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Seeking the Kingdom with Others; Serving the King and Others.

Seeking the Kingdom with Others; Serving the King and Others.
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Seeking the Kingdom with Others; Serving the King and Others.




Too Legit to Quit

Now here's a little story I've got to tell / about three white rappers you know so well (or perhaps don't), and the issues of legitimacy that faced the Beastie Boys in 1989 and MC Hammer in 1990. Were they real hip hop? Or posers and phonies? How do you measure legitimacy anyway? For the Apostle Paul, the question of legitimacy was life or death as he faced trial before Felix, the Roman ruler. Would the Church be validated and legitimized by the worldly powers of the day? And is there an...


A Good Story. And That's a Promise. (Acts 23:11-35)

Are you ready for a dramatic thrill ride of assassination attempts, family reconciliation, and political backroom dealings? Then have we got a story for you! But although we learn smaller lessons from the assassins and the young nephew, it's one tiny verse of Paul that serves as the main course for this Thanksgiving sermon. And that's a promise. By the way, apologies for those of you who can't or won't eat turkey. Chris mentions eating turkey a lot in this sermon. We love you too,...


To Whom Do You Belong? (Acts 22:22-23:10)

"It is not he or she or them or it that you belong to." These lyrics from Bob Dylan encapsulate the heroism of Paul as he defends himself against Romans and Jews alike. We examine the third way of Jesus, where we don't pledge allegiance to flags or denominations or nations or anything else human and fallible. Instead, we are devoted to Christ and His Kingdom, turning outsiders into neighbors through His love and grace. For bonus fun, imagine Chris preaching this sermon with a creaky 1965...


Beyond Mere Tradition (Acts 21:27-22:24a)

We're back in Acts, baby! After a quick twenty dollar summary, we examine how Paul's abuse in Jerusalem can inform us about our own tendency to cling to tradition (at the expense of outsiders around us). May or may not feature talk of NHL MVP Taylor Hall, and an ongoing spat in the Lantz residence regarding Christmas presents.


Fear and Death on a Friday Afternoon

Chris shares a personal experience with fear and death, extending from his childhood to a recent funeral he performed. The central question, What's the Point?, is explored in light of the resurrection. "A sincere thank you to the family who welcomed me into their home, into their grief, and into their lives. May your mourning be turned into joy in light of the hope of resurrection made possible by Jesus." -Chris


Jasper Camp Recap 2018

The mountains are stunning, but they wouldn't be the same without water. In this sermon, Chris recaps the five lessons he taught the 30-some young people who attended Clyde Christian Bible Church's annual Jasper Camp. Each lesson is a journey through the salvation story, with water as the common ingredient. From Genesis to the Gospels, see how water can teach us about Who God is and who we are in His story. (Best if listened to while driving through Jasper National Park, if you can!)


Determination for the Journey (Acts 21:1-16)

This sermon is like a roadtrip. It starts off weird, with talk of cows and goose statues. There are detours into feminist theology. And eventually we arrive at our destination: an examination of what fueled Paul's determination to face suffering and imprisonment in Jerusalem despite the pleas of friends old and new. Buckle up. And try not to think too much about what the farm animals are pondering.


Encouragement (Acts 20:13-38)

Today's passage is a beautiful and emotional portrait of Biblical encouragement. In this sermon, we explore the principles and powerful effects of encouragement on the hearts of followers of Jesus. You may get so encouraged that you find yourself on the floor, sobbing and being kissed by many people. But probably not. PS- please don't call this sermon "nice".


"He's Alive!" (Acts 20:1-12)

There are a surprising number of resurrections in the Bible. As we examine the last of these resurrection stories, the account of Paul healing a young man who plummeted from a window, we will see how God has the power and compassion to bring life back to small, unimportant, broken people. But whatever you do, don't fall asleep during this sermon. It may be fatal, as Eutychus reminds us.


