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Advent: Waiting. Longing.

Posted in Worship on December 15, 2014 by Waypoint Church Partners

Those of us who are passionate about justice, imagine with me for a minute. Picture living in a society that cowers in fear of those in authority. Imagine how it would be to live under a ruler who could order the beheading of a religious leader on a whim, or the mass slaughter of young boys in a sick attempt to maintain his own power.

These people were crying out for a Deliverer, a Savior. In this situation, for whom – or what – would you pray? Would you protest and try to take military action? Would you pray and work for new leadership? Would you just keep your head down and complain, despairing it would ever improve?

Longing. Waiting. Advent.

Into this society (occupied Judea, under King Herod) God didn’t send a revolution. He didn’t send a military coup. He didn’t overthrow the government or even set things in place for a democratic society.

He sent a baby.
A baby that would grow up to live and speak and demonstrate LOVE. Love transcending the bounds of society, government, even family.
Then, when everyone was expecting him to deliver them from their society, their oppression, the despair all around them, what did he do? He died. The society KILLED HIM. The religious people KILLED HIM. The government KILLED HIM.

But God hadn’t sent His Son to be an earthly ruler or military leader, or even a community demonstrator. He had sent him as a cosmic, be-all, end-all sacrifice. He died to make us right with God.

This baby, this man, this Deliverer, is still the hope for mankind. He is still the hope for you. He will deliver you from oppression and despair. Seek him out – like the shepherds and the scholars. Wait for him and rejoice – like Simeon and Anna in the temple. Accept him as the gift and sacrifice and live in love.

Jamie HatfieldJamie Hatfield
Former VEF Board Member
Administrator at Living Water Christian Church

Varsity Christian Church

Posted in Church Planting, Church Visits, Worship on October 22, 2010 by Waypoint Church Partners

author: Rachel Price, Director of Media Communications

In Chapel Hill, North Carolina there is a movement growing.

Chapel Hill is one of the wealthiest cities in North Carolina, and perhaps most well known as being home to a major university, the University of North Carolina. However, only about 8% of the population attends church on a Sunday morning, and Chad Simpkins is determined to do something about that.

There are many obstacles, no doubt about it. But that’s not stopping Chad from doing everything he can to share the Gospel with his new community. He moved with his wife and three young children to Chapel Hill this past year and has been focused on developing relationships with his neighbors and in his surrounding community ever since.

On October 10, 2010 (10/10/10) at 10am, Varsity Christian Church held its first preview service at the Timberlyne 6 Theatre in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. This was the first of several preview services in the coming months.

Preview services are designed to let the community see what the church is going to look like once it is fully launched this coming January 2011. This way, the lead pastor can spend the majority of his time developing relationships instead of on planning upcoming services. This “soft launch” is more community focused and especially in unchurched areas helps insure that the full launch will be a success.

Varsity Christian Church’s next preview service will be November 7th, 2010 at 10am (Get Directions). If you are in the area, please support the VEF’s newest church plant by attending.

In Chapel Hill, North Carolina there is a movement growing. And we want to be a part of it.

“Interactive Eucharist” at Common Ground

Posted in Church Planting, Church Visits, Travel, Worship on August 16, 2010 by Waypoint Church Partners

author: Tim Cole, Director of Church Planting

I recently got to visit Common Ground Christian Church, one of our church plants in Fredericksburg, VA led by Gregg Jennings. CGCC made a big move a couple of months ago from the High School in the suburbs where they’ve been meeting for the past couple of years to the auditorium of the historic First Christian Church near downtown. First Christian was founded before the Civil War!

This move will allow them to be much closer to the action for all the community related service they do and to more aggressively reach out to the students at Mary Washington University right across the street. Common Ground’s worship and atmosphere has always been appealing to college students, now they’ll be able to actually walk to church!
Because of the traditional worship service of the host church in the morning, CGCC’s worship service is now at 4pm every Sunday afternoon, followed by “First Supper”, a fellowship meal in the basement each week. Their practice picks up on a recent trend in some circles toward reclaiming the Eucharist as an actual meal to be shared by the Body of Christ, not just the simple elements of communion. I think it’s a great idea. We all know that anytime you can combine worship with homemade noodle salad that has to be a good thing!

We enjoyed the modern worship, the no-nonsense teaching from the Book of 1st Peter, the fellowship meal, but most of all the huge proportion of young children that spilled out of their classrooms to join us as we ate together as a “family.”

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Mosaic Christian Church

Posted in Church Planting, Church Visits, Worship with tags on March 16, 2009 by djhva

Cindy and I were able to attend the worship service at Mosaic that meets in the theatre at Arundel Mills Mall near Baltimore. We met some very enthused people working with the church. The kids areas were all first class, very well done and the worship service was excellent. A first for me was the manner communion was served: one cup with a wafer in it nested with a cup with juice. Very easy to handle. Great idea for some venues.