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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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Devotional Guide - Week 46

I've created a weekly devotional guide emphasizing three parts: prayer, a QA from the New City Catechism, and daily Bible reading. It's available as a printable PDF, but also contains clickable links for readings and additional resources when viewed in a browser. View the Devotional Guide for Week 46 here....

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New Devotional Guide

We have a new weekly devotional guide available at Willow Creek Church. It's available every Monday on this blog. Here is a brief video explaining the guide and how you and your family can use it from your computer or mobile device. ...

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Devotional Guide - Week 45

I've created a weekly devotional guide emphasizing three parts: prayer, a QA from the New City Catechism, and daily Bible reading. It's available as a printable PDF, but also contains clickable links for readings and additional resources when viewed in a browser. ...

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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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Week 44 | 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 #44 Q. What is baptism? A. Baptism is the washing with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; it signifies and seals our a...

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Sam Allberry: "When You Feel Like a (Christian) Imposter"

In this piece, Sam Allberry describes a very relatable experience, one that bids us to question who we truly are. Do you wonder how to reconcile your identity as a Christian with so many incompatible thoughts, words, and deeds? Be reminded and encouraged by the truth of the gospel. You are new. [Read article here]...

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Week 43 | 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 #43 Q. What are the sacraments or ordinances? A. The sacraments or ordinances given by God and instituted by Christ, namely baptism and the Lord's...

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Week 42 | 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 #42 Q. How is the Word of God to be read and heard? A. With diligence, preparation, and prayer; so that we may accept it with faith, store it in o...

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Romans | Sermon Discussion Guide (October 14, 2018)

This Sunday's message covered Romans 3:1-8. This sermon discussion guide, prepared by Pastor Kevin, can be used in Willow Creek small groups for brief review of the message....

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NEXT Vision Update | 2018 Christmas Eve Worship

This year, Willow Creek Church celebrates 30 years of ministry as an official congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America. As we enter our fourth decade of ministry, we do so with a new strategic vision. It's called NEXT, and involves 10 goals for the next 10 years. One of these goals is to reach even more of our neighbors with the good news of God's love, inviting...

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Romans | Sermon Discussion Guide (October 7, 2018)

Yesterday's message covered Romans 2:12-29. This sermon discussion guide, prepared by Pastor Kevin, can be used in Willow Creek small groups for brief review of the message....

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Week 41 | 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 #41Q. What is the Lord's Prayer?A. Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, 
your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. ...

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Paul Tripp: "In Your Suffering Don't Forget Eternity"

Suffering is so real, so physical, so emotional, and so life-dominating that it's hard to think of anything but the present moment of pain. Pain in your body can be heart-and life-dominating. It greets you in the morning, it nags you throughout the day, and it pulls the last groan out of you before you fitfully sleep. You can't run from it, because you have no ability to e...

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Big + Small + Serve

At Willow Creek Church, we want all of our members and friends "gathering big" on Sunday mornings in worship, "gathering small" in a small group our Bible study, and using their gifts to God's glory in our church and community. With the latter in mind, we have several serve opportunities! Want more information about any of them? Contact our church office (407-699-8211) an...

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The Bible Project: "Justice"

Paul begins Romans by establishing humanity's guilt before God.As we continue our sermon series, it might be helpful to take some time and discover what the Bible teaches about justice. Here is a helpful video from our friends at the Bible Project. ...

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Week 40 | 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 #40Q. Why should we pray?The whole Word of God directs and inspires us in what we should pray, including the prayer Jesus himself taught us.Scripture ...

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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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Celebrating 30 Years of God's Faithfulness

We're celebrating 30 years of God's faithfulness! Join us for worship at 9:00AM or 10:45AM on September 9th as we celebrate God's faithfulness to Willow Creek Church over 30 years of ministry. Dr. Steve Brown will be our special guest. He will preach at both services. At noon, we will enjoy a delicious luncheon. Be sure to wear your favorite team's jersey, and arrivehun...

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Albert Mohler: "How Can I Best Prepare Students to Live Their Faith out in Public Schools?"

From Ligonier Ministries: "Children face many challenges to their faith in school. How should parents and teachers respond? From our 2017 National Conference, Albert Mohler explains how and why we must teach young people to turn to the Word of God"[Video here]....

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Week 35 | 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 #35 Q. Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through faith alone, where does this faith come from?A. All the gifts we receive from Christ we receiv...

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Week 34 | 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 #34 Q. Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through Christ alone, must we still do good works and obey God's Word?A. Yes, because Christ, having r...

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Thomas Schreiner: "Beware Theological Dangers on Both Left and Right"

"Paul charges Timothy to 'guard the good deposit' (2 Tim. 1:14), which is the gospel of Jesus Christ. We're to remain vigilant in guarding the gospel because both the Scriptures and also church history remind us that many have swerved from the truth. Even a cursory reading of the New Testament reveals that upholding the truth and the purity of the gospel has been a challen...

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William Shishko: "The Order of Worship"

Many misunderstandings surround Christian worship today. This series of posts is taken from a publication entitled, Helps for Worship, and was produced by our sister denomination, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. It offers biblical guidance on the subject of worship, and is reprinted with permission. "Let all things be done decently and in order." 1 Cor. 14:40 The word...

