Join the faith community at First every Sunday at 10:45 am for a time of Connection and Reflection with one another. We also work our way through the discussion questions and offer our reflections on the message. We gather virtually via the platform Zoom. To join us, please do the following:
1. Watch the worship video anytime from 8:30am-9:45am. It's about 40 minutes long. You can watch the video by clicking this link.
2. Join the conversation online at 10:45am by clicking here. Sometimes, Zoom may request the meeting ID and/or the password. The meeting ID is: 94510045752 and the password is 357268.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Text: James 2:1-10, 14-17. The Message
. Great Expectations for our church include participating in worship to connect with God, being in community, particularly “core groups” and serving with people out in the world to build God’s kingdom. Do these three items seem to cover the essentials of a life of faith? Would you add anything?
2. Brad asserts that the United States (post-World War II) became an economic powerhouse by default which led to a way of serving that focused on doing things for people because we had so much and there was so much need. Does this sound like a pattern of service (mission) the Church in the US fell into?
3. When the Jesus and James describe about the Kingdom of God they consistently make the point that a) the kingdom is open for all and b) those are on the margins are brought to the center. Do you agree that God has a preference for those who are marginalized in this world?
4. Brad asserts that if those on the margins of society are centered in the Kingdom of God then we can’t just do things for people but must be in community with people. How does reframing our perspective from “for” to “with” change the way we do servant ministry?