What do we believe and why do we believe it? In our society, conflicting beliefs about climate change, the value of individual life, and how to help the disadvantaged provide fuel for arguments, protests, and gridlock in legislative assemblies. A multitude of religious groups voice a cacophony of doctrines, rituals, and methods to meet spiritual needs, while atheists and agnostics scorn religion.
We often believe what we believe because people we trust or organizations we respect have taught us those beliefs. We trust them, so we accept what they give us. Several of our members come from families who have worshiped with churches of Christ for multiple generations. Others heard what our preachers proclaimed or our members taught with initial doubt, then after consideration and varying degrees of inner struggle, converted to what for them was a different system of beliefs. Many were as the Bereans were when they heard the teachings of Paul about Jesus, searching the scriptures (and whatever reliable evidence was available) to see whether these things were true (Acts 17:11).
In 2017, our congregation will focus on “sharing faith.” This focus will include evangelism, but quite urgently will examine what we believe and how our identifying ourselves as Christians should influence how we speak, act, and treat others. We will focus on how sharing faith builds bridges between generations and heals fractured friendships. We will ask what it means for us to believe in a God who wants us to be holy as he is holy. We will pursue this focus in the context of renewing hope and practicing love, remembering the words of 1 Corinthians 13:11: “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
Leavenworth Church of Christ members enjoyed an uplifting afternoon of fish, fellowship, singing, and laughter at an elder’s house this past weekend. One of the three anglers from the congregation who had captured the fish deep-fried them, along with jalapeno-infused hushpuppies for the more adventurous. The event is just one of several recently that have testified to ever-growing sense of community in the congregation. Several generations are working together to restore a youth group fire pit and devotional area behind the building. Groups from the church have traveled to other congregations for area-wide singings. Members manned a table at a Fort Leavenworth event that introduced newly arrived soldiers to local attractions and distributed hundreds of the congregation’s “Building Hope With Friends and Family” brochures. The congregation’s monthly Food Pantry supplied food for ninety-seven local families in one day. For more information about these and future events, check out the link to our Facebook page on the Menu. You may also want to watch a recent sermon or Communion meditation on the “Video Sermons” link. The best way to get to know us, of course, is to visit one of our worship services or Bible classes. We hope to see you soon.
In 2016, the Christians at Leavenworth Church of Christ are working together to renew hope by practicing love and sharing our faith in Jesus. Practicing love includes mending relationships that have been fractured and helping those who struggle. Sharing our faith means modeling the teachings of Jesus in the way that we act and we talk, but also speaking to others about how God transforms the lives of those who obey him.
Renewed hope grows out of an intentional decision to be God’s man or woman for our time. It builds on systematic reading and study of the Bible (God’s Word), consistent practice of prayer, and frequent, regular meeting with other Christians to worship God and encourage one another. Following Jesus today is no easier than it has ever been. Regular attendance at Bible classes and worship assemblies fortifies one’s spirit and builds resistance to habits or desires that have hurt us in the past. Weekly partaking of the Lord’s Supper reminds us of the sacrifice that God made for us through Jesus, of the unity that he intends for us to enjoy, and of Jesus’ promise to return.
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You’re invited! Leavenworth Church of Christ is a diverse community of disciples of Jesus that works together to clear hurdles to relationships and to demonstrate God’s grace to our community. The picture typifies the fellowship and relationships that are building renewed hope at Leavenworth Church of Christ: Feeding the Hungry, Consoling the Hurting, Forgiving the Fallen, and Inspiring with Teaching Good News that transforms lives. We invite you to be our guest on Sunday, April 24th, for a day of “Renewed Hope for the Family of God.” Help us to renew relationships with God and one another as we seek to be truly Christ’s people in Leavenworth.
The Leavenworth Church of Christ has unique opportunities to serve the Lord. Military leaders come from across the nation and the world to study in our community. Families often arrive with them. Other families come to visit or be near loved ones who are incarcerated in our county. Still others come for treatment at the Veterans Administration hospital or to work at one of the thriving factories or businesses in our city. We worship in a growing and changing community where people need hope to adapt successfully to the changes in their lives. In Christ, we have someone whom we can trust, and from him we have gained truths and values that help us navigate difficult times in our lives. In 2016, we will work as a congregation to renew hope in our lives, in our church, and in our community through our love for God. Pray that God will bless us with joy, with success, with peace, and with love as we begin “Renewing Hope in 2016.” We invite you to work with us on that mission to restore hope to hurting souls.