ALPA Now LIVE STREAMING!

Abundant Life Pentecostal Assembly now is able to be viewed LIVE each Sunday! (Exception: the LAST Sunday of each month is House Church, so no live stream is available, but Bible Study notes will be posted on the church website, under the ONLINE SERMONS tab.

Using a computer, a smart phone, or a Smart TV connected to YouTube, you can view our live stream Sunday mornings at 10:30am by clicking on the link below: (you may have to click on “View Full Playlist”)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwp3I4MeAnv5D1_P1XuLa1g/playlists

If you are manually trying to find us, you will need to search (on YouTube) for our Church YouTube Channel , Abundant Life Cranbrook, and navigate to the channel playlist WORSHIP SERVICES. This is ALSO the location that ALL recordings of past messages will be stored for viewing if you missed the live stream, or want to re-watch a past service.

Around 10:25am on Sunday Mornings, you will see a video with the current date and name of sermon. It will say, “LIVE” in red type on the video when the service has begun. That is the video you pick.

We have a couple people that can come to your house and help you set this up on your computer, or smart phone, or smart TV with YouTube enabled. They will create a link for you to click that will take you directly to the church’s YouTube Channel Playlist where you can access the live stream video each Sunday. If you have any questions, please ask away, and we can try to help.

Please be aware that we may still have to iron out a few wrinkles in the weeks ahead, as this is a new technology for us.

To access the House Church Bible Study on the LAST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH, click here… http://abundantlifepa.com/category/sermons/

Sermon Notes

For a printable version of the sermon notes, click HERE

Bible Study for House Church – May 29, 2022

SERIES – A HEALTHY CHURCH – PRELUDE TO GOD’S GIFTINGS

MARRIAGE IN THE BIBLE

GREETINGS!

We would like to encourage you to take some time to read and look at the following scriptures and study points with your group during your time together.

Though we are intentionally meeting in separate homes, we are one in Christ; looking into His Word together, fellowshipping together, and lifting one another up in prayer. Feel free to incorporate some form of worship time, and consider taking communion together.

HOUSE CHURCH BIBLE STUDY

Read the following passages together, discussing among yourselves the teaching points either as you read the scripture, or following the reading of the scripture. These points are offered to assist in starting conversation amongst yourselves; use them however you choose to.

CONVERSATION STARTER STUDY POINTS

Introduction

1 Corinthians 7 outlines for us guidelines for marriage. Though some may consider these teachings impractical and irrelevant for the times we live in, understanding their inherent purpose offers instruction for maintaining healthy marriages and being faithful to the Lord.  

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Read 1 Corinthians 7:1-16

Some of the phrases spoken in these scriptures are contradictory to current social beliefs; phrases like marital duty to our [spouse], and yielding the authority over our bodies to our [spouse]. Concepts seem foreign to us,  like verse five, where a couple mutually consents to not come together sexually for a time, so that they can devote themselves to prayer.

Question: What feelings emerge in you when you read phrases like ‘The wife does not have authority over her own body…’, ‘the husband does not have authority over his own body…’?

Question: What is the stated purpose of yielding oneself to their spouse?

In verse eight, Paul says it is better to be, or stay, unmarried. Then he says, “as I do.” In verse six and seven, Paul recognizes that his ability to remain unmarried is a gift that he has received from the Lord. Not all have that gift.

Question: Why does Paul consider being unmarried better than being married? Is it ‘better’ in your opinion? Or just different?

Question: Have you ever witnessed this ‘gift’ in someone?

In verse eleven, Paul lays down one of the most difficult and contested commands in the bible for modern North American society to hear: A wife/husband must not separate/divorce, and if they do, they must remain unmarried.

Question: Laying aside any personal thoughts, personal experience, or ‘exceptions/allowances’ regarding this command, what do you think the ‘Biblical’ reason is for this instruction?

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Read 1 Corinthians 7:17-24

In this passage, Paul uses the images of circumcision and slavery to illustrate what he says in verse 29, “Each person should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.” These need to be read in historical context. It rightfully shocks us to hear someone advise others that they should remain in slavery. But historically, though many slaves were abused and mistreated, some ‘slaves’ lived very good lives with status and means they would not be able to achieve on their own. But this passage is NOT about slavery.

Question: What IS this passage talking about in context with Paul’s previous teaching on marriage?

Question: Does this feel unfair? Why do those who have not responded to God’s call seem to get off scot free? Why would followers of Christ be held to a higher standard?

