In a February 2000 Barna Research Group poll, 75% of Christians identified the phrase, “God helps those who help themselves” as coming from the Bible. Yet, this phrase is not found in the Bible and actually represents a very dangerous twist on the gospel message. Our temptation is to take our destiny into our own hands, to try and solve God’s problems for him. But in doing so, we are actually removing him as our Saviour. Join Pastor Tim as he looks at the story of Abraham and Sarai, as they took the promises of God into their own hands and tried to make it happen for themselves.
This past Sunday was the first Sunday of the Lent season, which is a time of confession and preparation for Easter. But because of our familiarity with our own legal system, I think many of us misunderstand to point and power of confession. So join me as we look at Psalm 51 and unpack what it means to truly confess and repent.
Join special guests, the Dilts, as they share about their work in the Algonquin area with First Nations peoples.
Join special guests, the Bensons, as they share about their work in Toronto.
In John 6, Jesus feeds the crowd of 5000 with a little boys lunch of five loaves of bread and two fish. Though it seemed so insignificant and insufficient, God used it in a miraculous way to feed the people. God wants to use you too. Even if you don’t think you have anything to offer, God wants to work through you to accomplish miraculous things. Join Pastor Tim for this short reflection from our special family service this past weekend.
In Psalm 34, David writes, “Taste and see that the Lord is good!” Maybe you’ve seen the phrase written on some art at your local Christian book store, but is it really the nice flowery statement that we have turned it into. Actually, David wrote this Psalm in a time of incredible disappointment and struggle. So join Pastor Tim as he helps us read Psalm 34 in the context it was written and allow it to speak hope into your soul.
Often as a Pastor, you get off of the stage and you realize that there was something you forgot to say or something you wish you could say differently. I realized, after I finished, that I started a thought about missions trips and then never finished it. The thought was simply this: One of the reasons that missions trips are so formative in our spiritual development and usually so life-changing, is because they are intense periods of time where all three sides of the triangle are present. I am journeying with others, out into the world, and spending time connecting up with God.
In this week’s sermon, Pastor Tim as he walks us through the 3GC’s: The Greatest Commandment, The 2nd Greatest Commandment, and the Great Commission. Each of these verses provides us with a direction for living. Join Pastor Tim as he challenges us to put this sermon series into application in our lives by applying three directions to our Christian walk.
In 1 Corinthians 12:7, Paul tells us that each and every one of us has been given a gift to help serve the church. What would it look like for us to serve one another as Christ patterned for us? Unfortunately, many of us have gotten used to being served, rather than serving. But that is not how we were designed. Join pastor Tim as he calls us to look at ourselves as supernaturally gifted to lead the church.
In Ephesians 4:11-13, Paul gives instruction for how the church should operate. The church leaders are put in place to equip the people to so the work of the church. Unfortuantely, many churches have developed a model where the money goes in the offering basket, the offering basket pays the pastor’s salary, and then the pastor is expected to care for the needs of the church. But that’s not what God intended. Join pastor Tim as he calls us to look at ourselves as owners in the church, bearing the responsibility for the work and success of the church.