There’s a Polish proverb that says: “Not my circus, not my monkeys.” It’s a way of saying, “Don’t drag me into your drama and your issues—I’m not getting involved.” Sometimes people try to drag us into things we were never meant to be part of. In the early church, some people were trying to drag new believers into a way of believing that was never meant for them, and it only made people want to leave the church. But Jesus' brother had a better idea for the way forward.
In the early days of the church, Christians weren't called Christians. They were called followers of the way. This term was used because they were striving to follow the way of Jesus. So what did that look like? What was noticeable about them that people used that term to describe them? Together we will explore the simple way in which the early followers followed the way.
Words may be the most powerful thing we each have. With Words we can tear people down or build them up. With words we can cause division or bring unity. And sometimes, when we don't understand the words that are being used, we are just left confused. But God has a plan for our words, and it is not for us to be confused. In the strangest of occurrences, God took our words in a mass of confusion and made it so they could be understood, for a purpose. And He still desires for our words to be used for that purpose today.
We wait in lines. We wait in traffic. We wait for movies to come out. We wait for our doctor to call us back. So much of life feels like waiting for something. Sometimes the waiting is joyful, sometimes fearful. For the early followers of Jesus they were waiting to know what to do next, in many ways just like us. Sometimes we get so consumed with anticipating what is next, we miss what is right here.
Statistics tell us that church attendance is on the decline in North America and that churches that were once full are shutting their doors. In this message we look at some common factors that lead to churches closing and we'll explore what we can do to curve the statistics.
Someone once said that a healthy local church was the hope of the world. And the world could use some hope. In this message we will look at what churches that bring hope are doing and how we, as followers of Jesus, can do the same.
With so many different types of churches, how do we know if we are part of the right one? Together we will look at what is essential for a church to be a church, and how so much of what we call church today is just a matter of personal preference.
With so many other things we could be doing on a Sunday morning – like sleeping – why should we show up to church? And since we can listen to messages online whenever we want, why do we even need to go? Together we will explore why we shouldn’t give up meeting as a local church even if being the church is much more that a Sunday service.
The word “church” comes from the Greek word “ekklesia”, which means assembly or meeting. But what is the church really? Is it just that building we go to on Sundays? Together we will explore what the Bible says the church is, and why that matters today.