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Launch Service

Some images from the launch service:

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Last Updated on Monday, 03 May 2010 12:11

First Pre-Launch Service

Here are images from our first internal pre-launch worship service.  Praise God - things went quite smoothly.  We set up the sound system, the projector, keyboard, set up the seating - it was a great Easter Sunday service!  Our public launch service will be May 2nd.

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Resurrection Sunday

About three years ago, The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name was published.  Sally Lloyd-Jones, who attends Redeemer Presbyterian in NYC, basically put Tim Keller's sermons in children's story form.  Very gospel-centered rendering of the Biblical story - highly recommended.  Here is a video version of the Resurrection account:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 March 2010 16:18

Logistics and Stuff

Our first pre-launch worship service is fast approaching - April 4th.  We will have core-group-only worship services through April before our May 2nd public launch.  There are many things to purchase - signs, audio equipment, projector, among other things - and plan for - the seating layout, placement of various equipment, lighting - you get the picture.

Today Mur, Sammy, Gary, Caylen and Michael toured the site - Marshall Elementary.  Some pics from the visit:

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Gospel Transformation

Gospel Transformation

We believe the gospel has the power to changes lives – not just external behavior, but true, inner heart transformation.  All other non-gospel belief systems try to change people’s behavior by motivating them through fear or pride.

A great example of this kind of non-gospel motivation is from the pilot episode of "The Cosby Show".  Theo has just brought home another poor report card and Dr. Huxtable, played by the inimitable Bill Cosby, is upset and sits down with Theo to set him straight.  What ensues is a humorous exchange with Monopoly money in which Dr. Huxtable essentially appeals to Theo’s greed and his desire to get a girlfriend.   In other words – study hard in school because that way you can make a lot of money and get cute girls.  (See video for clip from show.)

What’s wrong with this approach? You’re basically using socially acceptable sins (greed and pride) to battle socially unacceptable sins (laziness) – a tactic perfected by Asian parents.  It might prove successful at changing the outward behavior, but the underlying heart condition (living selfishly) remains untouched.  This is essentially the problem Jesus had with the Pharisees.  On the outside, they looked upright and moral, but their underlying heart motivations were sinful – they only obeyed the law in order to impress people and to put God in their debt.  In Jesus’ penetrating critique, he calls them “whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness” (Matthew 23:27).

So what is the solution?  How can messed up people truly experience heart transformation?  The answer is the gospel.  The gospel is the one truth that when we believe it, to the extent that we believe, will create a new heart and new motivations.  Because of the gospel we are no longer ruled by fear (because in Christ our sins are forgiven) nor by pride (because we are secure in our identity in Christ), but rather we are compelled by love and gratitude.  In other words, the gospel means that we no longer obey in order to be loved by God, but because we are already loved, we want to obey.  To learn more, read Idols of the Heart by David Powlison.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 March 2010 22:51

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