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Week 33 | 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 #33 Q. Should those who have faith in Christ seek their salvation through their own works, or anywhere else? A. No, they should not, as everything...

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Special Projects & Hurricane Preparedness Teams

The Willow Creek deacons are seeking team members to join them in caring for others, especially our most vulnerable members. This is especially important before and during hurricane season. If you have been gifted with abilities in any of the following areas, and are willing to serve with our deacons, please contact our church office directly (407-699-8211). a) Plumbingb...

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Wednesday Devotional - "Loving God, Hating Sin"

Jacob's initial attraction to his wife, Rachel, was powerful. The Bible describes her stunning beauty with the same Hebrew word used to describe the handsomeness of her son, Joseph. Good looks ran in the family. The author of the following verses refers to this, beginning in Genesis 39:6. 6 Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, 7 and after a while his master's wife to...

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Hearing God's Word During Your Workweek

The most public ministry of the Word typically occurs on Sunday mornings, during the worship service. As a minister of the gospel, it's my great privilege - along with other preachers approved by our elders - to preach God's Word to the family of God at Willow Creek. It's an awe-inspiring and humbling truth that, inasmuch as a sermon faithfully proclaims the Scriptures, Go...

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Jeff Christopherson: "Where Have All the Church Planters Gone?"

As part of our NEXT ministry vision, we sense God's leading to help plant new congregations in adjacent communities not presently served by a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America. In this article, Jeff Christopherson shares why the key to effective, sustainable church planting involves local churches like Willow Creek....

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Week 32 | 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 #32 Q. What do justification and sanctification mean? A. Justification means our declared righteousness before God, made possible by Christ's deat...

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NEXT Vision Update - Officer Training

Part of our NEXT strategic vision rests on equipping and entrusting future leaders for Willow Creek Presbyterian Church.You might be wondering how a church like Willow Creek equips and entrusts its ordained leadership. Here is a brief outline of the process. Nomination Willow Creek typically accepts nominations for new elder and deacon candidates in late fall. All nomine...

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Daniel Hyde: "The Lord's Day Is a Gift from God"

Yesterday, Pastor Drew and I both mentioned how encouraged we are to see our members and friends on Sunday mornings, gathering for worship at God's gracious invitation. In this short article, Daniel Hyde outlines the gift of the Lord's Day, and how we - as God's people - can enjoy it to his glory....

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Week 31 | 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 #31 Q. What do we believe by true faith?  A. Everything taught to us in the gospel. The Apostles’ Creed expresses what we believe in these wo...

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Hebrews en Español

En el transcurso de los prximos aos, Willow Creek Church anhela convertirse en una iglesia an ms hospitalaria para nuestros vecinos de habla-Hispana. Sentimos el llamado de Dios de convertirnos en un ministerio multilinge por el cual estamos orando. Con eso en mente, nos complace en anunciarle que a partir del mircoles , 22 de agosto se llevar acabo nuestro primer estudio...

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Recommended: The Bible Project (Genesis 12-50)

As we begin our sermon series,The Life of Joseph, it's important to understand his life in context. Here is a short video from our friends at The Bible Project providing an overview of Joseph's dysfunctional, yet still highly favored, family. ...

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William Shishko: "The Principles of Public Worship, Part 2"

Many misunderstandings surround Christian worship today.This series of posts is taken from a publication entitled, Helps for Worship, and was produced by our sister denomination, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. It offers biblical guidance on the subject of worship, and is reprinted with permission. 6. Public worship must be performed in spirit and in truth. Externalism ...

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NEXT Vision Update - Multilingual Ministry

Over the course of the next several years, Willow Creek Church hopes to become even more welcoming to our Spanish-speaking neighbors. We sense God's call to gradually become a truly multilingual ministry, and are praying and planning toward that end. With that in mind, we are so excited to announce our first Spanish language Bible study offering for adults, a class on Heb...

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William Shisko: "The Principles of Public Worship, Part 1"

Many misunderstandings surround Christian worship today.This series of posts is taken from a publication entitled, Helps for Worship, and was produced by our sister denomination, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. It offers biblical guidance on the subject of worship, and is reprinted with permission. 1. Since the Holy Scriptures are the only infallible rule of faith and p...

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Men's Fellowship - Dinner at Papa Bees

On the last Wednesday of the month, the men of Willow Creek Church often meet for a time of dinner fellowship. This month, on July 25th, we will meet at Papa Bees in Longwood (6:30PM). Come out and join us! All are welcome....

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William Shishko: "What is Worship?"

Many misunderstandings surround Christian worship today.This series of posts is taken from a publication entitled, Helps for Worship, and was produced by our sister denomination, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. It offers biblical guidance on the subject of worship, and is reprinted with permission. "The first foundation of righteousness undoubtedly is the worship of God...

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Week 30 | 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 #30 Q. What is faith in Jesus Christ? A. Faith in Jesus Christ is acknowledging the truth of everything that God has revealed in his Word, trustin...

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Robert Smith Jr. on What To Do with ‘That’s Just Your Interpretation’

Robert Smith, Jr. shares briefly how to interpret Bible verses and passages properly, in their context. ...

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Nancy Guthrie on "What to Do When God's People Disappoint You"

Nancy Guthrie, one of my favorite Bible teachers, helps answer this difficult, even painful, question. What to Do When God's People Disappoint You from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo....

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Week 29 | 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 #29 Q.How can we be saved? A. Only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his substitutionary atoning death on the cross; so even though we are guilty of...

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John Rinehart: "What God Thinks about You"

We all want to know who we are. We seek and search and try to "find ourselves." Many of us have taken personality tests and other assessments. We learn that we are a lion, a beaver, an ENFP, an activator, a competitor, a high I, high D. But as helpful as those tests can be, have you ever stopped to ask, "What does God think about me? Who does he say that I am?" In all my...

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Bryan Chapell: "Quiet Time Doesn't Earn God's Grace"

How does your time in prayer and God's Word affect your relationship with God? In this short video (less than 5 minutes), Rev. Dr. Bryan Chapell helps us rightly understand this important relationship. ...

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Joseph - Our New Sermon Series

Few lives have experienced more stunning rejections and reversals than Joseph. His life provides a beautiful portrait of God's power to redeem even the darkest and most discouraging circumstances for his glory and the ultimate good of his people. Facing discouraging circumstances? Feeling rejected, even forgotten? Fearing that your world is about to come undone? Joseph...

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Week 28 | 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 #28 Q.What happens after death to those not united to Christ by faith? A. At the day of judgment they will receive the fearful but just sentence o...

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Week 27 | 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 #27 Q.Are all people, just as they were lost through Adam, saved through Christ? A. No, only those who are elected by God and united to Christ by ...

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Week 26 | 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 #26 Q. What else does Christ's death redeem? A.Christ's death is the beginning of the redemption and renewal of every part of fallen creation, as ...

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Prayers for Mexico

One of our members passed along the following information from a prayer guide created by her father, a minister in Mexico. Please consider this information as we pray for the people and nation of Mexico ahead of their elections on July 1st. OPEN POSITIONS More than 18, 300 positions will be filled in this election in these areas: President 128 Senators 96 ( 3 from each...

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Week 25 | 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 #25 Q. Does Christ's death mean all our sins can be forgiven? A. Yes, because Christ's death on the cross fully paid the penalty for our sin, God ...

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The 46th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America

Dear Willow Creek Church Family: The 46th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) was, in my estimation, one of the warmest and most efficient assemblies in recent history. This was, in no small part, due to the effective leadership of Stated Clerk, L. Roy Taylor, and this year's moderator, Rev. Irwyn Ince. I've prepared the following to provide a br...

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Q&A | "Why do you baptize babies?"

Willow Creek Church is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America, a denomination that practices something calledpaedo-baptism (from the Latin,paedo, meaning children). Recognizing that many of our members and neighbors come from Baptist (more specifically,credo-baptist) backgrounds and convictions, I wanted to share a few resources to outline and explain our und...

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It's General Assembly Week

Willow Creek Church is part of the Presbyterian Church in America. Every year, representatives from our churches gathering for General Assembly. This year, representatives will gather in Atlanta (June 11-15). A few years ago, Stephen Estock, Coordinator of Christian Discipleship Ministries, provided a nice overview of General Assembly in the following: What is the Gene...

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Week 24 | 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 #24 Q. Why was it necessary for Christ, the Redeemer, to die? A. Since death is the punishment for sin, Christ died willingly in our place to deli...

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Week 23 | 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 #23 Q.What must the Redeemer be truly God? A. That because of his divine nature his obedience and suffering would be perfect and effective; and al...

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NEXT Vision Spotlight | The Willow Creek App

A key part of our NEXT ministry vision is an emphasis on expanding our use of multimedia technology. With that in mind, let me recommend our free Willow Creek Church App. It is an excellent resource, and one that can help you make the most of your time with us. The app allows users to do several things safely and easily, right from their phone: Forward prayer requests...

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Steve Brown Preaches Sunday, June 10th

Join us this Sunday, June 10th, as Dr. Steve Brown preaches the penultimate message in our summer series, "I AM: Jesus in His Own Words." Steve will preach at both services, in our Chapel Service at 9:00AM and our Center Service at 10:45AM. Make plans to worship with us, and bring a friend or two!...

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Common Ground Montgomery

A team from Willow Creek Church will travel to Montgomery, Alabama to serve with Common Ground, one of our ministry partners, June 23-29. Please keep them in your prayers!...

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Kick-off Sunday - Save the Date!

We'll celebrate our fall Kick-off Sunday on Sunday, September 9th! Dr. Steve Brown will preach, and we will celebrate Willow Creek's 30th anniversary! More information soon!...

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Wednesdays at Willow Starts August 22nd

Our midweek ministry, Wednesdays at Willow, will begin its 10-week fall session on August 22nd! Save the date! Wednesdays at Willow begins with pizza at 6:00PM, and continues with gatherings for all ages from 6:30-8:00PM. We offer safe, free nursery care through age 2 from 6:30-8:00PM as well. More information coming soon!...