(unrelated interesting fact: ‘scot free’ – A ‘scot’ was a medieval tax that some people were able to avoid paying; thus they were scot-free)

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Read 1 Corinthians 7:25-40

In these verses, Paul gives reason to some of his earlier commands. It is revealing that he starts verse twenty-six with, “Because of the present crisis…”

Question: What would a crisis have to do with his earlier instructions to remain unmarried if not married? Does the last half of verse twenty-eight shed any light? “…those who marry will face many troubles in this life.”

Verse twenty-nine to thirty says that ‘time is short’, and ‘this world in its present form is passing away’. In verse thirty -two, Paul says, “An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs,” while a married man is divided between being concerned about the Lord’s affairs and the needs of his wife and family.

Question: Are we all to live ‘unmarried’ or live ‘as if unmarried’ because of the present crisis? Because the world in its present form is passing away? What is your understanding and thoughts on this after reading through 1 Corinthians 7?

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CONCLUSION:

Considering the purpose behind these ‘standards’ given to the church in Corinth is crucial to understanding ‘why’ God instituted them, and why they must be upheld. There is a tidal wave of cultural and societal ‘opinions’ that rage against these values; In order to see whether these standards are outdated and irrelevant, simply consider what our marriages and societies would look like if they were abandoned; marriages without submission to one another, immorality, no commitment to marriages, broken families, division and judgement over whether or not one should be married, and with that, failure to recognize the value of someone fully committed to the work of the Lord.

Yes, there are circumstances and biblical exceptions to the rule, but we must not lose sight of the bigger picture and purposes ‘behind’ the rule. They are worthy to be upheld.

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PRAYER POINT:

Lord, these are tough scriptures in today’s culture. Many of us have had to face them in our personal lives, or the lives of our loved ones. We fall on your grace Lord. We have made such a mess of things, or others have made a mess of our lives. We pray for mercy. We pray for healing. We pray for restoration if it is to be had. At the end of the day, we pray for a fresh start. I choose today to live according to your standards to the best of my ability in the power of Your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Bible Study for Home Church – April 24, 2022

GREETINGS!

We would like to encourage you to take some time to read and look at the following scriptures and study points with your group during your time together.

Though we are intentionally meeting in separate homes, we are one in Christ; looking into His Word together, fellowshipping together, and lifting one another up in prayer. Feel free to incorporate some form of worship time, and consider taking communion together.

HOUSE CHURCH BIBLE STUDY

Read the following passages together, discussing among yourselves the teaching points either as you read the scripture, or following the reading of the scripture. These points are offered to assist in starting conversation amongst yourselves; use them however you choose to.

CONVERSATION STARTER STUDY POINTS

Introduction

1 Corinthians 6 provides us with a clear biblical teaching on the issue of lawsuits among believers. Paul uses strong language to instruct the young Corinthian Church to look to Christian Leadership to resolve such matters, and to guard their witness to the world.

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Read 1 Corinthians 6:1-7

It seems that Paul is speaking about Christians suing other Christians (vs. 1 and 6). A question to consider towards the end of the Bible Study is whether or not these principles are extended to Christians suing unbelievers?

Paul uses some of his strongest language to relay the importance of this teaching. In verse 1, he asks, “Do you dare…”, and in verse 5 he says, “I say this to shame you…” Paul was passionate about how important this was.

Question: Have we ever put much thought into what the Bible says about suing and lawsuits?

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Paul says, do we dare take our lawsuits before the ungodly for judgement instead of before the Lord’s people? He reinforces his point by saying that believers will judge the world and the angels; are they not competent enough to judge trivial disputes amongst each other?

Question: Would you feel confident to bring a dispute to the Lord’s People, and believe that the ruling would be fairer and more appropriate than if you took it to the courts?

Question: And if not… why not? Do we believe secular authority and experience trumps Spirit-led wisdom? Do we feel that there is no one wise among us enough to judge a dispute?

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Question: Why do you think Paul says, “I say this to shame you?”

In verse 6, Paul says, “a brother takes another to court – and this in front of believers!” This is informative to help us understand some of the reason Paul is addressing this so harshly. It is not just about not having faith to believe the Lord’s People can deal with a dispute better than a secular court; it also is about witness.

Our witness to the world needs to be guarded. To the point that verse 7 asks, “Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?”

Question: Do you feel convicted enough, that you would rather be wronged or cheated instead of potentially bringing a bad witness to the world?

There are various reasons one may feel a need to bring a lawsuit against a brother or sister in the Lord; Perhaps the main ones are to either receive something that is owed to you, or to in essence, punish someone for their actions or behaviours against you or others.

