Engage Community Church

Life is a journey, and like most journeys, it can be exhausting or exhilarating. We prefer exhilarating.

At Engage Community Church, we believe that begins through a personal relationship with God. It continues as we find belonging with God and others on the same journey, and we become what God created us to be.

You see God wants us to be more: more than believers, he wants us to be lovers. Love God, love others and make lovers—that’s what we’re about. Come see for yourself.

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Who Are You Listening To?

                The team of teenagers had gone out on the streets of Toronto with a sense of excitement and hope. They would be on the front lines, meeting people who were homeless and hopeless and making a difference for Jesus. There was a real sense of expectation that was fueled by an evangelistic fire born of youthful exuberance and heartfelt belief. Today was a day they would make a difference.

It wasn’t long until they saw him. He was sitting there, dirty and sullen, his face aged by life on the streets. Here was a man who needed Jesus. Here was a man who they could reach out to. So they sat down beside him and began.

“Hi, what’s your name?” “Sebastian.”, came the reply. “Hi Sebastian, I’m Katie and this is Tim and Stephanie.” “You’re Christians, aren’t you?”, Sebastian interrupted. “Why yes, we are!” said Katie, “How did you know?”  “Because Christians are always talking”.

The story above is true. A friend of mine, Brian Matherlee, took a group of teens to Toronto on a short-term missions trip and they returned with a lesson they never considered before going. It was a lesson we all need to learn.

Often in our desire to win the world, we neglect to take time to hear them. We know what they need! They need Jesus! But what they need more than anything is someone to listen. They need someone to care, someone to treat them as a human being with hurts, hopes, dreams and nightmares. Yes, Jesus is the answer, but what we need is to know the question.

Sometimes we treat the lost as a target, an objective or a number. This often betrays our need for evangelistic success. The need to feel as if we’ve made a difference. Unfortunately, this is not what we have been called to do.  We have been called to love and serve the least of these. The first step is to listen to them like Jesus does. Then and only then can we hope to give them the answer.

The Bible tells us to be quick to hear and slow to speak. Who are you listening to?

Pastor Evan

Forgotten God?

                A decade ago, Francis Chan wrote a book entitled, Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit. The point of the book is summed up in the following quote from his introduction:
                  
                  “While no evangelical would deny His existence, I’m willing to bet that there are millions of
                     churchgoers across America who cannot confidently say they have experiences His presence
                     or action in their lives over the past year. And many of them do not believe they can.”

                Chan goes on to discuss the way the church has left behind a reliance on the Holy Spirit. We effectively have removed Him from the Trinity and perhaps even have replaced the worship of God in three persons with a worship of possibly the Son alone. Practically, we are no longer orthodox in our understanding, teaching, and living when it comes to how we follow and experience the triune God of the Bible.

                In our technologically advanced world, it is easy to rely on only what we can see and explain. In fact, the common knowledge of our day screams that if something is not scientifically quantifiable, then it does not exist. Therefore, the God of the Bible and especially the Holy Spirit is relegated to myth; the feeble attempts of ages gone by to make sense of a world they could not empirically define or understand. Unfortunately, while we talk about the Holy Spirit, we lived much more in line with the prevalent ethos of our scientific world than we do in line with the Church we read about in the New Testament.

                When we read about the Church in the New Testament, we see miracles performed and lives and hearts changed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Things happened that could not be explained in any other way. Common, ordinary men do great things and the message of the Gospel floods the known world in just a couple of decades without the benefit of modern communications like social media, cables news, and internet marketing. Yet we are often at a loss to know how to reach the person next door. Could it be that we have forgotten the Holy Spirit?
               
              The songs we sing focus mostly on Jesus and what He DID for us. This is great, but are we asking
the Holy Spirit what He wants to DO in and through us? Are we content to celebrate the completed work of Christ, or are we desiring to do the continuing work of God through the leading and power of the Holy Spirit? Are we happy to wonder what God’s will is for our life, or are we desperate to know and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in the next 10 minutes?

                June 19th is Pentecost Sunday. We will be celebrating the coming of the Spirit of God. Jesus promised that He would send the Spirit and that He would comfort us, empower us, and guide us in all truth. It is my desire that we would seek, listen for, depend on, obey, and experience the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of our Church in the coming months. We certainly can continue to hold weekly gatherings and to be a church on paper, but the success of Engage in being what God calls us be – our very existence – depends on the Holy Spirit’s presence and work in our midst and through our lives.

Pastor Evan