Sanctus Church Video Sermons
Following God into the Unknown

Following God into the Unknown

September 20, 2020

In times of uncertainty, we tend to use our lack of foresight as an excuse for inaction or disobedience. What if there’s an alternative way forward? God uses seemingly impossible situations to help us see our need for Him. The invitation isn’t to certainty, but to trust. 

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The King Above All Gods

The King Above All Gods

September 13, 2020

There’s always a battle before the victory. Just as Moses and Aaron partnered with God to liberate Israel from slavery, we too must follow God and trust that He’ll provide a way forward regardless of who or what we face.

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Commissioned for Boldness

Commissioned for Boldness

August 30, 2020

How do we live with faith, courage, and freedom? You are commissioned to live out the gospel in the middle of suffering. This boldness has nothing to do with personality, and everything to do with God.

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Welcome to the Family

Welcome to the Family

August 23, 2020

Is Jesus really our brother? Many of us know Jesus as Saviour, Shepherd, Lord, King—but when's the last time you thought about the Son of God as your sibling? Understanding our relationship to Jesus after we're adopted into the family of God impacts how we see ourselves and our purpose.

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Set Free to Love Freely

Set Free to Love Freely

August 16, 2020

Jesus came to set you free from sin and death so that you may experience the fullness of life—both now and forever. Recognizing the significance of this freedom helps us cultivate gratitude that fuels our ability to love freely in the face of any challenge.

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Risking Your Destiny

Risking Your Destiny

August 9, 2020

We all want to achieve our full potential, but what if the cultural vision for your life can’t get you to where you actually want to go? God offers an alternative path, but following Jesus will cost you the compromise of comfort. 

As followers of Jesus, we are called to be people of his presence that help bring God’s kingdom into the present. It's a calling that changes how we view ourselves and everything we do in this life.

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Live What You Believe

Live What You Believe

August 2, 2020

To know who you are, you must know who you're not. The truth depends on distinctions—and knowing our limitations leads us into a deeper relationship with the only One who is capable of helping us become everything we're meant to be. It's time for us to live what we believe.

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Reflect What You’ve Received

Reflect What You’ve Received

July 26, 2020

How you define yourself matters. Our beliefs influence our behaviour—and the story of Ruth exemplifies how God weaves our decisions and actions into his unfolding plan of redemption. Simply put, God redeemed you for a reason: to reflect the lovingkindness that you first received. So ask yourself: am I ready to impact the world by living as a child of God?

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Friend of God

Friend of God

July 19, 2020

God wants to connect with you on a deeper level—so much so that He calls you His friend. The heart of friendship is to know the heart of the one who befriends you. God wants to transform your heart by revealing his own, but great friendships take time and effort. Learn how investing in this one relationship will transform how you relate to everything and everyone else—including yourself.

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The Fruit of Favour

The Fruit of Favour

July 12, 2020

What does it mean to be favoured by God? There's a significant difference between the favour we achieve through our own efforts and the favour we receive as a gift from God. One provides an edge, the other develops our character. God's favour is always about the bigger picture—are you ready to trust him during the process?

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Found and Formed Through Faith

Found and Formed Through Faith

July 5, 2020

Where do you find your identity? Many of us root our sense of self and sense of worth in what we own, what we do, and what others say about us—yet the Gospel reveals that our identity is based on what's already been done through Jesus.

Who will we trust?

God's inviting you to join the family—but this identity must be received, not achieved. 

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Celebration & Rest

Celebration & Rest

June 28, 2020

Celebration and rest are essential aspects of one's spiritual life. They produce a divine joy that fuels everything else we are called to do as believers. So how do we celebrate and rest in the midst of pain, suffering, and urgency?

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Service

Service

June 21, 2020

Serve others: easy to say, hard to do—especially when it comes at a personal cost. Jesus calls us to actively will the good of others, including those who we'd rather ignore (or perhaps even harm). This is radical love. This is reconciliation. This is the way through which the Kingdom of God flips our cultural models upside-down and begins to emerge in the here and now.

We weren't created and saved to sit on the sidelines. It's time for us to love boldly and find Jesus at the middle of it all.

