Sermons

The Action of the Church

Too often we put the activity of the church into an “either/or” situation. Either we preach the gospel of Jesus or we care for the poor and the marginalized. But, when we properly understand the nature of the kingdom of God we recognize that it is not “either/or,” but “both/and.”

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The Science of Church

During Christendom, it was assumed that the mission of the kingdom of God was complete. Therefore, all that was left to do was worship. However, we are now in a post-Christian world so we need to recapture the missional direction of the church.

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Actively Responding

We have engaged in the holy discipline of listening to the other. Now we want to discern how to respond. Faith without works is dead says James and Jesus say salvation has arrived when Zacchaeus makes reparations. How are you and I—personally and corporately—called to heal the wounds of racism in our community and neighbourhoods?

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Identity

How the world views us and how we view the world is shaped by a number of factors with one of them being race. We will explore the discrimination and microaggressions that people of colour experience as they navigate the world while discussing the subsequent privilege that white people experience alongside them. While this can be a difficult subject, by looking at Isaiah 58 we will seek to answer the question: How is God inviting me to live out anti-racism in my world?

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When Did We See You…? Don’t You Wanna Know What I Think?

In Matthew 25 Jesus compares two kingdoms, the one ruled by Satan and the other by God. Jesus always went to where the pain is and identifies with the least of these.

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Finding the Light of the World Within a Sacred Worldview

Pastor Nick will help us to understand better why Indigenous people are so hostile to the (colonial) gospel. Then he will move us through the context of John’s Gospel to help us understand a counter worldview so that the church can embody a better (Indigenous) gospel.

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Thou Shalt Not Other

For many, the George Floyd video finally and irrefutably revealed the ugly face of anti-black racism. And it’s not just a US issue. What is a biblically-appropriate response? In this message Pastor Michael begins to answer that question.

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Peace Isn’t Passive

Like it or not we are living through a time where issues of continued racism in Canada and the U.S. have come to the fore. The church cannot turn a blind eye to it or simply wish that everyone would just get along. We are the body of Christ, so we are called to live out the truth of the kingdom of God. We are to be ambassadors of reconciliation. But, peace doesn’t mean not talking about the problem. It means working to eliminate the divisions in the body and the world.

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World’s Yoke Vs. God’s Yoke

Amid COVID-19 our denomination, the Free Methodist Church in Canada, has sensed the need for her pastors to find some rest. So, they have put together a service to allow us to put down our burdens. This also fits with our emphasis on discipleship. Come to Jesus for his yoke is gentle.

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