Dec 24, 2017
Christmas Eve, 2017
Christmas Eve Morning.  Oh Worship the King!
In the pages of the Christmas story we see God's act of grace and mercy.  We see His display of providence and blessing.  We see in the devine baby, the giver of life and love.  The author and finisher of our faith, the author and finisher of our salvation.  And to do that, God could have entered human history in all His subline divinity, majesty and glory and yet He chose to do so with the poverty and humility of a servant.  Though there were indisputable signs that preceded and accomplished Christ's birth, preparing the world for the majestic and kingly appearance, yet the birth of Jesus itself was of the humblest, peasant patronage.  In an unimportant town in the roughest and meagerest of surroundings, everything about Him spoke of servitude.  Jesus didn't come to rule over us or oppress us as human rulers so often do.  Rather, He, the king of glory, the great "I AM" came to be the servant of all.  Matthew 20:28 informs us  28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  So therein is the glad tidings of great joy.  Therein is the good news, the gospel complete in Jesus Christ.  The good news of our salvation.  God loves us and has provided salvation and it is complete and expressed fully in Jesus Christ.  The king who came as a baby in the manger.  God's love gift to us.  He only seeks faithful, committed individuals to love Him in return.
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  • Dec 24, 2017Christmas Eve, 2017
    Dec 24, 2017
    Christmas Eve, 2017
    Christmas Eve Morning.  Oh Worship the King!
    In the pages of the Christmas story we see God's act of grace and mercy.  We see His display of providence and blessing.  We see in the devine baby, the giver of life and love.  The author and finisher of our faith, the author and finisher of our salvation.  And to do that, God could have entered human history in all His subline divinity, majesty and glory and yet He chose to do so with the poverty and humility of a servant.  Though there were indisputable signs that preceded and accomplished Christ's birth, preparing the world for the majestic and kingly appearance, yet the birth of Jesus itself was of the humblest, peasant patronage.  In an unimportant town in the roughest and meagerest of surroundings, everything about Him spoke of servitude.  Jesus didn't come to rule over us or oppress us as human rulers so often do.  Rather, He, the king of glory, the great "I AM" came to be the servant of all.  Matthew 20:28 informs us  28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  So therein is the glad tidings of great joy.  Therein is the good news, the gospel complete in Jesus Christ.  The good news of our salvation.  God loves us and has provided salvation and it is complete and expressed fully in Jesus Christ.  The king who came as a baby in the manger.  God's love gift to us.  He only seeks faithful, committed individuals to love Him in return.
  • Dec 17, 2017Fourth Advent Christmas 2017
    Dec 17, 2017
    Fourth Advent Christmas 2017
    In Luke Chapter 2 we read the Birth story once again.  The scripture tells us that God himself came to us on earth in person.  Not a spirit, not just an idea or a trend, but the actual Emmanuel, God with us, coming in the flesh and living with us to teach and to save. We see these incredible truths: First Emmanuel: It is this God that came and that very fact as encountered in the scriptures, not only in the Christmas story but throughout the Bible, should evoke in you and me the wonder of all the glory that we'll ever need to celebrate, not only Christmas, but to have joy unspeakable, full of glory every day of our lives.
    The second amazing truth is that God became man.  Now, God made many appearances to man in the Bible, but up until this point God never came as one of us, as Luke 1:31 states: "You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus."   The angel made it very clear that Mary would give birth in the natural human way to a human baby.  Fully God.  Fully human.  He was sinless although tempted just as we were, but remained pure.  He fulfilled the scriptures by going to the cross for our salvation.  If you don't know Jesus Christ as saviour and Lord, if you haven't believed in Him and accepted what He did for us on the cross, then you are still there, bowed at the manger scene, looking at the animals, looking at the little baby.... hoping the stars come out.....  We need salvation.  That's why Jesus came.  That's why we have Christmas.  This was GOD Himself, come down to earth to be born.  To save.
