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The ministry of Harvest Bible Chapel is focused on glorifying God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) in the spirit of the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-39). We welcome you to find life in Jesus Christ at Harvest. As a church community we are passionately seeking to know our God in a deeper way, and we invite you to join us in that pursuit!.

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The ministry of Harvest Bible Chapel is focused on glorifying God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) in the spirit of the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-39). We welcome you to find life in Jesus Christ at Harvest. As a church community we are passionately seeking to know our God in a deeper way, and we invite you to join us in that pursuit!.

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Bless The Lord

7/14/2024
We’re going to celebrate all that God did this past week with family-oriented services at 9 and 11 a.m. There will be Harvest Kids provided only for ages 0-3 years old. All other kids are to be in the worship centre with their families. We’ll have some camp worship, a highlight video, a shorter message on Psalm 103 from Jordan and some more big people worship. It’s going to be a great time together on Sunday. Campers and leaders, wear your High Five t-shirts! Please wash them first, though. It’s been a long week! Jordan Coros Message: Bless The Lord Harvest Bible Chapel Text: Psalm 103 July 14, 2024 I will rightly bless the Lord when I… 1. Remember his gracious benefits (v. 1-5) Psalm 25:11 1 John 1:9 God invites sinners to repent and find immediate forgiveness. But while sinners may fast and pray for healing, they aren’t necessarily granted it. The timing for healing is up to God, and sometimes that means healing is delayed until the life to come. Michael Wilcock Colossians 1:13-14 Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself? Martyn Lloyd Jones, Spiritual Depression 2. Rejoice in the glory of his character (v. 6-19) This matchless sovereignty is the pledge of our security, the pillar upon which our confidence may safely lean. Charles Spurgeon 3. Respond in wholehearted praise (v. 20-22)

Duration:00:35:10

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New cloth on old coat, new wine in old wineskins

7/7/2024
Throughout history there have been significant events that have truly defined a generation—the world wars, moon landing, civil rights movement, the end of the Cold War, 9/11, the tech revolution and the global pandemic more recently. But nothing has truly changed the world like the coming of Jesus Christ. Whether people know it and believe it or not, Jesus’ coming truly changes everything, for everyone. In our passage this weekend Jesus challenges the preconceived notions of those who came to confront him on the issue of fasting, or lack thereof. In it we see him explode the little boxes that they tried to put him in, declaring powerfully that his message and ministry are unique and truly unlike anything else. This has massive implications for us as we consider our lives today and what we, like those who challenged Jesus, might be holding onto to our own detriment. Jesus has brought about his new way to bring joy, purpose and peace…will you fully surrender to him and the good thing he wants to do in your life? It’s been a great start to our summer preaching series. So grateful to Julian and Pastor Nathan for their faithful proclamation of the Word! For those who are interested, here’s where we’re headed for the rest of the series: Series: Simple Stories: How the parables of Jesus change everything Jordan Coros Message: 3 - New cloth on old coat, new wine in old wineskins Harvest Bible Chapel Text: Matthew 9:14-17 July 7, 2024 Jesus’ coming changes everything, so I can… ...live with joy now and forevermore. (v. 14-15) Matthew 28:19–20 2 Corinthians 6:10 What the world needs from the church – from us – is our indomitable joy in Jesus in the midst of suffering and sorrow. John Piper ...leave behind my old loyalties. (v. 16-17a) Matthew 5:17 Why do Christians fast? https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/why-do-christians-fast Fasting for beginners https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/fasting-for-beginners ...cling to him to preserve me. (v. 17b) Remember, sinner, it is not thy hold of Christ that saves thee – it is Christ; it is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee – It is Christ; it is not even thy faith in Christ, though that is the instrument – it is Christ’s blood and merits. Charles Spurgeon

