The Gift that Renews Hope: “Unbreakable Love”

Passage: Romans 8:31-39 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary In the gospel, God gives us the strong assurance that his love for us is unbreakable—no matter what we need, how we sin, or what we suffer. And yet, as strong as God’s love is, we need to be continually persuaded of it anew,…

Jesus: Betrayed Friend

Read John 13:18-38 At some point, we’ve all felt betrayed. It could be a big friendship falling out, or a breach of trust on a smaller scale. In my life, I can think of a few times this has happened and I’ll be honest: I never saw it coming. I was blindsided by the comment…

A love that sets people free

This Advent season, we have the opportunity to reflect on this deep and incredible commitment God has made – becoming human. We’ll consider four areas where Christ’s coming creates a new paradigm for the way we live. Our theme in week three is Mindset. Christ’s example of humility (by lowering himself to human form) compels us…

For God so Loved…Ghana

The following post is written by Electa Sutton who will be serving in Ghana December 2019/January 2020. Read her reflection on God’s missionary heart and how that has shaped her. What is the world to you? For God so loved the world, he gave his one and only Son… John 3:16 When you think of…

Taking Risks

The following is an excerpt from one of our church planting emails from April 2019 when we launched our plan to plant a church in Essex County in the next 3-5 years. As we start a new semester it is good to remind ourselves of this goal and to engage with what it will mean for…

The King is Love – An Advent Poem

The King is Love A poem by Joseph Byamukama, reflecting on the theme of Love on our second week of Advent. Have you heard? Have you seen?In the silent night, when there is no lightThe King sleeps, while heaven singsOur Maker is in a MangerLove has made His home with us   The King is…

Basic Christianity: Community

Today’s post is part of a series to help us take what we learn on Sunday into the rest of the week. These posts summarize the main points from the week’s sermon and include questions for continued reflection and prayer. The posts in this series are written by members of our church’s Adult Christian Formation…

Basic Christianity: God Loves His Children

Today’s post is part of a series to help us take what we learn on Sunday into the rest of the week. These posts summarize the main points from the week’s sermon and include questions for continued reflection and prayer. The posts in this series are written by members of our church’s Adult Christian Formation…