This weekend we’re going to hear the story of Gideon, one of the most famous leaders in the Bible, and the man known for millions of Bibles in hospitals and motels throughout the world. We’re going to consider his dramatic rise to leadership, and then the events that saw his decline.
In all of this, we will have a fresh reminder of how much God loves us and forgives us, even when we fail to serve him as we should. That’s the theme over and over again in the Old Testament book of Judges, and we’ll see more of it this weekend.
As always, we’ve got a stack of questions that you asked last week, and I’m looking forward to answering. They are:
1. Why does God love us when we constantly sin against him?
2. Why did God make us when he knew we would reject him?
3. Why doesn’t God prevent people from making stupid mistakes?
4. Does God love everyone or only Christians?
5. What was the first Christian song?
6. What’s the difference between submitting and serving?
7. Can you be gay and still come to church?
We’d really love you to join us at 5pm Saturday for an all-age and stage church service, with kids programs for toddlers, infants and primary, followed by a hearty dinner for all, then youth group. Or come along on Sunday at 9am for our classic Anglican service, complete with espresso coffee and great morning tea.
If you’ve not come to church for a while, then this is the perfect weekend to join us. Or if you’re a regular, don’t miss out on a great opportunity to serve each other and enjoy the delights of our community.
Grace and peace, Jodie.
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.