We are grieved by the racial violence and injustice we have witnessed over the last several weeks. As a way forward, we feel compelled to take steps with a posture of humility seeking understanding from those who have been affected the most by racism. So, on Wednesday, June 10, we took time to listen — listen to our members of color share their experience both over the recent events and as minorities of our church. As the community of Christ, we must practice knowing and being known in order to grow in our love for one another. Paul writes in 1 Cor 12:26 that “if one member suffers, all suffer together.” This was a space where we as a whole body could share in the sufferings of other members. The whole must suffer together in the long-standing sin of racism in order for us to truly engage in the fight against it.
Listen | Learn | Lament
A Conversation About Race
June 10, 2020 • Evan Marbury
Luke 11:5-13 • December 30, 2018 • Malcolm Pettigrew
Prayer is one of the most important elements to a relationship with God. In fact, there isn’t much of a relationship at all outside of healthy prayer. So why do so many of us find prayer to be one of the most difficult aspects of our faith? Join us on Sunday as we go to the source and listen in on Jesus teaching his disciples to pray. In Luke 11:5-13, Jesus demonstrates not only how to pray, but gives us important reasons why to pray. Luke 11:5–13  And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves,  for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’;  and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’?  I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs.  And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.  What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent;  or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (ESV)
9 Things the Bible Church Can Grow In This Summer
Pastor Jay provides some of his desires for the Bible Church family while he's away on sabbatical. • May 13, 2018 • Jay Thomas
1. The sick and broken are welcomed and brought in, and then set on a new course of redemption through the love and grace of this church. 2. We grow in conspicuous discipleship. 3. The Word of God is revered, not so much as a precious artifact but rather as a mountain that shakes with fire and glory. 4. People forgive each other, readily and fully. 5. People admit they need grace and live in dependence more and more, even when their talent is great and admired. 6. Families are whole and founded upon grace. 7. We pray before we act, we act as we pray, then we pray to dedicate the good work back to God. 8. Theology and Doxology are the legs we walk on, especially in light of the God who will finish his goals of grace and glory with perfection. 9. Our church family grows as a multi-ethnic community that is unified and empowered by Jesus and the glorious gospel.
This Is What It's All About
Philippians 2:1-5 • December 31, 2017 • Ryan McKee
Philippians 2:1–5  So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,  complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.  Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, (ESV)