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Week 22 | 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 #22 Q.What must the Redeemer be truly human? A. That in human nature he might on our behalf perfectly obey the whole law and suffer the punishment...

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Recommended Resource | "Mom, Dad...What's Sex?"

A child's simple question - "What's sex?" - can be one of the more difficult for parents to answer. Thankfully, in Mom, DadWhat's Sex: Giving Your Kids a Gospel-Centered View of Sex and Our Culture, Jessica Thompson and Joel Fitzpatrick thoroughly equip their readers with honest, helpful, and surprisingly healing insight. I consider this book a must read, the best on the s...

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Week 21 | 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 #21 Q.What sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God? A. One who is truly human and also truly God. Scripture Memory Verse -Isaiah 9:6 ...

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Ministry Update | "Move Up" Sunday on June 3rd!

On Sunday, June 3rd, those students entering 6th grade and 9th grade this fall will "move up" to middle and high school Switch Student Ministries, respectively. Also, children entering Kindergarten in the fall can begin attending Children's Worship on Sunday mornings! That's why we call it "Move Up Sunday!" If you have questions regarding student ministries, please contac...

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NEXT Vision Spotlight | Improved Worship Service Streaming

An integral part of our NEXT ministry vision involves expanding our multimedia ministry. Recently, Willow Creek Interim Technical Director, Destry Jinks, and our tech team members completed some impressive upgrades to our streaming capability. A higher quality stream of our Center Service (10:45AM) is now available via Facebook Live, both in real time and for later viewin...

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Week 20 | 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 #20 Q. Who is the Redeemer? A.The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, in whom God became man and bore the penalty for ...

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"How do you think the Chapel service is going?"

In this short video, I talk about how I think the new Chapel worship service is going. Join us on Sunday mornings at 9:00AM or 10:45AM - our both! ...

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"What are your hopes for the Chapel space?"

In this short video, I share some hopes for our Chapel space renovations. Join us on Sunday mornings at 9:00AM or 10:45AM - our both! ...

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NEXT Vision Spotlight | Compassion International

As part of our NEXT Ministry Vision, we encourage all of our members and friends to support one of our many mercy ministry partners in a personal ministry of prayer, presence, and financial partnership. The Spirit's stirred many of our members to help release children from poverty in Jesus' name by sponsoring them through Compassion International. A couple of years ago, I...

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"What are your hopes for the new Chapel and Center services?"

In this short video, I explain some hopes for our new Chapel and Center services. Join us on Sunday mornings for the Chapel Service at 9:00AM or the Center Service at 10:45AM - our both! ...

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Week 19 | 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 #19 Q.Is there any way to escape punishment and be brought back into God's favor?A.Yes, to satisfy his justice, God himself, out of mere mercy, rec...

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Week 18 | 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 #18 Q.Will God allow our disobedience and idolatry to go unpunished? A.No, every sin is against the sovereignty, holiness, and goodness of God, ...

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Sermon Discussion Guide - 4.29.18

Some of our small groups meet to discuss Willow Creek's weekly message. Here is a discussion guide for Find Your Place, Part 4. This message was originally preached on Sunday, April 29, 2018....

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Week 17 | 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 #17 Q. What is idolatry?A.Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator for our hope and happiness, significance and security. ...

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Week 16 | 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 #16 Q. What is sin?A.Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, rebelling against him by living without reference to him, not bein...

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A Note of Thanks

Dear Willow Creek Church Family:Last Sunday, we returned to two Sunday morning worship services, our new Chapel Service at 9:00AM and our Center Service at 10:45AM. I want to thank you so much for your encouragement and support of this change. It's been nothing short of amazing. To those who came together for renewed platform designs in both worship spaces, offering creat...

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Week 15 | 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 #15 Q. Since no one can keep the law, what is its purpose?A.That we may know the holy nature and will of God, and the sinful nature and disobedie...

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Week 14 | 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 #14 Q. Did God create us unable to keep his law?A.No, but because of the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, all of creation is fall...

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What happened on Maundy Thursday?

The Final Days of Jesus: Thursday from Crossway on Vimeo....

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What is Maundy Thursday?

Maundy Thursday, sometimes referred to as Holy Thursday, is observed the day before Good Friday (and just before the weekend of Easter Sunday). Taken from the Latin word, mandatum, meaning "commandment," Maundy Thursday is a special opportunity to remember and celebrate our redemption, as well as the new commandment given by Jesus Christ to his disciples that they love one...

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Week 13 | 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 #13 Q.Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly? A.Since the fall, no mere human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly, but consistently...

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Week 12 | 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 #12 Q.What does God require in the ninth and tenth commandments? A.Ninth, that we do not lie or deceive, but speak the truth in love. Tenth, tha...

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Sermon Discussion Guide - March 18, 2018

Some of our small groups meet to discuss Willow Creek's weekly message. Here is a discussion guide for What Happens to You When You Die, Part 3. This message was originally preached on Sunday, March 18, 2018....

