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PAXmemorizes!

WE ARE CHALLENGING PAXnorth Church- young and old- to memorize scripture for the next year

THE BIG WHAT IS THIS QUESTIONS:

STARTING July,2019 TO JUNE,2020

1) We will be memorizing well known and familiar selected scriptures.

2) Each Scripture memory challenge will be listed in our Facebook Scripture Memory Group as a separate conversation thread as we move through the year.

3) Within each Scripture memory challenge will be a week by week breakdown of memory work. This will include the verse or verses for that week as well as some devotional thoughts and application questions.

4) After we have moved through a Scripture memory challenge we will be hosting a Challenge Brunch. We’ll use this time as a fun time with some memory games to see how we have done.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

1) Take the Challenge

2) Join this group

2) Begin to take the Scripture Memory challenge with your family, friends, roommates, Missional Community, DNA group.

3) Memorize the scriptures listed. Work through the devotionals and questions with others (family, friends, roommates, missional communities, DNA groups etc.)

4) Sign up to attend the Challenge Breakfasts. Rehearse the memory texts together.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS??? WRITE THEM IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF OUR FACEBOOK GROUP

X Commandments: For Life and Freedom

Through out the Summer Months we will be studying through the Ten Commandments.

(Don’t roll your eyes). The ten commandments are an important part of God’s revealing Himself to His people. They are a central part of the gift of moral law that God graciously gave to his people so that they might live in the freedom of a life lived in harmony with Him, their Creator, Rescuer and God who wants to be with them.

They also are impossible for anyone to fully or confidently keep (that’s probably why you were rolling your eyes).
This doesn’t mean however that they are defunct. This doesn’t mean that they are has-been, gone-by’s.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW AS WE STUDY:
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
are the responsibilities of living rightly in order to enjoy the freedom that is found in a relationship with God Almighty.
Are not a list of do’s and don’ts to make God happy with you so you can get on His good side and get stuff from Him.
Are a reflection of God’s design for spiritual and human relationships.
Are not a ladder that we somehow use to climb ourselves into God’s goodness.
Are a mirror in which we see ourselves and our need for God’s grace.
Are not defunct Old Testament laws that have no bearing on life lived in our present day.
Are an expounding (the practical application) of Jesus’ words to the “trixie” 
Pharisees who asked what the greatest commandment was Matthew 22:36-40.

 – Are a basis for moral restraint of evil in a self-centred culture
Are designed to teach us our deep need for Saviour outside of ourselves.

PAXnorth GOOD FRIDAY and EASTER SERVICES

SUNDAYS COMING! Join us this week to reflect, worship and celebrate.

4PM- Good Friday, April 19 (Shortened service)
I Corinthians 15:20-23 (selected vs 50-56)
Can’t We Live an Enjoyable Life without the Resurrection?

4PM- Resurrection Sunday!! April 21

I Corinthians 15:24-28 (selected vs 50-56)
Can’t We Delight in God without the Resurrection?

Easter Sermon Series

EASTER SERIES: What’s So Important About the Resurrection?

 All services are at 4pm at our church space

Text: I Corinthians 15

April 7 – Jeff Eastwood (Pastor/Elder from Grace Baptist Church in PEI) 
I Corinthians 15:1-11
 Can’t We Have Good News Without the Resurrection?
  Focus:  Answering the question – What does the Resurrection have to do with the Gospel? The Gospel is incomplete and therefore not truly good news if there is no life, death, burial and new resurrected life secured in Jesus.

April 14 – Brad Somers
I Corinthians 15:12-19
 Can’t We Have Good Feelings of Faith Without the Resurrection?
  Focus:  Answering the  question -What does the Resurrection have to do with a true and living faith? True and living faith is not simply sincere belief. It is grounded in the truth of Christ and His resurrection.

4PM- Good Friday April 19- Brad Somers

I Corinthians 15:20-23 (selected vs 50-56)
    Can’t We Live an Enjoyable Life without the Resurrection?
Focus:  Answering the question -What does the Resurrection have to do with living in a broken world? If there is no resurrection then we should not/ indeed could not live a life that is anything more then the sum of here and now. Ecclesiastes is all there is. The sting of death is  the final end and indeed sin has won.

Resurrection Sunday!! April 21 – Brad Somers

I Corinthians 15:24-28 (selected vs 50-56)

  Can’t We Delight in God without the Resurrection?
Focus: Answer the Question -What does the Resurrection have to do with Theology? The resurrection ultimately causes us to live in the delightful submission, alongside our Elder Brother Jesus, in worship before God.

Sunday April 28 – Brad Somers

I Corinthians 15: 39-49
   Can’t We Have Eternal Hope without the Resurrection?
Focus: Answering the Question -What does the Resurrection have to do with living in Christ? Because of the resurrection we have been and will be made new in Christ. The resurrection and ascension of Christ- the exaltated position He was given by God- changes and marks
everything that is daily Christian living!

