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Moments come and go easily in our lives. In the Gospels the average time Jesus took in conversation with people was 42 seconds. An encounter with the life-changing presence that was Jesus...in less than a minute.
Baptism is a profound step in the journey of every Jesus follower. It is a public symbol of what Christ has done for us, and of our commitment to pursue Jesus wholeheartedly. In our teaching today, we engage with the significance of baptism, and what it represents of the much larger story of God’s redemption.
Everybody wants to be the hero but few understand the power of being a Heromaker.
Jesus did it, let’s follow.
As we launch into a brand new year, we want to talk about some big changes coming up at Westside. We believe that our call is to do everything we can to make straight paths for people to to be surprised by the grace of Jesus right here at Westside. Take a listen to hear about how we're making big changes to continue to grow as a community grace, generosity, and radical welcome.
This journal year our teaching has been guided by Paul’s letter to the church in Rome. Hopefully it’s been illuminating, provocative, forming, and encouraging. But why was Paul writing to them in the first place? Why did he care? Who was he? How did he end up being a follower of Jesus?
Peace is often thought of as something passive, something that happens around us rather than something we do. Jesus, however, saw peace as something that needed to be made, to be formed, and would require the utmost creativity.
This title’s not a typo but an observation that any real church of Jesus is inevitably made up of people who are different from each other, and in any number of ways. Still, though we are different, together we make up the one body of Christ.
It has been said that the cleverest trick our minds play on us is not giving us blind spots, but convincing us that we don’t have any. Our world of difficult discourse and toxic debate shows that us humans are often really bad at seeing things from someone else’s point of view. And we’re terrible at imagining that we might be wrong. As Noam Chomsky points out, the modern approach to disagreement is often to shriek, rant, and slander.
The Holy Spirit is always there in the Bible. Always. But often just ‘off stage’, creatively working in, through, and with the characters in view. The way of Jesus will always require more creativity than we have alone, so this series, coinciding as it does with Pentecost Sunday, is an invitation for us to turn to the Bible and know the Holy Spirit a little bit better.
Most of us assume that if we change our thinking, we’ll change our behaviour. Most of us, like Paul in Romans 7, are aware that this isn’t really working well for us. So what if the way to beat the bad habits isn’t good thinking, but good habits?
This is a series about that.