Before we start Matthew Part 3 (where we’ll be all Spring), we’re spending three weeks zooming out to get the big picture again. This is week one of “Matthew: The Gospel of the Kingdom.” During this message, we’ll also here an announcement about Park Church Downtown.
This Spring, Grace City Church, which meets at the Asterisk Building downtown, will merge into our church family, and Park Church will become one church with two congregations. Listen to a conversation between Gary McQuinn and Ryan Gannett as they seek to answer some anticipated FAQs, or visit parkchurch.org/downtown to read these questions and others in long-form or to submit your own question.
Over the first three weeks of this year, we will share three Pastoral Words that we pray will guide our church family into the New Year. Our first word is from James 1:2–4: God’s work in us as we encounter troubles.
Jesus’ birth is also known as the “first Advent.” While we joyfully celebrated this day, we are still waiting for the second Advent—when Jesus return. The Bible promises us that Jesus is coming back and that He will make right all the things
that are broken in our world; that He will redeem the world itself into a new creation.
It is normal for us to search for meaning and purpose through some sort of spirituality. This desire is an echo of God’s voice as we long to know Him, to have faith in Him, and to be in union with Him.
We search for relationships and connections with others. We want to be seen and valued; known and loved. We seek out relationships with others because God created us for relationships. This desire is an echo of God’s voice calling us into a relationship with Him.