Luke 2:21-35

Do You Recognize Jesus? • December 23, 2018 • Pat Sieler

- Do You Recognize Jesus? (Luke 2:21-35) Simeon is one of those men in the Bible who doesn't get a lot of press, though He had a pretty amazing experience. In this message, Pastor Pat tells the unique story of Simeon and his Spirit-led discovery of the God-Baby, Jesus.

Ephesians 2:1-10

Grace • December 9, 2018 • Jon Ruby

- Our guest speaker this week was Pastor Jon Ruby from Union City Church. Jon led us through the passage, and he has such an interesting and refreshing perspective because of his background in recovery. In addition, his insights on the law of sin and the fuel of grace were insightful. Keywords: Recovery, Different, Grace, Addiction

Matthew 28:18

All Authority • December 2, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- I wanted to go back and focus our attention on two words in verse 18, where Jesus says “all authority” has been given to him. To discover what that means, we went back through the gospel of Matthew looking at all the ways that the word “authority” is used in relation to Jesus. It was an incredibly rich study for me, and I hope it was the same for the church. I took the opportunity because of the move, and because the focus was on “go and make disciples” to tell some of the early stories from Calvary, in how we got here, and what the Lord has done. Keywords: Authority, Power, John Allen Chau, Justice

Matthew 28:16-20

Making Disciples and Redeeming Christmas • November 25, 2018 • Pat Sieler

- Matthew ends his gospel by documenting the account of Jesus commissioning the eleven disciples. But what is a disciple? And how do we make one? And what about Christmas? Is it possible to use the Christmas season to make disciples?

Matthew 28:10

Women Ministers • November 11, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- Because Jesus commissions the women to pass along his instructions to his disciples, this seems like it’s contrary to Paul’s instructions about women in 1 Timothy 2. So, in this study, we looked at both the role and place and significance of women in the New Testament, and then looked afresh at the qualifications for an overseer in 1 Timothy 3. Keywords: Pastor, Overseer, Women, Leadership

Matthew 28:1-10

Risen! • November 4, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- Our Bible Study was from the first 10 verses of Matthew 28, which is Matthew’s record of the resurrection. We looked at the details he gave us, in that it was on Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to view the tomb, and how they were commissioned by the angel, and then by Jesus to share the good news with the disciples. Lastly, we took note of the way Matthew emphasizes the significance of the resurrection. Keywords: Sunday, Women, Resurrection, Gospel Proclamations

Matthew 26:57-66

Buried • October 28, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- In our text, Jesus’s body is buried by Joseph of Arimathea, and the Jewish leaders request a seal and a guard. It’s a fascinating passage because of the repeating structure. We talked about the necessity of Jesus’ death and burial and how it had to be that same day and a rich man doing it. Beyond that, we saw the things that Jesus’s death accomplished. We finished by looking at how death and resurrection become part of the Christian life. Speaker: Andy Falleur Keywords: Death, Promise, Faithless, Death of a Vision

Matthew 27:45-56

Yielded Up • October 21, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- This week we studied the section in Matthew where Jesus is on the cross and darkness covers the land. He cries out “My God, My God why have you abandoned me?” and then yields up his spirit. We reviewed crucifixion, looked at the reference to Psalm 22, the way Jesus died, and then what happened spiritually, naturally, and to humanity when He died. Keywords: Quantum Science, Suicide, Prophecy, Crucifixion

Matthew 27:27-44

Mocked • October 14, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- In our text, it's interesting to note how little details Matthew provides about the crucifixion itself. What Matthew does provide is lots of details of all the ways and how much Jesus was mocked. This seems to be Matthew's emphasis in this chapter. So, we consider first the geography involved in all that's happening to Jesus, and then noticed the only interruption in the mocking which is how Simon of Cyrene carried the cross. From there, we considered the significance for us of the mocking that Jesus endured. Keywords: Mocking, Ridicule, Crucifixion, Mocker

Matthew 27:11-16

Mistrial • October 7, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- In our passage, we see the mistrial of Jesus before Pilate. In it, we are warned to not be like Pilate, and to be wary of the crowd, especially when it becomes mob rule. It’s interesting to see that the only person that advocated for the innocent was Pilate’s wife. We closed by seeing how Jesus can identify and befriend anyone and everyone who has been a victim of the unjust violence of the mob, been rejected, despised and ganged up on. What a wonderful Savior, who is able to comfort us. Keywords: Mob rule, bloodshed, innocent blood, mistrial

Matthew 26:69-27:10

The End of Sorrow • September 30, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- In our study this week, we see the grief of both Peter and Judas side by side. Judas handles his remorse in all the ways that we consider to be conscientious and mature, yet still went and hanged himself. Peter responds only by tears, yet is restored and has the privilege of preaching the first public sermon after the ascension of Christ. Why are their outcomes so different? What's the missing ingredient? Keywords: Guilt, Restitution, Absolution, Salvation

Matthew 26:57-68

Jesus is God! • September 23, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- Jesus is brought before Caiaphas in a hearing to find a charge against him. The only charge that sticks is that He is the Messiah. But, when asked the question, Jesus answers it in a way that can only be understood in his relation to being God. Keywords: Trinity, Messiah, Divinity, Brownies

1 Peter 2:19-25

Unjust Suffering • September 16, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- We took a diversion from Matthew this weekend and took a look at Peter’s reflection from the Garden of Gethsemane in 1 Peter 2:19-25. Peter talks about unjust suffering, and how we are all as Christians called to unjust suffering, because Jesus suffered for us and gave us an example to follow. It’s an intense study, but an important study. In it we referenced Jin Migra, “Pastor Ezra” and the news articles (https://nationalpost.com/news/world/group-officials-destroying-crosses-burning-bibles-in-china) that he was in last week. Keywords: Abuse, Suffering, Persecution, Injustices

Matthew 26:52-54

Swords & Legions • September 9, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- These three statements by Jesus here at his arrest have been used throughout the centuries as the reason why Christians would embrace the ideas of nonviolence and pacifism. This goes all the way back to the church fathers and continues today in the Eastern Orthodox side of the church and the Anabaptist strain of our Western churches. In this study, we looked at those three statements, an explanation of nonviolent ideas, and then more Scripture from both the Old and New Testament to hopefully arrive at a more informed understanding. Keywords: Pacifism, Non-violence, Unjust Suffering, Sword

Matthew 26:31-56

Not My Will • September 2, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- In our passage, it’s evident that God knows everything, including things in the future. He knows our future decisions. What does He do with that knowledge? Does He use it against us? What can we see about the free choices of mankind, and God’s relationship to that knowledge and His sovereignty from this passage? Keywords: Sovereignty, Free-Will, Human Responsibility, Prophecy

1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Jesus, our First Love • August 26, 2018 • Pat Sieler

- Pat Sieler from Calvary Oakville joined us this week. We love having him and his family visit us here in Ottawa. They fit right in and it was a morning filled with laughter! Pat taught out of 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 on temptation and reasons we would forsake Jesus as the first love of our hearts.

Matthew 26:17

Passover With Jesus • August 19, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- Jesus celebrates the Passover with his disciples in a covert way in Jerusalem. During the meal, he informs them that he will he betrayed and then redefines portions of the feast that represent him. Keywords: Communion, Transubstantiation, Passover, Betrayal

Matthew 26:1-16

Jesus is Worthy • August 5, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- 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