Duration:00:45:28

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The prodigal son

6/30/2024
Join us this week as we continue our summer series, Simple Stories: How the Parables of Jesus change everything, as we look at the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32. This is one of the most well-known parables of Jesus within the church, but also in our culture at large. We often see the major themes reflected in literature, songs and movies; movies such as old classics from Quo Vadis to the Lion King. However, as familiar as people might be with this story, there is a lot more going on than many would realize. As we look into the context and try to put ourselves into the culture of first century Palestine, we gain a better understanding of what Jesus was saying. In this parable, Jesus offers some essential teaching on what it means to be saved, to be lost and found, to be spiritually dead and alive in Christ. While these truths may have hit hard for those who were self-righteous, at the same time they brought hope to repentant sinners who were given a glimpse of the overwhelming love of God. Series: Simple Stories: How the parables of Jesus change everything Nathan Hooper Message: 2 - The prodigal son Harvest Bible Chapel Text: Luke 15:11-32 June 30, 2024 In order for us to be made alive in Christ, we must… … recognize that we are dead in our sin (v. 11-20) If you are aware of your sin, you are aware of it only because you have been visited by amazing grace. Don’t resist that awareness. Silence your inner lawyer and all the self-defending arguments for your righteousness. Quit relieving your guilt by pointing a finger of blame at someone else. And stop telling yourself in the middle of a sermon that you know someone who really needs to hear it. Paul David Tripp – Journey to the Cross … understand that we can do nothing to bring this about (v. 25-30) Recognizing a Pharisee 1. Pharisees know what to say, but do not do what they say. 2. Pharisees practice their faith to be seen by others. 3. Pharisees keep people from Jesus and his grace. 4. Pharisees add their convictions and traditions to the word of God. 5. Pharisees lack love for people in need. 6. Pharisees cover sin instead of confessing and repenting. The Making of a Modern Day Pharisee Marshall Segal, Desiring God Mercy and forgiveness must be free and unmerited to the wrongdoer. If the wrongdoer has to do something to merit it, then it isn't mercy, but forgiveness always comes at a cost to the one granting the forgiveness. Tim Keller, The Prodigal God … humbly receive his grace and be restored by him (v. 21-24, 28, 31-32) Romans 5:8 1 John 4:10 Galatians 2:20

Duration:00:39:13

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The secret of the Kingdom of God

6/23/2024
We love a good story. From the earliest years of our development, we’re captivated by fairy tales and storybooks, and as we grow older, we regularly come back to movies and TV shows that once captured our imagination and interest. The good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ is itself a story, summarized in one of the most well-known verses in all of Scripture, John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” We love hearing stories, telling stories, reading stories, and it’s this love of story that Jesus capitalized on as he taught throughout his earthly ministry in parables. As one author wrote: “The parables are like hand grenades. Jesus took them out and set them before his hearers. Then...he pulled the pin out. Listen carefully because the parable explodes. If you miss the blast of the story, you have missed the power of the parable.” Jesus’ parables open our minds and hearts to hear and receive the profound truths of the kingdom of heaven. Through this series we’ll look at ten of these stories to grow in our walk with Christ. May the Lord explode our hearts and our minds as the simple stories of Jesus change everything for us. This 10-week series will be taught by four different preachers from our staff and membership through the summer with the specific parables chosen through the survey you completed in the spring. Series: Simple Stories: How the parables of Jesus change everything Julian Freeman Message: The secret of the Kingdom of God Harvest Bible Chapel Text: Mark 4:1-20 June 23, 2024 We all remain outsiders to the Kingdom unless God’s grace brings us in. This grace comes to me as I… …come to hear the Word for what it is (v. 1-13) Matthew 13:33 Matthew 13:44 Matthew 13:47-50 Mark 10:42-44 Matthew 21:45-46 …come to Christ with empty hands (v. 14-19) …come to treasure the Word like my life depends on it (v. 20) A Gospel Primer for Christians: Learning to See the Glories of God's Love https://a.co/d/03RbPUZx

Duration:00:48:30

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No little disturbance

6/16/2024
Nothing like a good riot to get people engaged and thinking! That’s what happened in the city of Ephesus when the gospel started to affect not only the worship of the local goddess, Artemis, but also the local artisan industry that was tied to it. Nothing like an economic/religious crisis to provoke people to action. Just another day at the office for the Apostle Paul and his entourage of church planters, evangelists and missionaries. As we look at Acts 19:21-41 on Sunday, we’ll be challenged to see what kind of person we are in light of the people we see in the passage. Are we “resolved in the Spirit,” no matter what, to live for Jesus Christ no matter where that takes us, what that means for us, and how it changes things for us? Series: The Acts of the Apostles Todd Dugard Message: 53 – No little disturbance Harvest Bible Chapel Text: Acts 19:21-41 June 16, 2024 There are four kinds of people in the world... …those who are all about the money (v. 23-31) Acts 17:29 The gospel is always at its most controversial when it comes into conflict with economic interests. John B. Polhill Matthew 6:19–21 Matthew 6:24 …those who have no clue (v. 32-34) …those who live and let live (v. 35-41) …and those who are “resolved in the Spirit” (v. 21-22) Which kind am I?

