Our local church is a spiritual family to whom we belong and are committed to love, serve, encourage, strengthen and sharpen for the glory of God. It’s a community that derives life from a mutual love for and a shared experience with Jesus.
Our radical worship of God leads us to confront our own selfishness. Self-centeredness always presses the church to be about disputable matters, while God-centeredness always yields disputable matters over to God and humbly pursues the spiritual health of others.
Devotion to God leads us to use our spiritual gifts. Christianity is not a lone wolf religion. We are bound together in God’s family to serve Him uniquely as we join our gifts together to worship our great God.
God gives church members a sacred responsibility to stir up love in the church through honoring those who lead them. In this message, Pastor Ritch teaches from I Thessalonians 5:12-13, about the call to strengthen the local church by supporting and honoring those called to shepherd it.
We are a people in the process of progress; we have not yet crossed the finish line. Forgiveness enables us to glorify God in our local church. In this message from Colossians 3:12-15, Pastor Ritch teaches that not only is forgiveness a means of bringing glory to God, but that very same glorification of God… Read more »
When we find joy in something, it is the most natural thing in the world to invite others to join us in expressing joy in that joyful thing. In this message, Pastor Ritch teaches from Psalm 95, about pursuing joy in God by worshipping with our brothers and sisters in Christ as the gathered church.
While love in the local church is not the only thing that matters, if love is not dominant in the local church than nothing else we do matters. In this message from I John 4:7-21, Pastor Ritch teaches about this defining characteristic of the body of Christ.