The President did what?!? The local pastor said what?!?
Scandals aren’t just bad because bad things occurred. Scandals deal with the things we did not see coming; things that shouldn’t happen. The plot and conspiracy that unfolded to condemn a man named Jesus two millennia ago is a scandal.
But there is more to this scandal than what transpired in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago.
The scandal includes us all!
The scandal of our sin caused all Jesus endured. Greater still is the scandal of God’s grace – his undeserved love for us – that alone moved him to send his own Son to die for us.
During this season of Lent we will unpack the scandal that took place 2,000 years ago and its significance for us today.
Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent. On this day we are reminded that we are dust and to dust we shall return. Yet, Jesus promises us new life in him.
Ash Wednesday has traditionally been observed as a day of personal reflection and confession before God. We bare our soul open to him and confess our sins, and he is faithful and forgives us for the sake of Jesus.
A Note about Ashes
The Imposition of Ashes will be offered in Beautiful Savior’s service. The Imposition of Ashes has been a tradition of the Christian Church throughout history. Ashes are a sign of mourning in many cultures. On Ash Wednesday we mourn that our sins caused the death of our Lord. For many, receiving ashes, either on the forehead or on their hand, serves as a reminder to them of the love of Jesus that led him to pour out his blood to rescue them from their sins.
Beautiful Savior offers the Imposition of Ashes for those who find this tradition beneficial for the focus of their meditation and worship. Those who do not desire the ashes are encouraged to use this portion of our service for personal reflection.
The breakfast cereal. The new car. College. Career path. Whether the choice is big
or small, how do you choose? On what will
you base your choice? You want the best, the most reliable, consistent, and fulfilling
option. So maybe it’s hard to imagine that God would ever choose you.
Maybe you are all too aware that your life is riddled with poor
choices and decisions. Maybe you feel your weaknesses and inconsistencies are
too hard to hide. Maybe you don’t care, but it doesn’t matter. God has chosen you, because that is who he is
and what he does. His choice is based on
his own undeserved love.
He has chosen you to be led by the Son whom he chose to be
your Savior. When you follow him you will
discover that you have been chosen to be blessed and glorified, to show radical
love, and to choose others.
The good news of Jesus Christ is not superficial, but revolutionary.
Could we know the gospel and yet not really know the gospel? In much of Christianity moralism and legalism have often eclipsed the gospel. In this series, we will seek to cut through the superficiality of religion and reacquaint ourselves with the revolutionary truth of God’s gracious acceptance of us in Christ. The gospel is the power of God, and the only true source of joy, freedom, radical generosity, and audacious faith. The gospel produces in us what religion never could: a heart that desires God.
Let the power of the light who has burst into the darkness change you and your world as you enter the new year.
The world can be a dark place. We see it in the news. We see it in our lives. On the first Christmas, a brilliant light pierced the darkness. The child born in a Bethlehem stable had come to bring the light of forgiveness and peace to a darkened world. Join us to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ! Our Christmas worship will feature and inspiring message, favorite Christmas carols, and a place to bask in the light of the Christ-child.
A Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
Curly head dolls that toddle and coo. Elephants, boats, and kiddie cars too. Santa Claus is comin’ to town.
You’ll hear those lyrics often during the holiday season—a song about a man who’s coming to bring all sorts of gifts. But, are they really gifts? The definition of a gift is “something given voluntarily without payment or condition.” The man in the red suit has conditions:
You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout. He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good…
If you give someone a gift only if they meet certain qualifications, that is not a gift.
There is one who is coming, bearing real gifts, profoundly important gifts. Jesus came that first Christmas to win forgiveness and give all the gifts that come with it: hope, peace, joy, love. He is coming again at the end of this world to give you the gift of resurrection to eternal life. In the season of Advent, we connect Christ’s first coming with his second coming. We rejoice in all the unconditional gifts he gives.
