to make more and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ.
As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.
And Jesus Gave His People Shepherds After His Own Heart (part one)
In this second sermon of The Pure Church Series, Pastor Matthew follows up with a response to the feedback that was generated from the first sermon on Ethnic Harmony, and provides a Biblical survey of eldership, by which we are able to see God’s gracious gift of shepherds after his own heart for the good of his people, the church.
I believe song selection is one of the most important aspects of my role as your Worship Pastor. See, at Calvary, we have the opportunity to introduce around 12 songs per year - 17 songs max. That’s a new song every 3 weeks to a month. Introducing new music too often doesn’t serve our worship gatherings well and can even discourage participation. Not often enough and we could become too comfortable and no longer stirred by the lyrics. We want healthy rhythms of new songs that allow people to get familiar with the songs we sing so they can not only engage, but also firmly grasp the truths we’re singing about.
Celebrating Black History Month
February is Black History Month, and it is likely that this month is needed in 2017 more than any year since. In a time of turmoil and division, it opens up an opportunity for racial divides to be bridged.
Say What You Mean
Paul spoke the truth of the gospel to Peter in the way Peter (and the church of Galatia) needed to hear it. He appropriated the message. This is what we all need to be able to do as we preach to ourselves first and foremost, and also as we preach to others. We need to heed Inigo Montoya’s advice and not "keep using that word” that may not mean what we think it means. More importantly, we need to figure out what the gospel means so that when we use that word we are confidently saying what we mean.
When I exhale in the cold weather, I am reminded that God is showering His grace upon me.
Missions & Outreach
Growing Young: Pastors & Ministry Leaders Seminar
What do young people say they want in a church? Discover the myths that are now debunked by research-- and the truth about engaging the next generation.