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Simplicity & Sacrifice

Simplicity & Sacrifice

June 14, 2020

Are you paying attention to what really matters? Nothing is more valuable than our personal time and attention, and yet we rarely create space to ask ourselves whether our choices are leading us into deeper relationship with God.

In a culture obsessed with complexity and accumulation, Jesus calls us to practice simplicity and sacrifice. Why? Because these disciplines, when done as acts of worship, lead us to the One who is able to free us from the tireless cycle of never feeling like we have (or are) enough.

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Racism, Reconciliation, and The Gospel

Racism, Reconciliation, and The Gospel

June 7, 2020

Chris Chase and Cheryl Nembhard join Pastor Jon Thompson for an honest conversation about the reality of racism, the hope of reconciliation, and the role of the Gospel in our pursuit of justice.

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Study

Study

May 31, 2020

What is the Bible? How do we engage with this strange and ancient collection of writings today?

The Bible reveals the ultimate story of reality—one that weaves our personal stories into a grand narrative that leads to Jesus.

As is often the case with Jesus, this is about both the head and the heart.

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Chastity

Chastity

May 24, 2020

Why does God care about what I do with my body? Come learn how our sexuality relates to discipleship—and how Jesus wants to help us discover a whole new way to be human in what he calls "The Kingdom of God".

This is a conversation about relationship and trust. Will you accept that Jesus knows what's best for our hearts and bodies?

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Fasting & Secrecy

Fasting & Secrecy

May 18, 2020

Fasting might be the most abused and neglected spiritual practice—yet Jesus expected his followers to fast regularly. When it comes to spiritual disciplines, our motives determine the fruit. Join us as we explore how fasting, when rightly practiced, leads to freedom and transformation.

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Solitude & Silence

Solitude & Silence

May 10, 2020

How often do you spend time in the quiet alone with God?

Solitude and silence were at the heart of Jesus' life and ministry. He often withdrew to the "lonely place" before engaging with the crowds and challenges that lay before him. If we treat Jesus as our model, learning how to minimize the noise and increase our attentiveness to God may be the secret to thriving within the chaos of our modern age.

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Confession

Confession

May 3, 2020

Confession is an integral part of our walk with Jesus. It's through the practice of confession that we move out of our hiddenness and into God's inexhaustible grace and mercy. Simply put, confession leads to true freedom—so how do we do it?

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Prayer

Prayer

April 26, 2020

“To pray is to accept that we are, and always will be, wholly dependent on God for everything.”

—Timothy Keller

 

How do we talk to God? The disciples asked Jesus this very question; He answered by giving them the Lord’s Prayer. Using this ancient prayer as our framework, join us as we learn how to converse with the Father today.

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An Introduction to Spiritual Practices

An Introduction to Spiritual Practices

April 19, 2020

To become like Jesus, we must spend time with Jesus. We do this through spiritual practices.

If spiritual gifts are a guaranteed place of power, spiritual practices are a guaranteed place of transformation. They lead us into the presence of God after we’ve encountered him through Jesus so that he may transform us from the inside out.

 

Speaker: Jon Thompson
Series: Spiritual Practices: The Holy Habits of Faith

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Easter Sunday: On the Road to Emmaus

Easter Sunday: On the Road to Emmaus

April 12, 2020

"Many of us have at times walked the Emmaus road, wondering where God is...when all along He walks beside us." — Randy Alcorn

Jesus is risen. He is alive. He defeated death, rescuing us from the consequences of our sin, forging a way for the lost to be found.

The resurrection of Jesus is the point at which the history of the world turns. No longer are we destined to travel alone. Jesus meets us on our journey. Through your pain and doubt, wrestling and wandering, he walks beside you—patiently waiting for you to open your heart and see that the Living God is ready to welcome you home.

Speaker: Jon Thompson
Series: Lost & Found

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Good Friday

Good Friday

April 10, 2020

The idea of death haunts most of humanity. And understandably so—if we imagine a future without Jesus.

