We are taking a break from our study through the book of John for the summer so we can focus on a much needed, often misunderstood, aspect of the Christian life.
In studying what it means in the Christian life to be ‘in Christ’ the hope is that both the devote follower of Christ and the skeptic (or somewhere in between) will understand the centrality of Christ in both our standing and living before God.
Answering Questions like: How can we know, at any given moment our standing before God? How can Jesus Christ become more real to us, even to the place of occupying the central place in our lives? How is the Christian enabled to daily live in the world, the flesh and under an enemy that threatens to kill, maim and destroy? How does being ‘in Christ’ create and enflame how we live and mission together as the Body of Christ?
– OVERARCHING QUESTION THEN IS: How does being ‘in Christ’ both in position and practice enable Christians to live?
Our prayerful goal in teaching this:
Over the next 11 Sunday’s a collective group of men are studying, preparing and preaching this focus for us. We are praying that for many who hear these sermons it will be a catalyst for understanding the Christian walk, how the Gospel unfolds into everyday life empowered by God’s Spirit to completely transform our lives. For all of us we are praying this series will continue to deepen us and bring lasting fruit in our lives.
What’s the series going to look like? We are giving you the general outline here so that maybe you’ll take the time over the summer months and do some ‘summer reading’. Why not use these key passages below for your personal study time over this summer?
Category 1 IN CHRIST [A new status- Things to KNOW]
Sermon 1 Intro of series Ephesians 2
Sermon 2 ACTS (Paul’s conversion)
Sermon 3 John 15
Category 2 IN CHRIST [a new life – Things to DO]
Sermon 4 II Corinthians 5:14-21 – crf Romans12:1-3
Sermon 5 Acts 1:8/Romans 8
Sermon 6 Sermon on the Mount (selected passages)
Sermon 7 Fruit of the Spirit/ the supernatural growth of the graces from James, Col 3 and parts of John 17
Category 3 IN CHRIST [a new people- Life TOGETHER]
Sermon 8 Acts 2, 4 – JOHN 17
Sermon 9 Philippians 2 –crf Romans 14 (holding of liberty and restrictions in Christ)
Sermon 10 I Peter 3,4/ I John 4:7-5:5
Sermon 11 Revelation 19-21 an Eternity in Christ
This class (as well as Gospel Journey 101) is required to become a member of PAXnorth. We believe that this
will give you a strong foundation for understanding the basics of Biblical Theology and helping you to understand how a church is designed to live ‘missionally’ in its culture. Whether your a brand new believer or if you already hold a PHD in theological studies we would require these classes for membership because they also teach the basics of how PAX is governed and how we find expression as an intentional gospel community.
Typically in the church there has been a blemished track record of allowing members to become observers while an exhausted, burnt out pastor and staff do all the work in the church and the community around it. PAXnorth is committed to creating a model that reflects God’s heart for his children, an organic composition of hearts and hands living out the gospel with more than lip service. Being a member is about more than having exclusive access; it is not a status symbol or social club. A member who acknowledges they are a part of the body of Christ and enters into a covenant with their local church is called to a higher degree of responsibility and a greater commitment to serve for the collective work of the Gospel; conversely, the elders and deacons are covenanted to assist their members first and foremost, to provide counsel, service, and aid, as well as to pray, teach, and guide as necessary.
“Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve for one another with whatever gift each of you have received.”
-I Peter 4: 8-10
To transition from a interested person to an active member of PAXnorth, we ask that you attend this foundational class, where we shall look at an overview of Christian essentials with time for questions and discussion. For those who have desired to call PAXnorth their home, this class will lay out for you a general map of being connected, discipled and effectively serving alongside each other . In summary this is more than a survey of beliefs; content includes an overview of the gospel, the church, culture, and how this practically spins out into our lives individually and corporately. Therefore, everyone considering PAXnorth for their home should attend; this class is a requirement in the process of becoming a member.
SNAP SHOT FLOW OF MEMBERSHIP
From a practical perspective, the following items need to be completed in the following order to become a member at PAXnorth
NEXT GJ 202 starts Wednesday, January 29 – 6:30 @PAXnorth space .
Sign up or get more info at firstname.lastname@example.org
September 15th, 2013 – PAXnorth Community Day
5568 Cunard Street 10:30am-1pm – RAIN OR SHINE!
Arts & Crafts
Sweets & Coffees
More details to follow…
Reviewing and Prepping for Sunday’s first full focus on Song of Solomon [ Song of Songs 1:1-11]
Take a look at this video Dove commerical
What do you think? About beauty? About how we see ourself? About the importance of these?
