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New Sermon Series: REJOICE

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We're entering into a new sermon series next Sunday. For the next few months, we'll be journeying through the Book of Philippians--a letter written by the Apostle Paul to the church in a city called Philippi. We're calling this series "Rejoice," because this word is found throughout the letter. For example, Philippians 4:4 says, "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice."

You may be wondering how we could rejoice amidst a global crisis, but Paul was writing these words to a church that had its share of challenges and trials. In fact, Paul himself was imprisoned for his faith in Jesus at the time of his writing of this letter. So, if anyone understood the art of rejoicing amidst difficult times, it would be Paul, and he is the one urging the church to remember to rejoice even when times are tough. I believe Philippians will encourage us, teach us valuable lessons, and help us to hold fast to our faith in Christ during the challenges we're facing today. Most importantly, I trust that the Holy Spirit will use these words from the bible to do his will and propel us to live missionally in this important season of life.

Please pray that God will minister to our church family through this sermon series.

Posted by Paul Park

Reflecting On Easter

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Hey SDBC family! God is so good. As I think about this past Easter weekend, I am incredibly thankful for what he has done! I am overwhelmed by the love and sacrifice of Jesus and the chance to contemplate this as a church on Good Friday. I trust, even though originally designed to be experienced together in person, that we all felt drawn into Jesus' journey to the cross in a new and powerful way. I hope that as we heard scripture being read and shared communion together, we were reminded of his immense love. And as we ended in complete darkness (even though our homes were likely filled with beautiful sunshine) we hopefully had the sense that, when Jesus uttered those words,"it is finished," there was so much more going on, more than we often allow our minds to think: the author of life itself, experiencing the full weight of sin and death.

Then came the morning, on the third day. We heard Mark's gospel share these words: "He has risen; he is not here…But go, tell." We praise God for the certain victory Christ achieved through the resurrection. He IS risen! He IS alive! He IS King over all! Friends, this is why we are a people filled with hope, even in uncertain times. We worship a living God! I know many of our church family shared how encouraged they were by the way we creatively celebrated together on Easter Sunday. This is awesome. It was our longing as a staff team that we would find glory in the risen King! So let us not lose this hope!

Romans 8:10-11 proclaim an incredible resurrection truth we can live and move forward in. Be thankful and be encouraged.

"But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you."

Posted by Jayson Oldham

Easter at SDBC

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Even though the current situation with the pandemic has disturbed our routines and sense of normalcy, we must continue to trust God, and worship and honour him in everything that we do. Easter weekend is coming up and this is traditionally a time when Christians all around the world gather to celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord. We have been looking into creative ways to gather for worship to celebrate this special season. We explored the idea of a drive-in church, smaller gatherings that respect the Province's regulations on public gatherings, etc. However, with the continued state of emergency in B.C. and in Canada, we believe that it would be unwise and irresponsible to execute any plans to physically gather at this point. As a church, we want to participate in our civic duty to help our nation overcome our struggles with COVID-19 by staying home and doing our part to protect ourselves and our fellow Canadians.

Nevertheless, it is supremely important to honour Jesus during Easter weekend. Therefore, we're going to celebrate and worship via livestream services on Good Friday (10AM) and Easter Sunday (10AM). We ask you to prepare bread and grape juice for communion on Friday (April 10) during our livestream service that you will be able to access on our website. More importantly, we ask that you would prepare your hearts for this special weekend through prayer and meditation of God's word. You can choose to read through Mark 14-16, Matthew 26-28, Luke 22-24, or John 18-21 to help you prepare for our Easter celebration. Although we're scattered in multiple homes around our city, God will be with us and unite us as one body under Christ's headship as we worship him together. May God's presence and resurrection hope be with you all as we celebrate this special time together.

Posted by Paul Park

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