  • Dec 10, 2017Third Advent Christmas 2017
    Dec 10, 2017
    Third Advent Christmas 2017
    A child asked the Pastor "Does God in heaven have a Christmas Tree?"  In Matthew 21:16 Jesus says “‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise’[a]?”  We also looked at multiple passages of scripture that speak of the cross, of the tree that Jesus was crucified on.  So from these passages, both new and Old Testament it is not that much of a stretch to say this morning, but yes, Jesus has His very own Christmas tree. It is no ordinary tree. This tree is the qualifier for mankind’s salvation in and through the person and work of his son Jesus by His sacrificial death on the tree, the old rugged Cross. We have salvation, the remission of sin and guilt, we are saved. That’s where the trees radically differ, Christ’s from ours. Rather under Christ’s tree the imperishable gifts of infinite value and worth, there which are purchased by the death of God’s son again, on the tree, on the cross. Can you see where I’m going with this and how it fits the Christmas scene today? And as we think about God’s spiritual Christmas tree we find that it’s an atonement tree. With all life giving gifts, 
  • Dec 3, 2017Second Advent Christmas 2017
    Dec 3, 2017
    Second Advent Christmas 2017
    Christmas is only and infinitely about the finished work of Calvary. Jesus, upon the cross, called out “it's done! it's finished!” So Christmas is only the arrival, and then the work begins, and if and when we celebrate anything short of that finished reality in our lives called salvation, Christmas will never be complete. We will be unfulfilled and disillusioned, and that's where so many of us are we’re at the beginning, we’re at the arrival. We celebrate profusely at the arrival but we forget that's not what it's about. No matter how much we celebrate and even say it's about Jesus we're only celebrating his coming. 
  • Nov 26, 2017First Advent Christmas 2017.
    Nov 26, 2017
    First Advent Christmas 2017.
    Are you here today wishing and hoping and longing for good feelings of peace and joy and comfort this Christmas, and you just can't find them and you're angry and you don't know what to do and Christmas comes and goes and you’re the same?   Let me assure you, you won’t find them in anything except in salvation.  That's why we preach Christ, because we all need to be saved. We need salvation,  and Acts 4:12 declares “and there is salvation in no-one else and there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.”   And the name Jesus means what? Saviour.  Just as the angel announced over 2000 years ago "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour who is Christ the Lord."  
    I don't want you to go through another Christmas and say “yeah now I have to put on my happy face, it's Christmas”  I want you to experience Christmas because Jesus came to save you!
  • Apr 9, 2017A Look At the Cross
    Apr 9, 2017
    A Look At the Cross
    Series: Easter
    In our scripture today, Ephesians 2:1-10 and Romans 3:19-31 we find "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith"
    Looking at the cross was the main focus of Jesus Christ, the main focus of the Gospels, as well as the main focus of the early reformation.  Today, for us too, it is the main focus as we prepare for Easter.  In doing so we focus on Christ and the cross and by that we fulfil not only our church mandate but our entire purpose in preaching and teaching the gospel because we want always to preach Christ crucified, buried and risen again.
  • Apr 2, 2017Righteousness of God revealed
    Apr 2, 2017
    Righteousness of God revealed
    The Righteousness of God revealed through the total depravity of man:
     
