Clyde Christian Bible Church

Clyde Christian Bible Church

A collection of sermons from Chris Lantz, Pastor of Clyde Christian Bible Church. We meet Sunday mornings, 10:30 until 12:00 (or whenever he finally wraps up the sermon). If you can’t make it on a Sunday morning, find the sermon content here.


Facing Goliath, Part VI: Legalism & Abuse (with Abe & Eva Neufeld)
Aug 10 • 37 min
Our dear friends Abe & Eva explain their journey from legalism and abuse, into the freedom, grace, and living faith in God their loving Father. It is powerful, vulnerable, and beautiful.
Facing Goliath, Part V (The Suburban Lifestyle Dream)
Aug 3 • 50 min
We examine what Trump calls the “Suburban Lifestyle Dream”, a dream built on white privilege, consumerism, individualism, and wealth. Let’s examine a Kingdom dream, marked by Sacrifice, Love, and Discipleship.
Facing Goliath Part IV: Grief (with David Harris)
Jul 28 • 51 min
Grief is a Goliath that you must constantly grapple with. Our friend David shares his ongoing struggle with grief over the recent death of his wife, Terra. We are thankful for his strength and vulnerability.
Facing Goliath Part III: Purpose (with Bob Williams)
Jul 21 • 47 min
Bob Williams has lived a full life of faith and has faced many Goliaths. Here he tells about facing the giant of creationism vs evolution; but the bigger Goliath is a question of purpose.
Facing Goliath Part II: Injustice (with Angeline Bowman)
Jul 13 • 48 min
Angeline Bowman is an excellent example of someone who has committed herself to facing down the Goliath of injustice. Here she shares some of her story, and demonstrates the sling and the stone we need to wield into the battle against injustice: Truth and…
Facing Goliath, Part I (1 Samuel 17)
Jul 7 • 51 min
David & Goliath is a familiar underdog story… but what REALLY led to David’s victory in battle (actually, in three concurrent battles)?
Soothing the Savage Beast (1 Samuel 16:13-23)
Jul 1 • 51 min
Music soothes Saul, the savage beast… but the real soothing comes from a deeper and more spiritual source. Features a crucial theology of mental health.
Raised Up By God’s Hand: Summarizing 1 Samuel 1-16a
Jun 23 • 50 min
It’s a 16-in-1 sermon, as Chris summarizes the story of the first 16 chapters of 1 Samuel in our humbly triumphant return to Sunday services!
David: The Importance of First Impressions (1 Samuel 16:1-13)
Jun 14 • 31 min
In this, the first of three “first impressions” of King David, we find that God chooses and empowers unexpected people based on one specific criteria. And it’s not your handshaking ability.
“What is This Sound of Bleating in My Ears?” (1 Samuel 15)
Jun 7 • 41 min
King Saul’s rejection comes at the sound of bleating sheep. Find out what Saul’s disobedience, and subsequent refusal to accept responsibility, can teach us about listening to and loving God today.
Like Father, Like Son? (1 Samuel 14)
May 31 • 38 min
King Saul and Jonathan: examining the difference between faithful ridiculousness and foolish ridiculousness.
Obedience and The Heart of God (1 Samuel 13)
May 24 • 37 min
As with children who disobey, the problem for King Saul (and us) is disobedience. But the problem wasn’t the only problem.
Whole New World, Same Old Purpose (1 Samuel 12)
May 17 • 44 min
As Samuel transitions God’s people from one era into another, everything is changing. But really, nothing is changing at all. Perhaps that’s relevant as we move into a post-COVID world.
Jesus Is The Messiah. But First… (1 Samuel 11)
May 10 • 47 min
The best word for describing Jesus is “Messiah”. Take a thousand year journey back from Christ to examine the story of an early messiah-figure in Israel’s history, which should in turn help our understanding of Jesus’ Messiahship.
Looking for Donkeys, Finding the Kingship (1 Samuel 9 & 10)
May 3 • 50 min
A series of unexpected “coincidences” leads Saul to the kingship of Israel; a portrait of a God Who is in control, and has a plan for His people.
Give Us a King! (1 Samuel 8)
Apr 26 • 48 min
Israel’s demand for a king represents a disastrous sea change for the people of God. It’s a microcosm of everything broken about humanity, and everything good and beautiful about the King they already had: God Himself.
Riddance, Repentance, and Rocks of Remembrance (1 Samuel 7)
Apr 19 • 36 min
Monuments remind us of our mistakes: we correct them, but we remember them. First Samuel 7 is a a monument to Israel’s repentance, and God’s deliverance. Let’s pore over the details!
