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NEXT Vision Update | Discover

Our NEXT ministry vision is composed of 10 goals for the next 10 years. One of those goals is to multiply, inviting even more of our neighbors to discover and deepen their relationship with Jesus at Willow Creek Church. Toward that end, we offer Discover at least once a quarter. Discover is a three-session seminar designed for those new and newer to Willow Creek. It equip...

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Week 48 | New City Catechism and Scripture

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a QA from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week's QA, memory verse, and explanatory video are below: New City Catechism #48 Q. What is the church? A. God chooses and preserves for himself a community elected for eternal life and united by faith, who love, follow, le...

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Week 47 | New City Catechism and Scripture

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a QA from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week's QA, memory verse, and explanatory video are below: New City Catechism #47 Q. Does the Lord's Supper add anything to Christ's atoning work? A. No, Christ died once for all. The Lord's Supper is a covenant meal celebra...

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Week 46 | New City Catechism and Scripture

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 #46 Q. What is the Lord's Supper? A. Christ commanded all Christians to eat bread and to drink from the cup in thankful remembrance of him and h...

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Week 45 | New City Catechism and Scripture

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a QA from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week's QA, memory verse, and explanatory video are below: New City Catechism #45 Q. Is baptism with water the washing away of sin itself? A. No, only the blood of Christ and the renewal of the Holy Spirit can cleanse us fro...

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Steve Brown: "Jesus Isn't a Presbyterian (or a Republican)"

I've made Jesus into a Presbyterian. Is that crazy or what? Don't get me wrongI think he should be. In fact, for years I tried to force him into that moldcorrect, nice and proper. I always thought Jesus would be comfortable in most Presbyterian churches and subscribe to The Westminster Confession of Faith. If his incarnation had taken place in modern times, I was also qu...

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The History of the English Standard Version

At Willow Creek, we typically use the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible. It is not the only sound translation, but it is a very reliable one. Here is a video explaining the history, logic, and value of this trustworthy translation. The History of the English Standard Version from Crossway on Vimeo....

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Justin Holcomb: "How 'Love God and Others' Is a Backward Gospel"

"Sometimes you hear people say that the gospel message is 'Love God, love others.' It sounds nice, but it's all backward. 'Love God and love others' is not a summary of the gospelit's a summary of the law." [Continue reading]...

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NEXT Vision Update | El Redentor and Mexico City

As we enter our fourth decade of ministry, we do so with a new strategic vision. We're calling it NEXT, and it's composed of 10 goals for the next 10 years. One of these goals is establishing/strengthening highly relational mission partnerships in six key areas: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Native America, and an under-resourced region of the United States. Our s...

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Should we observe "All Saints Day"?

For many Christians around the world, today is "All Saints Day." As Protestants, how should we feel about this day? Should we observe it? Some do. Should we not? Some don't. I found this answer from John Witvliet helpful. John D. Witvliet is director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and professor of music and worship at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Se...

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