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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

September 2, 2018

The Tree of Life

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: Trees Passage: Genesis 2:8–2:17, Ezekiel 47:1–47:12, Revelation 21:1–21:5, Revelation 22:1–22:6

August 26, 2018

Lord’s Supper and Self-Examination

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: The Belgic Confession Topic: Lord's Supper, Creeds and Confessions Passage: 1 Corinthians 11:17–11:34

August 26, 2018

Under the Broom Tree

Pastor: John Medendorp Series: Trees Topic: Providence Passage: 1 Kings 19:1–19:9

August 19, 2018

Spiritual Bread for Spiritual Life

Pastor: Betsy DeVries Series: The Belgic Confession Topic: Lord's Supper, Creeds and Confessions Passage: John 6:25–6:40, John 6:53–6:59

August 19, 2018

Burning the Forest

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: Trees Passage: James 3:1–3:12

August 12, 2018

Baptizing Believers and Their Children But Once

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: The Belgic Confession Topic: Creeds and Confessions Passage: Genesis 17:1–17:14, Colossians 2:8–2:15

August 12, 2018

King of the Trees

Pastor: Betsy DeVries Series: Trees Topic: Service Passage: Judges 9:1–9:21

August 5, 2018

Ingrafted Branches

Pastor: John Medendorp Series: Trees Passage: Romans 11:11–11:24

July 30, 2018

Baptism’s Symbolism

Pastor: Betsy DeVries Series: The Belgic Confession Topic: Baptism Passage: Colossians 2:9–2:15

July 29, 2018

Visions of Trees

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: Trees Topic: Prophecy Passage: Ezekiel 17:1–17:24

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