Why and How to Participate in Lent

TODAY LENT BEGINS!
   Last night, in the traditional church calendar, was ASH WEDNESDAY. The day set aside to symbolically cover yourself in the ashes of humility and repentance as you draw close to God heading towards the joys of Easter. We encourage our Church to participate in Lent.

    Lent is an extended period (40days) of fasting and seeking God in anticipating and preparation of  Easter. Throughout the days of Lent we fast (purge/detox) and we practice active repentance (refill/renew and serve others). Each Sunday of Lent is meant to be a day of celebration. A thanking God for Christ’s saving work at Easter!

   What Lent is NOT: Not simply one season of time to feel sorrow for your sin or brokenness. Not a substitute for everyday repentance and subsequence grace. Not merely a time of self discipline for personal gratification (i.e. weight loss, eat better, rest more, better spent free time). Nor is it a means by which we can build our own self-righteousness so that God might be more pleased with us. We are pleasing to God because we are in Christ already. We are accepted by God because of Jesus’ victory at Easter.

   What Lent IS: Lent has a sense of Job 42:6. There is an emphasis placed on the limits of our mortality, and our sorrow for sin but it doesn’t stop there. It is to be a daily awareness, as we fast, of our continued need of Christ as we live in relationship with God.

  LENT in this way:

  – Don’t just pick what your fasting or purging from but why. 

I heard on a podcast a list of the items most people fasted from for Lent 2016 :

  Top 8:  fizzy drinks, coffee, sweets, meat, school, social media, alcohol, and chocolate (yeah ‘school’?!)

These may all be good things to lent from- my concern is when and why we choose what we lent from. What are the on-going spiritual obstacles in your life? The sinful habits, attitudes or false idols (those things that you feel will some how rescue you from your present struggles of living) that you keep turning to? Those very things that cause you to trust in yourself or in anything else for your worth, ultimate joy or significance?

FASTING STEP 1 – Purge/Detox

   Pick one or two of the big patterns of your life that, when you look back over the years or months, you can see that you have tried to replace the God who has made you with this sinful habit.
   Lent is a time of repentance where you participate with God’s Spirit in detoxing or purging your life of this things you have turned to for comfort, control, self-gratification instead of engaging with and trusting in the God who knows you. Take steps to detox or purge the environment in which you live life of those things that become triggers to continue in these patterns of sin.

FASTING STEP 2- Refill/Renew

    Pick one or two new patterns that you would like to pray for God to start or renew in you. Begin to fill the voids of the detox not simply with self-efforts but with new or renewed ways of connecting your life to God. I.e instead of decompressing on junk rest (facebook, instagram, etc) begin to journal through one of the Gospels or through a lent guide; Instead of consuming your time with lust or hidden fantasies read through Psalms 20-60 -one a day- rewrite the Psalm into your own prayer to God. OR read Pilgrim’s Progress over the 40 days of Lent;
      Be creative; The important thing is by turning your attention to God in prayer and personal worship you will begin to grow more and more sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s, leading and promptings.

FASTING STEP 3- Reach Out To Others

   You have picked a true spiritual struggle in your life. Have made steps to purge your environment from triggers that habitually lead you into sin. Have committed to some personal alternative actions to refill and renew your focus on the good work of growing in delight of the cross and in communion with the Holy Spirit. It’s time now to walk repentance out by serving others. Find ways that you can quietly or secretly serve others. The ways should be in keeping with the sinful habit you are asking God to change in your life. If you are in a small group or have a couple close Christian friends ask them to join you in Lent and make time to meet with them weekly to talk about what you are learning, how God is moving during this time of Lent and to pray.

EXAMPLES OF HOW THIS MIGHT WORK:
1.
If you are a comfort eater ( are in the habit of making food your idol). Purge/detox from this habit; Fill your time that you would be eating with time of worship (reading scripture, praying, prayer walking, writing a Psalm into a prayer, etc, etc); Plan on two times during lent of buying groceries for a needy family or friend and surprising them with it or have it delivered to their house anonymously. Make plans to meet with a couple of friends weekly to be accountable to your Lent repentance and progress.

2. If you struggle with lust and fantasy (are in the habit of making fantasy your place of entitlement). Purge/detox the environment where and when you tend to do this most. Fill your time with reading Pilgrims Progress, or the Psalms, praying, or reading a Christian biography. Plan on writing a note of encouragement to those in your life of the opposite sex who demonstrate godliness, thank them for their commitment and example for following Christ, send it to them in the mail anonymously. Make plans to meet with a couple of friends weekly to be accountable to your Lent repentance and progress.

