As Jesus ascended into Heaven, he called his church to take up his
cause – the salvation of souls – as they gave witness and testimony to his
victory. He equipped them for that important mission with the outpouring of the
Holy Spirit, and the tools of his Holy Word.
Today, the church, and we, her people, are called by our Savior to arise and take up his cause.
Encouraged by his victory, equipped by his Holy Spirit, and motivated by love we bear witness in the world to the glory of the gospel.
How have you experienced it? Is a family member blind or
deaf? Has an accident cost you the use of your legs? Do you wet your cheeks
with the tears that trickle down because your grandparent is suffering or gone?
Even if you’ve been spared physical brokenness, does other darkness creep into
your life? Children are bullied and abused. Nations pour billions into weapons
intended for warfare, and sometimes a fear of our own neighbors grips our hearts.
The brokenness of this world is clear.
Yet, God loved this broken world. God loves all the broken people of this world. And God chose one worthy to break the darkness and heal the brokenness. He chose one who would come to draw all nations to himself and establish true peace and justice. He chose one worthy to take up his powerful Spirit and wield that power for healing, forgiveness, and restoration. He chose one worthy to build the highway that leads you and me to the very city of God and the halls of heaven. He chose one to be worthy of a magnificent name – Immanuel – God with us!
The one who is worthy is Jesus.
Join us in the weeks leading up to Christmas as we prepare to welcome this one who is WORTHY into our own hearts.
There’s something about home. Home is where you relax after a long day of work. Home is where you can let your hair down, because you know the people there will love you, even with your quirks and flaws.
Home is where you feel most safe, in a world that isn’t.
Jesus intended for his church to be more than a school where we learn about God’s Word. He intended it to be more than a cathedral where we praise our Creator.
Jesus intended for church to be a home.
Jesus intended church to be a place where we gather with a spiritual family and enjoy all the blessings of home.
On October 20th, we will celebrate Welcome Home Sunday. We will talk about the importance of having the support of a Christian community.
The worship series will continue to discuss what we gain from Christian Community through November 24th.
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.
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.
Its origins are mysterious. It starts insignificantly small, but spread and flourish to become majestic. It is treasure worth everything you own, yet it is scattered recklessly by its creator. It establishes peace unknown anywhere else. It is The Kingdom and you are invited.
It is Christ’s kingdom of triumph and victory for you. Please join us as we hear Jesus describe his kingdom with unique illustrations that invite us to take our place in it.
Greatness is a lofty ideal for which many strive. Only the lazy or unmotivated are content with mediocrity. What allows someone to achieve greatness? Often attempts at greatness begin with grand intentions but fall short upon completion. Trauma, conflict, and everyday struggles interfere with personal delivery of greatness. On the pages of God’s Holy Word, Romans 8 leaps forth to describe the greatness of our God and his great promises. When God stands on our side, we know his greatness and the greatness of his gracious promises – all guaranteed through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
This worship series begins with an outdoor worship service at Creek Ridge County Park on Sunday, June 25th at 10:00am.All are invited to the picnic meal to follow after the worship service. Then we will play games and enjoy the atmosphere of the park.
The series continues for three weeks following, with services at 9:30am.
The chiseled rock of tomb and stone could not contain Jesus. He broke through and rose victorious on Easter and he is the rock-solid foundation for our lives – both now and forever. Whatever lies before you – impending heartache, uplifting joy, or insurmountable task – stand upon Jesus’ death and resurrection for the strength to face it. Please be our guest and continue to discover the concrete confidence you have in Jesus!
Terrorism. Violence. Murder. Chaos. It seems like it’s all falling apart. It seems like the end of the world is upon us. Whenever we talk about the end of the world, it’s always in dark and ominous terms. God’s people live in the light of a resurrected Savior. For them, there are only better tomorrows ahead. The end of this world will usher in the life that our hearts have always longed for. In this
Whenever we talk about the end of the world, it’s always in dark and ominous terms. God’s people live in the light of a resurrected Savior. For them, there are only better tomorrows ahead. The end of this world will usher in the life that our hearts have always longed for. In this
In this series we will find joy and peace in the promises of God that he will uphold us and carry us, that he will be our sunshine through the last dark days of this world and that, in the end, a true paradise awaits us.
“When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28).