PRISON. EVER BEEN THERE?
THAT'S WHERE A NUMBER OF NEW TESTAMENT BOOKS WERE WRITTEN. Philippians is one of them. It's personal, newsy, poignant, feisty, pastoral and overflowing with joy & thanksgiving.
Philippians is a window into the heart and mind of one of Christianity's greatest missionaries, theologians and pastors.
What did he write about? ...Getting along with fellow-Christians. Coping with suffering. Responding to those who've lost their way. Living missionally in the midst of a sometimes hostile world are some of the themes.
The Christian community known as Balmoral Bible Chapel finds itself in a time and place not unlike the world Paul found himself in. As a minority religious group in Canada, we often feel marginalized and ignored. Yet, we believe we have been placed here 'for such a time as this'. Like Paul, we too can see evidences of God at work around us. How can we cultivate the kind of Christian community that invites others to join us in knowing and serving God? Who are the mentors among us whose personal example inspires us in following Jesus? Are there competing philosophies threatening to distract us from the true Christian Gospel? These are some of the ideas we'll encounter in the letter called Philippians.
On Sunday, August 2nd, guest speaker Ben Tombs will be teaching from Philippians 3:1-11 titled "The Problem of Misplaced Confidence". There have always been men (and women) and movements who have over-estimated their ability to please God. Here Paul will describe a crisis in his life (conversion), where he withdrew his confidence in himself and instead, learned to trust entirely in Jesus for his right standing with God. Can you relate to that?
Please feel welcome to join us on Sunday at 10:30AM as we worship together with singing (a mix of contemporary & traditional), prayer, expository teaching from the scriptures, and communion, all followed by fellowship over “coffee & sweets”. In addition, on the last Sunday of the month, we also meet from 9-10AM for a service of communion, sharing and hymns. Everyone is welcome to join us as we worship God together!