Duration:00:55:24

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Fear fell upon them all

6/9/2024
Why are we so uncomfortable with the idea that we’re to fear God? Whenever it comes up, we get responses ranging from, “That’s just wrong; God is a God of love not fear” to “When it says ‘fear’ it means ‘awe’ or ‘reverence’” when in fact, the real response to the presence of God by sinful humans, even believing ones, is terror. There’s no escaping that, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31). Not reverence. Not awe. Fear. Bone-rattling terror. We see it when Moses, Isaiah, Paul, and John came somewhat close to God’s presence. “Woe is me!” said Isaiah, “For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Daniel recounted what he saw in his vision of the throne room of God, and no one would deny the frightening nature of the scene (Daniel 7:9-10). In our passage this Sunday, “Fear fell upon” the residents of Ephesus because there were some who were toying with the name of Jesus and with evil spirits. Ultimately, “The name of the Lord Jesus was extolled” and the gospel had its effect and people were converted. As we study Acts 19:11-20 together, we’ll see what is means for us to truly fear God. Series: The Acts of the Apostles Todd Dugard Message: 52 – Fear fell upon them all Harvest Bible Chapel Text: Acts 19:11-20 June 9, 2024 If I truly feared God… …I would perhaps see more miracles (v. 11-12) The miracles wrought by the apostles are never presented as ends in themselves but always as opportunities, assistance to faith and commitment. John B. Polhill …I would not be so flippant with his name (v. 13-14) Exodus 20:7 What does it really mean to take the Lord's name in vain Kevin deYoung https://www.crossway.org/articles/what-does-it-really-mean-to-take-the-lords-name-in-vain/ Matthew 15:8 …I would worship him more intensely (v. 15-17) Fear – a state of severe distress, aroused by intense concern for impending pain, danger, evil. L&N 25.251 It's very important that we learn to fear God in order that we may fear nothing else. Elisabeth Elliot The fear of the Lord is the humble recognition of who God is and the appropriate human response to him. Wendy Widder …I would be done with anything remotely evil in my life (v. 18-19) …I would witness the Word of God’s powerful effect all around me (v. 20) John 5:39 The fear of the LORD is such a reverential awe of God that grips your heart that you're willing to listen to His wisdom, you're willing to submit to His commands, you're willing to surrender your will to His will, and you're willing to rest in the awesome promises of His grace. The fear of the LORD makes you run toward Him, not away from Him and causes you to live in a way you would not live apart from Him. It's the fear of the LORD that caused David to walk into that valley of Elah and to challenge that great warrior, Goliath. It's the fear of the LORD that made Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego unafraid of the threats of Nebuchadnezzar. And, it’s the fear of the LORD that has propelled all of His saints to live as soldiers of light in a darkened world. Paul David Tripp

Duration:00:54:23

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There is a Holy Spirit

6/2/2024
Some Christians are quite into the Holy Spirit. Some Christians act like they don’t even know there is a Holy Spirit. In this week’s message in Acts 19:1-10, we’ll see a small group of believers who had no idea who or what the Holy Spirit was. It provides us with an opportunity to see how we do at recognizing and inviting the Holy Spirit’s presence and work in and through our lives. This message will be a primer on our pneumatology, the study of the Holy Spirit. Series: The Acts of the Apostles Todd Dugard Message: 51 – There is a Holy Spirit Harvest Bible Chapel Text: Acts 19:1-10 June 2, 2024 There is a Holy Spirit who… …indwells me at conversion (v. 1-2) 1 Corinthians 12:13 John 3:5 Romans 6:3–4 …blesses me through baptism (v. 3-5) …empowers me in serving (v. 6-7) As throughout Acts, there is no set pattern. The Spirit came at various times and in various ways. What is consistent is that the Spirit is always a vital part of one’s initial commitment to Christ and a mark of every believer. John B. Polhill Cognitive Scientist Ted Talk https://www.facebook.com/reel/985408979976618 1 Corinthians 12:7 The essence of being baptized with the Holy Spirit is when a person, who is already a believer, receives extraordinary spiritual power for Christ-exalting ministry. John Piper You will be baptized with the Holy Spirit - resource by John Piper https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/you-will-be-baptized-with-the-holy-spirit Holy Spirit chart: https://www.hbc.info/holyspirit …leads me while on mission (v. 8-10)

Duration:00:49:27

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The way of God

5/26/2024
There should be no debate that the way of a Christian is the way of God. We’re not making anything up on our own, instead, it is the Scriptures that lay out the path that every faithful believer will walk with the Holy Spirit’s help. In Acts 18:18-28, the Apostle Paul makes his way back to Antioch, his sending church, to report on his mission. Meanwhile, a man named Apollos enters the scene and ministers in Ephesus. The two episodes provide a picture of what it means to both teach and live out “the way of God.” What we’ll see in the passage is that embracing the way of God changes everything for us. It changes what we worship, how we walk, the work we do, and what we witness to. Those four W’s should be familiar to you if you’ve been around Harvest for any length of time. Series: The Acts of the Apostles Todd Dugard Message: 50 – The way of God Harvest Bible Chapel Text: Acts 18:18-28 May 26, 2024 Embracing the way of God changes everything (v. 18-23)… Deo volente – If God wills …It changes what I worship (v. 24-25a) Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. David Foster Wallace Everyone has to live for something, and if that something is not God, then we are driven by that thing we live for. Timothy Keller Everybody Worships Something - Timothy Keller https://www.monergism.com/everybody-worships-something Romans 12:11 Ephesians 5:1–2 Revelation 2:4 Some of us love what we do for Jesus more than we love Jesus. We love our small groups. We love our ministry. All wonderful stuff, but these have replaced him. Thus, Jesus says, you have LEFT, not lost, your first love because LEFT implies distraction. We’ve become distracted by things that are not him. Not our first love. Now, this is not the sequential or orderly term for “first” (do this, then this, and then this, etc.), it’s the essence-term for “first.” It is that which establishes and judges the priorities in your life. What Jesus says is, you have LEFT your first love. You have chosen to love something more. And the dastardly irony is this: it’s the right stuff that you love more. paraphrased from a sermon by Crawford Loritts …it changes how I walk (v. 25b-26) …it changes the work I do (v. 27) Ephesians 2:8 …it changes what I witness to (v. 28) Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. Henry Thomas Buckle A true disciple of Jesus worships Christ, walks with Christ, works for Christ, and witnesses for Christ.