The Hands of The Supreme God: Easter 2020 (1 Samuel 5)
Apr 12 • 38 min
Ark Narrative Part III: What happens when God’s glory dies in the heart of enemy territory? And what does this have to do with Easter?
A Socially Distant Good Friday
Apr 10 • 23 min
Social Distancing is tough. But it gives us an opportunity to deepen our understanding of Jesus death (and the purpose behind it).
Raiders and the Ark, Part II: Triumphal Entry (1 Samuel 6)
Apr 5 • 43 min
Now that the enemy has the Ark (in 1 Samuel 6 and Indiana Jones), do they have control of Yahweh? Or will God teach everyone a crucial lesson about Who He is? Remember Who you’re dealing with, people!
Raiders and the Ark, Part I: “Ichabod” (1 Samuel 4)
Mar 29 • 38 min
Indiana Jones battled Nazis over it. Israel battles the Philistines with it. The Ark of the Covenant is a highly sacred object. What does it mean if the Ark, symbol of God’s glory, doesn’t bring His people victory?
The Curious Connection Between the Contagious Commander and COVID-19
Mar 23 • 32 min
The story of Naaman has some wisdom to impart to us about how our loving God uses small, humble, and practical means to bring healing in a fearful time of super-contagious diseases.
Here I Am (1 Samuel 3:1-4:1)
Mar 15 • 30 min
History is altered, transformation occurs, and God is seen and heard… when people declare to God, “Here I Am”.
Replaced. (1 Samuel 2:11-36)
Mar 8 • 37 min
As we contrasts wicked priests and innocent Samuel, the question gets turned on us: are we treating holiness with contempt or respect? Are we growing or falling away?
Hannah’s Song: The LORD Who Raises (1 Samuel 2:1-10)
Mar 4 • 45 min
Hannah’s song is more than praise for the God Who lifts the lowly, and protest to those who commit injustice; it’s also a paradigm for the rest of the Books of Samuel. (Plus, political ranting…)
From Barrenness to New Hope (1 Samuel 1)
Feb 26 • 38 min
Hannah’s story is one of God bringing life and hope to barren situations (just like Israel). It’s also a story of a God hearing, remembering and redeeming a faithful servant who turns her weaknesses & desires over to Him.
God’s Chosen: Faithfulness Over Flawlessness (Summarizing the Books of Samuel)
Feb 19 • 34 min
Come for the intro to the Books of Samuel; stay for the ten minute rant on how to properly read the Old Testament.
Completing the Work: An Update From Rick Scruggs
Feb 18 • 28 min
Rick Scruggs of Lifeline Christian Mission gives us an update on a mission in Haiti that is close to our hearts, while also offering encouragement to strive to complete the work God has set us on: missions, salvation, community… and tiny wooden…
A Way Through the Desert
Jan 20 • 37 min
The desert experiences of our heroes in faith mirror our own “desert experiences” in life. Is there a Way out of the desert?
PRE:Christmas Part 2: PRESENTS
Dec 24, 2019 • 34 min
When it comes to the arrival of the Messiah, don’t be rude: follow the childlike example of heroes in the birth narrative and rejoice at the gift, and then bring Him something in return. But what can we bring to lay before the King?
PRE:Christmas Part 1: PREPARATIONS
Dec 16, 2019 • 35 min
Christmas requires preparation. Even the arrival of the Messiah was prepared for centuries, and His birth narrative prepares us for His identity and purpose. Prepare yourself to get prepared!
Advent 2019: Grasping vs Giving
Dec 3, 2019 • 26 min
An examination of how Jesus refused to grasp onto His divine status, but instead came to Earth to give, give, and give some more. He has great gifts ready for us, and He came in humility and power to give them.
RE:examination Part 12: REST
Nov 25, 2019 • 44 min
Humans are designed for rest, and in this conclusion to the RE:examination series, we explore what Scripture tells us about the many forms of rest in its pages. It sounds like a small, weak word… but it’s extremely powerful.
RE:examination Part 11: RELIGION vs RELATIONSHIP
Nov 21, 2019 • 45 min
Is Christianity a religion or a relationship? Or perhaps a tag team between the two? The answer may be obvious, but hopefully the re:examination is meaningful!
RE:examination Part 10: REMAINING
Nov 11, 2019 • 43 min
Exploring the Exile, and the New Growth Who rose out of it, and how God remains with His people through their darkest, coldest winters.
RE:examination Part 9: REFINING
Nov 3, 2019 • 44 min
God refines His people, righteous and unrighteous alike, in order to draw them to Himself and purify them in His presence. We examine how our faith is like gold refined in the fires of suffering. Lots of Greek and Hebrew.
