No Church in the Wild
Feb25

No Church in the Wild

“Human beings in a mob What’s a mob to a king? What’s a king to a god? What’s a god to a non-believer? Who don’t believe in anything? We make it out alive All right, all right No church in the wild” Lyrics from the song “No Church in the Wild” by Jay-Z and Kayne West No strangers to the pseudo-spiritual genre of rap, hip-hops top tag-team has come out with another new hit that mirrors language of both the streets and the church. While many find the message of the song offensive to people of faith, the lyrics are undeniably provocative, intentionally controversial, and unfortunately, a pretty accurate assumption of the church in larger mainstream Christianity. But does it have to be this way? In Jesus’ prayer for his disciples, as recorded in the book of John, chapter 17, Jesus asks the Father in Heaven, not to “take them out of the world” (see verse 15), but rather emphasizes that the disciples are not of the world, have been set apart in truth, and indeed sent back into the world with the purpose of proclaiming the Gospel message of Jesus Christ (see 17:15-18, and chapter 20:21-23). This concept of neither rejecting, nor receiving, but instead redeeming the cultures of the world, or as Jay-Z and Kayne state, the “wild”, is at the heart of the mission of the church…to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). So how does the church do that? Where many would rightfully refuse to compromise beliefs, the pendulum is often pushed too far, and the spirit of condemnation takes focus, rather than the Spirit of Christ. Recently the training ministry One Life did a workshop on the topic of young adults, discipleship, mission and living a committed faith in a chaotic world. The event was hosted by Gerald Coleman, the young adult pastor at Fellowship Missionary Church and leader of Emerge. The event was far more than informative; it truly was transformational for those involved.  We discussed practical applications for being in the world, but not of it and showing love to a city and culture that needs the complete message of Jesus, full of both grace and truth. Thankfully Jesus is building his church, heaven is invading earth, and the Kingdom of God is taking authority in the city of Fort Wayne. Churches, campus ministries, and new young adult groups are popping up in response to the work the Holy Spirit is doing. Gerald’s group Emerge at Fellowship Missionary Church is one such ministry. The Gate, a new young adult ministry gathering at Pathway Community Church is another. This Sunday, March 1st...

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Fort Wayne Offers Vacation Bible School Options
Jun05

Fort Wayne Offers Vacation Bible School Options

With summer in the city of churches, comes lots of Vacation Bible Schools (VBS).  All are either free of charge or have a small fee, and so much fun for the kids!  Even if you are too old for VBS, there are ample volunteer opportunities at each of the VBS programs.  They’re happening all summer long so you have many programs to choose from! Here is a list of just a few around town (in order of date).  Please be sure to check out a church near you! June 7-11:  Kids aged 4 through 5th grade can experience the ‘Jungle Safari’ at Aboite Lutheran Church, or volunteers are welcome for those aged 12 and above. June 15-19:  Christ Hope Ministry hosts ‘Weird Animals’ for those kids aged 3 through 5th grade from 6:30-8:30pm. June 15-19:  ‘Weird Animals’ VBS is at Concordia Lutheran Church for kids age 3 through 6th grade from 6pm-8:45pm. June 16-20:  Join Memorial Baptist Church in the ‘International Spy Academy’ if you are between grades K-5 from 6pm-8pm. June 16-20:  Saint Joseph United Methodist Church will be hosting ‘Weird Animals’ for children 3 years old through 5th grade from 9am-3pm. June 16-20:  ‘The Chapel’ will be hosting ‘Weird Animals’ for those aged 4-2nd grade (9am-11:45) and 3rd through 5th graders 9am-2:30 pm (M-Th), 9am-12pm (F). June 16-20:  Emanuel Lutheran Church (downtown) will be discovering Jesus’ one-of-a-kind love through ‘Weird Animals’.  Ages 3-K will be discovering Jesus from 9:15-11:45am and 1st graders-5th grade will be discovering Jesus 9am-12pm.  Registration is required and deadline is June 6th. June 22-26:  Join Resurrection Lutheran Church from 6:30-8pm for their VBS program. June 23-24:  For kids who have completed grades K-4th, ‘Camp Kid Rock’ at Pathway Community Church from 9am-12pm. June 23-25:  Our Lady of Good Hope will be hosting their VBS program from 9am-12pm with a skating party on June 26, 6-8pm at Bell’s Rink. June 23-27:  Join Wallen Baptist Church VBS program ‘Connect’ for those K-5th graders from 9am-12:30pm. June 23-27:  For a small fee, Saint Joseph Catholic Church will be hosting ‘Weird Animals’ for 3 year olds through 5th grade from 9am-12pm. July 10-14: ‘Pandamania’ will be held at Grace Point Church of the Nazarene’s VBS program from 6pm-8:30pm. July 21-25:  ‘Discover, Decide and Defend’ at Northridge Baptist Church’s VBS from 6:30pm-8:30pm for kids aged 3-12 years old. July 22-25:  North Christian Church will be hosting their VBS program from 6-8pm. July 28-August 1:  Plan to attend the ‘International Spy Academy’ at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church. July 29-August 1:  Let your Pre-K through 6th grade knights and fair maidens get equipped with the full armor of God at Southwinds Church of Christ during their ‘Kingdom Chronicles’ from...

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