March 28, 2016

The Journey Ahead . . .

Some describe life as an event. Some describe life as a struggle or battle. Still others liken it to a journey. I like that description.

We journey through life individually as well as with others—family and friends. And we journey through life together as a church family.

We will spend these next six weeks considering where we are and where we are going as a church. In recent weeks, we have made some crucial commitments—we have formed a Building Committee to lead us as we consider additional space to meet the needs of our church family.

This journey is not just about building and expanding. It’s about who we are and what we believe.

So join us as we remind ourselves of how our church does “church.”

Your Pastor,

Stephen G. Hatfield

Daily Bible Readings written by:

week one, Mikel Porter week four, Brad Williamson
week two, Kelvin Reed week five, Rob Peterman
week three, Missy Iley week six, Julie Hammer


I Commit to Jesus
Matthew 4:18-22

Our commitment to Jesus begins with our response to his call to “follow.” The disciples were busy with life. They worked hard to make a living. They loved their families deeply. They connected in relationships with friends and those in the community. In many ways, these guys were a lot like you and me. Scripture says Jesus came along and issued an invitation, “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once, they left their nets and followed Jesus. They didn’t sit and think about their options. They didn’t make a list of pros and cons. They didn’t even take the time to go let their mamas know what they were doing. At once, in an instant, immediately, they dropped their lives and traded everything they had for a life following Jesus.

I love the Jewish blessing: “May you be covered in the dust of your rabbi.” May we follow Jesus so closely that the dust from his sandals is kicked up on us. May we be marked by him, marked as belonging to him. Our commitment to Christ begins with obedience to follow. What does that invitation mean to you, today, where you are?