Email From the Pastor

Hello Brothers & Sisters, 

There is a lot going on in our current socio-political context that tempts us to despair, but we are being reminded that God is still reigning and ruling from heaven through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

We are now five weeks into our Aliens & Exiles series. Did you miss the sermon this past Sunday? You can listen to Faith That Burns Brighter Than the Furnace (5 of 9) and hear a timely message on idolatry and the liturgy of empire. We were encouraged to place our faith solely in God and refuse to get our life from elsewhere.

As always, you can listen to sermons and view the sermon slides online. If you’re in a small group that is discussing the sermons, you can now access the discussion questions there as well. I hope you’re finding our website helpful.

This coming Sunday we will encounter Jesus and the subversive good news of the kingdom in a message entitled, Yeshua: A Messiah for the Exiles (6 of 9). We have traveled the road of God’s people through exile, deliverance, and back again. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Jesus (God) comes to us as an exile who will saves exiles.

What can we learn about the good news of the kingdom from the temptations of Christ? What might the confrontation with Legion say about Christ and God’s intentions to overcome empire? And what does Jesus’ arrest and conversation with Pilate say about the stark contrast between the two kingdoms?  

We will consider these things and more as we move into the New Testament and observe God fulfilling the long-awaited promises to his people. What does it look like when God becomes king? I hope you will join us on Sunday for worship and communion as we gaze upon Christ, the center of our faith and the hope of the world. 

Also, remember that Sunday, October 23 is Missions Sunday 2016: Christ for a Post-Christian World. Jonathan Lloyd and Melissa Shumaker will be with us as they help us to see how BIC World Missions is engaging people in a post-Christian world. Jonathan’s message is not part of the 9-week series, but it will fit with our series theme.

I look forward to seeing you in worship this Sunday. Come receive a blessing as we gather as God’s exiles.

P.S. We will be holding an Election Day Communion service on November 8 at 6:30 p.m. More information will be coming soon. I want to encourage you to plan on attending this special event. You will be glad you did.

Grace & Peace,

Pastor David

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