Biblical Messages

To Infinity and Beyond!

In this worship gathering, we hear a message from Titus 1.5-9, carrying on our theme of the character of church leaders, focusing on their theological and biblical growth, work as a team, and care for the congregation, particularly for those who have strayed away from the fold. You can watch the message below, or the entire worship gathering below that.

Biblical Messages

An Honour, But Not A Reward

In this worship gathering, we take a moment to remember those who gave their lives in the service of our country, we celebrate a baptism, and we hear a message from 1 Timothy 3.1-13 about the character of those elected to the office of ruling elder. You can watch the whole worship gathering below, or just the message below that.

Encouragement From The Word

Iron sharpens iron

Last Tuesday night, the active elders of St. Paul’s Church, Nobleton invited all the elders who had previously served on the congregation’s leadership team to a pot luck dinner for some conversation around change and the future of the church.  It was a really productive and encouraging evening; I wish it could have been longer, but by the time everybody pitched in with clean-up, it was getting late, and we didn’t want to keep people.

Consulting with people who’ve “been there” is always time well spent.  I’d say if you added up all the years of service to the Lord that were gathered in that room, it would total many hundreds of years – that’s a long time.  That’s a lot of wisdom to draw from.

I wish I had always seen the value of such gatherings, but when I was younger in ministry, I actually feared these sorts of conversations, probably because I didn’t handle criticism very well…even when it wasn’t offered as criticism.  If I’d held gatherings like this when I was in my 20s and 30s, I might have made fewer mistakes.

Likewise, having mentors and friends who can encourage us in the work we do and in our walk with the Lord will benefit us greatly, whether we see immediate results or not.  The key is to be open to the conversation, to listen, and to act on what we learn.

Who could you meet with that would improve your work?  Improve your discipleship?  Improve your church?  There’s something to pray about!

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend” (Proverbs 27.17, NLT).

Biblical Messages


As we wrap up this series on what it takes to serve as a ruling elder, after looking at character and vision, we turn to commitment.  Based on 1 Peter 5.1-4 and James 5.13-18, you can listen to this final message in the series below.  At the end of the message, I show this video.

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Proverbs 29.18 says, “When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild.  But whoever obeys the law is joyful” (NLT).  The old King James Version says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”  Vision – divine guidance, at its root – is key to church life, and especially to the leaders of the church.  In this series, where we’re focusing on what it takes to be a ruling elder, we had a conversation with Donna Marchand, one of the elders on the Session, and looked at the story of the Council of Jerusalem in Acts 15.1-21 over the course of this message:

Biblical Messages


In our congregation, we are electing new Session members (elders) in November.  To aid our process of discernment, we’re spending three Sundays looking at what it takes to be an elder, according to the Bible.  Along with looking at 1 Timothy 3.1-7, I invited John Mullings, our Clerk of Session, up for a conversation.  (I uncharacteristically stumbled over a few things, which I hope you don’t find as distracting as I did!)  Listen here:

Biblical Messages

Christ Our Shepherd

Agrarian language and metaphor worked in the first century world, because everybody understood sheep and shepherds.  The apostle Peter, in the last chapter of his first letter, applies this to the life of the church when he gives advice to congregations and leaders.  Based on 1 Peter 5, you can listen to the message here: