This week we moved in to preaching through our value of Unity & Peace. We can walk in Unity & Peace because Christ asked the Father for it, He paid for it with His death and created a new man capable of being a His dwelling place (John 17:11; John 17:20-23; Ephesians 2:11-22).
This week we finished discussing faithfulness as we unpacked being faithful to a person (Christ) and to a purpose (the Greatest Commandment). Our body is called to be constant and steadfast in devotion to Christ and to His calling to love others (Luke 16:10; Matthew 22:34-40; Psalm 27:2-14).
In this week’s sermon, Mark Heger continues the series on “faithfulness” by taking a look at “The Parable of the Talents” in Matthew 25. Dispelling some common misconceptions, we learn about how God views faithfulness in light of participating in the blessings that God gives us and inviting others into the blessing with us.
This week we continued our discussion on our value of faithfulness. After a brief update on the building process, we learned that success in the kingdom is measured by faithfulness. God's heart is to increase His children's influence as the grow and mature by being faithful in the small things (Luke 16:10-11; Psalm 37:3; Proverbs 20:6; 1 Corinthians 4:2; Proverbs 3:3-4).
This Sunday was packed as John Kaserman and John Bower gave an update on Launch, our building initiative. Then with a little help from Eric Zito, we learned about the faithfulness of God (1 John 1:9; 1 John 5:9-11; Numbers 23:19; Psalm 117:1-2; Hebrews 13:5-6; John 15:15).
With the help of Justus Murimi, Mo Lawson and Anne Alley's homemade cookies, we celebrated the "Launch" of our building initiative. John then led us through a time of unpacking our purpose as a church body: to advance His Kingdom (Philippians 2:1-2; Matthew 4:17; Matthew 6:9).
This week we celebrated the Resurrection of Christ. Christ's Resurrection means Christ is Lord, death is conquered and debts have been canceled. Best of all, His reason for the Cross and Resurrection - "For God so loved the world". (Matthew 28:1-10; 1 Corinthians 15:12-19; 1 Corinthians 15:50-58).
This week we transitioned from Hearing God to learning about another set of our core-values, joy & gratitude. Joy is one of the main results of hearing and obeying Jesus' teachings. Having Joy and gratitude are choices we make each day and are not dependent upon our circumstances. (John 15:5-11; Hebrews 12:1-2; Isaiah 51:11).
This week our friend Peter Louis came in to kick off our teaching on joy and gratitude. The fruit of joy is our strength, evidence of His kingdom among us and is not based off our circumstances (Galatians 5:22-24; John 15:1-11; John 6:56-57).
This week we finished out discussing Hearing God and ended with a "presbytery." Our elders and their wives gave prophetic words to our body for upbuilding, encouragement and consolation (1 Corinthians 12:7-11; 1 Corinthians 14:3; 1 Timothy 4:14).