Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Church and the Kingdom

The Church represents and reflects the Kingdom
"In the heavenly city Christians will enter fully and eternally into the love of God.  The church on earth today presents the glimmering and growing picture of this coming reality."
Excerpted from The Church: The Gospel Made Visible by Mark Dever

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Priority Of Membership

"A married man goes to work as a married man and goes to the store as a married man, and the fact that he's married affects how he interacts with others at work and the store, but neither his work nor shopping are an intrinsic part of being married.  In the same way, a member of a church follows Christ in all sorts of ways that are not tied to the work that God entrusts to the local church in any institutional fashion.  But the individual's membership should affect how he does everything outside the gathered church."
~ Excerpt from The Church by Mark Dever, emphasis added.

Monday, August 13, 2012

CO*Motion Youth @ Fine Arts Nationals

Eighteen members of CO*Motion and five adult sponsors returned from a successful trip to the National Youth Convention and Fine Arts Festival last Saturday morning.  All of the teens scored either "excellent" or "superior" in their events, and earned college scholarship money in doing so.  Without the support of a fantastic church family, this trip and the benefits that will follow from it would not have been possible!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Seeking Peace & Unity

Within the church,
"...the desire for peace and unity should follow naturally from the obligation to love...unity is a natural expression of [the Spirit of Christ]. Given the sin which remains in believers in this life, however, unity often requires effort.  Thus Christians 'stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel.'  Strife should be actively avoided."  ~Mark Dever, The Church: The Gospel Made Visible