Weekly sermons from Unionville Alliance Church, based in Markham, Ontario. Our mission to lead people to know Jesus Christ and to follow him passionately.
Our goal as followers of Christ is to become like our Saviour. Growing believers will more and more resemble Jesus in his character. In this message, we will discover what that looks like and how we achieve it.
Getting to the Heart of Generous Living
Generosity is not an act but a lifestyle. The Lord is calling us to radically live out our faith through radical generosity. As we do, we will grow in our walk with the Lord and our relationships with other people. Generous living is a holistic part of our faith that touches every part of our life from giving to forgiving. How will we respond?
In western society we are conditioned to be strong, independent, not reliant on others. God says we are to interdependent, needing each other in our faith journeys. Those who will grow spiritually will do so in part because they are meaningfully connected to other believers.
The Gospel Grows Us
The gospel of Jesus Christ brings us into a relationship with God and we start to grow spiritually. But it is not just that initial growth that changes us, but there is a continual growth as we declare the gospel to others and are shaped by it on a daily basis. We can do the ordinary by reading God's word, fellowshipping with others, and deepening our prayer life, but we are also challenged to do the extraordinary and be led by God's Spirit into the unknown!
If we are to grow spiritually, we need God’s enablement to do so. What we may not have realized is that to achieve growth God may have to subject us to difficult circumstances. We will discover from Paul’s life that that can include thorns.
As we grow, we serve; as we serve, we grow
One area in our lives that promotes and stimulates growth is personal ministry and service. As we grow we serve and as we serve we also grow. We will trace through the life of Peter and see how he went from doing what he knew, to doing what he didn't know, to finally using his spiritual gifts to serve the Lord and build the kingdom of God!