"One of the surest barometers of the quality of your Christian life is the quality of Christian relationships in your life." Biblical Community as defined by the leaders of PBC is simply "deep, abiding relationships in the body of Christ." We tackle similar questions as we did last week. We are in week two of our series, "The CORE Four." As we look at the compass of discipleship, Biblical Community has to be...at the CORE.
We believe our mission is connecting and equipping people to follow Jesus. We accomplish that mission as we celebrate, connect, and contribute together in four key contexts: WORSHIP, BIBLICAL COMMUNITY, OUTREACH, and NEXT GENERATION. The four primary areas, driven by the power of PRAYER become the core principles that guide the ministries of PBC and form a pathway to follow in Jesus's footsteps. In this message, Pastor Andy preaches on the first core principle, Worship: Together in God's Presence Glorifying Father, Son, and Spirit. We'll examine three important questions: 1) What is worship? 2) Why is it important to worship together? 3) How do we worship together as PBC?
PBC Elder Mike Todd brings a message for 2017. Psalm 1 presents two "ways," the way of the righteous and the way of the wicked. Every human being has the freedom to choose their way. The way of the righteous brings many benefits and ultimately leads to eternal life. The way of wicked brings death and eternal separation from God. Which way will you choose in 2017?
What away to end our Advent series...On Christmas! Our series ends with "Jesus: The Great Light." Our world--and sometimes our own lives--are filled with darkness. There are so many things that we try to substitute for light groping about trying to find our own way. Isaiah prophecies that the people once walked in darkness but now they have seen the great light. Paul exhorts us to walk as children of the light. John tells us that Jesus is the light of the world. What a relief to have the Light in utter darkness.
Jesus is the Son of God. We are in week three of our Advent Series. Today, our special guest speaker, Josh Anderson, explores the correlation between the Old & New Testament proofs that Jesus is, in fact, the Son of God. The challenge will be to not pass over the more familiar stories and doctrines surrounding the identity of Jesus and the Christmas Story.
As we celebrate who Jesus is this Advent, we see that not only is He the Passover Lamb, but He is also the Kinsman-Redeemer. Join us as we journey through the story of Ruth in this sermon, and see the many ways in which Boaz, Ruth's kinsman-redeemer, foreshadows Jesus, the Kinsman-Redeemer of all who believe.
As we begin this season of Advent, our desire as a church is to center this time around Jesus, not materialism, not family outings (although those are often a blast), not vacation time, not leisure time, but Jesus. Today, we make the correlation between the Old Testament sacrificial system of the Passover Lamb with Jesus whom John the Baptist called, "the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world." That should set the stage of our journey toward Christmas.
The Great Commission could easily be renamed The Everyday Commission. It is a call to discipleship. It is a call to disciple. It is more than a call to evangelism, or missions or Bible study. It is a call to worship, instruction, fellowship and evangelism. It is a pattern of life for all believers. The question shouldn't be, "Are you discipling someone?" The question should be, "Who are you discipling?"
We have come to the end of our journey in the book of Acts. But the end is merely the beginning. We are an extension of the 1st century church. We are an extension of the gentiles who were given the opportunity to hear and accept the gospel of Jesus Christ. Those truths should motivate us to be a church on a mission.
The journey matters. Luke began the story of Paul's journey to Rome in Acts 21, and spent the next several chapters describing all that Paul went through to get there. In this message from Acts 28:1-16, we see the end of Paul's odyssey–his arrival to Rome. As we reflect on Paul's adventure, we'll discover some "road rules" that will help encourage us to persevere in the trial we'll face on our own life's journey.