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The Word across Canada (June 29, 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.

Rob Godard on “The Danger Of Compromise: Compromise Leads To Catastrophe” from Judges 13 (Surrey)

The story of Samson is a story of grace. God’s people do not repent, so the cycle is getting worse and worse, but God sees His people in distress and sends them a Judge. This Judge is supposed to be set apart, yet even his own life is filled with compromise and impurity! The very name of Samson is tied to the solar cult of the day — mixed worship that led to chaos. God’s grace and graciousness is all over this story.

We find in the story of Samson, not only the deadly nature of compromise and the horror of mixed worship, we also find that the God of the Bible is “gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.”

The entire series on the “Danger of Compromise” can be found here.

Jeff Jones on 1 Corinthians 14:12 (Calgary)

Why are you here? What should be the aim of every Christian believer? Addressing a divided and confused church, Paul reminds them–and us–what the measure and aim of Christian maturity actually is.

Here are the sermon’s main points:

  1. A Church Divided
  2. Zeal Without Understanding
  3. A More Excellent Way

Here is sermon link.

John Bell on Luke 11:5–13 (Toronto)

John Bell, pastor of New City Baptist Church, preached for us from Luke 11:5-13. Christians should pray freely and expectantly because God cares for the honour of his name. So pray in hope, adopted child, because the nature of our God is that of a loving Father!  Everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened, that God’s name might be honoured through his covenant people before all the world!

Here is the message.

Jeff Eastwood on 2 Samuel 2:1-11 (Charlottetown)

2 Samuel 2:1-11 opens with a period of transition. Transitions are rarely easy, and the one between the rule of Saul and the rule of David is no different. There are two camps present- the camp of submission to God and the camp of reliance on self. Judah, three times in this short portion of the text, aligns themselves with God and God’s man. Abner, at the place Jacob named “two camps” in Gen 32, anoints the “man of shame”, Saul’s surviving son Ishbosheth. The question for all of us is- which camp are we in? Follow Pastor Jeff as he preaches “Worship and Allegiance” from 2 Samuel 2:1-11 and encourages all of us to ask the question- where does our full allegiance lie?

Watch the video here.

Paul Carter on “He Is Risen, He Is Not Here” from Mark 16:1-8 (Orillia)

Have you ever wondered what to do with the ending of Mark’s Gospel? Do you preach on verses 1-8 or verses 1-20? Do you explain the textual controversy or let it pass? What do you do with the extremely odd reaction of the women? Do you substitute the longer and fuller ending in Matthew? How do you finish a series on the Gospel of Mark that does justice to the issues at play without distracting from the wonder of the empty tomb? This may not be the answer, but it is at least an example. Find it here.

Paul Martin on Exodus 25–30 (Toronto)

The Tabernacle was intended to teach us about the nature of God and the way we were to relate to Him. As much as God was coming to dwell with His people, there were many obstacles to getting close to Him. In fact, only the High Priest could get really close and only once a year. But every step toward that inner sanctum called the Holy of Holies required that priest to walk past or walk up to certain pieces of furniture that would teach. Prayer and propitiation made up the last two things he would be taught before standing in the presence of God Himself. Paul Martin preached from Exodus 25 and 30 about the rest of the Tabernacle contents.

Here is the sermon.

 

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

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