3 Lives Changed by Jesus

As Christians, we just finished celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ this past Easter weekend. Our message at Calvary Chapel came out of John 20 and focused on three encounters that Jesus had in his resurrected body. (The bible documents ten post-resurrection appearances of Jesus!)

Here’s those three appearances:

  1. Mary Magdalene. She went from broken-hearted to full of life and joy.
  2. The Ten Disciples. (Thomas wasn’t with them.) They went from fearful to full of courage as they shared the message of Jesus with the world. (See the book of Acts.)
  3. Thomas. He went from skepticism to proclaiming “My Lord and My God.”

Check out the video of the full message and let me know what you think!

Calvary Chapel Oakville invites you, your family, and friends to remember Jesus’ sacrifice and celebrate His resurrection with us.

 

Jesus in the Passover: A Christian Passover Seder with Alan Gilman

Saturday, April 8th
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Oak Park Neighborhood Centre
2200 Sawgrass Drive, Oakville

No children’s ministry will be provided. This is a family style service.

RSVP at the church or via email required by April 3rd. Space is limited. Please bring a passover friendly dish to share. Please no food containing shellfish, dairy, leaven, or pork for this event.

Good Friday Free Pancake Breakfast & Easter Movie

Friday, April 14th
10 am
Oak Park Neighborhood Centre
2200 Sawgrass Drive, Oakville

No children’s ministry will be provided for this service as this will be a family style service.

Saturday Night Resurrection Service (Oakville)
Music, Prayer, a Message from the Bible, Christian Friendship, Hot Drinks, & Pastries in a Welcoming, Family Friendly, Casual Atmosphere

Saturday, April 15th
6 – 7:30 pm
Oak Park Neighborhood Centre
2200 Sawgrass Drive, Oakville

Children’s ministry provided – infants through children in grade 5.

Sunday Morning Resurrection Service (Toronto)
Joint Service with Calvary Chapel Toronto’s English Ministry – Worship, Prayer, Resurrection Message, & Refreshments.

Sunday, April 16th
10:30 am – Noon
Calvary Chapel Toronto
English Ministry Meeting Room
325 Weston Road, York

Children’s ministry provided – infants through children in grade 5.

When the Lord goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down. (Exodus 12:23)

Ages ago, when the Israelites were slaves in Egypt, God lead them out and gave them freedom. It took the arrival of ten plagues on the Egyptian people and land before Pharoah would concede. The last plague was called the “Death of the Firstborn.” All throughout the land of Egypt, at midnight “there was a great cry…(because) there was not a house where there was not one dead” (Exodus 12:30).

There was one way, however, to spare the lives of the firstborn of the household: apply the blood. Every home which would strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood of the Passover lamb would be spared from Death’s visitation.

It was a picture in the Old Testament of a principle in the New Testament. It was a foreshadowing of the Jesus, the Lamb of God. Jesus was sacrificed for the sin of the world. But that blood, in faith, has to be applied over the doorposts of your life. If it is, your life will be spared.

When John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him, he said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 3:29).

Is Jesus coming toward you? Do you feel like you want to be closer to Him? All you have to do is believe in Him. Read John’s gospel. You can get more information about knowing God on this page.

There are other representations of Jesus envisaged in the Passover, including several elements of the Seder Meal. At Calvary Chapel Oakville, on Saturday, April 8, we will be having a Passover Seder meal together, led by Jewish believer and Bible teacher Alan Gilman.

This will be an unforgettable experience. Please consider joining us. Space is limited so please RSVP by April 3rd. You can do this at the church or via email. Also, please bring a passover friendly dish to share (i.e. no food containing shellfish, dairy, leaven, or pork).

 

This Saturday, March 25, Pastor Pat will be sharing a message called “3 Myths About God.”

We call our time of getting together “Saturday Night Church.” It happens at the Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre, 2200 Sawgrass Drive in Oakville every Saturday evening at 6:00pm.

When it comes to a subject matter as important as eternity, it’s absolutely critical that we have the right information. Where do we get information about God and our relationship to Him? Over the years, wrong ideas get propagated. We base our opinions on our culture, instinct, or logic.

