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.
In this message from 2 Corinthians 9:1-15, Pastor Ritch teaches that God loves cheerful givers because He loves to be glorified through our thanksgiving. God does not delight in our giving as an act in and of itself, but rather God delights in our cheerful giving. He is not just concerned with what we give,… Read more »
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 »
Love for our own local church family is a central mark of Christ-following discipleship. No one faithfully follows Jesus without loving their own local church. God advances His Name through His local church, so let us live in ways that spurs the local church to health.
In this message from Ephesians 3:20-21, Pastor Ritch teaches about the magnifying effect that the local church can have in glorifying God when its members worship and serve the Lord together in Christian love and unity.
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.
Someone asked Willey Sutton, who was a notorious bank robber, why he robbed so many banks. He replied, “Because that is where the money is!” I appreciate Willey’s honesty that he would rob banks because that is where the money is. Money was his driving influence for life, yet too often we make major decisions… Read more »