• Why Discipleship

    Why Discipleship

    "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
    - Jesus' words in Matthew 28:19-20

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    Partnerships

    "And my God will liberally supply your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus."
    - Phillipians 4:19

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    "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
    - Jesus' words in Matthew 28:19-20

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    "And my God will liberally supply your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus."
    - Phillipians 4:19

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Episode 4

With Byron Grant

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In this episode, Byron Grant shares about his 40+ years of living and ministering among his first nations brothers and sisters in Vancouver, Canada. With joy and compassion, Byron unpacks why first nations people experience such difficulty in reconciling their culture and history to Christianity and the Church, much of it owing to the trauma experienced in Canada’s residential school system. He encourages us to take the time to listen more to the rich stories that First Nations people love to tell, to get to know their sense of humor and fun, and to enjoy them with all of the God-given gifts, skills and potential they possess.

Byron Grant is the Lead Pastor at New Beginnings Baptist Church in East Vancouver where he has pastored for many years alongside his wife Diane. Byron was commissioned as a missionary by North America Indigenous Ministries (NAIM) in 1979, and has lived and served among first nations people ever since.

You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in…

  • How God called Byron to Vancouver to minister to First Nations people [2:55]
  • The moment Byron knew he was called to be a missionary [6:30]
  • The history of First Nations people in Canada and the USA [9:22]
  • The impact of Canada’s residential schools on First Nations People [12:15]
  • The vision of NAIM to raise up indigenous leaders and churches [16:55]
  • The Tillicum Centre: a bridge between the native community and Jesus [20:38]
  • Loving First Nations people through listening [25:14]
  • Some First Nations theology [29:51]
  • Why First Nation people are underrepresented in Canadian churches [36:33]
  • Challenging the stereotyping of First Nations people [40:12]
  • Friendship with First Nations people [41:18]

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Episode 3

With Joben David

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Joben David is the Executive Director of Jacob’s Well, a faith based non-profit located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver (DTES) with a rich history. In this episode, Joben shares about the Jacob’s Well community that he leads in Vancouver’s DTES and the challenges associated with this role. He explains how their welcome mat doesn’t stop at the door but extends to under their table, where Jesus is already sitting! He questions our motivation to rescue the poor, as it may actually be us who are in most need. And he challenges us, as Jesus followers, that we are all able to welcome and have mutual friendships with people who are not like us. As we do this, we can discover the true meaning and purpose of friendship and family.

“In 1976, at the age of 60 a woman by the name of Pauline Fell began walking the streets of the DTES. Although she was a new Christian, she asked God what He wanted her to do with her life and felt His prompting to befriend people in the neighborhood. For the next 25 years, almost every day she faithfully walked the streets and alleys, and visited the bars, prisons local hospitals and hotels where her many friends could be found. She was known to many as “sister” or “mom”, and virtually everyone in the neighborhood respected this elderly woman. 

In November 2000, Pauline felt God urging her to give her inheritance away before she died. She pondered this and believing that God wasn’t speaking to her about money, she asked what her inheritance was. Immediately she saw faces flashing before her, hundreds of faces of the people that she had become friends with over the past 25 years. She realized that the many friendships she had built were a rich inheritance, and that it would be squandered if she didn’t pass them on before the end of her life. Jacob’s Well was directly birthed out her diligence and obedience.” – Jacobs Well History

You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in…

  • The origin of Jacob’s Well – born out of a legacy of friendship [4:30] 
  • The ‘table of welcome’ – I see YOU, not just your hunger [6:00] 
  • We’re purposely not a church, but we do act like one [8:10] 
  • How can we move from being a rescuer and instead “deep dive into friendship” [10:28] 
  • Where the middle classes have been Covid isolated, how have those in the DTES managed to remain in community? [13:35] 
  • How family is always better than charity [15:37] 
  • Where are the poor in my city? [17:14] 
  • Why do ‘rich’ Christians struggle to live alongside the poor [18:15] 
  • We’re all ‘in recovery’ but we just don’t recognize it [20:48] 
  • Jesus is already at the table, and invites us all to come [22:00] 
  • How can we deal with people with a high level of mental health needs [26:50]
  • How do you look after yourself [31:43]

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Episode 2

With Preston Gordon

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In this episode, Preston Gordon shares about his own unusual calling into the Anglican church, his journey into liturgy and how it ‘tells the story’, and becoming ‘Anglicans on mission’.

Preston Gordon is the Associate Pastor at St. Peters Fireside in downtown Vancouver, a thriving, urban church plant with the Anglican network (ANiC). Preston and his wife Deanna are originally from the US and moved to Vancouver in 2013 where they immediately joined the church. 

You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in…

  • Preston on growing a surprising love for Anglican liturgy [4:43]
  • Seeking to balance the Word, the Spirit and tradition [11:25]
  • What is wearing robes and a collar all about? [15:50]
  • Preston’s grounding mantra: Oxygen, Grace and Godspeed [18:33]
  • Simple Mission: expressing God’s love on the move in practical ways [20:50]
  • How to reach out to friends with the love of Jesus [31:12]

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