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Back to Church Sunday – Encourage someone today and share why you love the church

Back to Church Sunday – Encourage someone today and share why you love the church

As we celebrate National Back to Church Sunday this coming Sunday, those that are in church are encouraged to stay in church. And those that have dropped out are encouraged to come back to church. People often say as a Christian, you don’t have to go to church. Or you hear them say don’t be religious be spiritual. But as we read in Luke 4:16, “Jesus went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was His custom.” We too as Christians and followers of Christ, should have a custom of going to church on the Sabbath. 

In a previous sermon, Pastor Ralph Douglas West talks about when he was asked why people don’t go to church as much as they used to. He sheds some light on the subject based on his life and experience. He says as a baby boomer, he has lives through some of the most socio-political revolutions in America. One was “Down with the Establishment.” In many ways they became anti-institutional. He goes on to mention how their parents dragged them to church, Sunday school, BTU, BYPU, and midweek service. And as a result of this, some of his friends made the commitment that they were not only going to stop going to church but also, they were not going to force religion on their children. This caused a huge revolution where parents opted out of participating in the religious education of their children. Based on his life this could be a reason why some people are not going to church as often as they have in the past. 

Often times people are more inclined to talk about the bad in the church rather than the good. They use that bad as an excuse to stop going. But have you ever experienced a bad doctor or a bad teacher? Did that stop you from going to the doctor or going to school? There are some good lawyers and bad lawyers, but if you’re in legal trouble, will you not find a lawyer? Regardless of the good or bad, if the Lord wakes you up on a Sunday morning, why not give Him praise and worship Him at church. 

In this same sermon, Pastor West also shared some of the reasons why he loves the church.

  1. Pas loves the church because he likes being around people. 
  2. Pas loves hearing the gospel, hearing what God can do in this corrupt world.
  3. The church challenges Pas to grow. His foundation didn’t come from school. It came from the church.
  4. Pas finds encouragement at the church. It never comes from the same direction each week. 

Can you relate to some of Pastor West’s reasons for loving the church? Why do you love the church? What does the church mean to you? 

Be an encouragement to someone and share your story of how the church has helped you along this journey called life. Invite them to join you at church this Sunday so they too can experience the Word of God, grow spiritually and be encouraged on their journey. 

Excerpts from Pastor West’s 2017 Back to Church sermon. 

Pastor West explains why Small Groups are important

Participating in a Small Groups Bible Study is the best way to grow spiritually as Christians. In addition to attending worship services on Sunday, when studying the Word of God in a Small Group, people function better and grow more effectively. In the video, Pastor West expounds on the following three reasons why Small Groups are so important to Christians:

  1. In Small Groups, you learn alongside other believers
  2. In Small Groups, participation gives you built-in accountability
  3. In Small Groups, you develop life-long relationships

Let’s hear from Pas… click the “Play” button.

As we continue on Our Journey 8-week Prayer Campaign, this week’s prayer focus is Spiritual Growth. Pray this prayer everyday this week to allow the Lord to help you decide which Small Group Bible Study is suitable for you.

Heavenly Father, our desire is to love you with our whole heart. Our desire is to follow you. Our desire is to be an instrument for you! In or­der for us to love, follow, and be used by you, we must avail ourselves to grow in you. Lord, help us to put away the things that keep us from moving in your direction and concentrate on you. Amen!

The new session of Small Groups Bible Study begins on August 20th. Click here to see a full list of classes and descriptions. 

Join Mosaic as we Draw The Circle for 40 days of small group prayer

Join Mosaic as we Draw The Circle for 40 days of small group prayer

Beginning April 22nd, join the Mosaic Women as we Draw The Circle with forty days of prayer with a small group via conference call. In Draw the Circle, through forty true, faith-building stories of God’s answers to prayer, daily scriptures and prayer prompts, Batterson inspires you to pray and keep praying like never before. Begin a lifetime of watching God work. Believe in the God who can do all things. Experience the power of bold prayer and even bolder faith in Draw the Circle.

