Sermons by Bert Thomson

Grace Changes Everything

Grace Changes Everything – Part 6

We often hear the word diversity used to describe the culture of our country. It is popular to support diversity… of thought, of people groups, and ways of doing things. It is often viewed as a requirement for a mature society – to be able to embrace what is different from our views or background. And it’s used as a means of generating original fresh new ideas – a result of bringing people together with different perspectives and life experiences. But reality is, diversity often produces disagreements and tension in relationships. Left to our own devices, we can use our differences to make comparisons of who is superior to the other, or who is more highly regarded in another’s eyes. But grace changes everything. Grace never produces this kind of pride. Why is that? What can we learn from the book of Galatians in the Bible, that will change everything? Join us as we continue looking at the apostle Paul’s letter to the people of Galatia.

Grace Changes Everything

Grace Changes Everything – Part 5

We often hear the word diversity used to describe the culture of our country. It is popular to support diversity… of thought, of people groups, and ways of doing things. It is often viewed as a requirement for a mature society – to be able to embrace what is different from our views or background. And it’s used as a means of generating original fresh new ideas – a result of bringing people together with different perspectives and life experiences. But reality is, diversity often produces disagreements and tension in relationships. Left to our own devices, we can use our differences to make comparisons of who is superior to the other, or who is more highly regarded in another’s eyes. But grace changes everything. Grace never produces this kind of pride. Why is that? What can we learn from the book of Galatians in the Bible, that will change everything? Join us as we continue looking at the apostle Paul’s letter to the people of Galatia.

Canada 150

Canada 150: God Keep Our Land

This Canada Day we celebrate our 150th year as a nation. Our story is one of both incredible blessing as well as challenge. Our nation is diverse and consists of those with deep generational roots – some brand new – and everything in-between! What will the future hold? What should be our attitude and contribution to our country? An even deeper question for us to ponder is, “does God have anything to say about how we should approach our future as Canadians?”

Workplace

Workplace – Part 5: Q&A

Over the past 4 weeks, we’ve been diving into the topic of the workplace, discovering God’s place in our work. Throughout the series, we’ve invited you to submit your questions as it relates to this topic. This Sunday, we will be addressing those questions in a Q&A format.

Workplace

Workplace – Part 1: The Place Of Work

Can one person compete for the best marks at school while another remains satisfied with a passing grade, and both profess to be living out their Christian faith? Can you set your sites on a much coveted role of vice-president on your team, or aspire to lead a high-profile fundraising event, and still be viewed as a humble Christian in the eyes of your peers? Or for that matter, can you do work on Sundays and stay true to your faith? While you may already have a quick answer to these and other similar questions, it all depends on your view of work – and specifically, your views on the role that your faith plays in whatever work you do. Join us for our annual Faith and the Workplace series that will tackle some of today’s more pressing questions to help us discover God’s place in our work.

The Rich Man

Encounters with Jesus – Part 5: The Rich Man

Have you ever asked a question, and then later regretted that you did? Maybe you got an answer that you did not quite expect, or like. You are interested in a job opportunity that sounds almost too good to be true. The pay is great. It’s a promotion. But then they tell you it’s in a remote part of the country or requires a lot of travel that would take you away from your family. You start to debate the pros and cons of such a move. There was a very wealthy man who asked Jesus an important question about his future. He got an answer he did not quite expect. What was it about this encounter with Jesus that was so difficult for this man to handle? We’ll ask the same question that he did, and make some decisions for ourselves.