Biblical Messages

Christ our Strength & Joy

The first letter of Peter, through which we have been working off and on since the winter, has several allusions to the importance of suffering as followers of Christ.  Today, we may be more likely to encounter persecution than ever in recent memory, given the intolerance of biblical Christianity that exists today.

But what is the end of suffering?  Of what value has it for the Christian?  Suffering readies us to spend eternity with God.  Based on 1 Peter 4, you can listen to the message here:

Biblical Messages

PAIN KILLER: The Pain of Suffering

This is not the best news ever, but the Bible suggests, in many places (including 1 Peter 4.12-19) that people who follow Jesus will suffer for their faith.  It was a regular occurrence in New Testament times, and in the life of the early church.  Can it somehow be good for us to suffer?

Listen to “The Pain of Suffering” here and let me know what you think.

Biblical Messages

Weeding Out The Bull…

It was not lost on a few neighbours that on the week when the church sign announced the message title, “Weeding out the bull”, the contractors were digging in front of the church to decommission our septic system and install our hook-up to the new municipal sewers!  However, this message is not about *that* kind of bull.  It’s about all the stuff that competes with the truth of the gospel to attempt to deceive the church, and move it away from the focus of Jesus, who is enough!

This message is based on Colossians 1.24-2.23 and can be listened to by clicking here.

The three questions I ask you to ponder at the end of the message are:

•Have I suffered for my faith in any way?
•Does my life reflect the biblical reality that Jesus is enough?
•Do we live in unity and freedom?