When you are living out your God-given identity you will be generous and you will be gracious to others and no matter how much they push your buttons you’re not pushing back, because you’re living out your God-given identity. They don’t determine who you are, God determines who you are.
Below you will find links to sermons from First Baptist Church Kingsville (Ontario, Canada) that have been broadcast live and/or have been pre-recorded.
Richard Herrington not only knew that truth but it defined who he was and what He chose to do with His short time here. This morning, and every morning, let us renew our commitment to do all these things. Let us keep the faith, even in the midst of persecution. Let us live holy lives.
Let us be willing to repent when we get off track. And let us commit ourselves, let us commit our next 200 years to the invitation of all to that Celestial City.
Reverend Leanne Friesen, who was previously the lead pastor at Mount Hamilton Baptist church for 18 years, recently begun a new appointment as Executive Minister of CBOQ in June this year. She is also a writer and a frequent speaker at conferences and retreats around the country. Besides her general work at leannefriesen.com, Leanne also hosts the Instagram page “grieving.room” where she seeks to create space to process loss for grievers and those who want to support them.
Rob is the Central Regional Representative for Canadian Baptist Ministries, and lives in Ottawa with his wife Jill, son Isaac, daughter Nevaeh and two dogs. They moved to Ottawa so that Rob could serve as the pastor of Bromley Road Baptist Church. Previously, Rob served at Heart Lake Baptist Church in Brampton as their associate pastor, West Edge Community Church as their youth pastor, and at Yonge Street Missions Evergreen Youth Center.
Craig grew up in First Baptist Church Kingsville. Today he has had over 30 years of pastoral experience in both Canada and the United States. Currently Craig is pastor at Markham Baptist Church and Past President of CBOQ Board. He has a passion for sharing his love of Christ and his message of hope and grace.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Hadn’t Jesus made this promise early in His ministry? The problem was the hunger, these people wanted to fill their stomachs. The bread Jesus offers is Himself. He wants to fill their hearts. It is the ONLY thing that lasts and the ONLY thing that will satisfy. He promises that they will never be hungry again.
Communion is not dependent on Confession, nor is Confession dependent upon Communion; Each is independent but at the same time they work together toward the same goal. These two mysteries are not part of the same process, instead think of them as parallel and often intertwined processes.
The thing that makes a group of Christians a community is the mutual bond we share in Jesus Christ. That is really the only explanation for our life together as the people of God. We are a community not because we share the same tastes and interests outside the church. We are a community because we have had a common experience of an uncommon grace. It is the blood of Christ shed on the cross that binds us together.
Church, God is scanning this room. His eyes are focused each of us, looking for those that who will passionately and persistently seek Him. His search never ceases – and this is so important!! Because He is always on the lookout for your prayer, He never misses one single opportunity, any time, anywhere, to demonstrate His power on behalf of any person or any people group who rely on Him rather than relying on themselves. What does He see in you??
Let me ask this on a larger scale: Does God find here a church that longs for Him and cries out to Him, so that He moves to powerfully support us in His working? We’ve seen in these past two weeks that His power will explode on behalf of a church like that!
In almost every quarter of the globe, Christianity is advancing…except for four primary areas: North America, Japan, Australia, and Western Europe. Guess what one of the common denominators is everywhere Christianity marches forward? Christians spend time in prayer together. Track what God is doing in Korea, in China, in India, in South America, and you will find behind the scenes prayer meetings.
Jesus invites Matthew first and foremost into a relationship with him. The relationship was not the by-product of them doing ministry together, the relationship was the assignment, just like Patrick spent his time in prayer and reflection while working as a common slave. The ministry is what comes from the spending time together with God. The Christian life is not about doing stuff for God but being with God. It’s remarkable how Matthew got up immediately with no questions asked. Jesus’ invitation was a bit vague. He just said, “Follow me.” Some real similarities to St. Patrick. Here’s the thing…all Jesus asked of Matthew was to get up. It was all about movement! He had to get up from the table and move!
Something worth spending time considering is this: Why has this fellowship been found in the church while remaining unachieved through the world’s culture and wisdom? The community – the peace, love, joy, and unity – we long for with the world does not need to be created. It already exists! It exists in God. It exists in the fellowship of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – the Holy Trinity. That is why this community is divine. It is from God and experienced by God.