Diversity in the unity. Unity in the diversity. This is one of the most essential truths about the Trinity, and given that we were created in the image of God, it’s also an essential truth of the church. We are different: some were given to be apostles, some teachers and some evangelists. Yet, we are unified. In Christ, we grow and join together to be a holy temple, a dwelling place of the ...
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If you’ve ever experienced disunity in a church, you know how upsetting it can be. Not many of us enjoy conflict in general, so the thought of conflict within the body of believers is particularly uncomfortable. But conflict happens, just as it does in any committed relationship. Christians are exhorted to be known by their unity even in their diversity, but does that mean we never raise a ...
I love catching my wife, Kaci, looking at the engagement ring I gave her nearly one year ago. She’ll stare at it for a few brief seconds in the car or as we take a walk. Out of the corner of my eye, I’ll notice a slight smile creep across her face. Lost in her own thoughts and happiness, she’ll assume I haven’t noticed.
Remember Jenga—the game that requires you to carefully remove wooden blocks from a tower without causing the structure to tumble? After you set the blocks up on your table, you carefully and strategically pull out blocks, not breathing for fear of toppling the tower.
Complete the following statement: Big is to small as slow is to fast. Hot is to cold as man is to _______________. If you answered “woman,” you’re probably not alone. But you’re also not exactly correct.
At The Village Church, the context for community is groups. A weekend worship service here is sizable, so it's hard in such a setting to form deep friendships or to be challenged by another brother or sister who knows you well and wants God’s best for you. You’re not likely to stumble into deep relationship there.
Does the Bible teach that all believers should speak in tongues? Does it dictate Home Groups as the ideal model for churches? Finding answers to interpretive questions like these requires that we understand the difference between prescriptive and descriptive texts— between texts that are prescribing or commanding a certain action and those that are simply describing historical facts or events.
As a church, we historically haven’t used terms like “branding” because, well, they feel a bit corporate-esque, as if we’re trying to sell something. I mean, we’re a church. Our mission is to make disciples—not to sell a product.