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A NEXT Mission Update from England

Willow Creek has a new ministry vision. We're calling it NEXT, and it involves 10 goals for the next 10 years. One of those goals is to develop and/or strengthen vital mission partnerships in six key areas of the globe: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Native America, and a significantly underserved area of the United States of America.At the beginning of this year, Wi...

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Week 11 | 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 #11Q.What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?A.Sixth, that we do not hurt, or hate, or be hostile to our neighbor, but ...

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Two Service Schedule Starts April 8th

Starting Sunday, April 8th, Willow Creek Church will return to two weekly worship services! THE CHAPEL SERVICE Time: 9:00AMLocation: The Chapel (Formerly "The Block") Fully staffed, safe nursery for children two and youngerPre-K classChildren's worship for K-5th Grade (beginning right before the sermon) THE CENTER SERVICE Time: 10:45AMLocation: The Worship Center Ful...

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Week 9 | New City Catechism and Scripture Memory

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 #9 Q.What does God require in the first, second, and third commandments? A.First, that we know and trust God as the only true and living God. Se...

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Sermon Discussion Guide - March 4, 2018

Some of our small groups meet to discuss Willow Creek's weekly message. Here is a discussion guide for What Happens to You When You Die, Part 1. This message was originally preached on Sunday, March 4, 2018....

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Week 8 | 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 #8Q.What is the law of God stated in the Ten Commandments?A.You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the f...

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Week 7 | 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 #7 Q. What does the law of God require?A.Personal, perfect, and perpetual obedience; that we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strengt...

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Week 5 | New City Catechism and Scripture Memory

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 #5 Q. What else did God create?A.God created all things by his powerful Word, and all his creation was very good; everything flourished under his...

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Sermon Reflection Questions - January 28, 2018

On Sunday, we concluded our four-part message series on the life and ministry of the Old Testament prophet, Elijah. In this final message, we saw God's gracious care of Elijah during a time of profound discouragement. The following are questions for reflection based upon the sermon and are made available for Willow Creek small groups to use as desired. Title: "Elijah, Par...

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"Hope for You" Sermon Series This February

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This February, I've asked Drew Taylor, our Assistant Pastor of Families and Connections, to preach a three-part sermon series (February 4, 11, and 18). I love Drew and I love his passion for preaching. Free to choose any topic, he chose to preach on the believer's hope in the face of suffering. I'm glad he did. As we've seen during our current survey of the Old Testament ...

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Week 3 | 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 #3Q. How many persons are there in God?A.There are three persons in the one true and living God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are th...

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Week 1 | 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 #1 Q.What is our only hope in life and death?A.That we are not our own but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to God and to our Savior ...

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Week 52 - 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 #52 Q. What hope does everlasting life hold for us? A. It reminds us that this present fallen world is not all there is; soon we will live with an...

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Week 50 | Scripture and Catechism

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 #50Q. What does Christ's resurrection mean for us?A.Christ triumphed over sin and death by being physically resurrected, so that all who trust in hi...

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Week 51 - 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 #51 Q. Of what advantage to us is Christ's ascension? A. Christ physically ascended on our behalf, just as he came down to earth physically on our...

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Kings of Israel - Session 2 (Slides and Notes)

I enjoyed the second session of our new Kings of Israel men's ministry Bible study tonight. For those that could not attend, or for those who might like to review, I've included the slides and notes here. If you'd like to join our study, all are welcome and you can join anytime. Visit our men's ministry page for the upcoming schedule....

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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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Advent at Willow Creek Church

We would love to have you join us for worship at Willow Creek, this holiday season! This year, it's our joy to welcome Dr. Steve Brown and Dr. Richard Pratt. You won't want to miss their encouraging messages on the hope and love of Jesus. Since Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year, we have cancelled our morning service. Instead, join us at 3PM or 5PM for Christmas ...

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We Have a New Information Assistant!

I'm so excited to announce that Krista Duff is joining our staff on a part-time basis! She is our brand new Information Assistant. If you know Krista, you know that she is a wonderful and strategic addition to the Willow Creek Church staff. For years, Krista's been one of our most faithful volunteers, assisting us with technology and worship arts. She'll be doing the same...

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We have a new Director of Children's Ministries!

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If you're part of the Willow Creek Church family, you know how special Drew Taylor is to us. Drew began his ministry at Willow Creek as an intern from nearby Reformed Theological Seminary. Serving within our children's ministry, God eventually developed Drew into its director, a position he held for several years. Earlier this year, our elders called Drew to the position ...

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RAPID Bowl-a-Thon - September 23rd!

The staff of Willow Creek Church encourages you and your family to consider supporting RAPID (Reliable Advocacy for People with Intellectual Disabilities) at its largest annual fundraiser: the RAPID Bowl-a-Thon! For more information, here is the event flyer!...

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Care Ministries at Willow Creek

Our Minister of Member Care, Jeff Smith, has done a wonderful work in encouraging and equipping a brand new team of care givers at Willow Creek Church. On behalf of our church family, these newly commissioned team members will work alongside our elders, deacons, and women's ministry leaders in leading our care efforts among members of our congregation and community. They ...

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Family Skate Night - August 2nd!

