What images stir in your mind when you hear the word “saints”? A football team? Religious iconography? A jazz band playing, “Oh When the Saints”? This week we continue our month-long series, “Who Are You?” contemplating what it means to say that we are saints. It’s both a key statement of who we are and lofty vision for who we’re supposed to be. Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9.
As we continue to explore core aspects of our identity, two aspects readily emerge: we are sinners, and we are forgiven. That incredible forgiveness of sin comes from one source, as we see in Matthew 9:1-8. Let us, too, praise the one to whom such authority to forgive was given.
In this message, we contemplate what it means to be “Image Bearers,” reading from Genesis 1:1-2:3. So much in our world is dehumanizing and attempts to strip us of our unique dignity and worth. We need to understand and affirm that all men and women are created in and continue to bear the indelible image of God.
Our message series wraps up with the image of the church as the Bride of Christ. We are really loved like that? What a thought! Let’s reflect on the meaning of that image and give thanks.
When the Apostle Peter was describing the church he used the following images: living stones, a spiritual house, a chosen people, a royal priesthood. Today we consider this description and focus primarily on what it means for the church to be a royal priesthood.
Brandon York and a couple of Cru students share how the words of Jesus in Matthew 28:16-20 are motivating the work of God through campus ministry at IU.
Jennie Hession, Executive Director of Southern Hills Youth for Christ, shares about the impact of YFC and the Gospel on local teens.
Hebrews 11:8-16. The book of Hebrews paints a picture of life for those who are Christ-followers. We are sojourners, aliens, exiles, foreigners, strangers traveling toward home. Though we live here now, this world is not our home because God has prepared a city for us – we are constantly on our way home.
A look at who we are as a “household of faith.”
John 15:1-15. Jesus says, “I am the vine and you are the branches…No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.” Let’s explore the image of the vine as it relates to the church.