    The theme of Paul's letters to the Romans was to emphasize how good and great God is compared to how sinful man is.  It carries on throughout the chapters of Romans.  The subject of how depraved man can be is an uncomfortable one but, once we understand how amazing God and His grace to us is, it is totally liberating.  Shall we go on sinning to show God's goodness?  NO!  
     
    For there is no distinction:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.
     
     
     Have faith and try to be good.
  • Mar 26, 2017Identification as Sheep
    Mar 26, 2017
    Identification as Sheep
     “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” John 10
     
    This beautiful analogy of Jesus as the shepherd and we as His sheep is a wonderful description of our relationship with God.  Jesus, here, is giving us a great explanation of true and false teachers and their claim to having the way to knowing God.  There are many false shepherds in the world today.  Not just people but things like wealth, power, fame or health.  Unbiblical ideas about alternative lifestyles and lapsed morality being OK. But He alone is the good shepherd.  The only way to the kingdom of God. We know His voice if we are His own and we will identify with Him and follow Him only.  We are told to test ourselves to make sure we are in the faith.  To make sure we are following the Shepherd and His ways.  John 14 reminds us that He said: 
    “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
     
  • Mar 12, 2017A Servant, Before and After Christ
    Mar 12, 2017
    A Servant, Before and After Christ
    15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
     
    We are searching Gods word for our spiritual growth.  No other experience or revelation or self-help books will accomplish any spiritual growth within us except preaching Christ and studying His word.  We need to read and understand His word so that we may use those skills when we interact with other people.  This is our service to God.  
    We learned in the passage from John 21 an interesting fact about an impetuous Peter who seems to give up and go fishing.  In that era it was a strange move for Peter to go fishing, because he claimed to be a disciple, but he went back to his old job and gave up on waiting for Jesus.  Then Jesus comes back and appears to the group and reminds Peter of his responsibilities. We see the great power of God in all the intricate little miracles there on the beach.  No fish, the caught fish, the net, the fire and the food ready in a moment's time.  The lesson is, God showing us in His awesome way, that He wants to lead us in a life of humble, grateful service to Him.
     
  • Mar 5, 2017We Preach Christ
    Mar 5, 2017
    We Preach Christ
    14 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God;[a] believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?[b] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”[c] Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also.[d] From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
     
    The mission of the Christian church should not be to make the unbeliever as comfortable as possible.  To make them feel good, or to appease their sensitivities.  Jesus is the only way to God and to heaven.  If the believer is not following the examples of Christ and His word then the believer is not going to be recognized by God.  Those that are turning the Biblical truths into softer versions and more likeable versions as not to "step on any toes" are sailing dangerously near the edge.  We cannot pick and choose the Bible parts that we like and ignore the parts we don't like.  
  • Feb 26, 2017The Immutable Attributes of a Holy God
    Feb 26, 2017
    The Immutable Attributes of a Holy God
    O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up;     you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down     and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue,     behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before,     and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;     it is high; I cannot attain it.
     
    Omniscient, Omnipresent and Omnipotent.  God is all knowing, all seeing.  He knows us better than we know ourselves.  It is hard to understand but the greatness and magnificence of it is amazing.
  • Feb 19, 2017Why Doesn’t Our Church Grow?
    Feb 19, 2017
    Why Doesn’t Our Church Grow?
    Hebrews 12:6
    “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”[a]
     
    Is our church growing?  Are we letting sin stand in the way of growth?  
  • Jan 22, 2017What we offer
    Jan 22, 2017
    What we offer

    Romans 12: 1-2.  A Living Sacrifice

    12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
     
    Scripture tells us in multiple places that our mouth is the cause of a lot of trouble.  It tells us that out of our heart comes the truth of how we think and feel and it comes flooding right out of our mouths.  We are told that the mouth is the best indicator of if we are truly growing spiritually.  If we are able to curb our disobedient thoughts and tongue then we are seen as gentle, obedient children of God.
     

    Luke 6:45

    45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

Samples of Pastor Nik’s Sermons or any other guest speaker we may have the privilege to enjoy.

 

 
 

