Of the Reading of Big Books There is No Hope…Or is There?

At the end of the book of Ecclesiastes we find these words:

The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are given by one Shepherd. My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh. read more

Increase Conference 2018

 

On January 27th, Hespeler Baptist Church is excited about hosting a brand new conference for young adults. read more

Leviticus: Four Reasons and Resources as You Read

This past Sunday we began our second season of the Gospel Project. read more

Inheritance of Tears: Four Reasons to be Grateful for a Book About Miscarriage

“Our baby’s life had slipped from my body, and the grief was overwhelming.”

 

That is a sentence from the opening pages of Jessalyn Hutto’s book Inheritance of Tears: Trusting the Lord of Life When Death Visits the Womb. Beginning courageously with her personal story, she continues with the gentleness of a sufferer and the powerful hope of the gospel to provide a needed resource for those weeping from miscarriage, and for those of us who should weep with them. There are four particular reasons for why I believe we should be grateful for this book about miscarriage. read more

Preventing Pointless Participation: Getting the Most Out of Your Small Group

 

Last year I read a book put out by Harvest Bible Church on small group ministry[1]. One of the things that I appreciated most about this book was the last two pages; they are invaluable to the health of a small group!

The last two pages contain a small group contract. Everyone who participates in the small group ministry at Harvest has to sign this contract.

I appreciate the list of commitments that these pages contain because they make it clear that being part of a small group is pointless if certain priorities aren’t maintained.

A small group leader can prepare the best bible study, prayer time, fellowship experience, and plate of snacks; yet, without the participation of the group, meeting together is pointless. The success and health of a small group is the responsibility of the small group, not just the small group leader.

Would you like your small group to go deeper? Are you frustrated with the superficial relationships that your small group seems to promote? Do you feel like your small group isn’t adding anything beneficial to your life?

I would like to encourage you to read through this list and consider your level of commitment to your small group. Where can you improve? How can you be a better participant? Are you contributing to a non-committal culture in your group? How are you contributing to the overall feel? I am certain that an adherence to these principles will prevent pointless participation in your small group.

 

Here’s the contract..

1/ I will make my small group meetings a priority, and if I’m unable to attend or running late, I will call ahead.

2/ I will come to my small group meeting prepared and ready to participate.

3/ I will commit to my small group to focus on application of God’s Word in my life.

4/ I will maintain confidentiality of the personal information that is shared within my small group. I understand my small group leader may communicate appropriate information to those in leadership as necessary, and I trust his or her discernment in this.

5/ I will be accountable to my small group concerning my personal and spiritual goals.

6/ I will commit to a small group that is open to new members, and as it grows, we will seek to multiply to further God’s work.

7/ I will encourage other members to cultivate a daily quiet time with God.

8/ I will pursue opportunities to share what God has done in our lives with those who do not know Jesus Christ.

9/ I will pray and support the leadership at Hespeler Baptist Church to continue to seek God’s direction for our small group ministry.

 

Together, let’s pursue Life Group health at HBC! Let’s commit to praying for, and participating in, healthy small groups!

If you are interested in being a part of a small group please contact Pastor Caleb. caleb@hespelerbaptist.ca

[1] Uncommon Community, Harvest Bible Chapel, 100-101.

Wanna Know What Exodus is About?

As we are in the last four weeks of our study in Exodus, I thought it would be appropriate to post a rough outline of the material we will have covered, in Exodus, by June 4th. Below are chapter summaries for each of the sections that we have covered since the beginning of April.

Join us for the lesson on the first half of the ten commandments, this Sunday! We’ve reached Sinai!

Genesis 50 – The Hebrews are outside the Promise Land and Joseph is dead. How is the promise to Abraham going to be realized?

Exodus 1 – There arose a new king in Egypt who did not know Joseph. Pharaoh was fearful of the power of the Hebrews because they had greatly multiplied; so, he made them slaves.

Exodus 2 – Moses upbringing in the courts of Pharaoh. Moses flees Egypt.

Exodus 3 – The Burning Bush. God hears, God sees, and God knows the pain of the Hebrews. God responds via the burning bush.

