Animosity, confrontation, confusion. from cable news right down to our kids' classrooms, Christians are waking up to a world very different from the one we once knew. We are quick to blame everyone else from Hollywood to Washington, but it is not the culture's fault God is sidelined. If God is missing from the conversation, then it is because his people have failed to represent him there. Christians have been far too silent for far too long, retreating out of fear of offending someone or the unpleasantness of stepping outside our comfort zone. When Christians have spoken up, too often it has not been in ways that honor Jesus. We have inserted our own opinion, obscuring the beauty and trutH of the gospel in favor of our political, ideological or personal agenda. It's time for us to embrace our calling as Christ's ambassadors. To do that, we must be equipped to engage the world in ways that bring the mind of Christ to bear on the matters of the day.
Living into Our Kingdom Calling As Ambassadors for Christ
2 Corinthians 5: 11-21
July 15, 2018 • Carmen Fowler LaBerge
We Are His!
Psalm 100 • August 5, 2018 • Rev. Dr. Gerrit Dawson
The LORD, he is God. It is he that made us, and not we ourselves. It is he that made us, and we are his. It’s quite a blow to learn that I actually cannot become anything I want to be. It’s shocking to come face to face with the truth that I do not create my own life. It can even be infuriating at first to learn the truth that I am not my own. I do not exist just for me. But I am something much more. I am a beloved child created by the LORD I AM. I don’t have to make my whole life. I can drop the burden of trying to manufacture my own happiness. I can be relieved of learning by trial and stupid, destructive error the way to life. I can stop feeling so alone and crushed and hopeless. I am not my own. Hallelujah! I am the LORD’s. His name is in my heart. And, as Isaiah said, my name is graven in his hands (Is. 49: 16). He bears me as his own and marks me as belonging to him. We are in relationship together. We Are His! Gerrit Dawson
The Church As Beautiful
Ephesians 5: 22-33 • July 29, 2018 • Rev. Alec Flynt
If you show up, if you worship, if you go to the stay-retreat, if you join a small group, give your tithe, serve on a team, bring your kids to youth group, if you do all of these really mundane, ordinary things that we might just label, “participating in the life of Christ’s body,” then something amazing is going to happen to you- you are going to grow deeper in Christ.