How can a church bring hope to a city? At St. J & B our vision is to be "The Heartbeat of the City", but how could this ever be possible? It is so easy for churches (and people!) to be inwardly focused and consumed with their own self preservation. To truly seek the welfare of others is a hard transition to make. Today we explore how our church (and all churches) need to make three big shifts: a shift from Institution to Movement, a shift from Self-focus to City-focus, and a shift from Living to Dying. Join the discussion, and let's work together to make our city a better place!
Most of us suffer from a type of "spiritual amnesia". We forget what God has done for us, especially in the bad times. So, sometimes the first step to moving forward is looking backwards. Memory and Hope go together. This Sunday we explore the power of remembrance and how it can help us overcome the obstacles facing us. "Remembering what God HAS DONE for us, gives us hope for what God CAN DO for us". In dark times we need to remember the light. In tough times, we need to remember the good. And when God seems absent, we need to remember the times when he was unmistakably present. "Memory motivates".
Sermon Audio: Canon R. Hurkmans
"The Same Power..." Mark Wakefield
In a city like Ephesus, you NEED to know who you are... especially if you are a Christian. With all sorts of competing values and religious ideas, its easy to be swept up with the crowd and lose your unique identity.
The same is true today: the church is meant to be a unique, distinct group of people that live and act according to God's values and a Christian worldview.
So that means Paul's letter to the Ephesian church is incredibly relevant for us today, just as it was 2000 years ago. Today we begin a new, 6-week series entitled: "Who is the Church?"
Canon Robert Hurkmans was the priest at St. James and St. Brendan from 2006 to 2018.