The World's Rage (Acts 19:23-41)

One thing that's hard to understand: sports riots. They represent the worst of the sports world, and demonstrate the ugly core of society. Why does the world rage? And where does the Church fit in the midst of all that tumultuous chaos? In this, the last story of Paul among the Ephesians, we see how Christ offers a new way of living away from rage, as well as the consequences of this new life. BEWARE: there is a lot of sports talk ahead. Buckle up.


Contrasting Powers (Acts 19:8-20)

By contrasting Paul's actions in Acts 19 with Hitler's Nazi Germany, we get a powerful demonstration of the difference between how humans use power and how God uses power. Several remarkable stories come together to show the powerful love of God and the powerful faith of His people. Warning: may make you want to perform magic after taking a nap in a sweaty apron.


The Crucial Ingredient (Acts 18:18-19:7)

Paul has the ingredient in abundance. Apollos just needs to tweak his ingredients slightly. Twelve men in Ephesus are missing the ingredient altogether. In each of these stories we see what all believers need to be proper followers: The Crucial Ingredient. Featuring Barry, the first (and last) contestant on "Bake Mistakes with Pastor Lantz".


Small Decisions, Huge Consequences (Acts 18:9-17)

Sometimes, the smallest events have the most enormous consequences. This was true with the Black Plague, the Titanic, and the death of Rock and Roll stars... not to mention the spread of the Gospel by the Apostle Paul and others. Find out how a seemingly ho-hum trial in Corinth led to enormously beneficial consequences for the Church. And bring your clean underwear.


Adventures in Sin City (Acts 18:1-17)

"Bright light city, gonna set my soul, gonna set my soul on fire." This is Paul's fear as he enters Corinth, the Roman Empire's version of Vegas' Sin City. What light could he shine in such a dark place? Where would he find encouragement in such a corrupt world? And how many goat hides has Chris Lantz touched in his life? Find out right here. Viva Las Corinth indeed.


You Can't Love What You Don't Know (Acts 17:22-34)

Are you in the market for amateur theology, mixed with very, very amateur philosophy?! Then you're in the right place! As we examine Paul's speech to the Greek intellectuals in Acts 17, we examine how we too can reach our non-Christian neighbour through a similar commitment to treading lightly with Scripture and utilizing pagan art to illuminate the truth about God. The key to loving someone is to learn about them first. I left much of the excellent discussion from after the sermon (though...


A Tale of Three Cities (Acts 17)

It's a sermon about cities, and a sermon about seeds, but really it's a sermon about people's reactions to the Good News of Jesus Christ. It's also about trashing the neighbouring town of Barrhead. It's just a joke though, Barrhead. We love you, Barrhead, like Paul loves Thessalonica and Berea. We love you like Athens loves its idols and idle chatter. We love you like Angie loves giggling churchmice.


Fixing Mistakes (Acts 15:36-41)

It's okay to make a mistake... as long as you fix it. Today we see two major leaders in the Church make some mistakes, and we'll see how God will fix the situation to accomplish His will. With a little Beatles, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, geography trivia, and George W. Bush thrown in for good measure.


A Theology of Interruptions: Ricot Leon

Our friend Ricot Leon, a native Haitian currently living in Calgary with his wife Mandy and three children, gives a wonderful message on the necessity of embracing interruptions in life, since God is often found in those interruptions. Amazingly, he chooses a passage from Acts we've been studying lately. For more information on Ricot and Mandy's wonderful mission in Haiti, which our church supports regularly, follow this link:


Released: The Salvation of the Jailer (Acts 16:25-40)

Two men enter a Philippian prison, but it is the jailer who is released from his captivity. Hear the story of the jailer in his own (imagined) words, and find out how it connects to the crucifixion and resurrection of our Living Lord, Jesus Christ. Happy Easter 2018!


Women, Wealth, and Responding to God: Evangelizing Philippi (Acts 16:11-24)

Are you ready to learn from one exceptional woman how to properly respond to salvation? Are you ready to see how wealth can positively and negatively affect our response to God? Are you ready for talk about baptism, Fascists, purple cloth guilds, Jim Carrey's state of salvation, senior citizens in north-central rural Alberta, and Palm Sunday? Then have we got the sermon for you!