Are You A Christian Perfectionist?

Text: Matthew 5:43-48 – On this first Sunday of the New Year, we close out Chapter 5 in the Sermon in the Mount. Jesus has been showing us examples of how we are to live our a righteousness that exceeds that of the religious leaders. Now, in a summary form, he lays out what our […]

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Text: James 1:22-25 – Sanctification is the process where followers of Jesus go through the process of maturing in order to become more like him. Sanctification also is also a state of being “set apart” by God. In this message, Pastor Russ helps us understand the theological definitions of positional, ultimate, and progressive sanctification highlighting […]

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The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

Text: John 15:26-27 – Pastor Russ returns to our series on Foundation of Faith as he continues to expound on the 26 Articles of Faith that are found in the Grace Church Constitution. These articles are core doctrines that define what we believe as members of Grace Church. In this message, Pastor Russ introduces the […]

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Our Salvation – Its All About God

Text: Romans 8:28-39 – in this final section of Chapter 8, Pastor Russ takes us through some difficult verses that students of theology have debated for centuries. Is our salvation the result of God’s activity or our activity? A close look at this section of Romans 8 shows that Paul points to our salvation as […]

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Holding On To Hope

Text: Romans 8:14-27 – In this message, Pastor Russ continues to unpack Romans 8 where Paul is teaching us about sanctification – the process where we grow in our walk with the Lord and strive to become more like Jesus Christ our Saviour. Paul reminds us that we will face suffering in our lives because […]

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God’s Law – An Audit of My Life

Text: Romans 7 – Most individuals and business dread audits. But audits are beneficial in that they expose problems that need to cease. The Apostle Paul makes this point in Chapter 7, teaching us that the law of God acts as an auditor, exposing sin in our lives and reminding us how much we need […]

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Sanctification: Who is Your Master?

Text: Romans 6 – As we continue through our series in Romans, elder Sean Rodgers unpacks Chapter 6 and reminds us that being a Christian is not just knowing who Jesus is. Jesus paid for our sin on the cross with his life and that sacrifice demands that our lives are also changed! Don’t let […]

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Sanctification – Living Counter-Culture

Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 – Being a true follower of Christ is not defined by how often we go to church, or how many times we pray or read our Bible every day, or how good a person we are.  A true follower of Christ is a person who acknowledges they are a sinner and […]

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Avoid Sexual Immorality

Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 – One of the first things the Apostle Paul lists as part of the process of our sanctification (v.3a) is to avoid sexual immorality.  The culture at the time Paul wrote this letter was not very different from our modern culture – sexual immorality was commonplace.  Paul calls followers of Christ […]

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God’s Will For Your Life

Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-3 – Am I in the “centre” of God’s will?  This is a question Christians often struggle with. Energy is spent challenging every decision to determine if God wants them to take this job or the other; to buy the red car or the blue one. While God is interested in our […]

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