Our natural tendency in church is to focus on those who are married and their families. In doing so, we can often overlook the very real needs and contributions of those who remain single, whether by choice or otherwise. We also struggle with how best to minister to those who want very much to find a spouse, or those who have lost a spouse and find themselves single again. How should we practically love those who remain single or find themselves single again? What do the scriptures teach on singleness, and how can our churches balance a biblical view of both marriage and singleness? How do we love, support and strengthen those who are single so they can remain set apart in the midst of this hyper-sexualized culture in which we live?
Our new lead pastor, Grant Myles-Era, recently preached on the centrality of Jesus, asking a question that so many others in the gospels asked whenever they encountered Jesus: “Who Is This?” This same question should always be on our lips when we experience Jesus. After all, He so often surprises us and flips our expectations; He is always dependable but never predictable, ever-faithful but never boring, always surprising and always wonder-filled. In this series, we take Jesus’ own words about who He is, focusing on the seven “I AM” statements found in the Gospel of John to recognize who He is. But we will go further, seeking to discover who we are - in light of who He is - as His body in this world.