He is coming, bearing gifts. Let us prepare our hearts to meet him.
Join us on Sundays, December 2nd, 9th, and 16th for this series.
On Sunday, December 23rd, there will be a special children’s service.
Three words we speak very often. To our children, to our spouse, to the friend who is crushed and heartbroken, to the friend who is exuberant and ecstatic.
That short, little three-word phrase is intended to overflow with meaning. “I love you” is not supposed to be flippant, or meaningless, or sarcastic, or devoid of emotion. Yet, how often has that phrase lost its charm and charisma because it seems less than heartfelt? How often do you yourself struggle to demonstrate what you claim with that phrase? Our love can often be imperfect.
Maybe you’ve been the recipient of such imperfect love in your life, that you have given up on love all together. Not just that you have given up on dating, or marriage, but on the whole idea that people can show one another love. Our world seems to struggle mightily to demonstrate real love. We have become great at conditional love; love that depends on who you are and what you do for me.
Jesus says, “I love you!”
And Jesus means it.
Jesus shows it.
It is unconditional.
It is amazing.
When Jesus says it, that phrase is not flippant, or sarcastic, or charmless, or less than heartfelt. When Jesus says, “I love you,” his phrase overflows with meaning and with his very own blood that was spilled out upon the cross for you.
Jesus loves you. Whether you feel great or small, whether you are rich or poor, whether you are afflicted or at ease, Jesus loves you. He loves you with that type of love that knows exactly what you need. Jesus loves you. Jesus has loved you. Jesus will love you – and always with his Amazing Love.
Join us for this worship series on Sundays, October 7-28, 2018, at 9:30am.
“They all think they are so perfect, but hypocrisy abounds in their community clubs!”
Have you ever heard Christians and churches described that way? Have you formed those opinions of Christians and their churches yourself?
Caricatures of the Christian religion have developed over centuries and over the last several decades. For some, Christians and churches need to admit the wrongful actions and attitudes that have produced such caricatures. For others, simple misunderstandings need to be cleared up. Maybe your experiences have made you sick and wary of religion altogether.
There is religion that is pure and noble, with something amazing to offer you. There is an authentic spirituality and faith you can find in promises of God in Jesus. As we practice such faith, and join with others in such faith, messes occur, but the Word of God provides the guidance and truth to develop authentic community and faith.
Join us as we discuss Filthy Religion and answer the call of God to a faith that is pure, noble, and authentic.
Sometimes life seems to overflow with potential. We are sure we can and will change the world. Somewhere along the line that changes. We realize that all our hard work and effort doesn’t really seem to get us anywhere. Earlier dreams of changing the world begin to fade into the monotony of daily life. We begin to ask questions we may not have previously contemplated.
Why are we here? What is our purpose? Where do we find meaning in everyday—meaning that will motivate and empower us to push forward?
A wise man named Solomon contemplated and examined these same questions and issues thousands of years ago. As we examine his conclusions, we will also look to another man who provided better answers full of meaning and substance.
Join us for this series, Sundays, July 29 – August 26, 2018. Worship takes place at 9:30am.
The blockbusters have hit the big screen. Capes. Masks. Ripping muscles. Body armor. Witty one-liners. Such are the signs of our superheroes with superpowers. Fictions captivate our minds and imaginations, as these heroes face insurmountable odds yet overcome. Their strength and tenacity amazes. Their grit and determination motivates. Their comedy in the face of tragedy lifts our spirits.
Our superheroes with their superpowers give us hope. The hope that there is strength beyond what we can muster. Hope that people can see others in need and intervene. Hope that this world can be a better place. Hope that in the end good can conquer evil, but then we step out of the movie theater or turn off the TV. Perhaps we are left wondering if such hopes are foolish.
Such hopes are not foolish, but they are found in fact, not fiction. Join us as we see Jesus is the hero we need, with the superpower to strengthen us.
This worship series runs from June 24 – July 22, 2018.