at 11221 Bayview Ave., Richmond Hill, L4S 1L8 Canada
We're the church set on the Hill that can't be hidden (Matthew 5:16).
As a community of God's people, our Aspirations are the DNA of we grow to become. We aspire to be… A Deeper Life Church grounded in Christ A Small Groups Community united in the Spirit An Irresistible Environment of God-centered worship A Welcoming Family to all who come A Missional People to our larger community
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We've been hearing from Pastor Tim who's been saying, "Out of the Deeper Life comes the Overflowing Life." That's a thought worth chewing over. This week, our C&MA President, Dave Hearn, has been in Vancouver sharing his heart on world evangelism. He's taken that thought and added more octane to it, describing the relationship between the Deeper Life and the Missional Call with these words, "The Deeper Life without the Missional Call produces Fanaticism; The Missional Call without the Deeper Life produces Humanitarianism; but the Deeper Life with the Missional Call produces Revolution!" May the power of God's Life and Call rest on you!
We had "Watchman Prayer" on Wednesday night, standing on the wall of our call to prayer, bringing before God the needs of our people and standing firm against principalities and powers. It became quite obvious to each of us in that circle that the time spent in prayer just flew right by not because we were having "fun" but because we stood in the moving stream of God's presence prompting us to intercede relentlessly. We left the room without a doubt that so many of us give so many reasons not to come for prayer because we've never truly known the exhilaration of meeting the Living God in the Throne Room of Intercession. Additionally, work, kids, energy, dinner are given the label of "reality" because the probability of meeting with God in His holy presence is not enough of a competing reality. Further compounding the problem is that prayer meetings are often more about talking at each other than talking to God, and sometimes the between-people talking isn't healthy or even interesting. Taken together, we feel guilty when we're invited to come out for a prayer meeting, but we're equally deflated in our motivation to attend. So it's time for a change. We'll promise to pray if you'll promise to come. So put it on your calendar, and we'll see you next Wednesday. Watchmen, please gather - the more trumpets the better.
Here's a preview of what our message is about this Sunday: As we journey through the Book of Titus, we come to the third and final milestone that reveals what God calls His people to be in our present age: Know the Truth in the context of the popular culture (Chapter 1), Stand for the Truth in the instruction of God’s grace (Chapter 2), Live the Truth in the power of His transformation (Chapter 3). Paul unveils the two powerful forces that brought about our salvation – the kindness of God that drew us to Him, and the love of God that brings Him to us. As we come to Him, God regenerates and renews us by His Spirit, filling us and empowering us to be fearless in our living for Him in the present age.
From our hearts being broken as we heard about Lecent, the 14 year old girl whose life was tragically taken from us by a shooting; to the starting of the Pan Am Games here in the city (and we already have 8 medals!), we've had a roller coaster week, indeed! It's easy to get lost if we keep our eyes on the news. We swing from tragedy to celebration in a hair's breath. It's like entering the belly of an underground parking lot. Our spiritual GPS goes awry, unable to find our satellite to center us. It's in confusing times that the words of David in Psalm 16:8 come to mind, "I have set the Lord continuously before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken." Notice the language of positioning? "I set Him before me" is what I do in my weakness to keep Him in view. "He is at my right hand" is what God does in His power to keep me centered. Together, these forge the indomitable spirit that says, "I will not be shaken". May your spirit be unshaken in our confusing times as you speak the blessing of Psalm 16:8 over your soul. See you on Sunday for a wonderful time of worship!
Looking forward to this Sunday when we get together as a community in a big way (hey, every Sunday is a big deal!) Here's a preview of what the message is about on Sunday (If you check here each time Pastor Tim is preaching, you'll get a sneak peak): This message starts up our consideration of the Book of Titus. I’ll give a brief introduction to it, but the focus will be on the first chapter. We live in a culture that constantly defines truth by common agreement and common practice. Philosophers call it cultural relativism. The Bible calls it Lies. Paul begins his letter to Titus speaking about his role in the proclamation of Truth that comes from the immutable heart of God – “the God who never lies”, and encourages Titus in how he ought to stand in the gap by correcting and restoring those who have been led astray. The ending focus of this message is about this restoration as we approach the Table of Communion. See you in a few days!
Hey Everyone, hope you had a wonderful Canada Day. Did you know that on Friday this week (at 6:45 pm), Barnabas Fellowship will be doing a strong re-start after a little bit of a hiatus? Come to the church on Friday and let's work on making the DNA that we're a Small Groups Community count!