Five hundred years ago the Church experienced an awakening we call the Reformation. Many voices rose to reform the church and one theme stood out: Justification. Through the work of Jesus Christ, we can be put right with God.
As we mark the legacy of this historical moment, we will investigate how we are justified and what this means today. Justification sets us up to live in a God-ward direction; all that we do and say from that moment on should be for God’s glory alone.
The Church is the hope of the world. Do you believe it?
In Revelation 7:9 we see a picture of who the church is: People of every nation, tribe, people, and tongue singing praise to God. If this is the church God has created and values – we should be on the lookout to live as this church right now – to value what God values. We are to be God’s multitude in this world, singing praises and visibly living out our hope.
Clip from "Filled to Measure" delivered on October 8, 2017. Go to the Media page to see this and other messages from the series, and don't forget to subscribe to our podcasts (Audio or Video).
Ideas to increase Cultural Intelligence(see sermon on 10/8/17)
- “Understanding Racism” Sermon by Bishop Claude Alexander >
- “Race in America” Podcast by Phil Vischer >
- Have an extended conversation with someone who you don’t normally interact with
- Pray through the ECC missionary calendar (use the Operation World Handbook to learn about where they serve)
- Read some Covenant resolutions (race, immigration, disability, etc.)
- Read COV magazine
- Go to a denominational meeting (MWC Celebration or Gather '18)
- Listen to music that is new to you (listen for different themes/issues)
- Find news, podcasts, books, articles by believers of different backgrounds (see the “five for Friday” section on Covenant Newswire potential sources)
Samuel was the last judge. A prophet. An obedient servant who anointed two kings. King Saul represented the faithlessness of a people. King David became God’s promise of redemption fulfilled in King Jesus, the rightful ruler of all.
King Jesus rules all that was and is. Who rules your life?
Since the very beginning of our story with God, he has demonstrated his deep love for us through his blessing. In turn we become a blessing to others (Genesis 12:2).
BLESS is a new approach to prayer and evangelism. It’s less about downloading information or memorizing scripts, and more about loving our neighbors well. It helps us get “unstuck” and practice evangelism more effortlessly.
Did you know that most people attend a church because they want help in understanding the Bible? Nothing transforms an individual or a people group like reading the Bible. As a church we are taking the next 40-days to read the entire New Testament together through the Community Bible Experience. Imagine what could happen! Read big, Read real, Read Together.