April 23: “My feet on a Rock” (1 Peter 2: 6-7a, Psalm 40:1-3) Jesus tells a parable about the wise and foolish builders. The wise builders established their building/lives on a rock – a solid foundation. As we rebuild our lives we want to start at the base. There are some foundational issues that need to be addressed. It all starts with Christ who is our cornerstone and our foundation. Where are you in relation to Jesus?
April 30: “A Work in Progress” (Matthew 7:24) Before the walls go up the footings are laid to provide solid and level support. The first weight bearing layers of wall need to be well placed to set the course of what follows. There are first steps to be considered and followed. If obedience is building on the Rock of Jesus, what are the next steps for you?
These are some of the building blocks of a healthy Christian life.
May 14: “Getting the Word In: There are essential Christian disciplines or practices that help to form and transform us in redemptive life giving ways. Last week we received some teaching; now let’s put our lessons into practice. Today we’ll focus on the Scriptures and how to listen and absorb them. Get the Word out and in. This should be both beneficial and fun.
May 21: “GraceChat” Sometimes it is easier to talk about prayer than to actually pray. This essential practice needs practice. We will explore and enter into various models of prayer.
May 28: “Rooms with a View” (Acts 1:8) It is the windows, doors and other features of the house that enables a relationship between those in the building and those outside. As we construct a new entrance to make our building accessible, we need to think about accessibility in broader terms. How do we make the presence and ministry of Jesus accessible to others? We will consider for a while what we see when we look out. How well do we know our neighbours and community? If we like windows provide a view of the heavenly, what will that look like?
June 4: “Inside Out” (Acts 2:42-47, Acts 4:13) What do people see when they look at us? Does the presence of our people and place have an impact on the lives and community around us? What is it that gets noticed?
June 11: “Pentecost” (Hebrews 10:24-25) The church of course is a people – the Body of Christ. No matter how wonderful and accessible our building, what really matters is us. 1 Peter 2:5 describes us as, “like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” We each are called to both be and to do something as well we together are called to be and do something. We need to be all in for this to truly work.
June 18: “Restoring the Rhythm” (Hebrews 10:19-25)
June 25: Celebration service with Mimico Presbyterian Church
Devotional Thought: Consider that the cross took on life giving significance after the resurrection. Before that is was a sign of death and horror. What does the cross of Christ mean to you?
Guest speaker: Rev. Denise Gillard.
Denise is the Founder, Executive Artistic Director of The HopeWorks Connection and The Toronto Children’s Concert Choir & Performing Arts Company (TC3). She is known for her gifted preaching and inspiring motivational speaking, she has dedicated herself to inspiring youth and the people who love them to work toward achieving their full potential in the context of faith, service and transformational living. Come and celebrate with us what God has been doing among us.
Devotional thought: Will you commit to going with God in 2017?
This 5-part series (plus a bonus sermon) is preached by Rev. Alvin Lau.
September 26 (the bonus one) “Big and Small” (Job 42:1-6) They say, if you’re looking for answers, just Google it. Indeed, Google does have many answers (although not all of them are necessarily right). It seems we know more now than ever before. But does God fit into all this now? (Or perhaps where do we fit with God?) We’ll explore the big and small of it.
Devotional thought: What do you need to trust with God’s wisdom?
October 2 “The Proposal” (Exodus 20:3) As we travel through this series, we’ll explore how God sees this relationship. The Bible has often used a marriage as an analogy between us and God. What does that exactly entail? We’ll join Moses and the Israelites to see the context of that relationship.
Devotional thought: Are you prepared to accept God’s proposal?
October 9 “The Balance of Contentment” (Philippians 4:10-20) There is a fine line between contentment, complacent and entitlement. We can easily lean towards the other two, but contentment can feel elusive. We’ll look at a couple of moments in King David’s life as a case study into that fine line.
Devotional thought: How do you stay content? (Or what will move you towards contentment?)
October 16 “Far, Far Away” (Psalm 13) There are many times when it feels like God is far, far away. Yet those moments may hold a blessing that we don’t always notice. We’ll empathize together and search for that blessing together.
Devotional thought: When do you feel God’s far away? (How do you respond?)
October 23 “Inclusive Exclusivity” (John 14:6) Sometimes, it seems like Jesus is a paradox. Sometimes he bring peace; other times division. He speaks of the kingdom of God being available to all, then says it’s only for a few. We’ll explore the paradox of “inclusive exclusivity”.
Devotional thought: When you look around, who do you discount from God’s kingdom?
October 30 “To Infinity and Beyond” (John 15:11-15, Revelation 4) As we conclude this series, we look to the present and the future, where are faith is being shaped towards and how it will culminate in the future. Jesus challenges us to “love others as he loved us”. How does look now and what will it lead to in the future?
Devotional thought: How will you love as Jesus loves (based on the definition we explored)?
Mimico Baptist Church
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