Translating God's Word for a new generation


In our Epistle for this week, Peter calls us to pay attention to the truth of the Gospel. He reminds us that He was an eyewitness to God’s approval of His Son on the mountain. He reminds us that prior to this, God was at work through the writings of the prophets. In, with and under these words of truth from Peter are “high stakes” questions for us to ponder: Will we listen and permit ourselves to be carried along by God’s truth? Will we let the Holy Spirit guide us in God’s will and grace? And, if not, have we honestly considered what is at stake?

Patience is a virtue and given the culture that is before us, the generation of young people on our horizon, patience will be more necessary than ever! This weekend, Pastor Seidler leads us to consider the patient words of the Apostle Paul, who reflects on how an expert builder cooperates with God in bringing others to faith. Knowing how to help people “reach for something, Someone, more beyond” is not easy, but it is possible.

When a human being reaches for something or someone more beyond this world that we see and sense, that reaching is always in process. This weekend in worship, Pastor Seidler helps us get comfortable with the process God is leading us through, as well as the process God is leading others around us through. Change is not easy! Neither is God-centered discipleship. At heart is the confidence that every part of this spiritual process is bathed in grace and full of second chances

The Christian faith never compromises on the details. For all the religious talk and spiritual opinion that rumbles through our world, the Christian church is marked by a relentless commitment to the fundamentals of our faith. This weekend, Pastor Scott Seidler leads us in a final installment of the Reaching for Something More Beyond worship series in a sermon titled, “The Ultimate Destination of Any Spiritual Journey.” Together we consider the timeless call for hearers of the Gospel to choose one of two ways, summed up in the words “Yes” or “No.”

It is not enough for God to simply exist. Scripture tells us the heart of God is bent on being known for its unquenchable kindness. This weekend, Pastors Meggers and Seidler bring us back to the foundation of Christianity--a foundation made of the conviction that God’s favor is freely available to His prized creation!

There’s a reason customers dislike automated operators answering the phone. Simply put, the operators are automated. Automatic. There is no spontaneity. No variety. This weekend, Pastor Seidler provides insight into how the “something more beyond” that we are faithfully reaching for is more than an impersonal force mechanically orchestrating the progress of history. His message, “Looking for a God with Personality,” will remind us that to know a personal God rich in character is a great gift! We celebrate that divine person and personality as we turn our eyes toward Jesus Christ just as He takes notice of every person ever created.

The words “atheism” and “agnosticism” are growing more common in our culture’s conversation these days. “Atheism” denies the existence of God, while “agnosticism” denies that one can know of a God should such a God exist. This weekend, Pastor Scott Seidler leads our congregation to contemplate the logic of atheism and agnosticism. We’ll consider ways by which to make headway in spiritual conversations with those who adhere to this logic. The message, entitled “When Christians Encounter Atheism and Agnosticism,” is based on John 1:29-42.

Trying to connect our Christian faith with other spirits is a confusing effort. Many of us don’t know how to begin a conversation about faith, much less carry one forward in a helpful way. Let’s face it, Christianity is surrounded by countless spiritual variations. In this two month series, Reaching for Something More Beyond, Pastor Scott Seidler will help us talk better about the faith we believe in. We’ll get some helpful pointers for talking with those we love about the One who loves us without condition or limit. Best of all, the benefit is not just for those on the other side of our conversations, but for each of us as well!