Marks of a Gospel Movement: “Christ’s Rule Empowers Us”

Passage: Acts 1:1-11 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary Our church’s vision is to “see a gospel movement on the North Shore.” The book of Acts describes the first gospel movement, as God used the early church to powerfully extend Christ’s kingdom beyond Jerusalem, into Judea, Samaria, and even to “the ends…

Centered: “God’s Grace Is Glorious”

Passage: Ephesians 1:3-14 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary In order to endure this lengthy hardship, we need a concrete purpose and aim in life—an aim so great that even suffering cannot take it away. Thankfully, we are not left to find our own purpose on this earth, and in Ephesians 1:3-14,…

An Evening around the Mooney-McCoy Table

On Wednesday evening, July 29, the North Shore Gospel Partnership, a collaboration of churches in Essex County, hosted a virtual live event titled Let’s Talk: Hard Stories and Honest Questions. Paulea Mooney-McCoy introduced the conversation as an opportunity to pull up a chair to her family’s table as she, her husband, and their three adult…

Centered: “The Holy Spirit Guarantees Our Hope”

Passage: Ephesians 1:3-14 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary As the pandemic drags on, many of us feel worn down, with seemingly no end in sight. Times like these can reveal what we’re truly hoping in. In the midst of Ephesians 1:3-14, Paul gives us to two solid hopes, and guidance on…

Centered: “The Blood of Christ Reconciles Us”

Passage: Ephesians 1:3-14 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary It’s easy to see in our society the brokenness and disunity among us. We wonder what could possibly help bring us back together. Paul declares the “mystery of [God’s] will” in Ephesians 1:9-10, which is that all things would be reconciled through the…

Centered: “The Lord is Sovereign”

Passage: Ephesians 1:3-14 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary The greatest stories of our time are often pointing to our questions about fate and destiny. We wonder who decides our destiny or if fate even exists. As Christians we can be confident that God is in control of our destiny and, in…

Centered: “Christ is the Center”

Passage: Ephesians 1:3-14 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary In this divided time, it’s more important than ever to remember what unites us as Christians, which is Christ. He is the center of our faith, and indeed the center all creation. In Ephesians 1:3-14, Paul gloriously unpacks the riches of the Christ-centered…

Discipleship Survey 2020: Encouragements and Takeaways

This past March, our church took a survey for the second year in a row, aimed at helping us assess our growth as disciples.  We did this because of our conviction that fruitful discipleship is central to our vision to see a gospel movement on the North Shore. Discipleship is the “irreducible minimum” in all…