Calvary Chapel Oakville

Think Like a Lepidoptera

In this video, Pastor Pat takes a look at a passage from the Bible, Romans 12:1-2, that teaches us how we can change. Have you ever wanted to change? Have you ever wondered how to be closer to God? Have you ever wondered how you can not be conformed to this world when we are inundated with so many messages about cultural values that might not be good for us?

The solution, Pat says, is to think like a lepidoptera…

 

What Do You Have

When I was seventeen years old, I drove my 1972 AMC Gremlin across the country to attend university. All of my earthly possessions could fit inside that car. Now, many years later, I would need a big moving truck to move all my stuff.

As we go through life, we accumulate possessions. Some of them are junk, but some are quite special.

If you are a Christian, what you have is more than your possessions – much more!

In this message, we take a look at a passage from the Bible that talks about what God has given us. It’s found in Romans 5:1-11.

I really hope this message encourages you and gets you excited about all that God has given you!

This year as a church we are reading through the New Testament. Read one chapter a day for five days a week. The extra two days you can use for going back over what you read and meditating on it, get caught up if you fell behind, or spend time in extended prayer. We also encourage you to use the S.O.A.P.S. method of Bible reading and marking.

For the week of May 8, here is the reading schedule:

Monday, May 8 – Matthew 23

Tuesday, May 9 – Matthew 24

Wednesday, May 10 – Matthew 25

Thursday, May 11 – Matthew 26

Friday, May 12 – Matthew 27

Download the complete plan here.

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!

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).

 

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!

“…tell how much God has done for you.” (Luke 8:39)

We often call it a “testimony.” It’s defined as “evidence or proof provided by the existence or appearance of something.”

I like to call it a “God Story.” It’s the story of how your life was changed by God. And it is a very powerful tool that God can use in your life to reach someone who is far from God. Every testimony, every God Story, has three parts. Here they are.

  1. What was my life like before I met God?
  2. How did I meet God?
  3. How has my life changed since I met God?

The beauty of a testimony is that it can be shared in as short as thirty seconds or as long as thirty or more minutes. Here’s a sample of a thirty second testimony:

  1. Before I was a Christian, I had no sense of purpose or meaning in my life. I felt like something was missing. I was unfulfilled.
  2. My friend told me about his relationship with Jesus and invited me to church one Sunday. It seemed like everything the pastor said was directly related to my situation. I prayed with my friend afterwards and asked Jesus to be my Saviour and Lord.
  3. Since that time, I have an abiding sense of peace and purpose. I know for sure that when I die I am going to heaven.

Each of us should have a short version of our testimony that we are always ready to share. Be prepared! God can and will use you if you are available. People need to hear your story. Share it.

 

How’s your 2017 going? We are about three weeks in, with less than fifty to go.

One of the things that we are focusing on as a church is reading through the New Testament, one chapter a day. We started in Mark’s gospel, and will be finished with it soon. The message at each weekend service will be taken from the portion that we have read that particular week.

This has been a great thing for my family personally. Since we are all reading the same section of scripture, it prompts much conversation about God’s Word. Sometimes we all sit in the living room with our Bibles, and read the chapter together alternating verses. Other times, Janet or I will read it with one of the kids to help them with their devotions, or just to read God’s Word before bed. There are times where one of us might read it by ourselves in the morning, then read it again with the family in the evening.

I share all that with you to point out that we need to be intentional with reading God’s Word. This is one piece of the puzzle when it comes to discipleship. First and foremost, we are disciples of Jesus. He gave us His Word in order to tell us how to live.

Reading the Bible together as a church, I believe, is going to be a fantastic experience. I even spoke with another pastor in the area who heard me share about this and decided to do it with his flock!

It’s never too late to start! Make 2017 the year that you read through the New Testament.

Here is the link to download the plan.

As a church we are reading the New Testament in 2017. Every weekend service, Pastor Pat’s message will come from the portion that we have read that week. It’s not too late to jump on board. Click here to download or view the reading plan.

 
Here’s the reading assigned for the first few weeks of January.
 

January 1: Mark 1
January 2: Mark 2
January 3: Mark 3
January 4: Mark 4
January 5: Mark 5

 

January 8: Mark 6
January 9: Mark 7
January 10: Mark 8
January 11: Mark 9
January 12: Mark 10

 

January 15: Mark 11
January 16: Mark 12
January 17: Mark 13
January 18: Mark 14
January 19: Mark 15

 

January 22: Mark 16
January 23: Acts 1
January 24: Acts 2
January 25: Acts 3
January 26: Acts 4

 

January 27: Acts 5
January 28: Acts 6
January 29: Acts 7
January 30: Acts 8

 

To get the most out of your daily reading, consider using the SOAPS method of devotions.

Lastly, you can share what you are reading or learning on social media using the hashtag, #NTin2017.

I don’t know what you think of Christianity, or church, or Jesus. I lot of people today hate the church but love Jesus. I get that.

Unfortunately, many so-called Christians speak with loud voices and they don’t say very loving or even helpful things.
No matter who you are or what you think, I wanted to share an idea that I had. 2017 is just around the corner.

Let’s read the New Testament in 2017?

The New Testament is the part of the Bible that begins with the birth of Jesus. It talks about his life and the initial impact of his life, including his coming back in the future.

It would take you about five minutes a day, five days a week, to read the New Testament in a year..

I’m going to be doing it, and I want you to join me. You don’t have to be a Christian, you don’t have to be a church person, you don’t even have to tell anybody you’re doing it.

But when it comes to God and spiritual issues, doesn’t it make sense to go to the source?  When it has to do with Jesus, shouldn’t we read the book that talks about Him?

If you want to do this, I set up a page where you can download the reading plan that I’ll be using. You can also do this plan using the YouVersion Bible apps. I’ll post the links for that. I’m also going to post some helpful hints to get the most out of your reading.

Let me know if you are going to accept this invitation, this challenge to read the NT in 2017. And lets invite others. How many people do you think we could see read the New Testament that have never, ever read any Scripture? Share this with your friends, let them know if you’re going to be doing it.

Five minutes a day, five days a week. You are going to learn a lot about the God that made you and loves you.

Here’s a link to read an article about S.O.A.P.S., which will help you get the most out of your Bible reading.

Here’s the link to download the reading plan in paper form.

Here’s the link to grab it with YouVersion Bible app.