As a followup to last week’s sermon on Traditions, we explore the mindset which leads to division and sectarianism…and the path toward recovery and prevention.
We explore 3 kinds of traditions: those built on biblical precedent, those which violate biblical precedent, and those which are neutral and should be flexible. What are the dangers which can come with all 3 kinds?
We cap off our series on how the Christian handles Memory by exploring what the weekly sharing of the Lord’s Supper teaches us about our memories. We examine the remembering of our Lord from 3 angles: His Story, My Story, Our Story.
The implications of life on the Vine of Jesus are exciting. The implications of NOT being connected to Jesus are startling. We explore the multiple aspects of this vine metaphor Jesus uses to describe the contrast of life in Him vs. "life" apart from Him.
One of Satan's strategies is to confuse us on who our real enemy is. If he could just get us to turn on each other, our army would be destroyed with the enemy suffering no real casualties. We discuss some ways this can happen.
Are we guilty of trying on churches in a way which resembles shopping for clothes or a toy? We discuss the dangers of church hopping, church shopping, and becoming passive members who consume without producing.
People around you are in pain. The challenge for most of us is not so much that we don't want to share the pain of others...as it is that we don't know how. We ask what we can learn from Jesus taking 2 different approaches to 2 grieving sisters...and we talk about specific ways we can weep with those who weep.
How do we regard the importance of our assemblies together as compared with the emphasis placed on them by the early church? Which cultural factors have contributed to the devaluing of our time together? We examine these questions and look at 3 passages in Hebrews which should help reignite our anticipation of our regular gatherings as God's people.
As the dynamics of our Rockville church family are in transition, we look at some principles we can learn from the Jerusalem family of Jesus-followers as they went through some changing dynamics.