RE:examination Part 8: REPENTANCE
Oct 27, 2019 • 36 min
Wayward friends, Indian food, and Bible languages. All of these give us an understanding of the crucial Bible concept of Repentance: our first role in the process of salvation.
RE:examination Part 7: RECONCILIATION
Oct 22, 2019 • 39 min
Stories of Scripture bring to life the beautiful truth of reconciliation (a word that is rare in the Bible, even though it fills its pages… and a word that Chris finds hard to pronounce)!
RE:examination Part 6: REBIRTH
Oct 15, 2019 • 45 min
Being “born again” plays a small role in Scripture, but a major role in Christian culture. We will re:examine REBIRTH, comparing the spiritual process to the physical process and deepening our understanding of the new life we’re called into.
RE:examination Part 5: RESURRECTION
Oct 8, 2019 • 40 min
As we RE:examine the resurrection stories of Scripture, we see WHO resurrection is for, and WHEN resurrection occurs. Do not listen to this at midnight in a windowsill.
RE:examination Part 4: REDEMPTION
Oct 4, 2019 • 52 min
Marnie takes us through the acts, costs, and persons of redemption throughout Scripture (and to us today).
RE:examination Part 3: REJECTION
Sep 23, 2019 • 36 min
If God rejects the means by which His people worship Him… does that mean He rejects His people? How does rejection fit into the story of humanity wrestling with God?
RE:examination Part 2: REBELLION
Sep 15, 2019 • 36 min
RE:examining the human tendency to rebel, and why it is such an enormous problem.
RE:examination Part 1: REVELATION
Sep 8, 2019 • 45 min
In this, the beginning of a new sermon series, we examine the various ways that God reveals Truth to humankind. And Chris accidentally denies that the earth revolves around the sun. Now THAT’S a revelation.
Thankful for the Treasure (Philippians 4:10-20)
Sep 3, 2019 • 42 min
Despite appearances, Paul is thankful for the treasure he has received as a gift… but which treasure?
I Can Do All Things? (Philippians 4:10-13)
Aug 26, 2019 • 39 min
Reclaiming a triumphant Bible verse about contentment and strength from the realm of championship athletes.
The Ultimate Hero: Jasper Camp 2019
Aug 23, 2019 • 26 min
Examining the characteristics of a hero, and applying them to Jesus (a summary of lessons given to the youth at the church’s annual Jasper Camp trip).
The Rose in Full Bloom: Revealing God’s Character Through Christ (with Jon Kramer)
Aug 20, 2019 • 34 min
Understanding the character of God through the Person of Jesus.
One Sacred Day in July
Jul 22, 2019 • 32 min
A brief testimony about a very meaningful day Chris had in July. Or should that be Jluly?
What Are We Supposed to Be Doing Here, Anyway? (Philippians 4:4-7)
Jul 2, 2019 • 36 min
It doesn’t make much sense to be identified by what you DON’T do. So what exactly do faithful followers of Jesus DO?
Garden Musings with Marnie Hoetmer
Jun 26, 2019 • 44 min
Learning about weeds, roots, patience, pruning and wonder as Marnie takes us on a discipleship journey through the garden.
Naming Names In The LORD (Philippians 4:1-3)
Jun 18, 2019 • 41 min
Paul names certain names in order to drive his mega-themes of his letter into the hearts and minds of his readers.
Destiny, Gods & Glory: Part II (Philippians 3:17-21)
Jun 10, 2019 • 42 min
What does it mean to be exiles with a heavenly citizenship?
Destiny, Gods & Glory: Part I (Philippians 3:17-21)
Jun 3, 2019 • 54 min
Confronting where our allegiances lie: to the cross, or to ourselves?
Serving in South Sudan: An Update from Kristy Fraser
May 28, 2019 • 41 min
Kristy Fraser, from CCBC, updates us on her coming service trip amongst the Lopit people of South Sudan.
Races & Rookie Mistakes (Philippians 3:7-16)
May 20, 2019 • 38 min
Rookie mistakes and savvy veteran focus: an examination of perfection, maturity, and keeping your eyes on the goal ahead.
“Big Deal”. Big Deal? BIG DEAL. (Philippians 3:1-11)
May 12, 2019 • 38 min
Will Ferrell and circumcision lead us to discover the most important BIG DEAL in life.
Worthy of Honour (Philippians 2:19-30)
May 8, 2019 • 37 min
What is honourable behaviour, and who are some excellent examples of that behaviour? And why is Chris so emotional?
