Steve Zeisler - January 25, 2015
The New Testament describes Christian community as the body of Christ, the temple of God, a gathering of saints who are knit together by love. It is also honest about dysfunction and failure among churches. At times a local church seems indistinguishable from a drowsy book club, and all of us have both good and bad stories about church life. Yet, Christian fellowship is destined to last forever and we are profoundly bound together with other believers by the presence of God’s Spirit. In this message we will review God’s view of the church.
Scripture References: 1 Peter 2:9-12
From Series: "Immortal. Invisible."
We focus on the world we can see, hear, and touch; and are often warned, with good reason, against excessive attention to virtual experience and worldly fantasies. However, flights of imagination and the things of the material world are not the totality of existence; indeed neither is of first importance. By faith we grasp truth that is not tangible, apprehend reality we can’t measure, take hold of experience that has not yet occurred. Hebrews 11:1 states succinctly: Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. There are two categories in view here: a) history that is certain but not yet accomplished (what is hoped for) and b) profound realities everywhere around us that we cannot measure with our senses (things not seen). In this sermon series we will begin a new year, not with resolutions about diets, budgets and exercise. Rather, we aim to grow in grace - giving attention to realities that beckon us from the future and form us in the present while remaining unseen.