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“A Flyover of Philippians” (Philippians 1:1-4:23)

Following is a reflection by David Alves, one of our members, on the sermon preached by Pastor Erik Johansen on January 15, 2017.

As the Lord Jesus now reigns over His spiritual kingdom in an inauguration of the promises He will everlastingly fulfill in the millennial reign and on the new earth, He has sent His authoritative words from heaven to men that they might know what it is to properly surrender to Him as God’s installed, chosen king in the heavenly Zion (Psa. 2:6). The kingdom will one day soon come in its glorious fullness, and so Christians must speak and live as citizens of that grand reality that will fundamentally transform all things. As those who have been redeemed by God and have the promise of being on the right side of history and the judgment, Christians have every unshakeable reason to be filled with true joy regardless of their circumstances on earth. Read more

“Seven Charges for Gospel Fidelity” (2 Timothy 1:1-4:22)

Following is a reflection by David Alves, one of our members, on the sermon given by Mike Abendroth on January 8, 2017.

If God built His world to be under the authority of men and women rightly aligned with His word and purposes, then it only makes sense that His church—the new humanity, the down payment of the new creation to come—ought to be the same. The men God calls to be elders are to be examples of godly maturity, submission, truth, righteousness, and love. And because ministry is war—the church and especially her leaders are on the front lines of attack on the kingdom of man and Satan—the standard if high, the costs are great, and the rewards are unparalleled. Read more

“The Sharp-Dressed Christian” (Colossians 3:12-14)

Following is a reflection by David Alves, one of our members, on the sermon preached by our pastor, Erik Johansen, on January 1, 2017.

God saves His people to change them. Colossians 3:10 says that the new man we put on is “being renewed to a true knowledge [of God] according to the image of the One who created him.” This is likely a dual nod to 1:15 (where Jesus is referred to as God’s image) and more overtly, Genesis 1:27. God created human beings as (not merely in) His image to rightly relate to Him, rule for Him over His creation (this does not merely mean ruling over the animals, but possessing His authority to implement His will and agenda over the inhabited earth), and represent Him to the creation. The Fall, of course, severely truncated (though did not entirely erase) that. And here, Paul says part of God’s holy agenda is to redeem sinful men and sanctify them so they can, in fact, have His image fully restored and receive His creation intent here and now, as well as fully in the future. Read more

“The Certainty of the Incarnation” (John 1:14)

Following is a reflection by David Alves, one of our members, on the sermon preached by our pastor, Erik Johansen, on Christmas Day, 2016.

Christmas ought to be a time of reverent celebration of the birth of Christ. Recognizing that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15), commemorating the day of that event should be a priority for ever Christian. Yet, given the extreme commercialization and secularization of the Christmas holiday, how can God’s people rekindle a right understanding of Christmas and its importance? John 1:14 is likely the most succinct biblical passage on the Incarnation, and it reveals four facts that believers can know with certainty as they approach the Christmas holiday. These four facts will provide traction, encouragement, and fresh faith to all who will embrace them with surrender and joy. Read more

“Gospel Freedom & the Transforming Power of the Holy Spirit” (Galatians 5:19-25)

Following is a reflection by David Alves, one of our members, on the sermon preached by our pastor, Erik Johansen, on December 18, 2016.

Galatians is likely Paul’s first inspired letter, written shortly after the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15. Already he is combating, with apostolic unction and authority, attacks on the precious doctrine of justification by faith alone. It is very important, in that day and in ours, to recognize that sola fide does not rule out a future day of judgment nor future acquittal at the judgment bar of God. There is a “future justification” in the sense that we stand fully acquitted, this time publicly before a watching universe, vindicated and declared to be God’s people and not guilty of our sin, based solely on the imputed righteousness of Christ and evidenced by a life of practical righteousness wrought by the Spirit. But still, justification is always and only a forensic, legal, external declaration, one of acquittal in God’s courtroom, not because of anything we have done, but only because of the perfect and comprehensive righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ which has been graciously and sovereignly credited to our account. Read more

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Wed 25

Grace in the home – South Windsor

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed 25

Grace in the Home – West Hartford

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu 26

Ensemble Rehearsal

January 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri 27

Men’s Bible Study

January 27 @ 6:30 am - 8:00 am
Sun 29

Sunday Morning Worship

January 29 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm