One of the reasons we exist as a church is to help people become "fully-devoted followers of Jesus Christ."  We firmly believe that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God and the standard for living.  We also believe that God's Word speaks into every part of our lives.  As a result, we work hard to provide a wide variety of classes, seminars, small groups, and opportunities for spiritual growth.

Throughout the week, small groups meet both on campus and in people's homes.  To learn more about openings in our small groups and to plug in, click here to e-mail Pastor Joel.  Many of our small groups break for the summer, so you may need to wait until September!

Power Outage

Posted by Joel Plantinga on OP1er @ 1:52 PM

We all know that we take electricity for granted until we lose it.  All of us have, without thinking, flipped a switch or pushed a button while the power is out, not even thinking how dependent we are on it for so much of our lifestyles.

I recently read the Book of Acts and when I finished just said "Wow."  If you've read it, you know that God's power is the driving force in the early church from changing hearts, releasing prisoners, and healing people.  While I was touched and moved by those stories, the recurring thought that kept coming at me was that of a power outage in today's church.

So much of what we do feels religious to me.  And I'll share that I have an aversion to religion.  In his book "Power Through Prayer", E.M. Bounds says that "Nothing is so dead as a dead orthodoxy, too dead to speculate, too dead to think, to study, or to pray."

Wow.  In other words, we can have good theology and still be stuck in a power outage.  The Holy Spirit breathes life into us as we allow him to flow in and through us.  As we become captives of the Spirit, we become filled with power.

Let's be honest:  How many of you come to church on Sunday EXPECTING God to show up?  How many of you believe lives will be changed when we worship?  When we pray, has it struck us that we are in communion with the CREATOR of the universe?  

The kind of power that moved the early church can't be channeled or contrived through new programs, ideas, and ministries.  It's a God thing, and we need HIS power to fill all of us.

God help us!

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