A couple of weeks ago Austin Kopack preached on a section of Deuteronomy that addressed tithing. Tithing is the giving of 10% of one's resources as an offering to God. It's a way to acknowledge that God is the source of everything one has and it's the way that God resources the ongoing ministry that facilitates the spiritual life of his people.
Twice a year MERCYhouse gathers its members for a meeting that includes celebrating what God has done in the congregation, praying for the church and its mission, and voting on items as mandated by our church constitution.
I was incredibly blessed today by Tommy Moore's preaching (listen to sermon here). So grateful to have a number of people in our church who can skillfully explain God's word so that we can all be built up and encouraged.
Yesterday we took a break from our Remembrance Sermon Series and heard a brief overview of an important event in church history known as the Reformation. If you missed this sermon/lecture, you can check it out here. If this has peaked your interest and you want to explore further, check out these resources on the reformation.
Over the past few weeks, I've been asked this question several times - "What are you preaching on this Fall?" It's hard to know how to make small talk with the pastor, but this question seems as good as any. When I say, "Deuteronomy", they usually respond with a bewildered look or blurt out "Why?"
Sunday's Sermon got more feedback (positive & negative) than any sermon I've ever preached. By the way, what I'm calling "negative" was very gracious disagreement and not mean spirited at all. Several questions came out of the experience. Here are three that have been reoccurring:
It's that time of year again! Church announcements are filled with info. about Small Groups and why everyone should join one. This past Sunday we had about 300 adults attend our services and they all heard about this opportunity to connect with others around scripture, prayer, fellowship, and mission. Yet, through the years, we've found that about 1/3 of Sunday attendees actually heed the call to engage in this more intimate experience of Christian growth known as the small group.
While Sundays are an important part of our life as a church, we also hope you'll consider joining one of our Servant Teams and/or one of our Small Groups. These are designed to help you connect more deeply with God and others and work out what it means to walk with Jesus.