In the fall of 2019, our church embarked on a year of seeking to draw closer to God. As part of that, we launched a church-wide study where everyone would study the same book for a period of time. The book is A Contrarian’s Guide to Knowing God, by Larry Osborne.
Pastor Ryan kicked off each week’s study topic with his Sunday sermon, which was keyed to Larry Osborne’s video series on RightNow Media. These are the five sermons.
- Leave the Rules Behind
- You Don’t Need more Faith or Passion
- You Don’t Need Someone Else’s Habits or Gifts
- Don’t Let Tools Become Rules
- Is It a Sin to be Average?
From May 5 to August 25, 2019 (with a break in the month of July), Pastor Ryan Emmons takes us through various themes in the Book of Acts. What did call the early church to do after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, and what is He calling his church to do today? How do we hear and follow the calling of the Holy Spirit in our lives, our church, and our community?
From January 13 to March 31, 2019, Pastor Ryan Emmons explored the Ten Commandments. Are they still relevant today? Why or why not? What did Jesus have to say about them? And how do we live out each commandment in the post-Easter kingdom of God, and in our current community and world?
Pastor Ryan Emmons tells the story behind some favourite Christmas songs, and highlights their spiritual significance.
December 2, 2018 – “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”
December 9, 2018: “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”
December 16, 2018: “O Come, All Ye Faithful”
December 23, 2018: “O Little town of Bethlehem”
December 24, 2018 (Christmas Eve): “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
December 30, 2018: “Joy to the World!”
Pastor Ryan takes us step by step through the passage in Ephesians 6:10-18 and explains what each element of armour is and how we can use it in our daily battle to live for and like Christ.
At the end of the series he gave us an “Armour of God Prayer Guide” to tie it all up. (Download it here)
Pastor Ryan looks at the history of the Baptist denomination and what are the specific beliefs that set Baptists apart. The series ran from April 8 to April 29, 2018. It followed a sermon series on “What We Believe” as Christians.
Pastor Ryan went through basic Christian beliefs common to most denominations and discussed the basis behind them and what they mean for us in the church today. The series went from February 11 to April 1, 2018. The final sermon, Future Expectations, was the Easter sermon.
For the month of December 2017, Pastor Ryan took us through the Advent and Christmas season: the prophets, the shepherds, the angels, the nativity, and the magi.
This sermon series is based on the book of the same name by Bill Hybels.
Just a few steps and a friendly hello may be all it takes to change someone’s life—and their eternity! And the good news is, it has more to do with taking a genuine interest in another person and listening to their story than it does with learning evangelism tactics and techniques
Pastor Ryan preached on this topic for four weeks, from September 10 to October 1, 2017.