Twickenham church of Christ
The community of Jesus began on a cross, not a sofa. It is summoned to an unconventional lifestyle into a messy family that requires superhuman love. It’s awkward. And it is a gift.
These are sermons that are not in a series or theme.
Human beings have been telling stories since prehistoric hunters sat around the campfire stretching the truth about the one that got away or depicting the hunt with pigment paint on cave walls. Stories have power. They help us remember what happened. They leap over the walls we build between us, tunnel under our defenses and drag us onto common ground. So in this series – and throughout the year – we’re going to hear stories. Lots of them.
Author Gretchen Crowe wrote that gratitude is “the stones on the path to a positive attitude.” She’s right, of course. But it’s more than that. It’s a command. God actually commands us to be grateful no matter what. Why? How? In this brief, three-week series, we’ll explore ancient words and hear from a young wife and mother who is facing cancer with courage, grace and, believe it or not, gratitude.
What would you do if you went to your mailbox (the one at the curb in front of your house or the virtual mailbox on your device) and found a letter from . . . God? That’s exactly what happened to seven churches two thousand years ago in the Roman province of Asia. We’re going to slip into their worship services and listen as they read their letters from God. At times, with them, we’ll be comforted. But there will also be some confrontation. Either way, this will be some of the most important mail you’ll ever read.
You are I are not locked into the lives we are living. We can live into a new reality. And that new way of living begins with our imagination. But we’re not talking about the kind of positive thinking fluff you hear on self-help podcasts or see on late-night TV. That’s the shallow end of the pool. We’re talking about imagination empowered, led and redeemed by God. And God is able to do more than we ask or imagine.
Maybe you’ve heard the Old Testament story about the guy who was swallowed by a whale – or to be more precise an extremely large fish. It’s one of the most entertaining stories in the Bible. But it isn’t in there because it’s entertaining. It has a point to make and that point is shockingly relevant to what’s going on in our culture these days. It may even be uncomfortably relevant to what’s going on in your life. Join us for Jonah: God’s Stubborn Grace.
Each May, we honor the Twickenham youth who are about to graduate.