THE ONCE AND FUTURE CHURCH
OCTOBER 29 - NOVEMBER 26, 2017
5 weeks
 
Loren Mead, in 1991, wrote a book by this title that challenged church leaders to take a fresh look at how the American church was organized for ministry, suggesting that the context for ministry had changed over past decades, and the church had not responded to that change. He called for a ”reformation” in how we go about being the church.
 
As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, we take up Mead’s challenge as we look at the scriptural texts that inspired Martin Luther and ask the question, “What is the ministry to which we are called, and how should we shape it to speak to this age?”

October 29
STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

Romans 3:19-28,  John 8:31-36

SUMMARY
500 years after the start of the Protestant Reformation, we are at another time of epoch change in both culture and Christ’s church.  Many giants of the faith have gone before us – not to remodel the church or build new ecclesiastical structures- but to trail blaze as we seek to be an ongoing disciple-making movement.

November 5
LAYING DOWN OUR LIVES

Romans 12:1-21,  Matthew 5:1-12

SUMMARY
Being a Christian is neither easy nor cheap.  A living sacrifice is still a sacrifice!  The question we face today is basic to our faith.  Who or what is number one in our lives.  How we answer that question directs all our life’s decisions and has eternal consequences.

November 12
WALKING ARM IN ARM

Romans 13:8-14,  Matthew 25:1-13

SUMMARY
Along our walk of faith, we come to love Jesus more and more. As we do so, we take on more and more of the character of Christ.  Today we explore how that growth compels us to love those that Christ loves, and in doing so, find that the obligation of love is not a burden but a joy.

November 19
STANDING UP TO FEAR

Romans 14:1-23,  Matthew 25:14-30

SUMMARY
When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness, Jesus prevailed and Satan left “…until a more opportune time.”  That’s the way the Tempter works, returning, again and again, sowing seeds of question and doubt.  The seeds, when sprouted, often grow into full-blown fear.  Am I really following Jesus?  Does He really forgive EVERYTHING?  Does Jesus really want a relationship with me, or to control me?  The list is unending.  Until we stand up to these fears, the Tempter controls us through these fears.  Today we look at what happens when we stand up to the ultimate bully.

November 26
REACHING OUT TO SERVE

Romans 15:1-13,  Matthew 25: 31-46

SUMMARY
A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, as the old saying tells us.  Those who are trying to be good enough for God, or trying to earn His favor, never get that the first step to eternity with our creator in not trying to please Him, but in loving Him.  Then, we learn to love those He loves.  Only then does serving in the Name of Christ happen – as a natural progression that is not coerced or demanded, but which lovingly spills out of a Christ-centered life.



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