One Church-Two locations!
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: John 13:34–13:35, John 1:14–1:14
One Church. Two Locations. 2.04.18
A message celebrating the Grand Opening Sunday of Hopevale Church-Bay City and this new chapter in the life of our church
One Church. Two Locations.
Today, Sunday, February 4th, 2018, is our Grand Opening Sunday for Hopevale Church in Bay City. We are now One Church (Hopevale Church) that gathers for worship on Sundays, and then lives out our faith during the week in Two Locations (Saginaw and Bay City).
"This is a Church"
A church is a community of Christians that above all else has Jesus in common.
A church isn’t ultimately defined by “where it meets” or “what takes place.” No, God’s heart for the church is that we would be so much more than just “a place to attend”; we’re meant to be “a people to belong to."
John 13:34-35 NIV
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Making Community Happen
You can’t force community, but you can help facilitate it.
We will never force you to do anything. We are not an arm-twisting, guilt-tripping kind of church. That's not who we are. However, we will suggest, nudge, prod, challenge, encourage you to take steps of faith in your life that we believe God says are for your best. And so because of that, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to connect with us further when the time is right for you.
The Common Bond of Community
The word “community” isn’t unique to us. It's not even unique to Christian churches in general. No, you can find community all over the place--book clubs, sports teams, support groups, bingo halls, coffee shops, corner bars, everywhere. The key question to ask is: "What's the common bond? What's the central focus? What's the rallying point that ultimately defines the group?" For Hopevale Church, that common bond is Jesus Christ.
John 1:14 NIV
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
A Community of Grace & Truth
At Hopevale Church, we like to say that we are a community of grace and truth, reflecting the essence of Jesus, the One full of grace and truth. We’ve tried to capture that in our logo--two intersecting ellipses (one for grace and one for truth) with a cross in the middle. The closed nature of these ellipses reinforces this idea of unity in community with Jesus at the center.
Hungry for Grace. Desperate for Truth.
We live in a world today that’s hungry for grace and desperate for truth. As human beings created in God’s image, we long for both in full measure. Most communities (religious and irreligious) lean toward one to the exclusion of the other. Heavy on the truth and light on the grace produces a harsh and judgmental community. Heavy on the grace and light on the truth leads to a community with no moral compass. We need both grace and truth--the kind that's only found in Jesus. He lived out that grace and truth perfectly during His lifetime, culminating at the moment of His crucifixion, where He died on the Cross in our place for our sins. Jesus gave up His life out of His love for us--love is found at the intersection of grace and truth.
HOPE for everyONE
It’s the one thing we can’t live without. The deepest parts of our soul cry out for it. Hope. Hope that it will all be okay. Hope that someone is standing in our corner… for us… with us.
Because of Jesus, there is a real lasting hope. Hope that God is still good. Hope that He’s really holding it all together. Hope that God has not turned His face away from any person or situation. Hope that God is more intimately involved in our lives than we can ever know. Hope is here.
Because of Jesus, there is HOPE for everyONE. Here at Hopevale, we’re going to celebrate that hope, share that hope, and spread that hope in Saginaw, Bay City, and wherever else people are hungry for grace and desperate for truth. We believe there is HOPE for everyONE, and that hope is Jesus.
This Sunday we celebrate the grand opening of Hopevale Church—Bay City. Let’s thank the Lord and re-focus on what His church is all about.
1. When it comes to the Super Bowl, which of these statements best describes you?
* I’m really into football!
* I endure the game in order to watch the commercials.
* I like to see the half-time show each year.
* Super Bowl just gives me a chance to throw a party!
* Super Bowl happened this Sunday? I didn’t notice.
2. What do you know about Hopevale—Bay City? Where and when does it meet, who’s on staff there, how is it related to Hopevale—Saginaw, etc.? What questions do you have about our new church site?
3. What do think about one church like Hopevale planting church sites in surrounding areas? If Hopevale planted another church site near your neighborhood, would you be part of it? Why or why not?
4. Why would our church do something like this? What’s the potential? What are the risks? Consider these Scriptures:
* Matthew 9:35-37—
* Romans 10:14-15—
* Acts 1:8—
* Acts 14:21-23—
5. How can your group and you personally help newcomers to Hopevale experience all that’s good about being in a Community Group? What are some ways to help people belong to the worshipping, serving, living, laughing, loving, learning community of Jesus that Pastor Dan talked about?
6. As you close your meeting, pray for Hopevale—Bay City, Hopevale—Saginaw, and your group’s role in the growth of our church. You could use the words of the verses above in your requests to God.
Hopevale Church in Bay City
This Sunday, we're celebrating the Grand Opening Sunday at Hopevale Church - Bay City. We meet for worship at John Glenn High School. Our service starts at 10:30 a.m. along with Kids Ministry programs for children birth-5th grade. For more information, check out our website. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.