It’s hard to believe that the Canadian church has wandered so far from its roots.
Back in 1603, a French man by the name of Samuel de Champlain crossed the Atlantic to try and colonise the ‘New World’ and preach Christianity throughout the land.
As a result, the church heavily influenced family, state and culture in Canada.
But only fifty years ago the ‘Quiet Revolution’ swept the country, leading to a widespread rejection of Christianity.
Today, Prime Minister Trudeau continues to push complete acceptance of non-Christian values such as homosexuality and abortion.
Now, less than one in ten Canadians call themselves Bible-believing Christians, and in places like Quebec, it’s as low as 2%.
Things are so bad that Canada is now considered a top priority for missionary organisations, such as the Southern Baptists in the USA.
The decline in the church has worsened as the reputation of the church is damaged through scandals, such as sexual abuse in the Catholic church and the appointment of United Church pastors who are atheists.
From this, countless churches have shut down, leaving many towns without a Christian presence.
Yet, there is a movement of church planting that has swept the country, giving new life to many cities and towns.
Student ministry in universities has had a tremendous impact on people in a stage of life where they often leave the church.
Many churches continue to faithfully serve God, even through trying times.
Please pray for a new emergence of Christian leaders who will spread the gospel and lead the church with Christ at the centre.
Pray for colleges like Briercrest, which seek to faithfully teach the Bible to university students and train people for gospel work.
We have three big events this weekend, and we’d love you to join us.
Firstly, on Friday night at 6.30pm our highschoolers are heading up the escarpment for a Youth Event in partnership with Robertson Anglican (64 Hoddle Street). If you need a lift, then be at our church at 5:45pm.
Secondly, on Saturday morning at 8am our guys are joining together for a Men’s Breakfast at James Rosten’s house, as we hear from our visiting Canadian men. For more details (and to tell us you’re coming) click this link.
Thirdly, at our 5pm Saturday service we’re having a special Canada Night, which will be followed by Canadian food and games as we hear from our Canadian visitors about what it’s like to be a Christian in the land of ice hockey, maple syrup and moose.
During our two church services, we’ll be hearing the next instalment from our ‘Hope Beyond Chaos’ series in the book of Judges, as I look at chapter 5, where we read of the ‘Chorus of the Saved‘. We’ll also have a question and answer time as I share my thoughts on these beauties from last weekend:
1 How would an Israelite be protected in the Passover if they couldn’t afford to sacrifice a lamb?
2 What is “the unforgivable sin”?
3 Does God “give” or “allow” sickness to happen to people?
4 Why does God kill people in the Bible when he’s supposed to be full of forgiveness and grace?
5 What is a ‘latrine’?
6 Since Catholics believe different things and pray to Mary, will they go to Heaven?
7 Why do we have a question time?
So, we’d love you to come at 5pm on Saturday night for an all-age service (with creche, kids’ programs, dinner, and youth group), or 9am Sunday morning for a more classic Anglican service (with tasty espresso coffee at morning tea).
Grace and peace, Jodie.