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August 28, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Worship | The Golden Rule

D.A. Carson, Tim Keller, N.T. Wright, Mark Driscoll, etc.: they all say this in one way or another. Why do they all agree? Because the Bible is so clear about this principle. In some ways, the whole story of the Bible’s conflict after Genesis 3, that is the theme of sin, is really the conflict between the worship of idols (created things) and the worship of the true god (the Creator). Now, what is the “golden rule” of worship? Let me give it and then draw out two logical implications that the Bible teaches. First, the rule is simply this: you become like what you worship....Keep Reading

Posted in: Worship Tags: worship, Jesus Christ, Jesus, Missio Dei Church

August 27, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Worship | What's It Worth to You?

The Oxford dictionary will tell you that the English word “worship” is derived from the old English weorthscipe, which means ‘worthiness, acknowledgement of worth’. It denotes anything that is of supreme worth or value. Obviously, that’s not where the Greek, Aramaic, or Hebrew word comes from, but that’s another blog post for another day. The point here is that when we talk about worship, we’re talking about whatever is most valuable to us. And that’s actually quite close to the biblical connotations for worship. The question of “what” or “who” is your god is the same as whatever you deem to be worthy of your ultimate service and awe....Keep Reading

Posted in: Worship Tags: Missio Dei Church, Jesus Christ, Jesus, worship

August 26, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Worship | Where Do You Worship?

Around 2000 years ago this was the type of question the one woman used to sidetrack a conversation she was having with Jesus (John 4). The scene is pure genius on Jesus’s part. This is classic Messiah-stuff. He follows her rabbit trail and brings it back around to the point he wanted to make all along. Love it. It’s funny how Christians in the west still bring up that same question. Now, it’s not the exact same as a Samaritan woman’s question in the 1st century, but there are similarities....Keep Reading

Posted in: Worship Tags: worship, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Missio Dei Church, missio dei

August 23, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

An Investor Mentality

Some fifty years ago, John F. Kennedy gave his famous Inaugural Speech. The line “ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country” is easily identified. It was a call to sacrifice and service. As an American this is a call that we still need to hear. In a country that is showing an ever-increasing entitlement attitude, it is a needed correction....Keep Reading

Posted in: Community Tags: Church, Serve, Servants, Sending, Gifts, giving, Jesus Christ, Stewards, Stewardship

August 16, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Gospel-Centered Relationships: New Creation Living

Our gospel-centered relationships must reflect this truth. We were once broken and sinful and in need of a Savior (the Fall). Christ has redeemed us by his blood (Redemption). This points us toward how we should now live (New Creation). This is “new creation living.” Our relationships should reflect the way relationships will be in the New Heavens and New Earth....Keep Reading

Posted in: Community

August 16, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Gospel-Centered Relationships: Gospel Centrality

Again, living in true community together magnifies our need for a Savior. The beauty of the gospel is that it not only restores our relationship with our creator God but it restores our relationships with one another as well....Keep Reading

Posted in: Community

August 16, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Gospel-Centered Relationships: A Reflection of Eden

A proper understanding of sin also points to the fact that relationships are messy. When people live in community together it is no different. Actually, it magnifies our sin and our need for a Savior. This brings us to the nucleus of Gospel-Centered Relationships....Keep Reading

Posted in: Community Tags: community, Church, Fall, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Sin, Total Depravity, Genesis, Eden

August 15, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Gospel-Centered Relationships: An Introduction

Community. It sounds like a really great word, doesn’t it? We all crave it. We are all part of different kinds of communities. We dream of or deeply desire a perfect, almost utopian kind of community. We have all experienced at one time or another a community that has been rich, meaningful, life-altering and something to work towards. But here is the reality: community is, more often than not, messy, disappointing, and at times heart breaking. Yes, even within the local church....Keep Reading

Posted in: Community Tags: community, Gospel, messy

August 8, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Temporary Gathering Space

Because of that starting Sunday, August 19, Missio Dei Church will be gathering for worship at Oster-Oakview Elementary School in at 809 N. Cedar Road in New Lenox and will be meeting there until the building is renovated (approximately through the end of September)! We will still be meeting at our regular worship time of 9:30 AM!...Keep Reading

Posted in: Missional Life Tags: Church, Missio Dei Church, missional, New Lenox

July 31, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Priesthood in Your Neighborhood

Key to our theology of place is that we understand that we are priests. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Missional Life Tags: mission, missional, Missionary, Missions, Missio Dei Church, missio dei, believers, priesthood