Exodus 4 – Moses is skittish. Moses: “God, how can you use me? I am only a shepherd? I am a stutterer! Surely you can find someone better.”

Exodus 5 – God challenges Pharaoh through Moses.

Exodus 6 – God establishes that HE will defeat Pharaoh, for the glory of His own Name!

Exodus 7 – 11 The Ten Plagues. The plagues were a threefold assault on the Egyptians. They were an assault on Pharaoh (who Egypt saw as the god of order). They were an assault on Egyptian order (they serve as a de-creation narrative). They were an assault on the false gods of Egypt (each plague targeted a different Egyptian god).

Exodus 12 – The institution of the Passover. The Passover would help the Hebrews remember the saving hand of God.

Exodus 13 – 14 The Deliverance of God through the crossing of the Red Sea – God wipes out the angry Egyptians. God guides His people through the waters/wilderness.

Exodus 15:1-21 – A song of praise for all that God has done in delivering the Hebrews out of slavery. Sung by Moses and the people.

Exodus 15:22 – 17:7 Three incidents of complaining. The people complain about the bitterness of the water at Marah, a lack of food in the wilderness of Sin (no pun intended) and a lack of water at Rephidim.

Exodus 19 – 24 Arrival at Mt. Sinai. God gives His people the law (the ten commandments, etc…).

Exodus 25 – Plans for the tabernacle.

Exodus 32 – The people worship the Golden Calf; God is rightfully angry.

Exodus 39 – 40 The building of the tabernacle; God fills the tabernacle with His presence.

Our last Gospel Project lesson for the summer will be given on June 4th. Our Sunday morning prayer ministry will begin on Sunday, June 11th and run until September. Beginning in September we will begin a new season of the Gospel Project in Leviticus!

Here are two video on the book of Exodus that give a decent summary…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uf-PgW7rqE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0GhR-2kPKI

Exodus: God Delivers

Last Sunday we concluded what was a 13-week journey through the book of Genesis. read more

A Look Through the Library

Last Sunday Pastor Sean, Caleb, and John & Heather Okrafka pulled a bunch of books from our church library and recommended them to the young adults of our church. We wanted to highlight a number of excellent reads that sit on the shelves of our library. Our library boasts an excellent collection of books: theologically sound and thematically robust!

Take a look at the volumes that were recommended and consider stopping by the church library. Here are only 28 books that you might be interested in; the library is filled with many more!

Mere Christianity – CS Lewis

Surprised By Joy – CS Lewis

Sexual Detox: A Guide for Guys Who Are Sick of Porn – Tim Challies

Spurgeon – Arnold Dallimore

John McArthur – Iain Murray

Don’t Waste Your Life – John Piper

Studies in the Sermon on the Mount – Martyn Lloyd-Jones*

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The First Forty Years (Vol 1) – Iain Murray

D. Martyn Lloyd Jones: The Fight of Faith (Vol 2) – Iain Murray

Rescuing the Gospel – Erwin Lutzer

The Cross of Christ – John Stott

The Message of the Old Testament – Mark Dever

What is the Gospel? – Greg Gilbert

Servanthood as Worship: The Privilege of Life in a Local Church – Nate Palmer

A Call to Spiritual Reformation – Don Carson**

Echoes of Eden – Jerram Barrs

Church Membership – Jonathan Leeman

The Gospel at Work – Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert

What is the Mission of the Church – Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert

What is the Meaning of Sex – Denny Burk

The Cost of Discipleship – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Can Man Live Without God – Ravi Zacharias

Respectable Sins – Jerry Bridges

How Now Shall We Live – Charles Colson

Ecclesiastes – Douglas Sean O’Donnell***

The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind – Mark Noll

The Genesis Flood: Biblical Record and Its Scientific Implications – Whitcomb and Morris

Art For God’s Sake – Philip Graham Ryken

*Highly recommended by Pastor Caleb
**Highly recommended by Pastor Sean
***Highly recommended by Heather Okrafka

JC Ryle on Suffering

Over the last two weeks the theme of suffering has surfaced read more

God the Covenant-Maker

If you have been tracking with us for the last few months you will know that January 2017 marked the beginning of our church’s journey through the storyline of Scripture. read more