Sunday Recap for September 5, 2010

There were more than a dozen visitors this week at SonRise West OC.  Week after week we continue to see new people come.  We have seen a few of them return multiple times, and we are thankful for the opportunity to be able to present the Gospel to all of those who come.  We did a car wash outreach on Saturday and were able to connect with several people from the community and one lady was in church this week. 

We have one week left in our sermon series “In Tents”.  This week, however, we talked about God’s intention for nature and touched on the Christian’s responsiblity to it.  God intends nature to direct people to a knowledge of himself and he also intends his church to point people to himself. Nature and the church are not synonymous. Although we certainly enjoy the creation, and the intricacy and variety we see in nature should give us reason to worship the creator, God has a more important intention for his church:

Ephesians 3: 10His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

God displays his existence, ability, creativity, and beauty in creation, but he displays his wisdom and his eternal purposes in the church. If we decide to neglect to invest our lives in a community of people who follow Jesus, then we will miss out on much of what God has for us in our journey with him.  We experience the Gospel in community in a way that is not possible when we are alone, even if we are giving proper glory to God for the beauty of his creation.

The sermon should be available here in a couple of days.


1 Response to “Sunday Recap for September 5, 2010”

  1. September 7, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Glad to hear the car wash was effective, and that you had a dozen visitors. I’m SO glad God has planted you guys in West OC!!!

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