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Bill's Blog: "Chasing the Lion" - A Personal Story

Posted by donna on June 8, 2017

ChasingtheLion (002).pngPresident Bill Fietje shares a very personal story in his latest blog...

Those of you who receive emails from me may have noticed that under my signature, I always have a quote from Hudson Taylor, one of my life’s hero’s. Taylor once said, “Without the element of risk there is no need for faith.”

The life of a disciple of Jesus Christ was never meant or promised to be without risk; quite the opposite in fact. Jesus said “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.” (Mark 8:34f)

Jim Elliot, famed martyr, is noted to have said, “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he can never lose.” Jim Elliott was killed along with several other young men on the shores of a remote river in the jungles of Ecuador.

I’d like to relate a personal story that illustrates how I came to understand more fully the words that Jesus spoke and that Elliot echoed.

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holy spirit.jpgThis past January, I joined a team that travelled to Steinbach Manitoba to experience a Church Renewal weekend. For four days, we experienced what God is doing in the lives of the people at Southland Church. For the past two decades, they have walked with God, demonstrating life in the Spirit through confession, prayer, worship, and transformational obedience to God’s Word.

Pastor Ray Duerksen and his wife Fran have experienced God building into their lives. They teach from experience, often through years of real life challenges with which most people could identify. The central teaching is best understood as ‘going back to the ancient basics’ rather than finding the ‘new and improved’ which often captures merely out of our curiosity.

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Eph 2vs8.png"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.

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Canada East Strive Retreat

Posted by donna on March 15, 2017

6b1520fb-d878-425a-a898-f01a910c87c8.jpgMarch 10 - 12 was the Canada East Strive Senior High Retreat at Muskoka Woods.  Visit the Youth Page for pictures & videos!


Evangelism.PNGWhen 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.

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Bill's Blog: Holy Spirit and Spiritual Renewal

Posted by donna on February 1, 2017

Holy Spirit Come.PNGThe 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.


Statement from AGC President

Posted by donna on February 1, 2017

Dear friends,

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.

Blessings,

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Bill Fietje 
AGC President


Church Planting Love Offering

Posted by donna on January 26, 2017

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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.


Welcome Waterford Bible Church!

Posted by donna on January 17, 2017

Waterford.jpgOn 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! 


Bill's Blog: Prayer and the Holy Spirit

Posted by donna on January 3, 2017

invitation to prayer.jpgThis 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.

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