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PK's Sermon Notes: "What is an apostle? Are there apostles today?"

Paul, the author of the New Testament book of Romans, introduces himself as an "apostle" in Romans 1:1. Since the word "apostle" (Greek, apostolos) is no longer used much in general conversation, it might be helpful to explain what he meant by the term and what it means for Christians today. The word "apostle" is a Greek word. It simply means, "one who is sent." It carrie...

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R.C. Sproul: "Justification by Faith Alone: Martin Luther and Romans 1:17"

In this brief video, "R.C. Sproul describes the moment of awakening Martin Luther had as he read Romans 1:17, 'For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, 'The righteous shall live by faith.'" As we continue our sermon series in Romans, you might find it encouraging! bl ...

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Week 39 | 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 #39 Q. With what attitude should we pray?A. With love, perseverance, and gratefulness; in humble submission to God's will, knowing that, for the sa...

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Reminder - Facility Care

We have such an amazing staff at Willow Creek! And it's a good thing - there is so much happening here! It takes every single member of our staff, each "on point" - focused on the specific areas to which God's called them - to make things happen. I'm grateful to God for every single one of them. Many of you know that we have a Minister of Member Care. His name is Jeff Sm...

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Romans: "Why are you preaching through Romans?"

A recent Ligonier Ministries study found that American evangelicals not only hold increasingly confused and conflicting religious beliefs, but often do so quite vigorously. There is an epidemic of misunderstanding in much of the church today.With that in mind, we'll start a sermon series in Romans this Sunday. Romans is one of the most concise while yet comprehensive expl...

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NEXT Vision Update - Elyse Fitzpatrick Coming to Willow Creek

An important aspect of our NEXT ministry vision is to help "all people, both inside and outside the church, to understand and embrace the gospel in practical ways, through training, outreaches, and events." We're all about the message of Jesus Christ. That's why I'm so excited to share that Willow Creek Church will host a special Elyse Fitzpatrick event sponsored by The H...

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Romans: Keeping the Faith - Sermon Schedule

This fall, we're beginning a verse-by-verse sermon series in Romans. If you'd like to prepare for Sunday morning worship by reading ahead, here is our schedule through the end of November. We'll take a break from Romans in December, during the Advent season. September 16 - Romans 1:1-17 September 23 - Romans 1:18-32 September 30 - Romans 2:1-11 October 7 - Romans 2:12-...

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Week 38 | 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 #38 Q. What is prayer?A.Prayer is pouring out our hearts to God in praise, petition, confession of sin, and thanksgiving. Scripture Verses -Psalm ...

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The Bible Project - Romans

Yesterday, we began a brand new sermon series in Romans. The following are two brief videos from our friends at The Bible Project. They provide an informative and engaging overview of this great letter, and why every Christian should devote considerable time to its study. Romans 1-4 Romans 5-16 ...

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New Sermon Series - "Romans: Keeping the Faith"

This Sunday, we will begin our new sermon series - "Romans: Keeping the Faith." In this short video, I explain some of the value of preaching through this great book. Be our guest at 9:00AM or 10:45AM this Sunday! ...

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Week 37 | 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 #37 Q. How does the Holy Spirit help us?A. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin, comforts us, guides us, gives us spiritual gifts and the desire ...

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Nancy Guthrie: "You Are More Than Your Twitter Bio"

These days, if we want to tell someone who we are, we have to be adept at defining it in 160 characters or less. That's all you get to say about who you are in your Twitter bio. For your Instagram bio you get only 150 characters. So how does a person express what is at the heart of who she is in 150 or even 160 characters? [Article continues here]...

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NEXT Vision Update | Collin and Zury in Africa

On Sunday, August 19th, we introduced the Willow Creek Church family to Collin and Zury, our newest mission partners on the continent of Africa. Earlier this year, we shared our new ministry vision. We're calling it NEXT, and it includes 10 goals for the next 10 years. One of those goals is to partner with six new missionary endeavors, one in each of six areas: Africa, As...

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Week 36 | 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 #36 Q.What do we believe about the Holy Spirit?A.That he is God, coeternal with the Father and the Son, and that God grants him irrevocably to all ...

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Timothy George: "The Priesthood of All Believers"

Over Labor Day weekend, we talked about why work matters. During the message, I talked briefly about something theologians call "the priesthood of all believers." In this excellent article, Dr. Timothy George describes its history and significance....

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Big, Small, & Serve

Q. I'm new to Willow Creek Church, and want to become an active member. Where should I begin? A. First, thank you for making Willow Creek Church home! We want to be a warm, welcoming family of faith. It's great to have you as an important part of it. Whenever someone joins Willow Creek, whether as an official member or as a committed friend, I encourage them to first pur...

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