Christianity is a thinking faith. Jesus wants us to think. To use the brain He gave us. This is why he often taught in parables. This past Saturday night we looked at the parable of the Unforgiving Servant, and we did so in a more organic discussion format.
Through parables, Jesus is teaching his disciples (then and now) what the Kingdom of Heaven is like. This Saturday as we discussed this topic together and at our tables, we discovered that because of Jesus, we can forgive the inexcusable, because God has already forgiven the inexcusable in us.
Gathering Audio // Matthew 18:21-35
Each Saturday night at Refuge.Church we study the Word of God together in a free flowing, partcipatory, and organic environment. While you can learn from our weekly posting, you can only truly experience these gatherings in person. Join us each Saturday night at 5:30pm to worship God, and discover His grace together.
Christianity is a thinking faith. Jesus wants us to think. To use the brain He gave us. This is why he often taught in parables. This past Saturday we looked at the parable of the Mustard Seed. The Kingdom of Heaven started as something incredibly small, but grew into a worldwide movement.
What if we accomplished something big for the Kingdom, by doing something little? Every day, we have moments before us that are unique, priceless and unrepeatable. Every day, we have opportunities to do little things for the Kingdom of Heaven, that God can turn into big things.
On this Saturday night at Refuge, we didn’t do traditional worship (singing songs). We didn’t preach a traditional sermon. Instead, we sat up tables, gathered at those tables, and worshipped by discussing God’s Word together, and praying with and for one-another.
If you were unable to attend our alternative worship gathering, and would like to have this discussion in your small group, or understand the rational for alternative worship, my full notes are below. (Brian)
Tonight we are exploring an alternative way to worship as a church at Refuge. Or as one of the youth group kids referred to it this week … Cringe-fest 2018.
Matthew 5:13-16 // You ARE the salt of the earth. You ARE the light of the world. Jesus is stating a fact. Giving us an identity. Here’s what is true of you. You ARE a city on the hill. He’s giving an identity to us as His Church. But what does this mean? Why do you do good works? Guilt? To feel like a “good” person? Or to glorify our Father in Heaven?
WORSHIP & SERMON AUDIO
This is the message and selections of worship from the Fort Myers Church REFUGE on the night of January 20th, 2018.
Matthew 5:1-12 // This is our first instruction and teaching from Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel. Jesus is teaching his disciples, but he also knows there is a crowd full of sinners, prostitutes, really religious people, and gentiles (not at all religious people) behind them. What’s he going to say? How’s he going to open? Maybe a joke? A story? A great illustration?
No. He starts with an announcement. Lucky are the unlucky. God is on the side of those whom there is no reason for God to be on their side. #blessed
WORSHIP & SERMON AUDIO
This is the message and selections of worship from Refuge.Church in Fort Myers, FL on the night of January 13th, 2018.
As a pastor, sometimes the Christmas story can feel like something I have to get through, so we can get back to the “good stuff” of the Bible; God’s grace and mercy. But as I looked at this genealogy at the start of Matthew’s Gospel, I was reminded that the “good stuff” is right in front of us.This one passage (a list of seemingly random names), is just dripping with God’s grace and mercy.
Included in this recording is our time of worship, lead for the first time by the Refuge.Youth band, and stick around for the end for a few Christmas carols as we roll into the Christmas season.