Duration:00:56:51

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I have many in this city who are my people

5/19/2024
Where do you go in times of discouragement, desperation or spiritual dryness? There are many things that the world would tell us will help us with those things, all of which lead us to deeper despondency and distance us from the only one who can really satisfy. Maybe you’re feeling that discouragement and despair these days, maybe you’re in that place, struggling to find your way through. There’s every indication that this is exactly where the Apostle Paul was as he made his way to Corinth. This second missionary journey that he had been on was rife with challenges; he had been imprisoned in Philippi, chased out of Thessalonica and Berea and mocked in Athens. Despite the way the Lord had been working, he was feeling the effects of the challenge of gospel ministry. As we turn our attention to Acts 18:1-17 this Sunday, we’ll see the Lord encourage Paul in a profound way through all the ups and downs of his time there. We’ll consider how we’re seeing God work in our own lives and the way that should encourage and motivate us to mission, just like it did for Paul. As John Calvin put it many years ago, “No one will calmly and quietly submit to bear the cross except those who have learned to seek their happiness beyond this world.” Series: The Book of Acts Jordan Coros Message 49 - I have many in this city who are my people Harvest Bible Chapel Text: Acts 18:1-17 May 19, 2024 1 Corinthians 2:3 As I work for the kingdom, am I seeing God work in… 1. …the people? (v. 1-5a) Romans 16:3–4 Ministry Partners https://www.harvestbible.ca/ministries/our-ministry-partners/ 2. …the challenges? (v. 5b-6) Mark 16:15 Matthew 5:11 3. …the successes? (v. 7-8) Take myself as an example. I opposed indulgences and all the papists, but never with force. I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. And while I slept, or drank Wittenberg beer with my friends Philipp and Amsdorf, the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that no prince or emperor ever inflicted such losses upon it. I did nothing; the Word did everything. Martin Luther 4. …the promises? (v. 9-11) 1 John 4:18 Romans 8:28 5. …the unexpected? (v. 12-17) To be cast down is often the best thing for us...It is an unspeakable consolation that our Lord Jesus knows this experience. Charles Spurgeon

Duration:00:51:47

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He is not far from each one of us

5/12/2024
Too many people, even Christians, have a mistaken notion that God is distant. It’s “The Big Man in the Sky” idea. Some go so far as to see God as distant and detached. Something that’s know as Deism. But the God of the Bible is anything but. Yes, he is transcendent in the sense that he is “other” than us. Yet he is also immanent; close; personal. In Sunday’s passage, Acts 17:16-34, the Apostle Paul finds himself in Athens in a place called the Aeropagus, meeting with the city’s thinkers and philosophers. He spends considerable time there meeting with them and discussing the gospel of Jesus Christ, and he makes the statement that God is “not far from each one of us.” What a reassuring thing to know! God is close. Even in the depths of our sin and even with the sense that we might have that we are “so far from God,” yet he is right there. We’ll unpack all of that from the passage this Sunday. Series: The Acts of the Apostles Todd Dugard Message: 48 – He is not far from each one of us Harvest Bible Chapel Text: Acts 17:16-34 May 12, 2024 So that people who don’t yet know Jesus would come to see just how close they are to him, I must… …first, show genuine concern for their spiritual state (v. 16-21) Provoked; παροξύνομαι: to be upset at someone or something involving severe emotional concern. In some languages the expression must be rendered idiomatically as ‘his heart was eating him’ or ‘his stomach was hot.’ L&N 88.189 Epicureanism – materialists; what is seen is relevant; no afterlife; not atheistic, but gods are not involved with humanity; “if there’s a god, why so much suffering?”; religious skeptics; value happiness and see it stemming from the absence of pain, suffering; “a good life is a pleasurable life.” Stoicism – believe in divine providence; pantheists; divinity found in all nature, matter; “divine spark” binds everything together; pursue reason, logic; high ethic; believe in self-sufficiency and a universal brotherhood. …then relate the gospel to their specific situation (v. 22-26) The gist of the speech is...thoroughly rooted in Old Testament thought throughout. The main theme is God as Creator and the proper worship of this Creator God. The language often has the ring of Greek philosophy, for Paul was attempting to build what bridges he could to reach the Athenian intellectuals. John B. Polhill …presenting Jesus as the clear alternative (v. 27-28) Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary. Dumb Quote by Someone Romans 10:14–15 …and not equivocating at all on the error of their ways (v. 29-34) The big 3 of the gospel: (1) Everyone must repent; (2) There is a coming judgment; and (3) Jesus’ resurrection from the dead secures our salvation. When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind. C. S. Lewis

