Be Ready to Give an Account, 1 Peter 3:13-22

In this passage, Peter assumes that the way that a follower of Christ lives will cause others to ask questions about why they live the way they do.  He encourages the persecuted church of Asia Minor (Turkey) to be bold and not to be intimidated by opposition.  When questions and challenges rise, believer are reminded that they ought to be ready to give an answer (apologetics) for their transformed lives.  Here Peter reminds us that HOW we answer (in gentleness and reverence) is crucial to our testimony.

C&C Mission Trip - Cross Lake Team

Our passage in 1 Peter we explore the idea of being living stones, building the church and God’s kingdom with our lives. Recently our college and career did a mission’s trip to Cross Lake First Nation and served with the PCN Community Outreach Church, which is currently at work building the church to be an agent of hope and reconciliation in the community.

In His Steps - 1 Peter 2:19-25

While we are familiar with the concept of discipleship as following Jesus, we tend to think of this in ethical and moral terms such as avoiding sin and doing good to others.  In this passage from 1 Peter, we are reminded that to follow Jesus means to also see him as the pattern for how we respond to unjust circumstances in our lives.  We are challenged to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, a path which leads to denial of self and willingness to suffer for the sake of drawing others into the kingdom of God.  When we choose a path of righteousness and truth even when it may result in unjust abuse, scorn and suffering we are entering into the sufferings of Christ and the redemptive work of the kingdom.

Russ and Marjorie Speiser

Guest speakers:  Russ and Marjorie Speiser with MB Missions

Tested by Fire - 1 Peter 1:3-9

In this letter to the scattered and persecuted church, Peter encourages the believers to remain faithful as they remember God’s great mercy in giving us a new birth, the inheritance of entering into the kingdom – as both a future and present reality, and for God’s protection for his people.  Rejoicing in these things, we find hope and strength to remain faithful in the midst of our various trials with the end result that our faith is shown to be genuine as it is tested by fire.  As the refiner’s fire purifies gold, so too do the trials and crises of our lives help us to see more clearly what is of eternal value in our lives.

Resurrection Sunday - He is Risen!

Matthew 28:1-10

Resurrection Sunday is the culmination of all that we have seen and heard through the life and ministry of Jesus in the gospel accounts. What does it mean for each of us as we proclaim, “He is Risen!”? Drawing on the work of Stanley Hauerwas, we identify three distinct meanings for believers in the resurrection of Jesus. We also learn that the key to understanding the meaning of resurrection life found in the way that we live out faith daily.

Palm Sunday, Good News for the Righteous: The Gates of Righteousness

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29.

This Psalm form part of the Hallel psalms associated with the celebration of the Passover. The movement of the psalm describes a liturgy in which the people of God enter the temple through the “gates of righteousness” and approach the altar in worship. The “gates of righteousness” are not only the temple gates, but also infer entry into the New Jerusalem through the gate that is Jesus himself. However, only the righteous may enter these gates. The Good News for humanity is that in the person of Jesus, we have been declared righteous so that we may enter into eternal life in the New Jerusalem.

Good News For the Grieving - John 11:1-45

In the story of Lazarus, we see a foretaste of Jesus’ power over death itself as he restores his friend to life.  As we celebrate baptisms in our congregation this Sunday, we reflect on the symbolism of dying to our old way of life and being raised to new life through the death and resurrection of Jesus.  The Good News is that we no longer need to fear death.  Our grief is turned to joy as we consider the resurrection power of the risen Lord.

Good News For the Blind - John 9:1-41

This story of the healing of a man born blind from the gospel of John is used by the writer to highlight spiritual blindness and the healing that comes from acknowledging our need before God.  As we hear the story, we are invited to consider who we might be within the narrative.  Are we the blind man who receives sight or are we like the Pharisees who believe that we can already see clearly.  As we consider this text we explore four kinds of spiritual blindness in our own lives.

Good News for the Searching - John 3:1-21

Nicodemus comes to Jesus in the dark night of his own searching for truth.  Jesus shares with him the Good News that we may SEE and ENTER the Kingdom of God through spiritual rebirth.  All those who lift their eyes up to Jesus will find freedom from condemnation.  We need not live in the darkness of our fears and doubts.  Bring your questions and searching to Jesus and enter the into the light.