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Both of these motivations must be weighed against scripture.

Read Matthew 18:21-35

Question: What does this passage tell us about us going after someone to get something that we believe is ‘owed’ to us?

Read Romans 12:17-21

Question: What does this passage tell us about wanting someone to be punished?

Question: In light of these scriptures, re-examine what Paul means by asking, “Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?”

Paul solidifies his argument in verse 8 by stating, “Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong.” We cannot forget that though others owe us, or have hurt us in some way, we ourselves owe a great debt to Christ, and have done much against Him. It is our sins that put Him on the cross.

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CONCLUSION:

Scripture is passionately clear that the Lord’s People are not to bring their disputes with one another before unbelievers to seek judgement. It reveals a lack of trust in the Holy Spirit to be able to provide wisdom to spiritual leaders, and it can muddy our witness to the world. It sends a mixed message that we can only trust God in certain circumstances.

Christianity cannot be influenced by society’s way of thinking. Our rights cannot be the motivation for our actions. All of our choices must be guided by the objectives of bringing glory to God, and fulfilling His will.

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PRAYER POINT:

Lord, this is tough when someone has done us wrong. Our natural instinct is to strike back; make them pay. This is not how Your scriptures teach me to respond. Help me to remember the debt I owe to You, Lord. Let my actions and choices bring glory to You.

If disputes need intervention, let me have the faith to trust in You for answers and fair judgement. I choose to trust You in ALL circumstances.

Bible Study for Home Church – March 27, 2022

GREETINGS!

We would like to encourage you to take some time to read and look at the following scriptures and study points with your group during your time together.

Though we are intentionally meeting in separate homes, we are one in Christ; looking into His Word together, fellowshipping together, and lifting one another up in prayer. Feel free to incorporate some form of worship time, and even take communion together.

HOUSE CHURCH BIBLE STUDY

Considering the Memorial Service for Cecil Cort that was held on Saturday, it is fitting that we examine the passages of scripture that were read at the service that helps us put our mind on the future we have in Christ.

Read the following passages together, discussing among yourselves the teaching points either as you read the scripture, or following the reading of the scripture. These points are offered to assist in starting conversation amongst yourselves; use them however you choose to.

CONVERSATION STARTER STUDY POINTS

Introduction

Heaven means different things to different people. No matter what slant you may have; scripturally, there are constants that leaven all strands of theological viewpoints.

Three passages used at the Memorial Service were from the Book of Revelation, but it started with the reading of John 14:1-6.

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John 14:1-6 – Jesus speaks to His followers

Question: What about this passage brings peace to a troubled heart?

Question: Jesus is emphatic, “You KNOW the place to where I am going,” yet one of his disciples confessed he did not know. How, or what could cause a ‘follower’ of Jesus to NOT know the way to the Father? Have you experienced that doubt? Or, do you know someone who does? What is the solution?

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Revelation 1:12-18 – John’s vision of the Throne Room

Question: Who is seated on the throne?

Question: The sight of His awesome Presence caused John to fall down as though dead. Is there any comparisons to this in the Old Testament? Why do you think His Presence would cause such a reaction?

Question: What does He mean when He says, “I hold the keys of death and Hades?”

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Revelation 21:3-7 – The new has come!

Question: Explain, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people,” when God is with us here on earth?

Question: According to this passage of scripture, ‘death, crying, and pain’ are part of the ‘Old Order’ of things. Try to express what it will be like under the ‘New Order’ of things?

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Revelation 22:1-5 – The River of Life

Question: Do you think the river of life is a literal reference, or a symbolic reference to something else? Is the Tree of Life the tree from Eden?

Question: What scriptural reference can you make use of to try and understand the concept, “The Lord God will give them light?”

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PRAYER POINT: Lord, though there is still much to be done here on earth, help me to smile every time I am reminded of the future that awaits us. Let it help carry me through times of mourning, tears, or pain. These are but light and momentary afflictions, not worth comparing to the eternal glory that will be revealed in us.

Help me Lord, to KNOW the way to where Jesus went. Let there be no doubt in my mind that I am His, and He is mine. Jesus, you say that YOU are the way, and the truth, and the life. Let me follow you wholly. Lord, Your word also says that the Spirit of God ‘confirms with my spirit that I am indeed a child of God… that NOTHING shall separate us from Your love. In the name of Jesus, I stand against the enemy who would try to steal away that truth from me.

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GOD BLESS your households as we take these last Sundays of each month to learn new ways of worshipping, fellowshipping, and creating opportunities to reach those who either cannot, or will not attend a regular church service.