How can love overcome what divides us and move us forward together? Won’t loving everybody make me a doormat—or a hypocrite? How do I find the energy to keep loving when the world seems to be going the other way? How do I find God’s love These questions and many others will have our attention this Lent as we read Bishop Michael Curry’s book, Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times, and consider what the Bible has to say about living, loving and hoping in challenging times.
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.
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
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.