Dark, Deadly, Demonic & Orthodox

September 10, 2017 12:33 pm

Consider the truthfulness and orthodoxy of the following statements and actions: “I know who you are–the Holy One of God!” – Mark 1 “He ran up and bowed down before Jesus…” – Mark 5 “She kept on shouting, ‘These men are servants of the Most High God who proclaim to you the way of salvation.'” – Acts 16 Acknowledging that Jesus is the Son of God: excellent. Bowing down before Jesus as the Son of God: excellent. Discerning that Paul and Silas are sent by God with his message: excellent. And in each case, demonic. Every word and action above... Read this post

The Purpose of Pentecost: Message Notes for August 27, 2017

September 1, 2017 2:22 am

The Purpose of Pentecost Acts 1:4-5; 2:1-8,12 August 27, 2017 Eclipse: Wonder, Emotion, Perspective From the Guardian: Dennis Cassia, a 65-year-old retired firefighter and high school science teacher who now lives in Monroe, Connecticut, was one of them. Cassia caught his first eclipse in high school and has traveled to Africa and the Caribbean to see others throughout his life. “It was so spectacular that I kind of got the bug,” said Cassia. “You find out, during a total eclipse, just how in tune with nature you are,” he says. “Your body tells you something isn’t right. It looks like... Read this post

On the Nashville Statement

September 1, 2017 2:15 am

The Nashville Statement, a recent document addressing human sexuality and gender, has been published by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and is endorsed by several prominent and respected Evangelical Leaders, and for many of these servants of Christ and their work I give thanks to God. It is also true that the Articles of the Statement offer much that is good and it affirms and agrees with what is widely regarded to be an orthodox, Biblical position on the matters it seeks to address. I don’t think there’s anything in this Statement which is actually ‘new’ in regard... Read this post

The Holy Spirit and You – Message Notes for August 20

August 21, 2017 10:46 am

The Holy Spirit & You John 14:16-18, 26; Acts 1:8 August 20, 2017 Review: * Spirit as Person and therefore someone with whom we enjoy relationship and by whom we are united in relationship to the Father and the Son * Spirit as Promise fulfilling the hope of the prophets and amplifying the Spirit-soaked ministry of Jesus, recorded in the Gospels I. The Counselor’s Identity The One who continues the Ministry of Jesus. The Spirit takes the once and for all of Jesus ministry and makes it the daily grace of all who trust Christ. The presence of Jesus in... Read this post

Praying for Charlottesville, Our Nation, Our Leaders, and City

August 14, 2017 1:50 pm

Amy Duncan, Chair of our Deaconesses, yesterday led our church in prayer as we brought before the throne of Grace matters heavy on our hearts and the sources of deep anxiety for people here and around the globe. I was deeply moved by her intercession and publish her prayer here so that, if you desire, you might offer it as well, praying with us for God’s mercy to flood into the painful and broken places of our world.   Please join me in prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, We come to you unified in prayer, help us to be unified as... Read this post

The Promise of the Spirit: Message Notes for August 13, 2017

August 14, 2017 10:52 am

The Promise of the Spirit Joel 2:28; John 7:37-39; Acts 2:32-33, 38-39 August 13, 2017 “Empty hands on empty heads.” Doesn’t have to be that way! Could be God’s saturating rivers of grace soaking our dry souls and slaking our parched hearts. John 7 – Jesus at the Feast of Tabernacles… Water in the Wilderness, flowing from the Rock when Moses’ struck it. Read Ezek 47; they poured the water on the altar, seven golden pitchers, seven trips around the altar; wilderness provision… “Come to Me!” Nicene Creed: Incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary…Spirit…who with the Father... Read this post

Brown, Black, White, and Red

August 13, 2017 4:46 am

Christian Faith was started among brown people – who were all Jews – by a brown man for the sake of all people; it was then promulgated by more brown people along with some African people. This happened back then to bring freedom now to white people who need to repent of hating brown people while claiming to follow the brown man who started the Christian Faith, the same brown man who said hating people in your heart was the same as murdering them (which turned out to be true). Many of these white people appreciate the African theologians Athanasius... Read this post

On the Faith, Nazism, the KKK, Racism, and Antisemitism

August 13, 2017 1:06 am

In the light of the weekend’s terrible events in Charlottesville, we should be mindful of some things to be clear and upfront about, and all informed by Scripture. “Salvation is from the Jews”  – Jesus, John 4 They were amazed and astonished, saying, Why, are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya around Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—we hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds... Read this post

Two Services Starting this Sunday!

August 9, 2017 3:34 am

‘The place is too cramped for me; Make room for me that I may live here.’ – Isaiah 49:20 Starting this Sunday, Christ Community Church is returning to a two-service format for worship. The services are identical in content, and our Sunday classes will meet between these two gatherings. The first service will be at 8:30 and the second service at 11:00. Why are we doing this? It’s simple really: we have to grow smaller as we grow larger. God is adding to our community of believers, seekers, and skeptics who gather every Sunday to discover more about the wonder... Read this post

Why Preach on the Holy Spirit Right Now?

August 5, 2017 1:19 pm

Power and Presence: Living Life in the Holy Spirit Part One: The Lord and Giver of Life John 14:26; 15:26; 16:7,13-14; 20:19-22 Message Notes for August 6, 2017 “For where the Church is, there is the Spirit of God; and where the Spirit of God is, there is the Church, and every kind of grace.” – St Irenaeus We begin a new series today looking at the person and work of the Holy Spirit. That might be as unsettling for some people as it is intriguing to others. There may even be some who are like the people in Acts... Read this post