Putting on the New You

By Rev. Dr. Brent Russett – Asbury Free Methodist October 22, 2023 – Ephesians 4:17-24             We are in the middle of our series on Ephesians. Last week, we looked at what the Christian community should look like. This week, we’re going to look at a contrast between Christians and non-Christians. Or, more accurately, between Christians and a subset of …

Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord

By Rev. Dr. Brent Russett – Asbury Free Methodist October 15, 2023 – Ephesians 4:1-16             I love theology. I am kind of a geek that way. My favourite course at school was systematic theology. My brain is wired to think that way. And theology is important. Wrong belief usually leads to wrong action.             We have been working our …

Our Huge Prayer

By Rev. Brent Russett – Asbury Free Methodist October 8th, 2023 – Ephesians 3:14-21             We are working our way through the book of Ephesians. This morning, we come to one of my favourite passages in this book. It is Paul’s prayer for the believers at Ephesus and the surrounding churches.             I have been your pastor for just over …

Mystery Solved

By Rev. Dr. Brent Russett – Asbury Free Methodist October 1st, 2023 – Ephesians 3:1-12             I want to start by telling you the Grand Story. Before the beginning, there was God. God has never changed. He was as He is now, in community with himself – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The three in one.             God was not …

We are God’s People

By Rev. Dr. Brent Russett – Asbury Free Methodist September 24, 2023 – Ephesians 2:11-22             Us and them. That is the way a lot of people see the world. Liberal/Conservative, Right/Left, White/Black, White/First Nations, Protestant/Catholic, Straight/LBGTQ, Rural/Urban, Christian/Non-Christian. The list could go on and on.             We define ourselves against the other side. Whatever the other side is. If …

Becoming God’s Masterpiece

By Rev. Dr. Brent Russett – Asbury Free Methodist September 17th, 2023 – Ephesians 2:1-10             It is always good to start off a sermon with a cartoon. So, I want to play you Francis Chan’s story “The Big Red Tractor.” Ephesians 2:1–2 (NIV) As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to …

My Prayer for You

By Rev. Dr. Brent Russett – Asbury Free Methodist Ephesians 1:15-23 – September 11, 2023             While you won’t find this Sunday on any ecclesiastical calendar, I have always viewed this Sunday, the Sunday after labour day, as the start of the new church year. Family Night has restarted. Keenagers has restarted. Small groups are restarting. The kids are back …

Busy Mom’s

I love what I read today in Lectio-365. Carlo Carretto lived for more than a dozen years as a hermit in the Sahara desert… Milking a goat for his food, and translating the Bible into the local Bedouin language, he prayed for long hours by himself. Returning to Italy one day to visit his mother, he came to a startling …

Who God is and Your Identity

Part 1 – Ephesians By Rev. Dr. Brent Russett – Asbury Free Methodist September 3rd, 2023 – Ephesians 1:1-14             I am starting a new series on the book of Ephesians this morning. Ephesians is my favourite book of the Bible. It has done more to stabilize my life and satisfy my soul than any other book. I expect this …

The Good News -VBS Sunday

By Rev. Dr. Brent Russett – Asbury Free Methodist August 20th, 2023- John 1:1-4, John 3:16             It is great to be back with you this morning after three weeks of vacation. You know how sometimes you come back from vacation, and it feels like you need a rest. I didn’t do that this time. I actually had some real …