When we think about developing disciplined rhythms of the Word, we should keep three ideas in mind: encounter, internalize and apply. Let’s briefly revisit each.
The beauty of the gospel is that it creates the one safe space for honestly acknowledging our sin.
This Sunday we will gather together at Village to sing, pray and read Scripture together. And after that, a pastor will get up and begin preaching. For some of you, this may be the highlight of the morning; for others it may be the most difficult part. After all, where else in our lives do we sit there and listen to some guy talk for 35 minutes?
On dedication Sunday we see a beautiful union between two institutions that God has created: the family and the church…
This Sunday we will observe communion. At the end of our service, the pastors and deacons will stand before the congregation, will give thanks for the bread, and then bread will be broken, distributed, and eaten together by the church. We will repeat the process for the cup. Each week, we frame this event as a sacred time, as a “family matter,” given as a gift for the people of Jesus. But as with any rhythm of life, the sweetness of meaning can grow dull through routine repetition.