Oct 23, 2016
We Are A Diverse Family
Diversity – The church best demonstrates the unity of the body of Christ as people of different ethnic, linguistic, generational and socio-economic backgrounds learn to live and worship together in harmony with one another. Big Idea: The church in Scripture is diverse; culturally, ethnically, generationally, sociologically and spiritually. We intentionally seek to continue that tradition in expectation of that also being what heaven will be like.
- Oct 23, 2016We Are A Diverse FamilyOct 23, 2016We Are A Diverse FamilyDiversity – The church best demonstrates the unity of the body of Christ as people of different ethnic, linguistic, generational and socio-economic backgrounds learn to live and worship together in harmony with one another. Big Idea: The church in Scripture is diverse; culturally, ethnically, generationally, sociologically and spiritually. We intentionally seek to continue that tradition in expectation of that also being what heaven will be like.
- Oct 16, 2016We Are A Transformational OrganismOct 16, 2016We Are A Transformational OrganismTransformational Worship – Our response to redemption is authentic, ongoing life change, reflected in personal and corporate worship.Big Idea - Authentic worship is not about an hour on Sunday morning. Authentic worship is about spiritual surrender exemplified by transformation in the likeness of Christ.
- Oct 9, 2016We Are An Involved TeamOct 9, 2016We Are An Involved TeamTeamwork – The Christian life is not a solo venture, but an adventure shared in community as every member contributes to the well-being of the entire community toward the achievement of our shared goal.Mission Statement: Cooperating as a team to build Christlikeness in others.
- Oct 2, 2016We Are A Healing CommunityOct 2, 2016We Are A Healing CommunityAuthentic Grace: The community of believers, who may be broken by live, experience true healing community as share ourselves and practice exchanging the grace and the peace with one another.Big Idea: The church is a laboratory for experiencing the healing grace of Christ within community.
- Sep 25, 2016We Are A Bible Church
- Sep 18, 2016Why Should I Be The ChurchSep 18, 2016Why Should I Be The ChurchWhen we ask, "Why should I go to church?", we are asking the wrong question, a question that suggests a distorted view of what the church is ... either a place on a map, or a time on a schedule.What we ought to ask is, "Why should I be the church?" This is about identity and nature, and has implications for what the church is and does.
- Sep 11, 2016Faith & PoliticsSep 11, 2016Faith & PoliticsChristians often confuse the relationship between faith and politics and the outcome is all kinds of trouble. We need to understand each in the right light, so that we can engage properly.Our faith ought to inform our politics. But faith and politics should not be confused for one another.
- Sep 4, 2016Pray ChicagoSep 4, 2016Pray ChicagoSeries: Annual Community PrayerThe annual community prayer, Pray Chicago, stems from Jeremiah's instructions to the people of Judah in exile to pray for the "shalom" of the city into which they have been sent into exile.This instruction serves as a principle for us as we live as exiles in a land that is not our home. As we settle in, we are to pray for the city to experience the complete blessing of God.13 people offer up prayers over differing concerns for God's blessings to be experienced in the city of Chicago.
- Aug 28, 2016How Can I Be A WitnessAug 28, 2016How Can I Be A WitnessWe will be a witness. That is not in question. How we will be a witness is.Acts 1:8 provides the map through the book of Acts as we see the witness of the church progress from Jerusalem, to Judea and Samaria, to the ends of the earth. The writer also leaves us with numerous mile markers to follow the Gospel's advance. What happens before each of these mile markers is helpful in understanding how we may be a witness.
- Aug 21, 2016Pressure and PrayerAug 21, 2016Pressure and PrayerPersecution should not come as a surprise. Jesus did promise it. What matters is not so much whether persecution occurs, but how we respond to that pressure. In Acts 4, Peter and the believers respond with prayer ... not prayer that the persecution would be averted, but that their witness would remain strong in the face of it
- Aug 14, 2016Proclamation and PowerAug 14, 2016Proclamation and PowerOn Pentecost, Peter moves from coward to preacher. The message that he preached demonstrates that he is able to a crowd with the message of the Christ, that just weeks before he had denied.What made the difference? The presence of the Holy Spirit ... the same Holy Spirit Peter says comes an resides in us when we turn toward Christ.
- Aug 7, 2016Confession and CrisisAug 7, 2016Confession and CrisisWhat you say is never enough. If you don't substantiate your faith with your actions you will be confronted by Jesus.Jesus asked the disciples who he was. Peter responded that Jesus was the expected Messiah. However, what he does immediately after this event indicated that he didn't really have any idea what he was saying. He wanted Jesus to fit into his predefined role. But Jesus wouldn't have any of that.We sometimes want Jesus to fit into our expectations as well. However, when our confessions don't match our lives it creates a crisis.