Cross Culture: Current Series

Culture is a powerful force that can ignite movements and energize entire nations! It has the ability to effortlessly organize and motivate us around the values or goals of our community. It’s so persuasive in fact, that by the time we’re adults, we adhere to the standards and practices of our culture almost instinctively—when was the last time you observed someone riding an elevator facing backwards?!

Within the greater context of a region, every group, company and organization has a unique culture. Therefore, by design or by default, every church has a unique culture.

Cultivating a vibrant, Biblical culture is vital to uniting this church around a simple mission—to connect our community to Christ and to one another. That is our purpose.

We are first and foremost focused on presenting the Gospel in a manner that fosters genuine relationships with Jesus Christ! Secondly, we are striving to build a strong community of fellowship and love, where we live our lives together and work to implement the model of the earliest New Testament Christians.

“And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common” [Acts 2:44 , NASB]

Cross Culture is the current series of teachings about the culture that must grow and flourish at Spirit Life Church—a God-designed culture that will carry this community beyond our four walls to the streets—making disciples, sharing our resources and living our lives with one another.

Cross Culture values our mission above all and contends for it at all costs.

Listen: Click here to listen to the current teachings from Cross Culture.

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We Are Doubly His

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During our worship service this morning, God opened up a truth that blessed me deeply. Even though I shared this briefly with my congregation at Spirit Life Church, I wanted to take an opportunity to expand on it in this blog.

Genesis 1:4, KJV:
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

I believe the entirety of the Bible is valuable in the life of the believer and it’s filled with symbols and metaphors of Jesus and our relationship with Him. This verse is no exception and to understand the contemporary significance of this verse in our lives is to understand the power of what God has done for us, through His son Jesus Christ.

Matthew 3:17, KJV:
And lo a voice from heaven, saying, this is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Ephesians 1:6, KJV:
To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved.

When we accept Jesus as our Savior, the light of God manifests in our hearts. He separates our light from darkness and He never loses His focus on this light. Regardless of what anyone else sees or believes, even when you struggle to see the light in your own heart, God is ever-watching the light of our salvation and is pleased by it. Just as He was pleased by His beloved Son, He is pleased by us and openly accepts us into His beloved—we are eternally His.

The ownership of God over the life of a Christian is two sided. First, we belong to the Father as a matter of creation because we are made in His likeness and image. More significantly, we belong to the Son through the spirit of adoption. When we become members of the beloved through salvation, we simultaneously become adopted sons and daughters of God. In other words, we are doubly His. What an awesome, undeserved position we find ourselves in as believers.

Our security in Christ should come as an incredible consolation to all of us. He understands our weaknesses and our shortcomings, but because we belong to Him, He divides our light from darkness and continues to help us all obtain the great prize of Christ and everlasting life.

When you are faced with challenges or even failures, remember that you belong to God and your salvation is firmly anchored in this powerful relationship. You have the best counsel in the universe because Jesus Christ Himself is your advocate. The accuser of the brethren will come and try to shake you, but just as Job’s faith was unmoved so it will be with your faith because Jesus is on your team!

You have received incorruptible seed and unshakable faith and the darkness of this world no longer has any power over you—He has separated your light from darkness and accepted you into the beloved with His son.

This is the year for You. Be determined to know Christ in the power of His resurrection!

– Ps. Ken


Ken VanHoose is the senior pastor of Spirit Life Church in Piqua, Ohio. Listen to his messages online at Spirit Life Church’s website.