Posted in From the Pastor | By Jordan Cox | Posted on Wed Oct 20, 2021
We're launching a new devotional series with Pastor George! The Word Today is a time of encouragement, challenge, wisdom and direction from Pastor George. Take a look at this week's video with a word from John 1 on how to live sent in our workplaces, schools, and neighborhoods. Check it out!
Posted in Bible Reading Forecasts | By Bradley Patton | Posted on Sun Oct 17, 2021
This week we’re covering a lot of ground in Matthew’s gospel. It will help us to keep three things in mind as we read this week. First, Jesus continues preaching about the kingdom of heaven and how it will grow even in the face of resistance. Second, Jesus is focused on teaching and training his disciples – especially during their interactions with the crowds and the Jewish leaders. Third, the conflicts and questions surrounding Jesus are designed to lead readers toward the cross and resurrection in Jerusalem. On the way, Jesus is quoting and interpreting Old Testament passages that shed light on his true identity. When you see a quotation, pause and consider the point Jesus is trying to make with that text.
Posted in Bible Reading Forecasts | By Bradley Patton | Posted on Sun Oct 10, 2021
We’ll conclude Mark this week and move into Matthew. Each Gospel has a different flavor, which we’ll see as we transition from Mark to Matthew. Mark’s Gospel was fast-paced and focused on properly understanding who Jesus is as Christ, Son of God, and Son of Man. Matthew takes a different route to the same perspective. He focuses on Jesus’ fulfillment of OT Scripture, Jesus’ relationship to righteousness and the law, and the authority of Jesus’ teaching.
Posted in Bible Reading Forecasts | By Bradley Patton | Posted on Sun Oct 3, 2021
We’re into the New Testament this week. For the next six and a half weeks, we’ll be in the Gospels. This means we’ll read accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry from four unique perspectives. Before we start, let me remind you that the Gospels are more than “history.” They’re “theological biography.” So, while you may sense that you’re reading the same stories, pay attention to the “accents” of each Gospel writer. Each author has a particular (1) focus through which they’re looking at the person and work of Christ and (2) audience they’re helping to see the person and work of Christ.
Posted in Bible Reading Forecasts | By Bradley Patton | Posted on Sun Sep 26, 2021
We finish the Old Testament this week! Let’s press on! The people of God are returning to the Land. They’re repenting. They’re living faithfully in exile. They’re looking for confirmation of the Lord’s love and for Elijah the prophet who will make straight the way of the Lord.
Posted in Bible Reading Forecasts | By Bradley Patton | Posted on Sun Sep 19, 2021
The time of exile in Babylon is over and about 50,000 people return to Jerusalem. We’ll read first about their efforts to restore the city and the Temple, second about the prophets who encouraged them toward faithfulness, and third about faithful Jews still living in Persia.
Posted in Bible Reading Forecasts | By Bradley Patton | Posted on Sun Sep 12, 2021
This week, we’re covering three books! That’s quite a change from our patterns over the last few weeks. I think a little diversity will keep things interesting for us. We’ll finish Ezekiek with a reversal of what happened at the beginning of the book. Joel will help us see the big picture of the Old Testament. Finally, Daniel will show us what it looks like to be faithful in the midst of an ungodly nation – which should be very relevant for us these days.
Posted in Missions | By Jordan Cox | Posted on Thu Sep 9, 2021
Our IMB Europe partner, Jacob Boss, encourages us to pray for his team and ourselves as we seek to minister to a post-pandemic world.
Posted in Bible Reading Forecasts | By Bradley Patton | Posted on Sun Sep 5, 2021
We’re staying with Ezekiel this week to cover most of the second half of his prophetic ministry. As I promised last week, here’s part two of the Bible Project video on Ezekiel. We make a turn from judgment to hope in Ezekiel 34 on Thursday. The message of hope is important – especially for people who live in exile, away from their homeland. The apostle Peter speaks the same message in 1 Peter to the “elect exiles in the Dispersion” about the “living hope kept in heaven for them.” As we read Ezekiel, let’s allow the words of hope to point us to Jesus – our living hope who is seated at the right hand of the Father and interceding for us.
Posted in Uncategorized | By Jordan Cox | Posted on Wed Sep 1, 2021
Hello, church family!
We have some important updates to share with you about worship this Sunday and the next several weeks.
Face coverings are strongly recommended while indoors on campus for the next month. We are taking this approach at the request of the Jefferson County Department of Health due to the increased number of COVID cases in our community and the heightened concern surrounding the Delta variant. Personal responsibility continues to be important as we care for one another and love our neighbors.
Beginning this Sunday, 9/5, all volunteers serving with kids ages 12 and younger, along with all volunteers in our special needs ministry, will wear face coverings while serving for the next month. Because the COVID vaccine is available only for individuals 12 years and older, this precaution will contribute to a healthier environment for the youngest among us each Sunday.
As the complexity of COVID continues to evolve, we are consistently evaluating our approach to ministry with the health of our community as a main priority. Please continue to pray for those who have been directly impacted by the virus and for wisdom as we navigate these circumstances together. We trust God to lead us and look forward to all that he will do in the days ahead!