Recap of Forward Kids on Sunday, March 26 2023.
On this week’s episode of the Rewind podcast Pastor Derik fills in for Blair as Pastor Darryl and Pastor Andrew answer questions like: “What’s the difference between feeling ashamed vs. being repentant?” “How can you speak the truth to others without coming off as judgemental?” and “Won’t showing grace to others just cause people to take advantage of us?” Plus Andrew and Darryl share about leaders who have had an impact on them and what is about their leadership that impacted them so deeply. In this chapter, Paul asks the Corinthians, “What do you have that you did not receive?” This question encapsulates Paul’s theology of grace, which holds that everything we have is a gift from God. In order to encourage the Corinthians to live a life shaped by God’s grace, and the sacrifice and surrender the cross calls us to, Paul employs a combination of irony, sarcasm, and tender love to guide them. However, he recognizes that mere teachings are not enough; the Corinthians need an embodied example to follow. As such, he sends them Timothy, a living embodiment of humility and grace, to model for them what it means to live a life in accordance with the gospel.
Recap of Forward Kids on Sunday, March 19 2023.
What’s a little friendly competition among friends? No harm done with a happy attitude and friendly nature. But one place it does not belong is in the hearts of the body of Christ towards others in the body of Christ. In 1 corinthians 3, we see Paul bring to light that the Corinthians have tendency towards quarrelling and jealousy, which are signs of their spiritual immaturity, leading to division and a demonstration that they have not fully understood the core principles of the gospel. This week on the Rewind Podcast, we discuss a grab-bag of these topics, and others, as we once again dive into the questions that you, the listeners, have asked. When and how do we build bridges to our fellow laborers and churches in unity? What are the hills to die on? How do I start serving?
Listen in for answers, and a fun “healthy” competition of our own.
Recap of Forward Kids on Sunday, March 12 2023.
As Paul has previously stated, wisdom is the understanding of the gospel message of Christ’s death and resurrection. Those who are mature in their faith are those who have fully embraced this message. It is only through the guidance of the Holy Spirit that we can come to a true understanding of this wisdom. Logical arguments or persuasion will never be enough to fully convince others to believe the gospel; it is a message that must be revealed to us by the Spirit. In addition to belief in Christ, this wisdom also encompasses the practical implications of that belief and how we should live as a community of believers, following in the footsteps of a crucified Christ. Ultimately, the Holy Spirit grants us the wisdom not only to come to a knowledge of salvation, but also to live as those who have been saved.
Recap of Forward Kids on Sunday, March 05 2023.
2000 years ago, God in the ultimate act of love he ultimate act of love, became a human and lived among us. Born to an unwed peasant mother and raised by her carpenter husband, Jesus lived a perfect life, teaching about the kingdom of God and proclaiming his own divinity. Despite his innocence, he was arrested and sentenced to death by crucifixion at the hands of the religious and political leaders of the time. But Jesus didn’t stay dead. Three days after his burial, he rose again, victorious over sin and death. Now, he sits at the right hand of God, ruling over all things in heaven and preparing to return to earth one day to renew and restore the world and bring judgement upon all people. This may sound unbelievable, but it is the truth, and it is the only message that holds the power to save us from our sins.
Recap of Sunday, February 26 2023
The gospel message may seem foolish or weak to those who hear it, but that’s how God often chooses to build his movement. Rather than seeking out the powerful or influential, he calls the weak, powerless, and foolish to proclaim the good news. In fact, the gospel was just as foolish to the people of Corinth as it may seem to those in Southern Ontario today. But despite its apparent foolishness, the gospel is just as powerful to save now as it was 2000 years ago. And he continues to spread His message and build His movement through unlikely individuals today. If we hope to faithfully proclaim the gospel, we must be willing to embrace this reality and not be discouraged by others’ perceived foolishness of our message.