Jesus' death defeated the reign of darkness. The finality of death was replaced with a semi-colon. For believers, we are freed from the suffocating weight of death's empty threats of loneliness and isolation. Jesus has found us. His death has made a way for the lost to come home.

As we mourn and reflect this Good Friday, may we take heaven's perspective on the matter: this was not a mistake; it was the start of a revolution.

It is finished—but it's not over.

Speaker: Jon Thompson
Series: Lost & Found

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Friend of Sinners

Friend of Sinners

April 5, 2020

Crisis exposes us. When our normal routines are disrupted, we realize the limitations of money, sex, and power. At some point, we are forced to confront the jarring truth that we are fragile, flawed, and unable to save ourselves—that we need something, or someone, greater than what the world has to offer.

Jesus is that someone. He calls us home, not because of who we are or what we have done, but because of who he is and what he’s already finished. 

Speaker: Jon Thompson
Series: Lost & Found

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The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan

March 28, 2020

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Jesus made some shocking claims; statements that only make sense if we accept his identity as God in the flesh. 

As a teacher, Jesus used parables to reveal truths about God’s character and humanity’s condition. He told stories—like the one about the Good Samaritan—that forced his audience to ponder deeply personal questions: Who am I in the story? Who are my neighbours? Am I willing to not only accept God’s love, but express it to the world?

Our answers determine how we live. How do you respond?

Speaker: Jon Thompson
Series: Lost & Found

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Living Hope

Living Hope

March 22, 2020

How do we lead a life marked by faith and hope in a world plagued with fear and uncertainty? Now, more than ever, we need to rest and ground our daily rhythms in our Living Hope: Jesus.

Speaker: Jon Thompson

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Heaven, the Radical Hope

Heaven, the Radical Hope

March 15, 2020

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” — John 14:1.

In the face of trouble, Jesus comforts his followers by asking us to trust him with all things—including our beliefs about heaven. 

According to Jesus, understanding the nature and promise of heaven leads to radical hope. When we correct our misconceptions about “going to heaven”, we discover a more powerful and profound hope, one that empowers us to lead counter-cultural lives marked by love and joy irrespective of our circumstances. 

Heaven is more about the person than the place—and it starts with us.

 

Speaker: Jon Thompson

Series: The Great Divide

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Hell, the Great Divorce

Hell, the Great Divorce

March 8, 2020
The doctrine of hell is one of the most difficult aspects of Christian faith for many people—so why should we talk about it? The famed theologian J. I. Packer gives us three reasons:
  1. The idea of hell is being debated and debunked frivolously in modern culture;
  2. There is no such thing as the “Good News” without the other side; and
  3. Jesus talked about it—a lot.

Speaker: Jon Thompson
Series: The Great Divide

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Jesus, the Coming Judge

Jesus, the Coming Judge

March 1, 2020

“So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” – Matthew 22:44.

Jesus made several things clear through his teachings: judgment is real, we will all give an account, and he is the judge.

Your view about how the world will end directly affects how you live on earth today. God’s judgment satisfies our need for justice in the world—but we must be careful not to separate it from another part of God’s character: his grace.

Jesus is the risen the judge—and forgiver. The heart of the gospel is the supreme truth that God accepts us with no conditions when we put our trust in Jesus. As N.T Wright puts it, “In the word of the risen Jesus, we find judgment and forgiveness coming home at the deepest and most personal level.”

In the end, everyone will come face-to-face with God. The only question is whether we face him alone, or covered by grace alone.

Speaker: Jon Thompson
Series: The Great Divide: Death and Destiny

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The Gospel of Grace

The Gospel of Grace

February 23, 2020

God extends mercy to the merciless, leaving Jonah in a heart storm. How can God be perfectly just and perfectly loving at once? 

God is a complex character who makes sense only through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Moses wasn’t allowed to see it. Jonah wasn’t able to discern it. Thankfully, we don’t stand where they stood. 

The book of Jonah forces us to contemplate our personal destiny. How will we respond to God’s word, world, and grace?

 

Speaker: Jon Thompson

Series: Jonah

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The Road to Revival

The Road to Revival

February 16, 2020

"Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” Jonah preaches wrath—but God responds with mercy.

