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What is the Reformation and why is it important, especially to us 500 years later? Great questions. While we may know some people and events surrounding the Reformation we may struggle to figure out why it is a big deal today. We hope this message is an answer to some of these questions and an encouragement to you.

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We need each other. In order for us to become the best followers of our saviour we need others in our lives. The example of Jesus' ministry gives us a pattern to follow in making reproducing disciples/ That is what we are called to do. Shall we just ignore the command of Jesus or get busy with His will for each of us?

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What happens when the lights go out? When it is not legal to own a Bible? When prison is the expectation of every follower of Jesus? It will never happen here you say...maybe, maybe not. Our landscape in North America is becoming much more hostile to the message of the Bible. Besides there are many nations that today this is the reality. If that happened to you how much of God's Word would you take with you in your head and in your heart?

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Prayer might be the most confusing, frustrating and neglected thing in a Christian's life. We pray without power or anticipation, without diligence, without passion and yet we expect God to either come through big when we have little faith or perhaps even worse we don't expect prayer to change anything. The disciples understood the power of prayer and asked Jesus to help them. Maybe we all need to do the same.

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This seems pretty obvious doesn't it? Unfortunately what study after study has revealed is the Christians spend very little if any time reading, studying and meditating on God's word. Is it any wonder that we don't know what God wants us to do or be? The challenge here is simple. Find your Bible three, four, five times during the week, crack it open and dig in.

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Today we got a chance to share a walk with people in the community during the Terry Fox Run. Every day we get to walk alongside people and live life with them. Do we bother to tell them about Jesus? Sounds scary right? How about you just start by telling them your story and telling what God has done in your life since you came to Jesus and what He has done lately in you. Our lives may be the most compelling thing that draws people to Jesus. What has He done for you? Tell someone today.

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Everything worth doing has a cost associated with it. In fact it is said that to master anything requires 10,000 hours doing it! If we ever want to become the best followers of Christ we will need to work at it. In fact it will cost us something. Jesus said as His disciples we need to take up our cross daily and follow Him (Luke 14). We need to be ready to give up our hopes and dreams and exchange them for the ones God has for us. A good deal really.

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We can spend lots of time planning and preparing but we never get around to doing. Planning is good, but it is not the end game. Far from it. Jesus commanded us to be making disciples world-wide. The harsh reality is that we have very few disciples growing out of the church today. We all need to take the blame in some ways but the reality is that pastors and leaders have failed and we as individuals care so little about our faith that we get complacent doing church an hour or so on a Sunday and that is all we consider about God for the week. God has so much more in mind for His children. In week 1 of a series on being a disciple we see what God desires us to do as individuals and as a church.

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Is this all that there is? Live and die and then what? Anything?

God has given us just a glimpse of what we have to look forward to in the new heaven and new earth. It is going to be great! In the meantime we need to be ready just like John was so when Jesus says I can come at any time, we can respond with ‘Come Lord Jesus’ The best is yet to come.

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Big theological chapter today! Some of the concepts and terms that perhaps have caused confusion or uncertainty are looked at in this chapter. What God the Father willed is described in detail. The blessings we have because we are ‘in Christ’ are described here too. Lots of ideas to work through and we come to a conclusion that our future is certain because of the character and nature of Jesus.

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