What Child Is This? (#2) – Wise & Benevolent Ruler

In the second week of Advent 2018, Pastor Bill preaches from Isaiah 9:1-7. Here we find the the child who is our wise and benevolent ruler. He brings light to a people who have long lived in darkness; His rule brings joy and freedom. This child is divine and his rule extends forever and beyond the confines of this world.
We are invited to yield to His rule as our real, living, functional Lord of our lives
Christ is truly the head of our lives and of the church. Not in some distant way, but nearby – “with us always.”

What Child Is This? (#1) – Flesh & Blood Testimony

We begin our advent series for 2018. Pastor Andrew teaches from John 1.
Jesus is true God from true God, come to show in the most definite way who God is for us – God come in flesh and blood.
We, too are challenged to be flesh and blood witnesses –  to Christ.
We testify to His first coming; and we testify to His second coming.

Finding Rest in Christ – How to Quiet Yourself – Back to the Basics Part 2

We continue our ‘Back to the Basics’ series. This second sermon in the series is about the importance and challenge of stillness – learning to be quiet in God, despite fear, anxiety, drivenness, etc.

Preaching from Isaiah 7:3-9 (see also 1 Kings 19:11-13), Pastor Bill teaches warns that, If we do not learn to quiet ourselves in the face of threatening and overwhelming situations, we will not be able to hear the voice of God and fear wins the day. Faith gives way to fear. To learn to be quiet brings about the very opposite and faith prevails!

This encouragement is very good for us to hear: to persist in faith regardless of what can be an overwhelming amount of voices that attempt to crowd His voice out from our mind.

Perhaps the words of St Paul are apropos here. He says that the path to spiritual maturity, stability, etc. is this: “Let no one be deceived. If anyone among you thinks that they are wise in this age, let them become a fool that they may become wise” (1 Corinthians 3:16). In other words: we are used to the ways of the world and its pressures seem so overwhelming; but the way to true life is in leaning on God and His wisdom. We need to hear from His Spirit. That is a “first thing;” a basic necessity.

Meeting with Christ Daily – Psalm 1

This is the first sermon in our “Back to the Basics” Sermon Series.
Pastor Bill speaks from Psalm 1 on the value of establishing daily devotions in our lives in order to abide in Christ. We need to have these daily times with God in order to have fellowship with Him, so that we don’t wither, to have victory over temptation, to grow in godly character, and to be successful in our lives.
Pastor Bill also gives some practical advice for how to set aside time and for what to do during our daily devotions so as to get the most from them.

Christ Our Healer – Part #3 in “Why Jesus Is the Greatest of All”

This is the third part in ‘Why Jesus is the greatest of all’.  Pastor Bill speaks on Christ as our Healer, from Matthew 15:21-31. This is the story of Christ and the Canaanite woman; whom He puts off.  The woman however won’t be put off and presses in all the more to Him and receives the reward of her persistence.  Her daughter is healed.  And then Jesus heals the multitude who bring their sick to Him.  At the end of all that, the people glorified God.  What is remarkable about this is that it occurs in the area of Gentiles.  Christ didn’t do much with the Gentiles but here it’s seen in living colour.  His great compassion for people.

Healing is meant for God’s children, but is given even to those who are outside the fold.

The invitation is to take our emotional and physical wounds to Christ, who is able to heal.

No Impossible Cases – Why Jesus Is The Greatest of All (Part 1) – Acts 4:1-13

Preaching on Jesus as the unique Saviour, Pastor Bill Shares from Acts 4:1-13.
Jesus is the unique Saviour of the world; He is uniquely qualified for that. There is none who is too far gone, none that He cannot reach – no impossible cases.
Pastor Bill also highlights some of the terrible situations that Jesus frees us from and what Jesus frees us for.
The rubber hits the road when listeners are challenged to encounter Jesus personally and engage their will in following Christ in His fullness. Now is the time.

Psalm 91 – 5 Back To School Prayers

Looking at Psalm 91, Pastor Bill points out how it as a springboard for our prayers for our kids as they begin their new school year. (Not a bad idea to pray these throughout the entire year, too!)

God bless you as you listen and as you go about your day!

The Blessing of Oneness Among God’s People – Psalm 133

Pastor Andrew concludes our Summer Sermon Series – Living in the Goodness of God – by expounding upon Psalm 133.
The blessing of God in the harmony of the saints is wonderful – compared to the blessing of the most holy things, and a taste of eternal life itself. The blessing and unity is from God, is abundant for the whole church and is available to the senses.
May God bless His people with unity in Christ; and may He help us to do our part and to fight for unity.