Calvary Chapel Oakville

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.

“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)

At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child. And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. (Luke 2:1-7)

Do you have a manger scene set up at your house?

I like manger scenes. But they remind of a problem in the church today, my friend Scott calls it manger danger.

Our mangers are in the basement, the attic, or the closet, 11 months out of the year. Then we bring them out sometime in November or early December, as we decorate our house for Christmas.

That’s what some people do with Jesus. They bring Him out only on certain days of the year or seasons of their life, or when they need Him.

But most of the time, he’s in a box, with a couple camels and some wise men, He’s locked away where he has no influence, where he can’t see what’s on your TV, where he can’t hear the way you talk to your family, and where he can’t help you solve any problems.

It’s manger danger.

In reality, though, Jesus is not in a manger.

You see, Mary and Joseph only had him in that manger probably, what, a couple weeks or so?

But eventually, he grew up, he got his own bed, he learned to read, grew out of his little boy clothes, and he became he man.

Eventually, He died on the cross for your sin.

And he stands ready to help you, to heal your brokenness, to forgive your sin.

But he’s a gentleman. He’s not going to force his way out of the Christmas decoration box, breaking all the bulbs and climbing the fake tree to find you. He’s going to wait for you to ask. He’s going to wait for you to invite him.

For you, for me, all it takes is a prayer and a little bit of faith. Ask him today to help you. He loves you.

Set up your manger scene, have a Christ centred Christmas. but come January, as you take down the tree, and put away the decorations, maybe, just maybe you leave the manger scene set up all year. If not in actuality, don’t put the real Jesus away.

Let Him shine through your life, every day.

Have you ever tried to use a dull knife? I do a fair amount of cooking in our home and when I have to cut some vegetables I like a sharp knife. A dull blade makes for harder work. It is inefficient. The minute I sense my blade has dulled, I grab the knife sharpener and put it to work. Quickly, it becomes sharp once again.

Men are like that. We, over time, become dull. (Ladies, no jokes please!) Yet it is true. We can easily lose our cutting edge. King Solomon wrote that one way to cure this is to hang out with other men. Here’s his words, “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” (Proverbs 27:17)

It can be a lonely world. We are more connected then ever; we very literally have the world at our fingertips, and yet we are not connected with other people. Nobody knows us — really knows us.

Truth be told, men, we need each other. Let’s do it. No big agenda. Let’s just get together and hang out and talk about the things of the Lord this coming Monday night, December 5, at 7:30pm at 3330 South Millway, #57, in Mississauga. (Click here for directions.)

See you there!

I count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ. (Philippians 3:8)

Last Saturday, we had our annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Service. My favourite part was not tasting all the AMAZING food, but hearing all the AMAZING stories. God is real and He is moving in our hearts and lives. It was also great to see all who came out.

Some people have had very difficult times this year. Whether it be medical, personal loss, or other challenges, God has been faithful. He loves us so much. He always carries us through the tough times. He is patient to wait for us. We can be angry with Him, or disappointed. Those emotions are ok as long as we take them to Him in prayer. It has been well said that God loves us too much to leave us where we are. It is through community where He so often works.

This coming Sunday, October 16, I will be speaking about “The Excellence of Knowing Jesus.” You can read the passage I’ll be sharing from here: Philippians 3:1-11, or in your own Bible. There’s nothing greater in life than knowing Jesus. As we open His Word, He will be faithful to meet us. He will be glorified as we talk about how wonderful it is to know Him.

This Sunday is significant because it will be the last time that we gather at Film.ca to worship God. Starting October 22, we will be meeting every week at the Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre, 2200 Sawgrass Drive in Oakville. We are also switching the time that we get together. From now on, it’s Saturday night at 6:00pm, instead of Sunday morning.

I am looking forward to this new season in the life of our church. Meeting at Oak Park, I believe, will help us to develop a greater sense of community. We have been praying for the Oak Park neighbourhood and are believing that God has called us there to share the love of Jesus. We would be honoured if you would join us. God has great things in store for you! He wants to use you in His mission to reach the world and make disciples. We want to help you do that!

See you Sunday…..and then Saturday, October 22!

 
For this week's devo, I thought I would answer the question, "What is a preview service?"
 
You may or may not know that Calvary Chapel Oakville is moving to a new meeting location. Our last service at the movie theatre will be Sunday, October 16. 
 
Beginning Saturday, October 22, we will meet at the Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre (OPNC), located at 2200 Sawgrass Drive.
 
Between now and then, we are holding two more "Preview Services", one on Saturday, September 17 and the other on Saturday, October 8. (Complete schedule here.)
 
So just what is a Preview Service? 
 
Simply put, it is an opportunity for anyone in the community to come and see what it is like at Calvary Chapel Oakville. 
 
Psalm 34:8 says, "Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him."
 
Jesus gave us a preview of heaven when he walked this earth and healed the lame, opened the eyes of the blind, walked on water, and raised the dead. God gave the Apostle Paul a preview of heaven which he discusses in 2 Corinthians 12. God gave Abraham a preview of his future as he looked at the stars and the sand (See Genesis 22:17). We want to give the general public a preview of what it is like to simply worship Jesus simply and to simply learn the Bible simply.
 
So if you live anywhere near Oakville, Ontario, please come and spend some time at one of our services. If you don't live in the area, would you please pray for us?
 
Thanks so much! See you soon!
Hi everyone,
I wanted to bring you up to speed on something God is doing.
Last Wednesday, I visited a free community BBQ in a needy part of town. I was invited to check it out by my friend Ron Shantz, who runs Frontline Outreach. I was telling Ron about our event “Church in the Park”, specifically the effectiveness of facepainting: blessing the kids, and building relationships with the parents. Long story short, Ron invited us to do facepainting at the BBQ, but they also need some other help.
So check out the info below, pray about it, and if God leads you to get involved, please let me know by calling or texting 289-795-0365 or replying to this email.
Here’s some areas to serve;
– facepaintinga
– organize soccer game
– hang out and talk to people
– help serve food
They’ll be lots of kids there that you could play with and talk to!
DATE: Wednesday, August 24
TIME; 6:00pm to 7:30-ish (arrive at 5:30 to help with BBQ)
LOCATION: 2250 Golden Briar Trial (just north of Glenashton one block east of Trafalgar)
GOAL: Serve people with the love of Jesus
Again, please let me know if you can come. I need to communicate with the organizers how many volunteers we will have. So give me a shout, or send an email.
About Jesus,
Pat