Contributed on Sep 28, 2011
The Christian Church is about Jesus Christ! The church matters because the church makes it possible for people to have real encounters with Christ.
Why does the Church matter? Why is Church important? As we ponder such questions in the coming weeks, I am going to take time at the beginning of each sermon to share my answer to the question of the day. I will do this because I think on some matters, we express ourselves best when we speak ...read more
Contributed on Oct 5, 2011
Through missions we share the love and grace of God in Christ Jesus in some of the most real and tangible ways, and in so doing, we ourselves also experience Christ in new and profound ways.
Today we are going to talk about missions and why missions matter. But before I get into the importance of missions, I feel like I need to make a bit of a distinction between the kind of missions which I will be describing today, and a very specific kind of missions that might also be called ...read more
Contributed on Oct 13, 2011
Christ makes clear that part of the call of disciples is not just that we give "a lot" or "enough." but that we give sacrificially; not that we give out of our surplus, but that we offer from our first fruits. Giving matters because it is what God asks of
Today we have come to that ever-dreaded sermon topic, money. I would like to tell you that I'm going to sugar-coat today's sermon and make it easy to swallow so that we can all leave here feeling good about ourselves. But if we are going to be honest, really honest, about why giving matters, I ...read more
Contributed on Oct 19, 2011
Unlike membership in clubs or other organizations, church membership is not a way that we gain some sort of special access. Rather, it is a covenant made between fellow Christians to establish and uphold one another in our journey as Christ’s disciples.
One weekend in August of 2001, I was preparing to head to South Carolina for my senior year of college. With my car loaded, my plan was to get up Sunday morning and immediately head off for South Carolina. That would give me plenty of time to get there, unload, and settle into my apartment before ...read more