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“The Servant’s Focus” (Mark 1:32-39)

Following is a reflection by David Alves, one of our members, on the sermon preached by Pastor Erik on the first Sunday of Advent, December 3, 2017.

God has designed all of us to have multifaceted responsibilities—family, work, church ministries, and so on. In an unfallen world, these things would not be opposed to one another, and indeed in the resurrection they will not be. They need not be opposed to each other by necessity in this world, either, but sadly our flesh and our simple human frailty can make it difficult to place them in proper relationship to one another. Read more

“The Immediate Ministry of the Servant” (Mark 1:29-31)

Following is a reflection by David Alves, one of our members, on the sermon preached by Pastor Erik on November 26, 2017.

It is arguable that the doctrine of God’s meticulous providence may be the most precious doctrine to the believer (second only to the inerrant verbal inspiration of Holy Scripture). That God reigns as comprehensively sovereign over all things breathes new life into how we approach trial, prayer, impossibility, obstacles, national and international problems, the spiritual barrenness of the church, and every other issues large or small. Read more

Who is Jesus? Authoritative King and God (Mark 1:21-28)

Following is a reflection by David Alves, one of our members, on the sermon preached by Pastor Erik on November 19, 2017.

Who Jesus is, what He taught, and what He did is the gospel. In other words, the gospel is Christ Himself. Our saving response to that, enabled by His sovereign grace, is repentant faith. But the gospel itself is not merely a message (though it is that!), but the identity, teaching, and work of a unique and individual person. Read more

“The Servant’s Call” (Mark 1:16-20)

Following is a reflection by David Alves, one of our members, on the sermon preached by Pastor Erik on November 12, 2017.

It is an unavoidable precept of Holy Scripture that the Lord uses men to accomplish His work. That God is the ineffable Sovereign of the universe who appoints and disposes all things for His glory should not be taken to mean He is above the use of means. Indeed, the accomplishing of the divine purposes will not happen apart from significant and decisive engagement of things other than God. Of course, perhaps chief among these is the human race. Because God’s plan is now and always has been to have an earthly kingdom over which He is sovereign, filled with human image-bearers who rule for and rightly love Him, it is not surprising that real human responsibility and influence is of the utmost importance for the completion of His program. Read more

“The Message of the Servant” (Mark 1:14-15)

Following is a reflection by David Alves, one of our members, on the sermon preached by Pastor Erik on November 5, 2017.

What is the message our Lord preached? Surely the words of God incarnate on any subject are of authoritative note, but the message that was the center and citadel of His earthly mission would be of utmost importance. This has historically been the source of no small amount of confusion. Radical dispensationalists wished to entirely bifurcate the “gospel of the kingdom” from the “gospel of the cross” (it is not wrong, however, to see an element of distinction between these ideas), or worse, to completely differentiate the gospel Jesus preached from that of Paul and the apostles. (Some of these brethren argue the church did not begin until Acts 9, with Paul’s conversion, or even later, with consequent changes and limitations on the message and NT books applicable to us today.) Liberals have often taken Jesus’ proclamation of God’s kingdom and turned it into some bizarre apocalyptic-social-justice amalgam, with one notorious liberal asserting Jesus was so convinced of the impending end of the world that He was devastated and shocked by His crucifixion! Conservative evangelicals with an unfortunate missional bent have also used kingdom proclamation to sanctify social justice measures as the mission of the church (thus conflating and confusing our Lord’s mission with ours, besides foolishly thinking building a soup kitchen is the equivalent of miraculous feeding of thousands), and also tend to deemphasize or dismiss the futurity of the kingdom and the fulfillment of promises to national Israel in her land. Read more

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Tue 12

Instrumental Rehearsal

December 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed 13

Grace in the Home – West Hartford

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu 14

Kids, Choir, Ensemble & Musicians Rehearsal

December 14 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 15

Men’s Bible Study

December 15 @ 6:30 am - 8:00 am
Sat 16

WonbyOne Party

December 16