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City Blog: January 2015 — December 2015

December 23, 2015

Space transition

Benjamin Spalink
City Grace is currently in the midst of a transition.  After being at the Village 7 movie theater for about 4 years, we were abruptly asked to find another venue to worship. The movie theater is in the midst of renovations, and the new seating only accommodates 54.  December 20th was our last service there. In a way, this comes at an opportune time.  City Grace has been thinking about its vision and purpose, and this move will help us to clarify both while we think intentionally about what kind of space we want to be in long term.  It's not ...
June 05, 2015

Greed is idolatry

Benjamin Spalink
Paul names greed as idolatry (see Colossians 3:5).  Imagine being a 1st century Jewish person.  You recite the Shema daily, and now you're being told you're an idolater because you're greedy.  It would be shocking and offensive. But here's God's challenge to us - inordinate desires for things like money, sexual gratification, physical pleasure (like the pleasure we derive from food, drink, entertainment, etc...) constitute sin on the same level as making and worshiping idols made of wood and stone. Inordinate desires point to allegiance and ...
June 02, 2015

Die with me

Benjamin Spalink
All of us are called to die with Jesus.  These aren't just nice sounding words. They have real life application. Someone once suggested to me that everything that is "spiritual" in the Christian faith has real world implications. Spiritual means real. This dying is not just spiritual. It's real. We are really called to die to things in our lives that are not true reflections of the new reality of who we are in Christ.  But this dying is a gradual process. It doesn't happen overnight, nor does it happen at once upon conversion. It is one which ...
May 29, 2015

Path to Spiritual Growth

Benjamin Spalink
One of my favorite passages in the New Testament is Colossians 3:1-17.  In it, Paul describes what a response to the Gospel of Jesus' kingship looks like - a continual life-long process of putting off the old and putting on the new. This passage is so rich I believe it could lay a foundation for continual sanctification for an entire lifetime. At every moment of our lives, we should be asking two questions - what am I being called to die to? And, what am I called to come alive to?  And all of that is based on grace - on the new reality of who ...
May 20, 2015

Reformed Charismatic

Benjamin Spalink
I'm prepping for Pentecost, preaching on John 16:5-15 and realizing that Christianity without pneumatology is actually not Christocentric.  Reformed Charismatic is really the best kind of Reformed to be.  Think about it - If you believe in Jesus but don't appreciate the ongoing supernatural work of the Holy Spirit, you're essentially declining to accept from Jesus the most important gift he gives - that of his continued voice and presence in your life!  You could read the text as Jesus suggesting that having the Spirit is BETTER than having ...
May 08, 2015

Steps towards spiritual growth? Try again

Benjamin Spalink
Ten steps towards spiritual growth.  A program of discipleship.  The sinner's prayer. I could go on and on. A model for church growth. Tell me how to inherit eternal life, the rich young ruler said to Jesus (Mark 10:17). A natural question, really. Isn't that what we want? Instructions!  Steps. A formula to follow. The older I get, the more I encounter the utter failure of programs and steps and models.  The world is so much more complicated, isn't it? Nothing works as it's supposed to. You try the steps and realize the heart of what you're ...
May 04, 2015

The Transforming Effects of Jesus' Lordship

Benjamin Spalink
Colossians is about one thing: the lordship and supremacy of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. In Christ is All David Bryant suggests that the current malaise in the American church is a crisis of supremacy.  Folks, including most Christians, simply don’t appreciate Jesus for who he is and for all he is. His book is essentially a doxology to Jesus, urging Christians to rediscover the glory, majesty, authority, power, centrality and supremacy of Jesus Christ. In our current sermon series on Colossians, we’re discovering this glorious Lord and ...

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