Worship

Worship

Worship is how we express our love, adoration, admiration, and wonder at God's presence. The Christian breathes in God's goodness and exhales worship." - Jayson D. Bradley

Real worship is never about us, it is about God. If we don't learn the necessity of real worship both in the church and in our personal lives, we're trapped within ourselves and within the peace-less, powerless, preoccupied world in which we live, and we miss the freedom of being in the peaceful, powerful, otherworldly presence of God.

Renew: Changing the Way We Think

Renew: Changing the Way We Think

Jesus came to free us from our sins and indeed he has, but we may still be captive to the thinking of this world. God has come to free us, not only from sinful actions, but also from our sinful thoughts and motives. We need God to transform our minds and change the way we think.

Isaiah 55:8-9 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

Submit & Resist

Submit & Resist

The Bible teaches that we are in this world, but not of it! We’ve been sent into the world as God’s ambassadors to share the life-giving message of his eternal Kingdom. We live here, but we live by a different set of rules. As God’s ambassadors, we must submit to his ways and resist sin where we are drawn to it.

The Problem With People

The Problem With People

Are we more concerned about what people can do for us, or about their souls? It's easy to focus on how people can make us feel loved or what they can do for us, but when we do that, we miss that they are people made in God's image. As the rich young man demonstrates, one of God's requirements for us is to love people. If we're not loving people, then are we really loving God. We need to live every day remembering that everyone matters.

Together at the Table

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.

Honor

Honor

When we think of the Christian life we need to think of honor in 3 different ways. We need to:
1)    Honor God
2)    Live honorable lives
3)    Honor others
 
All of those things are dynamically interconnected. If we’ll truly honor God the rest will fall into place.

Balance

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."

Stephen Ministry Sunday: A Man Full of Grace

Stephen Ministry Sunday: A Man Full of Grace

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/

The Far: Reaching the Ends of the Earth

The Far: Reaching the Ends of the Earth

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.

Everybody Matters: The Dear - Loving 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".

Healthy Relationships

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.