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John’s sermon he preached last night at New City is up:
Well, now that life has cooled a little, I thought that it would be good to post about New City Baptist Church’s first service. A lot of people have been asking about it, so blogging is the best way to get it all out (hopefully) to everyone’s satisfaction!
We met this past Sunday evening in the building that we were given the use of in Atrium On Bay (595 Dundas, Suite 302). In total, we had roughly sixty in attendance, most of which consisted of people from our mother church, Grace Fellowship of Toronto. As well we had people show up from other churches, notably Thistletown Baptist. John and I were deeply encouraged by the show of support. In the morning we attended Grace Fellowship and the buzz about New City was electric. People were genuinely excited about the service and couldn’t seem to wait to go.
Worship officially was to start at 5pm, but a lot of people showed up early to help out, so there was good time for fellowship before service which pushed the time back about fifteen minutes. We had rented a portable coffee container from Starbucks (not Timmies!!) and some food and pop. So people hung out while things were getting set up.
Josh and Dave from GFC’s worship band led the music on guitar for us, which was awesome. I led the service and John preached a bang-up sermon from Matthew 16 on Christ building his church and the gates of death not prevailing against it. I must say, it was a very textual, biblical, Christ-centred, gospel-centred, practical and encouraging. It was John’s best sermon I’ve heard so far (audio will hopefully be up soon).
After the service, everyone hung out for quite some time having more coffee. There is a common room in the office space that we rent with cool chairs and tables and a coffee bar. It’s very conducive to fellowship.
All in all, I was very happy with how the service went and praise the Lord for his evident hand throughout it all.
As well, we have our website up (don’t mind the Christmas tree!) – many thanks to our buddy Tim Challies for it, it’s awesome.
UPDATE: Julian just sent me a link in the comments that I thought I’d note here. John’s sermon is up on Sermon Audio: “I Will Build My Church.”
1) Peter J. Williams recently debated Bart D. Ehrman on whether the New Testament is reliable. This is not a formal, moderated debate but more of a radio discussion. It aired in Britain on the UK’s Premier Radio Station. Williams formerly taught at the University of Aberdeen and is currently the Warden of Tyndale House in Cambridge, England. Ehrman is the Princeton educated textual critic who now teaches at the University of North Carolina. Ehrman has become somewhat of a controversial figure recently because he has argued in his books that we cannot know the words of Jesus due to too many variants in New Testament manuscripts. Ehrman has debated Dan Wallace, as well as Williams, and will be shortly debating James White.
2) I was home in Windsor on the weekend and heard a fantastic sermon on the glory of Christ from John 17:1-5 preached by Richard Valade. I highly commend it to you.
3) Princeton Theological Seminary, in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birth, has started a daily reading program through Calvin’s The Institutes of the Christian Religion. I’ve just started it and am trying to get caught up. Although they’re a few weeks into the program, it’s not too late to start. If you’re like me, you’ve never actually read through the Institutes, so this is a great time to do so.
4) The New York Times has a pretty decent article on Mark Driscoll and the Calvinist resurgence: “Who Would Jesus Smack Down?” by Molly Worthen. It’s worth checking out.
I preached my first ever “New Year’s sermon” yesterday at Grace in Essex. I must say, I was quite excited to do it and felt really good about it. The whole morning, both the Lord’s Supper service and the regular one (I preached at the “regular” one) were particularly affective for me. Keith Lozon preached a bang-up message for the Lord’s Supper service reminding us that we are a part of Christ’s flock. It really set the mood for what I felt was a very unifying partaking of the elements. Just looking around at everyone as we took communion together really warmed my heart.
Anyways, enjoy the sermon (if you can!). I preached on 2 Corinthians 5:17 where Paul discusses being a new creation in Christ. The old is indeed gone and by virtue of our union with Christ, we are new creatures. Praise God!
I had the joy of preaching at Grace Baptist Church of Essex yesterday afternoon (after an awesome Christmas meal). I preached on the significance of Jesus’ name(s) in Matthew 1:18-25. Check it out ya’ll.
I am church planting in downtown Toronto with a very good friend of mine, John Bell. Our church is called New City Baptist Church. Today John had the opportunity to preach at Grace Fellowship, our sending church. John preached on the piercing of Jesus’ side. It is now up on SermonAudio.com. Check it out here.
His basic outline is:
Point #1 The Account Is Historical;
Point #2 The Account Fulfills Scripture;
Point #3 The Account Was Written So That You May Believe.
Here is a link to the audio of a sermon that I preached this summer at Richview Baptist Church in Toronto. The sermon is on 2 Corinthians 8:9 and deals with Christ becoming poor for our sake so that we might become rich. Many thanks to Pastor Darryl Dash for allowing me the privilege to preach there!
I was doing a search for Tim Trumper’s article on adoption that he did a few years ago for the Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology and I came across the website for 7th Reformed Church that have a load of his sermons (some of which are on adoption!). Check it out here.
Trumper is very much a part of the redemptive-historical stream of systematic and biblical theology, a la John Murray and Richard Gaffin. These sermons are sure to be a treasure.