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A Community of Light by the Power of the LORD Jesus Christ. Whether a lifetime Christian, a new believer or just curious about this "God-thing," you are welcome here. We have a place for you in a vibrant, growing community.

Damascus Road Community Church Damascus Road Community Church

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A Community of Light by the Power of the LORD Jesus Christ. Whether a lifetime Christian, a new believer or just curious about this "God-thing," you are welcome here. We have a place for you in a vibrant, growing community.

    Despite Our Circumstances

    Despite Our Circumstances

    In Philippians 4:11-13, we see Paul conclude this timeless book by revealing the “secret” of being content despite his circumstances. What does this mean for us as followers of Christ today? Is it even possible to find contentment during life’s difficult circumstances? Let’s unpack these verses together as we discover what it means to have a faith that defines our circumstances, and not the other way around.

    • 40 min
    Think About This

    Think About This

    Have you ever been talking to someone and then, in a light bulb style ah-ha moment, they reach into their coat pocket, pull out some breath mints and offer you one? Nice gesture, right? But don’t you get the impression that maybe they’re trying to tell you something? Maybe you’re overthinking it… or maybe this is, as you suspect, their way of telling you that you have fallen victim of halitosis.

    These little veiled and strategic exchanges happen all the time between people and most of the time they are about much larger issues than a case of stinky breath. Sometimes a hard word comes in an indirect way and we have to be really listening to perceive that the word is actually directed right at us.

    This week we’re going to explore the apostle Paul’s not-so-subtle corrective word to two of his friends at the church in Philippi. Somewhere in our exploration we might just find that he is reaching into his coat pocket to offer us a breath mint too!

    • 41 min
    Press On

    Press On

    I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling weary. The pandemic has taken a major toll on all of us. Our health constantly being under assault by this new and evolving virus. Significant disruptions to our everyday routines and feeling of normalcy. Loss of loved ones. Loss of jobs or unpredictable income. Strain at home with spouses and kids. Aging parents in facilities that have been locked down. Feelings of relational isolation and loneliness. The pandemic of politics dividing family and friendships.

    We’ve all experienced loss and grief to some degree during this stretch. And we’re still suffering the effects. How do we press on through the loss, pain, anxiety and division? Hope and healing are possible. Let’s see what the Apostle Paul tells us as he writes from a jail cell…

    • 46 min
    Romans: Unfolding the Depths of God's Grace & Mercy | Michelle Rader | Class #9

    Romans: Unfolding the Depths of God's Grace & Mercy | Michelle Rader | Class #9

    The gospel, as Paul says in Romans 1, is the power of God for salvation to all who have faith. God's power defeats sin and death and raises us up into new life in Christ - Good News then and now. Romans, in the words of one scholar, is "the epistle of life." In it, Paul unfolds the Good News of the God who "gives life to the dead" (Rom 4:17) in order that we might live in "newness of life" (6:4) now, and have "eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (5:21). How do we enter this new life and what does it look like for those who are "in Christ?" How does God, through the blood of Jesus and the indwelling Spirit, create "new life" communities from diverse groups of flawed and limited human beings? How do those people respect, love, grow, learn, and live together? Those questions were just as pressing in Paul's day as in ours. Thank you for joining lead elder, Michelle Rader, for this 10-week study of Romans, as we study this great New Testament book which unfolds the depths of God's grace and mercy towards us while also calling us to participate in a life and community of love, peace, justice, and hospitality.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Shining Stars in a Dark World

    Shining Stars in a Dark World

    This week we continue our Philippians series - following up on last week's stirring description of greatness according to Christ. Philippians 2:5-11 is clearly the climax of the letter - really of New Testament theology as a whole. We'll look at the rest of chapter 2 and Paul's description of what it looks like to live in light of the Christ Hymn. We'll see that Paul envisions lives that mirror Christ's life - lives of sacrificial service, lives of love and joy, lives that shine and bring light to others. In a dark and crooked world, Paul envisions Christians living in communities that are bright little points of light, beacons of hope and comfort. That vision is just as much our call today as it was in Philippi.

    We'll also be celebrating Richard and Sallie Fredericks, the founding couple of Damascus Road Community Church. We will share the story of how DRCC came to be, and the vision that continues to guide and radiate out the love of Christ into our community. Whether you're new or been around a long time, you won't want to miss the opportunity to celebrate this wonderful couple.

    • 45 min
    Romans: Unfolding the Depths of God's Grace & Mercy | Michelle Rader | Class #8

    Romans: Unfolding the Depths of God's Grace & Mercy | Michelle Rader | Class #8

    The gospel, as Paul says in Romans 1, is the power of God for salvation to all who have faith. God's power defeats sin and death and raises us up into new life in Christ - Good News then and now. Romans, in the words of one scholar, is "the epistle of life." In it, Paul unfolds the Good News of the God who "gives life to the dead" (Rom 4:17) in order that we might live in "newness of life" (6:4) now, and have "eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (5:21). How do we enter this new life and what does it look like for those who are "in Christ?" How does God, through the blood of Jesus and the indwelling Spirit, create "new life" communities from diverse groups of flawed and limited human beings? How do those people respect, love, grow, learn, and live together? Those questions were just as pressing in Paul's day as in ours. Thank you for joining lead elder, Michelle Rader, for this 10-week study of Romans, as we study this great New Testament book which unfolds the depths of God's grace and mercy towards us while also calling us to participate in a life and community of love, peace, justice, and hospitality.

    • 1 hr 2 min

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