Matthew 26:1-16

Jesus is Wprthy • August 5, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- Matthew 26:1-16 - Jesus is Worthy Matthew shifts gears from the Olivet Discourse, and gives us a contrasting scene between the party at Caiaphas’s courtyard, and the meal at the home of Simon the Leper. When we compare Matthew’s version of this event, it becomes evident what details Matthew conveys as important in teaching us to observe everything Jesus commanded. Keywords: Power, Love, Money, Worship

Matthew 25:31-46

Serving the Least of These • July 29, 2018 • Andrew Hamilton

- In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus clearly delineates between those who God will accept into His Kingdom on Judgement Day and those He will not. However, if not taken in context, one can quickly misunderstand the words of Jesus. In this study, we deal with a number of misconceptions, but in particular, that our good works for the "least of these" are what save us. The Bible is clear that it is by faith that someone is "saved" and brought into a relationship with Jesus. We can't do anything to deserve salvation. Serving the poor, the naked, the stranger, the hungry, the thirsty, the prisoner all flows out of a gratefulness for the salvation Jesus provided on the cross. At the end of this message, we're left with some practical advice when we consider the question: How can we be more intentional about living by the Spirit and serving "the least of these"? Keywords: Salvation, Works/Deeds, Serving, Following the Spirit

Matthew 24:45 - 25:30

Faithful and Wise Servant • July 15, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- Jesus tells the disciples three parables to illustrate how they are to live in light of his immanent return. He’s told them that it may take a while. But, he’s also told them that it could be in a moment, and happen so fast there wouldn’t be time to prepare. You would need to live prepared. These three parables illustrate what that looks like in three basic stages of the Christian life: leadership, youth and maturity. Keywords: Leadership, Wisdom, Faithfulness, Second Coming

Matthew 24:1-44

Treasure Hunt • July 8, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- This week, we go back through Jesus’s private conversation with the disciples about his coming and the end. This time, making some of the connections to the Old Testament prophets, and then the New Testament passages that further explain and refer back to Jesus. This is a rich study, with a lot of information and references. Speaker: Andy Falleur Keywords: End Times, Abomination that causes Desolation, AD70, Antiochus Epiphanes

Matthew 24:1-44

Important Questions • July 1, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- Jesus has a private conversation with his disciples, answering their important question of when the temple will be destroyed, the sign of His coming, and the end of the age. This chapter is remarkable because of all the phrases that link back to Old Testament prophecy and forward into New Testament prophecy. It’s an invitation to a treasure hunt. However, the allure of the treasure hunt can sometimes distract us from the message that Jesus is trying to convey. He doesn’t want any of us to be deceived. Keywords: prophecy, AD 70, end times, eschatology

Matthew 23:1-39

Hypocrites! • June 17, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- Our Bible Study was in Matthew 23:1-39, where Jesus pronounces the “woe’s” on the scribes and Pharisees. We looked at it through the perspective of being a disciple of Jesus, seeing what we could learn about our Lord, how we could please Him, and how we are becoming like Him. You can see the attributes of the Lord and His character by reading through the hardest words He ever spoke. Keywords: Future, Just, Authority, Dads

Matthew 22c (23-46)

Jesus Revealed • June 10, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- Confrontation has a way of clearing away the superficial and revealing the truth. Jesus is being questioned and examined and his answers reveal His wisdom and understanding. Through his answers, Jesus revealed the place, the idea and the aim of the Scriptures in our lives. Speaker: Andy Falleur Keywords: Ethical dilemma, self-love, glory, wisdom

Matthew 22b

Who's Who • June 3, 2018 • Daniel Gilman

- When the Pharisees were face to face with Jesus, like us, they are more concerned with questions of doctrine than what Jesus was looking for - their lives. Jesus showed the Pharisees that they owed to Caesar's what was made in his image (the coin) that they owed to God the thing that was made in His own image - Jesus wanted their hearts! We shouldn’t come before the Lord and be marvelled and walk away unchanged, but be transformed into his image by presenting ourselves as living sacrifices to him. Keywords: Romans 12, Living Sacrifice, Taxes, Pharisees

Matthew 22a

The Royal Wedding • May 27, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- Jesus gives the third of three parables about the chief priests and elders of the people, giving his perspective of the situation. It’s revealing in what it says about them, but also about us and about the character of God. Keywords: Anti-semitism, replacement theology, Israel, romantic love

Matthew 21C

Questioning Authority • May 20, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- In our text, Jesus’s authority is challenged by the chief priests and the elders of the people. His response is revealing, in that no one is able to “outsmart” the Lord. In addition, we see a marvellous example of our servant-leader, and the truth shared in love. What’s incredible to consider is how the Holy Spirit is shaping and forming and making us more like Jesus. Speaker: Andy Falleur Keywords: Shrewd, Devious, Mature, Conflict