Above all else, the book of Jonah is about reconciliation. It demonstrates the fact that God’s wrath and mercy are held in tension—and that the road to revival, while available to all, requires genuine repentance.

If there are innumerable steps between us and God, he will take all but one. The choice is ours.

Speaker: Jon Thompson

Series: Jonah - The Mystery of Mercy

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Perfect Plans, Imperfect People

Perfect Plans, Imperfect People

February 9, 2020

 God keeps his promises. Despite Jonah’s rebellion, God rescues his prodigal prophet from the jaws of death. Jonah cries to the Lord for help, and God answers him. 

Nothing can separate us from God’s love and mercy; he is not limited by our shortcomings. In fact, we see yet again that God uses imperfect people to achieve his perfect plans.

Speaker - Jon Thompson

Series - Jonah: The Mystery of Mercy 

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Anyone but Them

Anyone but Them

February 2, 2020

Jonah: The Mystery of Mercy

Speaker: Jon Thompson

Scripture: Jonah 1

Love your enemies. Jonah receives a mission from God that leaves him struggling with a question our world continues to wrestle with today: how God can be both merciful and just?

Obedience will require sacrifice. For Jonah, the cost seems too high. He refuses and runs—but God’s mercy prevails.

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The Meaning of Marriage

The Meaning of Marriage

January 26, 2020

Together: A Series on Marriage & Community

Speaker: Angela Mason

Beliefs are powerful. They influence our behaviour, set our expectations, and define what we think is possible. 

So what do we believe about marriage? Or more importantly, what does God have to say about the matter?

The Scriptures paint a picture of marriage infused with meaning and power. God invites us to be filled with the Spirit so that our marriages lead us and the world into a deeper knowledge of the Gospel. 

Sound difficult? Thankfully, God doesn’t expect us to do it on our own. He is our ever-present Helper, always inviting us to find freedom and power in all areas of life—including marriage.

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A Conversation with Nicky and Sila Lee

A Conversation with Nicky and Sila Lee

January 19, 2020

The Founders of The Marriage Course join Pastor Jon for a conversation about their mission to save marriages.

The Marriage Course is a series of seven sessions, designed to help couples invest in their relationship and build a strong marriage. Visit www.themarriagecourses.ca for more information.

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The Discipline of Love

The Discipline of Love

January 12, 2020

Together: A Series on Marriage & Community 

Speaker: Dave Adams

Marriage matters. Since the very beginning, God has intended for it to serve as the blueprint for male-female relationships.

It holds a special place in the human story—so why does it seem to be so difficult and confusing?Many voices have weighed in on the topic—some good, others bad. The Scriptures have a way of cutting through the noise.Using the story of Hosea as a touchstone, we focus in on the power of choice, the influence of beliefs, and God’s heart for marriage.

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Fully Devoted: 2020

Fully Devoted: 2020

January 6, 2020

Speakers: Jon Thompson & Dave Adams

Scripture: Nehemiah 4

Description: Twice a year at Sanctus Church, we stop to recap where we've been and where we're going. It's a chance for us to celebrate what God has done among us, building faith to move forward.

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Christmas at Sanctus: Light of the World - The Holy Spirit

Christmas at Sanctus: Light of the World - The Holy Spirit

December 29, 2019

Speaker: Dave Adams

Scripture: Luke 2

Sermon Description: 

In preparation for the new year, we turn our attention toward the story of Simeon—which doesn't receive much attention since it appears in the Christmas story after the "big day". Simeon's life demonstrates what it looks like to walk by the Spirit as we:
  • Wait. How do you wait with purpose and patience for God's promise to come true?
  • Act. How do you remain ready and move when the Holy Spirit prompts you? and
  • Respond. How do you respond when God reveals his faithfulness?
Simeon shows us a better way forward. As we prepare to enter this new decade, let's follow Simeon's example and invite the Holy Spirit into the whole process—and walk with God throughout the entire journey.
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Christmas at Sanctus: Light of the World - The Father

Christmas at Sanctus: Light of the World - The Father

December 23, 2019

Speaker: Jon Thompson

Scripture: Genesis 2, Revelation 21, Colossians 1

Sermon Description: 

 When we look up at the stars, we can’t help but feel a sense of wonder. The cosmos were designed to reveal God’s glory—to point us back to the Creator of it all.

