People of God In the City of Man

October 11, 2020 • Pastor Ben Cross

We are the people of God living in the city of man. The Bible describes us as aliens and strangers exiled in a foreign land. The question is, what does it mean to be the people of God in our time and this place? What does it mean to follow Jesus faithfully in a world that is increasingly hostile to our faith? These are questions addressed in the epistle of 1 Peter. To help prepare our hearts and minds for an extended study of this New Testament book, this message, we will explore the nature of our times and the special challenges and opportunities we face as the Church. This is a hopeful moment for us, but it’s also a refining moment. Join us, as we seek the mind of Christ to navigate through this defining moment in history.

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November 8, 2020 • Pastor Ben Cross

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