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This Sunday March 9, 2014
Sermon: Words into Practice: The Sermon on the Mount - Part 2
Scripture: Matthew 7:21-29
Words Into Practice
During this season of Lent, we will prepare for Easter by studying the Gospel of Matthew. In the first Gospel, Jesus teaches extensively on five specific occasions. His words challenge us to ponder the values of God’s Kingdom, and learn about true discipleship. Our hope is that by studying the five major sections of Jesus’ Teaching in the Gospel of Matthew, we will better understand the clear call Jesus makes on His disciples and learn how to put these important Words into Practice. As we continue to focus on Jesus’ statement in Matthew 16:18 that the church is His and not ours, Jesus’ teachings will provide a proper blueprint to know what He wants His church to look like. Our prayer is that His words also ready our hearts in anticipation of celebrating His resurrection. Our series will be aided by several resources including N.T. Wright’s devotional, "Lent for Everyone – Matthew". As a body, we will study God’s Word through congregational blogs, worship services, community events and shared resources in an attempt to grow closer to God and each other during this 40 day journey.
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I Will Build My Church
We often use the phrase “my church” to refer to the community of faith that we call home. It’s common to discuss what I like about “my church,” what I don’t like about “my church,” how my “my church” is changing, and what “my church” is doing about the future. It’s common enough that we usually don’t think twice about it. But it’s worth a second look.
Following a major “a ha” moment with His disciples about His identity as the savior of the world, Jesus said to Peter, “…you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). There is a lot that can be mined from this scene with the disciples, and a key nugget is Jesus’ claim that the church is His, not mine. The church exists to serve Jesus’ purposes, not our preferences. We are trustees, not owners. Do we see it this way? What are Jesus’ purposes for His church?
Jesus has made us stewards over His church—His primary vehicle for reaching and saving a lost world. In Matthew 16, Jesus concludes his declaration to Peter with, “…and the gates of Hell will not overcome it.” Nothing can stop God at work through “my church” when it is truly His church. As we study this theme in 2014, may we dig deep into what Jesus desires for My Church.
Letters to His Church
|February 23, 2014||Jonathan Evans, The Salvation Army in Vancouver, BC|
|February 16, 2014||Eddy Morales, ORPHANetwork Director in Nicaragua|
|February 9, 2014||Scott Moore, Film Producer|
|February 2, 2014||Friends of the Chapel|
|January 25, 2014||Faith Halverson Olson, Former Director of Local and Global Engagement at the Chapel||Download/View Letter|
|January 19, 2014||Jose Domingo Lara, Pastor Verbo Church||Download/View Letter|
|January 12, 2014||Michael Simone, Senior Pastor Spring Branch Community Church||Download/View Letter|
|January 5, 2014||Dick Woodward, Pastor Emeritus Williamsburg Community Chapel||Download/View Letter|
Christ in the Carols
Advent brings Christianity to the forefront of our culture. Even through the crowded marketing of Santa Claus and cute Coca-Cola polar bears, the story of God coming to earth in the person of Jesus Christ is heard on our radios, seen in Nativities, and told in Christmas pageants. As the church has celebrated and commemorated the moment of God’s incarnation, we have relied heavily on Christmas carols as a way to express particular parts of the Christmas story. Many of these carols have been instrumental in shaping the modern church and derive from two important types of Advent Scripture: Anticipation and Adoration. During this advent, our study will begin with the anticipatory carols we find in the book of Isaiah and then move to those of adoration in the Gospels. Together, we will dig deeper into the ideas and emotions expressed by believers throughout the ages as we unlock the meaning of Christmas through the lens of Christmas carols.
Responding to the Call
This fall we have all journeyed together toward a deeper understanding of Jesus’ Great Co-Mission. We started with the proposition: we are consecrated, and called to go on mission with Jesus to make disciples. Next, we looked at an illustration of this calling by examining Luke’s perspective on the least, the last, and the lost. We learned that God’s grace makes us just in His presence and calls us to live justly in the world. We now seek to apply these lessons. In Matthew 28:19, Jesus gives us three words that outline the necessary application of His call on our lives: Going, Baptizing, and Teaching.
Our study of these points of application leads us to an unexpected place in Scripture, the book of Exodus. Through looking at God’s call on Moses’ life and studying his response, we will find clear instruction on how to be a church that is living out the Great Co-Mission.