Matthew 21b

Fig Trees, Mountains and Faith • May 13, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- In this study, we look at the cursing of the fig tree, comparing it to the other gospel accounts, and then the iconic status of fig trees in the Middle East and the Bible. From there, we brought in the background information about mountains, and closed with Jesus’ fantastic words about faith. Keywords: Faith, Mountains, Fig Tree, Authority

Maintaining Extraordinary Faith

May 6, 2018 • Dan Schilke

- Pastor Dan Schilke from Northgate Fellowship joined us this weekend to teach us about maintaining extraordinary faith on our walk with the Lord. A message the Lord put on Dan's heart for us, he taught about how growing our faith isn't simply the grand things done in the sight of many, but the faith we have in ordinary spaces of life. We studied Luke 17:5-19 and Mark 9:14-29 to find that having extraordinary faith looks like a daily abiding walk with God with prayer and fasting and obedience to His commands. Speaker: Dan Schilke Keywords: Faith, Obedience, Prayer, Fasting, Miracles

Matthew 21a

Hosanna! • April 29, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- In Matthew 21, Jesus makes what has been termed the "Triumphal Entry" into Jerusalem. All of it is fascinating, as Jesus is fulfilling prophecy, involving two of the disciples in obtaining the donkey's colt, cleaning out the money-changers from the temple, healing people, and having his first interchange with the chief priests and the scribes. It's his first day in Jerusalem and it's helpful to see how Jesus' actions here are consistent with his declaration about coming to serve instead of being served, being a servant-leader. Keywords: Prophecy, Promises, Servant-leader, Humble King

Matthew 20c

Open Our Eyes • April 22, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- Here at the end of Matthew 20, Jesus heals two blind men outside of Jericho. This is an interesting event, especially as you compare Matthew, Mark and Luke. Matthew includes details that are significant for his theme of teaching us to observe everything Jesus commanded, so that we can be disciples. Keywords: discrepancies, compassion, servant-leader, greatness

Matthew 20b

The Path to Greatness • April 15, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- We were back in Matthew 20, this time looking at verses 17-28, where Jesus again predicts his arrest and death, and then because of James and John's mother's request describes for all of us how greatness in the kingdom of God is achieved. I told the church that this was something that I really didn't have a picture of what it looked like in our lives in North America for a long time. I referenced a book that I found helpful. It was "Every Man's Marriage" by Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker. Keywords: Servant-Leader, codependent, passive-aggressive, Savior Complex

Matthew 20a

Late-Comers • April 8, 2018 • Andy Falleur

Matthew 20a - Late-Comers - Jesus explains to the disciples what "the last will be first, and the first last" looks like in the kingdom of God. Here we talk about ministry, and how we aren't to be jealous of God's generosity and graciousness and blessing on others, instead we are to relish in our good Father. Keywords: Ministry, Jealousy, Serving, Purpose

Romans 8:17

Adopted as Sons • March 25, 2018 • Kenny Wallace

This week, we had Kenny Wallace come and share with us about adoption, sin, the Holy Spirit, life and walking with God. Speaker: Kenny Wallace Keywords: Sin, Adoption, New life, Holy Spirit

Matthew 19f

The Cost of Eternal Life • March 18, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- The last half of Matthew 19 contains a conversation between Jesus and a rich young man about eternal life. When that conversation ends, Jesus gives the commentary on it, making some statements about the rich, and what's possible and impossible. Jesus answers this young man, in a different way than He does with Nicodemus, choosing to take him the long way through the Law. Why is that? And, what does it mean for us? Keywords: Rich, Law, Money, Idols

Matthew 19e

It Would Be Better... • March 11, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- There's one more topic in verses 10-12 that we should examine. It's the unmarried life as a Christian. We read Jesus' words, and then go to 1 Corinthians 7, to look at what Paul wrote about it. From there, we hit some highlights from church history, specifically the Reformation that has shaped our ideas of marriage and serving the Lord. Christianity holds up both the married and the unmarried life as good, holy, and right. But, Paul makes no mystery, he wishes everyone was unmarried. Our reference for church history was the podcast by Pastor Lance Ralston called Communio Sanctorum. Keywords: Singleness, unmarried, church history, community

Matthew 19d

Tough Questions Part 4 • March 4, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- Here is the last of the tough questions from our study through Matthew 19:1-15, and here we are asking if Jesus words in verse 12 about eunuchs would also apply to transgender persons. Keywords: Transgender, Gender Dysphoria, Eunuchs, Love

Power in Weakness

2 Corinthians 4:1-12 • February 25, 2018 • Alan Gilman

- Alan Gilman builds on Pat Sieler’s message from last week, continuing the theme of experiencing God’s grace in and through our weakness.