I was recently involved in a discussion about the political climate in our country where the fighting between parties has come to the point where people are being publicly shamed for their beliefs. My answer and comments were as follows:

Our nations trend toward lack of respect and civility is troubling. Whether it is our president, a congresswoman, or online making fun of people/looks/beliefs. It seems that if the American experiment is to work people of differing beliefs/policies must work together with respect, civility, and kindness - no matter how much one disagrees with the others.

Our stakes are higher as Christians. We are called to love our enemies. That may be political opinion, workplace politics, family trouble, school drama… anything. Jesus calls us to love God and love neighbor no matter who they are - the story of the Good Samaritan highlights this with religious Jews being called to love and care for people who are in need AND loving and respecting the Samaritan man who came to their rescue.

May we never as believers take political sides over our call to serve God and love neighbor! We serve a higher law. 

This is a timely conversation in the midst of celebrations of America and our independence. We love our country, but let's celebrate the fact that we are citizens of heaven even more so!

"Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers? He said, 'The one who showed him mercy.' And Jesus said to him, 'You go, and do likewise." - Luke 10:36-37

- Pastor Curt

Rock Barbecue - This Sunday!

Plan on staying after church for a Rock Barbecue! Meat and drinks will be provided - please bring a side or dessert to share.

Theological Word of the Week: Mercy

God's goodness toward those in misery and distress.

Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology

Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology

Upcoming Events

Children's Ministry

This week Rock Kids will be digging into the story of when God helped David defeat Goliath, found in 1 Samuel 17. The kids will learn the Bible point "God is on our side." At some point or another, most kids have felt like they're up against the world. It can feel like everyone is out to get them, friends, teachers, & parents included. We want to help kids realize that even when they feel down, and feel like no one is on their side, God is. God is never out to get them, but rather wants them to succeed. God is on our side, cheering us on.  -Cameron

Sermon Topic - July 8

The Rock: A Giving Community

Acts 4:32-37

May YTD Giving