February 25, 2021 In the conclusion of Reflections on Life Together, we take a close look at the everyday ministry we have in providing active helpfulness to our brothers and sisters, whatever their need, whenever we encounter them. But too often, no sooner has a need interrupted our lives than an excuse crashes in and tries to let us off the hook. But the way of Jesus is to choose love and humility and service, no matter how inconvenient and no matter what it costs.
February 11, 2021
Today's Reflections on Life Together unpacks the everyday ministry of listening. Listening is a first act of love. To love someone is to listen to them. Listening is also wise because it creates understanding on which peaceful relationships can be built. But listening requires focus, requires setting aside our intention to speak, so that we can truly hear and only then respond. But when we do, everyone ends up blessed.
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February 4, 2021 In today's Reflections on Life Together, Scott shares how foundational humility and meekness are to genuine everyday ministry to our brothers and sisters in Christ. We can only truly serve when we don't consider ourselves superior, and we'll only consider ourselves rightly when we reckon the full weight of sin that Christ has forgiven us. But when we know his forgiving love, we'll delight in extending ministry to our brothers and sisters who share in Christ's
January 28, 2021 In today's Reflections on Life Together, Pastor Scott shares about the ministry of bearing another's burden. But Bonhoeffer in Life Together means a lot more than just helpfulness (as important as it is). He means how to serve others by honoring the ways that their unsinful differences from us and their sinful faults against us create a weight that we must bear to preserve the reality of the church-community Christ has created.
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January 21, 2021 In today's Reflections on Life Together, Pastor Scott shares about the ministry of holding one's tongue. Often we think of ministry more in terms of what we say to someone, but sometimes serving others requires refraining from saying something to them—and from stopping from even making the judgments that underlie most of our criticisms. But when we receive people in their gospel freedom under the Lordship of Jesus, we then begin to experience the reality of t
January 14, 2021 In today's "Reflections on Life Together," Pastor Scott begins walking us through Bonhoeffer's chapter on ministry. But he doesn't understand ministry to only be the paid work of ordained pastors. Ministry is something for every day, not just Sundays. And ministry is something for every Christian, not just professional ones. Ministry is simply working and speaking to serve others according to God’s Word in the power of God’s Spirit. Ministry is intentionally
January 7, 2021 After months of being apart, why does it even matter that a church gathers together? In the next season of our Reflections on Life Together devotional series, Pastor Scott will help us understand from the Scriptures and from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s classic book why there is no substitute for the gathering of the church-community. Today's episode introduces the series and helps us prepare to learn what daily life looks like in essential, intentional, Christ-cente