In-person worship services will be held as scheduled this Sunday. Please use discretion when determining whether roads are safe for your personal travel.
If you are unable to travel, consider joining worship online HERE at 7:30, 9, 11 or 5pm, on-demand at Resurrection’s YouTube channel, or on TV at KMCI 38 at 8am or 11am.
We are watching the weather and at this time the Car Show is still on as scheduled for the public, open from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. We will keep you updated as conditions change.
[Jesus asked his disciples], Who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Then Jesus replied, “Happy are you, Simon son of Jonah, because no human has shown this to you. Rather my Father who is in heaven has shown you. I tell you that you are Peter [which means “rock”]. And I’ll build MY church on this rock. The gates of the underworld won’t be able to stand against it.”
You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people.
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
We know the church is more than a building. We know we are the church–but what does that mean? The New Testament refers to the Church as the Bride of Christ. This is challenging imagery for me. But when we consider we are called by the most important commandment to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind,” it makes more sense. Jesus wants us to love him, to be devoted to him and to want to be with him. Out of that deep love a desire forms which makes following Jesus second nature.
Through history, too many churches have failed because their leaders forgot the first commandment. Things other than the love of their life, Christ, catch their eye. They begin to love attention, money, themselves, and sadly sometimes they are unfaithful to their earthly partner as well as the church.
If Resurrection, with thousands of people, in and out of the church building, stays focused on leading all our worshippers to fall deeply in love with Christ, what would our community look like? We could be a church that truly would be built on a rock, that would be an amazing force of love in the world.
Dear Jesus, I love you. Help me continue to grow more and more in love with you. I want you to be my first thought in the morning and my last thought at night. I want to think about you all through my day and put nothing above you. Guide my focus and gently correct me when I get distracted. Amen.