Biblical Messages

EPIDEMIC IN THE CHURCH: 1. Know Whose You Are

In Terry Wardle’s book, Outrageous Love, Transforming Power, he talks about the crisis that exists in the church due to spiritual immaturity. (Get the book. It’s well worth the read, and is available here.) In this series, we’re going to look at the eight characteristics of Jesus’ life that make for spiritual maturity. On this Easter Day, we begin the series with a look at identity, knowing whose you are. It’s based on the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus in Mark 9.2-10. You can watch the whole worship gathering, including the Lord’s Supper, below, or just the message below that.

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Faith: Habit or Hobby?

Many people in the world – even some church-going people, even some people who have professed faith in Jesus – treat their faith as an add-on, an option among many other options. Yet to be disciples of Jesus, we need to treat our faith as a habit, not a hobby. That’s the theme of today’s message, based on Colossians 3.1-17. You can watch the whole gathering below, or just the message below that. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to use the comment section below!

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God Calling

If you follow Jesus, you’re a gifted person. The Bible tells us in a number of places that every follower of Jesus has at least one special ability, given by God, to serve him in the church. These are called “spiritual gifts”. And today’s message is about one of the passages that shows some of the spiritual gifts. Maybe one or more of those is yours! The message is based on Ephesians 4.1-16. You can watch the whole gathering below, or just the message below that. If you’d like to participate in the spiritual gift seminar on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7:00 p.m., on Zoom, you can comment on this post with your email address, and I’ll send you the Zoom link, and the link to the spiritual gift inventory you’ll want to complete before attending.

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Teamwork

In this worship broadcast, we hear a message called “Teamwork” that takes a list of greetings sent by the apostle Paul, as he begins to close his letter to the church in Rome, and applies it in our context. It’s based on Romans 16.1-16. The big idea is that ‘church is better when we do it together’ – not just for the people who are present in the building, but for all of us, including online viewers. How will you respond? Comment here, or go to stpaulsnobleton.ca/connect and let us know how you will engage.

You can watch the whole broadcast below, or just the message below that.

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The Mission

How does God’s mission get accomplished? The apostle Paul, in writing to the church at Rome in the first century, gave a clear picture of what that looked like for him, and there are things we can learn from his experience as we seek to undertake the work of God in our time. Based on Romans 15.14-22, you can watch the entire worship broadcast below, or just the message below that.

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One Voice

In this video, we hear a message about the importance of setting aside selfishness in favour of serving others – something that will become very important as the church emerges from the pandemic, with many worshippers choosing to remain online and not gather in person, either because they are at a distance or because they don’t have experience as in-person worshippers in community. It’s based on Romans 15.1-13. The whole worship broadcast is available below, and just the message below that.

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Eating and Drinking: Adiaphora

If I follow Jesus, should I be a vegetarian?  Vegan?  Pescatarian?  Or can I eat whatever I want?

Can a Christian take a job that makes one work on Sunday?

If I love the Lord, can I have a glass of wine with my supper?

These may not be the most pressing questions in the world today, but they do come up from time to time, and they are addressed by our Scripture focus today, from Romans 14. You can watch the whole worship broadcast below, or the message alone below that.

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Not Quite Libertarian

There has been no time such as this in our lifetime to share the relevance of Romans 13.1-7. In this service, we hear a message about what it means to submit to civil authorities, and how that relates to the uprising in the US last week and the current pandemic. You can watch the whole service below, or just the message below that. Apologies for some of the poor video; we had some technical issues this morning.

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Climbing the Ladder (Or, “Teleoanticipation”!)

“Teleoanticipation”: use that in a crossword puzzle this week. It was a new word to me, introduced to me by my spiritual director. In this worship gathering for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we learn what it means, how it applies to our current situation, and how Mary exemplified it. While we “teleoanticipate”, we climb the ladder of faith. How? Watch to find out. The message is based on Luke 1.26-56, and can be viewed as part of the whole worship broadcast below, or by itself just below that.

Our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day broadcasts have been pre-recorded and will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel on December 24 in the afternoon and December 25 in the morning respectively, or anytime after those times as may be convenient for you. Merry Christmas! I’ll post them here as well.