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The Messiah's Mission (25)
The Messiah's Mission

January 7 - June 24, 2018

Part 1: The Mission According to Luke

As Jesus began his ministry, he read a sort of “mission statement” taken from the book of Isaiah,

     The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

          because he has anointed me

          to proclaim good news to the poor.

     He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives

          and recovery of sight to the blind,

          to set at liberty those who are oppressed,

     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.

This was and is the mission of the Person we call our King. The books of Luke and Acts are two volumes that describe, first, how Jesus went about fulfilling his mission and, second, how his followers continued his work. To know our place in the world under the reign of our King, we must understand his kingdom purposes. 

Part 2: The Mission According to Acts

Jesus’ “freedom mission” in the world, portrayed clearly in Luke’s Gospel, is continued by his followers in the second volume, the Acts of the Apostles. Through the gift and power of the Holy Spirit, we proclaim the Christ in word and deed, in continuity with Jesus’ own ministry. The church is always on mission, always living out the life of Christ, or else it is not the church at all. In homes and work places, dimly lit alleys and shopping malls, the kingdom of heaven grows like a batch of slow-rising dough, the Spirit fulfilling heaven’s will through its earthly citizens. This series, part two of “The Messiah’s Mission” recalls the story of that mission according to Acts.

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Songs of Hope (4)
Songs of Hope

About hope, Emily Dickenson wrote,

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all.

The people of God are singers! We sing out of the great hope that God is completely in control and that he will make all things new. As Billy Graham said, “I’ve read the last page of the Bible, it’s all going to turn out all right.” Sometimes, like the bird singing a tune without the words, we do not always know how to express our hope. These songs from Scripture express confidence in God’s ultimate redemption.

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I Have Loved You (6)
I Have Loved You

Malachi Sermon Series

October 15 - November 26, 2017

What do we do when things don’t go our way? Often, we look for someone to blame, and ultimately, we may end up pointing the finger at God. The last of the Old Testament prophets, Malachi, addressed a people who were disillusioned with their lives and their God. He urged them to understand their circumstances through the lens of a God who had not forsaken them, but rather loves them completely. It is during our times of difficulty and lack that we are drawn to consider more deeply God’s presence and love, and the ways we are to respond to him.

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Against the Flow (5)
Against the Flow

The author of Hebrews exhorted (with a warning!) the early church: “Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.” The Greek word pararréō (drift) suggests the picture of some object – a boat, a log or a person – floating down a river, going wherever the current takes it. The river is the world around us; the currents of power, sectarianism, materialism, popularity and success are powerful forces that move all of humankind in a certain direction. The gospel of the kingdom counters the currents of the world, calling us to a different way, the path of the crucified Messiah. In this series, we will examine five ways that Christ followers are to go against the flow of the world. ‘

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Unshakeable (20)
Unshakeable

Romans Sermon Series from April 23 to September 3, 2017.

Martin Luther wrote about Romans: “This letter is truly the most important piece in the New Testament. It is purest Gospel. It is well worth a Christian’s while not only to memorize it word for word but also to occupy himself with it daily, as though it were the daily bread for the soul.” The book of Romans has been called “the Gospel according to Paul.” It tells the story of how Jesus became Saviour and King for all humankind, including those of us “Gentiles” who hail from the far corners of the earth. At the end of the letter, Paul writes that this gospel possesses the power to “establish” those who live within it; that is, it will give them unshakeable, spiritual roots in the world’s shifting sands. 

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The Last 24 Hours (7)
The Last 24 Hours

Disciples are people who journey with Jesus to the cross and then beyond to the empty tomb. During the last 24 hours of his life, Jesus interacted with his closest followers and an array of different characters: a worshiping woman, a betrayer, a high priest and others. We can find ourselves in each of these individuals, seeing in them our own faith, fears, doubt, ambivalence and even hostility. Even more, however, we watch the way the Lord responded to each of them, learning that though we are faithless he remains faithful. At the end of the journey we see Jesus alone on the cross, bearing the sins of all.

Scripture: Matthew 26-27

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The Stations of Life (7)
The Stations of Life

All of life is for the glory of God. The Christian faith makes no distinction between the sacred the secular, as if one is on a higher plane than the other. Jeff Greenman writes, “There is not a ‘spiritual’ realm that is somehow disembodied or disconnected from the totality of someone’s life experience.” The Holy Spirit forms each of us into the image of Christ through the various stations of life, from the dinner table to the market place, from the neighbourhood to the gathering of saints for worship.

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Already and Not Yet (5)
Already and Not Yet

Advent 2016 Sermon Series

One of the ways we understand our Christian identity is through the lens of “already and not yet.” We have been completely forgiven but still wait for the day when we will no longer sin. We are God’s holy people, but are becoming sanctified while we long for complete redemption. Christ has reconciled us to God but we often feel his absence more than his presence. The kingdom has come, our King is currently reigning over all, but under his reign evil continues. He has even conquered death, but our bodies continue to wither and we grieve the loss of loved ones. During Advent we assume the posture of waiting on a planet rife with conflict and in aging, aching and sinful bodies, again learning to place our hopes entirely on the grace that will be revealed to us.

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Entering God's Rest (12)
Entering God's Rest

4 September — 20 November 2016

As the Torah concludes, the people of Israel are perched by the Jordan River, waiting to enter the land of Canaan. After Moses’ death, God commands Joshua to lead his people forward, to displace the nations and possess what God had prepared. The name “Jesus” is equivalent to “Joshua,” and he also leads his people to the nations, not to displace them but to include them under his gracious reign. Though the times and agendas were different, the Old Covenant story of Joshua helps us more clearly understand the New Covenant reign of King Jesus.

