Tuesday, February 18, 2014

North Suburban Vision Series - Christ-centered Community: Sunday, February 2, 2014 - United in Jesus Christ in Midst of Our Diversity

We are in a series focusing on North Suburban's Vision Statement which exclaims:

"As a living body of Jesus Christ, our vision at North Suburban Mennonite Church is to be a Christ-centered community, embodying Christ-like compassion, living with Christ-led courage"

Our focus on Christ-centered community is expanded in the following statement:

Being Community
To be a Christ-centered community, we will be a committed, nurturing Anabaptist community, which celebrates our unity in Christ in the midst of the diversity of God's family. We will support each other in our spiritual, human and material needs. We will challenge each other to faithful living. We will maintain open communication with each other in a spirit of love and respect. We will commit to spiritual discipline to further our relationship with God.

The message of this Sunday focuses on how we understand unity or what unites us.  Often unity is described as our being like everyone else.  But that is not the biblical understanding.  What unites us is not our interpreting Scripture the same, nor believing the same, but rather that we are all rooted in Christ Jesus.  He is the one who holds us together amidst our diversity and we are united because we are in him.  

The texts we explore are: Philippians 2: 1-18; Galatians 3: 26-29; Romans 15:5

Link to Message: United in Jesus Christ in Midst of Our Diversity

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