Blameless Space-Racing Babies (Philippians 2:14-18)
Apr 28, 2019 • 40 min
A journey through a very strange imagination exercises leads to an deeper understanding of living for Christ.
Cross Words (Easter 2019)
Apr 22, 2019 • 29 min
Words that are derived from the Cross of Christ instruct us about the crucial importance of Easter.
Progress & Struggle: An Interview with Ricot and Mandy Leon
Apr 17, 2019 • 47 min
Ricot and Mandy Leon, missionaries in Haiti, offer a personal glimpse into their mission and mindset as servants in the Kingdom.
Work, Work, Work. (Philippians 2:12-13)
Apr 8, 2019 • 40 min
Examining the goodness of God’s work in and through His children.
Ransom & Redemption (Guest Speaker: David Ross)
Apr 1, 2019 • 34 min
Guest speaker David Ross, a student at Alberta Bible College, offers an exploration and application of the Biblical themes of Ransom and Redemption.
The Power of the Divine Pattern, Part II (Philippians 2:5-11)
Mar 24, 2019 • 43 min
Applying Paul’s beautiful portrait of Jesus in Philippians 2 to our own lives.
The Power of the Divine Pattern, Part I (Philippians 2:5-11)
Mar 18, 2019 • 38 min
What is the pattern Jesus established through His humble, obedient, servant-hearted life and death?
Kids and the Kingdom of God (Guest Speaker: Jeff King)
Mar 11, 2019 • 31 min
Jeff King, from Compassion Canada, teaches us about childlike faith and valuing our most vulnerable neighbours around the globe.
Sparking a Life on Mission (Guest Speaker: Rick Scruggs)
Mar 6, 2019 • 26 min
Guest speaker Rick Scruggs teaches on how every Christian is to live a missional life (especially to those we wouldn’t feel comfortable serving).
The Cherry on Top (Philippians 2:1-4)
Feb 26, 2019 • 40 min
The delicious Philippians are lacking in a key ingredient.
Stand as One (Philippians 1:27-30)
Feb 19, 2019 • 42 min
Exploring the church’s defense against the cold harsh environment around us and the wolves that seek to tear us apart.
The Most Beautiful Paradox (Philippians 1:18b-26)
Feb 11, 2019 • 40 min
How Philippians 1, Shakespeare, and mind games can lead us to a deeper understanding of life and death.
The Bigger Picture (Philippians 1:12-18a)
Feb 4, 2019 • 38 min
Unlike the Edmonton Oilers, Paul sees victory because he keeps his eyes on the Bigger Picture. Find out how, and what that Bigger Picture is, in this sermon.
Praying for the Basics (Philippians 1:9-11)
Jan 27, 2019 • 37 min
Paul’s prayer focuses us on the basics of the faith, much like a Kindergarten teacher showing a bunch of 5-year-olds how to run straight.
Thankful for a Good Work (Philippians 1:3-8)
Jan 20, 2019 • 39 min
Paul’s prayer of thanks is similar to a basement renovation: rejoicing over Phases of Completion.
Setting the Scene (Philippians 1:1-2)
Jan 13, 2019 • 34 min
Exploring how Paul took a standard formula and filled it with the crucial themes of his letter: Humility, Unity, Sanctity, and the Gospel Message.
To Live is Christ: Introducing Philippians
Jan 8, 2019 • 39 min
Offering an overview of Philippians, with a pop quiz, stories from Acts, and a llama cookie jar.
Steadfast to the End: Paul’s Lost Years
Jan 2, 2019 • 37 min
Our heroic Apostle faces the end of his mission with dignity and power despite loneliness and suffering.
A Timely Formula for Christmas (Christmas Eve 2018)
Dec 28, 2018 • 10 min
Hope faces forward, Peace looks behind us, Joy looks to the present, and Love is timeless. Success in life is found in the formula of accepting these gifts from Christ.
Love: A Family Reunited (Advent 2018)
Dec 23, 2018 • 24 min
Celebrating the God Who took on flesh in order to fight the battle with us and return us to the Love of our Father.
Peace: Life as it Was Intended (Advent 2018)
Dec 17, 2018 • 28 min
One familiar story combines with the Christmas narrative to illustrate how God brings peace to our broken world.
Joy: Encountering the Promise (Advent 2018)
Dec 12, 2018 • 34 min
Hear stories of the God Who works through joy.
Hope: Embracing the Silence (Advent 2018)
Dec 5, 2018 • 34 min
Exploring the beautiful connection between Hope, Silence, and the Coming Messiah.
