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

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