We have reached the book of Revelation in our daily Bible reading! Let’s just admit it - Revelation is a very strange book. It’s full of angels and demons, lions and lambs, horses and dragons, ghouls, ghosts, and beasts. It’s a letter that reads more like a live drama that Jesus puts on for John during his time of worship. Traditionally, the last book of the Bible has been called “The Revelation to John”, but the first verse actually begins with the words “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.” It’s a revelation of Jesus, by Jesus, and about Jesus Christ. The title is not “Revelations” - even though there is a series of dramatic revelations. Literally, the title means “The Apocalypse.” Sadly, in our time the word “apocalypse” has come to mean, “Oh no! Something terrible is about to happen!” But when Revelation was written, the word simply meant “unveiling”, akin to lifting a cover off a box or pulling back a curtain in the theatre, 'opening up' or 'breaking through.' God gave Revelation to John to show his servants the things that must soon take place.” (v. 1). The book closes by telling the reader that there is a curse if you add or take away from the words in this prophecy - plagues will come in your life, and you will lose your share in the tree of life and the holy city described in this book - (that’s like, heaven!). I don’t know about you, but I want to be a recipient of the blessing, not the curse.
Life is full of twists, turns, and Pivots that often signal a change of direction or a new chapter in our lives. During our six-week Lenten journey on Sunday mornings, we will highlight a number of Pivots in Jesus’ life and discuss what they mean for Christians today.
This is not just Another series. “One Another” is a repeated expression in the New Testament, describing a culture where God’s people are to be connected to one Another in ways the world has not seen.
Our weekend worship and messages during December will center around the historic tradition, Christmas Carols. The Carols have been a staple of the Advent/Christmas season for hundreds of years, bringing joyful, familiar lyrics and tunes that often conjure up memories of Christmases from the past.
Faith is seventy-five years old in November 2020, and that signals a time to celebrate and give thanks for what the Lord has done and look forward with vision and anticipation at what the Lord has in store for His church for the next seventy-five years.
In this series, we will focus on how our worship is not limited to sitting in the seats on Sundays. Worship cannot be neatly confined to discrete times or places; nor can it be limited to a specific aspect of our lives. Worship is holistic; it is reflected in all we do and all we are.
During the month of September, we will focus on what God is doing around the world and closer to home in our city. Each week we will focus on one of Faith's mission partners and discover how we can make an impact.