Duration:00:52:45

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Good news of peace

5/12/2024
Peace. The absence of strife. Most often, we think of peace in terms of wars and conflicts, of relational discord, or of personal anxiety and stress. How can we be at peace? How can we end the turmoil? It is a worthy pursuit in any of those areas, and without minimizing any of that, we must still acknowledge that the most important peace we can seek after is that which comes when we are reconciled with God. In fact, to first resolve the matter with God brings peace in all other areas of our lives. We know from the Scriptures that Jesus Christ came as the “prince of peace” to break down “the dividing wall of hostility” that separates us from God. A wall built with our sin. A wall that could only be brought down by his shed blood. In Acts 10:36, while preaching to a group of Gentiles, Peter says that God preached “the good news of peace through Jesus Christ,” and it is that good news that offered them and us the forgiveness of our sin and reconciliation with God. We’ll be looking at Acts 10:34-48 as we consider seven gospel realities in that encounter that Peter had in Caesarea. Series: The Book of Acts Message: Good news of peace Pastor Todd Dugard Acts 10:34-48 November 21, 2021 If you don’t yet know Jesus, you need to know the 7 gospel realities. The gospel is… 1) Barrier-free (v. 34-35) 2) Peace-giving (v. 36) 3) Jesus-saturated (v. 37-41) 4) Mission-focused (v. 42) 5) Faith-dependent (v. 43) 6) Spirit-enabled (v. 44-46a) 7) Baptism-declared (v. 46b-48)

Duration:00:47:01

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Examining the Scriptures daily

5/5/2024
The Jews of Berea never imagined that they would become the poster children for diligent study of the Scriptures, and that 2000 years later camps, churches, colleges and more would be named after them for that very reason. As we look at Acts 17:10-15 this Sunday, we’ll be inspired and challenged by these who, “were more noble” and who, “received the word with all eagerness.” Oh God, let that be us too! Read the passage ahead of time and come ready to hear, believe, and act upon the Word of God. Series: The Acts of the Apostles Todd Dugard Message: 47 – Examining the Scriptures daily Harvest Bible Chapel Text: Acts 17:10-15 May 5, 2024 Love for Christ, love for God’s Word, and love for the church. Remove one, the other two will fall in time. All three together, operating in healthy mutual reinforcement, make a supernatural Christian before whom the devil trembles, however ordinary they may appear otherwise. Dane Ortlund How do I receive the Word of God? Open-mindedly? (v. 10-11a) noble — a willingness to learn and evaluate something fairly; to be open-minded. L&N 27.48 Response to the Word: • I hear and believe and act upon • I hear and reject the truth and don’t act upon • I hear and believe but don’t act upon Acts 17:3 The Christian Scriptures: P75 Manuscript: Eagerly? (v. 11b) Diligently? (v. 11c) Prophecies Fulfilled in Jesus and Israel: https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-6-prophecies-fulfilled-jesus-and-israel Luke 24:44–48 The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me...A simple layman armed with Scripture is to be believed above a pope or a cardinal without it. Martin Luther Practical ways to be diligent in the study of the Word: 1 – Get a Bible 2 – Use a pen 3 – Subscribe to a reading plan 4 – Use additional resources harvestbible.ca/resources Transformationally? (v. 12) 2 Timothy 2:15 Bravely? (v. 13-15)

Duration:00:52:02

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Turned the world upside down

4/27/2024
We get excited when the gospel is preached and then we hear of people getting saved, right? The world doesn’t though. We’ll be continuing our series through the book of Acts this Sunday, and in Acts 17 we see a mob of wicked men that was formed with the sole purpose of setting a city in an uproar. They despised seeing the effect of the gospel in people’s lives and saw it as a threat to society. So, they accused the followers of Jesus of having Turned The World Upside Down. The irony is that this world has been upside down since the fall of man when sin entered. The gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to set things right again. Join us as we open the Word and discover what our part can be as we continue to be on mission for the gospel. Series: The Acts of the Apostles Patrice Charade Message: 46 – Turned the world upside down Harvest Bible Chapel Text: Acts 17: 1-9 April 28, 2024 I will make a difference in the world for Christ when I… …proclaim the Saviour confidently (v. 1-3) 2 Corinthians 4:5a John 14: 6 John 3: 17–18 1 Peter 3: 15 It is no longer enough to teach our children Bible stories; they need doctrine and apologetics. William Lane Craig …accept the consequences of the gospel (v. 4-5) 1 Peter 3: 15 1 Thessalonians 1: 8a …remain faithful through disruptions (v. 6-9) Matthew 5: 11 Acts 1: 8

