Church address:
5350 Baillie Street
Vancouver, BC
(on 37th Ave between Cambie and Oak)

Church office address:
2325 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6J 3J2
604.558.4400

St John's Vancouver Anglican Church is a community of Christians dedicated to the exposition and teaching of the Word of God, to the spreading of the good news of the Gospel at home and abroad, and to the application of God's purpose in our own lives and families.

see the Life's big questions course

Christianity is unique among world views; it is not a religion (human effort exerted to reach the Divine) but a relationship. God speaks creation into existence, speaks humanity into being, and through the Bible shows Himself to us so that we can know him as Creator and King in our lives. This is what we are made for.

But we have rebelled against God (we call this "sin") by placing ourselves at the center of our existence. Sin is not simply specific actions contrary to God's law, but primarily an attitude of heart and mind which says, "I know better than God". Sin is the posture of asserting my own way, not God's, in my life. Sin is the broken relationship with God who made us and loves us. Sin is also expressed in the broken relationships with our inner selves, other people, and the physical creation.

What has God done about this state we are in? The stunning news is that He has taken it upon Himself to reconcile us to Him. He has done this through His own Son, Jesus the Messiah (Christ). Jesus was rejected by humanity, brutally tortured, and died, taking upon Himself the righteous judgment and punishment (death) our rebellion deserves, so that we can stand before God washed of our sin. It's not that sin disappears into thin air, however. Justice demands that sin be "paid for". The sentence must be served in full. Jesus does this for all humanity as our substitute.

How do we respond to what God has done? He tells us that we must repent (change course, do a '180') from trying to create and run our own lives, and believe in His Son (that is, trust in who Jesus is, and what He has done for us). To be a Christian is to live in response to what God has done. And God has designed us to live in community. The Church (a local congregation or gathering of Christians) is God's goal: His people living in His creation under His rule.

If you are you pondering life's big spiritual questions, or are interested in learning more about God and faith, or perhaps want to connect with others who are searching for more in life, then we invite you to the Discovering Christ (DC) courses.

Discovering Christ consists of three courses held at St. John's Vancouver Anglican Church, and at other locations. They consist of a series of discussions focused on exploring spiritual issues from a Christian perspective. Questions on faith and spirituality, meaning and purpose in life, and many others will be shared in a small group of people who are also seeking deeper understanding.

DC provides a warm, casual atmosphere where you can comfortably share your questions and thoughts with others. After dinner together, you will be led in a lively, informative discussion of the session's topic. Whether you prefer active discussion or just want to sit back and listen, DC offers a pressure-free environment to explore questions of faith and life.

DC courses are held in the winter, spring, summer and fall.

DC provides a warm, casual atmosphere where you can comfortably share your questions and thoughts with others. After dinner together, you will be led in a lively, informative discussion of the session's topic. Whether you prefer active discussion or just want to sit back and listen, DC offers a pressure-free environment to explore questions of faith and life.

DC courses are held in the winter, spring, summer and fall.


 

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Contact

Aaron Roberts
604.558.4400 ext 226
aaron@sjvan.org

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