I’m finally getting caught up in posting chapel videos from this school year. These videos are messages I preached at our Junior High/High School retreat. I’ll post more videos in the coming weeks.
This was my first chapel message of the 2013-2014 school year. Our theme verse this year at Rock County Christian School is Micah 6:8 so that was my text. The general idea behind this message is that everything the Lord requires of us is fulfilled in Christ. As disciples of the Lord, we wish to follow in His footsteps.
“The God of the gospel is free, the gospel of God is free and the nature of true worship, the right response to the impact of the gospel, is the freedom to respond appropriately in freedom…”
Recently my friend Dr. Tim Johnson (pastor of Rock Valley Chapel) was asked to speak at Beloit College on the topic of the exclusive claims of Christianity as seen in verses like John 14:6. If you know anything about Beloit College, you would know this would not have been what we would call “home field advantage.” The lecture was just posted and thought I would share it with you all.
This message was given at the end of a chapel service at Rock County Christian School on December 12, 2012. It was preceded by a skit about Jesus being better that a super hero. I wasn’t actually scheduled to speak during this service, but the skit took a lot less time than planned and I wasn’t about to give up a chance to preach! So, like my Christmas shopping, this message was thrown together literally at the last minute. You can see the entire chapel service here.
As we seek to reach out further into our community and even reaching out more effectively to our own congregation, several of my fellow church members were able to attend Desiring God’s conference on disability ministry earlier this month. I was quite jealous as I received their live tweets and heard their reports when they came back. Now, you can download both the video and audio of this conference from the Desiring God website. As someone who grew up in a family that struggled with disabilities and attended churches that struggled with helping families struggling with these disabilities, it is such a joy to see this topic being grappled with! So, I would encourage you to listen to each of these messages and develop a heart for the disabled in your community and within your congregation (trust me, they are there!).
Thinking Like Jesus About Disability
John Piper, Nancy Guthrie, Greg Lucas, Mark Talbot
Testimony of God’s Good Design
Recently, I moderated a series of panel discussions explaining why we do what we do in our chapel services at Rock County Christian School. In this last panel, we talked about why we preach. The pastors featured in the panel were Dr. Tim Johnson (Rock Valley Chapel- Beloit, WI), Dr. Phil Allen (Daystar Christian Fellowship – South Beloit, IL) and Jeremy Scott (Morning Star Church – Rockford, IL). Among the questions they answered were why do we use preaching instead of other means of communication and what responsibility does the listener have during the sermon?
Each year Rock County Christian School begins the year with a small retreat – a chance for students to escape the classroom and get to know each other in a different setting, thus promoting some school unity. This year’s Middle School/High School retreat focused on the topic of “Preparing Together for Action.” In this morning message, Mr. Thompson showed us Ephesians chapter two how true unity can only be found in Christ through His atoning work on Calvary. The retreat took place at Big Hills Park in Beloit, WI. I preached twice, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
School is officially back in session at Rock County Christian! Today was our first chapel of the year. Following a presentation from our leadership class, I preached a message from our theme passage for the year – I Peter 1:13-15. My message begins at about the 12 minute mark.