Posted by donna on April 5, 2017
"Irresistible Grace...Effectual Call"
For centuries, church theologians, both scholarly and novice, have been in a bitter struggle about the moment and manner of conversion. This doctrine of salvation has divided serious students and orthodox believers into two camps.
Arminians, following the teachings of Jacobus Arminius, believe that every person, having been made in the image of God, can apply faith in their life. Arminians know that salvation is the gracious gift of God to people, but each person must apply their faith, as small as it is, to receive and activate the salvation freely offered and made known through the Holy Spirit. In short, faith precedes regeneration. Followers of John Wesley and all the denominations that come from that camp would hold to this belief. This would include our friends in the Salvation Army, as well as many brands of the more charismatic or Pentecostal denominations.
Posted by donna on March 15, 2017
March 10 - 12 was the Canada East Strive Senior High Retreat at Muskoka Woods. Visit the Youth Page for pictures & videos!
Posted by donna on March 1, 2017
When speaking with Nicodemus, Jesus compared the Holy Spirit to the wind, which cannot be seen, but whose effect is evident. Perhaps the clearest evidence of the Person and work of the Holy Spirit is seeing unregenerate people continually coming to Christ and receiving salvation … becoming “born again.”
The Scriptures have one central theme from Genesis to Revelation and that is the redemption, reconciliation and restoration of all things back to God the Father through the work of Christ and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:1-10 captures this theme perfectly. This theme is only made known through the process of revelation.
Posted by donna on February 1, 2017
The Apostle Paul reveals the secret of Holy Spirit renewal in Romans 12:1-12 - “I appeal to you therefore brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (ESV)
Paul took 11 chapters to outline what God’s grace means to us, His children. It is all the work of God for His elect. It is Paul’s manner to begin with doctrine and move to practice, and he does so here. Paul makes it clear that we have a vital role to play in living out this grace, and it is to our spiritual benefit to obey God’s injunctions to us.
Posted by donna on February 1, 2017
We are all shaken by the horrendous news of the attack on a Mosque in Quebec City this past Sunday evening. This senseless crime causes us to mourn with those who mourn. Our hearts go out to the grieving families. There is no justification for this type of unprovoked violence. The killing of innocent people gathering for worship violates all our Christian values and beliefs as to the sacredness of life. Let us pray for these hurting families. Let us also pray for the young man who has allegedly committed this horrible crime, that he would come to a place of repentance.
Posted by donna on January 26, 2017
The AGC Church Planting Love Offering will take place on February 12th and 19th in AGC churches across the country.
Click here to learn more about this important event to support our church planting efforts in Canada.
Posted by donna on January 17, 2017
On Sunday, January 15, 2017, Waterford Bible Church in Waterford, ON joined the AGC family of churches! President Bill Fietje was on hand to welcome the congregation and Associate Pastor Al Sedgwick into AGC membership.
Be in prayer for the newest member of the AGC family, and be sure to send them a note of welcome!
Posted by donna on January 3, 2017
This year, from January 18-25th, believers in Christ around the world will observe the Week of Prayer. The theme for this year is “Christian Unity.” This is also a time when the Protestant Church celebrates the 500th Anniversary of The Reformation. At the heart of The Reformation is the reality of reconciliation to God through faith, apart from works.
As we contemplate this year’s theme, I want to direct our attention to the role the Holy Spirit plays in bringing about unity and reconciliation.
It is obvious that we need to be reconciled to God. Our sin and rebellion caused a depravity in our souls that separates us from God. Our soul must be remade. We must, as Jesus said in the gospel of John, chapter 3, be born again. By faith, we come to God and accept His grace in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit indwells, restores and remakes our souls into His own holiness. This unity with God is the work of the Holy Spirit.
Posted by donna on December 1, 2016
Christmas is my favourite time of year. Ever since early childhood, the anticipation of Christmas has been somewhat overwhelming. The thought of gifts and presents had something to do with the anticipation, but it was much more than that. It was the sounds, sights and smell of the season. It was my keenness to be with extended family. It was Christmas concerts, with the memory of bags of candies being placed in my eager hand as I made my way out the door. It was simply a joyous feeling and it remains that way to this day.
Yet, above all else, it was the story of the birth of Jesus that impacted me the greatest. Even when I wasn’t faithful as a teen, the message of Jesus was truly overwhelming to me. God in the flesh. The incarnation. The walking, talking Jesus. The very image of God and Man without sin. Such a glorious truth.
Posted by donna on November 21, 2016
Just in time for Christmas, Marcia Laycock has published "Christmas: Short Stories that stir the Heart of Christmas". Marcia's husband Spence Laycock is serving as Senior Pastor of Faith Community Church in Blackfalds, AB (AGC).
Click here to preview this book and order it on Amazon, and then head to Marcia's website to learn about her many other books including the fictional works "One Smooth Stone" and "A Tumbled Stone", and devotional books such as "Celebrate this Day" and "Spur of the Moment".
You can also sign up to received Marcia's weekly devotional, "The Spur"