Who Am I? Victorious!

Life is a battle.
Who among us has not muttered that under our breath at one time or another?
We’ve said it, and felt it. And it’s true.
Life IS a battle. But not a battle we need fear. Those who have committed their lives to Jesus, following and trusting him can rest in the assurance that they will win. |
In the end, they will be VICTORIOUS!!
So, that raises some questions – like, “Who is the enemy?” “Are there strategies we need to follow in order to find that victory?” “Do we get spiritual gear and armor to fight the battle?”
And that all is the focus of this, the last of our winter teaching series here at KCRC, “Who Am I?”.
We’re going to dig into Ephesians 6:10-24 helps us understand that.
Who Am I? Victorious!

Go ahead and find a bible, either print version or online or app. Flip to Ephesians 6:10-24. Then download the podcast and the study guide and dig in.

Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

Here’s the podcast……..

Who Am I – Victorious!

And here’s the study guide:

Victorious: The Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.  You can also find this, and other messages online at the KCRC website under the tab “Sermons And Stuff.”

We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!

Who Am I? Suffering!

“Dear God, she is such a good person.
She’s such a good person.
Why does she have to suffer so much?
IT’S NOT FAIR!!”

Ever found yourself saying or praying something like that?
Most of us probably have, somewhere along the way.
Suffering – it’s something that sticks in our throat.
We can’t accept it as normal or right.
We fight against it.
And that’s a good thing to do.
But – the reality is, suffering is all around us. None of us make it through life without some experience of suffering.
In fact, those who ground their spiritual identity in Jesus ought to EXPECT suffering to be part of the deal.
It simply is.
Ephesians 3:1-13 helps us understand that.
The message from March 31 explores how suffering fits into our lives, and how we can keep (or lose) focus in the middle of battling suffering.

Join us as we explore this difficult teaching.

Go ahead and find a bible, either print version or online or app. Flip to Ephesians 3:1-13. Then download the podcast and the study guide and dig in.

Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

Here’s the podcast……..

Who Am I – Suffering!

And here’s the study guide:

Suffering: The Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.  You can also find this, and other messages online at the KCRC website under the tab “Sermons And Stuff.”

We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!

Who Am I? Loved!

One thing that virtually everyone wants, needs, craves is…..
Well, it’s something that’s part of our identity as followers and friends of Jesus.
There’s an old song that talks about looking for it in all the wrong places – and coming out of the experience all messed up. Which happens a lot.
It’s….. being loved.
Somewhere, deep inside, we all shrivel up if we don’t have at least some love poured into our lives.
We need it as infants.
We need it as elderly.
And we need it in between.
Ephesians 5:22-33 helps us connect with how God, through Jesus, pours love into our lives in rich ways.
It also helps us understand how to respond to that love from God by expressing and living love to others, beginning at home with our kids and our life partners.
March 3, 2019 – that’s when we examined this bible passage and considered how God’s love looks and feels – both in our lives as we receive it, and as we pass it on.
Hope you can stay to share the conversation.
You’re invited to download the podcast and study guide.

Go ahead and find a bible, either print version or online or app. Then download the podcast, as well as the study guide, and dig in.

Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

Here’s the podcast…

Who Am I? Loved!
Loved – The Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.  You can also find this, and other messages online at the KCRC website under the tab “Sermons And Stuff.”

We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!

Who Am I? Rewarded!?

This past Sunday was the third week in a row that we talked about doing stuff as part of our faith walk. No more talk about mosquitoes. That is SO last week!
Our noodling through the bible book of Ephesians brought us to chapter 6, verse 8. Which smacked us in the face with talk about REWARD. What is THAT all about?
Isn’t the Christian faith anchored on faith in Jesus, and the finished work he does for us?
Isn’t our connection to God a free gift, graciously given to us?
All true enough – and yet, there it is. Reward. The even more weird part of it all is that this same idea crops up again and again throughout the New Testament.|
WHAT are we to make of it?
You’re invited to download the podcast and study guide and share the journey as explore 4 levels of REWARD spoken of in the Bible.
At the end of which, I hope you’ll be able to confidently exclaim……”Who Am I? I am REWARDED!”

Go ahead and find a bible, either print version or online or app. FThen download the podcast, as well as the study guide, and dig in.

Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

Here’s the podcast……..

Who Am I? Rewarded!
Rewarded – The Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.  You can also find this, and other messages online at the KCRC website under the tab “Sermons And Stuff.”

We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!

Who Am I? Gifted!

This past Sunday we continued our fascination with mosquitoes (you’ll have to check out last week’s podcast to see where that’s coming from). Remember – all it takes is one and you’ll know it! Yes, even li’l ol’ me can make a difference in this great big world.
Which was where we went this week – HOW does that work? WHAT kind of difference can I make?
Ephesians 1:15-16, and Ephesians 4:1-16 were our anchor points for the teaching – helping us celebrate a church community which thrives on thankfulness and appreciation; and learning that such a culture grows when people use the gifts that the Holy Spirit entrusts to them.
Gifts that WE ALL HAVE. Yup, every one of us.
So….
Who Am I?
I am GIFTED!

You’re invited to share the conversation we had by downloading the podcast.

Go ahead and find a bible, either print version or online or app. FThen download the podcast, as well as the study guide, and dig in.

Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

Here’s the podcast……..

Who Am I? Gifted!
Gifted – The Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.  You can also find this, and other messages online at the KCRC website under the tab “Sermons And Stuff.”

We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!

Be A Blessing!

