Peter is Challenged

November 20, 2011

Don’t you love looking back on challenges of the past with the benefit of the information that we have today?  The story of Peter’s calling to share the Gospel with Cornelius’ household makes perfect sense to us today.  But at the time, it was one of the most challenging things that Peter was asked to do.

Cornelius was an officer in an occupational army.  His only reason for being in the land was to extend the iron hand of Roman force of rule to Israel.   And yet, because of his readiness to hear the Gospel, an angel appeared to him and instructed him to send for Peter.

At the same time, Peter was praying on a rooftop and was instructed three times that he needed a new paradigm.  That whatever God called acceptable should be considered acceptable to Peter as well. 

Peter goes with the men and the entire household accepted his message and they were all filled with the glory of God.

But that wasn’t the end of Peter’s challenge.

Next, he had to come back and explain himself to the rest of the disciples.  Fortunately, they accepted the reality that God had chosen to send the good news to non-Jewish folks.  And not just to non-Jewish folks, but to officers of the political enemy’s army.

In retrospect, we see much more clearly why that made sense.  But in the moment, it was quite a challenge!

Join us at 5 PM on Sunday as we meet in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff and share a message called “Peter is Challenged” based on Acts 11:1-18.


Hope in the Face of Persecution in Cuba

November 10, 2011

 

I just wanted to stop by and let you know that on Sunday night November 13 at 5 PM at our church we will be welcoming Leonardo Cabrera to speak to our Congregation.  Here is some information about Pastor Cabrera:

+Pastor Leonardo Cabrera was sentenced to 8 years in prison in his native country of Cuba for his role in leading a Bible Study.

+Pastor Cabrera was miraculously freed after spending 4 years behind bars, and was allowed to move to the United States with his family.

+Pastor Cabrera now pastors Jesucristo Buen Pastor Church, a Spanish speaking church in Kansas City.

+His book, Libre Entre Rejas, has recently been translated from Spanish to English.

+Pastor Cabrera has been called to bring his message about the persecuted church to the rest of the world.

Hope you can make it!


God heals people…through our hands

November 2, 2011

 

We see it again and again in the Bible–God heals people.  God has the power and sometimes uses it to reach down and touch people.  He created the universe with the power of his word, so it would make sense that if God wants to restore a person’s health, He can do it.

What could be a little more surprising is that God invites us to participate in the healing process.  Sometimes that happens through medical science, sometimes it happens through caring and compassion, and sometimes it happens through God supernaturally intervening in ways that go above and beyond what we could ever understand.  And sometimes God uses all three tools in pouring out healing.

At the Vineyard church, we are committed to becoming a community that offers and receives healing prayer.  We know that the results are always in God’s hands.  And often God invites us to use our hands in the process.

Join us at 5 PM on Sunday as we meet in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff and share a message called “God heals people…through our hands” based on Acts 9:32-43.