You are the church

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. 1...

Spiritual gifts: six things to understand

We’re currently preaching through 1 Corinthians 12-14, the main biblical passage on spiritual gifts. There is lots of confusion about spiritual gifts today, just as there was among the Corinthians that Paul is writing to. Part of this confusion is that we tend to...

Thankful for something real this Christmas

During this time of year, I thank God that the gospel is more than sentimental. That the gospel of Christ—born, living, crucified, and risen for sinners like me–is true, in the truest sense, and that its power and effectiveness is not in “all the feels” it...

Playing the long game

It is important to realize that membership and ministry in a local church means playing the long game. We will miss much of the fruit of God’s purposes for the church–and our lives–if we don’t take a long-term view, and instead remove ourselves as soon as...

Good but temporary

This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, 30 and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who...

The clarity of the cross

“In the cross of Christ I glory, towering o’er the wrecks of time; all the light of sacred story, gathers round its head sublime.” So goes the opening words of one of the songs we sing. The idea is that Christ on the cross stands at the center of...

Not domineering

This past Sunday we concluded our short series on church polity or governance by considering the role of elders. The Bible calls elders “shepherds,” giving us a wonderful image of their role towards their congregation: to guide, feed, protect, tend to, care for, and...

Church leadership accountable to God

This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 This past week we covered 1 Corinthians 4:1-5. The immediate context of the passage is...

The problem with a personalized, curated faith

One of the defining characteristics of our age is the vast opportunities for personalization. You can go to Burger King and “Have it Your Way.” Spotify will curate music just for you. Netflix will do the same with movies and shows, Amazon with books (or anything “from...