Invite your friends and neighbors to join us on August 2nd (6:30-8:30PM) at Semoran Skateway (670 Cassel Creek Blvd. in Casselberry, FL) for a fun filled evening of skating. Cost: $6/skater, payable at the door. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact Pastor Drew Tayor....

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2017 Women's Escapade

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Steve Brown to Preach Sunday, July 23!

This Sunday, Dr. Steve Brown will be our guest as he preaches a message entitled, "The Silence of God" from Deuteronomy 29:29. Make plans now to join us for worship at 10AM this Sunday (July 23rd)! Who is Steve Brown? Born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. Received a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from High Point College, High Point, North Carolina. Received an...

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Welcome Our New Director of Music

Our Session (Board of Elders) sent the following note to our church family earlier today. What great news! Dear Willow Creek Church Family:We are writing to inform you of our decision to appoint Jeremy Birdsall as our new Director of Music Ministries. We are very excited to have Jeremy and his wife, Lynn, join and strengthen the ministry of Willow Creek Church.Jeremy co...

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Save the Date! Men's Adventure Trip

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Save the Date! Women's Escapade

Save the Date for this year's Women's Escapade! October 6-8, 2017Bilmar Beach Resort in Treasure Island, FL Details to follow! We just want to make sure it is on your calendars!...

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Emergency Procedure Training on May 7th

On Sunday, May 7th Seminole County law enforcement officers will visit Willow Creek to conduct free Emergency Procedure Training. This training will help us remain prepared in the case of an emergency situation. Everyone is invited and encouraged to stay after service and attend the training. After the training, attendees are invited to meet up at Sonny's for lunch and...

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What is the Grace Encounter Conference?

Willow Creek Church is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America. We are a Reformed and Presbyterian church, one affirming the historic, orthodox creeds of Christianity, as well as the Westminster Confession of Faith. Our partner and co-sponsor for the Grace Encounter Conference, Christian Family Worship Center, is a Full Gospel Baptist church. Needless to say, ...

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Join Us for the Grace Encounter Conference!

As you might already know, Pastor Jerry Parries of the Christian Family Worship Center and I, along with our churches, are coming together to host the Grace Encounter Conference (March 15-17, 2017), at Willow Creek Church in Winter Springs, FL. We'd love for you to be part of this inaugural conference! The Grace Encounter Conference will be a unique gathering. Jerry is ...

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Week 10 | New City Catechism and Scripture Memory

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 #10 Q.What does God require in the fourth and fifth commandments? A.Fourth, that on the Sabbath day we spend time in public and private worship ...

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Volunteer at the Grace Encounter Conference!

Willow Creek Family: we need you! We're looking for volunteers for our upcoming Grace Encounter Conference, hosted in partnership with Christian Family Worship Center and Pastor Jerry Parries. Volunteer spaces are limited so sign up soon! Once we confirm your spot, you'll be able to attend the conference for free! Apply to be a Grace Encounter Conference volunteer here...

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An Invitation to the Grace Encounter Conference

Dear Friends: It's very easy to view our nation's current ideological and cultural divisions as occasions for hopelessness, not opportunities for healing. The seemingly endless stream of bad news flowing over social media and through our televisions threatens to overwhelm us like a torrent. Mean-spirited and polarizing rhetoric pushes at us like waves and pulls at us lik...

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Steve Brown to Preach at Willow Creek on February 12th!

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Steve Brown to the pulpit of Willow Creek Church several times a year. His next visit with us will be on Sunday, February 12th! Please mark your calendars and make plans to join us. Willow Creek Church worships at 10AM every Sunday. About Dr. Steve Brown Born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. Received a B.A. in Philosophy and Reli...

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Join us for Scout Sunday on February 5th!

The Boy Scouts of America designates the Sunday that falls before February 8 (Scouting Anniversary Day) as Scout Sunday, which is the primary date to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting. With that in mind, Willow Creek Church will observe Scout Sunday during worship on February 5th (10AM). Several of our scouts will assist in worship, servin...

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Pastor Jerry Parries to Preach at Willow Creek on February 26!

Pastor Jerry Q. Parries is a dynamic leader with an ability to present God's Word with encouragement and empowerment. Ordained under the leadership of Bishop Paul S Morton, he delivers God's truth with an exceptional blend of inspiration, humor, and promotion of love. Along with me, Pastor Jerry will be hosting the Grace Encounter Conference at Willow Creek Church (March ...

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! God's blessings to you and yours as we enter 2017 together! It's the start of a new year at Willow Creek Church! We love you and are exceedingly grateful that God led you to Willow Creek! Thank you for being a part of our church family! Please join me in earnest prayer for our ministry in 2017! Exciting opportunities abound - opportunities to invite all ...

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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. I as...

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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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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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Steve Brown Preaches December 4th!

Join us on Sunday, December 4th (10AM), for our own beloved teacher and professor, Steve Brown! Steve will preach this second Sunday of Advent, and it's always a joy to welcome him. After teaching practical ministry courses for almost two decades, Dr. Steve Brown retired from RTS and remains Emeritus Professor of Preaching. Dr. Brown served as the senior pastor of Key Bi...

