On this third Sunday of advent, our dear brother and associate minister Chris honors God in praise and worship with his most thoughtful sermon concerning not just the main protagonists in the story of Jesus’ birth, but the minor supporting characters too. Working from the gospel according to Luke, Chris asks us to think about the Shepherds who saw an angle and received word that the messiah is to be born. He goes on to ask how we can serve God in our own way, even if our part is very small or mundane in the ongoing story of Christ Jesus. As Chris puts it: “faithful, quiet, obscure obedience does matter to God.”
Sadly this will be our last chance to hear one of Chris’ sermons as he is heading south on December 20th, back to his home town after serving this church so faithfully for the last year-and-a-half. Among other things, Chris has been our youth minister and our principle worship leader in that time. He has brought us new songs to sing in God’s praise and introduced us to new friends such as Scott Lippiatt. We have been blessed to have Chris with us for the time that God has allowed, and we now must say farewell dear Brother, safe travels, and keep in touch. We will keep you in our hearts and in our prayers as you follow new callings and new oportunities to serve. Your humble and gentle spirit will be surely missed. God bless you.
In this week’s message, Bob continues his journey through the book of Corinthians and explores the purpose of the different gifts that God has given each of us. They may not be the gifts we want, but they are the gifts God needs us to have at this time, for sone reason. All we need to do is find ways to serve with the gifts we have.
In Corinthians 1, chapter 12 we find that Paul has much wisdom to share with the members of the church at corinth. We have copied chapter 12 here in it’s entireity for your convenience. Bob recommends we all read this scripture.
Concerning Spiritual Gifts
12 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
In an exciting new series of sermons, our most learned teacher and beloved minister Bob Kolodner embarks on a journey through the book of 1 Corinthians. When planning this series, Bob and Chris chose this book because it underlines some the most pressing challenges faced by the early Christian churches; and also reflects on the challenges still faced in today’s Christian church. By studying an early church that scholars agree was one of the more “messed up” churches of that time, we can learn much from Paul about what a church should be, and how to be a family after God’s own heart; something that he so clearly and so wholeheartedly wanted for the people of Corinth.
This is a particularly exciting series because it offers each of us an opportunity to really study this book in depth. For the next few weeks, we get to benefit from Bob’s vast biblical knowledge and see the book of 1 Corinthians in a way that many of us have not the time, or perhaps even, the skill to do by ourselves.
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In the wake of a successful VBS (hence Bob’s wonderful attire) this week’s sermon see’s Bob returning to his theme of keeping the Sabbath – as commanded in Exodus 20:8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy”; the fourth commandment from God.
As the Pharisees try to trap Jesus with their questions, Bob explores the laws that man had built up around this commandment. He then shows us how Jesus clarifies what it really means to keep the Sabbath holy; words we should all live by – always.
The full commandment in the NIV reads:
8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
In this week’s sermon, Bob’s message is simple: take a day off. Of course, he is telling us this directly from scripture so you know its right. This is the first in a two part series so stay tuned for more thoughts on the topic of ‘Sabbath’ next Sunday.
Click on the link below to enjoy this wonderful message from Bob, beautifully orated as always with a theme that will stay with you for a long time.
It’s Father’s day and this week’s sermon is presented by our special guest speaker Marty Koonce. He and his family are visiting from their mission in Rwanda and we are blessed to have them with us. They are here to give us an update on the huge successes and strides that have been achieved from the hand of God through their mission work in post-genocide Rwanda.
Watch this week’s message here to learn more about the good works of Marty, his family and the other missions as he shares with us the amazing stories and challenges they continue to face every day as the country rebuilds herself. These are stories of what truly amazing people can do with the help and support of a truly amazing God.
Also check out the missions page for further video of Marty with additional news of the current work and achievements.
In this week’s sermon “The Perils of Having a Perfect Child”, Chris Abernethy delivers a delightful and thought-provoking message in which he explores the role of those most famous biblical Mothers, Mary, Mother of Jesus and Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptiser.
Christ skillfully explores the scripture concerning the role of Mothers in biblical times; what were the attitudes towards women in those days and how was an inability to bare children regarded by the people of those times?
This week Bob’s quest to help us understand what scripture has to say about those who serve our Church leads us to the role of Deacons. What does a Deacon do? What does the Bible say he should do? Is it even clear what he should do in the scripture; or has God left us to figure some of that out for our selves?
Bob takes a deep dive to clarify the role and to interpret the scripture to help us get a better understanding. Along the way we discover that this week’s Greek word is “Diakonos” – Servant. And as you can see ‘Diakonos’ is where we get the term ‘Deacon’ from: one who serves. Wow – who knew right? This is why we love you so much Bob – you’re a wonderful and gifted teacher. Anyway, as you might have guessed, there’s much more to this whole question – so watch Bob’s sermon and learn much from the book of Acts, Timothy, Titus, Romans, John, Thessalonians and Corinthians as Bob skillfully leads us through the evidence of what God says Deacons are supposed to do.
In a beautifully constructed and educational sermon this week, Bob Kolodner looks at the fantastically complex logistics that God faced when sending the Messiah to earth. Bob includes some very informative context from Genesis and numerous other books of the Old Testament to build an original narrative to explain these events. This is indeed another truly wonderful sermon by our equally wonderful minister Bob. If you missed it this week, check out the sermon below or go to YouTube. If you saw it live this week, watch it again – you’ll get even more out of it the second time through.
In an outstanding sermon this week, Bob Kolodner asked the question “How Patient is God?”. His love may be infinite, but can the same be said for His patience?
To answer this question Bob takes us from the scripture written by Peter during his incarceration, to the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1946, to the subsequent nuclear arms race, and finally to God’s power to destroy the earth.
As Peter stated in 2 Peter 10 “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare”. Is it really as bleak as it sounds or are we forgetting something very important? To find out, you’ll just have to watch this week’s sermon video by clicking the image below.