Imago Dei & Racism

Yesterday we considered the truth of the image of God in man (the “Imago Dei“) as it relates to the issue of racism.  This was timely in light of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s recent birthday.

Dr. King captured the significance of this theological truth in his sermon, “The American Dream”:

“The whole concept of the imago dei …is the idea that all men have something within them that God injected. …And this gives him a uniqueness, it gives him worth, it gives him dignity. And we must never forget this as a nation: there are no gradations in the image of God. Every man from a treble white to a bass black is significant on God’s keyboard, precisely because every man is made in the image of God. One day we will learn that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Advertisements

Sunday Service Follow Up: 01.20.2019

Sunday Service Follow Up – 01.20.2019

This past Sunday we began a two-part series called “Imago Dei and Our Day.” We looked at how the image of God (Imago Dei) shapes what we must believe and how we must live in response to two critical issues in our day: the sanctity of human life and racism.

Looking at Genesis 1:26-27, Tab showed us that we must believe that all humans from the moment of conception are made in the image of God; that is they are made more like God than anything else and made to represent God before everything else. In light of this conviction, from James 1:27 we can see how we’re called to care for all human life, especially the vulnerable among us.

Below you will find discussion questions that you can work through individually, as a family, or with other believers.

Discussion and Response Questions

Read Genesis 1:26-27 and James 1:27 and consider the questions below:

  1. How would you explain “the image of God” in your own words? How does this truth shape how you view others and yourself? Does it specifically expose any sin or unbelief in your life?
  2. James 1:27 highlights how Christians are called to care for the most vulnerable among us. How can the conviction that all humans are made in the image of God lead you to care the most vulnerable, especially the unborn?

Sunday Service Preparation: 01.20.19

Sunday Service Preparation – 01.20.19
The goal of this post is to help you prayerfully and thoughtfully prepare for gathering together as the church this Sunday. Take some time to read the selected sermon text, listen to some of the songs, and pray for the pastor and those who will gather.

SERMON TITLE
Imago Dei & Our Day – Abortion

SERMON TEXT
Genesis 1:26-27 & James 1:27 (click to read online)

SUNDAY’S LITURGY
Desert Song
Call to Worship
Come Ye Sinners
You are My Vision
Corporate Confession
Broken Vessels
Announcements
Sermon
College Area Pregnancy Services (CAPS) presentation
Lord’s Supper
O Come to the Altar
No Longer Slaves
Benediction

PRAYER OF PREPARATION
Consider joining us Sunday mornings for our pre-service prayer from 8:45-9:45 a.m. in the Recreational Building kitchen! Pray with us as long as you’re able, even if you can’t stay the entire time.

If you’re unable to gather with us in prayer Sunday mornings, below is a prayer of preparation you can pray to ready your heart to be met by God in our service this Sunday.

Almighty God,
To whom all hearts are open,
all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid:
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration
of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you
and worthily magnify your holy name through Christ,
our Lord.
Amen.

Sunday Service Follow Up: 01.13.19

Sunday Service Follow Up – 01.13.2019

This past Sunday we had our annual prayer service, spending the bulk of our service in prayer asking God to meet us and help us grow in our upward, inward, and outward purposes as a church. Before we prayed, Joshua briefly taught us from 2 Corinthians 1:11 that our prayers matter because God works in response to them.

Below you will find discussion questions that you can work through individually, as a family, or with other believers.

Discussion and Response Questions

Read 2 Corinthians 1:11 and consider the questions below:

  1. When you’re in need what is your typical response? How might Paul’s example in 2 Corinthians 1:11 inform how you respond in difficult times?
  2. The end, the purpose, of Paul’s request for prayer is so that many will give thanks to God. What is the connection between prayer and thankfulness? What are some ways that you can give thanks to God for his response to your prayers? (Spend some time doing so now)

Sunday Service Preparation: 01.13.19

Sunday Service Preparation – 01.13.19
The goal of this post is to help you prayerfully and thoughtfully prepare for gathering together as the church this Sunday. Take some time to read the selected sermon text, listen to some of the songs, and pray for the pastor and those who will gather.

SERMON TITLE
Our Prayers Matter

SERMON TEXT
2 Corinthians 1:11 (click to read online)

SUNDAY’S LITURGY

      10,000 Reasons
Call to Worship
Corporate Prayer: Matthew 6:9-13
     No Longer Slaves
Be Thou My Vision
Announcements
Sermon
Corporate Prayer
Upward Purpose
Inward Purpose
Outward Purpose
Mission & Vision
Lord’s Supper
     Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery
Doxology

Benediction
PRAYER OF PREPARATION
Below is a prayer of preparation you can consider praying to ready your heart to be met by God in our service this Sunday.

O Lord, we pray that you would give us the strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that we may be filled with your fullness. Amen.

Sunday Service Follow Up: 01/06/19

Sunday Service Follow Up: 01.06.2019

This past Sunday our friend, Jonathan Shradar, from Reservoir Church preached from Isaiah 7:1-9, teaching us that firm faith is found in the word of God.

Below you will find discussion questions that you can work through individually, as a family, or with other believers.

Discussion and Response Questions

Read Isaiah 7:1-9 and consider the questions below:

1. What are some of the things in your life that you’re invited to trust God in but have a hard time being firm in faith?

2. How does the promise of God build your faith?

3. If Jesus is our steadfastness, what part do we play in being firm in faith? How can we practically stand firm?

Sunday Service Preparation: 01.06.19

Sunday Service Preparation – 01.06.19
The goal of this post is to help you prayerfully and thoughtfully prepare for gathering together as the church this Sunday. Take some time to read the selected sermon text, listen to some of the songs, and pray for the pastor and those who will gather.

SERMON TITLE
“Firm in Faith”

SERMON TEXT
Isaiah 7:1-9 (click to read online)

SUNDAY’S LITURGY

Our God
Call to Worship
Responsive Reading
All I Have is Christ
Never Once
     Stronger
Mission Moment – Tarahumara Update w/Jazmin
Sermon
Lord’s Supper
In Christ Alone
     Lord, I Need You
Benediction

PRAYER OF PREPARATION

Below is a prayer of preparation you can consider praying to ready your heart to be met by God in our service this Sunday.

Almighty God,
You pour out your spirit of grace 
And of supplication on all who desire it. 
Deliver us, when we draw near to you, 
From cold hearts and wandering minds, 
That with steady thoughts and kindled passion 
We may worship you in spirit and in truth; 
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.