November 2, 2014
The City of God - How shall we be in the world but not be of it?
Part I: Church & State - Is “separation of church & state” the truth?
By Pastor Reinaldo A. Z. García
14I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. (John 17.14-15)
“Why do authorities exist? It is because we live in a sinful and fallen world, and without authority everyone would do “what is right in his own eyes,” resulting in chaos. Those who will not be constrained from within by the living presence of Jesus Christ, must be restrained from without by the state, acting under God’s ultimate authority, in order to “promote the general welfare,” in the words of the Constitution’s preamble.” (Cal Thomas, The Authority of the State, 2009)
Upcoming Sunday Messages
10/5: Rio West Planning – “Where we've been, where we are, and where God is taking us,” by Pastor Reinaldo García (Listen to this message; select the Resources tab then select Audio Messages)
10/12: Mark 5.1-20 – Jesus Heals a Man with a Legion of Demons – The story of a grateful Gerasene, ungrateful Gerasenes, and 2K drowned demon-pigs, by Pastor Reinaldo García (ibid)
10/19: Mark 5.21-43. Jesus Heals a Woman and Jarius’s Daughter – Stories of faith, healing, and Christ’s power over life & death, by Jonathan AuBuchon (ibid)
10/26: Dead Men Walkin', by Mark Dunn (ibid)
The City of God - How shall we live in the world but not be of it?
11/2: Part I: Church & State - Is “separation of church & state” the truth? If so/not, what does Scripture teach with regards “church & state”? By Pastor Reinaldo A. Z. García
11/9: Part II: Church & Family - What is a “traditional” or, as some would say, “Biblical” family? What happens when “church & state”are at odds in this regard? What is the best approach to promoting the truth? By Pastor Reinaldo A. Z. García
11/16: Part III: Church & Community - What is “community”? Should the church’s focus be on internal community only/mostly, external community only/mostly, or both? By Mark Dunn
11/23: Part IV: Church & Economics - Does faith impact economics? Is the church’s mission to create capital or to promote social welfare, and either way, how so? By Pastor Don Schlichte
11/30: Part V: Church & Culture - What is “culture”? Should the church quarantine itself and promote purity or enagage the culture and risk “cultural contagion”? By Pastor Reinaldo A. Z. García
In December we will focus on the life of Jesus, that He is the central focus not only of all of all Scripture but all of history, His incarnation and birth, His ministry, and His crucifixion, death, and resurrection. This series will culminate at our Christmas Eve service with a celebration of His life and the life we have in Him.