Every week we gather together as a covenant people to renew our love and loyalty to our God and to one another. We are filled by God at His table every week by communion and are renewed in our mission to advance His kingdom and gospel in our city and world.
SUNDAY MORNINGS @ 10:30
The book of Genesis means the book of beginnings. And in chapters one and two of Genesis we see seven beginnings each one outdoing the previous in glory. The rhythms of the creation story provide us with a pattern for all of life.
Liturgies are like anchors. I say this not to evoke nautical allusions in your mind, but instead, I want you to think of these anchors as those things that keep you grounded and tethered to the path you walk. Hebrews says that Christ is the anchor of our souls, our lives are to be lived fastened to Christ. And to be anchored to Christ is to walk along the path of righteousness, to be anchored to something else is to walk along the way of destruction. And the liturgies in our lives determine which path we will walk.
Every act, every word, every thought, every love forms who we are. I am who I am, and you are who you are, because of the liturgies in our lives. We cannot be separated from the rhythms and habits that form who we are. The real question is in what way are our liturgies forming us?
When chaos threatens order, we stand firm and bring it into submission like the wise man does his tongue. Chaos looks like doubt, pride, anxiety, bitterness, fear, hatred, and false worship. And the best antidote for chaos: Liturgy.
Last week I read this blog by Remy Wilkins over on the Theopolis Institute website. It was so good I wanted to post it here for you. You can thank me later :)
Remy Wilkins | 7.4.2017 |
It is an amazing thing to see God’s people and God’s work on display in a different country.
When your four-year-old tells you that she is not afraid because Jesus is with her, you can affirm such a powerful declaration with rejoicing and not wonder “does she really understand the gospel”? She may not intellectually understand, but her faith is strong, and her hope is Jesus.
God is the great storyteller. He spares no detail in the unfolding of this divine drama. He gives us the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The kingdom of God is like a great orchestra. The king rules his kingdom as a conductor his orchestra. Members of the orchestra are to practice their craft always, yet the tune is never fully realized until each member of the orchestra joins together in symphony.
It is important to notice that there is not a single verse anywhere in the Bible that tells us to exclude children from the covenant. What we see through the biblical writings is that Children are always included with the parents in the covenant. And this inclusion is important to God.