Last Sunday KCRC joined with hundreds of other churches across North America in celebrating the ministry of Cadetting, a boys’ club movement that brings Christian men to boys in a mentoring relationship where faith and life can be explore and enjoyed together.

This year’s theme is “Be A Blessing”, drawn from 2 Corinthians 9:8.

Which is what we wondered about together during our teaching time in worship on February 10. Which, naturally, makes one think of the mosquito…….. right? Well, the boys sure got the connection. Wondering if you will, too?

You’re invited to share the conversation we had by downloading the podcast.

Go ahead and find a bible, either print version or online or app. Flip to 2 Corinthians 9. Then download the podcast and dig in.

Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

Here’s the podcast……..

Be A Blessing!

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.  You can also find this, and other messages online at the KCRC website under the tab “Sermons And Stuff.”

We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!

Who Am I? A Saint!

“Hi, I’m Brian and I’m an alcoholic.”
“Oh, stink! I’m such a total loser!”
“Grandpa, watch me – I’m Spiderman!!

That’s how some people will identify themselves. Maybe at a support group meeting. Maybe in frustration when everything seems to be going wrong. Maybe in the middle of an afternoon of play. They take up a role and own it. They fill in a place and connect with it.

Who are you? What might be three labels that you’d easily slap on yourself to help identify who/what you are?

Here at KCRC we are on a journey through the Bible book of Ephesians. And as we sift through the material, we’re wanting to pay special attention to certain phrases that might help identify who and what we are as people committed to Jesus.

The crazy part is that the very first bit of ID information – right in the very first two verses of the first chapter of Ephesians – identifies believers in Christ as “Saints.”

Wait!!! Aren’t saints like spiritual superheros? If so, that’s certainly not me. I sink when I try to walk on water (except in mid-February, if you know what I mean.)

Join us as we explore this strange teaching.

Go ahead and find a bible, either print version or online or app. Flip to Ephesians 1:1-2. Then download the podcast and the study guide and dig in.

Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

Here’s the podcast……..

Who Am I – A Saint!

And here’s the study guide:

Who Am I – A Saint: The Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.  You can also find this, and other messages online at the KCRC website under the tab “Sermons And Stuff.”

We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!

Who Am I – Baptised

Who are you, anyway? If someone asked, what would you say? Recently I pulled out a copy of my family tree, because it needs updating. Looking at the list of names there I see a long story, dating back to the 1400’s. All those names. And their stories – that’s part of who I am.
As are the places where I’ve lived, and the people with whom I’ve been so fortunate as to live and work and play alongside them. They are part of who I am. There’s way more, of course. As there is to whatever answer you’ll pull together for that question, “Who Am I?”

Over the next few weeks we’re going to take a journey at Kemptville Christian Reformed Church, a journey of seeing our identity as God would see us. We’ll wonder how the Holy Spirit might answer the question about who we are – each of us individually, and all of us collectively.

You’re invited to walk with us as we explore the identity we have as believers in and followers of Jesus. This week’s session is:  “Who Am I – Baptised” and takes us to the Jordan River, watching and listening as Jesus is baptised. It’s recorded in Matthew 3. Go ahead and find a bible, either print version or online or app. Then download the podcast and the study guide and dig in.

Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

Here’s the podcast……..

Who Am I – Baptised

And here’s the study guide:

Who Am I – Baptised: The Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.  You can also find this, and other messages online at the KCRC website under the tab “Sermons And Stuff.”

We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!

Meeting Jesus… Or Missing Him

So…. do you miss it when God shows up in your neighborhood? Or when he whispers into your ear, your mind, your heart?
You wouldn’t be the first person to do so.
Lots have.
And will.

An Itinerant Preacher: The Work of Christmas

So as we start a new year it’s a good time to wonder about the whispers of the Lord into our lives.
Is it legit to look for them?
And how would they show up?
Or – are we called to just go through the routine movements of faith and let the chips fall where they may?
Or – both?
Welcome to the first KCRC teaching podcast for 2019. Glad you could join us.

This week’s session is:  “Meeting Jesus… Or Missing Him.”
We’re exploring the teaching of Luke 2:21-40.
Go ahead and find a bible, either print version or online or app.
Then download the podcast and the study guide.

Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

Here’s the podcast……..

Meeting Jesus… Or Missing Him

And here’s the study guide:

Meeting Jesus… Or Missing Him – The Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.  You can also find this, and other messages online at the KCRC website under the tab “Sermons And Stuff.”

We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!

Christmas: Yes, But…. Do I Fear Christ?

Welcome to the second in our pre-Christmas teaching series at Kemptville Christian Reformed Church.  We’re using this time to try and push aside some of the clutter and jumble that can easily mess with our minds and hearts and get in the way of a true celebration of Jesus’ birth.

Hence the title – Christmas: Yes, but….
The stuff of the season is all well and good.  However, does it crowd out Jesus?
We’re just wondering.
Luke 2:7 tells us that Jesus was born in a stable because the hubbub of that particular season in downtown Bethlehem had squeezed his family to the margins.
We don’t want Jesus squeezed to the margins of the season as we celebrate.

RIGHT?

This week’s session is:  “Christmas:  Yes, but…. Do I FEAR him?”
We’re exploring the teaching of Mark 9:1-10

Go ahead and find a bible, either print version or online or app.
Then download the podcast and the study guide.

Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

Here’s the podcast……..

Christmas: Yes, but… do I FEAR him?

And here’s the study guide:

Christmas: Yes, but… do I FEAR him? – The Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.  You can also find this, and other messages online at the KCRC website under the tab “Sermons And Stuff.”

We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!