Sermons from 2019

Sermons from 2019

God is Working

Pastor Donna Schultz of Grace Church in Port Hope, Ontario continues the Christmas story with “God is Working”: In all of the ways that the Israelites failed, Jesus will do it right. In all of the ways that they turned their back on God, they failed, they yielded to temptation, Jesus the Saviour, the King, He gets it right. Jesus as God’s Son gets is right, there’s nothing out of place. Where is God when the pain is so great?…

Redemption

Pastor Jeff Knott of Grace Church in Port Hope, Ontario continues the Advent series with “Redemption” based on the life of Ruth: Matthew 1 is the list of people in the back story of Jesus. Is there any evidence that Matthew tweaked the story to make Jesus look better than He was? It’s not what you find in the genealogy of Matthew. Women are included in the genealogy of Jesus. Add to gender out-sider that of culture-outsider and moral-outsider. This…

Promise

Pastor Jeff Knott of Grace Church in Port Hope, Ontario begins the Advent season with a sermon on the “Promise”: What we discover when we look at the characters that were part of Jesus’ Christmas story, we discover that they actually echo and reflect the truth and the beauty and the wonder of Jesus Himself. They are part of telling of who Jesus is as our Saviour and our Messiah. What Abraham represents for us is that no matter how…

Agape Love

Pastor Jeff Knott of Grace Church in Port Hope, Ontario continues the sermon series on Psalm 23 “Life Without Lack” with “Agape Love”: What anchors our lives is faith in God no matter what the need. Along with faith, death to self makes us willing vessels and open receptacles. With these two gifts, God is free to pour into our lives His life-giving love, something the Bible calls agape love. If you think about these three – faith, death to…

Death to Self

Pastor Jeff Knott of Grace Church in Port Hope, Ontario continues the sermon series on Psalm 23 “Life Without Lack” with “Death to Self”: Bonhoeffer, “When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.” Death to self does not mean death of self. Each human being is valuable in God’s eyes. Self-denial is not self-hatred. The Bible tells us to love our neighbour as ourselves – there’s some self-love there. None of this teaching about death to self…

The Faith of Sufficiency

Pastor Jeff Knott of Grace Church in Port Hope, Ontario continues the Sermon Series on “Life Without Lack” on Psalm 23 with “The Faith of Sufficiency”: Every week seems to be filled with challenges to the belief that God is all-sufficient. Can we trust God? Is He really as good as He says He is? Is He all-sufficient? How do we fully and completely experience the sufficiency of God? There are three interrelated but separate realities that need to be…

But If Not

Pastor Jeff Knott of Grace Church in Port Hope, Ontario speaks on the International Day of Prayer on “But If Not” from Daniel 3: “All worldly powers need fear to operate, that’s how they control the masses. But what do you do with a person who has no fear except fear of God alone? These people are beyond manipulation, they are beyond control and in the eyes of the world they are the most dangerous people there are who have…

Why Such Lack?

Pastor Jeff Knott of Grace Church in Port Hope, Ontario continues the sermon series on “Life without Lack” on Psalm 23 with “Why Such Lack?”: Life without lack happens when we really know who the Shepherd is, how good He is and how capable He is of caring for us. It also happens when we know who we are and how valuable we are to Him. Why don’t we experience a life without lack? Why is there such lack? Why…

Why We’re Here

Pastor Jeff Knott of Grace Church in Port Hope, Ontario continues the sermon series “Life Without Lack” with “Why We’re Here”: Jesus is the only One who has fully lived Psalm 23. He is our guide; He is our example; He is the One we follow. Who is our Shepherd? What’s He like? Can we trust Him? Yes we can! Why does He want to be our Shepherd? What makes us so valuable? God’s reason for creating us is that…

Our Magnificent God

Pastor Jeff Knott of Grace Church in Port Hope, Ontario continues the Sermon Series “Life Without Lack” with “Our Magnificent God”: Dallas Willard, “Wherever your mind goes, the rest of your life goes with it.” A mind is a terrible thing when it’s set on the wrong thing. When we lose our capacity to focus our minds on right things, our lives go in wrong places, our lives become chaotic, our lives become disconnected. We get the reality we fixate…