Our mission at Reach Church is simple yet profound…we live to reach all people with Nothing But Jesus. The reality is that many times in life, we are tempted to focus on everything BUT Jesus. Jesus is not only for those who are skeptical of Christianity, but for those who have been Christians for decades. When we are about Nothing But Jesus our lives begin to change.
I love that Stephen doesn't even respond to the charge against him. Instead of responding, he preaches Jesus. Stephen was the "little guy". He comes out of nowhere. He was a deacon...a helper. God uses the weak things to shame the strong and the foolish things to shame the wise. It is only in our weakness that his strength is made perfect.
I love that Jesus is "standing" at the right hand of God when Stephen sees his vision of Heaven, before Stephen is stoned to death. Normally, Jesus "sits" at the right hand of God, yet Luke writes in Acts 7, that Jesus was standing, not sitting! Jesus stands in our defense when we are being attacked...when we are suffering...when we are put "on trial" by mere humans...when that happens, there are really two trials happening at the same time...one on Earth, and one in Heaven.
So the Sanhedrin had Stephen on trial, but the "not guilty" verdict had already been pronounced in Heaven. Stephen is so sure of the grace of God in Jesus that he can echo Jesus' words and say, "Father forgive them, for they know not what they are doing." In other words, "the Lord will fight for you, all you need to do is be still."
In Christ Alone,
Reachmen, Reachettes and Little Reachers,
I CAN’T WAIT!! GET HERE EARLY AND DON’T MISS EVEN ONE SECOND OF WORSHIP!
Last Sunday, I began unpacking “the plan for the coming year” at Reach Church, but I ran out of time and I wasn’t able to share everything. So tomorrow morning, I will be expanding
WAY more on “where we are headed” in the context of our new series rooted in the second half of Galatians, that I have entitled “DOUBLE DOWN”.
Where ARE we headed in the coming year? Are we updating our buildings or building new ones? Repaving parking lots? Re-launching our approach to small groups? Paying off debt? Expanding our staff? Giving your pastor a 2020 Corvette Stingray C8 Coupe?
ALL GREAT THINGS! I may even mention a few ideas like those tomorrow (minus the Corvette as I am more of a Ford man myself). But are those the things that truly fulfill the Reach Mission...to reach ALL people with Nothing But Jesus?
THIS IS NOT A WORSHIP EXPERIENCE YOU WANT TO MISS! WE NEED EVERYONE HERE!
ATTEND BOTH SERVICES! 9:00 and 10:30!
ATTEND BOTH SERVICES AND WATCH ONLINE! AT THE SAME TIME!
ATTEND BOTH SUMMIT BRIDGE ROAD SERVICES AND THEN SPONTANEOUSLY TELEPORT TO OUR FAIR HILL CAMPUS AND ATTEND BOTH SERVICES THERE TOO!
I can’t wait!
Invite a friend!
Get here early!
Don’t miss even ONE SECOND of worship!!
- Pastor Chuck
As we have been announcing for a while now, tomorrow morning we will have a brief congregational meeting after both services, at both the Summit Bridge Road and Fair Hill Campuses, for the purpose of receiving our Annual Report and voting on some amazing guys to become new elders and deacons! Please click here for the brochure we have been providing where these officer candidates share their testimonies and passion for helping to lead and shepherd Reach Church.
The sermon time tomorrow will be different than most weeks and will serve as the lead-in to the congregational meeting, as I will be reflecting on the past fiscal year (9/1/18-8/30/19) by walking through our Annual Report that will be distributed tomorrow as you arrive. We will also be posting the Annual Report on our website for those who are unable to attend and for those who want to snoop. :-)
While we will look back in time tomorrow to reflect on "What Kind of Year Has it Been?" next Sunday we will look into the future, as mere mortals, to "Where Are We Going?" as we begin a new sermon series on the second half of the book of Galatians that we have entitled, "Double Down".
I had a long conversation with one of our elders, Adam Jackson, today. We laughed a lot. I cried a little bit. We talked about Jesus, we talked about the scores of changed lives we are seeing from young to old due to the freedom and joy found in our mission of Nothing But Jesus. During the conversation, due to some things Adam shared, I had that agogic moment where my sermon for tomorrow "clicked". It seems that every week, at some point, the Holy Spirit of Christ graciously reveals that to me. I love those moments. I don't want to share too much...only to say that I am feeling called to be a bit more transparent tomorrow. I want to convey just how big this Nothing But Jesus thing is that we are called to and how the joys the sorrows, the light the darkness, the hope the despair, yes, the best of times the worst of times, will inevitably live side by side...no...intertwined, when your heart has been set free by Nothing But Jesus.
Don't miss tomorrow morning!
In Christ Alone,
Next Sunday evening at 6pm we will have a night of worship and fellowship, "One Night", at the Summit Bridge Road Campus. This will be a time for those from our Fair Hill Campus, Summit Bridge Road Campus, Reach UD (University of Delaware), and staff and teachers from our four schools that comprise Reach Christian Schools to ALL come together for "One Night" of worship, prayer, and celebration of the start of another church year and school year.
I REALLY' hope that you will join us for this time of worship! Last year's "One Night" was electric.
In the meantime, I can't wait to join together tomorrow morning as we continue to pursue what Nothing But Jesus means in our lives! While this past summer was exciting at Reach Church, September is always a great time to get back to church. I hope you will join us at either the Summit Bridge Road or Fair Hill Campus tomorrow morning!
In Christ Alone,
We have had an amazing start to the Red Lion school year with our teacher gatherings. God has provided for Red Lion in incredible ways. We have over 100 new students, with more every day, at just Red Lion, and well over 200 new students across our schools.
We are launching a Daycare and have an extremely talented director hired. God keeps bringing us the right people to take teaching and other positions. The result is a truly remarkable faculty and staff.
And the Tri-State and Journey teachers will join us for worship on Monday, which is their first teacher day, and they too have a remarkable faculty and staff that is very close knit.
I visited our Red Lion volleyball practice and they look awesome. In the top seven in the state. I went to our football team’s scrimmage tonight and they look good. I was talking to our new field hockey coaches, who were at the game supporting the team, and they are fantastic.
It’s going to be a GREAT school year, and I am very very thankful.
In Christ Alone,