Last Sunday we wrapped up our summer series, Who Are You? As newcomers flocked into town for the start of IU classes this week, Pastor Bob turned to the question, “Who are we as the church at ECC?”
This week we bring our Who are You? series to a close, considering the truth that we’ve all been called into the “foreign service corps” and serve as ambassadors of the kingdom.
“Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee.” This famous quote from Augustine is often used to remind us that all human beings are created for relationship with God. That is certainly true. However, a relationship with God on this earth is only the beginning. We were actually made for an eternal relationship. As Christians we believe that the journey to eternity is our ultimate destiny.
Reading from Ephesians 2:1-10. What if gratitude for God’s grace reframed our view of the people and situations we encounter from day to day?
God is a relational, and he views us as his children. What does this mean for how we relate to him? Today’s reading is Romans 8:12-27.
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.