Sermons by “Pastor David”
It is always tempting to follow the crowd to get to where we are going. However, Jesus reminds us that following the crowd is also a great way to not get to where we want to go. In fact, the right way may be the road less traveled.View Sermon
How do we get God to do for us what we wish? That’s often how we frame things to ourselves because we carry an assumption that God is hard, distant, or stingy. But, that’s just the same old lie that we have believed from the beginning. The truth is, God our Father desires to give us good things.View Sermon
“Sin boldly!,” cries Martin Luther. Luther had come face to face with the gospel of God’s grace in Jesus Christ. This transformed his fear over his sin and his standing before God into confidence. What he did not mean is that we are to be sinful or lawless. Jesus says much the same—the Law has not passed away, but has been fulfilled.View Sermon
Eminem poses the question, “Look, If you had one shot or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip?” This is an echo of Jesus’s teaching, that we need to make the most of every opportunity because we have been called for a purpose.View Sermon
What do we need to know to follow Jesus? Fortunately, he is upfront and he lays out what being his disciple entails. To begin with it doesn’t look like a Sunday school picnic. In fact, discipleship with Jesus is equal to being a prophet of old. It’s a rough gig, but it is ultimately worthwhile.View Sermon
We believe that authentic worship is everything that honours God. Worshiping God is the greatest fulfilment of our vocation to be bearers of God’s image. Worship is an individual and corporate whole life offering which is grounded in our regular gathering for that purpose. Worship is about God first and last (Genesis 1:26–30; Exodus 20:1–17; Deuteronomy 6:4–5; Romans 12:1).
Am I worshiping God for who He is and what He’s done, is doing, and will do?
We believe that prayer is essential to following after God. Like Jesus, we need frequent times when we are seeking God for a reaffirmation of our identity as God’s people and a reminder of our mission. Like Scripture, prayer is a major discipline for our corporate body (Matthew 6:9–13; Mark 1:35; Acts 4:23–31).
Am I seeking God for direction in the life of our church?
We believe that God has gifted his body of believers, men and women equally, for the work of discipling and mission. Every believer has been equipped by God’s Spirit to build up the body and/or to do works of service for the world. Everyone is encouraged to discover their gifts and share them to the best of their ability (Romans 12:4–8; 1 Corinthians 12:1–11; Ephesians 4:11–13).
Am I aware of what my gifts are and am I sharing them for the building up of the body or the mission of the church?
We believe that God is transforming us into the image of his Son. This means that we are intentionally submitting ourselves to be re-formed through daily practices that lead to spiritual growth. We also recognize that at the heart of our mission as a church, we are to disciple others through those same daily practices (Matthew 28:18–20; Romans 12:2).
Am I intentionally being discipled and am I engaged in discipling others?
We believe the community called church is a new family. This means we intentionally invite people to become a part of our life together. As well, we foster an environment in which we openly share what is happening in our lives with each other and seek to respond to each other with love and concern. We also seek to be a place of healing for all people (Mark 3:34–35; Acts 2:44–45; James 2:15–17, 5:13–16).
Am I fully participating in this new community called the church?