these stories to life and discover how David was a crucially human example of how we relate to God. Pastor Preston shares on the story from 2 Samuel 11-12. This is an amazing story that might seem out of character for David, but is actually just below the surface in all of us. David is caught in a sin and covering up for himself. Pastor Nathan comes into David’s life to come alongside him to not shame, but lovingly point out David is stuck. While sin isn’t creative, salvation always is.
Pastor Evan shared in our sermon series “Ordinary Saints." Jesus saw people as more than they were. They were beloved, holy, and beautiful to God. Our journey of following Jesus is about accepting who Jesus says we are. This week Pastor Evan shared the story at the beginning of John where Jesus is at a wedding and it’s one of the beginning miracles in understanding the glory of God. Mary points out to Jesus at the wedding they are running out of wine and asks him to meet the needs of the people there. The only people that experience this miracle are the servants who are behind the scenes. God is doing something behind the curtain and not just to wow us, but to draw us deeper into our faith.
We have a generous God and it flows into us. Pastor Preston continues in our sermon series So Ride On. The series is about exploring our four main values at Lake Ridge and this week he explored our value of "Generosity." He explores several scriptures in the bible Proverbs 11:25 those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. We live this, not out of duty, but as a posture we take to be generous in all areas of our life. It is your privilege to grow in this area - you do not have to have it all figured out.
The biblical story is a group of people who are deeply challenged by life. The scriptural context is almost a total train wreck with God present in it. Pastor Evan kicks of our new sermon series, "Train Wrecked" by highlighting one of the most prominent stories of a train wreck. The heart of God is revealing himself in the midst of chaotic, difficult and challenging situations. God carries us through our train wrecks. Like a father carrying their child. God comes close to us and draws near to us in these moments. Sometimes train wrecks happen to us or sometimes we create them. Either way God draws near to us.
Pastor Preston shares a poem Paul wrote to the Colossians. Paul did not lay out a theology that was a complex language, he gave them a poem to meet them where they are at. This poem or hymn became a centrepiece for the early church. Sometimes the way to get through the complexity of the whole thing is to go simple: He lives in you.
Our new sermon series, ‘Welcome Home’ explores what it means to find our home in God, and to create a home for others. When we discover the depth of God’s hospitality towards us, it changes how we live in our neighbourhoods, even how we pour a cup of coffee. As we explore over the next few weeks what Jesus is doing to make a home for us. God is interested in making your home in him. So welcome home!
When we talk about gluttony and lust there are a couple words that immediately come to mind: food, alcohol and sex, but actually there are a lot more to those words. God gives us desires and God actually believes desires are good things and they are given to us as gifts. As we work through what it means to see something in moderation and temperance sometimes the desires of our hearts can consume our minds and can control our actions.
What does it look like for us to be the people of God, who enters into our story and He does it not to take things away, but to allow us to fully enjoy those things. Let's not be the kind of people who give in to consume each other, but to be like the grace filled example of Jesus.
Pastor Evan kicks off the year with our new sermon series on Ambition. Why ambition? it's challenging each other to bring out the best in each other. To fully live into what it means to be ambitious - and being authentic about that. We do not see our faith or our relationship with God as a one dimensional thing, we believe this God and this faith we have that it bleeds out into the different categories or life.
It's important to think about the definition of ambition and your perspective on it. Motive then becomes this defining word we use to understand if our ambitions our healthy or unhealthy. Pastor Evan unpacks the story of Peter walking on water to help us understand having an ambitious faith and the motive behind it.
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.