This Week's Message

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We're Called To Community

with Lead Pastor Drew Shofner

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This Week's Notes:

While we’re not technically “reopening” because we never closed, we are “regathering” because we’ve not been able to. Gathering is essential to spiritual growth!

We Are Called to Community!

Seek Jesus together, Be Jesus apart.

John 20:21 “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”

  • Can’t say when, but we’re working on it now!
  • We seek the wisdom of God above all.
  • We’re exploring multiple options 1) online; 2) home with “framily;” 3) on campus inside; and 4) on campus outside.

Theology of Gathering:

  • e˙kklhsi÷a Ekklesia— “the congregation of Christians implying interacting membership.”  
  • The gathering of believers helping one another believe, be loved, and be love to the world.
  • Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the day approaching.”
  • Living proximate lives strengthens faith. We are steadier connected, unstable apart. 
  • This is more about heart and humility than managing appearances.

Our Reopening/Regathering Needs To Be:

1) Fearless—from Growing faith, not “dread-full” fear.

  • “Whatever is not from faith is from sin…” Romans 14:23b
  • Faith is the hope-filled sense of God supernaturally at work.  

2) Confident—with a strong sense of the presence of God.

  • Hebrews 11:6 “Now faith IS confidence in what we hope for, and assurance about what we do not see.”
  • We can be confident God knows all we don’t—
  • That Jesus will guide beautifully. “Follow me.” Matthew 4:19
  • Faith is more than knowing theory, it’s living confidence in God! (Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”)

3) Loving—because we ARE the love of God!

  • No judgment on other people in other places.
  • John 13:34-35 “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

We Are Called to Community!

Seek Jesus together, Be Jesus apart.

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