It's pretty easy to get set in our ways. There's a certain comfort in doing things a particular way and knowing what to expect. And there's nothing inherently wrong with continuing to think and act in the same way... except when there's something better that our stubbornness is keeping us from experiencing.
This week in our Covenant Community Bible Experience readings, we've been following the story in the book of Acts of Jesus' disciples sharing the Good News about new life in Christ. They've basically had to just deal with situations as they've come up - there were no examples of what "church" should look like.
Except that all of the first Christians were Jews. They had centuries of history in living with God under the Old Covenant. Were they supposed to leave all of that behind now that they had received Jesus as the promised Messiah? And was the Messiah for non-Jews, too?
This Sunday, October 9th, we'll be looking at a pivotal story in the life of the early church: Peter's encounter with Cornelius. This story has a lot to say to us as we seek to follow the Holy Spirit's leading. I hope you'll be able to join us.
Our MOYO group is continuing to grow and provide a place of support and connection for moms with young children both from within our congregation and from throughout the valley.
But along with these growing numbers come some expenses that we haven't budgeted for. So this coming Sunday we will have a "love offering" to help out. Please consider bringing something extra to give to this wonderful and growing ministry.
We're also looking for some "mentor moms" who would be willing to join the group on Tuesday mornings in order to build friendships and offer some encouragement from personal experience. Please see Lisa Whatley for more information.
There's still plenty of time to jump on board our journey of reading through the New Testament in a way you've never done it before. Simply go to cbe.covchurch.org and sign up to receive daily emails with links to video summaries, audio versions, and to read the day's passage on your device. There are a number of small groups that have sprung up throughout the valley and you're welcome to join in on these "book club style" discussions of our reading.
We've run out of physical copies again, but more will be arriving in about a week.
Thoughts about living as a Jesus follower and life at Community Covenant Church