ministry objectives || the canon

Our Sunday included our Annual Business Meeting. Last year was a good year from the offering perspective. We are trusting the Lord for about the same this year, which would put us about 70% of the way to being fully self-supporting. For that we are very thankful.

We are also faced with some challenges this year. Our building has settled significantly on one end, the result, we think, of some construction in behind us. The problem is going to cost us some cash to resolve, but we think we have a reasonable handle on it.

Our biggest challenge is evangelism. Our people are committed to new outreach endeavours and to increasing our support for missions. We are delighted in their spirit.

Now for our sermon summaries…

The Objective of Christian Ministry (Rm 1.13) ||

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

|| Notes

Paul’s objective in his ministry plans is to ‘have some fruit among you’. Paul is after spiritual fruit. That is the point of preaching. It is the result of any ministry of the word. It should be the expectation of all ministration of the word — including that of any faithful Christian in their ministry in church and home.

The Canon (1) ||

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

|| Notes

During our Bible study time we began a discussion of the Canon and how it came to be recognized. In this session, we consider some preliminary notions including these questions: if one of Paul’s lost letters were to be found, would we consider it inspired? what about the Lord’s writing in the dust – was it inspired?

~~~

BTW, we now have new software for manipulating our sermon files. Now our sermon files are smaller. Hopefully the quality is not so degraded as to be unbearable. Let us know if you notice a difference.

don_sig