- WELCOME TO JUBILEE COMMUNITY CHURCH We are so glad and thankful that you have taken the time to join our community as we seek to glorify God, grow in Christ, and go into the many avenues of life with the gospel and good works. We want to invite you to enter into community and prayer with us, and we hope to be a place where you regularly encounter God’s love through Christ, his Word, and his people. If you are new to Jubilee and would like to connect with someone from the church, please email us at email@example.com. We look forward to getting to know you as you get to know Jubilee.
Pastors' Conference Reflections
Pastor Dan, Toph, Frank, Steve, and I are on the other side of the 35th Bethlehem Conference for Pastors. It was a rich time of worship, prayer, fellowship, preaching, and teaching. Over 700 pastors and ministry leaders Assembled at the River Centre in St. Paul, coming from all sorts of ministry stories that include your fair share of joys, struggles, pains, victories, sorrows, aspirations, victories, and defeats. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love singing with you all when we gather for worship on Sundays. Our time is a weekly family gathering that is a rhythm necessary for the joy and progress of my faith, and since I am talking about us, the same applies to you. Worship, both in song and over the word, with ministry leaders in the trenches, though, is a powerful experience! The topic of the conference was the doctrine of humanity. What is man? Don’t think of males first and foremost in that question. Think Psalm 8:3–4: When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon, and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?
The question that the conference aimed to discuss was what is man from a humanity standpoint? Who are we as humans? This is one of the central questions of the day, from understanding males and females as gendered beings to transhumanism. I walked away from the conference, realizing how important it is to have a robust theological anthropology — a vigorous doctrine of what it means to be human. Here’s a glance at some notes I took. You should ask Pastor Toph, Dan, Frank, and Steve what resonated with them!
1 Tim 6:17–19: 17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. John Piper started the sessions by talking about the final condition of humanity. When it is all said and done, and Jesus has returned, and we are in the new heavens and new earth, what will that be like? It will be indeed life! He asked why this question was necessary. Because “an unknown end will not be loved.” If our final condition in Christ is known and loved, “it is the love of the end that gets every wheel [now] going.”
Help your people love the appearing of Jesus.
There will be no boredom in the new heavens and new earth.
The Adam-shaped problem is solved by the Jesus-shaped solution.
The treachery of the first Adam is undone through the scandalous death of the second Adam.
We are not called to agree with God’s truth concerning males and females but to love God’s truth about it.
Complimentary pairs are what the story of the Bible is about.
Sin is the hatred of God in our despising of our creatureliness.
Sin is stupid.
Be more saved than you are smart.
Christians should be the happiest of all people.
Teach your people that they were made to be for the praise of God’s glorious grace.
Teach your people that God’s mission for the church is to make disciples.
The conference was a warm time of worship in the cold winter months of Jan and Feb! I was wonderfully reminded of how much the Triune God cares for those whose call is to care for the church!
Looking forward to worshipping together on Sunday,
- Jubilee Community Church posted an announcement
Weekly Announcements 1.30.23Upcoming events: • Sunday Morning Prayer at 8:00am each week • Wednesday Night Prayer • 4-week GTKJ class, last one next Sunday at 8:30am, join at any time • Sunday School started this morning º Kingdom Kids (Children's) - up behind the balcony º Youth - 3rd floor Oak Room º Parenting Refresh - fellowship hall º Biblical Critical Theory (how the storyline of Scripture speaks into today's culture) Acorn Room • Sunday Evening Service rescheduled to February 19 (not Feb 12 anymore)
The Church Is ____________.
The church is ___________________. Our goal in completing this statement is to think God’s thoughts after him. As we seek to elevate church our ecclesiology, the journey will take us into the Scriptures to see what the Triune God says about the church of His Beloved Son. It is revelation that renews the mind, all the more so since it is really easy for our experience to be the shaper of our conception of the church. Don’t get me wrong. We can’t get away from our experiences. We bring them each time we show up together to worship on a Sunday morning. Our church background is a blend of good and challenging experiences. And yet, our story with the church is not our primary teacher tasked with informing our ecclesiology.
This past Sunday, we learned from Scripture that the church is the household of God, the gathered people of the living God, the pillar and mainstay of the greatest truth imaginable about who Jesus is. We are God’s family who gathers with him in our midst as we hold up the truth of who Jesus is. What a remarkable aspect of the church to cherish in our hearts! What a powerful prayer request for the Lord to work this description of the church in us at Jubilee! What a goal to strive for together to be who we are!
