The Bible is filled with great verses. Verses that remind us of God's mercy, grace, power, faithfulness, holiness. Verses that teach about creation, salvation, sanctification and transformation. Let's face it, there are a lot of amazing verses that we love to read.
What if we took the summer to look at some of our favourites and talk about what makes them special? In the series, "I Love That Verse" we will examine some of the verses we love, see what they teach us about God, and then look at how we can apply them in the everyday moments of life. We think you'll really enjoy this series, and maybe even have the opportunity to hear a few verses that you love!
The summer can mean vacation and travelling for many of us. Remember that if you miss a Sunday you can get caught up with the series by listening online.
If anyone knows our family, then you know we like sports. I like to think my children get the athletic genes from me, but I know they clearly take after their father. Sports just come natural to them and they all seem to have a little bit of a competitive spirit. My younger two children have enjoyed racing in triathlons. This is a very interesting and tough sport because you compete different distances in swimming, biking and running. So basically you need to be pretty good at three sports, know how to transition from one to the next, know about swim technique, how to handle and draft in a bike pack and understand how to save some endurance for the final leg- the run.
Now in order to do all of this, a triathlete must also have equipment. Just to give you a snapshot you need a bag of various swim equipment to practice different techniques, a bike, a helmet, bike shoes, biking clothes, running shoes, running gear, a good training watch, a wetsuit, a coach and lots of energy. You might be wondering where this analogy is going, but stay with me...
In our staff meeting this week we looked at the familiar passage of Ephesians 6:10-20, “The Whole Armour of God.” As my son was collecting all his equipment for practice…the shoes, the helmet, etc, I started thinking about how God is asking us to equip ourselves to walk through the various trials and pathways of life. I’m not suggesting, of course, that sports equipment is the same as the spiritual armour that God is talking about in Ephesians, nor am I diminishing in any way the seriousness of this scripture. I’m simply making a connection to the fact that God tells us how to dress and be prepared for the battleground and that it is real. If you haven’t read this passage in a while, I suggest you give it a quick read and be encouraged by the strength and instruction that can be found within it. The passage begins with,
“Finally, be strong in the lord and in the strength of his might.” Right from the start, God is telling us that He is powerful. He brings hope to every situation-any weakness, discouragement, test or trial……He understands us. He wants us to be equipped and ready so that we may ‘stand firm’. Unlike getting ready for sports, we don’t need to have the best equipment, or worry about technique – God is supplying the ‘whole armour’ and He goes with us.
Tanya Chant, Director of Family & Children's Ministry
Oh man, how great was Impact Sunday?? That's a rhetorical question, because I already know it was amazing! It is so encouraging to hear stories of how God is working in and through His church. As I was planning out the music for the service last week, I just kept thinking of how important it was that the service not be a celebration of our own achievements, but instead recognize how God is working powerfully through His people. At our Wednesday practice we talked about how God is the ultimate Creator; that anything we are able to do is because He has enabled us to do it. Anything we can make, anything we can imagine is only possible because He has known it first.
He is the one who gives us life (and life to the fullest)!
This Sunday, we are going to learn a new song together that continues on that same theme. The song is called “Yet Not I, but Through Christ in Me” by CityAlight, and the words of the song remind us that whatever we have, whatever we do that honours Him, we can only do through the work of Christ in us. The words of verse three are especially significant in light of some of the testimony we heard this past Sunday, and they say this:
No fate I dread I know I am forgiven
The future sure the price it has been paid
For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon
And he was raised to overthrow the grave
To this I hold my sin has been defeated
Jesus now and ever is my plea
Oh the chains are released I can sing I am free
Yet not I but through Christ in me
The gospel message summed up in a beautiful picture of our freedom and forgiveness in Christ. I'm so excited to sing these words with you on Sunday as we worship Jesus together in victory!
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2
Jolene Sanders, Director of Worship Ministries
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