Our Church, the Jesus Gathering

The word “church” is used in our culture to refer to the building where Christians gather, in reference to different Christian denominations, and also to refer to the Sunday worship event. But the biblical word “church,” or “ecclesia,” carries a different meaning. In the first century, the word was used, even among non-Christians, to refer…

Our Mission, the Jesus Mission

What is the central mission of the Christian church? We know that we are to be a people that are to “love God” and to “love our neighbor as ourselves” as we learn from the Jesus Creed. We also should know that the community of Christ is to be a people of the Jesus Prayer.…

Our Prayer, the Jesus Prayer

Every week the global Church gathers for communal worship.  They gather to sing songs of praise, read from the Scriptures, fellowship with the Saints, break bread, hear an exhortation from the Word, and without a doubt Christians always pray when they gather together.  And the prayer that is prayed the most in worship services around…

Our Creed, the Jesus Creed

Some of you are raising, or lowering, your eyebrows right now. You are thinking, “A creed? We don’t do creeds in the Churches of Christ.” But we should know that creeds are not necessarily bad. They are simply summaries of belief.  And besides, the creed that I am referring to is not the creed of just any man or…

Christmas Traditions

Do you have family Christmas traditions?  When I was a kid, my family loved our Christmas Eve tradition.  We kept first things first, which means we always ate first.  Every year on Christmas Eve we had finger foods for dinner.  Cheeses, sausage, crackers, M&Ms, and other delicious treats were always there to make our Christmas…

Encounter Life

In John 5:39-40 Jesus said these words to the Jewish leaders. “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” The Pharisees and other Jewish leaders prided themselves on how well they knew the Scriptures. …

Friend

What kind of friend are you?  Are you loyal and encouraging?  Do you have a lot of friends because you are the life of the party?  What do you want more than anything else for your friends?  Do you have friends so they can meet your needs?  Are your friends a joy to you?  These…