Joy is a deep seeded emotion that springs from our unwavering trust in God. As we become closer to God, our joy will increase. As we become further from God, our joy will diminish. Joy is not found when we see God through the light of our circumstances, but when we see our circumstances through the light of God.
One of the themes of Philippians is joy. Christians were meant to be filled with love, joy, and peace. Philippians 1 shows that joy comes through humility, self-sacrifice, unity in Christ, and maturity. Through this joy, followers of Jesus can have profound contentment, serenity, and peace no matter what happens.
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.
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.”
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.
Phil & Kristy Boardman visit us from the Czech Republic. Serving in the Czech Republic, they desire to be a light in a darkened city through teaching English and working with the local church. Their vision is to see Czech Christians in Brno reaching out to nonbelievers.
You can find more information about them on their Global Partners page through this link.
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.
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.