When thinking about what it is that makes someone a Christian, we tend to start with "belief." Someone confesses faith in Jesus, learns what is expected of his/her behavior as a Christian and finds belonging in community with other believers. Here's the thing: Jesus didn't operate that way, nor does that trajectory work for everyone on the outskirts of the church today. Join us this Easter season as we explore the ways in which Jesus modeled a gospel of homecoming, demonstrating the basic need for and power of belonging--even before we know all that we believe or how we are to behave.
Having finished our study of the Hebrew Scriptures, we now turn our attention to the New Testament Gospels. Through the incarnation of Jesus Christ, humanity is given the opportunity to see and hear the heart of God. Jesus teaches us how to live, love, learn, listen and lead with integrity and intentionality. No one’s life has had a greater impact on the course of human history than his. Jesus is the heart of the story and the beat of our hearts.
We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ!
We remember Jesus' crucifixion.
Since it's inception, Christians have joined in God's kingdom work by living out their faith. Their surprising words, actions and attitudes have alerted people in our communities to the reign of God. Unfortunately, the world at large isn't surprised by Christians anymore. Perhaps rediscovering with intentional regularity, the practices of blessing, eating, listening, learning and serving will change all of that...
*Series is based on Surprise the World: The Five Habits of Highly Missional People, by Michael Frost
Today, we begin the season of Lent: a 40-day journey (not counting Sundays) to Easter. Lent is a time of repentance, preparation, self-examination and reflection as we remember the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness before the start of his public ministry.
The beginning of 2018 brings with it a number of different thoughts and emotions. Are you someone who approaches every new year eager to set goals and work to achieve them? Are you the person determined to begin 2018 with a clean slate? Are you the type sto squelch any notion of "new and different," internally justifying your approach as "same life, different date?" Whatever your approach, the first sermon series of 2018, New Year, New Beginnings, is for you. Join us for worship as we consider how the Bible speaks to new beginnings in faith and in life.