Yet God is more than just the author of light. He is light. What does this reveal about His nature and character?

When we circle back to the beginning, we see how the stories of both Creation and Christmas reveal the goodness of God's heart.

It's there from the start: eternal and unwavering holiness. In Jesus, we see what happens when the light of the world invades the darkness. His life, death, and resurrection destroyed darkness and replaced it with everlasting light. From throne to cradle, God entered our story so that we may have salvation and eternal life.

This light now shines in our hearts. The Holy Spirit empowers us live out a story of re-creation and victory. By walking in and with the light, we become children of light—and glorify the Father by showing the world what it looks like to finally see.

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Galatians - Week ELEVEN

Galatians - Week ELEVEN

December 8, 2019

Speaker: Jon Thompson

Scripture: Galatians 6

Summary:Welcome to the eleventh and final week in our series on the book of Galatians. To conclude this incredible journey, we turn our attention to Paul's highly practical conclusion.

Paul demonstrates his wisdom by translating knowledge into action; he preemptively answers the most likely question in the minds of his audience at this point: Now what?

Paul crafts a series of verses to explain not only what Gospel freedom look like in action, but how we maintain our freedom in the real world while continuing to build our lives on the firm foundation that true freedom comes from a promise, not performance—and Jesus is the promised one.

God set us free for a reason. Let's find out what it really means to be a new creation.

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Galatians - Week TEN

Galatians - Week TEN

December 1, 2019

Speaker: Joel Penney

Scripture: Galatians 5:16-26

Summary: 

Welcome to Week Ten in our series on Galatians.

There is a war inside each of us between the Spirit and our sinful nature. The Spirit wants us to be more like Christ and our flesh wants us back into slavery. According to Paul, to win this battle we must choose, every day, to be led by the Spirit.

The way of the flesh (world) is a trap: living your own way looks like freedom, but it’s a lie. It’s actually slavery. Paul provides us with a hopeful list of all that we can experience when we choose a life in the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

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Galatians - Week NINE

Galatians - Week NINE

November 25, 2019

Speaker: Ben Hilson 

Scripture: Galatians 5:1-15

Welcome to Week Nine in our series out of the book of Galatians.Paul opens Chapter 5 by driving home the central thesis of his letter to the Galatians: Freedom is at the core of the Gospel.

We tend to insert ourselves into the grace equation. Our western culture emphasizes personal performance and achievement, so it's natural for us to let this mode of thinking distort the nature of the Gospel. Paul corrects this error by reminding us that neither religion nor irreligion have any power to establish us in relationship with God. Faith in Jesus is the only thing that counts.

Inviting the Holy Spirit to transform our hearts with this truth enable us to love others with the proper motivation. When we internalize the fact that our freedom is not dependent on our works, we free ourselves from fear—and in turn move from self-obsession to selfless loving. 

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Galatians - Week EIGHT:

Galatians - Week EIGHT:

November 17, 2019

Speaker: Jon Thompson

Scriptures: Galatians 4:21-28

Sermon Description:

Welcome to Week Eight in our series out of the book of Galatians. Are we truly trusting in God’s promise or are we more committed to our performance?

In these verses, Paul uses the story of Issac and Ishmael to further illustrate his point. Both Isaac and Ishmael are sons of Abraham, but with two completely different destinies. One is a slave and one is free, one is born out of normal, natural everyday means while the other was the impossible becoming possible.

We, too must learn to trust in the promise and not on our own performance.

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Galatians - Week SEVEN: The Spirit Of Adoption

Galatians - Week SEVEN: The Spirit Of Adoption

November 11, 2019

Speaker: Jon Thompson

Scripture: Galatians 4:1-20

Welcome to Week Seven in our series out of the book of Galatians. As we enter into Chapter 4 the story gets more personal, deeper and closer to the heart.

