We’ve been working on making an intentional shift to being a more missional and outwardly focused church, and while it may not seem very important, studying The Story and looking at the whole story of scripture is one of the best foundations that our church can have as we make this missional shift a reality.
The Bible comes to us in the form of a story. While many of us treat it like a rulebook, the majority of it is narrative. It is the story of how God is at work in the world. He is at work in real life, in the everyday happenings of the world. The Bible is not divorced from life. He uses people and situations to bring about redemption in the world. Sometimes we don’t see God at work in the lower story of this world, but he is at work and has been since the very beginning. continue reading
This is the time of the year when many of us settle back into our normal routines. The Christmas decorations are gone and our break is over. Around New Year’s many people made resolutions about how they would change in the year to come. Most of our resolutions have now been forgotten. This month at Westbrook, we have been exploring how to move from making resolutions to being made new in Christ.
Our first teaching series of 2014 at Westbrook, New Year, New You, has focused on helping us go beyond resolutions and become the New Creation the God intends us to be. Our theme verse is 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new is here!” When we submit our lives to Christ, we are made into a new creation! When God makes us new, he gives us a new mission as well. We no longer live for ourselves, but instead we live for the mission of Christ. Just a few verses later we are told we are now “ambassadors for Christ” in the world. continue reading…