An honest look at Mary & Joseph - Real people who each responded to the gospel in different ways. What will you do with Emmanuel? He is God with Us.
Many have lost trust in spiritual authority, because they have seen church leaders fail and make horrible mistakes. What are believers supposed to do with our leadership crisis?
This week we are looking at what people believe about salvation and the assurance of salvation (Romans 8). Even after coming to faith in Jesus Christ, many believers often still wonder, “Am I really saved? Can I lose my salvation? How do I know?” We believe that the Holy Spirit offers us assurance of our salvation. When we feel unsure as to the status of our salvation, one of the ways we are assured is that the old, sinful nature in us is dead. It was put to rest at the cross of Christ and we have victory over sin. Now, we live as new men and women who desire the things of God rather than the things of the flesh.
The popular belief is that the Bible is something of a legend, a cultural narrative that doesn’t directly relate to us today. But we believe the Bible is God’s Word incarnate, just as Jesus is God incarnate. John 1 talks about Jesus as the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us. Scripture is veiled Deity, just as Jesus is Deity who veiled Himself in human flesh.
The popular belief is that man is basically good and capable of morality and self-fulfillment without belief in God. The Bible teaches that man apart from God is totally depraved. We are made in the image of God, but sin and depravity has put in place a cycle of blindness to the truth, darkening of our hearts from the light of truth, and a breaking down of our faith in God and relationship with others. Can you be good and not believe in God? If God doesn’t exist, can you be good?
This week we will be looking at what people believe about God (Romans 1). People often believe that God is distant; He created the world and He wants people to be good, but He isn’t really involved. When someone is in great need, they can call on Him and He will be present until He is not needed again. God want us to know him - to be in relationship. In fact, the Right Relationship to the Real God will lead to the richest life.
In history there have been times of revival and renewal that have raised the spiritual temperature of all of New England. We long to see the gospel have a transforming effect in every sector of society along the Boston to Providence Corridor. Beginning with a movement of real conversion and response to biblical preaching and teaching, a movement of God’s mysterious spirit, a renewed movement of public faith and transformation in society. This moment is bigger than just our church, we are also part of the worldwide Alliance movement to see conversion and change around the world.