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If you think about it, we really don’t have many firm details about heaven. What we DO know is pretty telling, though. David says that it will be a place where we will be with God. Jesus says that He is building us a home there. Revelation says it will be a place of indescribable beauty and splendor. Revelation also gives us a few hints at what we will do in heaven. If our actions in heaven were to be boiled down to one word, that word would be “worship”.

Worship is fundamental to who we are as Christians. We worship a God who loves us and has provided an avenue to eternal life. We worship a God who has created this immense universe and the baby cooing in a crib. We worship a God who invented grace, love, forgiveness, and hope. Worship is a part of who we are and is built into our DNA. Though we often think of worship as what we do during our worship hour on Sunday morning, worship is actually a lifestyle. It is something we do privately, as a church family, and wherever we go on a daily basis.

On March 1 we will begin a sermon series on worship that we are entitling … “Worship”. That one word says it all. We live a life of worship. What does a lifestyle of worship look like? How do I worship alone? What should worship on Sunday mornings look like? How do I worship meaningfully through the many elements of a worship service? Our preaching team will tackle these and many other questions regarding worship.

Too often we focus on what WE get out of worship. Worship becomes about OUR likes, OUR preferences. We forget that worship has nothing to do with us. Worship is 100% entirely about God. The awesome thing is, though … when we focus on God and God alone, we emerge from worship more blessed than we ever imagined.

Bring some friends with you and be blessed as we learn about worship – as we are inspired to worship – and, most importantly, as we actually WORSHIP!

When Lucy Pevensie steps through the wardrobe into the enchanted world of Narnia, the first creature she meets is a faun by the name of Mr. Tumnus. We can only imagine what it would have been like for a little girl to meet a being who is half man, half goat. In their initial conversation, Lucy’s new friend utters words that are central to the entire story:

“It is winter in Narnia,” said Mr. Tumnus, “and has been for ever so long ... always winter, but never Christmas.”

What unfolds in the pages of this wonderful tale surrounds that very sentiment – what would it be like to live in a world in which it was always winter, but Christmas never came.

This is C.S. Lewis’ brilliant allegory of the world in which Jesus came 2000 years ago. A world dark, cold, and brutal – a world in which there was no joy, no peace, no hope, and no salvation. We all know what happened. Christmas did come – Jesus was born – and everything changed.

This December, in conjunction with our outreach production, our Sunday morning sermons will focus on this central theme of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”. We will focus on the amazing good news that the birth of Jesus brings to the dark, cold, and brutal world in which we live. As the angel said to the shepherds on that night long ago, “Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy”. This is news we all need to hear. This is news all our friends and neighbors need to hear. Be sure to invite your friends and be in one of our four worship services each Sunday in December as we celebrate the good news of Christmas.

Have you ever found yourself saying – to yourself or to a friend – “Now you know … God will never give you more than you can handle.” Did you know that this is not found anywhere in the Bible? It’s not found there because God never said it. Yet we hear it often when folks are struggling, and maybe we’ve even said it. How often do we share advice from the Bible that actually isn’t in the Bible? How many common misconceptions do we carry with us when it comes to God’s Word?

In our next sermon series, “God Never Said That”, we are going to look at some of the common errors that good, Bible-centered Christians believe when it comes to Biblical truth. We’ll address these misconceptions and discover God’s deeper – and much better – truths.

There are more than likely some corrections each of us need. Quite likely, there are several corrections your unchurched friends and neighbors need. Why not invite them to walk through this series with you?

And don’t forget, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” That’s in the Bible … right?

Our special "God Never Said That" videos are available on our YouTube Channel. You can also listen to the first six "God Never Said That" sermons from 2016.