Sermon in a Snapshot

Salvation is the gift at Christmas.  First week of Advent.  November 26, 2017

Are you here today wishing and hoping and longing for good feelings of peace and joy and comfort this Christmas, and you just can’t find them and you’re angry and you don’t know what to do and Christmas comes and goes and you’re the same?   Let me assure you, you won’t find them in anything except in salvation.  That’s why we preach Christ, because we all need to be saved. We need salvation,  and Acts 4:12 declares “and there is salvation in no-one else and there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.”   And the name Jesus means what? Saviour.  Just as the angel announced over 2000 years ago For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour who is Christ the Lord. and that’s really the beginning of the New Testament.  In Revelation chapter 5 it says “They sung a new song saying worthy are you who could take the book and brake it’s seals for you were slain and purchased from God with your blood.. Men from every tribe and tongue and nation,  you made them to be a kingdom and priests to God, and they will reign upon the earth. But sadly today many live and act as if God were only there for their safety and for their  personal blessing,  or for their Christmas joy.   They think he came as a spare tire to get them out of trouble occasionally or bless them when they feel unloved.  Someone far too small and insignificant for them to waste their time on or someone they just quickly get bored with just like we do with Christmas trees and decorations. Sometimes I feel like there are times I cannot wait for Christmas be over to take the decorations down and get back to normal.   That’s how we are spiritually as well sometimes because we don’t comprehend what Emmanuel means.   But when we realize that this God saved us we can’t help but sing the song “What a mighty God we serve” what a mighty God we serve, angels bow before Him, Heaven and Earth adore Him,  what a mighty God we serve.   Our text this morning from John chapter 1 verse 14 says “And The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”   And let me tell you the verse means nothing to us if we don’t know salvation. I don’t want you to go through another Christmas and say “yeah now I have to put on my happy face, its Christmas”  I want you to experience Christmas because Jesus came to save you!
 
Christmas Begins the Finished Work of Calvary.  Second week of Advent.  December 3 2017
 
Christmas is only and infinitely about the finished work of Calvary. Jesus, upon the cross, called out “it’s done! it’s finished!” So Christmas is only the arrival, and then the work begins, and if and when we celebrate anything short of that finished reality in our lives called salvation, Christmas will never be complete. We will be unfulfilled and disillusioned, and that’s where so many of us are we’re at the beginning, we’re at the arrival. We celebrate profusely at the arrival but we forget that’s not what it’s about. No matter how much we celebrate and even say it’s about Jesus we’re only celebrating his coming. Look at the shepherds, for example. They didn’t start celebrating because angels announced the arrival of the cute little baby or because the entire heavenly host appeared, no, they were frightened at all that. But until they heard and realized that unto them was born a savior, Christ the Lord, they weren’t celebrating Christmas so much as they were excited about the prospect, the anticipation, the reality of Easter still to come. You see, they realized they needed forgiveness of sin and removal of guilt and not just another meat and potatoes meal with decorations and tinsel, they needed saving, redemption and assurance of eternal life. Jesus himself stated “I have come to seek and to save that which was lost.” So the shepherds looked forward to the promise fulfilled. Therein was their great joy. Then there’s the Wisemen. The first one brought gold, you’ll remember? It was a fitting gift for a birth announcement. But the gift only signifies that this was a king, that’s all it was good for, and sure it helped Mary and Joseph get to Egypt and everything else later on but by the time the king grows up usually the gold is all gone. And if I can put that illustration into today’s view of Christmas it might be the same as giving and receiving and we know that aspect of the season won’t fulfill our satisfaction. But like the Shepherds I need to realize I need saving. Let’s go through the gifts real quick the next one was frankincense which signifies worship, and here again if that’s the only thing we apply this season to which is necessary and good, don’t get me wrong, but if our worship consists of once a year Christmas Eve attendance at church, well, there’s no lasting saving results will ever be achieved, only emptiness will remain. But if we equate all three gifts together, and the last one is Muhhr, for burial, it culminates and sums up everything and we’ve discovered it’s all about the death, burial and resurrection of this “word” that became flesh and dwelt among us, who came to offer us forgiveness of sin and promise of eternal life. Our text reminds us in Romans 5 verse 8: “but God demonstrated his love towards us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us is” It doesn’t say Christ came and was born in this beautiful little manger, it says he came and died for us. There, not only is Christmas, but it’s understood. And life becomes abundant and full, spiritually speaking. The gold of kingship and the frankincense of worship along with the sacrifice, his death taken for our lives completes the entire reality of Christ coming to earth to save sinners. John 3:17 says “for God did not send his son into the world to judge the world, to condemn the world or for any other reason but that the world through him might be saved” That’s why Christ came, but Jesus came to finish the work of redemption and that’s why we celebrate all year round. Verse one and two of our text declares “Therefore, having been justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom also we’ve obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we exalt in hope of the glory of God.”  And if that fact in our lives and that reality is there then will go on living abundantly here and now and we’ll end up in glory someday. That’s the reality of Emmanuel. That’s the reality of Christmas. So without the finished work of the cross, without saving grace, without redemption through the blood, we will be left empty and confused and Christmas will once again start with great expectations but finish in despair because we will still be dead in our trespasses and sins.
 
