AGC News

Discipleship as a Community

Posted by donna on May 6, 2014

"All the believers (disciples) were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had." Acts 4: 32

Though many followed Jesus during his earthly life, we really only know about twelve disciples and their life with Jesus. In the book of Acts a significant change took place. The twelve were known as Apostles because Jesus appointed them as such. (Mark 3:14)  The Apostles were limited to these twelve disciples.  These men, rich in their experiences with Jesus, were the theological school upon which the Church was built.

Jesus - the Model Disciple

Posted by donna on April 10, 2014

Philippians 2: 6 - 7: "Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of man ... He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross"(NASV).

It is common for us to see Jesus as the Master Discipler and He certainly is. Yet, Jesus demonstrates to us what a disciple is by being a disciple Himself ... a disciple of His Father, God.   When we think of salvation through the finished work of Christ on the cross we need to see the place of Christ as a disciple in the plan of atonement.

Russ_Wilson_April_2014.jpgThe Associated Gospel Churches is pleased to announce that Rev. Russ Wilson has been approved as our next Canada West Superintendent!  The Canada West Region voted overwhelmingly in favour of appointing Russ at last weeks' Canada West Conference in Melfort, SK. 

In the excitement of welcoming Russ, we also say a very fond but sad farewell to outgoing Superintendent Jim Houston, who has served so diligently over the last 12 years.  Thank you Jim for your heart to serve, and for the many practical ways you have shown your love for the Lord and His people.

Disciples Must Be Courageous

Posted by donna on March 5, 2014

Joshua 1: 9: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

These familiar words which God spoke to Joshua as he was preparing to enter the Promised Land give us the context for another great characteristic of a true disciple. A disciple must be courageous.

Continuance is a Mark of a Disciple of Christ

Posted by donna on February 4, 2014

Hebrews 10:39: “We are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved."

Last month we explored the topic of a disciple being one who is committed to be like their Master. The goal of the disciple is to be like Christ. These disciples are credible.

Now, we need to address the characteristic that can be called continuance. A true disciple is one that does not "shrink back" as the writer to the Hebrews teaches us in Hebrews 10: 23 “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.”

The Radical Cost of Carrying Your Cross

Posted by donna on January 14, 2014

"If you do not carry your own cross and follow me you cannot be My disciple" Luke 14: 27.

Jesus was obedient to His Father, even to the point of death on a cross.  He taught that a servant is not above His Master. Jesus knew that if He, the Master and Lord, would be required to die, then His disciples had to understand the cost of following Him.

Christmas is about Discipleship

Posted by donna on December 10, 2013

True Disciples

I would like us to approach this Christmas Season with the understanding of what it means to be a true disciple of Christ Jesus.

Being and Making Disciples

Posted by donna on November 7, 2013

Disciple: What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?

The word disciple occurs 269 times in the New Testament while it must be noted that the word Christian occurs only 3 times, and believer only twice. The Holy Spirit prompted the writers to define the one who is a follower of Jesus primarily as a disciple.  We can deduce from this fact that there was never meant to be a distinction between a believer in Jesus and a disciple of Jesus. Rather, the one who believes must by their very nature and level of commitment be a disciple who follows Jesus.

Leaders meeting with the Prime Minister

Posted by donna on November 7, 2013

Bill_Fietje_1.jpgPresident Bill Fietje was recently among a delegation of Denominational Leaders who met with the Prime Minister. 

Welcome Mount Pleasant Bible Church to the AGC Family!

Posted by donna on October 24, 2013

Mount_Pleasant_1.JPGOn Thanksgiving Sunday, Mount Pleasant Bible Church in Mount Pleasant, ON joined our AGC Family of Churches in a service of celebration led by Canada East Superintendent Glenn Rider.  Rev. Josh Taylor was also inducted as this young church's pastor.  Josh expressed thanks to the AGC family on behalf of the church: