Togetherness in an Awesome Church

March 5, 2011

 

Who wouldn’t want to be part of an awesome church?

But what is it that makes a church awesome?  Is it an awesome building, an awesome pipe organ, an awesome pulpit?

Or is it an awesome preacher, or awesome worship, or awesome pot luck suppers?

It is awesome programs, awesome vision, or even awesome outreach?

Virtually everything about the early church as described in our passage for this week (Acts 2:42-47) was awesome!

They may not have had many of the trappings of church, but they did enjoy this: sincere and spontaneous togetherness.

How can a church arrive at and maintain this level of togetherness? 

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, as we share from the Book of Acts with a Sermon called “The Fellowship of the Believers”.


Community: God’s Plan for Building Unity

August 7, 2010

 

In some ways, following Jesus and playing soccer have a lot in common.  For example, there are aspects of the Christian life that develop as we  train and grow as individuals.  But the whole point really of soccer is not individual achievement but supporting a common goal–pun intended:)–through teamwork. 

As in soccer, churches only become successful when members are effective in receiving their individual gifts and talents and sharing them with the rest of the team.  In fact, according to our scripture passage for this weekend, walking the path to Christian maturity is not a solo process, but rather a group activity that is resourced by the entire church body working together in love.

Join us this week as we answer these questions and more:

1)  What prevents a church body–and its individual members–from growing into God’s best in the area of love and unity?

2) As individuals, what are we allowing to hold us back from receiving all the gifts that God has for us? 

3) What are the impacts when we resist God’s gifts for us?  Isn’t that a personal decision that impacts me only?

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, and bring a message called “Community: God’s Plan for Building Unity”.

Feel free to take a “sneak peek” at the Scripture passage for the week.


Community: God’s Plan for Facing Tough Times

July 11, 2010

 

If there is one thing that can be surprising about this Christian life, it is the reality of the message that Jesus speaks and Paul repeats that “we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God”.  (Acts 14:22)

Whether the challenges of being a Christian include brutal religious persecution, as the entire early church (including Paul) experienced, or whether those hardships are less violent, there is one thing for sure.  The closer we are following Jesus, the clearer we find our way challenging.

As we cry out to God, oftentimes we find help coming from an unlikely source: the community right around us.  And really the whole point is this– now is the time to invest in those relationships.

Many of us are going through some pretty tough things now.  Its a good time to strengthen the connections between us.  To reach out a hand and grow in our love and trust.

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, and bring a message called “Community: God’s Plan for Facing Tough Times”.

Feel free to take a “sneak peek” at the Scripture passage for the week.


Unity in the Spirit

June 3, 2010

 

The experience of true unity is absolutely exhilarating.  On the athletic field, in the workplace, in community organizations, or in everyday family life, an atmosphere of unity creates fulfillment and energy.  The same is true in church environments.

This week we will be examining the foundational role of the gift of unity in the ongoing transformation that God is bringing to our community.  We will be answering these questions and more:

  • What is God’s purpose and plan for unity?
  • What are the things that trip up our unity?
  • What are the consequences for walking in disunity?
  • What is the evidence of Godly unity, as opposed to false unity?
  • How can we take the next step towards unity in the Spirit?

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, and bring a message on “Unity in the Spirit”.

Feel free to take a “sneak peek” at the Scripture passage for the week.