We live in difficult times. Weekly we hear news of the next natural disaster: Hurricane Florence in the Carolina's, typhoons in Japan, an earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia. Politics in America has become a zero sum game, one side can win only if the other side loses, so there is no willingness to compromise, no working together for the common good. Terrorism continues to spread throughout the third world and often overflows into the first world. Here at home we have conflict spawned "Black Lives Matter" and the "#Me Too" movements. In the midst of this confusion the church is called to proclaim the good news of Jesus and offer hope to a world where people are fearful.
In 1 John 2:18 the author tells us we're living in the "last hour." He wrote that over 1900 years ago. We've been living in the "last hour" since Jesus' death, resurrection and ascension into heaven. Jesus can return to earth to establish his kingdom at anytime. John says that in the "last hour" there will be hardship and tribulation for the church. Our job as Christians is to "Stay the Course," follow Jesus and be faithful to the calling Jesus has given to his church.
John says that in the "last hour" there will be "antichrists" (in fact many antichrists), people who will not accept both the divinity and humanity of Jesus Christ as the one and only Son of God. There are many who are opposed to Christ. One example is Mormons who do not accept the pre-existence of Jesus as divine Son of God. Another example are the many people who have a fuzzy view of "God" (example: the new TV series "God Friended Me") who have no strong theology of Christ who is the only one able to lead us to a relationship with God.
In worship this Sunday we'll talk about what it means to be Christians in the "last hour" in a world filled with many "antichrists." How can we have a deep and resilient faith in troubling times? How can we be a witness for Christ and a light to the world? How can we be a force for good and for God surrounded by the evil of this day?
We would love for you to join us in worship as we grapple with these issues of faith and devotion to Christ. We have Traditional Worship at 9:00 a.m. on Sundays and Contemporary Worship at 10:45 a.m.