Convergence Of Streams
Isaiah 2:1-4 • January 6, 2019 • Pastor Léonce B. Crump Jr.
we would rather divide over preference than unite over priority. Human beings, Christian or not, this is our proclivity. We would rather divide over preference than unite over priority—even if it means ignoring the prayer of our shared Saviour. This must not be. This cannot be, for if it is not only do we ignore Jesus’ prayer, but we forfeit the hope of His prayer that through our being one, the rest of the world might know that He indeed was sent by the Father and indeed is their Saviour. Thanks be to God that by virtue of this same Saviour we have a chance, an opportunity to seek out that for which He prayed. And we have a promise in Isaiah that at some point Jesus’ people will get through their heads that we were always meant to be one people, in one metaphysical house, with one Father. What the prophet tells us is that though God’s people are presently splintered into many streams, one day those many will become one again. Many streams will flow into the future house of God. The divisions will cease. The splits and splinters will be no more. Priority of His presence will overrule personal preference. Future Church | Convergence Of Streams | Isaiah 2:1-4
Socially Conscious & Transcultural
Acts 6:1-7; Acts 15:1-21 • January 13, 2019 • Pastor Léonce B. Crump Jr.
We have a tendency to neglect some and embrace others, ignoring that all are image bearers of God. [or, “ignoring that all are made in the image of God”] But the Church, those who say they are representative of God and His interests, must be different and distinct in this matter. We must be those who seek to see people as image bearers, embracing all into the family of God with no prerequisite other than their belief in and commitment to Jesus. We must be those who seek the good of the suffering, marginal, forgotten and discarded. The Future Church is one free of ethnic boundaries and social apathy. Future Church | Socially Conscious & Transcultural | Acts 6:1-7; Acts 15:1-21
Jesus-Centered & Spirit-Led
Acts 15:22-35 • January 20, 2019 • Pastor Léonce B. Crump Jr.
We need the leading of the Spirit to live lives of risk for Jesus. We need the power of the Spirit while being centered on Jesus! We need the presence of the Spirit while dwelling on the loving sacrifice of Jesus. We need the gifts of the Spirit, while we live out of the righteousness of Jesus. It is not Jesus or the Spirit, it is Jesus and the Spirit, or our faith… indeed our church is incomplete. James, Peter, Paul, and Barnabas certainly knew this to be true. They proclaimed the completed work of Jesus through the active work of the Spirit… One grounding, the Other leading, so that the church might be what God intended her to be. The true church is Jesus-centred and Spirit-led. Future Church | Jesus-Centered & Spirit-Led | Acts 15:22-35
Authentic & Intentional
1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 • January 27, 2019 • Pastor Léonce B. Crump Jr.
Authenticity is what the world wants most, with intentionality to match it. With so much shallowness, emptiness, and falseness in our current culture, there is little more attractive than authenticity—even when it is messy! Once again it is Paul who shows us that this is not a new principle, but a very old idea. The most attractive church we can be is an authentic and intentional church, willing to give to people not only our message but our very lives. Authentic and Intentional people form the church that changes the world. Future Church | Authentic & Intentional | 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Generous & Expectant
Malachi 3:6-12 • February 3, 2019 • Pastor Léonce B. Crump Jr.
We do not like to talk about money, even if it means we get more of what God has for us. Of course, that is a very Christian application to a very human condition. No one really wants to talk about money, unless they are bragging about how much of it they have… and those are usually very “special” people. But, we have to talk about it. We have to talk about money in order to have the right view of it, and we have to talk about it rightly. We have to talk about it biblically. But, God does want His people to be generous and expectant. God longs for His people to be generous and expectant. Future Church | Generous & Expectant | Malachi 3:6-12