Biblical Messages

Antagonists in the church

Again this week, we had challenges with our equipment (but different ones!). We apologize for the quality of the video and audio, but hope that you are encouraged by this service, which includes a message from 3 John on how to deal with people who want to take charge and be antagonists in the church. You can watch the whole worship gathering below, or just the message below that.

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Love. Stand. Remain.

We are often entranced by novelty. Mostly, we think of technology (September, after all, is the month the new iPhone is released!). But it happens in the church, too – and has for as long as the church has existed. John’s second letter illustrates this, and tells us how to stay focused theologically amid the challenges that come…sometimes from within. You can watch the whole worship gathering below, or just the message below that. NOTE: We had technical challenges today, so much of this service uses just B roll video and the poor quality audio that goes with it. We apologize for the hiccup that was beyond our control.

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Satan’s role in the end times, and the fate of those who’ve never heard of Jesus

In this penultimate instalment in the series on heaven, we tackle two questions offered by congregants: first, the role of Satan in the end times; and second, the fate of people who have never heard of Jesus. Early in the service, we welcome three young ladies into church membership on their profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. The message is based on Revelation 20 and Romans 1 (and others). You can watch the whole worship gathering below, or just the message below that.

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Is the rapture a real thing?

There’s plenty of talk in society – especially for the last 100 years – about how the end times is going to unfold. Some believers, those in the ‘premillennial dispensationalist’ camp, think that Jesus’ return will involve a secret removal of followers of Christ from the earth, to meet the Lord. If one reads the Scriptures, this makes little sense. In fact, the whole notion of being ‘left behind’ is actually backwards, according to Matthew 24. That’s the focus of the message in this worship gathering. You can watch the whole gathering below, or just the message below that.

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Why Bother With Heaven?

We begin a new series on heaven today – a topic that isn’t often heard from many pulpits. Why is that? We’ll look at several Scriptures that give some images of heaven, and why thinking about heaven matters for followers of Jesus, based on Colossians 3.1-17. You can watch the message alone below, or the whole worship gathering just below that. The message began with a video of the song, “I Can Only Imagine”, by MercyMe, which you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_lrrq_opng

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Healing In His Wings

As we conclude our series on the Old Testament book of the prophet Malachi, we learn that there is a reference that will remind us, of all things, of Christmas! You’ll find that the message from Malachi 3.16-4.6 is both a challenge to those who are far from God and an encouragement to those who follow and obey the Lord. You can watch the message alone below, or the whole worship gathering below that.

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Cheating God

As we continue our journey through Malachi, we get to the part that most church people are familiar with, because pastors use it as a passage that deals with stewardship. But there is more to Malachi 3.6-15 than just tithing! In it, we learn about the character of God, and our response. You can watch the whole gathering below, or just the message below that.

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A Blazing Fire

Fire does more than burn. That’s what the Lord tells us in Malachi 3.1-5. And we also get a hint at the coming of Jesus! Some advice for handling our own periods of refining, and awaiting the second coming of Jesus, can be found in the message that’s part of this worship gathering. The whole worship gathering can be viewed below, or you can catch the message alone below that.

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Clerical Advice

Our journey through Malachi takes us to 2.1-9 today, in which we learn that the spirituality of God’s people in Malachi’s time was so low that even the priests were ignoring God’s covenant. What can we learn from this for our life in Christ today? You can watch the whole gathering below to find out, or just the message below that.

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No Respect

In this worship gathering, we begin a series on the book of Malachi. (There is an introductory video I’ve put on YouTube that you can check out for an overview.) In chapter 1, we learn about how the people of God have let their passion for him wane. In the message, we learn how to avoid that in our time. You can watch the whole gathering below, or just the message below that.

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Throwing Your Weight Around

Concluding our series on the epidemic in the church of spiritual immaturity, based on Terry Wardle’s book, Outrageous Love, Transforming Power, we look at how Jesus has given all of his followers the authority to act in his name. We’ll look at one example, from Mark 4.35-41. You can watch the message here, or the entire worship broadcast elsewhere on the channel.

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Plugging in the Lamp

As we continue our series on the epidemic of spiritual immaturity in the church, based on the book Outrageous Love, Transforming Power by Terry Wardle, we get to the characteristic of empowerment, the idea that to be spiritually mature, we need to let the Holy Spirit off the leash. The Scripture focus is Luke 4.14-30, and you can watch the message below, or the whole worship broadcast below that.

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Giving Back

As we continue our series on the epidemic of spiritual immaturity in the church, based on the book Outrageous Love, Transforming Power by Terry Wardle, we get to the characteristic of ministry, the idea that to be spiritually mature, we need to be servants, wounded healers. The Scripture focus is Matthew 20.20-28, and you can watch the message below, or the whole worship broadcast just below that.