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Journey with Jesus (Lent 2019)

This Lent, we will be focusing on “Spiritual Disciplines” from a particularly Reformed perspective. When we hear the word “spirituality,” we might think of new-age-y exercises like meditation, yoga, or “mindfulness” exercises. When we hear the word “Reformed,” we might think of specific ideas like predestination, divine sovereignty, and amillennialism. It might seem strange to use the words “Reformed” and “Spirituality” together.


The Catholic tradition has a richness of “spiritual disciplines,” which Protestants are discovering anew and for which they are growing in their appreciation. But it’s also important to recognize what “spiritual disciplines” we have been practicing all along, perhaps in different ways which are unique to our historic and theological tradition.


The fact of the matter is that the Reformed tradition of Christianity has a long history of spiritual practices, and whether we’ve grown up in the Reformed tradition or are new to it, there are many biblically-inspired spiritual practices that we can learn from our tradition. Historically, Reformed Christians would probably have preferred the term “piety” over “spirituality,” but at their root the two words point to the same reality. Piety means “concerned with devotion/loyalty/goodness,” and spirituality is the “concern for spiritual (unseen/intangible/religious) things.” At it’s root, spirituality, even in a secular sense, is about soulcare, goodness, devotion to the metaphysical.


For Reformed Christians, the foundation of our spiritual practices is our confession of grace-filled assurance that we belong, body and soul, in life and in death to Jesus Christ, our faithful Saviour. The way this works itself out in our lives is the daily dying to sin and the being resurrected to love and delight in God through Christ; every day of our lives we live deeper into the story of Good Friday and Easter Sunday. And it is a journey. Our spiritual life is never static. We are always changing, growing, deepening our longing for relationship with God. We are on a journey to Jesus. So let’s look at the equipment that our tradition gives us for walking this road well.


Pastor John

April 14, 2019

Worship and Prayer

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: Journey with Jesus (Lent 2019) Passage: Psalm 118:1–118:29

April 7, 2019

Listening to Jesus

Pastor: Amanda Bakale Series: Journey with Jesus (Lent 2019) Passage: Luke 10:38–10:42

March 31, 2019

True Fasting

Pastor: John Medendorp Series: Journey with Jesus (Lent 2019) Passage: Isaiah 58:1–58:12

March 24, 2019

Trees, Grace, and Short Men

Pastor: Amanda Bakale Series: Journey with Jesus (Lent 2019) Topic: Grace Passage: Luke 19:1–19:10

March 17, 2019

Righteousness and the Face of God

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: Journey with Jesus (Lent 2019) Passage: Psalm 11:1–11:7

March 10, 2019

Desiring God

Pastor: John Medendorp Series: Journey with Jesus (Lent 2019) Passage: Matthew 5:8

January 13, 2019

Jesus's Mission through a Meal

Pastor: Andrew Zantingh Series: God's Love, Our Love (Epiphany) Topic: Missions Passage: John 20:19–20:23, Luke 14:15–14:24

January 6, 2019

From Generation to Generation

Pastor: Amanda Bakale Series: Judges Topic: Generations Passage: Judges 2:6–2:23

January 6, 2019

We Love Because He First Loved Us!

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: God's Love, Our Love (Epiphany) Topic: Love, Discipleship Passage: 1 John 4:7–4:21

December 30, 2018

Year-end Blessing

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: Year-End Blessings Passage: Numbers 6:22–6:27

December 30, 2018

Our God of Hope

Pastor: Amanda Bakale Series: Year-End Blessings Topic: Hope Passage: Romans 15:1–15:13

December 25, 2018

The Answer to the Promise

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: Maranatha! (Advent & Christmas sermon series) Topic: Christmas Passage: Isaiah 62:6–62:12, Luke 2:1–2:20

December 23, 2018

The Darkness Will Not Overcome

Pastor: Amanda Bakale Series: Maranatha! (Advent & Christmas sermon series) Topic: Light Passage: Isaiah 9:2–9:7, John 1:1–1:14

December 23, 2018

All Things Made New

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: Maranatha! (Advent & Christmas sermon series) Topic: Restoration Passage: Revelation 21:1–21:27

December 16, 2018

Recorded Tears

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: Maranatha! (Advent & Christmas sermon series) Topic: Comfort Passage: Psalm 56:1–56:13

December 16, 2018

Good Judgment

Pastor: Amanda Bakale Series: Maranatha! (Advent & Christmas sermon series) Topic: Judgement Passage: Revelation 20:11–20:15

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