Contributed on Sep 28, 2001
The alarm that went off on September 11 is opening our eyes to the problem of individualism. The only thing that will keep us from collectively rolling over in our bed of apathy is a strong call to the cross of Christ and to genuine Christian community.
The New Awakening Pastor Jim Luthy It has been two and a half weeks since we were awakened by the news of terrorists striking on our own soil. Since that time, we have heard that the attacks awakened a "sleeping giant." But that leads me to some questions. If we were a "sleeping giant," ...read more
Contributed on Oct 5, 2001
The truest community is found in a gathering of people who are learning to become Jesus-trusting disciples and are committed to making Jesus-trusting disciples.
Living with a Common Purpose: Making Disciples Pastor Jim Luthy Last week we talked about the awakening in America to the problem of individualism. Rising from our slumber after the terrorist attacks, the people of our nation are giving blood, giving money, giving thanks, and giving in to ...read more
Contributed on Oct 12, 2001
We must agree that the "habit" of not meeting together is counter-productive to making disciples.
Breaking the "Habit" of Isolationism Pastor Jim Luthy In the past few weeks, we’ve been discussing, both here and in our TLC Groups, the value of living in community. You might recall that we talked about the "Paradox of Community," where we hunger for intimacy yet we fear intimacy. Then we ...read more
Contributed on Nov 29, 2001
Jesus longs to be present as the center of our gatherings, just as he promised, to be light and to give life.
The Real Small Group Leader Pastor Jim Luthy Last week, I mentioned the optimum group size was probably between 2-12 people. That being said, I’m sure any of you who have worked with a group of others would agree there are times when it seems the optimum group size is one. Working with ...read more
Contributed on Dec 12, 2001
So how do we rightly relate to one another in our small groups? I have found there is no reason to "reinvent the wheel" in responding to this question. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in his classic work, Life Together, explains 7 ways to serve your small group.
Last week, I used an illustration to show that Jesus should be the center of our small group meetings. He is the real leader of the small group. He is alive. He comes to us in the person of the Holy Spirit. And he is Lord. But lying underneath this goal of our gathering is the reality that we ...read more