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The Way of Jesus (Part 4): Love
October 31, 2017 05:46 AM PDT
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"I am learning to love God and to love others" This week's statement comes directly from Jesus' answer to a pharisee's question regarding what is the greatest commandment in the Old Testament. The interesting thing is that loving God is basic and foundational to faith, it is the love of others that is the new Jesus emphasis. If we do not love others in the local church, then it is impossible to love God. It is our prayer that our love for each other (and for everyone else) would continually increase and overflow! (Matthew 22:34-40, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Joshua 22:5, Leviticus 19:34, John 13:34-35, 1 John 4:20-21, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, 1 Thessalonians 3:12)

The Way of Jesus (Part 3): Character
October 23, 2017 08:39 AM PDT
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This weeks statement is: "I am becoming like Jesus in my attitudes, behaviours, and character." We have an ongoing desire to be purposeful in the transformation of our daily lives to be more like Jesus: having His humility, obedience, and endurance. (Philippians 2:5, 1 John 2:1-6, 1 Peter 2:20-25, 2 Timothy 1:7-8)

The Way of Jesus (Part 2): Mission
October 17, 2017 11:11 AM PDT
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The second statement of the Way of Jesus is this: "I am being sent by Jesus to bless others, and to invite them to follow Him." This is our purpose as Christians, this is our task. To bless others, both through physical acts of service and through verbal affirmations of encouragement. And to invite them on this beautiful journey of grace that we are on: following Jesus. (John 20:19-21, 1 Peter 3:9, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21)

Give Thanks for what's to Come
October 17, 2017 06:14 AM PDT
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Special Guest speaker, Eric O'Connor, speaking to us about being thankful for our future inheritance (in the resurrection). Eric was our summer intern two years ago, and it is exciting to see how God is shaping him and encouraging us through him!

The Way of Jesus (part 1): Life
October 02, 2017 11:38 AM PDT
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We are starting a new series: "The way of Jesus". This comes to us from the EMCC, and is a set of 7 sayings that help us to live our lives as faithful followers of Jesus. Jesus himself said that He was "the way, the truth, and the life". The first statement is this: "I have begun following Jesus, and am depending on the Spirit of Jesus in my journey."

Faith that Works (Matt Trussell)
September 25, 2017 11:52 AM PDT
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We have the pleasure of hearing the very first sermon preached by Matt Trussell. Matt considered James chapter 2, and led us in a reflection on faith, justification, and works. Sometimes the Apostle Paul and James are expressed as opposed to each other, but in reality they are speaking about two different things: We are saved by faith alone, but we are saved to a faith that works!

Vision Kickoff Sunday (the second half)
September 19, 2017 05:57 AM PDT
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We continue the beginning of our ministry year with the updates from the remaining 3 spokes of our vision: Missions, Sports, and Outreach. Also, there was a short sermonette on Vision... Visibility = Passion. What we are passionate about "shows". In order for anything to be visible, we need light to see. Jesus tells us that WE are the light of the world. We are supposed to let our light shine in front of people, so that other see us doing good (fulfilling the vision that God has given us as a church), and their response is worshiping God. Visibility is about doing good. But not doing good out of obligation, but out of passionate desire to do the work that God prepared beforehand for us to do. And we can have three responses to this truth: joy, anger, or apathy. (Matthew 5:14-16)

Vision Kickoff Sunday
September 11, 2017 11:55 AM PDT
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We start off our ministry year with a "kick off" Sunday were we talk about our Vision as a church, and we listen to updates from 3 of our spoke teams: Sunday, Youth and Kids, and Family Life. We also heard a little sermonette on Vision... Vision = Change. And sometimes change is difficult to accept. But change is how we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. We need to "forget what is behind and strain towards what is ahead". And what is ahead of us is not actually our Vision, but knowing Jesus more intimately. It is the "striving" that shows our eagerness, effort, and vision. (Ecclesiastes 7:10, Philippians 3:13-14)

The Desire of Ages and the Rich Young Ruler
September 11, 2017 11:45 AM PDT
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Pastor Greg Good preaching on the narrative of the Rich Young Ruler and his interaction with Jesus. Jesus is the desire of our hearts, and to follow Jesus fulfills that desire. However, there are other loves (of money, of stuff, of vocation, etc.) that distract us from that desire. We are want Jesus, and we want eternal life, but are we willing to give up that one thing that we lack?

Gospel Perspectives: Baptism
August 29, 2017 11:51 AM PDT
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The final sermon in our summer series on Gospel Perspectives, on the topic of baptism. And the shift in our thinking on it is this: Baptism is the first step that "YOU take with the disciple that YOU are making", not merely the first step that "I take in my personal journey as a disciple of Jesus". Baptism needs to be understood in the context of disciple making. If you understand the Great Commission, baptism is the responsibility of the disciple maker, not merely a step of faith of the disciple. And if the person who you are discipling does not want to get baptized, that means the following: 1) You haven't finished the first step in the disciple making process. 2) they haven't fully made a pledge to identify with the death and resurrection of Jesus. And if you have never been baptized of your own volition, how are you supposed to tell your disciple to be baptized, if you are not willing to do so yourself? (Acts 10:48, Acts 2:36-38, Colossians 2:12-14, 1 Peter 3:18-21, Romans 6:3-4)

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