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.
While God’s sovereignty extends over all of creation, he still calls the church to participate in accomplishing those plans through prayer. In this message from Acts 12:1-19, Pastor Ritch teaches about Peter’s miraculous escape from prison and the call to earnest, corporate prayer that the early church demonstrated for believers today.
Spiritual unity in the church is not just an absence of conflict, it isn’t uniformity, and it isn’t merely a peripheral spiritual gift. On the contrary, it’s one of the foundational elements in a church body. In this message from Ephesians 4:1-16, Dr. Ritch Boerckel walks through the Apostle Paul’s admonition to the church and builds a foundation for true spiritual unity in the body of Christ.