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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:

September 25, 2016 – Why Are We Here?

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Speaker: Don Dyck

Study Series: Three Essential Questions

Study #2: Why Are We Here?

Scripture: all Scripture links go to BibleGateway.com



Link to Podcast


Three essential questions to help avoid a “business as usual” approach to the life and ministry of our church:

1)  Who are we?

2)  Why are we here?

3)  What are we doing?

  • Can be applied not only to our church but to each one of us an individual, to couples, and to families to evaluate and stay on track with how we go about our lives

Why am I here? (Why are we here?)

  • At first reading
    • question of purpose (i.e., for what purpose am I – or are we – here?)
    • But before that aspect of the question can be answered we need to first ask this question from a different perspective:
      • Where have I come from?
        • my “creation story”
      • How did I get here from there?
        • my life journey
  • Wrestling with the answer to this question in this way builds on and further develops our understanding of who we are

Learning and applying some principles form the story of Hagar (Genesis 16)

  • Introducing Hagar:
    • Sarah’s Egyptian maidservant
    • Marginalized on three different levels:
      • As a woman
        • considered an inferior human being
      • As a foreigner
        • having no legal rights
      • As a slave
        • having neither freedom nor control over her own life and wellbeing
    • Plays an important role in the history of God’s people but overshadowed by that of Abram and Sarah
  • Context of the events of Genesis 16
    • Genesis 15
      • God’s covenant with Abram to give him “a son coming form your own body” (Genesis 15:4) to be his heir and the ongoing fulfillment of the promise to make him into a great nation (Gen. 12:2)
    • In spite of God’s promise that Abram would have a son and descendants, Sarah is barren and they are childless – a point emphasized in Genesis 16:1
  • Points to keep in mind while reading Genesis 16
    • Find your place in the story
    • Contrast between Sarai and Hagar
    • Hagar is not spoken to nor mentioned by name by Abram or Sarai
    • Sarai seems to blame others for her situation:
      • Blames God for her barrenness
      • Blames Abram for how Hagar treats her
    • Abram’s passive response to Sarai and Sarai’s mistreatment of Hagar
      • same word used to describe Israel’s treatment by the Egyptians years later
    • Hagar “fled”
      • same word used to describe Israel’s exodus (flight) from Egypt
    • The angel “found” Hagar
      • indicates intentionality
    • The question of the angel
      • “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?”
        • The first part of this question calls on Hagar to reflect on her past – everything that has shaped her and her brought her to this point
          • her “creation story”
        • The second part calls on her to reflect on her future and the direction she is taking in her life (and that of her unborn child)
        • The present moment is where the past and the future intersect
          • you cannot change the past but your decisions in the present create the future
          • God can redeem our past – even our bad decisions – and work them for good (not turn them into good experiences or decisions!) – see Genesis 45:4-7, Romans 8:28, Hebrew 11:39-40
    • The angel’s response
      • “Go back to your mistress and submit to her…”
        • notice a different response later on when Hagar is now sent away by Abraham (Genesis 21:14-21)
    • Ishmael
      • meaning “God hears”
      • “a wild donkey of a man”
        • a metaphor describing a person who is his own person, who lives in passionate freedom, not bound by social convention or controlled by what others may want or expect of him
    • Hagar is the only woman in the OT who is given the promise of descendants
    • Hagar’s naming of God
      • “El-Roi” – “the God who sees me”

Knowing why you (we) are here begins by knowing your (our) creation story and how your (our) story fits within the larger narrative of God’s story – how he is at work in and around you (us) to accomplish his purpose