” I have some work to do on myself…. [beauty, how we see ourselves] couldn’t be more critical to our life” – Dove participant
He IS Risen!! Easter weekend is almost here! I hope you have had a growing sense of anticipation over the week.
We want to help you celebrate the incredible reality of God’s grace to us!
Good Friday @ PAXnorth 7pm
Much of Christ:: Was the death of Jesus necessary?
Easter Supper @ PAXnorth 4pm [the Easter Feast-er!] 4pm
Easter is a time of celebration, and for many of us, a celebration isn’t complete without food.
This is also a huge day for us as believers in a risen Christ, and we would be honored if you would like to spend this holiday with your Church family, especially if you don’t have family here in Halifax. We are planning on having a great big dinner late on Sunday afternoon. We’ll start around 4 at the church. Bring food to share for dinner, board games, and maybe even snacks for afterwards. If you need an idea of what to bring, contact Holly and she’ll point you in the right direction.
Hope to see you there. He is risen indeed – Holly Algra
April 7 Easter Follow Up- Christ is risen…now what?
Much of Christ:: Is Jesus necessary for today?
BAPTISM and CHILD DEDICATION DAY!
Interested in being baptized or have a child to be dedicated?
Email email@example.com to receive details and set up an appointment.
Hey PAXnorth Folks…
Last week’s sermon was chock full of scripture references – too many to go through all of them during service. So, we’ve put them onto the site for you to download and go through on your own. Enjoy!
Also, just a reminder that we will be holding an evening service at 7pm on Good Friday, March 29th. We look forward to seeing you there. God Bless!
Come join us for worship, then stick around for some food, fellowship, music, and mmmmmaybe even some dancin’!
PAXnorth Church, 5563 Cunard Street.
Worship starts at 10:30am… party will go on into the wee hours of the afternoon.
Bring some food to share!
Download funky poster here.
Here’s some visuals from the day’s events:
God in Full Humanity::Full Divinity = Advent
We held our ‘kick-off’ to Advent service last night at PAXnorth Church. Maybe your like a lot of people at PAXnorth who commented, “I’ve never been to or heard of a Kick-Off Advent service before.”
“Advent” - ORIGIN Old English, from Latin adventus ‘arrival,’ from advenire, from ad- ‘to’ + venire ‘come.’
Advent is an anticipated arrival. December has been the traditional month to celebrate the anticipated arrival of Jesus Christ. Whom Christians hold and the Bible teaches is God come close to mankind, in human flesh. To consider this possibility is to be left wonder-struck with both possibilities and questions.
Questions like: Why? Why would God consider putting on flesh and walking among mankind, His creation? Why would he live in obscurity? Why only come to a small part of the world in a relatively small population? Why choose this time in history? How? How could this happen? How could God who is wholly Other become one of us? How could God not merely come and fix all the problems as pure Deity? What? What was God’s purpose? What did God hope to accomplish by becoming a baby, growing up in a family, living in the context of a messy world, being rejected and hated, followed and disavowed? What could be the end of such a cruel death, and then an alleged resurrection? Where? Where is He now? Where is this going?
These are good questions that need honest reflection and clear answers. Advent points us to the possibilites of truth in the midst of these questions. Our advent service and subsequent Advent Sunday services highlight these possibilites. I pray that they will inspire you to ask the above questions again with an open heart and a fixed mind that God IS up to something awe-filled and wonderous. It starts before creation and has yet to reach full culmination but it DOES center on a baby in a manger. God came in full humanity and full divinity.
Advent is a time to be struck with the truth that although you are here, alive, with a history, a present and an unknown future- THIS is not about you (or me). An honest reflection on the possibility that God has come in the flesh and what this means for our world should push us to realize that THIS is God’s story. God has written you into His story. He doesn’t behave as a bit actor in the background of your own personal reality T.V. show. But He is both the writer, producer and main character of the full story. He has made us in such a way that we can find true hope, peace, joy, love, redemption only to the degree we are connected to Him. This is where the wonder and celebration of Advent- the anticipated coming of Christ- begins. An acknowledgement that my life is not really about me. My life holds greater implications and possibilities then my own history, present happiness or the vapours of a legacy I might leave. My life can be found and made to have eternal significance because it is couched in the plan and purposes of God.
In the next couple of posts I will highlight how we understand and wrestle with, the truths of advent. Our hope is that this will move you to REFLECT, ACT, and ANTICIPATE the truth of Christ!