I thank our good Father for the many ways I have seen and heard about you loving one another as a family. I am often grateful at the end of our time together on Sundays as we gather as God’s people with his presence manifestly experienced. I glorify our God for the ways that the truth of who Jesus is has been and continues to be, by grace alone, lifted high by you. We are not a perfect church…yet. There will always be opportunities for growth at Jubilee Community Church. We will get some things right and some things wrong. And yet, what a joy it is to be a part of the universal church that finds an embodiment in this local church called Jubilee! I hope you feel the same as we travel through our series on the church.
Last note. As a family, let’s set our hearts to learning together. Sunday school starts this weekend, and we are excited about the offerings of discipleship through education in the four available classes. Join us as we seek to grow in our knowledge of all the good things our Triune God has given us to learn as we seek to glorify the Father, the Son, and the Spirit together. If you are coming to the book discussion on Biblical Critical Theory, aim to read the forward, preface, and introduction for our time on Sunday (There is a link further down in this update that has the first 90 pages of the book). Oh! While typing this email, there are three copies of the book in the bookstall here at the church. They are 15 dollars!!! Yes, your eyes read that correctly! Fifteen 👏🏾 dollars 👏🏾!!
That is the lowest price you can find ANYWHERE (Much thanks to Ricky!!!).
Happy to be in the church,
The church is_____________. I put this fill-in-the-blank sentence before you on Sunday to spark a necessary discussion concerning what comes to mind when you think of the church. How did you fill in the blank? The church is messy. The church is hypocritical. The church is blood-bought. The church is in progress. As we embark on our series on what we believe about the church, I hope that one of the first words that would fill the blank would be ‘beautiful.’
The church of the Lord Jesus Christ is beautiful. How does that sentiment land on you? Are you taken aback by such a statement? Do you wonder if that is indeed the case? Beautiful to whom and in what way? Though the whole world might look at the church and call her ugly, the one whose eyes matter calls her beautiful because he is making her beautiful for himself — Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish (Eph 4:25-28). Though the world has no eyes to see, Christ is at work in his church to make her glorious, which, glory, by the way, is beauty. We, too, should look at the church with the eyes of faith and, even in imperfection, see growing beauty heading towards the day when staggering splendor will be her description because of Jesus’ work.
Furthermore, the church is beautiful because of what Jesus is up to in her and what Jesus will look like through her. In his prayer, Jesus speaks of the church and says to the Father, "I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them (Jn 17:9-10). Jesus is glorified through the church in glimpses now imperfectly and thoroughly, then in perfection.
It would take an eternity, if even possible, to see the church the way Jesus sees his church. That should not stop us from aiming to have increasingly high thoughts about the church, even in her imperfection, that her Lord will work out. Let’s not have low thoughts about what our Lord highly esteems. One day, the church will stand without blemish. We hope this series will aid you in saying by faith now, “The church is beautiful,” and pray to that end. “Nothing in the world is dearer to God’s heart than his church; therefore being his, let us also belong to it, that by our prayers, our gifts, and our labors, we may support and strengthen it (Spurgeon, “The Best Donation.”)
- Jubilee Community Church posted an announcement
Weekly Announcements 1.16.23Upcoming events: • Sunday Morning Prayer at 8:00am each week • Wednesday Night Prayer • 4-week GTKJ class started today, join at any time • Potluck in the basement after the service • Sunday School starting January 29 º Kingdom Kids (Children's) º Youth º Parenting Refresh º Biblical Critical Theory
Treasuring God's Word Empowers Us to Trust
Dear Jubilee Family,
It was a joy to gather corporately and praise Jesus together this past Sunday! Psalm 56 teaches us that treasuring God's Word empowers us to trust Him in tough times. Psalm 119 gives us 176 verses describing David's "love affair" with God's Word. The psalmist's Scripture descriptions portray them as having the power to calm our fears in terrifying moments. Here are a few worth meditating on this week:
"My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word!" (Psalms 119:28).
"I am severely afflicted; give me life, O Lord, according to your word!" (Psalms 119:107).
"You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word" (Psalms 119:114).
"I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words" (Psalms 119:147).
"Princes persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of your words" (Psalms 119:161).
Jubilee, let's pray we will fight our fears with faith this week by treasuring God's Word.