In a recent survey, 83% of Americans say that they consider themselves to be a Christian. In this message, Darrell explores what people are expressing when they use the term Christian. In doing so, he answers the question, "What is the difference between being a cultural Christian and a true disciple of Christ?"=
How seriously do we take the command to love our neighbors as ourselves? So, as asked in Luke 10:29, “Who is our neighbor?” Daniel challenges us to take seriously the neighbor who is difficult to love and the neighbor who actually lives next door.
Darrell describes his life in a commune filled with people who love Jesus. He learned to live with people of different backgrounds and learned to appreciate God's kids. We are called to reconcile people to God and to each other.
We all have stories that describe our personal journey of reconciliation with God—the mending of what was broken. In being reconciled to our Father, He further calls us to be reconciled to others and to build relationships. In this message, Monira highlights the basic need of relationships and the challenges they present.
Darrell explains how Easter is about various forms of reconciliation, notably between God and people.
The Last Supper was the Passover meal Jesus ate with his disciples just before his crucifixion. Darrell describes this meal and meaning of the Lord's Supper, known as Communion.
It is difficult to move forward in relationships without trust, and wounds that result from failed trust are hard to overcome. In Christ we find One who is worthy and entirely trustworthy, and because of this we are able to follow the radical example of the disciples in following Him.
We live in a world that is struggling with despair and desperate for hope. As the hands and feet of Jesus, it is our calling to bring that to those around us. Listen in as Daniel tells us what this might look like.
As we serve people in and around our church community, we find that the love of Christ is seen in us. It is this love that binds us together and displays our unity to the world. As Jesus says of us in John 17:21, "that all of them may be one, Father... so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” In this message, Darrell exhorts us to ask ourselves what changes we should make so that this important work of Christ increases daily in us.
Through his own life’s experience, Casey gives us a stirring look at how families in the church can fill in the gap for children who are at risk. If adoption is our model, each one of us can look no further than our own salvation experience where we were adopted in Christ Jesus.
Darrell reminds us that Jesus prayed in John 17 for us to all be ONE. This is our common call, that we would be a community that builds each other up on a foundation of love. We are better together.
Darrell reflects on how we as humans seem to be instinctively aware that there is a God who is in ultimate control. There is something inside each of us that is radically connected to God, because we were made in His image and are drawn to experience this connection. In this context, when we encounter Jesus and declare Him as Lord, we move outside of our self centered existence and discover “eternity in our hearts.”
Phil exhorts us to consider that we are better together in our diversity and that this signifies our calling for eternity. United in the Father’s love we find our purpose individually and collectively. Listen in as Phil discusses what keeps us from this high calling.
True unity as described in John 17 is found in a shared life together. As Jesus’s words become a part of us, we are filled with joy, delivered from evil, set apart, sent out with purpose, and ultimately changed from the inside out. We are made one as Jesus and the Father are one.
As a community of faith, we firmly believe that we cannot go where God has called us without increasing unity in every area of our lives together. With our focus on growth in 2017, we are particularly exhorted to seek unity in the areas of growth we’ve been developing, so that we can grow together in our expression of authentic community. As God continues His work in us, there is only one way forward and that is— together.
Jesus is always making intercession on our behalf. He prays in John 17 that we may be one in Christ. It’s importance is tied with the all important message that our unity communicates to the world, that the Father did, indeed, send the Son.
God calls us as a church to a fruit that will remain and continue, regardless of the season of life. As we do life His way, Jesus brings true unity and authentic relationships. John 17 reminds us that by this unity the world will believe that God sent Jesus.
God came to the nation of Judah to be their provider while Judah was depending on human strength. Let’s use this time of fasting to search the places in our hearts where we are challenged to trust God—in us and through us.
The life of Christ discloses to us the purpose of life. We light the candle in honor of Him and the values He modeled for us. “Jesus, the light of the World."