Duration:00:34:35

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Jesus restores the failed and fallen

4/20/2024
We’re excited to have Pastor Kaj Ballantyne from Harvest Church Huntsville to open up God’s Word for us. Kaj has a powerful message to share with us from John 21 as we consider the work Jesus has done and is doing for us. Here’s what he has to say about it: Peter had failed. Not a small failure, but a life-altering choice that would have crushed his heart. And from that point on, each morning for the rest of his life, Peter would wake from his sleep to the sound of a rooster crowing -- a reminder of that failure. And yet when we see Peter in the book of Acts, or read his letters of I & II Peter, we see a Peter who knew he was loved and no longer derailed by the failure, but instead would give his life to the mission of the gospel. How did Peter come to believe this grace-filled truth that his failure wasn’t final? Jesus did a deep work that completely transformed Peter's life. When we find ourselves neck-deep in the mire of our sinful choices, is there any hope? What do we do? More importantly, what does Jesus do? Kaj Ballantyne Message: Jesus restores the failed and fallen Harvest Bible Chapel Text: John 21:1-19 April 21, 2024 1. Jesus pursues me when I wander (v. 1-4) 2. Jesus reminds me of what I’ve forgotten (v. 5-14) 3. Jesus forgives me when I fail (v. 15-17) 4. Jesus calls me to follow him (v. 18-19)

Duration:00:47:15

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What must I do to be saved?

4/13/2024
After a brief hiatus for the recent Easter series, we’re back to the Book of Acts from now till mid-June. Our plan is to be done to the end of chapter 19 on June 16 before we head into the summer and our parables series. As we come to Acts 16:25-40 this Sunday, we pick up the story of Paul and Silas’ arrest and imprisonment in Philippi. That one night of incarceration led to the salvation of many and the establishing of a church in that Macedonian city. The jailer, who came to faith in Christ that night, asked, “What must I do to be saved?” and we’ll look at the passage to ask ourselves, “What must I do to see others saved?” That, after all, is our mission as believers. Series: The Acts of the Apostles (Chapters 11-16) Todd Dugard Message: 45 – What must I do to be saved? Harvest Bible Chapel Text: Acts 16:25-40 April 14, 2024 When my heart is for those who don’t yet know the Lord… …I have Christ at the centre of my life (v. 25-30) Acts 5:41 Psalm 51:17 Though freed, Paul and Silas did not attempt to escape. The miracle served not to deliver them but to deliver the jailer. John H. Polhill Meism... Sees human effort contributing to salvation. Sees the blessing of God selfishly. Interprets conflict in my favour. Gives personal sin a pass. …I know how to share the gospel (v. 31-32) 5 Gospel Words God Sin Substitution Believe Life https://harvestbible.ca/5-gospel-words/ Faith and works should travel side by side, step answering to step, like the legs of men walking. First faith, and then works; and then faith again, and then works again—until they can scarcely distinguish which is the one and which is the other. William Booth …I long to see people respond in faith (v. 33-40)

Duration:00:49:12

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Is Jesus’ offer desirable?

4/6/2024
Over the past two Sundays (and Good Friday) we have been working through the teaching series, “Is Easter Unbelievable?” based on the book of the same name by Rebecca McLaughlin. This apologetics-oriented series has challenged us to consider the evidence for the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the final message this Sunday, we’ll hear an impassioned appeal from the Scriptures to take Jesus up on his offer to provide hope for this life and the next by believing the good news that Jesus brought to the world. Series: Is Easter Unbelievable? Todd Dugard Message: 4 – Is Jesus’ offer desirable? Harvest Bible Chapel Text: Various Scriptures April 7, 2024 If you’re offered something that sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Matthew 11:28–30 Jesus is making you an offer… …of hope beyond this life (Ecclesiastes 3:11; Revelation 21:1–5a) sensus divintus John Calvin Ecclesiastes 3:11b There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each man which cannot be satisfied by any created thing but only by God the Creator, made know through Jesus Christ. Blaise Pascal …of peace in this life (John 11:3, 21–26; John 14:2–9) He’s claiming that relationship with him is what it means to be alive. If we are joined to him, not even death can kill us. Rebecca McLaughlin Philippians 1:21 God has a wonderful plan for your life: to crucify, to bury, and to resurrect you with Christ so that you have life in him. What could possibly be better than that? Chad Bird John 10:10b John 11:43 Christianity is not the removal of suffering, but the addition of grace to endure suffering triumphantly. Thomas Watson Philippians 4:7a …and of joy at seeing death defeated forever (1 Corinthians 15:26) Τετέλεσται It is finished. John 19:30 …so, will you choose life or death? (Luke 23:42–43; Matthew 7:13–14; 1 Corinthians 2:9) Jesus’ offer is offensively exclusive. He doesn’t say that he’s one way to God; he says he is the only way by which humans can be right with God. But Jesus’ claim is also utterly inclusive because he says that anyone who trusts in him can have eternal life. Rebecca McLaughlin There’s only everlasting life with Jesus or eternal, soul-destroying, hope-extinguishing death. Rebecca McLaughlin FOR FURTHER STUDY: Making Sense of God: Finding God in the Modern World Timothy Keller https://a.co/d/cjUdb1I Handbook of Christian Apologetics: Hundreds of Answers to Crucial Questions Peter Kreeft, Ronald K. Tacelli https://a.co/d/aXgRGH9 Confronting Jesus: 9 Encounters with the Hero of the Gospels Rebecca McLaughlin https://a.co/d/4jl9z8u Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World's Largest Religion Rebecca McLaughlin https://a.co/d/fjbZ2GG The Case For Christ Lee Strobel https://a.co/d/1gkkbB3 The Case For Christ Movie Available to rent from Apple TV I Believe in the Death of Julius Caesar and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ Steve Batemand (article) https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/resurrection-jesus-christ/

