Sermons by Rev. John Tapscott (Page 3)

Sermons by Rev. John Tapscott (Page 3)

ALL THE GOOD WE MAY DO FOR CHRIST

September 8, 2019 Every week on the front of the bulletin we print this very brief statement. You might call it a vision statement for the church. It says, “Anchored in God’s Word…Moving into God’s Future.” As we embark on this upcoming year of transition, these are two phrases that we should keep in mind. It is most important to stay anchored in God’s word as you make…

IN THIS HOUSE, ON THIS DAY

Back in May I was called for jury selection. 200 of us gathered at the Brampton court-house. It was a serious case that the jury would eventually hear, involving second degree murder and aggravated assault. We were told by court workers and the judge himself that serving on a jury is an obligation and a duty. But I, along with about 100 others spoke to the judge asking…

WE’RE RICHER THAN WE THINK

Yes, I have taken today’s title from the advertising slogan of a bank, which says “You’re Richer Than You Think.” But I have changed it to read, “We’re richer than we think.” And that’s because of our relationship with God through Jesus Christ. In Christ we are rich toward God.       In our spring garage sale, we have a silent auction in which…

EXPLORING THE GIFT OF FAITH

There is nothing more basic to the Christian life than faith. We Christians call ourselves people of faith. We refer to congregations as “communities of faith.” In 1st Corinthians 13 Paul lists the three spiritual gifts God has given us for Christian living – faith, hope and love. Paul refers to love as the greatest gift, but names faith first,

OUR MERCIFUL NEIGHBOUR

Many people today say that they don’t really know their neighbours. We don’t have as much in common with our neighbours as we did in previous generations. Sometimes there are language and cultural and religious barriers. But over time you can get to know your neighbours. On one side of our home we have a Muslim family, and on the other side a Chinese family. Certainly…

GOD’S STRENGTHENING ANGELS

If you travel into the Canadian wilderness for any distance you must go prepared. You need bear spray, bug spray, hiking boots, proper clothes, a good tent and many supplies. For if you travel into the wilderness unprepared, you could perish there. We read today of how Elijah travelled into the Judean wilderness, unprepared for the journey. Thankfully God sent an angel to…

GOD IS MINDFUL

If you have the opportunity this summer, look up at the sky on a clear night, especially if you’re in the countryside. I try to do it at least once each summer.  It really is amazing. You see an uncountable number of bright stars from one horizon to another.  The full moon appears so bright and large. It seems you could almost reach out and touch it, even though…

GOT THE SPIRIT

Some years ago a piece of music was written entitled “Got the Spirit.” It was actually a jazz piece with a gospel feel to it.  Now the title was a statement, “Got the Spirit.” But I’ve put a question mark behind it, “Got the Spirit?”  Do you and I have the Holy Spirit? And if you say, “Yes, I’ve got the Spirit,” how do you know that you have the Spirit?…

THE SHAKING OF THE FOUNDATIONS

        I have never experienced an earthquake. The places I’ve lived are not really prone to earthquakes, at least not large ones. But some places in North America are, especially on the West Coast where they are still expecting the “Big One.”  People who have experienced an earthquake say that it’s an unsettling experience. The…