By Dietrich Gruen
This blog post is based on the annual ministry report written by Lee Wanak, the leader of the Global Missions Team, with the goal to link you to specific missions activities and outcomes. It’s exciting to see God’s providence as we both look back and ahead to how he is using High Point Church to reach the world with the gospel.
Continue reading Mission of the Month: Yes to Mission
Offering Is Worship
The offering is a specific part of worship that is not like any other act of corporate worship. This is the main reason we haven’t taken it out of the worship service in order to communicate “we are not about money” to skeptics who would presume that. I believe it would diminish our worship not to make financial giving part of it. Giving is one of the most worshipful things we do, because when we give money, the opportunity cost is not just a few minutes of singing, it is the very life, labor and future that our liquid capital represents. It is a “show me don’t tell me” moment of worship, where we let go of the security or pleasure our money can purchase in order to demonstrate our worship of God and our love of his mission. And so I believe giving belongs in the worship service as much as any other component.
And yet there are many skeptics and nominally religious people who believe that the church, and especially larger churches like ours in nice buildings, are all about money. Therefore the way we approach the offering is of particular importance.
Continue reading Leading Worship: The Offering
A recent, intense elder discussion has led me to seek to clarify what I think it means to be a “nondenominational” evangelical church.
Why were “non-denom” churches created?
Independent nondenominational churches—or as the young people say, “Non-denom”—tend to be those that are not connected to a denominational superstructure and that cannot be easily identified by denominational criteria.
Continue reading What is the Non-Denominational Evangelical Church?
We have two teams going to our partner community, El Amirante, in the Dominican Republic this summer – an adult team and a student team. Here’s what the adult team has been up to! Check back here for updates throughout the week.
Day 1 Blog about our arrival in Santo Domingo, June 25, 2016
Day 2 Blog about worship and community reception, June 26, 2016
Day 3 Blog about foot-washing, Physical Therapy, laying the proper foundation, June 27, 2016
Day 4 Blog about home visits, VBS, construction progress, concert June 28, 2016
Day 5, Blog about construction, home visits, VBS, Teen BS, June 29, 2016
Day 6 Blog about marriage proposal, baseball, library and more
I’ve heard so many people say over the years, “Doctrine is not what’s important.” And what’s that classic bumper sticker? “My karma ran over your dogma.” Isn’t that cute? But of course, both of those statements are dogmas. The first statement is making a truth claim about the value of truth claims. It is no less doctrinaire than saying, “Doctrine is the only thing that’s important.” The bumper sticker’s statement is just a thinly disguised claim that Hinduism is better than Christianity. I can’t think of anything more dogmatic than that.
Continue reading Why Doctrine Matters: Examining our Constitution
Telling stories of how we see God at work in our lives and the lives of others both expresses adoration of God and brings glory to God — it is an act of worship. As your pastor, here is evidence that I see of God moving in our church — things to foster and protect.
Continue reading Evidence of God’s Work at High Point Church