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The Failure of Adam, the Faithfulness of Jesus - Part 1

This winter, we’re offering an expanded version of DISCOVER, our guest welcome class. It’s been pure joy to welcome many more people to this gathering, some new to Willow Creek and others long time members and friends - some even from the early “storefront” days of our church. DISCOVER begins with an overview of the Christian faith and the good new...

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The Failure of Adam, the Faithfulness of Jesus - Part 2

The first part of this two part series described how Adam (and Eve with him) disobeyed the entire moral law of God by eating “forbidden fruit” from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. This sin brought the curse of God’s covenant upon them, ushering humanity into an estate of sin and misery. The writer of Genesis describes this act of disobedience ...

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Sermon Review | The Highest: Renewing Your Strength, Part I

If you were to ask many people today “What is Christianity?” they would probably say something along the lines of “getting right with God.” And by “getting right with God” they would mean some sort of moral performance - thinking the right things, saying the right things, and doing the right things. Christianity, to many people in our cu...

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Recommended | The Heidelcast

This week, I'd like to recommend one of my favorite theology podcasts: the Heidelcast.  Who is Dr. R. Scott Clark?* Dr. Clark was educated at the University of Nebraska (BA), Westminster Seminary California (MDiv), and St Anne’s College, Oxford University (DPhil). He was a minister in the Reformed Church in the United States (1988–1998) and has been a mi...

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This Sunday at Willow Creek! (12/18/2016)

Would you like to know what's scheduled for Sunday morning? Be sure to sign up for my weekly email! Click here to do so! So that you don't miss a thing, here is the email from this week!...

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Week 50 | Scripture and Catechism

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a Q&A from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week's Q&A, memory verse, and explanatory video are below: New City Catechism #49Q. What does Christ's resurrection mean for us?A. Christ triumphed over sin and death by being physically resurrected, so that all...

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Sermon Review | The Highest: Renewing Your Mind

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,”Romans 12:2a My grandmother was a great cook. Every holiday, we looked forward to elaborate feasts. At Easter, we would celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with hot cross buns, ham with pineapple glaze, and other delectable traditions. At the center of our feast table sat anoth...

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Meet David McCulloch, Ministry Apprentice

We're so excited and grateful to welcome two new ministry apprentices to Willow Creek Church. Last week, we introduced you to Benjamin Schultz. This week, allow me to introduce my old friend from Pittsburgh, David McCulloch. David was part of my youth ministry years ago, and I could not be more thankful to God for leading him, his wife, and daughters to Willow Creek. ...

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Christmas Eve Offering | Deacon Fund

Every Christmas Eve, we take a special offering in our worship services, with all funds going toward our Deacon Fund. Through the Deacon Fund, our deacons are able to assist needy families in our church and community, offering material assistance and spiritual encouragement. Join us for worship on Christmas Eve at either 3PM or 5PM, and look for the special offering envel...

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Week 49 | Scripture and Catechism Memory

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a Q&A from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week's Q&A, memory verse, and explanatory video are below: New City Catechism #49 Q. Where is Christ now? A. Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand o...

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Meet Ben Schultz, Willow Creek Ministry Apprentice

Hey there, my name is Benjamin Schultz! My wife Heather and I moved from Tampa so that I could attend Reformed Theological Seminary here in Orlando. I was raised in the church and accepted the grace of God at an early age. I was homeschooled K-12 and played hockey for Brandon High School. I then graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in Philosophy and ...

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Statement Regarding Tullian Tchividjian

We are deeply grieved by these latest allegations, and have profound gratitude for the courageous individuals who shared them, as well as those who worked tirelessly to chronicle their stories. I read their accounts multiple times through tears. My prayer is that they will receive the necessary care to move forward, and toward that end we continue to offer earnest prayers ...

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