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Week 25 | 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 #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 f...

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Week 24 | 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 #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 pla...

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

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Week 22 | 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 #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 suffe...

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The Bible Project - Genesis (Part 1)

If you haven't yet enjoyed The Bible Project, I want to recommend that you check it out. It provides clear, engaging, and true-to-Scripture videos explaining the various books of the Bible. Parents: this is an especially easy and rewarding way in which to teach your kids Scripture. Simply watch a video together (5-7 minutes). You'll enjoy it and so will they. And, if you'...

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Week 21 | 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 #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 Ver...

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Week 20 | 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 #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 ...

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Week 19 | 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 #19 Q. Is there any way to escape punishment and be brought back into God’s favor?A. Yes, to satisfy his justice, God him...

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

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Cleansed & Clothed

If Christianity isn’t primarily about our performance for God, then what is it about? It’s about substitution. It’s about Jesus being for us what we could never be for ourselves. But what did this substitution involve? If you were to ask many if not most Christians today, “What did Jesus Christ do for you?” there is a good chance they might s...

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

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Week 16 | 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 #16 Q. What is sin?A. Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, rebelling against him by living without reference ...

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Week 15 | 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 #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 natu...

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Week 14 | 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 #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 ...

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Preaching at Willow Creek, Part 2

Simply stated, a sermon should ultimately be about Jesus Christ. It should be Christ-centered. That’s not to say that a good sermon won’t have a lot to say about you or the world around us. It will, but only in the light of Jesus and His finished work. Today, many sermons are long on you, and short on Jesus. They are filled with moral motivators - the things ...

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Week 13 | 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 #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 perfe...

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Preaching at Willow Creek, Part 1

Willow Creek Church is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America. We are a Reformed and Presbyterian congregation, one affirming the creeds of historic, orthodox Christianity as well as the Westminster Confession of Faith. As a Reformed and Presbyterian congregation, we believe that the ministry of the Word is central to the mission and ministry of Christ’...

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

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

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Week 10 | New City Catechism and Scripture 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 #10 Q. What does God require in the fourth and fifth commandments? A. Fourth, that on the Sabbath day we spend time in publi...

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Week 9 | New City Catechism and Scripture 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 #9 Q. What does God require in the first, second, and third commandments? A. First, that we know and trust God as the only t...

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Week 8 | New City Catechism and Scripture 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 #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 you...

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

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What is Christianity Ultimately About? Part 1

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 ...

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Week 5 | New City Catechism and Scripture 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 #5 Q. What else did God create?A. God created all things by his powerful Word, and all his creation was very good; everything flou...

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Discover Resource | Overview of the Old Testament

DISCOVER is our guest welcome class at Willow Creek Church! This past Sunday, during DISCOVER, we completed an overview of the Old Testament. As promised, here is a brief video review of some of the events we discussed.  ...

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Week 3 | New City Catechism and Scripture 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 #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 Spi...

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Week 1 | 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 #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 ...

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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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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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New Sunday Seminar - DISCOVER 2.0

For the past few years, we’ve offered a Sunday seminar for those new and newer to Willow Creek. We first called it FUSION, but then later rebranded to its present name: DISCOVER. DISCOVER has been a very popular opportunity for our guests to discover and deepen their relationship with Jesus and the Willow Creek Church family. Some have even attended multiple times, ...

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Week of November 13, 2016 | Catechism and Scripture 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 #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 ...

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Week of October 16, 2016 | Catechism and Scripture 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 #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 fait...

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Sermon Review - Advancing through Adversity (10/9/2016)

One of the marks of the early Christian Church was its unity. Several times in Luke’s account of the gospel’s spread (i.e. the book of Acts), he notes that Jerusalem’s first century believers were united in love for God and one another. It was a beautiful thing, but it had an ugly and at least somewhat unexpected consequence. Peace with God and one anothe...

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Week of October 2, 2016 | Catechism and Scripture 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 #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....

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Week of October 9, 2016 | Catechism and Scripture 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 #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 i...

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Week of September 25, 2016 | Catechism and Bible 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 #39Q. With what attitude should we pray?A. With love, perseverance, and gratefulness; in humble submission to God's will, knowing that, for ...

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Week of September 11, 2016 | Catechism and Bible 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 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...

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Week of September 4, 2016 | Catechism and Bible 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 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 gr...

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The Lights Are On and the Pressure Is Off

I hate paying bills. It’s not spending the money. It’s the administrative act of paying bills. I hate getting the envelope. I hate opening it. I hate unfolding the papers inside. I hate reading and reviewing the itemized charges. I hate getting out my checkbook; filling a check out by hand (what is this, 1876?); tearing the check out of the book; tucking it in...

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Seeking Some Shalom, Here and Now

The gospel is not only good news for individuals. It’s not only good news for their souls. It’s good news for every aspect of the cosmos and every dimension of our humanity, spiritual and physical. Through Jesus Christ, God is reconciling all things to himself, things of the spirit and heaven and things of the physical and of earth (Colossians 1:19-20). He is m...

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PK's Daily Devotional - Ephesians 1:3-4

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Today’s passage is Ephesians 1:3-4. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.   The human author of these divine words, the Apostle Paul, once h...

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PK's Daily Devotional - Ephesians 1:1-2

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Today’s passage is Ephesians 1:1-2. 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful[a] in Christ Jesus:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.   The Apostle Paul was not always an apostle of Jesus Christ, nor was he always named Paul. Formerly, he was known as Saul, a...

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The Dead Ends of Religion and Irreligion

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     What gives us a sense of significance? What provides security? What will ultimately satisfy us? How can we enjoy peace of conscience? Why do we do what we do? What does our activity ultimately accomplish? Who are we, really? These are profound questions. They’re some of the ultimate questions of our existence. Are we left alone to ...

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Willow Creek 201 | Discover Spiritual Growth

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We're building four introductory Sunday morning seminars for those new and newer to Willow Creek Church, maybe even to the Christian faith. The first of these is called Willow Creek 101: Discover Willow Creek. We used to call this gathering "Fusion." It serves as a sort of guest orientation, while also equipping those who attend to make an informed decision concerning chu...

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Free to Be Real

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Several years ago, I crashed a wedding reception with two friends of mine. One was invited. Two of us weren’t. We decided that it would be fun to road trip to the wedding together, and then even more adventurous to crash the reception following. It was a grand affair at a country club of some sort. Lots of food. Lots of beverage. Lots of dancing. I dare say, we had ...

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Christ Frees Us to Dare, Not Just Do

When is the last time that you dared something great? Note that I didn’t ask when you tried to do something great. I want to know when you dared something great. Daring is more than doing. Dare involves risk. It invites danger. It threatens loss. Dare lays our pride on the altar, above the threatening flames of potential embarrassment, even humiliation. In short,...

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Christmas is for Ragamuffins - Our Advent Sermon Series

Join us for Advent at Willow Creek Church! It starts on Sunday, November 29th, and continues all the way through Christmas Eve, December 24th. Here is the worship and sermon schedule: November 29th (First Sunday of Advent) 10:00AM WorshipChristmas is for Ragamuffins: Zechariah and ElizabethLuke 1:5-25Kevin Labby, Senior Pastor December 6th (Second Sunday of Advent) ...

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