Pastor Josh Hilburn welcomed us into the Advent season, teaching on how we're called to Worship Fully in anticipation and response to the divine gift of Jesus' incarnation. Join us over the coming weeks as we consider how Ecclesia, as individuals and as a family, will worship fully, spend less, give more, and love all as we await our Savior's birth.
Pastor Chris Seay asks us to examine what fills "the cup" of our life: gratitude or negativity. As we approach the sacred Advent season, we explore the role of gratitude in our life and how the pattern of negativity can too easily become routine. Chris reminds us that as we pour out our cup, God will call us out of our pattern ofnegativity and fill us with gratitude.
Our guest teacher, Jonathan Martin spoke passionately about a particularly tumultuous week in our nation, and the ongoing presence of deep fear, anxiety, and division. In these times of turmoil, the Church is called even more boldly into action, empowered by the Spirit to live and speak as a prophetic witness of reconciliation, healing, and hope.
Pastor Josh Hilburn asked us to consider how we seek God's will for our lives. Through greater humility, formation in the practice of prayer, and truly activating the truths we engage in scripture, we open our hearts to the potential of powerful and lasting change.
Pastor Chris Seay explores the unique faith of King David, and how his life modeled many aspects of living with a transformed heart. When our hearts change, we live with an greater awareness of God's presence in our every moment, worship with joy and abandon, freely extend radical generosity, and cultivate deeper and unexpected friendships.
Pastor Josh Hilburn continues our discussion on how the Church is called to engage in this season. The politics of Jesus is not about simply feeling something, but truly showing up and doing something. Focused on people, and not simply issues. How will we overcome anger and fear and be a people of incarnate kindness, compassion, and justice in the name of the Kingdom?
Pastor Chris Seay teaches in the shadow of the Capitol, on our call to offer the fullness of our lives to the coming Kingdom. Engaging in an election season that has been particularly divisive, how will our lives proclaim love and unity in Jesus' name, in our nation and across the world?
Jack Wisdom opened a discussion that will unfold over the next three weeks on how we, as the Body of Christ, are called to engage in a deeply broken political climate as a loving reflection of our Savior. Jesus continually and radically upended earthly expectations of power in ways that cannot be politicized or de-politicized, or claimed by either conservative or progressive ideology.
Pastor Josh Hilburn concluded the recent walkthrough of our calling and identity as Houston's Holistic Missional Christian Community, and why we believe community is vital to who we are. When we live with vulnerability and honesty, offering our committed presence, and opening our hearts and homes to diverse experiences and viewpoints, God will change us in surprising and remarkable ways.
Pastor Chris continued our series, about "living lives of courageous faith" and our call and identity as Houston's Holistic Missional Christian Community. Chris taught on our unique Christian identity and reminded us that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is good news for everyone. In light of that good news we are called to live authentically and seek out those who often feel excluded.