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Series: Kingdom Focused

March 20, 2022 - Generosity
John 3:16 concisely expresses three truths: the universal character of God’s love. The immense “LOVE OF GOD” to that perishing world, measurably only, and conceivable only, by the gift which it drew forth from Him. Next is the “GIFT” itself and the sacrificial nature of that GIFT. For GOD so loved the world that He gave us the greatest gift of all. And lastly, its eternal purpose. “THE WORLD” – in its wildest sense – really to perish as a result of man’s sin. But if they believe in Jesus, they will not perish but will have eternal or everlasting life.
It is no wonder that John 3:16 has been described as the ‘gospel in a nutshell.’ This gospel is the reason why we are all here. John 3:16 is one of the most well-known verses in all the Bible, doubtless because it states the gospel so clearly and simply.
God’s love means that God eternally gives himself to others. This definition understands love as self-giving for the benefit of others. This attribute of God shows that it is part of his nature to give of himself in order to bring about blessing or good for others.
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March 13, 2022 - Solitude
Over the past three weeks we have considered the following spiritual disciplines: Studying Scripture, Meditation (centering prayer and Lectio Divina) and Listening Together.
This Sunday we turn our attention to the spiritual discipline of Solitude. Jesus practised solitude. He practised solitude during his forty days in the wilderness (Matthew 4), during busy times of ministry he withdrew to pray (Mark 1:35) and the night he was betrayed he withdrew from his disciples to pray (Luke 22:41). Solitude is not about being alone, but rather it is about drawing closer to God. In some ways it is a physical act of centering prayer.
Often associated with solitude is silence. This Sunday we will consider the value of solitude and silence and how to make them a part of your daily life.
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March 6, 2022 - Listening In Community
Why is praying together something that we should practice? Ephesians 3 talks about understanding the love of God, together with all the saints. The truth is that God is much greater than any one person and all our experiences with God are so diverse. It is only when we come together and share how God has touched our lives that we start to get a glimpse of how great our God is. Praying together is one of those times when we get a glimpse of others' relationship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
Secondly, prayer is not just about the request. Prayer is also about listening. When we share what we have heard, the community of faith is present to discern what it is that God is saying and listening together builds unity of purpose and intent.
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February 27, 2022 - Meditation
Last Sunday we were reminded that the written word of God is our primary source in our pursuit to know God. But we are not in this pursuit alone. When Jesus returned to the presence of the Father he sent an advocate, the Holy Spirit, who when he is present will lead us into all truth. (John 16:13)
This Sunday, we will give attention to the biblical practice of meditation. Joshua 1:8 instructs us to meditate on the word of God, day and night. We will consider what meditation is, its role in the Christian’s life and some basic practices of meditation.
Meditation, like all of the spiritual disciplines, puts us in the place to hear from God and to grow in our understanding of His calling in our lives for the sake of His Kingdom here in Spruce Grove.
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February 20, 2022 - Kingdom Focused
At the core of our faith is our personal relationship with God himself. But how do we nurture that relationship?
The spiritual disciplines are practices that have been used throughout church history to maintain and even enhance believers’ relationship with God. They are the “channels of God’s grace” in our lives. The spiritual disciplines help us to “wait patiently for the Lord” or to put it another way, the spiritual disciplines enable us to weave our lives together with God and put us in a place to act with obedience when He reveals himself to us.
2 Timothy 3:16, 17 will be key to our message this Sunday.
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