The Lamb of God
by David Schrock on September 24th, 2021
I once heard it said that the Passover instructions found in Exodus 12 are like planning a family reunion as your house burns down. Imagine the oddity—the absolute insanity!—of setting your children down at the kitchen table as flames engulf your house and telling them, “Get out your notebooks. I have a few things to say. At this time next year, we are going to gather our family to remember this e...
by David Schrock on September 17th, 2021
God said what? He told his servant Abraham to go and sacrifice his son, only son, Isaac, the one whom he loved. And did he? Is that what God requires? Why would God do that? And why would Abraham obey?If the conversation about Genesis 22 is challenging, imagine how difficult the conversation between father and son was between aged Abraham and Isaac, his teenage son. As they walked for three days t...
by Benjamin Purves on September 17th, 2021
Statements of Faith are important for the life of a local church. Doctrinal statements serve to guard the truth of Scripture and guide the teaching of the local church, and they are useful for discipling the church in the doctrines of the Bible.
It is Finished: Beholding the Cross of Christ From All of Scripture
by David Schrock on September 9th, 2021
. . . it is vital to understand what Christ did on the cross and what it means when Christ said on the cross, “It is finished” (John 19:30). To that end our church is beginning a sermon series this Sunday which will look at the cross and all the ways that John shows Christ’s death as fulfilling Scripture.
The House that Wisdom Built (Proverbs 8:1-36)
by David Schrock on August 27th, 2021
Wisdom rises or falls in relationship to God. As we have seen throughout Proverbs 1–9, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. And any attempt to live without God will result in folly and futility. Even the smartest, the strongest, and most skilled are only building on sand when they deny or ignore their all-wise Creator.
An Invitation to Serve with Joy
by Family Ministry on August 19th, 2021
Will join our Family Ministry team as we love and serve our church family?Children are a wonderful gift from the Lord (Ps 127-128), and we are thankful for how God has blessed our church family with many little ones. With this also comes the need for many helping hands in our classrooms. As Jeff Dionise reminded us in his sermon on Proverbs 4, our theme for the year is "Walking in Truth." One way ...
Vaccine Mandates and the Christian's Liberty of Conscience: From 2021 to 1721 and Back Again
by Benjamin Purves on August 12th, 2021
Over this past week, multiple people inside and outside the church have asked about navigating matters of conscience and healthcare when it comes to COVID-19 vaccine mandates. As mandates multiply across society, how should one respond? Should those who have previously declined vaccination pursue a religious exemption, or should they get vaccinated? What should one do if there is no religious exem...
An Update on Sunday School: From Now Until Fall
by David Schrock on July 17th, 2021
Beginning on July 18 (this Sunday) we are taking a four week “pause" on Sunday School. This pause gives our teachers time to rest and refresh and prepare themselves for teaching in the Fall. Training for children’s and youth workers will begin during the Sunday School hour on August 15. Please plan to join us.In the mean time, while there is no scheduled teaching during this pause in Sunday School...
Get Wisdom: The Beginning of a New Sermon Series
by David Schrock on July 2nd, 2021
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight. Proverbs 4:7 In Proverbs, wisdom is likened to precious metals and pleasant fruit (3:13–18), it is personified as a radiant woman (9:1–12), and it is offered as a way of everlasting life and immediate beauty (3:21–22). In short, wisdom is to be pursued with intensity, integrity, and endurance. For nothing else in crea...
Preparing for Worship: Sunday, February 21, 2021
by David Schrock on February 19th, 2021
Are we going to make it? How are we going to make it? What will it take to make it? And what is ‘it,' anyways?If you were an elect exile living in Asia Minor during the first few decades of the church, you might ask these questions? Or, if you were a Protestant living in England during the reign of Bloody Mary, you might ask them too? Today, if you are a Christian living in China, or if you are Ch...