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I often feel closer to God when I am alone, out in nature, or listening to my favorite song. Why do I need to be a part of the church to grow closer to God? This week we talk about the meaning of the community of faith.
Do you live in a jar? Body parts look right when they are part of a body. But take a part, separate it from the body, and put it in a jar, and it just looks “ear-y.” Jesus said we are His body, and each part serves a specific purpose. So how do we find out where we fit and operate as a body? Listen and find out?
We live in a much complex world than ever before. We also live in a world that is more skeptical and does not understand the church. A lot are asking, "what is church?" Or, "why should I go to church?" Great questions that we must learn to answer. The early church, think book of Acts, helps the modern church answer the question, "what is church?" We may be surprised at what the answer(s) truly are.
We live in a world where every business, non-profit, government department and church all have vision statements. But, I recently read that lots of people are tired of churches talking about their vision statements. After all, doesn’t Jesus’ teaching boil down to love God, love others? That’s a fair question, especially since we have this story in the Bible and in Jesus own words.
Proper preaching gives birth to the church in which discipleship takes place.
We share opinions. We share likes. We look for people who share our outlook on things and feel safe in such bubbles. But none of these is what the Bible calls us to: share our lives; share the gospel. You and I out of gratitude to the Lord for our salvation have to be committed to both of these faith activities: gospel and neighborhoods. Some Christians try to share the gospel without sharing their lives, and the good news winds up sounding like a sales pitch. Some Christians share their lives, but never get around to sharing the grace and truth of Christ, so the gospel is never heard. We do live in a day and time of deep division; it seems each political or social situation is a crisis forcing us to choose sides and bow to the ideology of your crowd. But right there God has placed his people who are called to unity and community to serve and to love one’s neighbors. There and then gospel, good news, may once again be given and received. (1 Thessalonians 2:8)
The vision for the future of our Church. Called by Christ we need to step into bigger and greater things in Him as we go into our world making disciples and followers of Christ.
Here at COD we believe that we are the chURch, and that a healthy church is growing in every direction: deeper through God's Word, closer through community, Godward through worship, and wider through outreach.
In this sermon series entitled "LivingSpace", we’re looking at where we live, or more specifically ... where we find life.