You don’t need to prove yourself to God, He loves you. The Holy Spirit cries out on our behalf “Abba, Father”, leading us time and again to that one place, one declaration, one grounding and life changing point.

Thank you God!

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Galatians - Week SIX: Clothed And Covered

Galatians - Week SIX: Clothed And Covered

November 3, 2019

Speaker: Jon Thompson

Scripture: Galatians 3:10-29

Description: 

Welcome to Week Six in our series out of the book of Galatians. This letter was written to a group of churches that were being tempted to give in to a false gospel and to walk away from the true gospel.

The law shows all of us our sin and need and moves us to a Saviour. You will not be made right by any form of religion, spirituality, mindfulness, kindness, wealth, power, gender, race or family background.

The gospel is never about performance, only Promise!

Jesus is the promised one!

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Galatians - Week FIVE: We Are Redeemed

Galatians - Week FIVE: We Are Redeemed

October 27, 2019

Speaker: Jon Thompson

Scriptures: Galatians 3:1-18

Sermon Description:

Welcome to Week Five in our series on the book of Galatians.

No amount of hard work, prayer, religious duty or hustle will help you grow and walk with Jesus. Jesus work alone, grace alone, faith alone. This is the gospel. Nothing needs to be added.

You can believe the right gospel, but still act like you believe the wrong one. Holy Spirit, come empower us to see Jesus, understand Jesus and to live like Jesus. 

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Galatians - Week FOUR: Jesus Thought Of You

Galatians - Week FOUR: Jesus Thought Of You

October 20, 2019

Speaker: Jon Thompson

Scriptures: Galatians 2:11-21

Sermon Description:

Welcome to Week Four in our series on the book of Galatians!

As we have seen week in and week out, this letter was written to a group of churches that were being tempted to give in to a false gospel and to walk away from the true gospel.

The story picks up when Paul confronts Peter and Barnabus, who begin to let fear drive them and their theology right to hypocrisy and sin, even after learning from Jesus and teaching others about Him.

So what can we learn from this confrontation between Peter and Paul? Today, Christians disagree on lots of things as they study the bible and read the history of the church. Most of the time these discussions are in shades of grey instead of anything in black and white. But there are 3 times when this type of confrontation (Peter vs Paul) is needed: when you change the gospel, change the essentials of the faith and when you say sin is no longer sin!

As we listen in to learn more from Pastor Jon regarding this text, we continue to pray that the Holy Spirit would enlighten the truth of Scripture, strengthen us to hear and obey and keep the truth of the gospel at the centre of our lives.

 

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Galatians - Week THREE: The Gospel Is For Everyone

Galatians - Week THREE: The Gospel Is For Everyone

October 13, 2019

Speaker: Jon Thompson

Scriptures: Galatians 2:1-10

Sermon Description:

Welcome to Week Three in our series on the book of Galatians. It has been 14 years since the end of chapter one and the false teachers have made their way back to the birthplace of the movement, to Jerusalem itself. Paul returns to re-affirm that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the only one that saves and it is for everyone! There is no culture that is not touched by sin, the world and the devil, every ethnic background needs Jesus, and this is ultimately what completely unifies us.

Acts 2 is the call of the church, no matter what denomination, cultural expression or size.  Teaching, community, communion, prayer, the presence of God, giving, loving the poor, large and small gatherings, baptism, and evangelism! We all cannot reach the same people, our style and size will attract some and not others, but that is God’s plan!

Let’s continue to lean in and listen to what God is speaking to us, no matter what community we are part of. We are better, together!

 

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Galatians - Week TWO: Because He Is Love

Galatians - Week TWO: Because He Is Love

October 9, 2019

Speaker: Jon Thompson

Scriptures: Galatians 1:11-23

Sermon Description:

Welcome to Week Two in our series on the book of Galatians. This week Pastor Jon discusses we, like Paul can use our story of transformation to share the gospel with those around us.

It is always grace alone, faith alone, in the work of Jesus alone that we are saved. God does not love you because you are moral, kind, religious or the opposite. God does not want you because you are rebellious or evil. He loves you and He calls you out of Love because He is Love.

 

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