Advent Four: Jesus

Luke 2:1-7 Introduction What is the difference between the birth of Jesus and the births of other gods and heroes in the ancient world as we read in the myths? The big difference is that Jesus is real and those other figures are just imaginary. The Greek and Roman gods never existed but Jesus actually …

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Advent Three: Mary

Luke 1:26-38 Introduction Can you think of specific people in your life that have been influential in your spiritual development? When I think about those who have helped me grow, I can think of a number of pastors and professors. Of all the people you thought about, how many were teenagers? I would like to …

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How We Worship

John 4:19-24 Introduction Have you ever heard of the worship wars? This is a phrase that is used to describe conflict within churches over styles of worship music. It was more intense a number of decades ago but still exists to a certain extent today. Basically, there were people who felt that the traditional hymns …

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Why We Worship

Psalm 100 Introduction What is it that we are doing here? What do we call this time together? It’s not a Bible study, even though we read the Bible and hopefully learn something from it. It is not fellowship time, although we enjoy being around each other and we are seeking to build community. It …

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No Greater Love

This is a reflection on what how Remembrance Day and how the courage of the men and women who sacrificed in war points us toward the ultimate sacrifice and victory of Jesus on the cross.

What is a Baptist?

Introduction This is Queen Street Baptist Church. Queen Street BAPTIST Church. We belong to the Canadian BAPTISTS of Ontario and Quebec. What in the world is a Baptist? Many people think that Baptists are simply about using a lot of water for baptisms. But it is so much more than that. There was a school …

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Was Jesus Really God?

Hebrews 1:1-4 Introduction It was about two years ago that I applied for the pastoral position at Queen Street Baptist Church. I will confess that it was an interview process different from many others in my experience. Not that previous search committees were unfriendly, but I felt a particular connection with this one. It helped …

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Spiritual Warfare

A sermon based on Ephesians 6:10-20. Introduction I remember back about twenty-five years ago when I was deep into my spiritual journey. I had recently moved from atheism to a generic belief in God. I was then working for some Christians and they were eager to get me to convert to Christianity. They spoke to me …

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Does God Exist?

Hebrews 11:1-6 Introduction Does God exist? There are some outspoken atheists who will loudly proclaim that God does not exist. They purchase advertising space on buses to get their “good news” out that God does not exist. While certain atheists are very vocal about and antagonistic against faith in God, their number is actually quite …

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