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Learning and living God's Word. Talks, studies, interviews, sermons and more from Westminster Church in Barrie, Canada

Firm Faith in the Resurrection [Series Summary]
Last Friday at 1:04 AM

Welcome. This podcast and post is called “Firm Faith in the Resurrection.” It is a summary of a two-part Sunday series called “Did the resurrection really happen? Explaining and defending our foundational belief.” It includes a lot of the content from the two sermons, plus a bit of extra background information. If you prefer to read the full blog post, click here.


Did the resurrection really happen? (Part 2) Explaining and defending our foundational belief (Sermon)
04/14/2024

Our faith seems to be increasingly under attack by the society around us. It’s gone from gentle skepticism to more aggressive criticism. In this context, are you able to humbly yet confidently explain or defend the resurrection of Christ? This sermon is Part 2 of a 2-part mini-series on the resurrection. In Part 1 we responded to five of the biggest conspiracy theories meant to undermine belief in the resurrection. In Part 2 we look at four more reasons to be confident by looking at the text and the experience of the early church. If you have confidence in the resurrection, it wi...


Did the resurrection really happen? Explaining and defending our foundational belief
04/08/2024

The resurrection of Christ is paramount. Without it our faith is “futile,” says Paul. It is vindication and victory, triumph over tribulation, the defeat of sin, Satan, death and darkness, and help and hope for the world. But are you confident about it? This sermon is Part 1 of 2, takes us through John 20:19-31 and responds to five of the most common objections (and conspiracy theories) concerning the resurrection. It’s no coincidence that casual and casualty sound so much the same. So let’s be deliberate about our resurrection faith — for yourself and for the those you care about who are under...


God Who Raises Corpses – a resurrection prayer of hope
04/03/2024

 This is our pastoral prayer from Easter Sunday. Perhaps it could be your prayer as well.


“Is everything sad going to come untrue?”  (Sermon)
04/02/2024

At the end of the Lord of the Rings trilogy Frodo asks, “Is everything sad going to come untrue?” Because of the resurrection of Christ, the answer is Yes! The resurrection was about one person, Jesus. But it was also about more than one person: everyone who follows him. This is hope-saturated good news for us today. John’s Gospel is written in a way to communicate to us that Jesus is the new and second Adam. God is fashioning a renewed world and creation. Jesus’ resurrection is a foretaste of the glory of what’s to come. This Easter morning se...


The Perfect Blood of the Lamb (Sermon)
03/29/2024

The imagery is kind of harsh. Blood? In fact, some people try to avoid talking about it. But Good Friday is not a time for closing our eyes to the reality of sin, suffering and sacrifice. Jesus is called the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. It’s an amazing promise. But what does it mean, who is it for, and what does blood have to do with anything? This Good Friday sermon is based on John 1:29, but takes us through parts of Exodus 12 and the 10th plague on the Egyptians (the death of the fi...


Virtue as We Enter the New Dark Ages
03/27/2024

Virtue feels a bit out of place these days. Like a ninth grade student who has wandered into a party and isn’t sure if they’re in the right house, Virtue is a bit gangly and awkward, and surrounded by a bunch of people who are just trying to “seize the day.” Their master Impulse would prefer it if Virtue just turned around and left. The word itself means “moral excellence.” That sounds like a good thing. But today, people often use it as a sneer. ‘So-and-so is so virtuous.’ The tone suggests that being virtuous is like being judgmental, or a...


‘The Triumphal Entry’ (Sermon)
03/24/2024

This Sermon is from our Palm Sunday Service. William Min, our Coordinator of Youth and Outreach led the service while Pastor Ruttan was on his last day of vacation. William looked at the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, some of the cultural context around its timing, and how Jesus seldom works according to our expectations and desires, but counterintuitively does God’s incredibly work through His faithfulness.


The resurrection and the life
03/18/2024

On Sunday March 17, 2024, William Min (our Coordinator of Youth and Outreach) led the Sermon while Pastor Ruttan was away on his annual vacation. William looked at the story of how Jesus resurrects Lazarus from the dead and how it is one of 4 Messianic miracles. He focused on how we will soon be wrapping up Lent as we look towards Easter in a couple of weeks… and the resurrection hope we have in Jesus, which leads us to repentance, because He IS the resurrection, the truth, and the life. The key verse was John 11:25-26 “Jesus said to her, “I am the re...


‘When tokens point to Jesus’ (Youth Time message from William from Mar.10, 2024)
03/12/2024

Pastor Ruttan recently used the quote “ A coincidence is a small miracle when God chooses to remain anonymous.” That has been true for my life… on more than many occasions! It is good to remind ourselves that God is always watching over us and provides for us in our time of need… even through small tokens. This short piece of audio was taken from our Youth Time segment from March 10, 2024.