These are just simple suggestions. But repentance means an active participation of the sinner alongside of the Holy Spirit in the ‘having been set free from sin’ truth of our lives.
Be creative but keep your heart focused on Christ’s good work accomplished on the cross so that you could be set free in Him.

  We don’t encourage Lent because that’s what good Christians do (legalism).  We encourage Lent because we are fickle of faith. Fasting/Spiritual Disciplines is a Biblical means of both restarting, continuing and experiencing the graces of repentance and faith. You can fast, pray and repent anytime in your year – this period of time happens to end with a corporate celebration of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection and so seems all the more sweet.

  Attached is a few resources for you to consider using as you go through the 40 days of Lent. You may find that Lent is a good time to jump start a new spiritual discipline in your life as you seek God out -take a look at these suggestions.

Brad Somers

lead PAXnorth Church

www.paxnorth.ca

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/8b09bd8a636bea9d16567ad3a/files/eb74439e-7620-44d7-8877-17501f032e33/Journey_to_the_Cross.pdf

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/8b09bd8a636bea9d16567ad3a/files/809f5d23-ce4a-46bf-a6e0-4076fcf66e4e/Lent_2.pdf

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/8b09bd8a636bea9d16567ad3a/files/984093a6-6be2-4979-84a2-abf44db172c9/Lent_1.pdf

Advent Through the Psalms

This Sunday Kicks Off  
Advent through the Psalms

THE PROMISE OF CHRISTMAS

PAX will be anticipating the advent of Christ through the Psalms. Israel planned prepared and waited for the promise of God, the coming of the promised Messiah. When the promised Messiah came he would bring in the promised Kingdom. We are planning, preparing and waiting for Christmas. The Messiah has come and we will party, celebrate, share food and share gifts. The kingdom has been inaugurated and secured by the birth and death of Jesus our Messiah. Still we wait, plan, and prepare. These weeks leading up to Christmas day spend some time praying through the Psalms. They are ancient songs of anticipating the promise.

Week 1: The Promise of a Saviour

   Focus: The need for saving. Christ as both the Forgiveness from wrath and Righteousness for life
TEXT: Psalm 72; 

Week 2: (baptism and Christmas Party) A Promise With Personal Meaning

    Focus: Salvation offered- personal transformation. Christ as both God’s personal means of Saving and our only means of spiritual transformation (Heavy Gospel call this Sunday)
TEXT: Psalm 85:4-10

Week 3: The Promise Worth Living

  Focus: Salvation is for living (exampled in Shepherds/Angels) The Goodnews of Jesus is to be enjoyed, adored and shared.
TEXT: Psalm 25

Week 4: The Promise For all People 

    Focus: Salvation is for Sharing.  There is a missionary call to the coming of Christ. We are to live in such a way as to be a continued witness to God’s promised saving.
TEXT: Psalm 126

Christmas Eve  4pm – The Promise Kept

Focus: Salvation has arrived and will be realized fully.  We are living in a unique time of Redemptive history. We are to experience a life of grace that is  between the Hallelujah of Christ’s resurrection and the maranatha of Christ’s return.
TEXT: Psalm 146
      

             More Psalms to pray through over Advent: Psalm 80, 89, 145, 147, 148

The Gospel of Luke

Is Christianity what I believe it to be?

When it comes to faith it can be confusing to understand what you believe or what you should believe. Some think that faith is simply a matter of choosing whatever path of faith seems to work for you and following it. With all the faith choices out there, including competing versions of christianity, how do you know you’re not just following an opinion of faith or spiritual life? Is the end goal of spiritual life simply to make your life better or more personally satisfying or meaningful?

Is Christianity what I believe it to be?

This is the purpose behind Luke’s writing of his Gospel (Luke 1:1-4)

Join us as we work through Luke’s thoughtful and challenging understanding of the person and purpose of the life of Jesus Christ.

 

Our Easter Series: RESURRECTION [reasons]

RESURRECTION [reasons]

Over the next few weeks PAXnorth will be studying the great Easter hope of RESURRECTION.
The emphasis will be on reasons for the the resurrection.

Sermon 1: Ezekiel 37 Resurrection: Who’s a candidate and what’s the point?
                    (reasons why the resurrection is needed and should be understood)
Sermon 2: Isaiah 53 Resurrection: Does this make sense today and how can it help?
                        (reasons why the resurrection connects with our brokenness and how it gives us an eternal hope)
Sermon 3: Mark 15:42- 16:1-8 Resurrection: Can you believe that and is there another option?
                     (reasons why the resurrection is irrefutable and should be believed)
Good Friday 6Pm – Sermon 4
Resurrection: What is needed for this and how does that happen?
                       (reasons why the resurrection is necessary and how Jesus is the way)
EASTER:  4pm Sermon 5
  Resurrection: Who does that and what does it mean?
     (reasons why the resurrection is important and should be seriously celebrated)

PAXnorth 10 Year Birthday Party!

