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Getting Ready for Palm Sunday (04-17-11)

The first Sunday of holy week is commonly called "Palm Sunday" or "Passion Sunday." In our worship gathering this week, we'll focus on Jesus' entry into Jerusalem to the shouts of "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming king of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!" (Mark 11:9-10). To prepare for worship, read Zechariah 9:9-12 a...

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Getting Ready for Sunday (April 10, 2011)

This is the last Sunday in our "Rooted" series. We take up the phrase in the Apostles' Creed "I believe...in the life everlasting." The teaching will be based on Revelation 21:1-8, 21:22 - 22:5. To prepare, read this passage and meditate on what you learn about the new heavens and the new earth. Also keep in mind that there is no mere academic theology in the Bible. John w...

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Getting Ready for Sunday (April 3, 2011)

We're almost to the end of our "Rooted" series, concluding with messages this week and next. The teaching this week is based on 1 Corinthians 15:35-58. This is a complex passage about the resurrection of the body. To prepare for worship this week, read the passage and think about the ways this passage differs from pop-culture notions of heaven. Is there anything in this pa...

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Getting ready for Sunday (March 27, 2011)

We take a break this week from our "Rooted" series to welcome a guest speaker, Chad Grindstaff. Chad will be teaching from Colossians 2:8-10. To prepare for Sunday, read this passage, and reflect on what you learn about Jesus from the passage....

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Getting Ready for Sunday (March 20, 2011) - and a prayer for Lent

We continue this week on our journey through the Apostles' Creed, focusing on the phrase "I believe in the forgiveness of sins." The teaching will be based on Matthew 26:26-29. To prepare, read the text and consider what you learn about the work of Jesus from his words at the Last Supper. Typically we celebrate the Lord's Supper on the first Sunday of the month. However, t...

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Getting Ready for Sunday (March 13, 2011) & Don't Forget Daylight Savings

We continue this week in our series "Rooted." We've been using the Apostles' Creed as a springboard for talking about the key doctrines of the Christian faith. This week's message is "How to Wreck a Church" based on Ephesians 4:1-6. Read this text to prepare for Sunday, and think about how a text like this informs your view of the importance of the church....

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Getting Ready for Sunday (March 6, 2011)

This upcoming Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, and the start of the Lenten season. Lent is meant to be a wake up call - a call not to despair, but to repent of our sin, and to run to God for mercy. We'll focus on that theme this week in our Sunday gathering, confessing our sins together using the words of the prophet Joel. The good news is that the arc of worship doesn't end by...

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Web Roundup (03-03-11)

Hell, quarrelsome people, talking to your kids about the sermon, and a tribe in Indonesia receives the New Testament in their own language....

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Getting Ready for Sunday (Feb 27, 2011)

We're continuing to use the Apostles' Creed as a springboard for talking through key doctrines in the Christian faith and worldview. This week we'll be focusing on the second coming of Christ, and particularly that he will "come again to judge the living and the dead." Read Psalm 98:1-9 to prepare for the message. We'll be asking the question: Is the notion of God's judgme...

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Getting Ready for Sunday (Feb 20, 2011)

This week we'll be thinking about the Ascension of Jesus Christ, and the teaching will be based on Acts 1:1-11. To prepare, read the passage and think about the significance of Jesus' last words for the life and mission of the church. How does this affect the way you think about your own life's mission?...

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