Christ

This We Believe

Statement of Faith 11 Prophecy   This we believe: Bible prophecy preserves and strengthens a believer’s hope for the Second Advent. It identifies religious, social, and political trends and events, including the rebirth of the nation of Israel, which point to the imminent return of Christ and the eventual establishment of God’s eternal kingdom on […]

The Power of #ServantLeadership

In our click-bait world of tips, tricks, and top-ten lists, #servantleadership is one aspect of leadership that often gets shuffled to the sidelines. Intricate topics—like creating brand ambassadors, promoting individual growth, embracing work/life blend, fostering corporate culture, cultivating employee development, and SMART goal setting—tend to dominate the leadership conversation. While these topics are indeed valuable, […]

An Unusual Congregation

My church is not an ordinary church. If you’ve never been to a prison chapel to hear the inmates testify and sing about God’s amazing grace, you’re missing something. Many volunteers have told me they came to give but left having received. They came thinking they knew a lot about God’s grace but left knowing […]

This We Believe

Statement of Faith 5 The Church   This we believe: The church of God in Scripture is a spiritual body of believers who hold the faith of Jesus and keep the commandments of God. Under the lordship of Christ and the authority of His Word, the church exists universally and locally for purposes of worshipping […]

Thoughts on the Sabbath School Lesson

LESSON FOR FEBRUARY 6, 1937 TRUE LOVE Scripture Reading: 1 John 3:9-16. Golden Text: 1 John 3:11. Last week we learned from the first verse of the reading, 1 John 3:1, that we are children of God by adoption, that is, God calls us His children. Now with the beginning of the reading we have […]

Why Church? Part 2

Picking up where we left off in the print edition, we must answer three primary questions if we’re to find church community, stay in it, and thrive in our God-given calling within the body of Christ: Can I agree on basic doctrines? Am I able to worship there? Am I able to serve there? As […]

Not of This World

Standing, unafraid before the haughty Roman governor, we find our Lord declaring one of the great truths of His kingdom. It is not of this world! His servants do not fight for His cause here. They are not of the world, even as He was not of the world. The centuries have passed and still […]

The Law of Christ

The law of the Old Testament — what we call the Torah — may confuse more people in the church today than any other topic. Some see a disparity between a strict adherence to the law in Moses’ day and a more relaxed understanding in some parts in Jesus’ day (Luke 6:1-11). Church members realize […]

Shouldn’t we be God-centered instead of Christ-centered?

Christ Centered is first in CoG7’s Vision of a Vibrant 21st Century Church. Does this rob God of His glory? Shouldn’t we be God centered instead?    To answer this vital question, let’s explore the meaning of Christ Centered.  It does not mean that Jesus is greater than His Father. A kind of solitary ascendancy and supremacy belongs […]

Is going to church necessary?

I don’t go to church anymore. I’ve been hurt too many times. Is church necessary?   Yes, it is — and not just for the many reasons explored in this issue. It’s also necessary because church hurts. Many people suffer in church from judgment, hypocrisy, and abuse. People experience physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and relational […]