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One thing so easy for us to struggle with as believers is discerning the will of God. Should I marry her? Should I major in that? Where is God taking me? These are common questions – the type of questions that can keep us from sleeping and leave us crying. Join us beginning Sunday, January 23rd at Karis for a series entitled, “Which Way, God?” We’ll take a short break from our Alien (1 Peter) series to consider this critical question. How do we find God’s will? Join us.
When our lives are squeezed, what comes out? In a fallen world, we’ll be stretched and pressed from all sides. We’re sufferers, all of us; none of us can escape the effects of moral and natural evil. But we’re also sinners; as broken people, we’ll be tempted to respond to that suffering with angry hearts and violent deeds. But God’s word calls us to live as saints, or “holy ones”, responding to suffering, despite our sin, with joy. In other words, we’re to look alien, as if we’re from another world.
This fall at Karis, we’ll begin a detailed look at the book of 1 Peter. There the apostle uses that word, “alien,” to describe how He intends Christians, particularly as they suffer, to look. If we’re obedient to our Lord, if we’re submitting to His Spirit, we’ll maintain faith, we’ll extend love, and we’ll even experience joy, in the midst of much trial and affliction. And then, we’ll indeed look like aliens. We’ll appear as foreigners and strangers with our own, distinctive way of thinking, feeling, and acting that will result in additional suffering through persecution, yet will simultaneously result in attraction, as people are drawn to a different manner of life. When squeezed, loving service will come out. When pressed, songs of joy will burst forth. We’ll look like our Lord Jesus, our Creator, who lovingly invaded His creation, trusting His Father and serving us, even to the point of death on a cross. Join us this Sunday for “Alien” at Karis Community Church.
Beginning this Sunday, Karis will become an official learning site for the Porterbrook Network. Porterbrook allows Christians to obtain sound theological training in the context of the local church. Students study theology from a missional perspective in a small group, “cohort” fashion. Check out this post for more information, and download the Porterbrook packet. Join us Sunday at Karis at 10 or 6 to hear more.
Porterbrook is a distance education program developed in the UK and endorsed by Tim Keller, Alan Hirsch, Vaughn Roberts, the Acts 29 Network, and others. It’s not just for vocational ministers. It’s for all Christians. It “seeks to be integrated with your whole Christian life in whatever context you’re serving. It’s not theology for theology’s sake: the course is written by practitioners for practitioners.” The standard two-year program, a slower-paced four-year plan, as well as a la carte, individual courses will all be offered, all at minimal cost.
Begins Sept. 14th. Contact Rob Gaskin (email@example.com) for more information. Also, see the attached packet of information. It has been revised, with lower fees. To register, visit here.
Karis Community Church is excited to announce two new, part-time staff people. Bobby Schembre will now serve as Music Coordinator. He has spent the past three years serving under and alongside Luke Daugherty, learning how to plan the Karis liturgy, lead our body in corporate worship, and develop musicians and leaders. Bobby is a gifted musician and loving man. Our music will continue to be a distinguishing aspect of Karis life.
Derek Zimmermann will also serve as Assistant to the Lead Pastor. He will work alongside Kevin Larson, serving him in any way possible, but particularly helping to manage communication and administrative tasks. Derek is a great servant and gifted brother. He will be of great service during this time of transition for Karis.
Aarik Danielsen will be installed tomorrow as the third Karis elder. We’re very, very excited about this. Please join us in both worship Gatherings (10 a.m. and 6 p.m.) for this celebration of God’s grace in Aarik and his sweet wife, Brooke.