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196885_120491338028496_6089533_nOur church is a multicultural group of people that form a family called Brentwood Park Alliance Church.  We believe that God loves everyone, has shown his love for us through Jesus Christ, and wants to help us live more meaningful and fulfilling lives.  We would love to have you visit our church on a Sunday or drop in to one of the activities that we have during the week.

Worship Services – Sundays at 10:30am

A time of worship and a practical message from God’s Word.  Our Sunday morning services are casual and easily understandable.

We have high-quality programs for children and youth during the service.


Please contact us if you have any questions or if you need help.

Don Dyck                                           Ron Hunka

Lead Pastor                                      Associate Pastor


Brentwood Park Alliance Church

1410 Delta Avenue, Burnaby, BC, Canada, V5B 3G2

Telephone: 604.291.1635

Email: office@brentwoodchurch.ca


Find the most recent study notes and audio of Sunday studies below:

July 24, 2016 – Hope In Our Brokenness

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Speaker: Don Dyck

Study: Hope in our Brokenness

Scripture: Lamentations 3 (all Scripture links go to BibleGateway.com)

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Link to Podcast

Question for Reflection:

  • The images from the news in the last while of violence, devastation, and tragedy come easily to mind.
  • It’s difficult at best to make any sense out of these events at a distance, but what do you do when you come face to face in your personal life with those kinds of experiences?

All of us have a worldview

  • a frame of reference, a grid through which we filter the information we take in from the world around us – that helps us make sense of our lives and function every day. That worldview has been shaped by…
    • our family of origin à the home in which we grew up
    • peers with whom we spend time
    • teachers in school
    • religious leaders and teachers
    • books and magazines we read
    • movies and television programs we watch
    • advertising
    • video games and internet
    • …and much more that has such a subtle influence that we hardly realize the effect they have on us.
  • When tragedy strikes – particularly when it strikes close to home – not only is our whole world shattered but so is our worldview. What necessarily follows is the painful process of not only rebuilding our world but reshaping and reconstructing our worldview.
    • A key belief for the Jews was that, as God’s chosen people, God would always protect and rescue them
      • a belief that was shattered with the fall of Jerusalem and Judah
        • following a three year siege in 587 BC by the Babylonians
        • the temple – which was way more than just a representation of the presence of Yahweh with them – was destroyed along with the king’s palace
        • King Zedekiah was captured and taken off into exile to Babylon along with the key leaders and leading citizens

Lamentations

  • a voice – or perhaps voices – of those crying out from among the ruins giving expression to the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual pain and suffering that those who were living through those times were undergoing

The journey to healing and hope in our brokenness

  • Begins by stepping into the experience, not disconnecting from it
    • How deserted lies the city once so full of people… Lamentations 1:1
    • I am the man who has seen affliction… Lamentations 3:1
      • an identification with those who are afflicted
      • “seen”
        • not from a distance but from close up – not removed but engaged
      • affliction
        • intense suffering
  • Give expression to grief and grievance…
  • Shift your focus to the character of God…

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,

for his compassions never fail.

They are new every morning;

great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

  • …and re-examine your experiences in light of who God is

Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,

so great is his unfailing love. Lamentations 3:32

Let us examine our ways and test them,

and let us return to the Lord. Lamentations 3:40

Bringing Jesus into the picture

  • he is the man who has seen affliction