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Foundation for Living

July 1, 2018 • July 1, 2018 • Jeremy Peters

This week we conclude our study on the greatest talk ever given, the Sermon on the Mount, in our Jesus Manifesto series. In Jesus’ final words to us, he makes two statements: 1) Everyone builds a life, and 2) Everyone faces a storm. The question is, when the storms of life inevitably come, what foundation will you have built your life upon? Join us on Sunday as we consider the call of Jesus to listen to, trust and obey Him as His apprentices and to build our lives on Him, the solid rock!

True or False

June 24, 2018 • June 24, 2018 • Mike Sotski

True or false? How is a person to know the difference? In a time that the words "fake news" gets thrown around, it is hard to know where to look or how to discern truth from fiction. This week as we continue our Jesus Manifesto series we are going to look at what Jesus had to say about how we can tell the difference between the two. 

Is Christianity Narrow-Minded?

June 17, 2018 • June 17, 2018 • Jeremy Peters

As we continue our study of Jesus’ most provocative teaching found in the Sermon on the Mount, this week we’ll be considering what is one of the most troubling passages for many people in our day. In Matthew 7:12-14, Jesus talks about the ‘narrow gate that only a few find.’ The deep concern that a lot of thoughtful people have about Christianity is that it calls certain beliefs wrong and calls certain behaviours immoral and therefore the concern is that it impinges upon human freedom by telling people what they must think and how they must live. How are we to understand Jesus’ claims and what should our response be? A portion of this sermon is by John Ortberg and is used with permission of Menlo Church. Find the full sermon video click here: http://vpodcast.menlo.church/e/deconstruction-is-christianity-narrow-minded-john-ortberg-1523219551/

Ask for Anything?

June 10, 2018 • June 10, 2018 • Mike Sotski

Ask for anything? Have you ever asked for something and never got what you wanted? Has that diminished your hope, caused you to wonder if you would ever get what you hoped for? Join us this Sunday as we look at what Jesus has to say about asking and the response we can expect from him.

Do Not Judge

June 3, 2018 • June 3, 2018 • Lisa Peters

This week we dive back into our Sermon Series looking at the Sermon on the Mount, The Jesus Manifesto. We are in the last chapter of the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 7:1-6. Once again, Jesus is speaking into real time issues that we all face. Though it’s unlikely any of us think of ourselves as judgmental or condescending, Jesus once again has a way of exposing our true hearts, helping us see things we might have missed and offering us a better way forward.

Building Update from our Architects

December 17, 2017 • December 17, 2017

Our Building Committee has been working hard on plans and details for our building redevelopment. In this video, our Architects give us a detailed look at the progress.

Do Not Worry: Belief Called to Account

March 18, 2018 sermon • March 18, 2018 • Nathan Carroll

In keeping with his incisive unpacking of the human heart in light of the news of God's now-available kingdom, Jesus continues on to address one of the most universal of human experiences - worry (aka fear aka anxiety).  This teaching confronts our professed 'beliefs' in some pretty serious ways.  Do we actually believe God is sovereign?  Do we actually believe that he loves us?  Do we actually trust that he can/will care for us?

Seed Thought #15

December 3, 2017 • December 3, 2017 • Jeremy Peters

In Mark 4, Jesus uses the language of seed and soil to help illustrate how people respond to the Word of God. The Seed represents the WORD of God, and the Soil represents the condition of the hearts of people in response to the availability of the Kingdom of God. As powerful as seed is, it is always at the mercy of the SOIL it finds itself in. Jesus describes the path on which some seed is planted as being good soil. In Mark 4:20, Jesus explains what he means: Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.” The key word here is ‘accept’ and it means “to embrace with assent and obedience.” The hearer embraces Jesus as the WORD of God, and the Bible as the written Word of God, as being true and instructive and binding, and they set out to obey Jesus as the WORD – through listening to His voice by His Spirit and through the Bible. To not just be hearers of the Word, but doers also. This is the heart of true apprentices of Jesus, of those who are taking deliberate steps to reorder their priorities around Jesus as first in everything. Watch now as Pastor Jeremy unpacks this a bit further in Seed Thought #15

For the Love of...

March 11, 2018 sermon • March 11, 2018 • Mike Sotski

It is often the thing that causes the greatest disagreement in a marriage.  When you don’t have it you are trying to figure out how to get it.  When you do have it you are always trying to figure out how to get just a little bit more.  Some even go so far as saying it is the root of all evil.  So why does money carry such a bad reputation?  Isn’t having money a good thing?  Join us Sunday as Pastor Mike unpacks what Jesus has to say about our hearts and how those things we treasure impact it.

