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
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
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!
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!
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!
Seed Thought #8
March 19, 2017 • March 19, 2017 • Jeremy Peters
For most people, when considering a vehicle that will take them where they want to go, a key consideration is this: what vehicle will give me the best possible fuel efficiency? There are several things about our current vehicle for ministry, that is our existing facility, that significantly limit our current level of ministry efficiency. Watch as Pastor Jeremy shares another Seed Thought for The Seed Project! For more info on The Seed Project visit: staalliance.org/theseedproject
Who Has the Good Life?
September 13, 2015 • Jeremy Peters
Who has the Good Life? And Who is a Good Person? These are questions that every person in every age has an opinion on. But who is a reliable teacher for this pursuit? And whose life are we seeking to pattern our life after? Listen in as Pastor Jeremy opens the conversation about these things...
Seed Thought #9
March 26, 2017 • March 26, 2017 • Jeremy Peters
There are several things about our current vehicle for ministry, that is our existing facility, that significantly limit our current level of ministry efficiency. In this next Seed Thought video- Pastor Jeremy talks about comfort when it comes to facilitating relationship!
How Do We Change?
September 20, 2015 • Jeremy Peters
Whether you consider yourself a religious person or not, you are being spiritually formed. Our inner being is being spiritually formed all the time by what we watch, by who we listen to, by what we read. In fact, marketers are masters of spiritual formation. But what if someone wanted to be shaped by a more reliable Source of information on how to experience the Good Life? Is change really possible? How? Listen to the podcast as Pastor Jeremy continues the conversation about the Good Lif
Seed Thought #7
March 12, 2017 • March 12, 2017 • Jeremy Peters
Now it’s clear that Jesus is calling us well beyond our physical building to the places where we live, learn, work and play. Indeed, a vehicle itself does not produce ‘life,’ nor is it the only place or even the primary place where life is found. But it does often help us get to where we want to go. So as we’ve considered some of these values, as it relates to the ‘vehicle’ that helps us move forward in ministry, there are some things we discover as it relates to the outworking of our vision and ministry in our existing facility. In this Seed Thought - Pastor Jeremy talks about safety ratings.
The Pathway to Significance
September 27, 2015 • Jeremy Peters
Sometimes Christians live as though Jesus was only concerned that we believe certain things about him and we become more concerned to make a point than to make a difference. But the path to significance and experience of the Good Life doesn't rest on the belief of a set of intellectual propositions, but rather on the dominant characteristic demonstrated in and through Jesus' life.
Seed Thought #6
March 5, 2017 • March 5, 2017 • Jeremy Peters
When undertaking for a project of the size and scope of the Seed Project (which is the name we have given to the process of our Building Redevelopment), it is of utmost importance to be clear on ‘why’ we would go to all the effort and all the expense to see the vision of a redeveloped facility come to fruition. Watch as Pastor Jeremy shares the next Seed Thought!
May 1, 2016 • Matt Garvin
Recent Research indicates a growing group of people who are done with church but not done with Jesus. The church they are done with is not the church that Paul describes in the book of Ephesians. This week we will be catching a glimpse of the radical vision that Paul had for the church on the basis of what he understood as God’s primary purpose.
Seed Thought #5
February 26, 2017 • February 26, 2017 • Jeremy Peters
Jesus has been urging us as a community to re-arrange our lives differently, that we might truly learn to put Him first in everything... Listen as Pastor Jeremy shares another Seed Thought for The Seed Project (Our Building Re-development Campaign)
The #1 Myth About Money
October 4, 2015 • Nathan Carroll
Jesus didn't shy away from the topic of money and resources, recognizing that it is a key indicator of our hearts and values. Listen to this podcast as Pastor Nathan continues the conversation of The Good Life sermon series by exposing the #1 myth about money in our world today.
Sermon of the Week: Why Baptism Matters
June 25, 2017 Sermon • June 25, 2017 • Jeremy Peters
There is perhaps no other symbolic act that more powerfully reflects the reality of a new chapter, of new life, than that of baptism. Why is that? What is baptism and why does it matter? Why is it so important in the life of an apprentice of Jesus?
May 8, 2016 • Matt Garvin
As we begin our wrestle in Ephesians 4 with what it really means to live a life worthy of the calling we have received, the Apostle Paul’s first and biggest concern seems to be with people in the church learning to relate well with each other. As we engage with Ephesians 4:2-6, Pastor Matt will be exploring what it actually means for us as a church and individuals to “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit."
Does God Heal Today?
November 20, 2016 • Jeremy Peters
Does God heal today? While most people of faith would answer this question affirmatively, the reality is that most of us would like to see it ‘up close and personal’ far more often than we do. This Sunday we will be tracking with the Alpha Film Series as they address this topic with hope, inspiration and invitation to keep asking God for a felt sense of His healing presence.
Refined Through Fire
February 19, 2017 • February 19, 2017 • Jeremy Peters
The metaphor that life is test is seen right throughout the bible – God continually tests people’s character, faith, obedience, love, integrity, and loyalty. Words like trials, temptations, refining and testing occur more than 200x in the bible. The question is, ‘how do we navigate life’s testing and trials in a way that refines us to be more like Jesus?’ Pastor Jeremy continue our series, “Pathways to the King.”