Here’s what’s coming up
Genesis Super Bowl Party: Join us today for our annual Super Bowl Party! Doors open at 3:30pm. Bring a food item to share and a friend!
Family Valentine’s Dance: Join us for our annual Family Valentine’s Dance on Friday, February 10th from 6:00 to 8:00pm. The cost is $5 per person or $20 per family if you register online before the event. Find out more online.
Genesis Women’s Gathering: Movie Night: Come and enjoy a girl’s night out! On Sunday, February 12th, from 6:30 to 9:00pm, the Genesis women will have a movie night at The Venue. Bring a friend and a food item to share.
Impact Class at Genesis: Beginning Sunday, March 5th, we will be offering a 10-week Impact course at Genesis on Evangelism and Spiritual Warfare. The class will be Sunday mornings from 8:30 to 9:45am. For questions and to register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Genesis Women’s Retreat: Our annual Women’s Retreat is coming up! Join us April 28th through 30th at a lakeside cabin in McCall. You won’t want to miss this refreshing weekend of fellowship and worship. Cost is $70 per person. A $25 deposit secures your spot. Scholarships are available upon request. Register online.
For your information
Medical Mission Trip to Brazil: If you are a medical professional, we would love to have you join us on our mission trip to Belém, Brazil, April 21-30. If you are interested, you can pick up an application packet at the Welcome Center, or talk to Pastor Alex at email@example.com.
Small Groups: If you are interested in becoming involved in a Small Group, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Genesis Communications: If you would like to receive Genesis specific communications via CCB, please contact email@example.com to add your family.
Genesis Women: If you’re looking for ways to get involved with women at Crossroads and Genesis, check out our website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Genesis Youth: Immediately following worship, Genesis Youth (5th-12th grade) are invited to the upstairs room for a youth class. Contact email@example.com with questions.
Needed monthly: $171,234
Received in January: $146,409 (86%)
Expansion Total Pledged: $1,745,010
Expansion Total Received: $991,534
How Should We Then Live?
Romans 13 & Revelation 13 - Pastor Jim Halbert
Paul is concerned about the church. He wants them to love one another (chapter 9-11) and to offer themselves to God and serve one another (chapter 12), so that they can be effective in sharing the gospel to the world (chapter 13).
How should we then live as a Christian community in this world? Do we go along with it in order to speak to it, or do we stand for truth even in the face of adversity? Peter says in Acts 5:29, “We must obey God rather than man.”
Verses 1-3: God cares about right and wrong.
- God establishes order to protect people.
- “The Bible gives a very clear basis for civil disobedience; namely, if the state commands what God forbids, or if the state forbids what God commands, then civil disobedience is a Christian duty.” –Tim Keller
Verses 4-5: Rulers rule because God wants order.
- God ordains rulers and leaders.
- Consider the difference between Romans 13 and Revelation 13.
Verses 6-10: What I owe is taxes and love.
- You’ve experienced love and mercy, so you owe that to others.
Verses 11-14: Plan like you’ll be here 100 years; live like today is your last.
- So take off and put on.
- Take off: deeds of darkness.
- Put on: Christ and His ruling presence.
Conclusion: We have a duty to obey the law if it does not require us to go against our Biblically-based moral convictions. We also have a duty to protest when it does. Let’s be careful that we know the difference and weigh how our actions will affect our witness for Christ.