Travel Abroad With The Church Without Walls

Travel Abroad With The Church Without Walls

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Turn In Your Vacation Requests Now

SEPTEMBER 1-14, 2019

Travel abroad this year with The Church Without Walls. We will visit London, Rome, Paris and end in Cape Town for the IC3 Church Growth & Development Conference – South Africa.

$4,880

Per person with double occupancy

$820

Single room supplement

NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT: $100 BY FEBRUARY 28TH

Price includes:
Airfare
Hotel
Ground Transportation

*Price does not include registration fee for IC3 Conference.

For additional information, please contact:

Courtney Clark – Real Escape Travel
houston.realescapetravel@gmail.com – 713.584.5186

Take Control of Your Money – Sign Up for Financial Peace University Today

Take Control of Your Money – Sign Up for Financial Peace University Today

Financial Peace University

The Knowledge You Need To Win With Money

Financial Peace University will help you take control of your money, plan for your future, and transform your life. Join us for 9 weeks on the Queenston Campus,Tuesdays beginning February 5th  for Financial Peace University.

FPU Kit is $99 and is required for attendance.

God Loves A Cheerful Giver. Become a Good Steward of What God Has Given You.

Financial Peace University includes nine video lessons featuring Dave Ramsey, Rachel Cruze, and Chris Hogan. Follow along in your workbook as they teach you:

  • Lesson 1: Build a Starter Emergency Fund and Learn How to Budget
  • Lesson 2: Pay Off All Debt
  • Lesson 3: Save a Fully Funded Emergency Fund
  • Lesson 4: Invest for the Future and Build Wealth
  • Lesson 5: Buyer Beware
  • Lesson 6: The Role of Insurance
  • Lesson 7: Retirement Planning
  • Lesson 8: Real Estate and Mortgages
  • Lesson 9: Living and Giving Like No One Else
  • Additional Course: Teach your kids to make wise financial decisions (six lessons)
  • Additional Course: Truly live and leave a legacy for generations to come (six lessons)

Classes begin February 5th 7pm on the Queenston Campus.

Join Momentum Men for the Annual Real Manhood Conference

Join Momentum Men for the Annual Real Manhood Conference

MoMentum Men’s Annual “Real Manhood” Breakfast & Conference
Theme: “RISE UP! OH MEN OF GOD”
Friday, February 22, 2019 | 7pm -9pm
Saturday, February 23, 2019 | 7am -1pm
Queenston Campus

TICKETS: $40 (includes T-shirt)

Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it.  (Ezra 10:10)

The spiritual climate in our nation, our families, and in our churches hangs in the balance as many Christians teeter on the edge of spiritual apathy and decay.   We need revival in our country, in our families, and in our churches!

 

While we need God to show up, He is looking for men of God to Rise Up!

Register Today for Small Groups Bible Study – New Session Starting Feb 5th

Register Today for Small Groups Bible Study – New Session Starting Feb 5th

Register Today for Small Groups Bible Study – New Session Starts Feb 5th

We want you connected and growing spiritually! Sign up today for our new session of Small Group Bible Study Classes. This is a great way to build new relationships with other believers while growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Classes start February 5th on the Queenston Campus and February 6th on the Eldridge Campus.

The following classes are available:

  • Eagles
  • MasterLife
  • Mosaic Discipleship
  • Momentum Discipleship
  • Her Journey Bible Studies for Women
  • Momentum Men Bible Studies
  • Grief Share
  • Living in the In-Between Times
  • Facilitator’s Training
  • Financial Peace University
  • Positive Lessons from Negative Families
  • Evangelistic Expressions – A study from Pas’ sermons on Evangelism
Pillars of Faith Unveiled

Pillars of Faith Unveiled

Pillars of Faith Unveiled

On Sunday, November 18th, we unveiled our Pillars of Faith, a dedication to all of our givers who contributed to the Leaping Beyond Our Walls building campaign. We are so thankful for Pastor West’ vision to establish a legacy that will stand for generations to come. Our children’s children will have a visual representation of how important giving is.