God is at work precisely where we don’t expect Him to be. He is drawing people to Himself in worship that we would never invite into our homes, let alone our churches.
Even though Jesus was God, He didn’t use His position to leverage control or power. Instead, He used the opportunity to serve people and in the ultimate act of service He gave His life on our behalf. Herod killed those who threatened him. But Jesus died for those who rejected him.
As Christians, we exist within the culture that God has placed us, not to rule with power or rise up to prominence and importance, but to serve. Jesus Himself said in Mark 9:35, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
Galatians 4:4-5 tells us that, “When the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.” In God’s mind; Jesus came at just the right time, the situation was perfect, the time was right.
This Sunday we were blessed in having AJ Martin from Compassion Canada come and share about the importance of child sponsorship in this day and age. AJ shared a message from Philippians 2 and how the ministry of Compassion Canada is really fulfilling the mandate found in that passage.
If you’re interested in sponsoring a child through Compassion Canada, click here.
We have a responsibility to our families, and to our future generations, to turn back the tide of debt, wastefulness, and consumerism that is leading so many families into financial ruin.
Don’t let neglect or a short-term mentality rob you of your future…
We are used to thanking God for a meal, but what about your pay cheque? What about your health? What about the fact that you get to live where you live? A thankful heart realizes that everything in life is a gift of God.
Gary Thomas says in his book “Authentic Faith”, “Contentment is nothing more than ‘soul rest.’ It is satisfaction, peace, assurance, and a sense of well-being that is cultivated by pursuing the right things. Instead of more power, more money, more pleasure and more control… we seek an abundance of grace and peace.”
I love that: Contentment is soul rest. As Christians, we are not called towards affluenza – a pursuit of more; but to soul rest an abundance of grace and peace. Affluenza is a pursuit. Soul rest is a gift.
Scripture tells us that one of the best ways to reach the lost is by living the kinds of lives that evoke questions from unbelievers. It’s hard to catch the attention of unbelievers when our lives look no different than theirs.
1 Peter 3:15-16 tells us to “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behaviour in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.”
Christians need to ask the question: What kind of life can I live that will evoke questions? I believe that one of the ways we can evoke questions is how we treat our time and our money.
No audio recording from this message – was purely introductory (ran out of time due to communion and celebrating Pastor Appreciation Month).
This Sunday we had ECC’s mission partners from Nigeria, Cheryl & Donna Pridham share in the service. Cheryl and Donna serve under SIM and shared a message from Ezekiel 22 entitled, “Standing in the Gap.”
Be in prayer for Cheryl & Donna as they serve in Nigeria!
The generosity of the churches contributed to the work of God in providing for the poor. It also provided for the advance of the Gospel through the people who chose to serve Jesus with their life’s work.
ECC's Worship Centre is located at 12 Queen St. E. in Elmvale.
Our offices are located across the street at 9A Queen St. E. in Elmvale.