Vince kicks off our 40 Days of Faith Prayer Experiment for Lent 2018, getting us to dream big together about the impact our church can have on our wider community. What if we could help more people in Lincoln Square build rich interpersonal networks?
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Hard-wired into humans is an incredible tool to enhance our daily experience of life, to help us turn our relational circuits on when stress has turned them off, and to connect with God and other people. That tool is our memory!
As the story of St. Peter being freed from prison demonstrates, the invitation to trust in God is not an invitation to live in a fantasy world where life always works out. It's an invitation to experience hope, care, love, and justice in the midst of the hard reality we all know: that life is in fact pretty unfair.
Brown Line is lucky to have a number of inter-racial and inter-cultural couples making up our community. Their experiences can help us understand the story of Peter & Cornelius in the book of Acts and why Jesus loves setting up cross-cultural interactions.
The story of the conversion of Saul of Tarsus (later, St. Paul) gives us pause to reflect on the many conversions and turning points that a full life includes... and also on what must come after conversion experiences in order to truly experience lifelong change.
The encouraging stories of the earliest Jewish followers of Jesus beginning to connect with non-Jewish peoples in their region -- like Philip the Jew and a Eunuch from Northeast Africa -- feel like models for the kinds of interactions our church today experiences all the time.
According to the book of Acts, collective spiritual experiences (like what we hope for anytime we gather on Sunday) are meant to build bridges beyond us and connect us to others.
Could experimenting for a set amount of time as though you have high faith in God's ability to be actually (not just theoretically) good be an awesome experience for you? Could it be an awesome experience for our whole church as we hope to grow to a level of long-term sustainability? We think so! Join us for our 40 day prayer experiment...
Contrary to what highly religious and highly guilt-based environments have led us to believe, repentance is actually awesome! So Kyle led us in both some individual and corporate repentance...
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