We would all agree that we want our world to be marked by justice. Yet, how do we define justice? What is it, and what does it require? How do we pursue it in this broken world? And how do we stay involved for the long haul?
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?
If asked to write it down, what would your life's mission statement be? Just as, or even more, importantly, how did you go about answering that question? Underneath these questions are two of the central questions of life: What is our purpose, and how can we know it?
In our highly polarized world, Jesus calls the church to embody a unity that points the world to the supernatural power of the gospel.
2 Corinthians 5:11-21
Estrangement. Alienation. Loneliness. Hostility. All of these point to a universal aspect of the human condition, that of broken relationships. Yet, as hard and as serious as broken relationships with others is, there's an even deeper issue, our broken relationship with God. The bad news is that our broken relationship with Him is our fault. The good news is that He has made a way for reconciliation. Even more astounding, He's given us a role to play in seeing others reconciled to Him and to one another. To hear more, you can listen to our sermon from this past Sunday.
One way any people group comes to a deeper understanding of themselves is by understanding their history. And one of the most foundational elements of that history is the beginning... how and when and where, and perhaps even why they came into existence as a distinct people. Listen to this week's sermon to hear how the beginning of God's people tells us who we are and what we're to be about.
Philippians 1.3-5, 12-26
Christian community isn't formed and sustained just by shared affections, but by shared purpose. It's a purpose that can hold up under life's disappointments and detours, and shape whatever time we have left on earth. For more on this, you can listen to yesterday's sermon!
John 20:19-22; Ezekiel 47:1-12
Thank you to everyone who joined us on Sunday! It was a sweet time and we were thankful to have each of you. If you weren't able to join us *last* Sunday, fear not! Come by *next* Sunday at our service on October 2nd, 11am!
You can listen to this past Sunday's sermon, entitled "Comforted and Commission," here. In it, Mike describes what we hope to be about as a church.