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Family Values or Kingdom Values?

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Guest Speaker: Evie Telfer
Sermon Title: Family Values or Kingdom Values?
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 56:4-5: Mark 3:21, 31-35; 4:11-12; Matt 19:27-30

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In our culture, many of us experience Christian marriage and family to be under siege. The evangelical movement has responded by doubling down in defense of the family. Some of the unintended consequences of this have been the idolization of the nuclear family and the collateral damage it causes to single adult Christians. What if Jesus never intended to protect the biological family but to redefine it altogether? How might Jesus be calling the church to prophetically proclaim the Kingdom of God through his radical teaching of kinship in the family of faith? Listen as Evie Telfer (Messiah Village Residential Living Pastor) invites us to embrace Jesus' teaching and live out his Kingdom vision for the church.

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June 23 bulletin

The Church as Family

Sermon Title: The Church as Family
Scripture Reading: Mark 3:20-21, 31-35; Ephesians 2:19-22, 4:2-3

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It was one of the most scandoulous things Jesus did in his ministry. Jesus invited his disciples to become a part of his church--a new community in which the family is reconstituted; where all those who love and follow him are to be known as brothers and sisters in Christ. And like Jesus, we are quick to love, forgive, bear each other’s burdens, and show grace to one another. In The Church as Family, Pastor David shares how Christians are called to live as the family of God.

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July 29 bulletin

Inherent Worth (3 of 4)

Sermon Series: Inherent Worth: Rediscovering the Image of God in Everyone
Guest Speaker: Eric Seibert
Sermon Title: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

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It may be hard to believe, but research shows that most physical, emotional, and sexual abuse happens in the home. The church can’t afford to be silent when it comes to raising awareness and protecting the most vulnerable among us. In The Most Dangerous Place on Earth, Dr. Eric Seibert (Messiah College) encourages us to respond in a Christ-honoring way to the victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.

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January 21 bulletin
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