So much dissonance. So much fighting. Just when we think we’ve had enough, the state of our world seems to become more complicated.
How are we, the church, to respond?
In a world that is tearing itself apart, the church is called to fight for the unity Jesus built with his broken body. Join us as Jason talks about how we find unity in our diversity.
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There are a few keys to a winning team: A great coach, a star player, and a rigerous training porgram. But imagine you had all those things and were still losing. What's missing? Easily the most impartant factor on any winning team is UNITY.
As the Church we have a mission: to rise up and saturate our city with the Gospel. We already have the greatest coach (God the Father), a star player (Jesus Christ), and a killer training program (Discipleshi). What hangs in the balance between our church being rendered ineffective by Satan and flipping our city upsidedown is whether or not we are unified.
In John 17:20-21 Jesus prays specifically for our unity. In his prayer we find both how to be unified and the power that a united church has.
Jason ClarkeUnity makes for a really great tagline until you desagree. Imagine looking across the table at someone you once enjoyed, but they're telling you they fundamentally disagree with how you view something. There's tension in the air. What's next?
Question for you: Do you really WANT unity in our church? Do you want unity amongst various churches? And if your answer is yes, why?
The truth is that when we take a hard look at what Jesus’ heart is in terms of unity for His church, sometimes we’d rather just keep things as they are. Sure, we like unity with the people around us who we like the most, who think like us. But unity across lines, across opinions, across divisions? Much harder to do.
Join us as Pastor Josh from Gresham Bible Church talks about how it’s not our similar thoughts that unite us, but it’s Jesus who is the center of everything, drawing all believers into unity as we look to Him.
Are we ever going to re-gather as a church?
Have you asked that question at any point? Some wonder if it's safe to gather large groups. Others question whether it's even necessary to remain closed. These are both important questions. Yet, the biggest and most essential question remains:
"What is Jesus calling His Church to do?"
That's exactly what the Rise Leadership team has been wrestling through for months. Out of that wrestling has come clarity.
We are convinced that there is a clear, safe, Jesus-exalting, vulnerable-honoring, community-building, city-elevating, mission-advancing path forward.
Listen to this vision cast by Jason Clarke for the full plan.
What would make you feel like an accomplished person? Success, money, like-ability, influence, or power? In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul argues that without love any capability or competency is worthless. So, what is so special about this love Paul is talking about? As english speakers, we're at a disadvantage. The english word for "love" is sloppy" and too broad. We need to enter the world of the bible and engage with a fresh vision for love. Agape, one of the biblical concepts of love is something powerful and life-altering. What is it like, and how could it change you? Listen to this teaching to learn more.
Scott BeanUnity is a great idea in theory. But practically, how does it work when you're genuinely bothered by, angry with, or annoyed around someone else? What do you do when you disagree? In Philippians 2, we find the power to set aside differences and come together. It's purpose. Purpose is not something that originates in us but comes to us in and through Jesus. Listen to this teaching by Scott Bean as he explores the breath-taking humility of Jesus because of His unwavering purpose.
Jason ClarkeUnity is hard in a season like this. Many of us are on edge for a variety of reasons. It can even make us feel skeptical of eachother. That's why personal connection is so important. Lean in to this teaching by pastor Jason Calrke to explore 1 Peter 3.