Sunday, February 08, 2015: The Character of Corporate Worship, Part One

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4) Over the next three weeks, I am going to attempt to provide a concise sketch of Colossians 3:1-17. My hope and prayer is that this will give us greater insight into the character of a community that faithfully worships God. In seeing (Read More)

February 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

Sunday, February 01, 2015: Invite Someone to Church This Week

Let me ask you, when was the last time you invited someone to join you at church on a Sunday? Maybe it was recently. Maybe you have a friend or a co-worker you’ve been inviting for a while. Or perhaps it’s something you’ve never even considered. It could be that you’re fearful of how you might be perceived at work or among friends. Whatever the case may be–whether you’re a regular inviter, a reluctant inviter, or a non-inviter–I want to encourage you to take heart; there are many good reasons to invite someone to church. A Culture of Gospel Renewal At (Read More)

January 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, January 25, 2015: The Gathering as Warfare

“When concentration happens, our gatherings will be a hissing and a byword to unbelievers. They don’t mind our ghettos. They do mind it when we gather in the way we were commanded to.” –Douglas Wilson Believe it or not, we are at war. This is the fight of your life, and everything rests on something far greater than any one individual. Therefore, if we’re going to come out of this alive, we’re going to have to put on a united front that is alert and undeterred by enemy fire. There is too much at stake for anything less. This war is called worship. When we (Read More)

January 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, January 18, 2015: Making the Weekly Gathering a Priority

“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.'” –Psalm 122:1 The attitude with which you perform an activity speaks volumes to others about the value of that activity. After all, if you habitually treat your duties as drudgeries, they will be perceived negatively by those who witness your acts of carrying out those duties. This principle is especially important when being mindful of the fact that, much of the time, we are being observed by people in whose lives we exercise a considerable amount of influence and leadership–be it our children, our (Read More)

January 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, January 11, 2015: The Power of an Undivided Heart

“Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.” (Ps. 86:11) When it comes to right worship of God, anything less than everything means absolutely nothing. To many people in our day, that seems a bit extreme. All-or-nothing worship, they say, is for the mega-devout. Moderation seems more balanced, and therefore more preferable. After all, it’s much easier to juggle our “religion” as one of many commitments, isn’t it? In this mindset, showing up at church on Sunday lands somewhere between getting the oil changed (Read More)

January 7, 2015 // 3 Comments

Sunday, January 04, 2015: Keeping Our Eyes on the Final Dedication

“But will God indeed dwell on earth?” (1 Ki. 8:27) “In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” (Eph. 2:22) In 1 Kings 8, King Solomon dedicates a newly constructed temple as God’s dwelling place on earth. It was promised to his father David that his son would oversee this divinely instituted building project. And, according to that promise, a beautiful scene unfolds in which the glory of God is experienced in a remarkable way. The temple dedication is an important event for us to consider as we look to a new year of gathering as a (Read More)

January 1, 2015 // 0 Comments