[Re]Placing Church

 

If you look around our culture today, a slow shifting has happened to replace the church.

Church has been replaced with many other ways to make friends, spend time and find meaning.

We think it’s time to “replace” the church as well.

It’s time to [re]place the church as a disengaged institution,
back into a passionate gathering of people,
radically committed to loving God,
and loving our neighbors,
and changing our world.

It’s time to [re]place the church back into the center of our lives,
and the center of our community.

It’s time to [re]place the church as “just a building,”
and back into being the body of Jesus Christ.

This Spring we begin [Re]placing Church.

A 12 week series taking us through a book in the Bible called “Acts.”

We will go back to the birth of the church,
– What is the mission of the church?
– How does God work through the church?
– Why do we believe that the church is the hope of the world?

If you, or anyone you know, has struggled with the concept of church, this series will replace your hope.


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Week by Week [Re]Placing Church

April 8: Acts 1: 1-11. The Promise Given (Ascension) – Listen Online
Jesus made a promise to his followers that sounded crazy- it was better for them that he goes. How could it be better with Jesus gone? Because he would send us the Holy Spirit, who would bring about spiritual rebirth and dwell in each and every follower of Jesus.

April 15: Acts 2: 1-13. The Promise Fulfilled (Pentecost) – Listen Online
The disciples did exactly what Jesus told them to do after his ascension- they waited. 10 days later the promise was fulfilled when the Holy Spirit came upon them. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead was raising men and women to new life!

April 22: Acts 2: 14-41 The Promise Shared (Peter’s sermon)
The promise was fulfilled when a disciple named Peter shared the good news of Jesus, and more than 3000 people were spiritually reborn, and the church was given birth.

April 29: Acts 2: 42-47 The Promise Embodied (Marks of the church)
The church started fast, the church started big, and the church started changing the community immediately. What were the marks of the church at its birth and what do those marks look like for us today?

May 6: Acts 3: 1-10. The Promise Shatters Expectations (Peter’s second sermon)
Jesus taught with authority, performed miracles and changed people’s lives. But what about his followers? What about the church? Do the same rules apply, and if so, how?

May 13: Acts 4:1-31. The Promise Brings Boldness! (Praying for boldness)
Jesus was considered a revolutionary. What about his church? We might be shocked to discover what the church actually prayed for, and actually accomplished.

May 20: Acts 4:32-37. The Promise of Generosity
One of the marks of the early church was a radical generosity. Just as Jesus gave his life for those he loved, the church, from the start, gave radically to one another and to the communities they served.

May 27: Acts 8:26-40. The Promise for Everyone (Philip and the Ethiopian)
How far would God’s love extend? Was it offered, even poured out, on people from different nations, of different colors, with different beliefs, and even different bodies? Could people far from God actually be welcomed into the church?

June 3: Acts 9. The Promise Changes our Enemies (Saul’s Conversion)
God’s plans were just getting started. Jesus was going to take the most unlikely, and unworthy of individuals, and take his church to the ends of the earth.

June 10: Acts 10. The Promise Changes Us (Peter’s Conversion)
Is God’s plan to save us and move on? Or does he want more for us? Peter learns, after years of ministry and leading the church, that he had much to learn, and God was not done with him.

June 17: Acts 15. The Promise Makes it EASY (The Jerusalem Council)
The church was changing rapidly. New Christians vastly outnumbered the first converts. In a crucial moment a discussion had to be made- what really was the mission of the church, and how would it be lived out? The future of the church was going to be decided.

June 24: Acts 17. “They Turned the World Upside Down”
Few had any problem with what the church did- they feed the hungry, took care of the poor, gave homes to widows and orphans, and visited prisoners. The problem the world had with the Christians was their message- Jesus was alive, and Jesus was king! This simple message was turning the world upside down, it was getting them killed, but they just would not stop sharing it!

View all of the sermons in the [Re]Placing Church series