Before Jesus death, he told his disciples they would be better off without him because once he was gone, they would receive the Holy Spirit. Do we really believe this? Do we really believe we are better off living with the Holy Spirit today than we would have been walking the earth with Jesus?
Our guest speakers today were Cheryl and Kristie Mansell. Cheryl is the wife of our former District Superintendent, Dr. Jeff Mansell, who is now the Executive Director of Seven Baskets Community Development in Columbus, Ohio. Both Cheryl and Kristie (their daughter) serve passionately at Seven Baskets as well. They are both excellent speakers. Their topic will be: Together at the Table.
Balance is a simple principle that means everything. Life's journey will be rough and will include on spill after another, but balance can eliminate many needless spills. Consistent lack of balance can end in disaster and heartache.
John Wooden - "Next to love, balance is the most important thing."
Today we celebrated a new ministry at Community Church. Today we commissioned our first class of Stephen Ministers. Stephen was one of the disciples called to minister to widows, the aged, the orphaned and the infirm. He was instrumental in spreading the Gospel to those who usually were forgotten about. In the words of Pastor Craig, he was the first Outreach Pastor. Stephen lived a life which embodies what Community Church strives for: Everybody Matters.
You can find out more about our Stephen Ministry at: https://www.cwcnewark.org/stephenministries/
Our series Everybody Matters continues this week with "The Far". Jesus calls us not only to reach those who are close to us, but also those who are far off. God is not only the God of those who are close to us, but a missionary God who wants people from the ends of the earth to come to know him. Dave & Dina Horne, the Europe area ministry directors for Global Partners join us to talk about what God is doing in Europe.
You can visit their Global Partners page to subscribe to their newsletter or sign up to support their ministry.
Taking the Gospel to our Judea means extending God's kingdom beyond our local borders and into our county and throughout Ohio. We can't love those farthest from us if we can't love those closest. How can we truly love Judea, Samaria and the rest of the world if we can't love our Jerusalem?
The Mission of Community Church is to follow Jesus, join God in His redemptive mission, and multiply disciples who will share Jesus' transforming love to the dear, near, far, and hard.
If we are to serious about our faith, worship, spiritual growth, and sharing Jesus' transforming love with each other and everyone around us, then it needs to start right here in our community, our "Jerusalem".
The most effective way to make and multiply disciples ins't found in groups, classes, techniques, and methodology. Disciples make disciples. The better disciples we are, the more disciples we make. To make disciples, we must be a disciple. This message is not as much about multiplying disciples as it is about being one.
Our church values healthy relationships and Pastor Craig outlines what this means within the context of our local church. We believe that healthy relationships consist of discipleship, accountability, friendship, and unity. These are typically shown through involvement in small groups with other believers, meeting with one or two others for the purpose of accountability, and through serving others both within and outside of the church.
Rev. Kim Gladden, the Director of Discipleship for the Wesleyan Church, joined us this week to discuss what it means to be a multi-cultural community and how this can be seen in the book of Acts. The worship team from Iglesia Cristiana Vida Nueva in Grove City also joined us to lead us in a great time of worship.
- Learning & growing across cultures
- Fellowship, prayer & accountability
- Responding to needs across cultures
Faith is more than what we say. What we say will mean very little to anyone. Faith is what we believe and what we do in response to what we believe; it's how we live. If our words are not accompanied by action, our faith will not be transformative. We can't just talk faith - we have to live it! Only then will our faith change us and change our world.
Is your faith changing the world around you?
Just as Christ was sent by God we are sent by Christ to live out His purposes for our lives and to help redeem and restore His lost creation. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit is sent to help us live out this mission. However, this journey of sentness requires uncompromising intentionality and the consistent pursuit of a life glued together by missional rhythms.
Missional rhythms are the intentional formation of personal and corporate practices through which we show the reign, power, presence, and redemptive nature of God.
Contextual ministry sounds like a complicated concept, but it's really pretty simple. It's about adopting the attitude of a missionary in every setting that we are in - so that, through our words, our actions, and most importantly our love, people ma come to know the love and the person of Jesus Christ.
It's simple, but it's not easy. Mahatma Gandhi said "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." Being relevant in our culture does not mean changing our convictions, values or beliefs. However, it does mean being willing to change our methods and the way we relate to people.
Pastor Chris continues the I Am Community Church Series with the 2nd value of what it means to be part of our community of believers with Exuberant Generosity. While the culture around us focuses on receiving things and consuming more, we are called to exalt, adore, serve and bless God. We are called to be generous to those around us.
Generous believers are generous because they love God, they love God's creation, and they want to make a difference in God's kingdom. Generosity needs to be in the love language of Jesus' followers.
Pastor Chris talks about what it means to live incarnationally. We have the Jesus living in us. What our families, neighborhoods, workplaces, schools and communities need most is to see Christ living in us.
Dr. John Miller visits from Oakley Community Church in Oakley, MI to celebrate his mother, Yvonne's 90th birthday and reminds us how critical it is to finish well.
Pastor Chris reminds us today that Christmas is about far more than just the baby Jesus being born and placed in a manger. It is about God coming down into a messy world as a man. It is a message that is not just for Christmas, but all year long. It is about taking his message of love and redemption to a world hurt and damaged and torn by sin. It is about taking that light out into a dark world.