This week we began our new teaching series that will carry us through until the Advent season. (Here’s a post about why Advent matters!) The series is called Vintage Faith: Yesterday, Today, Forever and will be looking at the stories of faith found in Hebrews 11. In the process we want to really seek to understand what it means to live a life of faith and to discover that, while our circumstances may be different, the kind of faith that is vital to walking with God doesn’t change.
This first week was a “foundational” week where we sought to lay the groundwork of faith for the different stories and characters we’ll be looking at in the weeks to come. What is faith? How much is “enough” faith? Why is faith important? Who or what is our faith to be in.
We looked at some key verses from Hebrews 11 including verses 1-3, verse 6, and verses 38-40. We dealt with the important question of who our faith is in, what determines whether or not it is real, and what the focus and outcome of true faith is. One of the key points was the difference between faith and presumption. The reality is that a lot of stuff we call “faith” is actually presumption on our part toward God. That is not a healthy faith expression.
It was a good day together and a good start to the series.
Here’s what we did together…
Our Service Flow:
Call to Worship: Recapped the good news of Jesus and our response of worship based off of Psalm 100:1-3.
Holy Is the Lord (Tomlin/Giglio)
Jesus Only (Simpson/Prichard arr. Chapman)
Prayer/Scripture (1 Timothy 1:11-17)
Jesus, Lord of Heaven (Wickham)
The Apostle’s Creed
Blessed Assurance (Crosby/Knapp)
Close & Commission: Titus 2:13-14
- This was the first time we’ve done any type of dramatic element in this ministry setting. The context is a young lady who has been called into care for her dying grandmothers. While being exposed to faith as a child, she has not followed Jesus as an adult. Spending time with her grandmother will reintroduce faith, and we will follow her journey throughout the series. We won’t be doing this every week so it doesn’t become routine, but at specific points. It is also being done as voice over. We record the voice during the week, then play it back as the character journals.
- I chose to incorporate the reading together of a creed as part of our response at the end of the service. The idea was to reinforce that faith is built upon the unchanging truths of God as presented in the Scriptures. The creeds were developed at a time when people didn’t have full access to the scriptures, so saying the creeds together helped to keep faith centered where it should be – upon Jesus Christ. One of our points was that faith should form our understanding, not our understanding forming our faith. Along with that, we wanted to have an opportunity to clearly declare together our belief that Christ is Lord.
- The service, by and large, flowed well. I felt the beginning was a tiny bit choppy. I feel I’ve been struggling with that aspect of the service in the past few weeks. Not sure what the cause of that is. I may be trying to do too much.
- This was our first week doing the Cornerstone song from Hillsong. I really like how they have taken the old hymn The Solid Rock and redone it. One reason is that I feel they have made it more about Jesus than about us. We sang it as a special during a time of response/reflection after the message. We will be definitely moving that into a congregational rotation in the weeks to come.
I hope that the worship service you were a part of was a time of challenge, celebration, and encouragement as we seek to live each day in the fullness of Jesus Christ as His people.
See you next week!