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Christian HELP Dove Tree

When I was a kid, growing up in the Rust Belt, we had a few "lean" times. One year, Christmas was especially difficult. We didn't anticipate too many presents under the tree. What an amazing surprise when, returning home from Christmas Eve worship, we found two bags full of gifts from anonymous friends waiting on our front porch! It was an amazing blessing, and a testimon...

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This Sunday at Willow Creek - November 20, 2016!

We can't wait to see you tomorrow!Join us at 10:00AM for worship! We will conclude the first part of our series in Acts! November is the month when churches around the world set aside a special time to remember their persecuted sisters and brothers in prayer. We'll take time to do so tomorrow, looking at the conversion of Saul - one of the earliest persecutors of the Chur...

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Week of November 13, 2016 | Catechism and Scripture Memory

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 #46Q. 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 his deat...

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REGISTER NOW! Grace Encounter Conference!

Hey! My friend, Jerry Q Parries, and I are coming together with our congregations to host a celebration of the grace of God in early 2017! I would LOVE FOR YOU TO JOIN US! Jerry and I are different in some respects, and so are our congregations. However, we believe that what unites us is infinitely greater than whatever might differentiate us: the grace of God in the gospe...

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Hurricane Matthew Post Storm Update

Following Hurricane Matthew's departure from our region, we wanted to pass along two quick updates. First, Willow Creek Church will hold Sunday morning worship services as scheduled:10:00AM | Worship9:00AM | Sunday GatheringsSecond, if you or your family requires assistance following Hurricane Matthew, please contact me at klabby@willowcreekchurch.org. My assistant, Kelly ...

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This Sunday at Willow Creek!

We have a wonderful Sunday morning of worship planned! Click here to read our weekly email and find out all about it!...

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We Have a Brand New App!

We just launched our brand new app! That's right - Willow Creek Church of Winter Springs, FL now has an app for your smartphone available on the App Store and Google Play. Visit either to download the Willow Creek PCA app. You can now complete your weekly Connect Card, read your Bible, forward prayer requests, visit our Facebook page, listen to sermons, watch sermons, and...

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Week of September 25, 2016 | Catechism and Bible Memory

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

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This Sunday at Willow Creek!

We have a great Sunday planned for the Willow Creek Church family! Click here to read our weekly email!...

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Don't miss #GraceEncounter2017 in Orlando, March 15-17th!

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Your Generosity Makes a Difference!

Hello, Willow Creek Family!First, I want to thank you for your continued and generous support of the ministry at Willow Creek Church. There are many exciting things happening in our congregation, and through our congregation.Whether it's our disaster relief team heading to Louisiana this weekend, our partners at True Life Choice opening up a new facility in Orlando, our fr...

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Willow Creek Church Ministry Apprenticeship

Are you training for ministry? Let us help you!Willow Creek Church is so privileged to have a geographically and ministerially close relationship with the Orlando campus of Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS). Over the years, many of our members and friends have attended and even graduated from RTS-Orlando. Some RTS professors and staff even call Willow Creek their church ...

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Week of September 11, 2016 | Catechism and Bible Memory

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 addresses a little bit of what we believe about the Holy Spirit. 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...

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This Sunday at Willow Creek!

Hello, Willow Creek Family!I hope you're planning to join us for our fall kick-off Sunday at Willow Creek this weekend, September 11, 2016. We have a great slate of things planned for the entire church family. You won't want to miss it.9:00AMGATHERINGSOur Sunday gatherings for all ages begin again this Sunday. We have the following available for you:NurseryWillow Creek Chu...

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September Partner Spotlight | Sterling Park Elementary

Willow Creek Church is committed to declaring and demonstrating the liberating power of the gospel, inviting everyone to discoveranddeepen their relationship with Jesus. One of the ways we express this commitment is by coming alongside organizations to promote the flourishing of our communities. This month, our featured partnership is with the food pantry of nearby Sterli...

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Week of September 4, 2016 | PK's Sermon Note

On Sunday, I shared a story from a wonderful book entitled, Mission without Conquest: An Alternative Missionary Practice. It described a man from the Argentine Chaco region, one who came to faith through the peaceful efforts of some Mennonite missionaries during the 20th century. Along with many of his people, he became a follower of Jesus.We recounted that as this discipl...

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Week of September 4, 2016 | Catechism and Bible Memory

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 addresses a little bit of what we believe about the Holy Spirit.New City Catechism #36Q. What do we believe about the Holy Spirit?That he is God, coeternal with the Father and the Son, and that God grants him irrevoc...

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Join Us for the RAPID Bowl-a-Thon!

As some of you know, Willow Creek Church enjoys a special partnership with an organization called RAPID, or Reliable Advocacy for People with Intellectual Disabilities. RAPID clients spend several hours at Willow Creek throughout the week, enjoying classes, special activities, service projects, and more. Through this relationship, some RAPID individuals and families have g...

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Exciting News from True Life Choice

One of our ministry partners, True Life Choice and Choices Women's Clinic, is experiencing remarkable growth and fruitfulness. By God's grace, they're now realizing one of their greatest strategic aims: moving into their new headquarters. Here is a note from them: We are thrilled to announce BIG news that the Lord has provided for us immeasurably more than we could ask or...