The End (is not the end): Acts 28:11-31
Nov 26, 2018 • 38 min
Where the story of Acts ends, our story begins.
The Adventure of a Lifetime (Acts 27:1-28:10)
Nov 19, 2018 • 43 min
Life is an adventure, and this nautical adventure features Paul as a light in the storm.
In the Name of Remembrance
Nov 11, 2018 • 10 min
How does the name “Remembrance Day” call us to action a full century after weapons were laid down?
Crucial Symbols (Acts 25 & 26)
Nov 6, 2018 • 46 min
Paul’s defense before Herod reveals the powerful symbols of the Church… featuring a thrilling vocal performance from local church members!
Mammon: Combating the Enemy (Acts 24:24-27)
Oct 23, 2018 • 42 min
Exploring the ugliness of Mammon (wealth).
Too Legit to Quit
Oct 14, 2018 • 39 min
Rap in the 1980’s was all about legitimacy, and the same question is crucial for the Church in ancient Rome and modern North America alike.
A Good Story. And That’s a Promise. (Acts 23:11-35)
Oct 8, 2018 • 35 min
It’s a thrilling story, but the lesson comes in a quiet moment with Christ. Without making any promises, Jesus makes the greatest promises of all.
To Whom Do You Belong? (Acts 22:22-23:10)
Oct 4, 2018 • 42 min
Learn from the Apostle Paul, who uses his Roman citizenship and Pharisaic background, but is not devoted to them… so what IS he devoted to?
Beyond Mere Tradition (Acts 21:27-22:24a)
Sep 3, 2018 • 43 min
The God of transformation often needs His people to overcome tradition in order to meet their purpose.
Fear and Death on a Friday Afternoon
Aug 28, 2018 • 26 min
What’s the point of living if we’re just going to die eventually? An examination of fear and death and resurrection.
Jasper Camp Recap 2018
Aug 27, 2018 • 28 min
With Jasper National Park as our background, find out how water brings life to Scripture’s story of salvation.
Determination for the Journey (Acts 21:1-16)
Jul 3, 2018 • 35 min
What makes Paul so determined to get to Jerusalem, when he knows he will suffer?
Encouragement (Acts 20:13-38)
Jun 25, 2018 • 41 min
The power and principles of encouragement.
“He’s Alive!” (Acts 20:1-12)
Jun 21, 2018 • 36 min
A powerful and compassionate God brings life back to His children.
The World’s Rage (Acts 19:23-41)
Jun 6, 2018 • 38 min
Living a life in the Holy Spirit, apart from rage.
Contrasting Powers (Acts 19:8-20)
May 28, 2018 • 38 min
A study in contrast between human power (Hitler) and God’s power (Paul).
The Crucial Ingredient (Acts 18:18-19:7)
May 22, 2018 • 37 min
What is the Crucial Ingredient all believers require?
Small Decisions, Huge Consequences (Acts 18:9-17)
May 13, 2018 • 29 min
A relatively minor legal trial results in unintended benefits for the Church.
Adventures in Sin City (Acts 18:1-17)
May 9, 2018 • 34 min
Finding encouragement in a sinful world.
You Can’t Love What You Don’t Know (Acts 17:22-34)
May 2, 2018 • 43 min
With marine life, the Greek philosophical elite, and your neighbour, the key to loving someone is understanding them first.
A Tale of Three Cities (Acts 17)
Apr 23, 2018 • 38 min
Cities, Seeds, and people reacting to the Gospel.
Fixing Mistakes (Acts 15:36-41)
Apr 15, 2018 • 38 min
Divine faithfulness overcomes human failure.
A Theology of Interruptions: Ricot Leon
Apr 9, 2018 • 36 min
Finding God in life’s interruptions.
Released: The Salvation of the Jailer (Acts 16:25-40)
Apr 1, 2018 • 33 min
Hear the story of the salvation of the Philippian jailer in his own words, and find out how it connects to Easter.
Women, Wealth, and Responding to God: Evangelizing Philippi (Acts 16:11-24)
Mar 25, 2018 • 41 min
It’s a terrible title, but it pretty much covers everything in our Palm Sunday passage.
A Crucial Decision, Part II (Acts 15:19-35)
Mar 18, 2018 • 47 min
What do the freedoms and restrictions of the Jerusalem Council mean for us today?
A Crucial Decision, Part I (Acts 15:1-19)
Mar 11, 2018 • 44 min
Part 1: the question of circumcision forces early church leaders to make a monumental decision.
“We Too Are Only Human!” (Acts 14:8-20)
Mar 4, 2018 • 32 min
Because we are only human, we deserve no glory, and He deserves it all, as Paul demonstrates in Lystra.