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Is Jesus’ resurrection credible?

3/30/2024
SERMON NOTES Series: Is Easter Unbelievable? Todd Dugard Message: 3 - Is Jesus' resurrection credible? Text: Various Scriptures Harvest Bible Chapel March 31, 2024 Luke 24:5b–6a Science cannot disprove the resurrection because miracles aren’t something that science is equipped to address. Rebecca McLaughlin Natural science describes the normal reproducible working of the world of nature. Miracles like the resurrection are inherently abnormal. Ian Hutchinson The common assumption that science offers us an alternate hypothesis to faith in God is quite misleading. Rebecca McLaughlin You can confidently believe that Jesus was resurrected from the dead because of… …how that message spread (Acts 1:8) Christus, the founder of the name, had undergone the death penalty in the reign of Tiberius, by sentence of the procurator Pontius Pilatus, and the pernicious superstition was checked for a moment only to break out once more, not merely in Judea, the home of the disease, but in [Rome] itself, where all things horrible or shameful in the world collect and become fashionable. Tacitus The extraordinary spread of Christianity, both numerically and geographically, doesn’t prove that Jesus really rose again. But how can a man born into a subjugated ethnic group in an obscure Roman province who lived poor, died young, who never wrote a book, raised an army, or sat on a throne—has come to be the most impactful human in all human history does require some kind of explanation. Rebecca McLaughlin …what that message said (1 Corinthians 15:14) 1 Corinthians 15:19 …what the Romans did (John 19:31-34) …what the women saw (Luke 24:10-11; John 20:2, 15-16, 18) Women were thought by educated men to be gullible in religious matters and especially prone to superstitious fantasy and excessive religious practices. Richard Bauckham After death [Jesus] rose again and showed the marks of his punishment and how his hands had been pierced. But who saw this? A hysterical female, as you say, and perhaps some other one of those who were deluded by the same sorcery. Celsus The historical evidence for the resurrection is as good as for almost any event of ancient history. Ian Hutchinson Acts 17: 28 FOR FURTHER STUDY: Making Sense of God: Finding God in the Modern World Timothy Keller https://a.co/d/cjUdb1I Handbook of Christian Apologetics: Hundreds of Answers to Crucial Questions Peter Kreeft, Ronald K. Tacelli https://a.co/d/aXgRGH9 Confronting Jesus: 9 Encounters with the Hero of the Gospels Rebecca McLaughlin https://a.co/d/4jl9z8u Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World's Largest Religion Rebecca McLaughlin https://a.co/d/fjbZ2GG The Case For Christ Lee Strobel https://a.co/d/1gkkbB3 The Case For Christ Movie Available to rent from Apple TV I Believe in the Death of Julius Caesar and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ Steve Bateman (article) https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/resurrection-jesus-christ/

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Is Jesus’ Death Ethical?

