Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SHiNE ~ Sermon Video

Special thanks to EMCC Regional Minister Joel Zantingh for braving the snow and sharing with us on Sunday morning.

Watch on YouTube

Friday, November 20, 2015

Declaration on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

EMCC has released the following statement:

At a news conference on Parliament Hill on October 29, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) released a joint statement on euthanasia and assisted suicide. The Declaration...has been endorsed by over 30 Christian denominations together with over 20 Jewish and Muslim leaders from across Canada.

“Assisted suicide and euthanasia raise profound social, moral, legal, theological and philosophical questions--questions that go to the very core of our understand of who we are, the meaning of life, and the duty of care we owe to each other.”

    -Declaration on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
                                                                                     Read the full declaration here

Dr. Maraget Cottle of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition recently presented a lecture at HMC, 'Speaking From The Evidence', in which she explored the questions and truths surrounding this sensitive issue.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Reflecting on 'Reflections From The Heart' ~ Curriculum

On Sunday we took a break from our journey through 1 Kings and Pastor Jason shared some reflections from the book of John.

As we've done with our 1 King's series in providing curriculum for you to follow along with your G2G group, so to have we provided curriculum for this week as well - even though it's a little bunny trail off what we've been learning.

Take a while to watch the sermon if you missed it.

John 1:35-42

The next day John we there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, "Look, the Lamb of God!"

When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, "What do you want?"

They said, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?"

"Come," he replied, "and you will see."

So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour.

Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, "We have found the Messiah" (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus.

Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas" (which, when translated, is Peter).

    1.    John’s disciples decided to leave him in order to start following Jesus (v. 35-37).  What plans, attachments, or relationships are distracting you from Jesus?

    2.    How closely do you think John’s disciples were following Jesus when he turned around and asked them, “What do you want?” (v. 38). 

    a.    How closely are you following Him: could he whisper to you or would he need to shout?

    b.    How would you answer the question “what do you want?” if Jesus asked you?

    3.    Jesus invites the disciples to spend time with Him (v. 39) and they respond positively.  How much of ‘your’ time do you give to Jesus?  How much time do you have for others?

    4.    Andrew has such a great time with Jesus that he invites his brother to meet Him too (v. 41-42).  Does this happen today?  Why or why not?

    5.    Simon gets a new name. Peter (v. 42) in keeping with his character.  Pass around sheets of paper with your group member’s names at the top (one sheet per group member) and when each sheet gets to you, write down one attribute you appreciate about the person whose name is on the page. 

Give each person his or her page only when everyone has had a chance to complete the exercise. 

Celebrate together!