THE VALUE OF PERSEVERANCE – PATHWAYS TO THE KING #9 (Ch 8)

The Lord gives us so much! A new life and freedom. All we need for life and godliness! And there is so much awaiting us in the time of the fullness of salvation. Yet, we are also called make every effort to supplement our faith with character. In this sermon, we will investigate two important benefits of perseverance. Pastor Bill speaks from 2 Peter 3:1-11.

First, perseverance is the pathway to fruitfulness – it is the only way to complete all we’ve been given to do.

Second, perseverance clears our vision so that we can see beyond our own flesh and this world and see clearly into eternal things. Perseverance and gives us the eyes to see that escaping trials and difficulties is in no way worth more to us than persevering and enduring unto the crown of life that awaits the faithful.

This is the ninth (and final) message in our current series of sermons – PATHWAYS TO THE KING – which is tracking with Rob Reimer’s book by that same name. We are working through this book in our small groups to start the year off. This sermon takes the same theme as chapter eight of the book – “Persist.”

PASSING THE TESTS – PATHWAYS TO THE KING #8 (Ch 7)

Pastor Bill speaks from 2 Corinthians 4. Walking through the text, we see the very real benefits of trials, tests, suffering, persecution:

  • God is always with you amidst the difficulty. He is watching over you and He is for your good. God uses these to do a deeper work in us.
  • Verses 3-6: People around us are watching. And one of God’s major strategies for opening eyes blinded by Satan is our patient and joyful enduring of suffering in His strength.
  • Verses 7-12: Trials and tests bring us to the right spiritual place – the place of being done with self-reliance. Trials and tests help us to learn to say that we can do nothing on our own, nothing without Christ. And with suffering, this will come right from the bottom of our hearts and be authentic. In our weakness, He is strong.
  • Verses 13-15: How to pass a test? Not through grumbling and complaining, but through giving thanks to God.
  • Verses 16-18: Trials teach us to live not for today, but for eternity. Affliction has the benefit of burning away the seeming importance of all that earthly stuff that seems to motivate us so deeply, but is not of eternal importance.

This is the eighth message in our current series of sermons – PATHWAYS TO THE KING – which is tracking with Rob Reimer’s book by that same name. We are working through this book in our small groups to start the year off. This sermon takes the same theme as chapter seven of the book – “Pass the Tests.”

LIVING INTO THE PROMISES OF GOD – PATHWAYS TO THE KING #7 (Ch 6)

In this sermon, Pastor Bill speaks from Numbers 13 and 14, diving into the theme of living in the promises of God.  Here is the colourful story of the spies coming back from their exploratory trip into Canaan and the people’s serious wrestling over the promises of God.  The passage just begs the question, are we seriously able to trust God on the things He has definitely promised us? and how can we grow in that, seeing the negative effect of not trusting Him?

So faith in God, or in the promises of God:

  • Remembers God; remembers the things He has done, calls it to memory, etc. because God always acts consistently.
  • Sees God more clearly than circumstances. Relying on His voice rather than our eyes.
  • Follows God courageously so that how we talk changes.
  • Is rewarded.  God is not pleased by unbelief and hugely rewards faith in Him/His promises.

This is the seventh message in our current series of sermons – PATHWAYS TO THE KING – which is tracking with Rob Reimer’s book by that same name. We are working through this book in our small groups to start the year off. This sermon takes the same theme as chapter six of the book – “Promises of God.”

Praying Kingdom Prayers – PATHWAYS TO THE KING #6 (Ch 5)

This Sunday, Pastor Bill speaks on: praying kingdom prayers.  Our central text is Matthew 16:13-19, where Jesus describes what He is creating – the church; that entity which embodies all the principles and privileges of the kingdom of heaven.  People come into it only by revelation.  It is unshakable, built on the confession of Jesus.  And those in it are given keys – authority. Jesus speaks of the authority of prayer that is available to believers: What they bind on earth is bound in heaven and what they loose on earth is loosed in heaven. God intends to do things impossible to man at their simple request, things that are focused not on their comforts but His glory.

