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Posts with the category “church”

Devoted to Breaking Bread
June 20th, 2024
Coming to the Table reminds us each week who Jesus is, who we are, and what awaits those who trust in Him. ...  Read More
by Michael Roop
Devoted to Fellowship
May 15th, 2024
It’s no wonder, then, that the first church in Acts 2 made fellowship a habit. They devoted themselves to acquiring a set of shared experiences whose agendas were simply to be together and to enjoy it...  Read More
by Michael Roop
Devoted to Apostolic Teaching
April 24th, 2024
We have seen so far that a community based on the gospel will have certain characteristic devotions, or practices, that flow naturally from the gospel itself. As I survey Acts 2:42-47, I see at least ...  Read More
by Michael Roop
A Culture of Devotion
March 18th, 2024
Did you know the early church was known for its habits? More than a trendy topic in today's self-help world, certain habits are at the core of a culture that is founded on the gospel. ...  Read More
by Michael Roop
A Vital Connection
February 14th, 2024
Jesus welcomes us into His family, and He did it through sacrifice. This kind of welcome is always sacrificial. We give up our preferences, our perceived rights, the centering of our vision for what t...  Read More
by Michael Roop
What Sort of Culture Should the Gospel Create?
January 9th, 2024
Most gospel presentations end with a call to repentance and faith, just as Peter's did in Acts 2. But what next? As we wait for the return of Christ, what sort of culture should we expect to find in o...  Read More
by Michael Roop
Loving Jesus' Beloved
April 30th, 2021
By Michael RoopThis blog is part four in a four-part series on the local church. Read parts one through three here.So far, we have seen Paul use the metaphors of body and building to describe the natu...  Read More
by Emily Lawson
On the Move
April 23rd, 2021
By Michael RoopThis blog is part three in a four-part series on the local church. Read parts one and two.I have a fence in my backyard, and for more than half the year, it is covered in vines. Thankfu...  Read More
by Emily Lawson
A Living Organism
April 16th, 2021
By Michael RoopThis blog is part two in a four-part series on the local church. Read part one here.Often, when I get questions around why Christians need to be active members in a local church, those ...  Read More
by Emily Lawson
The Hope of the World
April 14th, 2021
By Michael Roop“In God’s design, the local church is the hope of the world.” That’s a big statement, isn’t it. On the surface, it seems arrogant and self-serving, especially coming from a pastor. What...  Read More
by Emily Lawson