Does God Have a Christmas Tree?  Third week of Advent, December 10, 2017
 
So from passages, both new and Old Testament, it is not that much of a stretch to say this morning, but yes, Jesus has His very own Christmas tree. It is no ordinary tree. This tree is the qualifier for mankind’s salvation in and through the person and work of his son Jesus by His sacrificial death on the tree, the old rugged Cross. We have salvation, the remission of sin and guilt, we are saved. That’s where the trees radically differ, Christ’s from ours. Rather under Christ’s tree the imperishable gifts of infinite value and worth, there which are purchased by the death of God’s son again, on the tree, on the cross. Can you see where I’m going with this and how it fits the Christmas scene today? And as we think about God’s spiritual Christmas tree we find that it’s an atonement tree. With all life giving gifts, and with that stated several wonderful passages immediately come to mind as we make that analogy. First John 10:10 Jesus said “I’ve come to give you life and that life, abundant and full” some translations say to the max. Or John 4:10 Jesus answered and said to her, that was the woman at the well, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is who says to you ‘give me a drink of water’ you would have asked him and He would have given you living water.” Again the implication here is that of life offered us through Christ’s gifts from His atoning tree. Again Revelation 21:6 echoes that reality when it states “ And He said to me ‘it is done, I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, I will give… (Gift mentality here again) of the fountain of life freely to him who thirsts.” So as we thirst after God He gives us the gift of life through His son. We receive gift of life from God’s everlasting divine tree. It’s a gift of salvation and eternal life. He invites us to come and just take freely, receive freely from it, that’s the tree of life, that’s the true Christmas tree, if you will. Scripture stresses that by its salvation its offered, by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, not by religious or moral works which you or I have done, only by what Christ accomplished on our behalf again on the tree. Amazing, amazing stuff but we can’t see anything in Christmas without it. Because it is eternal God has a redemption tree, and it’s filled with gifts. And it’s emphasized over and over again in scripture like Ephesians 2 verse eight tells us “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” to anyone who believes. So according to this verse by the works of God’s amazing grace salvation is a free gift because of gods amazing tree. Scripture makes clear in bold statements and many references salvation is a gift from God without cost but God’s ultimate Christmas tree or salvation tree it’s free to you me!
 
God Sized Wonder.  Fourth Week of Advent, December 17, 2017
 
In Luke Chapter 2 we read the Birth story once again.  The scripture tells us that God himself came to us on earth in person.  Not a spirit, not just an idea or a trend, but the actual Emmanuel, God with us, coming in the flesh and living with us to teach and to save. We see these incredible truths: First Emmanuel: It is this God that came and that very fact as encountered in the scriptures, not only in the Christmas story but throughout the Bible, should evoke in you and me the wonder of all the glory that we’ll ever need to celebrate, not only Christmas, but to have joy unspeakable, full of glory every day of our lives.
The second amazing truth is that God became man.  Now, God made many appearances to man in the Bible, but up until this point God never came as one of us, as Luke 1:31 states: “You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.”   The angel made it very clear that Mary would give birth in the natural human way to a human baby.  Fully God.  Fully human.  He was sinless although tempted just as we were, but remained pure.  He fulfilled the scriptures by going to the cross for our salvation.  If you don’t know Jesus Christ as saviour and Lord, if you haven’t believed in Him and accepted what He did for us on the cross, then you are still there, bowed at the manger scene, looking at the animals, looking at the little baby…. hoping the stars come out…..  We need salvation.  That’s why Jesus came.  That’s why we have Christmas.  This was GOD Himself, come down to earth to be born.  To save.



Verse of the Day

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” — Jeremiah 29:11-13 Listen to chapter Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica. Powered by BibleGateway.com.