The Harmon’s have been invested in the idea of community groups for many years. During
my early years of ministry I bought into the concept and it has remained a regular
expression of our church life. Nevertheless we have come across folks who were reluctant
toward community groups for many reasons. If you find yourself unsettled and uninvolved
with community groups hopefully this post will provide clarity for the function and support of
groups at New Life.
If you’re like me, Sundays are my favorite day of the week. Sundays are a time that our church comes together for corporate worship, that is, as a body of believers, we unite to worship our creator God together. I must make a quick distinction about corporate worship. Corporate worship does not simply mean singing, but rather refers to every element within a service because they all serve a purpose to glorify God.
This past Sunday was a wonderful experience! We celebrated Christ through a time of worship, worked through Romans 6:20-23 and witnessed 4 baptisms! I was exhausted at the end of the day, but it was a good exhaustion. As I have reflected over those events I am reminded that as a church we are in the business of making disciples.
Two weeks back we started a sermon series from Romans covering chapters 6-8. This is indeed a heavy theological section and the main point throughout these chapters is sanctification. Remember, sanctification is strictly focused on the power of sin in the believers life. When Paul states in Romans 6 that sin is dead, he is talking about the power of sin. Obviously we have sin in our livers and unfortunately at times that becomes easy to identify. So, why are we spending three months working through this issue of sanctification?
This coming Sunday we are going to pick up right where Pastor Billy left off. Romans 6:12 will be our key verse, which states, "Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts."
If you enjoy history, particularly history of the early church then you might find a kindred connection with the book of Acts. I have always been fascinated with the collaboration of the early church leaders that formed the movement of Christianity. This letter contains 28 chapters and a quick survey of this book identifies that as the church developed and started expanding, church leaders made a concerted effort to establish a partnership for the purpose of advancing the gospel.
This Sunday we are going to explore the parable of the talents. This parable is found in Matthew 25:14-30 and is a perfect topic as we continue our Neighbor Series for the month of July. As you reflect on this parable you will quickly come to the issue of the spiritual gifts and talents that God gives to each person that follows Christ. I believe the talents in this parable point us to a healthy understanding of the grace-gifts that God gives to the church. Unfortunately many Christians are left asking the question ‘what are my gifts?’
This Sunday we will be examining a passage from Luke as we continue our Neighbors series. Luke 8:40-48 begins as Jesus is returning to Galilee. The Galileans rush to greet him. As Jesus is welcomed, two main events take place within this passage. The first person Luke wants the reader to recognize is Jairus and the second is a woman. Luke gives us no name for the woman, but the names are not what Luke intends for us to take away
This Sunday we are going to focus on a famous passage from Luke’s Gospel. The passage is about the Good Samaritan and it is found in Like 10:30-37. As we approach this text I want you to prepare yourself for hearing a fresh message from this famous parable. In fact I want you to intentionally set aside most of the information that you have gathered from this text and I want you to listen from a new perspective. We have all heard sermons from Luke 10:30-37 that promote social justice, kindness to the poor, and even an emphasis on racial reconciliation. Those are good reminders but honestly they fall short of the intended purpose behind this story.
This Sunday we are starting a new series called Neighbors. The timing of this series is perfect for our church. We just finished a series on Generosity so honestly I think these two two are a fantastic match as we officially enter summer. This past Sunday we were reminded from Ephesians 1:3-6 that we represent Christ when we express gospel generosity by sacrificing for the needs of those around us. He is more than just the perfect model, He is the perfect sacrifice who gave himself to the needs of others. This is the gospel!
Our Pastor writes most of the blog posts we publish, however, occasionally some of our other church leadership (some staff, some volunteer) who also contribute to the New Life blog.