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The elders are grateful that the church will be able to begin meeting together again on Sunday mornings. It will be a mixture of praise, joy, gratefulness, and awkwardness. We are glad to be back together, but recognize that the changes in our schedule, physical space, and safety protocols will feel unnatural and frustrating at times.

Thank you for your commitment to bearing with one another and with your leaders as we seek to honor the Lord, provide a safe environment, and encourage one another through gathering together in these strange times.

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Over the last few months we’ve gone from the reality of COVID-19 to a global economic upheaval to the death of George Floyd to riots and looting in cities across America. These recent events feel unrelated and distinct, but they aren’t. They’re simply ripple effects of something that happened thousands of years ago and which shapes everything we experience in this world.

I’m talking about the fall of Adam. It's fitting that I recorded the video at Raleigh's City Cemetery in front of the grave of Elizabeth Obedience Watson who died in…

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Currently we find ourselves in the midst of a lot of change, especially when it comes to our routines. One thing that doesn’t change is God’s word and the truth contained in it. Jesus told his disciples that if we would abide in his word we would know the truth and it would set us free.  

Spiritual and Physical People

One of the things that has changed for us at least outwardly is our place of worship. Most of us are grateful for the alternative of worshipping together online as the service is streamed or as we hold small groups via…

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Last week in our sermon we looked at Romans 15, God’s guidance for handling disagreements between Christians. Seems like a worthwhile topic to revisit here.

COVID-19 brings with it a lot of opportunity for disagreements:

  • Should the church follow the government’s orders or practice civil disobedience?
  • Should churches add protocols for COVID or keep things as normal?
  • Who are the medical and public health voices we should listen to?

COVID-19 intensifies all these questions because the pandemic has disrupted our lives and economy so much.

These questions might be…

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Hello, everyone. I’ve got an announcement and then some background. First the announcement: This Sunday night we’re holding a worship service in the church’s backyard. It’ll be a chance to gather for live worship—and see each other. It’s also a step toward a live Sunday morning service.

It’ll feel a little different to gather while maintaining what we now call “social distance.” This 6’ of space we call “social distance” is just a tad farther than normal. It’s basically the distance of a fist bump where you don’t quite land it.

This isn’t brand…

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Changes to the Current Restrictions on Gatherings

North Carolina’s stay-at-home order is scheduled to expire on May 8th. This is dependent on certain metrics being met (a leveling or decreased trajectory of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations over 14 days). Assuming those metrics are met, we'll begin the first of three phases. These phases follow the Presidential corona task force guidelines. Phase 1, set to begin May 8th, allows for more commercial business but still no indoor gatherings over 10 people. This phase will hopefully last 2 to 3 weeks. The plan now is that Phase 2 will allow…

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Our next mid-week video is now live. The COVID quarantine continues, and it looks like it'll be a while longer. Lord willing, we'll be able to meet face to face soon. Until then we'll do our best to continue these videos, which are just another way for us to stay connected as a church.

This week our special guest is Phil Sasser, Pastor Emeritus at SGC. We'll post this in two parts. The first has to do with the Sunday gathering, and the second with workplace evangelism. Given Phil's decades in pastoral ministry and…

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Our next mid-week video is up. This weeks' focus picks up where we left off on Sunday morning: The Sunday gathering on the Lord's Day. 

The example of the NT church is that they met on Sunday, the day of Jesus’ resurrection, and they referred to it as “the Lord’s Day.” To come together on the Lord’s Day wasn’t a convenient add-on to living the Christian life. It was one of the essential activities of the Christian:

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together,…

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This week's video encouragement is now up. With hard things coming our way pretty fast it's good to look at God's Word and remember some of the reasons why they do. Otherwise we can miss what God might be up to in our lives. Here are the 12 reasons listed out:

1.    The World is Fallen (Gen 3:17–18; Rom 5:12)

And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because…

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Today we're launching a new mid-week video. One reason is to get information out to you that pertains to life in our church together. But more than that, the point is to take a few minutes and think about things that never change amidst a season that seems to bring changes daily and exponentially. In this first video we'll think about God being unchanging. The technical term is that he is immutable. Aren't quite sure what that means? Watch the video and learn something new—and be encouraged.  

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