What if transformation was less about trying harder but about surrendering more? Romans 12:1-2 invites us into a life where our hearts and minds are shaped, not by the noise of the world, but by aligning ourselves with the way of Jesus. A renewed mind, a transformed life - it's closer than you think!
Guarding your heart and mind isn't just about protecting yourself; it's about preserving the essence of who you are meant to be and the path you walk. Join us for this week's sermon on Proverbs 4:20-27, where we'll explore how the heart is the wellspring of life, and why our influences echo in our actions, our relationships, and our outcomes. Let's discover how to cultivate a heart that aligns with wisdom and the Spirit of God, and see how it transforms every aspect of our lives.
When God became human and lived among us, he showcased generous love to all social classes. Jesus habitually broke down walls of ethnic division and socio-economic class. James, once again holds up a mirror of self-examination for us: what are the ways in which we duplicate worldly values in judging others? What are the ways in which we, often unaware; tear at the fabric of the people of God? James calls our attention to the royal law that gives freedom.
Today we welcome great friend of The Gathering, Josh Wang from Renewal Church. With a message from the book of Ephesians, Josh preaches that the New Testament teaches us that Jesus has united every nation, language and people as one new undivided humanity by means of his death on the cross. Does this energize, captivate and move you? Is this good news for the world? What does it look like for the ‘set apart’ people of God to maintain the beauty of our own cultures and showcase the brilliant mosaic of God’s transformative love?"
In a special “Pulpit Swap” with Renewal Church Ottawa, we’re hearing from Pastor Josh Wang!! In John 8, we are presented with a messy scene. This is a tale of how religion can be wrongfully wielded to harm others rather than setting them free. A woman stands humiliated in full display before the crowd, and the religious accusers are setting a trap for Jesus. The angry crowd have stones in hand ready to execute her judgment, while others learn to drop the stone in light of Jesus. Who are WE in this story? Jesus reminds us why Love is the way, the truth and the life. Jesus reminds us that new life and turning from sins flows from the grace of the God who saves.
In today's message, which originally aired on July 17, 2022, we heard from a great friend of The Gathering, Josh Wang, the Lead Pastor at Renewal Church Ottawa. Josh shared a message from the text of 2 Kings 5:1-19. The people of Israel were the people of God, and the story of Naaman is an example of how God goes beyond the lines that humans draw and the boundaries that we erect. This is a story of grace, humility, healing, new humanity and the dividing walls being brought down in God’s power.
In today's message, friend of The Gathering, Josh Wang from Renewal Church in Barrhaven digs into John 20:19-31. Here, in Eastertide, we see the breath of God breathed out through Jesus making new people out of the disciples through the Spirit. Through the people of God, Jesus offers new life to the world.
Special Guest Speaker, Josh Wang, from Renewal Church in Barrhaven is here!! As Jesus emerges from the wilderness, Luke records that he is filled with the Holy Spirit’s power. In his first recorded public teaching Jesus declares these liberating words of God - that God’s heart is marked by forgiveness and his forgiveness has many dimensions that deal with freedom from sin, social, economic, and psychological oppression. Tomorrow we'll take a short break from the book of Acts as Josh teaches through this very important passage.