Whatever Works. (Acts 14:1-7; 19-28)
Feb 28, 2018 • 45 min
An exploration on the purpose and power of sacrificing yourself for the glory of God.
…and Reactions: Part II (Acts 13:42-52)
Feb 18, 2018 • 39 min
What can we learn from the reactions to Paul’s sermon to the Jews and Gentiles in Pisidian Antioch?
Actions… Part I (Acts 13:13-41)
Feb 15, 2018 • 44 min
Exploring the Actions of God in History through the actions of Paul and Barnabas.
Harsh Words (Acts 13:4-12)
Feb 5, 2018 • 44 min
Examining the power, purpose, and principles of speaking harshly to others.
A Potpourri of Truth (Acts 12:24-13:3)
Jan 29, 2018 • 43 min
As Saul prepares for his mission to the gentiles, we learn a wide variety of lessons.
A Theology of Death vs. Deliverance (Acts 12, Part II)
Jan 21, 2018 • 43 min
Moving towards a good theology of suffering, from the life and death of James the Apostle.
Sometimes It’s the Sword, Sometimes It’s Angels, Sometimes It’s Worms: Examining God’s Sovereignty, Part I (Acts 12)
Jan 14, 2018 • 38 min
Exploring the Sovereignty of God through Herod’s viciousness, Peter’s escape, the Church’s imperfect faithfulness, and the Beatles for some reason.
BEING NEW: Nothing’s Different; Everything’s Changed (Acts 11:19-30)
Jan 7, 2018 • 41 min
The evangelism of the Gentiles represents something new… but is anything really different?
Advent and Acts 9 & 10, According to “Rudolph”
Dec 26, 2017 • 33 min
Let Rudolph light the way as our guide through Acts, the Christmas story, and God’s Love.
Advent & Acts 7, According to “Miracle on 34th St”
Dec 17, 2017 • 37 min
Examining the Peace of the season through the story of Stephen in Acts 7 and Miracle on 34th Street.
Advent & Acts 4, According to “The Grinch”
Dec 10, 2017 • 31 min
Joy in the midst of darkness; Joy as a response to grace; Joy that causes us to give freely… like The Grinch.
Advent & Acts 2, According to “Home Alone”
Dec 3, 2017 • 21 min
Connecting Acts 2, the first week of Advent (Hope), and the classic Christmas film Home Alone.
“Who Am I… to Stand in God’s Way?” (Acts 11:1-18)
Nov 28, 2017 • 40 min
The Early Church has to set aside deeply entrenched beliefs in order for God to advance His Kingdom.
The Basics (Acts 10:34-48)
Nov 5, 2017 • 41 min
When the gospel is first brought to the gentiles, Peter focuses on the basics.
No Longer Unclean (Acts 10:9-33)
Nov 3, 2017 • 32 min
Visions, Keys, and Creatures: How the gentiles were welcomed into the Church.
Cornelius: Unexpected Hero (Acts 10:1-8)
Oct 22, 2017 • 38 min
Who would expect a Roman Centurion, the face of the enemy, to be called to such a glorious task? God would. And we should too.
Healing the Holy Ones (Acts 9:32-43)
Oct 15, 2017 • 32 min
Peter’s healings teach us about the nature of the Holy Ones of God.
Saul: Thankfulness in Ups & Downs (Acts 9:19-31)
Oct 8, 2017 • 40 min
Paul suffers rejection, loneliness and attempts on his life… how does thankfulness fit into the picture?
Ananias’ Life, in His Own Words (Acts 9:10-19)
Sep 24, 2017 • 30 min
Exploring the life of Ananias, who turned a powerful enemy into a powerful brother.
Saul’s Conversion, in His Own Words (Acts 9:1-9)
Sep 17, 2017 • 19 min
This morning, we examine the conversion of Saul through the eyes of Saul himself. It’s not a sermon, but hopefully it results in some encouragement and exploration of the effect that an encounter with the Light of Jesus can have on our entire…
Philip: Evangelism to the Ends of the Earth
Sep 10, 2017 • 43 min
The story of Philip’s one-on-one evangelism is given the same space and theological weight as his earlier conversion of an entire people group, the Samaritans. Why is that? Because micro-evangelism is just as important as macro-evangelism. In this…
POWER, Part II: Peter, John & Simon (Acts 8:9-25)
Sep 3, 2017 • 34 min
Contrasting the Forbes list of the most powerful people in 2016 with the Biblical heroes like Philip, Peter, John and Jesus, we further examine a Biblical understanding of power. God uses His power to invite and save (even Samaritans!); Simon covets…
POWER, Part I: Philip & Simon (Acts 8:4-13)
Aug 27, 2017 • 35 min
Power in the Kingdom of God looks nothing like power in the world. In this, the first of a two-part sermon exploring the spread of the Gospel to Samaria (and in particular Simon the Magician), we examine how God uses power to make enemies into family,…
Jasper Camp 2017 Recap
Aug 15, 2017 • 35 min
Chris describes the lessons offered to the Youth Group, and then examines how the leaders were fortunate to watch those lessons come to life in the campers through the course of the week. From the Mountains of God (Sinai, Carmel, Transfiguration, Mt…
Lisa’s Testimony
Aug 13, 2017 • 4 min
After dealing with a severe medical issue, our dear friend Lisa shares with us the refreshing perspective she’s gained on pain, life, and God’s faithful provision.
