Looking at Psalm 84, pastor Luke shared about how the posture of worship is grounded in recognizing and responding to both the "bigness" and "nearness" of God. What is worship? Surely it is feasting on the reality that while we draw near to God, he draws near to us; as we delight in him, he delights in us; and as we rejoice over him with songs, he rejoices of us with songs!
In Ephesians 2:13, we read that God brings near those who are far off... and the reality is that God does this through his church. In this sermon, pastor Luke explored how people generally connect into a community through the various "links" in a chain.
Last week we talked about God asking us to dream big because our best days are ahead of us. In the second sermon in our series, Vision Map, we looked at the development of the church in Ephesus as a model for us. After all, we have to realize that there are practical things we can do that actually empower us to both dream big and reach those dreams! If we want to be a church that continues to carry out our mission of knowing Jesus and making him known, we must continue to develop!
In the mid 1800's, a group of people known as "The Donner Party" made their way from the east toward California. Ignoring the wisdom of maps and experienced travellers, the group attempted to take a short cut and travel during the winter, leading to tragedy. Without a good map, we're liable to experience many of the same challenges! In this sermon, pastor Luke shared vision for the future of the Vineyard in 2018 and where the leadership senses the Lord leading!