3/29/2024
Join us in person at 7 George Street or on the livestream at 9 and 11 a.m. as we reflect on the crucifixion of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Pastor Patrice Charade will continue our special series “Is Easter Unbelievable?” with a look at the question of Jesus’ death. Was it ethical? This will be a quieter, contemplative time of worship meant to help you enter into the spectre of the sacrificial death of Christ. We will also be observing the Lord’s Table as part of our time together. If you are taking in the service on the livestream, have bread or cracker and wine or juice ready. Series: Is Easter Unbelievable? Message: 2 - Is Jesus' death ethical? Patrice Charade Text: Various Scriptures Harvest Bible Chapel March 29, 2024 Know the Jesus, who died… …a heroic death (Mark 10:45, Phil. 2:8) …stepping into my mess (Psalm 53:3b, Rom. 3:23, 1 John 1:8a) …to save me from my sin (Rom. 3:23-24, John 3:16-17, John 3:36) …showing me his incredible love (John 15:13, 1 John 4:9, Rom. 5:6-8) FOR FURTHER STUDY: Making Sense of God: Finding God in the Modern World Timothy Keller https://a.co/d/cjUdb1I Handbook of Christian Apologetics: Hundreds of Answers to Crucial Questions Peter Kreeft, Ronald K. Tacelli https://a.co/d/aXgRGH9 Confronting Jesus: 9 Encounters with the Hero of the Gospels Rebecca McLaughlin https://a.co/d/4jl9z8u Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World's Largest Religion Rebecca McLaughlin https://a.co/d/fjbZ2GG The Case For Christ Lee Strobel https://a.co/d/1gkkbB3 The Case For Christ Movie Available to rent from Apple TV I Believe in the Death of Julius Caesar and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ Steve Batemand (article) https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/resurrection-jesus-christ/

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Is Jesus’ life historical?

3/24/2024
It is an “outrageous claim that, almost two millennia ago, a man who had died an unbelievably horrible death came back to unbelievably wonderful life—and offers to include us in this life, if we will trust in him.” Christians believe that very account of Jesus Christ, and Easter celebrates it. There are many, though, who do not trust him, finding the claim to be too outrageous. Too unbelievable. And that is the question we want to explore and answer this Easter season. Using Rebecca McLaughlin’s short book as our guide, we’ll explore four key questions that are most frequently asked concerning Jesus, his death and resurrection. All of which leads to the critical question of personal faith. We’ll be giving away free copies of the book throughout the series. Invite friends and family to join you in person or online for this impactful series. Series: Is Easter Unbelievable? Todd Dugard Message: 1 – Is Jesus’ life historical? Harvest Bible Chapel Text: Various Scriptures March 24, 2024 Galatians 1:8 1 Timothy 2:5 [This study will] look at the outrageous claim that, almost two millennia ago, a man who had died an unbelievably horrible death came back to unbelievably wonderful life and offers to include us in this life, if we will trust in him. Rebecca McLaughlin Consider the Jesus who lived… …I know his story (Mark 10:45; Luke 24:46-47) People said that his words alone could stop storms, heal the sick, and even raise the dead. He claimed that he was indeed God’s Son and that he was the much-anticipated Christ. Rebecca McLaughlin …I hear the evidence (Matthew 8:26; Mark 8:33; Mark 14:26-31, 66-72) The reality is that whatever else you may think about Jesus, he certainly did exist...and this view is held by virtually every expert on the planet. Bart Ehrman [The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are] the oldest and best sources we have for knowing about the life of Jesus [and that this is] the view of all serious historians of antiquity of every kind, from committed evangelical Christians to hardcore atheists. Bart Ehrman …I acknowledge the sources (John 21:25) …I need his message (John 6:68) John 6:53-56 John 6:60 John 20:3 FOR FURTHER STUDY: Making Sense of God: Finding God in the Modern World Timothy Keller https://a.co/d/cjUdb1I Handbook of Christian Apologetics: Hundreds of Answers to Crucial Questions Peter Kreeft, Ronald K. Tacelli https://a.co/d/aXgRGH9 Confronting Jesus: 9 Encounters with the Hero of the Gospels Rebecca McLaughlin https://a.co/d/4jl9z8u Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World's Largest Religion Rebecca McLaughlin https://a.co/d/fjbZ2GG

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Greatly Annoyed

3/17/2024
It is quite alright for Christians to be appropriately annoyed. That is to say, annoyed over the right things in the right way. Motive matters. Method matters. In Acts 16:16-24, the Apostle Paul is “greatly annoyed” by a demon-possessed girl who was being exploited by her handlers. He’s annoyed by the demon. By the men who are abusing this young girl. He’s annoyed by what’s being said. And he’s annoyed by the distraction it all is to the message he’s preaching and the ministry he’s trying to have. So, he solves the problem but not without consequences. The narrative provides another opportunity for each of us to consider our own motives and methods when it comes to the mission and ministry that Jesus has entrusted to us. Series: The Acts of the Apostles (Chapters 11-16) Todd Dugard Message: 44 – Greatly Annoyed Harvest Bible Chapel Text: Acts 16:16-24 March 17, 2024 When I’m on mission for Jesus… The strategy: simple (v. 16a) Harvest exists to glorify God by making more and better disciples of Jesus who love God and love people. The message: clear (v. 16b-17) Luke 23:40–41 Acts 4:11–12 James 2:19 1 John 2:3–6 The power: God’s (v. 18) The expectations: managed (v. 19-22) The cost: paid (v. 23-24)

Duration:00:55:57