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that He might be Supreme over everything (9)
that He might be Supreme over everything

17 July — 28 August 2016

In the world — and, unfortunately, in the church there are other faith options besides Jesus. The Colossians were in danger of allowing certain teachers to “disqualify” them from their place before God, insisting that they need to do or believe something more than the gospel of Christ. Paul’s letter affirms the absolute supremacy of Christ and his work, in whom they have already received everything they need.

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Shaping a Community of Faith (13)
Shaping a Community of Faith

3 April — 26 June 2016

In the formational stories of Israel from the Torah, God reveals what he is like as he shapes his people, the community of faith. All of the stories and “heroes” will eventually find their fulfillment in Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

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Images of Discipleship (7)
Images of Discipleship

28 February — 27 March 2016

What is a disciple? Dallas Willard writes, "Being his apprentice is... not a matter of special 'religious' activities, but an orientation and quality of my entire existence. This is what is meant by Jesus when he says that those who do not forsake all cannot be his disciple. (Luke 14:26 & 33) The emphasis is upon the all. There must be nothing held of greater value than Jesus and his kingdom. He must be clearly seen as the most important thing in human life, and being his apprentice as the greatest opportunity any human being ever has. When this orientation of the whole life has come upon us and been accepted, then the grace that brought it can begin to move throughout every aspect of what we are and do." As we undertake this "Images of Discipleship" series, may his grace orient us completely to the person, will and ways of the Master.

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Images of Jesus (5)
Images of Jesus

3 January — 7 February 2016

The key to being a disciple is simply knowing our Teacher. We who walk in the way of Christ will follow him to the extent that we behold him with the eyes of our heart. When he wrote his Gospel, the apostle John particularly recounted the metaphors Jesus used to describe himself, things like bread, light and water. That which we experience every day becomes rich resources for the imagination, stirring our hearts to know more deeply the One we follow. What better way to begin 2016 than by letting Jesus kindle afresh our imagination?

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Our Coming King (4)
Our Coming King

29 November — 20 December 2015

Advent 2015

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What's in a name? (4)
What's in a name?

1 — 22 November 2015

St Paul makes this description of Jesus “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation”. It is really quite a profound statement. To stir Israel’s imagination of what God is like, the prophets used names like “Immanuel” and metaphors like “Branch”, “Root” to help them in their understanding of God. All the imagery used by the prophets is framed, shaped and clarified by the person, work and life of Jesus. We know Jesus, the one of whom the prophets longed for and saw from afar.

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Sermon on the Mount (13)
Sermon on the Mount

4 January — 29 March 2015

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." The ministry of Jesus begins with words so completely unlike any other teacher, either religious or secular. His first sentence, like an axe, begins carving out a doorway for discipleship, the "narrow gate," as he would call it later in the Sermon. That gate will be shaped by approaches to power, heart attitudes, enemies, spiritual disciplines, money, anxiety and much more. This — heaven's constitution — counters all earthly cultures, and invites followers of Jesus into a way of life that only a minority will embrace and one that will put them at "loving odds" with the world. To use Bonhoeffer's words, it is THE appropriate response to the "costly grace" granted by God. For the next three months, the Sermon will challenge the GCC family to become true kingdom citizens in a world hostile to the King.

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God's Grace For Rebels Like Us (7)
God's Grace For Rebels Like Us

13 September — 25 October 2015

The sermon series is based on the book of Jonah. Jonah receives a call from God, but instead of obeying he runs away… All through the story God keeps leading him back, dragging him back to where he needs to be. The same can be said for the Ninevites. A rebellious violent people who receives the gospel and God’s forgiveness. It is difficult for human beings to fathom the depths of this grace. At the end of the story, we see Jonah on the top of a hill, angry, wrestling with the reality of God’s grace for people who do not deserve it.

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Ephesians (12)
Ephesians

3 May — 26 July 2015

The book of Ephesians is a wonderful letter about our life together in Christ. Paul, the author of this book, is not concerned about solving any problem, answering any questions, or writing a theologically correct paper, he is completely caught up by what it means to be a Christian, a person who is in Christ, framed by Christ, formed by Christ, saved and made whole by Christ, and how this person lives out this life in community and in the world. The first three chapters focus on ‘calling’ – who we are in Christ and the last three chapters focus on ‘walking’ – how we live before Christ and the world.

A word at the centre of this letter gives direction to the purpose of the letter. The Greek word is ‘ἀξίως’ (axios) – translated worthy or worthily The picture is an old fashion scale: axios is the balance point in the middle. What it means by 'worthy' and how we live worthy of our lives is not only about behaving well – living our lives well – it’s also about God’s calling and power. When our ‘walking’ is in line with God’s ‘calling’ then we are in ‘axios’ – worthy.

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Healing (3)
Healing

12 — 26 April 2015

Following Easter Sunday we will focus on the healing ministry of Jesus who spent much of his life among those who were sick—physically, emotionally and relationally. So too, the church is to be a place of welcome and safety for the broken and broken-hearted. Communion will be served at each of the services, and prayer stations for those who would like prayer. Also, if you have a friend or family member who would like prayer for healing please invite them. They will be prayed for in confidence and in faith.

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