Suffering: Storms & Seeds (Acts 8:1-4)
Jul 23, 2017 • 50 min
Using a profound encounter on an airplane as the main illustration, along with a portrait of scattered seeds, we journey through the end of Stephen’s life and the beginning of Saul’s persecution of the Church to examine how we can respond to suffering,…
Stephen’s Speech Part 8: Tabernacle, Temple, and You
Jul 9, 2017 • 34 min
Well, we’ve finally wrapped up all the loose ends on Stephen’s speech in Acts 7, and this last loose end was a BIG one. By exploring New Testament Temple theology, we will see how the new thing God is doing (which is actually an old thing) has…
Stephen’s Speech Part 7: A Lasting Impact
Jul 2, 2017 • 43 min
WARNING: CONTROVERSIAL STATEMENTS AHEAD! Well, maybe not. It’s just the words of Jesus and Stephen. But they might shake us up. In this sermon, we examine three of the minor lessons we can apply to our own faith from the speech Stephen makes in…
Stephen’s Speech, Part 6: The Death (Acts 7:51-60)
Jun 26, 2017 • 43 min
Stephen’s speech (and his life) have come to an end. As he points out the blasphemy of his accusers (who had themselves accused Stephenof blasphemy), Stephen also points out the glory and power of Jesus. See what his last words have to say to us, and…
Stephen’s Speech Part 5: Tabernacle (Acts 7:44-50)
Jun 20, 2017 • 39 min
If I make a birdhouse, am I confined to that birdhouse? No, I am sovereign over that birdhouse. Starting with some basic theologies about the power of our Creator God, we examine why Stephen depreciated the Temple (and was condemned for it). God…
Stephen’s Speech Part 4: Moses (Acts 7:20-43)
Jun 11, 2017 • 39 min
After using the Patriarchs to emphasize his point, Stephen then turns his attention to Moses. In all three eras of Moses’ life we see God at work in foreign places, creating holiness out of common places (and people), and truth being rejected from even…
Stephen’s Speech Part 3: The Patriarchs (Acts 7:1-19)
Jun 6, 2017 • 26 min
In his great defense of the new work God is doing through Jesus, immediately before his martyrdom, Stephen takes the Sanhedrin all the way back to the roots of their faith. The Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and his sons) are full of many familiar,…
Stephen, Part 2: Setting the Stage for the Speech
May 29, 2017 • 20 min
We’ve already examined what made Stephen a hero in life: today we begin summarizing what made Stephen a hero into death. His speech before the High Council contains powerful truth that can affect us even today, many centuries later. Stephen is a hero…
Stephen: Hero & Martyr (Part 1): Acts 6:8-15
May 21, 2017 • 31 min
The death of Stephen marks a turning point for the Book of Acts, the history of the Church, and our own understanding of heroism. Today, in part 1 of a multi-part series, we will examine Stephen’s character and conduct and get a portrait of an…
Kristy’s Mission Update 2017
May 15, 2017 • 52 min
Our good friend (and homegrown missionary) Kristy Fraser gives us updates from her recent trip to serve in the African nations of Lesotho and Tanzania. Kristy used her many gifts in agriculture and love for others while there. Hear about tourist hats,…
Priorities & Service: Acts 6:1-7
May 8, 2017 • 28 min
You know the lesson of the rocks in the jar? It features prominently in today’s sermon. The big things go in first, then the smaller things, then the smallest things. It’s a good lesson. But there are some problems. What happens when small things…
“Worthy To Suffer”: Acts 5:40-42
Apr 30, 2017 • 30 min
Our dear friend and sister in Christ, Marcella, is currently in the last days of her very sudden battle with cancer. With that in mind, and with the stunning statement made by the Apostles after their unjust arrest and painful flogging, we begin an…
“If It Is From God…”: Acts 5:17-40
Apr 23, 2017 • 42 min
Sometimes human words become accidentally prophetic, and that’s the case with our story in Acts this week. A lot gets covered in this passage: the imprisonment of the apostles, their deliverance at the hands of an angel, the weaknesses of the…
A Portrait of Purpose (Easter 2017): Acts 5:11-16
Apr 16, 2017 • 39 min
There have been many issues faced by the Church in Acts so far, but through a partnership between the Presence of God and His followers (particularly Peter), they have overcome each time. Today’s passage (which may seem to be a strange one for Easter…
Truth and Lies: with Guest Speaker RICOT LEON!
