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Four Distinctions of the True Local Church

The true “church” refers to the regular and intentional meeting of believers to worship God, to study His Word, and to serve one another as part of the body of Christ under a Biblical leadership structure.  Let’s unpack those pieces one at a time. Basic distinctions of a true church: #1 A true church [...]

By | 2017-11-20T13:07:07+00:00 August 1st, 2018|Blog Posts, II Timothy, New Testament, Titus|0 Comments

The Church is Vital to You

Sr. Pastor Mark Stafford The Church is Vital to You We love to have things personalized.  Take a cell phone for example:  People personalize their phone cases, wallpaper, and ring tones.  They download apps to make the phone best suited for their personal needs.  A cell phone really [...]

A Spiritual Embassy

The church could be thought of not as an outpost, but an embassy. The building in the picture is the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, a little sliver of land belonging to the U.S. within a foreign country.  It is there to represent the U.S. and its interests. In a similar way, the church is [...]

By | 2017-11-20T12:57:12+00:00 June 1st, 2018|Blog Posts, II Peter, New Testament|0 Comments

The Church is a Family

The church is more than a club.  It is more than a group of people who agree on a certain political issue.  It goes beyond a shared interest in same style of music.  The church is a group of people who have been brought together through the reconciling work of Jesus.  They are a [...]

By | 2017-11-20T12:56:17+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Blog Posts, New Testament, Romans|0 Comments

Becoming Vital at Church

Sr. Pastor Mark Stafford Becoming Vital at Church |Philippians 1:3-14, 2 Timothy 2:1-3, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Philippians 2:3-8, 1 Corinthians 8:1-4, Hebrews 13:17   Church isn’t something you go to, it’s something you belong to.  Going to church is not supposed to be like going to the movies.  A church service is [...]

Your Participation in Church has a Significant Impact on Other People

Even if you don’t show up for yourself, you should show up for the benefit of others.   In 1 Corinthains 12:15, Paul writes, “15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.” A [...]

When You Come to Jesus, You Become Part of the Family

Your relationship with Jesus has dramatic effects and implications on your relationships with other people – especially people within the church.  Consider what Paul says in Galatians 3:26-28: “In Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there [...]

By | 2018-02-05T09:24:45+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Acts, Blog Posts, Galatians, New Testament|0 Comments

Being a Vital Part of a Church Family Begins by Showing up… Often

Becoming vital at church begins with walking through the door on a regular basis.  People who place a high value on their spiritual lives also place a high value on gathering with God’s family.  They are determined to show up.  Partners in the gospel don’t just come when they feel like it or when [...]

By | 2018-01-30T09:51:49+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Blog Posts, II Timothy, New Testament|0 Comments

A Vital Church Defined

Sr. Pastor Mark Stafford     A Vital Church Defined On and off I’ve participated with a local cycling club, a group of guys who meet a few times a week to ride road bikes.  They head out on the road together and ride 15 or 20 miles.  [...]

By | 2017-11-20T13:23:00+00:00 January 7th, 2018|Acts, New Testament, Sermons, Special Messages|0 Comments

People Who Pray are Vital to the Body of Christ

Prayer prompts God to do things in the lives of His people that He may not have otherwise done.   The whole of Scripture tells us that God hears and answers the cries of his people.  The Bible stresses the great importance of asking Him what we need both in this life and for eternity.  [...]

By | 2017-11-20T12:49:31+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Blog Posts, Matthew, New Testament|0 Comments