Seed Thought #14

November 19, 2017 • November 19, 2017 • Jeremy Peters

In Mark 4:18 Jesus explains what he means: Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Here the soil is soft enough that the seed can penetrate and the roots can grow deep because there are no rocks. The plant begins to spring forth, but then suddenly stops short at most critical moment – when the fruit is just about to appear. And you realize that you have an otherwise, perfectly healthy plant, except that there is no fruit. It looks fine on the outside, but there’s no life in it. The common characteristic of crowded soil is competition. Jesus highlights 3 things that compete for pre-eminence, for first place in our lives. Watch Pastor Jeremy unpack these 3 things in Seed Thought #14

Learning Impulse Control

March 4, 2018 sermon • March 4, 2018 • Jeremy Peters

Most people have strong, internal urges and impulses that, at times, get the better of them.  Despite our intent to follow Jesus, we sometimes find ourselves seemingly unable to exhibit the self-control we feel we should.  A common misconception is that all we need is “stronger willpower.”  But is that true?  Come and listen in as Pastor Jeremy reminds us of an age-old practice specifically designed to help us learn impulse control.

Seed Thought #13

November 12, 2017 • Jeremy Peters

In Mark 4:16, Jesus explains what he means: Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Watch now as Pastor Jeremy unpacks this more in this week's Seed Thought video!

With Your Apprenticeship Prayer Partners

Week of July 15, 2018 • July 15, 2018

Are there areas of my life that I am trying to lead or live out of my own strength and ability? What would need to change in those areas for me to surrender to the leading and empowering of the Holy Spirit?

Seed Thought # 12

November 5, 2017 • November 5, 2017 • Jeremy Peters

In Mark 4, Jesus uses the language of seed and soil to help illustrate how people respond to the Word of God. The Seed represents the WORD of God, and the Soil represents the condition of the hearts of people in response to the availability of the Kingdom of God. As powerful as seed is, it is always at the mercy of the SOIL it finds itself in. We have been tasked with the gift and responsibility to sow seed – the Word of God every where we go, and we believe that the physical building is to serve as a kind of Greenhouse. While no building has power in and of itself to bring about the revolutionary power of a seed, a Greenhouse is the kind of environment where the seed sown can most easily be nurtured, and flourish under the grace and power of God. Watch Seed Thought #12 now!

Forgiven People, Forgive People

February 25, 2018 sermon • February 25, 2018 • Lisa Peters

Forgiveness.   Both the need to give and receive forgiveness impacts all of us.  Come and hear Pastor Lisa share on the importance of us truly being a forgiven people so that we in turn can freely forgive others.

With Your Apprenticeship Prayer Partners

Week of July 8, 2018 • July 8, 2018

Am I positioning my heart and life in a way that I can hear from God? Have there been times this week that I have not been obedient to walk in the ways God has been leading me?

Seed Thought # 11

October 29, 2017 • October 29, 2017 • Jeremy Peters

In Mark 4, Jesus uses the language of seed and soil to help illustrate how people respond to the Word of God. The Seed, Jesus tell us, represents the WORD of God. And John 1, makes it clear that Jesus Himself, is the living WORD of God and 2 Tim 3:16 tells us that All Scripture is God-breathed…that the Bible is his very WORD to us. The Seed Project – the name we’ve given to our Building Redevelopment – is all about our dream to see the very life of Jesus – the literal WORD – planted deep into the lives of every person in St.Albert, and in this region and beyond – that His power and potential might be unleashed and that the Kingdom of God might become increasingly evident Watch Seed Thought # 11 now!

When You Pray...

February 18, 2018 sermon • February 18, 2018 • Mike Sotski

Ask someone about prayer and they may often recite the first couple of lines of what is commonly referred to as The Lord's Prayer.  At times prayer can seem just like a shopping list of requests that we recite without any certainty that God actually hears or will even do anything about the requests we do have.  So what does The Lord's Prayer teach us about God’s heart for us and his desire that we would learn to share life together with him?  Join us this Sunday as we continue our look at the Sermon on the Mount and unpack what Jesus has to say about prayer and its role in our lives.

With Your Apprenticeship Prayer Partners

Week of July 1, 2018 • July 1, 2018

As you consider your apprenticeship walk with Jesus, make a list of the ways in which you have experienced the ‘cost of discipleship.’ In other words, what has it cost you to actively live as an apprentice of Jesus? Then make a list of the cost to you if you ignore the teachings of Jesus. What does it cost you if you don’t arrange your life around learning to listen to, trust and obey Jesus? Discuss with your APP and pray for each other that the vision of Jesus and his Kingdom Life would shape every decision, becoming the bedrock upon which you build your life.

With Your Apprenticeship Prayer Partners

Week of June 24, 2018 • June 24, 2018

Who are the influences that I am allowing to shape my life? Who do I spend time with, listen to or watch? Do the ideas, practices and values of those voices I am paying attention to line up with our understanding of the scripture and encourage the growth of good fruit in my life?

Seed Thought #10

April 2, 2017 • April 2, 2017 • Jeremy Peters

In the next Seed Thought- Pastor Jeremy talks about the impact of community on our building! Watch Seed Thought #10!

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