Sunday in Review // Community

The book of Philippians has been an absolute joy to walk through.  From the gospel to community, we have been reminded that ultimately Jesus’ story reshapes our story.  We took this statement a step further as we looked at Philippians 2 by saying: Jesus’ story reshapes community. If this is true, which I believe it is, it can help us begin to rethink what is experienced at the ground level of the church and what is lived out in the everyday. What would a working definition of the church look like?  I say “working” definition because many of the pragmatic definitions, which are very valuable, seem to leave out the key element of the everyday.  So here you go: The…

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Sunday Preview // Community

What is the best memory you have of excellent community? Is it family?  Is it a church you loved?  Was it in college?  Did you find it or did it find you? Answering that question is not easy.  Yet, I would almost bet that a fellowship of people, where you are accepted and can belong, is a deep longing of your heart. We have all experienced rejection from a group of people that didn’t accept us for whatever reason.  It may have been in the fifth grade or more recently in college.  Maybe that unacceptance still haunts you today. For as long as I can remember, I have longed for excellent Christ centered community. A fellowship with believers who didn’t…

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Sunday in Review

Dear OCC Family, As you know we have started a new rhythm for our worship gatherings.  We now meet the 2nd & 4th Sunday of every month.  I am super excited to see how this increases our connection as we continue to launch more CITYgroups. At our last gathering, we started a new teaching series on the book of Philippians we are calling VALUES.  We want to take three gatherings to walk through our core values as a church; JESUS, COMMUNITY and MISSION.  First, we looked at Philippians 1 which is rich with Christ centered challenge.  Paul does everything possible to bring our focus closer to the work of Jesus.  I love how Paul doesn’t allow us to simply talk about…

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SUNDAY PREVIEW

Dear OCC family, Well, it was the first week of school for students in our area.  This is such a big time of the year for so many families.  I pray things have gone smooth with new teachers, schools and schedules. For me, September feels like the beginning of a new year in the middle of the year.  It’s the perfect time to hit restart and refocus for the remainder of the year.  I even took time to look back over some of the goals I put in place back in January, to see how things are lining up for 2015. So, for our worship gathering, we will be looking at the mission of our church.  I want us to…

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PRAY FOR YOUR CITY

I’m sure you should’t start a blog with a negative.  However, I want to confess something.  I lived & served in two cities in Central Arkansas for 7 years.  The towns/cities were Benton & Bryant.  Thinking back, I can’t remember praying for these two towns in the 7 years I called it my home.  I prayed for many things.  I prayed for my church, the students I pastored, the leaders around me, my family and more.  Yet I never specifically prayed for my city. Why would a student pastor fail to pray for his city? Looking back I think my belief of how God impacts nations and cities lacked broadness.  More on that in a bit. A few months before…

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