If you are from Grace Church, please join us that weekend. Take a good look at the poster...if you are from Grace you will probably see yourself.
As I've grown as a Christ follower my recognition of my need for the people of God has dramatically increased. Early on in my Christian life (naively and pridefully) I felt little need for the Church. I suppose this individualism had its roots in two main sins: 1) a tiny view of God's kingdom and the work he means to accomplish in it; and 2) the faithless worldview that I grew up with before trusting in Jesus.
Today, because God has matured me as a Christian and because I've lived quite a bit more life, I'm all too aware of my need for God's people. I lack gifts which I need and God promises to provide through his people. I lack resources which I need and God promises to provide through his people. I lack knowledge which I need and God promises to provide through his people. I lack love and faith and obedience and examples which I need and God promises to provide through his people. God, in his Word, promises to meet certain needs of his people only through his people. I now know this with my mind and have experienced it in my life.
In the past several years I've been through times of remarkable joy and difficulty in the context of the Church. I've experienced God's people caring for my family and others in selfless and sacrificial ways. It's been awesome to experience the presence of God through the people of God. However, I'm convinced that God, in his Word, holds out even greater promises for the Church. In this seminar we'll look at the doctrine of the Church (what the bible has to say about the church), scheme together how we might live out the reality that we are all a part of as members of the body of Christ, and hope and dream together about what God might do as we live collective lives of faith!
Please join us us as we look at the heart, mind, and practice of the body of Christ.
"For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ."
- 1 Corinthians 12:12Humbly,