There are so many reasons to get back to church, generally people come back due to a life change of some kind. Maybe it’s the calendar that brings change in your life. Whatever brings you back, we are here for you. May you find here peace, community, friendship, purpose, life, grace, and Jesus.
Join us this September during our M1-M2-M3 Emphasis…
[ read about our core values, Community, Faith, Love, and the M1-M2-M3 vision ]
With an M3 emphasis (member, minister, missions), what are the possibilities of actually recognizing all three components of the vision during September? Below could be a potential schedule. Take a look and let me know your feedback. We will also discuss this tomorrow in staff.
Celebrating M1. On Sunday, September 9, celebrate “Back to Church” Sunday, emphasizing the first of our core values – COMMUNITY, represented by M1 (MEMBER). The video presentation was wonderful, members explaining what community means to them.
Celebrating M2. On Sunday, September 30, emphasizing our second core value – FAITH, represented by M2 (MINISTRY). During this day we will celebrate and give special thanks to all who serve through KGBC (yes, this involves food).
Celebrating M3. Also on Sunday, September 30, we will emphasize our third core value – LOVE, represented by M3 (MISSION). This will be our Mission Sunday, sharing the call and opportunity for everyone to live a missional life. Many ministry/missions leaders will speak about what God is doing in their areas.
Our Vision Statement: We exist as a community of faith to extend the love of Christ and his kingdom in Virginia Beach and to the world.
Our Vision Casting Video Series: [ Click Here ]
From Pastor Ken Regarding This Sunday…
Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, He bowed His head and gave up the spirit. (John 19:30)
With several statements of Jesus from the cross documented, the “beloved disciple” has now expressed what stands as the key phrase of everything he has written: “It is finished.”
When you journey through the entire Gospel of John, you see Jesus speaking to His mother Mary at a wedding, and to the Samaritan woman at the well. You notice Jesus speaking to His disciples at the feeding of the multitude; in that same scene you notice Jesus speaking to God asking for His blessings upon the loaves and fish.
Jesus spoke to the woman caught in adultery, and He spoke to her accusers. Jesus spoke to the blind man. Jesus spoke to Mary and Martha in their grief, and He spoke to Lazarus literal words of life.
Jesus spoke to His disciples in the upper room, and He spoke to God in the Garden. He spoke to the arresting party, to Annas, and to Pilate during his trial.
Jesus spoke again and again; He even spoke from the cross to His mother, to John, and to a thief. Every word from our Savior’s lips deserves the most attentive consideration; but when He spoke, TETELESTI (It is finished), this saying eclipsed them all. “It is finished.”
To whom was Jesus speaking when He said, “It is finished”? This statement was made as a vividly pronounced proclamation. This was not a tired resignation or conclusion. Jesus cried out to the entire universe – He cried out in timeless fashion to you and me – that His work of saving man from sin was perfectly completed forever.
The words “it is finished” should fall as sweet as honey on the bruised and tattered soul of the sinner. These words commemorate the entire life and ministry of Jesus, explaining the necessity of the cross. These words speak of the concluding principle of salvation: Jesus had done all that needs to be done; you can be free.
This Sunday, September 16, I will be sharing a final message from the Gospel of John Series, Real Life. Our one focus of study will be Jesus’ statement: “It is Finished.” Come and engage with the truth of John 19:30, and be changed forever.