This coming Sunday, June 10th, Lord-willing, I’ll be preaching on 1 Peter 2:4-10. This passage talks about believers being living stones, believers, a chosen race, royal priesthood, holy nation, people for His possession, God’s people, and receiving mercy. This identity is to loom large in–define–our lives. Unfortunately, too often, other things carry the storyline of our existence. Here’s a series of posts from Paul Tripp that provide some insight into our identity amnesia. I hope you’ll dig into these and benefit.
This coming Sunday, 5/6, we’ll continue to work our way through the book of 1 Peter. As we dig into 1 Peter 1:10-12, we’ll see the privilege that is ours because of the good news. Prophets and angels both longed to look and understand Gospel realities, but this is what is ours who have heard and understood this message. I hope you come expecting great things from God this weekend.
This coming Sunday, 4/15, we are starting a new series at Crestview on the book of 1 Peter. The tag for this series is “hope for the outcasts.” Peter understands the problems believers face living life in the tension of the reality that we will be forever in heaven with the Lord but are stuck living life here in this world. We are very much not at home in this world. We are outcasts, exiles, aliens. So, this series will hopefully aim to help us have some insight for really living in this world. I hope it encourages you. Join me in praying to this end and, if you have time, read the book of 1 Peter.
This coming Sunday, March 25, is Palm Sunday. At Crestview, we’ll also be celebrating the Lord’s Supper. I love the collect from Thomas Cranmer for this day:
Almighty and everlasting God, which of thy tender love toward man, hast sent our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility; mercifully grant that we both follow the example of his patience, and be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
There’s no crown without the cross. So, we’ll be celebrating Jesus’s life and work during this Palm Sunday.
In terms of preaching, we’ll be continuing our series on the Holy Spirit, thinking about the less obvious works that He does on our behalf. I hope you come and join us for an exciting day.
This coming Sunday, 3/4, we will start a series on the Holy Spirit. We’ll be looking at who He is, how He works, and His significance in our lives during these upcoming weeks. I hope you’ll be praying for His influence to be among us. And, if you’re interested, join us at 10:15 AM Sunday at Crestview.
Sometimes getting kids to eat their vegetables is difficult. Trying new things (or things unfamiliar to us) can test us to our core. And, if it’s true with food, it’s probably certainly true with habits and rhythms of life. This Sunday, my sermon will deal with some of the objections people may have to this whole notion of life together. My hope is that as we work through these, your resistance might be broken and you’d step into this amazing life to which God is calling you.
This coming Sunday at Crestview Bible, we’ll continue exploring what LifeTogether means for us. Specifically, we’ll get to hear from Luke again as he provides a picture of what life together looks like. Once our eyes are opened to the reality of life together as God has presented it in the Bible, we’ll see that God’s heart for us is bigger than individualistic pursuits for our own gain. This week will, hopefully, open our eyes to this. Join us, then, 10:15AM, as we take a picture of life together in the Bible.
This coming Lord’s Day (1/21), I’ll be starting a new series at Crestview with Luke. We’re entitling this series LifeTogether. And, the idea behind this is that we’re digging into God’s Word to see how He intends for us to function together. You might think that your weekend connection to the gathering of your church is sufficient, but I would like you to start seeing that as a launching point. We need each other. I cannot do this life alone. I need others. Thankfully, God’s heart is that we enjoy life together. Join us Sunday, then, as we dig into this.
At Crestview, we begin each year with a week devoted to prayer. This coming Sunday, I’ll preach on Matthew 6:9-13 and we’ll get right into a Week of Prayer. There’s a devotional and we’re hoping for many spontaneous gatherings of prayer to come out of our body as we start 2018. If there’s something I can pray for you, I’d be honored. Join us Sunday at 10:15 AM as we kick off our week.
This Sunday, 12/24, I will be preaching to wrap up our 2017 Advent series on Emmanuel: God With Us. It’s a somewhat different schedule at Crestview:
9:30 am – Family Breakfast with Donuts/Pastries
10:15 am – Carol and Candlelight Service
(There will be no Evening service this year.)
If you’re able to join us, come as we celebrate Emmanuel this coming Sunday.