Here are photos from yesterday, our first one-service Sunday and part one of the RE:NEW series. Click on the montage to load a Flickr page with larger images.
June 13 2013 at 5:51 pm 2 Comments
We know that “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, reproof and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). It’s all part of the living and active Word of God (Hebrews 4:12). We need all of it. But isn’t it true that at certain times in our lives certain parts of Scripture seem to speak so directly to our circumstances that the breath of God’s Word feels like a mighty wind? The Word doesn’t just speak to us in those moments; it feels like it thunders! And the living and active Sword of the Spirit seems to pierce even more deeply.
That’s how I feel about Hebrews 12 right now for myself personally and for our church family as a whole. In so many ways this chapter with its 29 verses speaks to where we find ourselves. We’re facing disorienting challenges. Many of us feel weary and discouraged. Hebrews 12 calls Christians to endurance and faith. It speaks to God’s purpose in painful circumstances. It addresses the temptations we face in times of difficulty. And most importantly it holds forth Jesus. Hebrews 12 calls us to fix our eyes on him and to remember the unshakeable nature of his kingdom.
So Lord willing, for the next five weeks, I’m going to preach Hebrews 12 to you, and to me. And I’m asking the Lord to send his Holy Spirit and do something deep and powerful and lasting in our hearts through his living Word.
February 19 2013 at 8:58 am 0 Comments
Here’s a recap of Sunday, February 17, to help us all remember and review:
We celebrated the gospel:
Holy, Holy, Holy
O My Soul, Arise
Communion – as communion was distributed, we had members read from 1 Peter 2:22-25: Philippians 2:6-11; Col 2:13-15; Heb 10:1-2a, 12-17 and Psalm 103:1-5, 8, 22
Before the Throne
We remembered God’s personal care for us through the gospel:
We welcomed guests and shared news in our church life.
We responded and were sent into the world:
Resources for your Family and Care Group:
• Sermon Outline and Application Questions
Kids in Discovery Land learned about Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream (Lesson 72 in Long Story Short) from Daniel 2:1-49.
12:13 students studied John 1:14-18: God became what we are to show us who he is.
September 11 2012 at 9:02 pm 0 Comments
This past Sunday, Joshua Harris preached part 16 of our series, The Life and Words of Jesus: The Gospel According to Matthew. His text was Matthew 6:1-6;16-18, where Jesus encourages disciples of the kingdom of heaven to answer two important questions in relation to spiritual practices and worship of God: What is our motive? What is our reward?
Options for reviewing the message:
Questions for reflection and application:
2. In what areas of your life (spiritual disciplines, parenting, giving, serving, job, etc.) do you subtly, or even overtly, let others know of your good deeds and acts of righteousness?
3. In what ways do you live for and crave the applause, adoration and approval of others?
4. When you sacrifice time, energy or financial resources for others and they fail to express gratefulness, how is your heart tempted? What does that reveal about your motive?
5. How can the least impressive life (by the world’s standards) have eternal significance? How does living for the audience of One change the motives and posture of your heart?
6. Why is the Father’s promise to reward us for our secret acts of devotion and worship so incredible?
August 29 2012 at 10:09 pm 0 Comments
This past Sunday, Braden Greer preached part 14 of our series entitled, The Life and Words of Jesus: The Gospel According to Matthew. His text was Matthew 5:38-42, where Jesus addresses how a disciple of the kingdom of heaven thinks about revenge and the underlying issue of how we view our rights.
Here are options for reviewing and applying the message:
1. Take time to read Matthew 5:38-42.
2. When you are confronted with the true interpretation of the law, what is your initial reaction? Does it drive you to try to earn God’s favor or to rest in God’s mercy? Consider Luke 18:9-14. Does Christ’s teaching provoke you to change? Consider Ezekiel 36:26-27.
3. What are some modern equivalents of a backhanded slap? How do you react when you are insulted?
4. Are you quick to lay claim to your rights even when it leads to others being harmed? How would life at home change if you decided to lay aside your prerogative for the sake of others?
5. Have you considered what Christ laid aside to come and save us? Have you allowed his example to put your own prerogative into perspective?
August 23 2012 at 7:17 pm 0 Comments