“Lest We Forget” - FBC’s 110th Anniversary Sermon by Jason Tripp

• November 15th, 2017

For the 110th anniversary, Pastor Jason Tripp from Valleyview Community Church was invited to give a message. Jason traverses the Bible looking at the role of memory to give us vision and hope moving forwad as a church.

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Wisdom for the Walk: Why James is Necessary

• September 13th, 2017

Having spent the summer doing apologetics (responding to classic objections to the faith), which was more philosophical and for those thinker in our church, this fall we are moving to something more practical: the book of James. James is pointed, practical, and pithy.

For many James has been one of the great books that have nourished their faith, yet oddly for others, it has been a controversial book. Martin Luther, the great reformer of the church, saw it as the "epistle of straw" because he misunderstood its practicality.

Here are going to unpack as an introduction to this book who wrote James and why his message matters today.

 

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The Search for Significance

• May 31st, 2017

Why is there something instead of nothing?

Does this something mean anything rather than nothing?

Does the meaning of this something mean something good or bad?

 

When engaging our non-Christian friends, we so often try to argue. Perhaps the best way is to merely ask questions. These three questions are clues to a creator. As we reflect on them, they expose our yearning for understanding our existence, our meaning, and our purpose. 

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Great Mothers of the Bible, Part 2

• May 16th, 2017

 

The mothers of our faith are often not given the credit they are do in forming who we are by their walks with God. Last year we looked at Eve, Sarah. Hagar, Eunice (Timothy's mother), and others, for the lessons about faith they show us. This year, we look at Moses' mother and the Egyptian midwives, Naomi, and Hannah with a bunch of women from church history along the way. 

 

May you appreciate the great gifts your mothers are, the examples of faith around you in woman mentors and caregivers, and may their love remind you of the one that is the source of all love, God our Father. 

 

 

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What is a Pastor?

• December 16th, 2016

Since I was ordained a few weeks ago, I have been thinking about the meaning of my role as pastor. Most poeple have no idea what I do and actually assume some bizarre, and rather scary even, stuff. 

So, in this sermon, we will explore the meaning of the role "Pastor" in the Bible, as an office and gift. In doing so, it will also show us that we often assume wrong things about pastors that are projections of what we wrongly view about God. 

 

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A Christian Guide to Voting: Our Political Witness

• November 7th, 2016

"Having pledged all my allegiance to the lamb, I have none left for elephants or donkeys." - Pastor Brian Zahnd

This US election has been one of the most divisive and controversial elections in recent memory. For us, Canadians, many having friends and family in the US, we watch helplessly with strong investment. Who are Christians to put their trust in? Who are we to look to? In this sermon, we will think about our political witness which is focused on Jesus and his kingdom first.

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Reason for Hope

• October 26th, 2016

"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect..." - 1 Peter 3:15

There are excellent arguments for the existence of God, and all Christians should be ready to offer explanation of our faith to help non-Christians understand who Christ is. This sermon will explore some of these arguments and explain that the way we explain our faith has to be rooted in our character of love and centred on Jesus. 
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Thankfulness

• October 12th, 2016

Jesus is approached by 10 lepers. He heals them, but only one of them, a Samaritan, comes back and thanks him. In Canada, while 6 in 10 people consider themselves "Christian," only about 1 in 10 are "committed Christians." This is a story for our time, and so often, we, the "1 in 10" forget to be thankful in the way worthy of God.

In this sermon we will explore the meaning of thankfulness: how it is a choice, an attitude, a lifestyle, all in response to what God has done for us in Christ Jesus.

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Sabbath Rest

• October 12th, 2016

In a culture of performance and production, we are literally working ourselves to death. As God rested on the seventh day, God is showing us a way of life that affirms beauty and harmony with him and others. This is called Sabbath. It is a way of cherishing his eternal love in time, trusting God rather than trying to control the world.

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Prayer

• October 5th, 2016

Just as any meaningful relationship is built on communication, so also, our relationship with God is built on prayer. This sermon will explore how prayer works, what do we do when God does not answer our prayers, and how can we deepen our relationship with God through enriched practices of prayer. 

"Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?" - Corrie ten Boom
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