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The Word across Canada (April 05, 2018)

Every week we want to bring to your attention expository, Gospel-centred sermons from pastors across Canada. We hope that you become familiar with some of the faithful ministers of the word in our nation. We also hope that you will be edified on your daily commute or whenever you listen to these messages. We lastly hope that you learn about the churches where these pastors minister, so that you can easily find Gospel-centered, expository churches in your region.

Paul Carter on Mark 12:13-17: “Render Unto Caesar” (Orillia)

Is our commitment to Christ at odds with our commitment to the state? Can you be a Christian and a Canadian? Are you morally culpable for the decisions made by your elected officials? Should you pay taxes to a wicked and corrupt administration? These and other questions are examined through the lens of Jesus’ teaching in Mark 12:13-17.

To listen or to watch this message see here.

Paul Martin on Exodus 20:1-17 (Toronto)

What are the Ten Commandments? Do they apply to us today? Why were they given? What was it like to hear God speak them? These are the kinds of questions we need to answer. Paul Martin preached from Exodus 20:1-17.

Here is the sermon.

Dr. Voddie Baucham (guest at Calvary Grace Church) on The Triumphal Entry (Calgary)

The triumphal entry of Jesus is seen from two different lenses when you compare Matthew 21:1-11 and John 12:9-17. Through this contrast, we can see the greatness of Jesus’ humility.

Here is the sermon link.

George Sinclair on John 6:1-40 (Ottawa)

For many people, there is an inconsistency between the stories of Jesus and His death. It is similar to the dissatisfaction we often experience watching a superhero movie or a thriller. The protagonist’s power seems to be inconsistent throughout the movie. So it is with many who hear of Jesus, the ending doesn’t seem to fit with what goes before. Let’s look at John 6 and see how at first glance Jesus makes matters worse, but then how He resolves the matter and deepens our wonder and gratitude for the Gospel.

Here’s the link to George’s sermon.

Rob Godard on Matthew 27:32-56: “Famous Last Words: Jesus’ Pain” (Surrey)

The reality that our Saviour had to suffer so immensely is overwhelming when we take the time to understand it. Jesus’ pain began in the Garden of Gethsemane, where He literally sweated drops of blood. This was only the beginning, as the trial included physical and emotional abuse that feels overwhelming, as blindfolded He is struck and abused, as the whip rips apart His flesh, as the crown of thorns is pressed on His brow.

Our LORD, 39 times receiving the lash, a leather whip 18-24 inches long, with glass, bone, metal, or other objects that would cause the shredding of flesh,  became sin (2 Corinthians 5:21) and took upon Himself the wrath of God deserved by those who sin. He paid the penalty for the sins of all who would believe. 1 Peter 2:24 tells us that He bore our sin, or 2 Corinthians 5:21, became sin…and the cup of God’s wrath was poured out on Jesus. This is the cup that caused the sweat drops of blood to be produced, far more severe than the physical pain.

This love is overwhelming, especially when we realize that we have earned by our sin is death (Romans 6:23), and this death is eternal conscious punishment in hell. This kind of love — that He would lay down His life for us (Romans 8:5-11) — is LIFE CHANGING (2 Corinthians 5:14). Now we are driven to be those who might die to sin, and live to righteousness (1 Peter 2:24). We are forever marked by His love through His Spirit. Meditation on this will never leave us the same! Oh to grasp the love of God (Ephesians 3:14-21).

The audio and video can be found here.

*** Descriptions are provided by churches in which the sermons were preached.