Apr 9, 2017 • 41 min
Cultures have many unique superstitions; small scale lies we tell each other to affect behaviour and attempt to control the world around us. But what happens when these untruths begin to alter our identities? …our souls? What happen when we become…
The Cost of Dishonest Discipleship: Acts 5:1-11
Apr 3, 2017 • 37 min
Trap Games are a real danger to champion sports teams. They’re rolling right along, nothing but victory and success… until a lesser foe causes them to stumble and fall. In the Book of Acts, everything has been incredibly successful, under the…
Giving Generosity and Receiving Unity: Acts 4:32-37
Mar 19, 2017 • 34 min
We sometimes assume that the way our western society functions is good or normal or right. It isn’t. After contrasting the conquering Europeans to the Indigenous peoples they conquered, we then turn our gaze towards the early church. Luke…
Looking to Him with Eyes Closed: Acts 4:23-31
Mar 12, 2017 • 41 min
Perspective is important. This is true in Kindergarten, and this is true in the mission of the Church. Now that the followers of Jesus have had the first taste of persecution, how will they respond? What is their perspective on suffering? Acts…
We Cannot Stop: Acts 4:1-22
Mar 5, 2017 • 31 min
First steps are miraculous, but they often cause problems. That is true for infants, and for apostles. Persecution arrives at the doorstep of the early church, as Peter and John are called before the Sanhedrin to account for what power and name they…
In the Name of Jesus: Acts 3
Feb 26, 2017 • 35 min
Wait, didn’t we just hear this? Acts 3 seems at first glance like a repetition of Acts 2, since both feature a powerful miracle and a Kerygma response by Peter. But the differences are stunning. Here, the healing of a disabled beggar leads Peter to…
The First Gospel Sermon, Pt. 3- “What Should We Do?”: Acts 2:37-47
Feb 19, 2017 • 34 min
After Peter’s mic drop of a sermon climax, the people have one desperate question: “What should we do now?!” Peter’s immediate answer includes 2 requirements and 2 blessings: repent and be baptized, and you will receive forgiveness, as well as the…
The First Gospel Sermon, Pt. 2- “Both LORD and Messiah”: Acts 2:22-36
Feb 12, 2017 • 32 min
In this sermon, we dig into the core of Peter’s first Gospel sermon, which is an early version of the Kerygma (the foundational teachings of the Apostles for evangelism and defense of the faith). We explore Peter’s arguments about the historical…
The First Gospel Sermon, Pt 1- Wonders & Signs: Acts 2:13-21
Feb 5, 2017 • 32 min
First words are important. In Acts 2, we are given the first words of the baby Church, as Peter gives the first sermon under the influence of the Holy Spirit (and nothing else!). He begins his first words by quoting some old words from the prophet…
Lots to Say: Acts 2:1-12
Jan 30, 2017 • 32 min
The Holy Spirit arrives! …and Chris has lots to say about it. We examine 6 various topics (Pentecost, Wind, Fire, Galileans, Glossolalia, and the Foreign Faithful), and though these seemingly unrelated topics may appear disconnected at first…
…Sound Familiar? Acts 1:9-26
Jan 22, 2017 • 35 min
In the lull between Jesus’ ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit, we have two simple stories; angels appear to the 12, and then they must choose a replacement for Judas. However, in these simple stories are familiar elements which bring profound…
Breaking Ground: Acts 1:1-8
Jan 15, 2017 • 27 min
I’ve always considered groundbreaking ceremonies to be a little preposterous. As we read the last words of Jesus to His Apostles, I think we’ll see that, in the case of the Great Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Church, the Boss has a plan. And as…
Introducing Acts: Church Like a Flame
Jan 8, 2017 • 41 min
In this introductory sermon, we examine the “W” Questions of Acts: Who wrote it, Why was it written, When was it written, Who is in this book, and (most importantly), What is this book about. We also explore the basic structure of Acts, as well as…