AGC News

New church plant launches in Hamilton!

Posted by donna on June 17, 2014

St_Clair.jpgThis Sunday (June 22) there will be a celebration/dedication service for St. Clair Community Church (SCCC) in Hamilton, ON!

SCCC is a church plant of Grindstone Church that has been in the works for almost two years.  On June 8th SCCC held their first Sunday service, and this week the entire Grindstone family will be worshiping together at the Germania Club in Hamilton at 10:15 am!

Please pray for our Sunday gathering, and for plant leader Matt Pamplin.

AGC National Conference 2014

Posted by donna on June 13, 2014

Connect_logo_small_4.jpgAll who attended the June 5 - 8, 2014 National Conference in London, ON were blessed and encouraged by the fellowship, music, speaker Rick Reed, and, of course... the food!  Please read this report from Church Relations Co-ordinator Susan Page:

This past April through May we experienced the usual pre-conference flurry of activity.  It’s always a time that challenges us and stretches us in many ways.  This year there were some unique challenges that came at us, wave after wave so to speak.

The AGC Canada East Council is pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. Laird Crump has been confirmed as our new Canada East Superintendent, beginning July 1, 2014!.  Laird received 100% affirmation from the Canada East Conference on June 6.  Please pray for Laird, his wife Joey, and their family as they make this transition.

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.