The Joy of the Gospel

The gospel is the ‘good news’ that through Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection we have received full restoration to God through no act or record of our own.  In Jesus Christ, God has begun restoring beauty and dignity to all of His creation.  By trusting in Jesus’ work on earth and His record with God we each receive deliverance …

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1.  God justifies the ungodly a.  Our righteousness is incapable of fulfilling the demands of a Holy God. (Rom 1-3, especially Rom 3:19-20) b.  Christ came to be our righteousness while we were His enemies. (Eph 2:4-9, Rom 5:1-6) c.  Faith is not the basis of our salvation.  Faith is what God gives to us that we can lay hold …

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Sincere, Grateful Worship

Because of the free grace in the gospel – we cannot earn God’s favor and we do not deserve His love-we worship God with gratitude in our hearts and on our lips for what Jesus has accomplished, is continuing, and will complete.  Our worship has a beauty and dignity that reflects God’s holiness and our worship has a simplicity that …

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Healing for the Lost and Broken

In the gospel we are reminded that without Christ each of us is lost and broken and without hope not only because of hard things that have happened to us but because of our own desire to live without God.  We have received comfort from the unearned favor of our God.  We must offer that comfort to others.  We have …

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Orthodox, Life-changing Discipleship

Because of the gospel we now have all that we need to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ-namely, His Spirit, His Word, and His Church.  As iron sharpens iron, so we will sharpen one another.  As God gives water and food for the body, we will rely on His Spirit and Word for our souls.

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Genuine, Intentional Relationships

In the gospel we look expectantly for the presence of Jesus Christ in ourselves and each other even as we wait patiently for God’s Spirit to change us.  Having been adopted by God as His children, we are all members of one family.  We no longer need to put on airs or pretend to be better than we are.  Through …

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Missional Training and Multiplication

Jesus began a movement of the Kingdom of God that changed Jerusalem, Palestine, and eventually the world.  He did this by intentional leadership training and discipleship of those who would train and disciple others.  We have no delusions of grandeur.  It will take a movement, driven by the Holy Spirit, to change even the Stafford area.  We will train up …

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Expectant, Kingdom-Focused Prayer

In the gospel the Kingdom of God-His loving design and reign over all of creation-has already been restored through the work of Jesus Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit’s presence and yet we wait in anticipation for the full and complete restoration to come when Christ returns. Our attitude and action of prayer demonstrate a restless patience as …

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