Weekly sermons from Unionville Alliance Church, based in Markham, Ontario. Our mission to lead people to know Jesus Christ and to follow him passionately.
Learning Evangelism from Jesus
When Jesus left this world, he left us to continue his work of sharing his good news for a hurting world. Many of us struggle to know how. In John 4, Jesus encounters a woman at a well. Seeing him in action is instructive.
I Am Willing
The religious system in Jesus day was built on rules and regulations. Following them determined whether you were accepted into the community. There were some ‘untouchables’ that the church and the world stayed away from. When Jesus came, He was not afraid of them making him unclean, instead He leaned in and made them clean. As we look at the encounter of Jesus with the lepers, what do we learn about Jesus’ heart for those that we consider unacceptable? Are there any places in our own hearts where we feel ‘untouchable’? What can we learn from the lepers about coming to Jesus? Jesus is willing to heal us, are we willing to come to Him?
Solving Bible Poverty
On this Mission Sunday, we will focus on the critical need of Bible translation in various parts of the world and specifically sign language translation. Bible poverty is a reality for the 1700 people groups still waiting for a Bible in their own language, but it also exists where Bibles are plentiful yet left unopened. How will you engage the Bible in a place of affluence like Canada and how will you help others around the world receive the Scriptures in their own heart language? There is a solution for both. The Lord has given us his precious word that is a light to guide us, food to nourish us, and hope to sustain us! Let's take part in finishing the task to share his word with every people group around the world!
When Jesus Blesses, Miracles Happen
One of Jesus’ miracles that is found in all four gospels is the feeding of the five thousand. It wasn’t just about satisfying the hunger of the people, although it did that. It was experiencing what Jesus could do with so little and a willingness to give. He multiplied what the little boy had and it became a blessing to thousands. As we experience Jesus, he takes what we have even though we might think it is insignificant, negligible, and little, and multiplies it for his glory, purpose, and plan. That produces faith in our hearts to see that he truly is the God of the impossible.
How Can I Handle Temptations?
After Jesus’ baptism, he was led into the wilderness for a period of fasting and prayer before his ministry began. At this time he was tempted by the Devil in order to take him away from his purpose on earth. The sinless Jesus overcame these temptations giving us hope to overcome as well. As he battled against the strong desires of the flesh, the allure of his eyes, and the pride of a self-filled life, he used the richness of the word of God and the power of the Spirit to overcome. As we realize and acknowledge the spiritual battle that we are in, God’s Word and Spirit will empower us with victory because of Jesus’ finished work on Calvary!
A Rule of Life for the New Year
Happy New Year! A new year, fresh and untouched lying before us. This is a time of resolutions, of new beginnings. It’s a time of reflection and hope for happiness ahead. Much will happen in 2023. Some great things, some exciting things, some sad and difficult. Some will be things out of our control while others will be things we can determine. During this year, we will make thousands of decisions that will impact our lives. Before we know it, December 31, 2023, will be upon us. What will you want to remember this year for? What if followers of Jesus reflected Jesus brighter; showed his love more abundantly? What would happen to our families, our workplaces, our schools our cities? What would that look like? John the Baptist, lived his life preparing the way of the LORD, pointing people to the Messiah. When Jesus’s popularity started to outshine his ministry, His disciples felt threatened and approached John with their concern. His response: “He must increase, and I must decrease.” What if we made that our rule of life for 2023? He must increase and I must decrease. Join us as we unpack what this might look like for our lives, our homes, our spheres of influence. Join us as we spend time in prayer together seeking God for the ability to decrease while He increases in our midst.