This weekend, we will look at the Bible, specifically the opening chapters of the book of Galatians, as we set out to debunk a few myths about God.

We hope that you will join us! Calvary Chapel Oakville is a community of people who love God, love His Word, and love people! We put together answers to some frequently asked questions here.

VIDEO: 2 Kinds of Christians?

In this message, Pastor Pat shares from Hebrews 5:11-14 about two kinds of Christians. The first is an infant, a babe, someone who has grown very much spiritually speaking. The other kind of Christian is one who is mature, who has learned the word of God and is obeying it. Check out the video and let us know what you think!

“Koinonia” is an ancient Greek word that means community.

It means communion, not the bread and juice kind, but the friendship kind. It means fellowship. It means that we do life together, that we love each other, that we rejoice together and sometimes weep together. It means we have fun together. It means we spend time together. It’s important. It’s community. It’s koinonia.

On April 28-30, the Calvary Chapel family throughout eastern Canada is going to gather in Ottawa for a time of, well, koinonia. It’s not a conference where we only listen to great Bible teaching (which we will), it is a time of getting together and having fun as brothers and sisters in the Lord.

I hope you will make plans to be there.

Just click here to get all the info.

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. (1 John 1:1-3)

3 Keys to Finding God’s Will for Your Life

In this short video, Pat walks us through some important keys that will help us make good decisions, avoid costly mistakes, and live a life that pleases the Lord.

What is Your God-Story?

Hey everyone!

Last week Pastor Paul told us about a message he heard from Pastor Greg Laurie about talking to others about Jesus. Just click on the image above to watch this message.

It ties in to what we are going to be talking about this coming weekend: "What is Your God-Story?"

In Acts 22, we see Paul sharing his God-story. We can do the same. Let's pray that God gives us those opportunities -- and that we take advantage of them!

If there is one question that every Christian has asked, if there is one issue that every believer has thought about it is the issue of “God’s will for my life.”

 
“What is God’s will for my life?”
“Should I go here or should I go there?”
“What does God want me to do?”
Sometimes it has to do with education – what school should I go to?
Sometimes it has to do with work and career – what job should I take?
Sometimes it has to do with ministry – should I quit my job and “go into the ministry”?
Sometimes it has to do with marriage – what person should I marry?

This issue certainly is an important one. How do I make decisions according to God’s will?

Acts 16:6-10 is a very interesting portion of Scripture. It is a passage that has to do with “discerning divine direction”. In these verses God leads one of His children into a certain geographical place, by preventing him from going one way and then giving him a vision of a man asking for help.

The book of Acts is an important book in the Bible because it traces the growth of the church from a small group of 120 Jewish followers of Jesus, meeting in an upper room in Jerusalem, to a very large, perhaps innumerable group of disciples all over Judea, Samaria, and into the western world of what we now call Europe.
The Apostle Paul is the man that God used to take his message throughout the areas of what we know as Turkey, Greece, and into western Europe.
Here in Acts 16 Paul and his companions Silas and Timothy are traversing the land, talking to people about the Messiah, the Saviour Jesus, whom God confirmed through signs, miracles, fulfilled prophecy, and through raising Him from the dead.
As they are spreading the message of the gospel, God re-directs their steps.
They want to go one way, but were “forbidden by the Holy Spirit.”

The try to go another way, but “the Spirit did not permit them.”

Two closed doors that ultimately led to an open door. Sound familiar?
This might be an important topic for you because you are wondering about God’s direction as it pertains to your decisions about your job, education, residence, or an important relationship.

These are huge areas in our lives. They not just impact our future, but the futures of those who love us.

The first thing that is important to realize is that God does have a plan for you.
Take a look at these passages:
““I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”” (Jeremiah 1:5)

“For those whom he foreknew…he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son…” (Romans 8:29)

“You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” (Psalm 139:16)

“Instead, you should say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”” (James 4:15)

Yes, God has a plan for you. Beyond that, there are several things that we can learn in this passage about making good decisions. This coming Saturday, February 18, I will be taking a close look at these verses and uncover these “tools” that you can use as you “learn to discern” God’s will and direction for your life.

Hope to see you there!