YOU’RE INVITED!

If you have attended, supported, or are a friend of someone who has join us this weekend.

March 3,4
Saturday, March 3, 1-4p.m.
Birthday Party at PAXnorth [games, prizes, food and drinks]

Sunday March 4, 4p.m.
Rehearsing the Grace of God worship service [share and hear the stories of God’s grace]

Bring a friend to party and celebrate with us!

 

Q and C with Applications_FEB,11_ Joshua 6

Feb. 11, 2018    Series Title:  JOSHUA- Promise::Faith::Obedience
sermon audio

 We were preaching and responding through Joshua 6. This starts a new section of Joshua. Chapters 1-5 have focused on God preparing Israel to move into the promised land. Chapters 6-12 will give us a snapshot of God’s battle against the inhabitants of the promised land.
 Chapter six highlights God’s plan given to Joshua to defeat the city of Jericho

The general outline for our study was:

Sermon Title Slide: What if God’s Plan is Lame? [Joshua 6]
   Have you ever felt ill equipped or under resourced to complete an assignment or fulfill a role in your life? The response might be a complete frustrated, ‘this is impossible”, “I give up”, or “this is lame.”  What if that assignment or role is given to you from God?

  1. God’s ‘lame’ plan is still God’s plan of saving vs1-5
     God’s plan does not always line up to what we believe is a good plan. But God is a God of saving. His saving plan is always a perfect (complete) plan.
  2. God’s ‘lame’ plan defines the actions of our faith vs6-25
     God’s plan is what drives an active (marching) faith. In this case, and almost always in our case, a faith-driven obedience will include offerings of worship through a) putting to death (the city, people, cattle) b) dedicating to service (the gold, silver, resource)  and c) works of redemption (Rahab)
  3. God’s ‘lame’ plan makes much of God and the good of His people vs26-27

        God’s plan in the end is not merely to tear down our barriers or so that we might in our power make God/Jesus famous. But so that God will be known as the sovereign, saving God. This will be for the good of His people.

One Question and Comment and an application that came out of this passage:

  1. Question and Comment
    Q? Why highlight Jericho as the ‘defensive gate city’ to the promised land if it took a miraculous work of God for Israel to cross the Jericho River?
     A? Jericho stood in a natural gap in the landscape of this region in Canaan. It was 12km north of the Dead Sea and was at the eastern head of the Jordan valley It was a natural oasis of fresh water, palm trees and  a trade route for those moving in or out of the valley. For any travellers or nations that were coming north or south along the mountain range between the Jordan river, Red Sea and the Jordan valley, opening up into the rest of Canaan, one either had to go over the mountains or past the city of Jericho which is the most natural route. (resources Hammonds Atlas of the Bible Land; the Oxford Companion to the Bible)
  2. Application leading us to Confession Time
    What would your response be to God’s plan?

Q Does God expect/ it is His plan that I would not live for myself first, my own needs and for my greatest good first?
YES. He died to redeem you. To bring you out of self living, defining yourself and placed you in Christ. So that all that you are and have and ever hope to be is both now and forever tied up in Him. So that with great hope and freedom this redemption is to be lived out in who He has made you and is making you for His glory.

Will this be easy? NO.
Does He still expect it, is it still His will? YES.
Has He promised to enable me/us to obey for His glory and for my/our good? YES.

Q? Does God expect/ it is His plan that I would I would grow, mature and be an active participant in my own relationship with Him and as an influence for others to be in relationship with Him? YES.
Will this be easy? NO.
Does He still expect it, is it still His will? YES.
Has He promised to enable me/us to obey for His glory and for my/our good? YES.

Q Does God expect/ it is His plan that I would not live out my spiritual walk with him in isolation and that I’d be an active part of his covenant love within a covenant of membership in the church?
YES. He has plans and purpose for your growth that can only be realized and shaped in the context of a local body that is both preaching and living the Gospel. 
Will this be easy? NO.

Does He still expect it, is it still His will? YES.
Has He promised to enable me/us to obey for His glory and for my/our good? YES.

Q? Does God expect/ it is His plan that I would in whatever stage of life I find myself (single, married, with kids, without kids, young or older) seek to live submissive to His will and point those he has given me to care for towards honouring him with the offerings of cutting things out, dedicating my resources/energies, etc, praying and working for redemption in this stage of life with others? YES.
Will this be easy? NO.
Does He still expect it, is it still His will? YES.
Has He promised to enable me/us to obey for His glory and for my/our good? YES.

God’s saving plan may seem lame_ yet He has both called us to it; enabling us for it, and will use it to glorify Himself and our good. 

Updated by Brad Somers, Lead Pastor