This morning we begin a series of sermons from the book of Acts. This first one is from Acts 11:1-18; you can listen to it part 1, part 2 or, if you'd prefer, you can read the sermon manuscript.
Sunday, 12 October 2014
Monday, 6 October 2014
Monday, 29 September 2014
Come make use of our community facilities on Sunday October 5. We plan to play some volleyball at the school and the tennis courts are available for use as well. Bring a lunch to enjoy together beforehand or just have lunch before you come - the choice is yours. Invite your friends and neighbours, too.
Sunday, 28 September 2014
This morning's sermon is from 1 Corinthians 2:6-16. You can listen to it part 1, part 2 or read the sermon manuscript. This is the second in a three-part series that focuses on our church vision statement and strategic plan. For a full introduction, see Sunday September 21.
Sunday, 21 September 2014
Our church vision statement is in the bulletin and reads like this: Demonstrating God’s powerful presence in our church, our community, and our world in order to reconcile people to God and to one another. This is what, all things working out perfectly, we aim for and accomplish. We demonstrate God’s powerful presence in our church, our community, and our world in order to – and this bit here comes straight from 2 Cor 5 – to reconcile people to God and to one another. In order to do this, we identified three key priorities: unity, community, and spirituality. These three things are things that we must focus on and pursue if we are going to live faithfully to the vision that God has given us.
So in the next three weeks we’re going to ask a question of scripture. And the question is simply this: what does it mean to pursue unity, community, and spirituality? What does scripture teach us about appropriate ways to be faithful to Jesus in our pursuit of unity, community, and spirituality? This week we are looking at Acts 18:1-11, which is a window into how Paul lived and taught others to live in community. The other two passages that we’ll look at are 1 Cor 2:6-16 – which teaches us something about how to pursue spirituality – and Phil 2:1-11 – which teaches us something about pursuing unity.
It is important for us to remember that these three priorities are not things that exist in isolation from each other. All of them work together – and must work together. So I came up with a sentence that combines all three – unity, community, and spirituality – into one idea, one thought. The sentence is this: Unity is the product of spirituality lived in community. And, no, I didn’t just pull the words out of a hat randomly. I thought about this; I looked at the passages in Acts, 1 Corinthians, and Philippians; and I did my best to put something together that has some meaning: Unity is the product of spirituality lived in community.
So here is the first sermon in the series part 1, part 2. Or, if you'd rather, you can read the sermon manuscript.