[  Teachings: 2020  ]

A proper view of God, that glimpses His Glory and moves to respond appropriately, is paramount for all worship. It also is the root of our good works from grace-driven effort. This week we dig deep into Isaiah 45 an amazing chapter that reveals much about God’s character and the nature of His work.

This week we begin a theme that will run through the next section in Hebrews where an important contrast between physical and spiritual emphasizes the paramount nature of Jesus and His work. From Plato to C.S. Lewis, shadow is an important metaphor for what we can only know in-part. Jesus is the Substance.

Mediator is one of the most important functional roles that Jesus serves for the believer. All across the Bible we see beautiful pictures of effective mediation and/or hear deep cries for the need of such a service. This week we explore a key Old Testament text in Exodus 33 in order to better understand the … [ read more ] "Dynamics of Cherishing Our Great Mediator"

A treat for this sermon, local NAMB church planter Deholo Nali takes us through the next section of Hebrews. Jesus, our Hero, unlocks “eternal inheritance”, “freedom”, and “godliness”. All of these are integral parts of the wonderful Good News that Jesus offers to each person.

Starting off with a recording of a clever little song by the brilliant Andrew Peterson, this week we start with a reminder of the impermanence of life. Then we circle back to Hebrews 9:8-14 and the incredible idea that Jesus actually purifies the conscience of believers. What might it look like to live from a … [ read more ] "“Pure Conscience Culture”"

Finishing off Hebrews chapter 9, teaches us some important truths about the work that Jesus accomplished on our behalf. Then as a gift, we get a bonus teaching about perspective on death, something on which we desperately need a healthy perspective.

Perfectionist? Plagued by an attitude of “good enough”? We all fall somewhere on the spectrum of perfectionism or the lack thereof. But regardless of your personality or work ethic, we all carry a sense of separation from the way we feel “things ought to be.” What does Jesus have to do with or say about … [ read more ] "Perfected For All Time"

“Don’t settle for feeling far from God. This is not His plan for you. Draw near.” These encouraging words from Pastor Jason resonate as the world begins to withdraw into isolation as a result of the coronavirus and COVID-19. Closeness to God generally equals death . . . and yet, Jesus makes a way for … [ read more ] "The Blessing of Drawing Near"

COVID-19 hits Canada in such a way that we move our services online via livestream. In our first ever endeavour on this new platform, our study through Hebrews takes us to a passage that speaks of believers meeting together. What a perfect passage to explore the deepest meaning of these truths as the church scatters … [ read more ] "Love, Good Deeds, & Meeting Together"

“To judge of the efficacy of Divine grace, we should see it in actual exercise, and under circumstances calculated to display its power.” (Horae Homileticae) Our livestream this week includes people being exclusively in their homes, underscoring that the body of believers are the ones who comprise the church, wherever they may be. As Pastor … [ read more ] "Your Consolations Cheer My Soul"

Worship is at its fullest when we have the fullest view of God that we can manage. This must take into view aspects of God’s character that we love AND the ones that we may be less comfortable with. This passage of Hebrews does a wonderful job of calling us to honesty and humility before … [ read more ] "A Fearful Thing"

Easter is upon us once again — Hallelujah! This week we focus on the faith that drives good works in the face of difficulties . . . a faith rooted in the fact that we have a Better and Lasting Possession in Jesus! He is risen!

Faith is one of the most common themes in the Bible, yet at times we struggle to define it or display it. Hebrews 1:1-3 helps us see faith in special and specific terms, bridging the gap between the seen and unseen in ways that enliven a joy-filled life full of good works.

In this week’s passage we are given the theme, the cast, and the setting for the next section of Hebrews. In it we meet the first “player” on scene from the “people of old who received their commendation by faith.” And we seek encouragement for our own faith-journey through the legacy.

There is a way of life that is more than just living. There is “walking with God.” This week we explore the idea that God Fixes Brokenness. So whatever your personal “flood” looks like, there is hope for you, in abundance. And your hope has a name: Jesus.

One way to describe the life-of-faith is to “learn to live as a sojourner”. Even though there are many GREAT things about our lives “here and now”, the best of times are still a shadow of the “Better Possession” promised for God’s people in heaven. Today we take a deeper look at this kind of … [ read more ] "Abraham & Sarah . . . Living as a Sojourner"

As we wrap up a massive journey through the book of Hebrews, we come across on of the most beautiful and powerful prayers in the entire Bible. We hope you hear in this message a clear, invigorating call to love and follow Jesus as well as grow in your resolve to join Him on-mission.

If we are honest with ourselves, I think we’d admit that much of the time, we desire the wrong things. Or at least we are guilty of not considering very deeply whether the things that we desire are “true, honourable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, or worthy of praise.” (Phil. 4:9) But what if we … [ read more ] "Approaching Community – Unity Desired"

We have a community/togetherness that is sourced from Jesus Himself, that defines a mission for us to enjoy Him and share Him whereby we create and deepen true community. Oh that God would help us lead into finding our identity as such a community and then press on to explore, enjoy, guard, and reflect such … [ read more ] "Beginning Community – Unity Provided"

As we continue to live through the COVID19 pandemic, what does it look like to balance gathering, not gathering, community without proximity, and maintaining worship? To answer this, at least in part, Deholo takes us through the “paces, praises, and prayers” of Psalm 122.

God is at work. His glory is shining, and He means for us be a part of His good work. Author Christopher J.J. Wright put it this way, “It is not so much that God has a mission for His church in the world, but that God has a church for His mission in the … [ read more ] "Reflecting Community – Unity Exampled"

As we move into another year of “HymnedOut November” (H.O.N.), we roll our community focus into practical evangelism training. We discuss it through the lens of the redemptive-historical arc of the Bible: Creation > Fall > Reconciliation > Restoration. Join us for the journey.

Praise God that the “Fall” is NOT the end of the Story. This week we peer through the lens of “story” to wrap our hearts around the power of redemption, reconciliation, and the beauty of the Good News of salvation in Jesus. We urge you: be reconciled to God.

This week we finish the Redemptive Arc of the Bible and explore “restoration.” Daniel takes us through a macro look and a micro look at how this truth intersects our lives. Our prayer is that God would shape us into effective agents of restoration to the world around us until He comes back to take … [ read more ] "H.O.N. – Restoration & Mission"