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Maybe you’ve played...the church hand picture game before: “Here is the Church. Here is the steeple. Open the doors and see all the people.” It’s such a cute thing to teach kids about God…except for the fact the Bible doesn’t speak of the Church in this way! The Church is not and never has been the building…or the steeple…or the doors. The Church IS THE PEOPLE. With over 114 occurrences of the word church in the New Testament scriptures, how many of these references do you think are to a building? That’s right, not even one. The reason is simple: Jesus didn’t come to suffer and die for drywall, carpet and stained glass…He died for people like you and me as well as for people beyond the walls.

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This is why…we’re thinking it's time to get back to the basics this fall (especially as we prepare to renovate and expand our campus facilities) and picture Church as so much more than an hour or two every weekend. What if we all started to see Church as a 24/7 thing with words and actions in response to time spent in Jesus’ presence through worship? What if the Church left the building? 

On October 6, we gathered together as a St. John church and school family to give thanks for all the Lord's faithfulness throughout the years, and break ground on all that is ahead! Immediately after this special service of prayer and celebration, hundreds of people of all ages and abilities from our St. John family stepped up to BE the Church leaving the building and serving throughout the community at over 15 different serve sites. Thanks be to God for the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus serving with compassion and sharing God's love with those in need!

CLICK TO WATCH THE CEREMONIAL GROUNDBREAKING/SERVE DAY VIDEO

 

CLICK HERE to view Channel 4's news coverage of our October 6 Groundbreaking/Serve Event. 

 

Join us for the remaining week of this important worship series we’ve entitled The Church Has Left The Building. May we all prepare to be mobilized daily through God’s Word to serve and share in Jesus’ name!

Sept. 8/9
Part I : It Isn't What You've Been Told
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Sept. 15/16
Part II : Descending into Greatness
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Sept. 22/23
Part III : These Bricks Have A Pulse
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Sept. 29/30
Part IV : Going Where They Are
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to listen or share.

Oct. 6/7
Part V : Every Day Is A Mission Trip
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Oct. 13/14
Part VI : Gifted To Serve
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Oct. 20/21
Part VII : Hell Doesn’t Win

 

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