We live in a time of unprecedented division. Yet the mission of Christ and His Church is one of unity – unity of faith in Christ, knowledge of God, and, above all, love. And as we learn how to build and grow the Body of Christ, together we will be a people rooted in just that. Because no matter how bleak the world may seem, in the Kingdom – things are getting better and better. (1 Corinthians 12)
What the world needs now? Love. Yet these days, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of love going around. What can we do about it? Where is the love the world needs going to come from? It will come from us; the church. From people whose lives are committed to bringing love and hope to the world through the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Because not only is there a better way, we’ve been called to the most excellent way.
There are three unifying themes throughout scripture: God’s desire to be glorified, God’s desire for a people of His own, and God’s eternal purpose. Even so, there are times when God appears to be silent and distant. It was true then and it is true today. But even in those moments when all love seems lost, the promise of Christ remains. And when we learn to see even the unseen love of Christ, we will be that much more equipped to be the love of Christ in the world.
The End Is Near. With the pandemic, the separation brought about by physical distancing, and all the social and political unrest, that’s certainly a popular sentiment these days. Yet Jesus was abundantly clear that even when it appears that everything is crumbling around us, when we experience troubles and uncertainty, we are to take heart – He has overcome the world. In that sense, perhaps the end IS near. For in Jesus, we find not only the end, but the beginning.
Daily distractions seem impossible to avoid --- they scatter our thinking, trip up our emotions and keep us from living fully in God's presence. But it doesn't have to be that way. Join us as we learn the importance of adopting a healthy mindset that's driven by Biblical truth, not daily distractions.
We all love stories. Ever since we were young. It’s the way we learn about who we are. So is it any surprise that Jesus uses stories to teach His children? And Jesus’ stories are so compelling that they are known throughout the world, both in and out of church. Much more than entertainment, Jesus' stories challenge all of us to continuously adjust our view of life, our thinking, and our way of living. For throughout the parables of Jesus, we are in fact being invited into a bigger story. His story.
Easter at Chesapeake is always a special celebration – this year is no exception. It's worth noting that in all four gospels, the resurrection of Jesus Christ was in many ways a quiet miracle. But not only a quiet miracle, it is in many ways a very small miracle. A very private miracle. No crowds, no cheers, no thunder or lightening. Just a quiet miracle that forever changed the hearts of every person who would believe in Him. For in the resurrection of Christ, we find not only life, but the Life.
Throughout the Gospels, Jesus had extraordinary encounters with ordinary people. These were regular, every-day people who were forever changed by colliding with the living presence of Christ. And it still happens today. For when our hearts genuinely experience the grace and love of a living Jesus, we face a choice – to resist Him or to surrender. Which will we choose?
Throughout His ministry, Jesus said and taught so many amazing, wonderful, and beautiful things. But the teachings of Jesus were also often uncomfortable, difficult, and downright disruptive. Yet to fully know and follow Christ, one cannot accept the former while neglecting the latter. Over the next several weeks, we will taking a deeper look at the challenging, the inconvenient – the hard teachings of Jesus.
If there is any consistent theme throughout the Gospels it is the idea of the Kingdom. Jesus’ own birth was described as the arrival of a King. As followers of Christ, it is our calling to build His Kingdom, live in His Kingdom, fight for His Kingdom and, perhaps most importantly, call others into His Kingdom. It’s a big deal: The Kingdom
We'd like to see with 20/20 vision - clearly and accurately. But life doesn't always seem to be in focus. Perhaps we look with the wrong eyes. 2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us "For we walk by Faith, not by sight." Let's kick off the new year together with eyes of faith, following Christ with 20/20 Vision.
As we head into the Christmas Season, we will be inundated with messages about what matters, what we need, what we want, and what others want from us. Somewhere in all of it, real truth will get lost. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Not for us and not for the people we love. Join us, and let’s spend these next four weeks in TRUTH.
How do you identify? Do you mean politically? Sexually? Generationally? Musically? Spiritually? This week? Next week? Or last week? For a people who claim we don’t like to be labeled, we have more labels for ourselves
than ever before. No one knows who they are anymore. We’re in an identity crisis. Over the next three weeks we will examine who are, not merely in our eyes – but in the eyes of Christ.