Series: Unexpected Jesus
Series: Unexpected Jesus
15 August 2021
Have you ever had something stolen from you, like maybe a backpack, or a wallet? Did you try to find them so you could give them more than they took? Of course not! But how then are we supposed to respond to scripture passages like Luke 6:29 that seem to instruct us to do so? In today’s message, pastor Marc Gagnon leads us through this section of scripture as we explore what Jesus meant when he called for “turning the other cheek”, and the unexpected way we are called to treat those around us.
8 August 2021
What does it mean to be blessed? In a society built upon power and wealth, we usually picture blessing in terms of material things, in being rich and powerful. But does this align with what we read in the bible? Are those people considered blessed by Jesus? Join us today as Pastor Robyn Elliott leads us through a section of Luke 6 and we explore what the bible says about Jesus’ view towards the weak, the marginalized, the poor. We will dive into the unexpected vision Jesus casts, and explore what it would mean if we cared for the poor and outcast as he did.
1 August 2021
What sort of descriptions do you think of when you think of love? Perhaps words like happy, caring, or unconditional. But what about polarizing? How could something good like love be such a thing? In this message, Pastor Robyn Elliott leads us through a section of Luke 6 as we see Jesus’ love for people become just that! We’ll watch as Jesus’ unconditional love and desire to help and to heal becomes a polarizing issue for the religious leaders of his day, and we’ll explore what it can mean for us today.
25 July 2021
Why do we fast? Why do we pray? Why do we do any of the things we do when it comes to following Jesus? Are we following Him blindly, just going through the motions of religious tradition because someone – a pastor, a parent, someone in the church – told us that’s how it’s done? In this message, Pastor Marc Gagnon leads us through a section of Luke 5 as Jesus calls out the religious people of the day for following rules and traditions without thoughtful reflection. This unexpected response takes us deeper into scripture as we examine what it means for us as we follow Jesus today!
18 July 2021
Think of a time you had a disagreement with someone. This person may have treated you poorly, said something offensive, or made it clear that they don’t believe in the same things you do. How did you react? Today, Pastor Marc is going to lead us through another section of Luke as we watch Jesus’ encounter with one of the most hated groups of people of his time, his unexpected decision to join them for dinner, and what we can learn from how he treated those outcasts and criminals.
12 July 2021
Speaker: Jeff Groenewald
Have you ever tried to meet a celebrity? Maybe you heard they were coming to town for a show, book signing, or to give a lecture. Maybe the crowds were too big, and you couldn’t even catch a glimpse of them. Today, Pastor Jeff Groenewald leads us through another passage in Luke, where Jesus is surrounded by so many people. We’ll see how some of these people were there for unexpected reasons, how some people kept others from encountering Jesus, and how some men did something totally unexpected to get their friend an encounter with Jesus.
4 July 2021
Speaker: Daniel Bell
How often do you find yourself in a place of silence and solitude? Our souls long for this – we were designed for it – but we’re busy. We’re addicted to our phones. We replace moments of boredom (standing in line, driving, walking to the mailbox, or eating breakfast) with a constant and continual scroll. What is it about silence that we find so difficult? In this message, Pastor Daniel Bell leads us through a section of Luke 5 as we look at how Jesus’ ministry was effective because he knew the value of time alone with God and how we can have a greater impact on others when we recognize the unexpected value of spending time alone in the wilderness.
27 June 2021
Make a donation. Sponsor this cause. Get involved. There are so many stories out there of injustice and suffering that trying to help seems like a daunting task. How do you choose which issues to tackle, what causes to support, or where to give your time? In today’s message, Pastor Marc Gagnon walks us through a section of Luke 5 as we see how Jesus reacts when faced with people who demand his help and attention, and how his unexpected response can shape the way we approach those in need.
20 June 2021
Have you ever felt too lost, too dirty or too damaged for God? Maybe you grew up around people who told you that you were only worth something if you were good, clean, and perfect. Do you think God views you that way? Today, Pastor Robyn Elliott takes us through a section of Luke and we see Jesus deal with the unclean, outcast, and imprisoned in a way that might be unexpected.