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A Message from Pastor Rodney:
September 21, 2014
For this September to June season in our Church, we will be studying The Acts of the Apostles for a sermon series I’m calling, “Becoming the Church of Christ.” We will take breaks for the season of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter Sunday, but on the whole our focus will be on Acts. Many might imagine that we would study this book so that we could return to the faithful days of the early Church. This is a sentiment familiar to most in the human experience … if we could only go back to when things were better. The truth is we can’t go back, so instead, we will study Acts to learn who God is and what God is up to in forming the Church, as the Holy Spirit engages the world and its culture with the Kingdom of God. When we learn who God is and what God is up to in Acts, we begin to open our eyes to who God is and what God is up to in our lives, as God leads us to engage the world and our culture with the Kingdom of God.
We finish with Acts 2 this week, as we hear the second half of Peter’s Pentecost sermon and learn about its results. The sermon is amazing and the results are astounding, but what strikes me is how the Church lived together in light of the work of the Holy Spirit. There’s an old proverb that applies to this situation well, “The medium is the message.” The Church tells the gospel story to the world, and we tell that message by how we live and who we are far more than what we say. We can apply this message to Parkside with ease. What sort of Church are we and what does that say to the community around us? How might you apply this message to your own personal life? How you live and what sort of person you are radiates with such volume that your words are drowned out. Most folks find a community who cares about these things a helpful accountability partner for living a righteous life. Let us partner with you for a righteous life. Parkside Church is the place where you belong!
Jesus said, "Come to me all you who are weary & carry heavy burdens, & I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28 NLT