A lot of words have been used to describe the last book of the Bible, the Book of Revelation: Mysterious, prophetic, controversial, even scary.
Here’s another one: Colorful! It’s jam-packed with vivid, captivating, and colorful images, some of which can be really, really, REALLY hard to decode. However, as challenging as the details are, the essential message is surprisingly clear and compelling.
In our eight-week summer worship series, starting July 2, we’re going to focus on that message. You might be amazed at how effectively this book can equip us, today, to experience life “In Living Color!”
Have you ever been stuck? In a snowbank? In a routine? In a dead-end job? In a destructive habit? Not much fun, is it?
Do you ever eat more calories than your body needs? Feel like you ought to exercise but don’t? Know that something is wrong, but do it anyway? Well, welcome to the human race!
We all have to deal with hurts, hang-ups, and habits that we’re not proud of. The question is, how can we get unstuck?
For six Sundays (May 21 through June 25), we’ll give each other some help with that. We’ll focus on a few simple, achievable, Bible-based choices that can move us from “stuck” to “unstuck”, and put us on a path to a better future. Come join us for any or all of these worship times!
Does it seem to you that churches do some weird things?
Maybe “weird” isn’t the right word. Odd? Strange? Peculiar?
Many church customs that we church-goers take for granted are unheard-of, or at least rare, in other parts of society. Why do we do them? What do they really accomplish?
This short series will address those questions with regard to four specific activities that “we do.” This will be an especially helpful series for those of you who’ve been avoiding church for one reason or another. Maybe it will help you see that there’s a method in our madness. At least we hope so!
April 23: “Gather” (Speaker: Steve Cullum)
April 30: “Sing” (Speaker: Brian Yakey)
May 7: “Eat” (Speaker: Andy Glass)
May 14: “Dive” (Speaker: Tom Gerdts)
“Who am I?”
“Why am I here?”
“Where am I going?”
These are three of the most important questions we could ask. The third one concerns the issue of destiny. The second: Origin. But the first is the most foundational of all. It addresses the matter of identity. A sense of self. I might assess you according to your outward appearance or behavior; God knows the real you. What is the “real you?” Who are you, at your very core?
As with everything else, Jesus of Nazareth is our perfect example of what it means to establish and maintain a healthy identity. Always confident, but never arrogant. Calm, but not passive. Self-assured, but not self-sufficient. Boy, do we have a lot to learn from Him!
Join us as we observe Him in ten widely-varying life situations, in this worship series titled, “I Am.”
“Are you in?”
It’s a question we all have to answer over and over again. When we get invited to a social event, or get challenged to take on a work project, or are wondering whether to take a commitment to the next level, we get a chance to decide whether we’re “in” or “out.” Sometimes the answer is an easy “Count me in” or “Count me out.” Other times it’s tougher. We have to do some cost-benefit analysis.
Back in the day, Jesus’ friends were faced with such a decision — the biggest decision of their lives. They had some very good reasons to join the Jesus Movement; they also had what seemed like good reasons to opt out. During this month of January, we’ll get acquainted with four of those friends, some of the challenges they faced, and why they chose to say “I’m in!” to the greatest man they had ever met. Maybe their example will inspire us to do the same.
January 8: Mary Magdalene – “Concede Your Need”
January 15: James – “Relationship is Greater than Rules”
January 22: Thomas – “Don’t Let Doubt Keep You Out”
January 29: Matthew – “Start with a Step”
As an added bonus, our student ministries will also be in this same series throughout January. Click here to see what’s coming up for them and to access the Parent Cue for each group to help take the conversation home.
Wonder: a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful or inexplicable.
If you grew up in a setting where Christmas was a big deal, do you remember the sense of awe and mystery you felt as a child during this season? Isn’t it funny how when we become sophisticated adults, we tend to lose that?
Let’s think and feel deeply together about some of the wonders of Christmas — and of the Christian message in general — realities that are both beautiful and inexplicable. After all, a God who’s small enough for our total understanding wouldn’t be big enough for our needs!
You’re invited to join us for this 4-part worship series beginning November 27. And be sure to invite your ONE to come along!
Our November worship series is called “Community on Purpose.”
We who love and follow Jesus were made for each other. It’s not accidental that we’re all here in this community of faith called Rockingham Christian Church. We belong together. We need each other, and we know it! We’re not just a random, ragtag, hodgepodge of people who happen to assemble for a while on Sundays. We’re a true community — on purpose.
During this series we’ll be spending time with a few highlights from Paul’s letter to the Philippians.
So, please join our community as we learn more about being a community on purpose!
November 6: The Leader of the Community (Philippians 2:1-11
November 13: The Future of the Community (Philippians 3:12-4:1)
November 20: A Grateful Community (Philippians 4:10-20)
Tithing… It’s a tradition that’s thousands of years old. Millions of people of all descriptions on every continent have participated in it. But millions of others have shaken their heads and asked, “Huh? Really?” What is it? And why do people do it?
Join us throughout the month of October as we talk all about the sometimes confusing discipline of tithing at our Sunday morning worship gatherings!
October 9: Tithing is a Debt that We Owe (The Duty of Tithing)
October 16: Tithing is a Habit that We Grow (The Discipline of Tithing)
October 23: Tithing Meets a Need that We Know (The Ministry of Tithing)
October 30: Tithing is a Seed that We Sow (The Investment of Tithing)
Jesus calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves, and as the world grows more connected, our neighbors are closer than ever. But how close are we to our neighbors, really? You might not share a fence, but you can still share their struggles and joys.
Now’s the time to show the world How to Neighbor!
September 11: Races Reconciled
September 19: Orphans Embraced
September 25: The Poor Empowered
October 2: The Lonely Loved
Join us at 9:00, 10:15, or 11:30, and bring a neighbor!
he∙ro /hirō/: a person who is admired for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities
We all need heroes, though most of us would flatly deny that we could actually BE one. In our summer worship series, we’ll find out differently, as we learn from some of the more obscure heroes of Scripture.
Of course, the only real hero in the Bible is God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. But God has certainly raised up and worked through many courageous human beings to achieve impressive results. Maybe we can learn how to join their ranks — because, after all, you don’t have to be a headliner to be a hero!