A Growing Church

1. Prayer and Preparation

April 8, 2018 - MCC Sunday Service

2. The Wind of the Spirit

Jeremy talks about the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, and how it might have been understood by the Jewish disciples of Jesus based on the stories and teachings of the Old Testament (their Bible).

3. Staying Small

Jeremy talks about the challenges of growing larger as a church and how the early church faced them. As we grow, we too need to move into homes and smaller groups in order to experience "koinonia"--the sense of partnership and belonging that is so important to a church community.

4. Signs and Wonders

Jeremy talks about the role of miracles and healing in the early church, and discusses whether there is still room for those things to happen in our church, today.

5. Becoming Bold

Boldness was important to the early church, and should be important to churches today. But what does boldness look like in a 21st century Canada? Jeremy shares out of Acts 4.

6. Shepherds of the Flock

Jeremy talks about the changing role of the pastor (or elder) in the life of the church, and shares from his own experience.

7. No Stoning Please

Pastor Richard McQuillin shares about his own experience in ministry, and explores the first tragedy in the life of the church.

8. We Should Not Make It Difficult

Jeremy explores one of the most significant turning points in the history of the church, the Council at Jerusalem in Acts 15. It is at this council that the church chooses the trajectory of flexibility and inclusivity that has allowed it to become a wold-changing force across many cultures and contexts.

9. Becoming Missional Where You Are

Guest speaker Brad Rose (director of Young Life Muskoka) shares from Acts 17 about how to share your faith in a way that connects with people today.

10. God's Call

Jeremy talks about the importance for all of us to find out what God is calling us to do--even if it's as simple as just being who he has called us to be, where we are. Liz Angell then shares her story of responding to God's call to start the Circles program for those in poverty in Muskoka.

11. Responding to the Message

At the heart of a growing church are people who are responding to the message of Jesus with open hearts and changed lives. Jeremy looks at Acts 16 to explore what happens when someone becomes a Christian, along with the outward sign of this change, baptism.

12. Passionate Generosity

An underlying theme in the book of Acts and the story of the early church was the incredible, passionate generosity of everyday people that made it all possible. Jeremy shared about how some of that was inspired by a sense that God was at work, and some of it was rooted in a deeply held value of generosity within Christianity's Jewish roots.