How ballroom dance helped my church see the mission of Jesus more clearly – Acts 9:32-11:18, Part 4

Are you able to tell the difference between a man-made Christian tradition and the biblical mission? Can you think of a tradition that might actually be getting in the way of you and your church accomplishing the mission? This week we’ve been studying Acts 9:32-11:18, and in that story God gives Peter a dream tryingContinue reading “How ballroom dance helped my church see the mission of Jesus more clearly – Acts 9:32-11:18, Part 4”

How you are vital to the mission of Jesus in our world today – Acts 9:1-31, Part 5

So often history follows the leaders, but we also need a People’s History of the Church, where we learn from the stories of the common people.  There are thousands and millions of supporting actors whose faithfulness and sacrifice in small ways provides a foundation for the advancement of the Kingdom.  Many people like you andContinue reading “How you are vital to the mission of Jesus in our world today – Acts 9:1-31, Part 5”

How a big basket teaches us to pursue Jesus’ mission during the pandemic (or any other time)- Acts 9:1-31, Part 3

Are you thinking differently about any aspects of life because of the coronavirus pandemic? I am. As I, and every single other person, was wearing a mask in the grocery story the other, it struck me how rapidly things change. Three months ago, if you told me that scene was about to happen in justContinue reading “How a big basket teaches us to pursue Jesus’ mission during the pandemic (or any other time)- Acts 9:1-31, Part 3”

The first mission of the church was given to women- Matthew 28, Part 2

It is Sunday morning.  Early.  Still dark.  In our previous post, we followed Matthew’s account of what happened after Jesus’ death on that Friday and Saturday long ago. We started at Matthew 27:50, watching as Matthew gave us short rapid camera shots, from a variety of locations around Jerusalem. Now look at Matthew 28:1.  MatthewContinue reading “The first mission of the church was given to women- Matthew 28, Part 2”

Follow up to “Frustrated with Outreach?”

Outreach. The word itself is a picture, an out-stretched set of arms with a hand ready to help a person in need. In the summer of 2005 we took a group of students and adults to Kingston, Jamaica, where we had previously lived/served in 2000-2001.  It was wonderful to be back, renew friendships, help aContinue reading “Follow up to “Frustrated with Outreach?””

Follow up to “If Jesus had a scorecard…”

We had a great sermon discussion yesterday, with lots of people sharing about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. So let’s continue the discussion.  One of the things that concerns me is that we can get excited discussion things for an hour or so on Sunday, but then the busyness of theContinue reading “Follow up to “If Jesus had a scorecard…””

If Jesus had a scorecard, he wouldn’t be counting the believers

Ed Stetzer recently shared the following story: Last year, Caroline Inglis was on the verge of an historic feat. No high school golfer, male or female, had ever captured the Oregon state title four consecutive years. Inglis won the class 5A state tournament her freshman, sophomore, and junior years. There seemed very little doubt thatContinue reading “If Jesus had a scorecard, he wouldn’t be counting the believers”

Follow up to “Instant Fellowship…in only 15 minutes a week!”

So is it possible to have genuine fellowship in only 15 minutes per week??? As we heard from Phil Bartelt’s sermon this past Sunday, the answer is a resounding NO! This past June we started an 8am traditional worship service.  In the weeks following, I started hearing from people who go to the 8am service,Continue reading “Follow up to “Instant Fellowship…in only 15 minutes a week!””

Instant Fellowship…in only 15 minutes a week!

At Faith Church you can get fellowship real easy and quick.  All it takes is 15 minutes a week!  Just walk into the fellowship hall on Sunday mornings after worship, and from 10:45 to 11am, you have fellowship.  There are snacks and beverages too!   Sounds great, right? Or is there more to fellowship? Does whatContinue reading “Instant Fellowship…in only 15 minutes a week!”