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For Our City
November 19, 2017

Urgency of Compassion

Urgency of Compassion

Poverty flourishes when we care for our own needs ahead of others. James reminds us of the brevity of life and encourages us to trust in the sovereign plans of God. The gospel saves us from finding identity in material things, and thereby frees us to use our resources to show God’s love through our […]

November 12, 2017

Transformation of Compassion

Transformation of Compassion

All sin is a form of dis-ordered love—a desire misdirected toward something other than God (cf. James 4:12). Addiction is no different; its roots simply run deeper. As the body of Christ, we can work together to cultivate a community of healing (cf. James 5:13-20) and elevate Jesus as our supreme love. Pastor Tim Lester […]

November 5, 2017

Motivation of Compassion

Motivation of Compassion

Division persists along political, racial, and socioeconomic lines (cf. James 2:1-13). The way we speak about others often reinforces these divisions (cf. 3:1-12). But because the gospel eradicates selfish ambition, God’s people can pursue peace. Pastor Randy Buchman preaches on James 2:1-13; 3:1-18.

October 29, 2017

Action of Compassion

Action of Compassion

The answer to perceptions of religious hypocrisy is not less religion, but deeper, true religion. James tells us that this sort of religion is manifest in caring for widows and orphans. Today’s Church can put their faith into action through foster care and caring for families in our community. Pastor Trent Williams preaches on James […]

October 22, 2017

Source of Compassion

Source of Compassion

If “crises reveal character,” then the needs of our city represent an opportunity for the body of Christ to demonstrate gospel-motivated compassion. In a world full of fashionable “causes,” the Church represents the abiding character of Christ. Pastor Chris Wiles preaches on James 1:1-18.