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, July 5th, guest speaker Paul Furseth will be teaching from Philippians 1:27-2:4 titled "Threats To Unity". The unity of the congregation in Philippi was in danger of collapsing. There were threats from without and from within. In these instructions, Paul shows churches how to curb and cure themselves of disunity. Are we standing together or apart?
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 as we worship God together!