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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

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.

I am Weak

February 18, 2018 • Pat Sieler

- Pat Sieler came down from Calvary Chapel Oakville to lead us in a bible study called "I am weak". Wait, who's weak? Surely not I. Are you weak? We can't be weak, we need to be strong. Keywords: Weak, Strong, Thorn, Boasting

Matthew 19c

Tough Questions - Part 3 • February 11, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- This week, continuing with tough questions we look at what the Bible has to say about abuse, divorce and remarriage. Keywords: Spouse abuse, anger, divorce, remarriage

Matthew 19b

Tough Questions Part 2 • February 4, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- Because of the stellar discussion and feedback from last weeks Bible Study, there were some great questions that will be our focus for the next couple of studies. In this one, we are looking at the role of Wisdom in creation, and the worth of women and men. Keywords: Gender, Feedback, Intrinsic Value, Love

Matthew 19

Tough Questions • January 28, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- Jesus fields the Pharisees’ question about divorce. It's still a hot-button question today. Jesus goes back to the beginning to answer the question, and we did as well, looking again at Genesis 1 and 2, and then filling in the details from Malachi and Paul in the New Testament. Keywords: Divorce, Marriage, Patriarchy, Egalitarianism

Matthew 18c

Brothers • January 21, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- We continued in Matthew 18, starting in verse 15 and we went all the way through the rest of the chapter. Jesus switches from talking about little children, to talking about brothers, and how to deal with offenses from brothers. The parable about forgiving is really helpful. Keywords: Forgiveness, Rebuking, People-Pleasing, Love

Acts 8

Transitioning to 2018 • December 31, 2017 • Andy Falleur

- We took a break from our study through Matthew because it is the end of the year, and it would be good to think about the transition in a spiritual sense from one year to the next. I have been reading "Journey Among Students" by Dr. Howard Guinness and was so encouraged by his passion for evangelism among university students. He was responsible for the launch of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and Pioneer Camps here in Canada, through a cross country tour as a single man in 1928-29. I wanted to try to impart some of what I was experiencing in his memoirs to the church. When I read Acts 8 in my devotions on Saturday, I recognized that it contained all the themes that I wanted to share. Keywords: Holy Spirit, Witnessing, Bitterness, Guilt

Matthew 17C

Paying Up • December 24, 2017 • Andy Falleur

- This weekend, we looked at Jesus' second prediction of his death, and how that brought so much sorrow to the disciples. From there, we looked at how Jesus paid the temple tax, and Peter's as well, through fishing. We took some time to talk about giving, tithing, and really tried to give us all a thorough understanding of what's happening around money in the New Testament. Keywords: Tithing, Giving, Emotions, Finances

Matthew 1:18-25

Why Christmas is So Amazing • December 17, 2017 • Kristian Landry

- Pastor Pat Sieler was with us from Calvary Chapel Oakville this weekend. He shared a special Christmas themed message with us showing the plan, the person and the prophecies surrounding Jesus. Each one is remarkable by itself, but taken together make Christmas truly amazing. Keywords: Christmas, Prophecy, Baby Jesus, Statistics

Matthew 17b

Little Faith • December 10, 2017 • Andy Falleur

Jesus encounters a dad with a suffering son that his disciples couldn't heal. He heals him, but not before sharing the truth in love with his disciples to their condition of "little faith." In this message, we look at the importance of ongoing scholarship in manuscripts of the New Testament, speaking the truth in love, and the nature and growth of faith. Keywords: Manuscripts, Textual Criticism, Faith, Truth in Love

Matthew 16e

Necessary • November 26, 2017 • Andy Falleur

- This was our fifth study in Matthew 16, this time looking at Jesus conversation with his disciples about the need to deny self, take up your cross and follow Jesus. It's interesting to see how Jesus says it's necessary, and then how from God's perspective, it's the logical and rational response to the reality of life. Keywords: Psyche, Life, Disciple, Thinking

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