The Church is to be "a sacrament of the world’s possibility. A sign of what the world can be." — Luke Timothy Johnson. This quote describes our highest hope. That we would be a sacrament of the world’s possibility. That we would love radically, inclusively, and generously — regardless of age, race, orientation, ethnicity, marital status or disability. That we would be a “first-fruits” of what Creation will one day become when God sets all things to rights. Join us live, Sunday mornings 10:45am at Athens Drive Magnet High School in Raleigh, or on YouTube at https://ekklesiaraleigh.org/youtube.
Snickers, Milk, and Hope
08/07/2022 – Snickers, Milk, and Hope
Our lectionary texts this morning are all about faith, but they are also about where faith is lived out... in an Already and Not Yet Kingdom. What can Snickers bars, communion, and NT Wright teach us about how to live this faith in a world full of both Beauty and Brokenness?
Watch this message on our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/LqUlYc7d1no?t=1533
Peacekeepers to Peacemakers
07/24/2022 – Peacekeepers to Peacemakers
Today we welcome back Dr. Donna Battle to share what it means to be peacemakers in a world where peace has never been achieved for many. She explores the misconceptions we tend to make based in Philippians 4. (Watch this message on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dJbHC5J7C8)
The Only Enemy Left
07/17/2022 – The Only Enemy Left
Today Pastor Greg shares about some of his personal struggles with anxiety and how *bad* religion actually contributed to that problem. Plus, he'll be sharing his deepest, darkest secret from last week's Higher Ground Adventure Camp! (Watch this message on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYLbkMjC20I&t=1474s)
When Religion Behaves Badly
07/10/2022 – When Religion Behaves Badly
In the parable of the Good Samaritan, we usually focus on the wounded man and the kindness of the Samaritan. But Jesus includes two other figures in his story — a Priest and a Levite — who fail to act as they should. The church today still has many moments where we fail to act as we ought. What should our response be? Stay compliantly? Leave defiantly? Or is there a third option? (Watch this message on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lq0SfFEOmWE&t=494s)
The Initiator of Hope
07/03/2022 – The Initiator of Hope
Today we are privileged to welcome back Dr. Telika McCoy from Mt. Peace Baptist Church, preaching from the story of Namaan's healing in 2 Kings 5, a message titled The Initiator of Hope. “Though 2022 presents social, political and economic challenges, God is able to keep us hopeful in challenging times. Are we looking to Jesus to heal the areas where we lack hope?” (Watch this message on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKPDQBXqZQ0&t=1692s)
When Freedoms Collide
06/26/2022 – When Freedoms Collide
"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free." At a conscious level, most of us desire the freedom Christ wants for us. But just underneath our knowing and awareness, we are absorbing and living out a distorted version of freedom. How are these two freedoms at odds?
Our services are streamed every Sunday on our YouTube channel (https://ekklesiaraleigh.org/youtube). Join us Sundays online at 10:45am. To watch the archived live-streamed version of this message, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_7N3Ho6uHc&t=1083s
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