07.28.13 Worship Confessional

2013web_brandFor though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete. (2 Corinthians 10:3-6)

This past weekend, Christians for Biblical Equality held its international conference right in our backyard. If you are not familiar with CBE, their mission is to affirm and promote the biblical truth that all believers—without regard to gender, ethnicity or class—must exercise their God-given gifts with equal authority and equal responsibility in church, home and world.

One of the plenary speakers for the conference, Dr. Cynthia Long Westfall, New Testament professor from McMasters Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario was our guest speaker. Cindy’s substantive and challenging message, Taking Every Thought Captive, was a strong reminder that ideas have consequences and that our understanding and models of leadership must not be co-opted from worldly structures and systems, but rather from the true and right teaching of God’s Word. Leadership, in both the church and the home, is a truly spiritual act and must be grounded in a proper understanding of servanthood and submission.

Cindy left us with three significant questions to consider. I’d love to hear your thoughts:

  1. What’s your wartime assignment in the battle for gender equality?
  2. What spiritual gift has God placed in your hand to practice with?
  3. What strongholds in our thinking need to come down?

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Love Came Down (Ben Cantelon)
  • Hosanna (Paul Baloche)
  • Because of Your Love (Paul Baloche)
  • Video: Presence (Dan Stevers)
  • Glorious (Trent Smith)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Here’s My Heart (Passion)
  • Prayer for Illumination
  • Message (Taking Every Thought Captive)
  • Reprise: Here’s My Heart
  • Benediction

You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this past weekend in worship at The Worship Community.

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