Overview of Ezra/Nehemiah

The Sovereignty of God. What do we mean by this expression? We mean the supremacy of God, the kingship of God, the god-hood of God. To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that God is God. To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is the Most High, doing according […]

Posted on: March 21, 2013 - 3:25PM

Snapshot (3/19/13)

Here are a few links to resources, articles and videos that have been really encouraging and helpful!  Take some time and check them out. What are we after with Missional Communities after all?     by Jeff Vanderstelt A short video snapshot of how some other brothers and sisters across the country are working through the […]

Posted on: March 19, 2013 - 11:42AM

Not a Club – An Embassy

If the local church is not just another group of many in our city, then, how are we to think about her?  How are we to relate as a part of her?  What does it mean to be a member?  Is membership even necessary?  Author Jonathan Leeman suggests that we need to begin by reshaping […]

Posted on: March 18, 2013 - 3:42PM

Nehemiah 13 – For the glory of God, our holiness matters

Sin … is still acting, still labouring to bring forth the deeds of the flesh. When sin lets us alone we may let sin alone; but as sin is never less quiet than when it seems to be most quiet, and its waters are for the most part deep when they are still, so ought […]

Posted on: March 14, 2013 - 8:26PM

Nehemiah 11-12 Covenant Community for the Glory of God

Why is it important that people gather in community and join God on His mission? It is important because all throughout Scripture, community is integral for the carrying out of God’s mission. God chooses to work through people to redeem His world. People reaching people. We undertake the mission of God together because by God’s […]

Posted on: March 8, 2013 - 7:47AM

Not just any group…

I’ll never forget the counsel I received as a high school sophomore: “Colleges will look to your extracurricular activities to get a more complete picture of who you are, what your interests are, & how well-rounded you are…so choose wisely the clubs you will join/activities you will participate in.” A few weeks later & I […]

Posted on: March 7, 2013 - 4:57PM

Nehemiah 10 – Zeal for Repentance and Obedience

Repentance is turning away from sin, hating it, and resolving by God’s strength to forsake it, even as we turn to him in faith. Repentance is not just an optional plug-in to the Christian life. It is absolutely crucial to it, marking out those who have been saved by God and those who have not. […]

Posted on: February 28, 2013 - 10:06PM

Know & Be Known

I still remember the first time I read the story from Joshua Harris’ book Stop Dating the Church…a man is offered a job in a seemingly better part of the country with a great pay increase and better opportunities to climb the ladder of success within his company. As I was reading I remember thinking, “this […]

Posted on: February 23, 2013 - 8:24PM

Nehemiah 9 – Knowing God So We Can Know Ourselves

It’s easy to read this account of Israel’s repeated sins in the face of God’s abundant mercy and think, “How could those Jews be so ungrateful? How could they be so hardhearted?” It’s also easy to read this account and think, “How can my mate be so prone to sin? He [she] reads the Bible […]

Posted on: February 21, 2013 - 7:54PM

Nehemiah 7-8 Importance of God’s Word for the Believer

“Ignorance of God – ignorance of both His ways and of the practice of communion with Him- lies at the root of the church’s weakness today.” That’s how J. I. Packer began the 1973 preface to his classic volume Knowing God. Packer reasoned that one trend producing such ignorance of God and weakness in the church […]

Posted on: February 14, 2013 - 8:30PM