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Sterling Park Food Pantry

Great news! We met with a representative of the Sterling Park Elementary PTA earlier today. She reported that the food pantry at Sterling Park was able to provide assistance for children over the summer, and even has some starter funds available for this school year, because of your generosity last school year! Thank you!We will continue our food pantry partnership this ye...

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Pray for Our Team and Friends in Oaxaca

Willow Creek Church enjoys a longstanding, fruitful, and warm partnership with our friends at Armonia - a multifaceted ministry to the poor of Mexico promoting Christian transformation, empowerment, and a better life. You can learn more about Armonia's ministry here. This week, our team will be visiting students in Armonia's AIMS program. From the Armonia website:Started ...

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The Gallery at Willow Creek: Faye Tambrino

The purpose of The Gallery at Willow Creek is to praise God, share His followers talents, and enrich and inspire the cultural life of Willow Creek Church and the community. We are so thankful to Jeff Leimbach and others for their tremendous work in orchestrating and launching this new offering! Our second exhibit features the beautiful work of our own Faye Tambrino! Fay...

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An Invitation to the Men of Willow Creek

Dear Willow Creek Men - I know you're busy. I know that you have a ton to do. I know that, after a long day of work or other obligations, the last thing you might want to endure is another meeting or take on another obligation. I get that. However, I also know that your soul needs refreshment. You need rest. You need constant reminders that God is for you, not against yo...

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Ministry Highlight: MOPS at Willow Creek!

This Sunday, we're going to take a few moments to highlight one of the best ministries of Willow Creek Church: Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)!What is MOPS? Great question!MOPS is a grassroots movement that believes moms are world influencersWe believe that incubating hearts and giving just-because-hugs can change the course of history. That's why we connect moms all over...

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Five Steps for Welcoming Guests to Willow Creek

Two Sundays ago, we had a brief luncheon meeting with all of our guest care ministry staff. Our greeters, ushers, Crossroads Cafe staff, and Walking Tall team members gathered with others to walk through our guest welcome process - something we've developed by adapting insights from Nelson Searcey's great book, Fusion: Turning First Time Guests into Fully-engaged Members o...

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It's a Key Life Grace Party at Willow Creek!

Hosted by Willow Creek Church in Winter Springs, FL, come celebrate the launch of Steve Brown's new book, "Hidden Agendas" and Executive Producer, Erik Guzman's first book, "The Seed". Willow Creek ChurchFriday, May 20th7:30PM Join our friends Buddy Greene and Dave Dillard, Peculiar People (Charlie Ruth Jones), Josh Bales, The Steve Brown, Etc. team and more for a fun...

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The Gallery at Willow Creek

We now have some beautiful artwork adorning the main corridor just outside our Worship Center. The purpose of The Gallery at Willow Creek is to praise God, share His followers talents, and enrich and inspire the cultural life of Willow Creek Church and the community. We are so thankful to Jeff Leimbach and others for their tremendous work in orchestrating and launching thi...

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Willow Creek Church Picnic

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Save the Date! Our annual Willow Creek Church Picnic is right around the corner, on Palm Sunday - March 20th! We'll gather again at Central Winds Park in Winter Springs. Make plans to worship with us that morning, and then come out to the park for delicious food and fun fellowship. It's going to be great! More information coming soon! Mark your calendar!...

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Willow Creek's Solar Bears Hockey Night!

Join me and a great group from Willow Creek for a night of hockey and fun at the Orlando Solar Bears game on February 26th! We're just going to meet up at the game, and enjoy it together. No fuss, no muss - just a simple night out together. If you want to join us, click here to register! Once you've paid, we'll forward your ticket to you! ...

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Women's Ministry Leadership Team

At Willow Creek, we're gradually building a women's ministry leadership team to help oversee the strengthening of our ministry to women of all ages, as well as to serve alongside our elders and deacons in caring for our church family. This team will help us offer great studies, times of fellowship, better integration with existing ministries (for instance, MOPS - Mothers o...

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PK Recommends: "Saving Grace: Daily Devotions from Jack Miller"

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I had a meeting yesterday with two friends. Over coffee, we talked about the gospel and how desperately our exhausted world needs the good news of God's inexhaustible grace. More specifically, we spoke about how easily we can forget the newsness of life that is now ours in Christ by grace. We default to living in fear, out of our former identity - rather than resting in ou...

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What is Epiphany?

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Today, January 6th, marks Epiphany on the Christian liturgical calendar. Our Roman Catholic and Orthodox friends are familiar with this day of celebration, but we Reformed Protestants are usually less so. The following is a brief description of the day from Joan Huyser-Honig at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship: In Christian tradition, Epiphany marks the miraculou...

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Steve Brown Preaching December 6th

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We're so thrilled to have Steve Brown preach on Sunday morning, December 6th, at both our 8:30AM and 11:00AM worship services. Steve will be preaching the second message in our Advent series,Christmas is for Ragamuffins. He'll be sharing about Mary, the mother of Jesus. You're not going to want to miss this. About Steve Brown Steve Brown is a radio broadcaster, seminary ...

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