This is the sixth message in our current series of sermons – PATHWAYS TO THE KING – which is tracking with Rob Reimer’s book by that same name. We are working through this book in our small groups to start the year off. This sermon takes the same theme as chapter five of the book – “Pray Kingdom Prayers.”

Praise and Thanksgiving! – PATHWAYS TO THE KING #5 (Ch 4)

This week, Pastor Bill speaks from Psalm 95, focusing especially on the importance of praising God and giving Him thanks.

It is good and right to praise Him! First, because He is a great God, most worthy of praise. Secondly, because praise is a fitting sacrifice to God. Third, because through praise and thanksgiving we come into and experience God’s presence. Fourth, because praise increases our faith to pray expectantly.  There are more reasons than that but time is limited.

We are to praise God with our whole heart, with joy, and being renewed in our minds to know His tremendous character. Of course, singing or speaking are involved, and different postures may be helpful.

This is the fifth message in our current series of sermons – PATHWAYS TO THE KING – which is tracking with Rob Reimer’s book by that same name. We are working through this book in our small groups to start the year off. This sermon takes the same theme as chapter four of the book – “Praise.”

Pursuing Purity – PATHWAYS TO THE KING #4 (Ch 3)

Pastor Bill speaks from 1 John 2:28-3:3.

If we want to experience God’s renewing presence in our lives, purifying our hearts intentionally is imperative. The main idea is ‘everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself as He is pure.’ The backdrop of the passage is the love of God; ‘see what great love the Father has lavished on us…’

Yet intentionally pursuing God by purifying ourselves is vital. The opposite of that is tolerating sin in our lives and putting up with things that we know grieve God even when God is speaking to us about such things. There is intentionality to this. It is a pathway we choose and a pathway that opens up for us the manifest presence of God.

This is the fourth message in our current series of sermons – PATHWAYS TO THE KING – which is tracking with Rob Reimer’s book by that same name. We are working through this book in our small groups to start the year off.
This sermon parallels with chapter three of the book – “Purity”

The Pursuit of God – PATHWAYS TO THE KING #3 (Ch 2)

Pastor Jim teaches from Matthew 6:33 on pursuing God. God is the best. He invites us to make Him our #1 priority and the primary focus of our passion.
Jim breaks down each phrase in this famous verse and leads us in a time of prayer where we pursue God and trust Him with the very real needs of our everyday living.

This is the third message in our current series of sermons – PATHWAYS TO THE KING – which is tracking with Rob Reimer’s book by that same name. We are working through this book in our small groups to start the year off.
This sermon parallels with chapter two of Reimer’s book. Chapter title: “Pursuing God”

The Majesty of Your Identity in Christ – PATHWAYS TO THE KING (Ch 1)

Pastor Andrew preaches from 1 Peter 2:1-12. There is a lot here to help us with seeing the magnificent identity that God has given us. We are God’s children, called to grow up in Him; we are spiritual temple for His worship; we are chosen and precious; we are those in need of grace; we are honoured by God though men might dishonour us; we are sojourners and exiles in this life. There is a challenge to live in the tension of being in but not of the world. The loud voice of the world and our fear of people often keep us from personalizing our identity in Christ.

This is our second message in our current series of sermons – PATHWAYS TO THE KING, which is tracking with Rob Reimer’s book by that same name. We are working through this book in our small groups to start the year off.
This sermon parallels with chapter one of Reimer’s book. Chapter title: “Personalizing Our Identity.”

Living A Life Of Spiritual Renewal – PATHWAYS TO THE KING (Intro)

Pastor Bill preaches from Isaiah 35. When God restores a life there is joy, healing, fruitfulness, and more people coming. Lean into all the wonderful things that God has for you. Passivity is not helpful on this path.

This is the first message in our current series of sermons – PATHWAYS TO THE KING, which is tracking with Rob Reimer’s book by that same name. We are working through this book in our small groups to start the year off.
This sermon parallels with the introductory chapter of Reimer’s book.