Loving the Brethren

April 19, 2009  |  Michael Haykin
Our love for our Christian brothers and sisters is to be patterned after Christ's love for the Church. Christ gave Himself for the Church, which is to be a place where the love of God is realized in community.

The Last Enemy

April 12, 2009  |  Joe Boot

Our culture is turning to man-centred solutions for the problems of sin and death. However, Jesus alone conquered death, by dealing with the sin problem.

Christ the King

April 5, 2009  |  Joe Boot
Jesus establishes a spiritual kingdom and commands His servants to transact business until He returns. Faithful servants are rewarded with a kingdom, and the wicked with total destruction. His royalty is expressed when Jesus exercises eminent domain, the prerogative of a king, in taking the colt to ride on. In Psalm 72:8, Jesus' kingdom extends over the nations, "from sea to sea." Christ demands complete sovereignty over our lives.

The Second Discourse: A New Kind of H2O

March 29, 2009  |  Joe Boot

The entire life and ministry of Jesus communicates that living water ministered by the Holy Spirit alone can bring satisfaction to human beings. By offering the woman at the well living water, Jesus creates a new desire that only He can fulfill. He reveals a need in the human heart that can be met only in Himself.

The First Discourse: The New Birth

March 15, 2009  |  Joe Boot

After Jesus had deeply offended the Pharisees by cleansing the temple, Nicodemus came to him, asking a genuine question: "Rabbi, we know that you are from God..." Although Jesus appears to change the subject, he is actually answering the assumption underlying Nicodemus' concern: the faulty Jewish view that he would be a military Messiah. King Jesus would bring liberation and change to His people by individual regeneration from the power of sin, not by political liberation from Roman rule. Jesus is answering the central question of all true seekers: how is Christ's kingship manifested?

The First Sign: The Beginning of Miracles

March 8, 2009  |  Joe Boot
In the book of John, Jesus' teaching focuses on new creation or new birth. The book contains seven 'signs' or miracles which are meant to help us understand what our redemption in Christ means for the new creation. The signs that Jesus performed never compel belief, but rather illustrate spiritual realities for believers: for those granted spiritual sight, the signs or miracles of Jesus serve to confirm and establish their faith.

Beauty for Ashes (Lent)

March 1, 2009  |  Joe Boot

Lent is an opportunity for repentance, contrition, self-examination, and reflection. Its purpose is not simply to grieve the suffering of Christ, but also to weep for ourselves and our sin.

The Relevance of Creation: Genesis and the Missing Piece of the Puzzle

February 22, 2009  |  Calvin Smith

Genesis is one of the most attacked books of the Bible. Everyone is faced with the three big questions of life: 1) Where did I come from? 2) What is my purpose in life? 3) What will happen when I die? The answer they provide for the first question will form the foundation for answering the next two. The Bible has a meta-narrative, or overarching story, which gives context and meaning to each event that is recorded and answers the three big life questions. The meta-narrative anticipates a Restoration at the end of time.

The Family and the Kingdom - Giving

February 15, 2009  |  Joe Boot
Tithing is part of the Christian view of life and reality that is concerned above all with faith, justice, and mercy. Because we believe that the earth is the Lord's and all it contains, ALL we have belongs to God, and He requires that a small portion of that be given back to Him to extend His righteousness, His justice, and His kingdom.