This month we’ve been examining our mission at The Grove and facing the sobering reality that simply believing in or agreeing with our mission won’t make it a reality. A mission can only be accomplished when people fight for it. So we’ve been breaking down The Grove’s mission statement piece by piece and considering what it will cost us to make those words reality in our community. If you’ve missed any of the past three weeks, you may want to go back and check them out!
This week we’re looking at the transfiguration of Jesus to deepen our understanding of the final part of our mission—coming alive in Christ. And, unlike the inviting and serving parts of our mission, this part isn’t something we can do for God. Rather, it’s something we desperately need God to do in us.
Remember that one time Jesus told a story about how we all need to be more like the manager who embezzled from his company and then got praised by the CEO? Yeah—we pretty much bury this one. But Jesus said he needs more people like that guy on his team. What in the world?
This Sunday as the country honors the great American Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King (a man whose zeal for the coming Kingdom literally remade the culture), we dive into the third message of our Resolve: Worth Fighting For series. Let’s get inspired to work with more zeal, creativity, and holy urgency as if the future were at stake. Because it is.
Last week, we rallied around The Grove’s mission and resolved to fight against those standing in the way of our faithfulness to it. Turns out—that’s us! Our half-hearted and indifferent commitment to change, and our unwillingness to fight for the new life God is calling us to is our greatest opposition. Just like Rocky told Adonis.
So this week, we dig in and start to train. Inviting All—do we really mean it? Is EVERYONE welcome here, truly? If so—we better get ready to fight. Literally, because there will be conflict. The good news is—Jesus teaches us how to leverage conflict for the sake of goodness. In the Kingdom of God, even a fight between believers can be worked together for good.
That’s our mission at The Grove—a mission centered around changing lives and ushering in the Kingdom. It’s a good mission, looks great on the masthead of our Sunday bulletins. But here’s the thing—our mission is just a sentence with a bunch of words unless we are actually living it out and fighting for it. This Sunday we start the new year with a four-part series about our commitment to our mission.. Listen and learn what we’re fighting for, what’s at stake, and what it will cost us.
We start with a great relevant clip from Creed and end with an introduction to our monthly communion celebration. We promise it’s all relevant.
The Gospel of John 1:1-10
As the world around us goes crazy, we are slowing down, praying big, and singing joyfully as we explore the other side of Advent. We’ll turn our eyes from the human side of the story that we all know so well and, in awe and wonder, turn to the opening words of the Gospel of John and behold the divinity of Jesus. What does it mean that the God who spoke the world into being is also the one we meet in the manger? Listen in and find out.
Genesis chapters 42-45
This Sunday we reach the end of our worship series on the life of Joseph—and it’s a good ending. Joseph has the chance to retaliate against the brothers who sold him into slavery. Instead, he chooses forgiveness and reconciliation, sort of. I mean—he imprisons them, frames them, and basically tortures them psychologically…but THEN he forgives them. As we turn the corner from Thanksgiving to Advent, listen and understand why our most glorious and heroic attempts at love and mercy reveal our need for a Savior.
This Sunday, we begin a new worship series called The Life of Joseph. We remember him as a prophetic dreamer and a redeemer. But, like all of us, Joseph is more than his highlight reel. Joseph’s life was anointed—but before he learned to use his divine gifting he brought great pain upon himself and his family. Joseph’s life shows us the dangerous ways we can misuse our spiritual gifts—and his story can teach us how to carry them rightly. We all have holy gifts—listen in and learn how to use yours for the glory of God!