Our world seems to be descending more and more into moral chaos and confusion as moral relativism and secularism wreck havoc on people's lives. Rather than the church of Jesus stepping up to provide the gospel cure and model a better way forward, the church and many of her leaders seem to have been ensnared … Continue reading Is there any hope for the church?
Membership Vow #4 Do you promise to support the church in its worship and work to the best of your ability? Core Value: ENGAGE Core Value: We believe that the gospel makes us a people for others and that our mission centers on actively extending the gospel of grace in word and deed to our … Continue reading We engage God’s Mission
Membership Vow #4 Do you promise to support the church in its worship to the best of your ability? Core Value: WORSHIP Core Value: We believe that the gospel liberates and compels us to worship and cherish the one, true, living God. Outcome: We will be spiritually renewed and refreshed by regular, transforming encounters … Continue reading We Delight in God’s Worship
God, our gracious, heavenly Father, you are our dependably steady and warmly personal God. Those qualities so frequently elude us. Show us the path of self-denying, sacrificial love. Grant us endurance and encouragement to love those who are different than us. Those who disappoint us and even those who hurt us. Show us how to … Continue reading A Prayer to Pursue Peaceful Relationships
Membership Vow #3 Do you resolve and promise, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, that you will endeavor to live as becomes a follower of Christ? Core Value: EQUIP Core Value: We believe the Word of God equips the man or woman of God to make an impact in perilous times. … Continue reading We treasure God’s Word
Membership Vows #1 and #2 Do you acknowledge yourself to be a sinner in the sight of God, justly deserving His displeasure without hope except in His sovereign mercy? Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior of sinners, and do you receive and depend upon Him alone … Continue reading We believe in God’s gospel
The book of Revelation is a manual of comfort to the Church
in her pilgrimage through this world
to the Heavenly Canaan of her rest.
Where true love flourishes, its magnetism is all but irresistible. As the late Bishop Stephen C. Neill has written, “Within the fellowship of those who are bound together by personal loyalty to Jesus Christ, the relationship of love reaches an intimacy and intensity unknown elsewhere. Friendship between the friends of Jesus of Nazareth is unlike … Continue reading The Irresistible Magnetism of a Loving Church
Are you struggling with a change at your church? Maybe a change of leadership, a change in ministry direction, a change of a particular style, or a change in your ministry focus. Here is a good and encouraging word from a seasoned pastor, John Stott: “Change is painful to us all, especially when it affects … Continue reading Struggling with Change at Church
I came across this challenging quote in my study of Jesus' High Priestly Prayer in John's Gospel. What do you think of John Milne’s comment on John 17:21 and 23? “The biggest barriers to effective evangelism according to the prayer of Jesus are not so much outdated methods, or inadequate presentations of the gospel, as … Continue reading The Ultimate Hindrance to Our Church’s Mission