According to a former U.S. Surgeon General, loneliness is a "growing health epidemic." In a recent survey, 2 in 5 Americans said that they sometimes or always feel that their relationships aren't meaningful (43%) and that they are isolated from others (43%). Earlier this year, the U.K. appointed a "Minister for Loneliness" to try to address the issue. Loneliness and social isolation are a growing issue throughout late-modern societies. In such a context, what, if anything, does the church have to say and do?
The Gospel of John famously opens by describing Jesus as “the Word.” But what does that mean, and what are its implications for things like our desire to belong, our confidence in God’s love, and our frenzied, fragmented selves?
Before the Church is an instrument of God’s shalom, it’s meant to be a display of God’s shalom – a new community that reflects the love of God in its life together. But what would such a community look like? We wrestle with that question in the second sermon in our Vision Series.
Ruth 1:16-18, 2:1-7
One of the most important words in the Old Testament is the Hebrew word "hesed." It's often translated as "steadfast love" or "loving kindness." However, no single English word can fully capture its meaning. The word entails all that God is toward His people through His covenant(s) with them - loving, gracious, faithful, loyal, merciful, etc. As we continue our series in the book of Ruth, we see that one of the primary ways that He displays His hesed is through other people. This week, we consider what it means to reflect God's hesed through our commitment to one another.
Listen to this week's sermon as we look to the earliest church and consider what practices we ought to devote ourselves to as a community centered around Jesus.