Jesus has sent his Church to continue his mission of making disciples in the power of his Spirit for the glory of God the Father Almighty. In this teaching we consider the gift of prophecy, what it is, what it is for, and whether it is a gift for the Church today.Read More
"Geesh...that makes 84. Why would you start another church in Waxahachie?"
That's the response I received when I told Bonnie, the Chair of our Chamber of Commerce, that Soma Waxahachie is a new church.
Yup, we're the 84th church in Waxahachie —with an 85th that's started since that conversation— in a city of only 35,000 people. That's a lot of churches for a city our size. So how do we justify ourselves as another church for such a small town?Read More
Because God is Father and we are his children we aren't just a bunch of individual people going to a building on Sunday. We're a family of missionaries and servants sharing Jesus in the everyday normal stuff of life.Read More
In this, our fourth teaching in the series Knowing God, we learn about God and his presence by considering how he has dwelled with his people Israel. And how he now dwells in his people the Church in a special and unique way.Read More
Week 28 in our series The Sermon on the Mount: A Manifesto on Life in the Kingdom
In this week's teaching we looked at Matthew 7:1-5 and considered Jesus' command that we not judge one another with improper motives. Instead we are to make righteous judgements regarding our sins first and our brother's and sister's sins second.Read More
This is what's been happening with our church family and our mission of multiplying disciples in Waxahachie over the past month.
Before I fill you in on the details of what's been going on, let me tell you something about who we are. That will provide you with some context for why we're excited about the last month.
Mark Twain famously said, “History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” And that’s certainly proven true when we look closely at John’s report of what happened the morning of Jesus’ resurrection. It reads like a song that you used to know but have long since forgotten the melody. There’s just something familiar about this story. See if you can hear it too.Read More
Things aren’t always as they seem. Especially with stories and traditions that we’ve grown comfortable hearing. Familiarity has a funny way of hiding things that are hanging right in front of us.
Yesterday was Palm Sunday and like many pastors I taught from Luke 19:28-48. This is what has been traditionally titled the Triumphal Entry. But was it a triumph?Read More
Week 7 in our series The Sermon on the Mount: A Manifesto on Life in the Kingdom
In this week's teaching we considered the blessed life of those who are persecuted for righteousness sake. "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Not all who are persecuted are blessed by God. Only those who are persecuted for righteousness sake and on account of Jesus are blessed by God.Read More
Week 6 in our series The Sermon on the Mount: A Manifesto on Life in the Kingdom
In this week's teaching we considered the blessed life of the peacemakers by looking at Matthew 5:9. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God. Peacemakers are people who work for peace, not through vindication but through reconciliation. The people of God's Kingdom work for peace, not to earn their way into his kingdom, but as members of his kingdom their natural disposition is to work for peace because they belong to the God of peace.Read More
Week 5 in our series The Sermon on the Mount: A Manifesto on Life in the Kingdom
In this week's teaching we considered the blessed life of the pure in heart by looking at Matthew 5:8. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. We asked the following questions about this beatitude: What does it mean to be pure in heart? What does it mean to see God? And how are those two things connected with one another.Read More
Week 4 in our series The Sermon on the Mount: A Manifesto on Life in the Kingdom
In this week's teaching we took a brief look at Matthew 5:6, and how those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are both satisfied and blessed by God. Then we spent some time considering the blessed life of the merciful and the holy reciprocity of God toward his people in verse 7.Read More
Week 2 in our series The Sermon on the Mount: A Manifesto on Life in the Kingdom
In this week's teaching we considered the first three beatitudes of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. These first three beatitudes are an integrated whole. The person who understands their spiritual poverty before God will mourn their sinful condition. And the person who is mourning their sinful condition before God will become meek. And it is these people who are blessed, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven, they will be comforted, and they will inherit the earth.
Week 1 in our series The Sermon on the Mount: A Manifesto on Life in the Kingdom
In this week's teaching we take a bird's eye view of what the Sermon on the Mount is about. From the beginning of human history it has been God's purpose to fill the earth with his image bearing people, who would extend the dominion and influence of his kingdom throughout the creation, to all creatures everywhere. But, because of sin and the curse, it became necessary for God to bring about the redemption of our fallen images and the restoration of all things through his Son Jesus. Now, as the perfect image bearing King, Jesus comes into the world to save us and to teach us how to live in his newly established Kingdom.
IN WAXAHACHIE AS IT IS IN HEAVEN
We don’t believe the Church is another sub-culture, but the making of a new humanity.
It’s not a building or a weekend activity, but a people chosen by God for his redemptive purposes in the world, for the joy of all people and the eternal glory of his name.
And while we don’t believe the church is an activity or a building — that we are a people — we are a people given to a place.
So we want to take spiritual responsibility for the city where God has settled us. This means that we believe that we're called to live beyond Sunday gatherings and midweek Bible studies, to invest our whole lives in developing deep community with fellow believers in proximity to where we live.Read More
Week 17 in our series, A King and His Kingdom Come: An Exposition of the Gospel of Matthew.
Jesus is the true and better Israel. In his baptism, in his wilderness testing, and in his return from exile out of the Land, Jesus succeeds where Israel has failed. And because Jesus was faithful for Israel, the Kingdom of Heaven breaks into the world as it never had before.
In this teaching we sketch out the parallels between Jesus’ ministry and the itinerary of Israel, from their Exodus, through their conquest, and the establishment of the Davidic Kingdom.Read More
Week 16 in our series, A King and His Kingdom Come: An Exposition of the Gospel of Matthew.
Hebrews 4 says that Jesus is a high priest who sympathizes with us in our struggle, for he was tempted in every way that we are tempted. In this week's message we looked at Matthew 4:1-11 and considered how Jesus' temptation was a recapitulation of Israel's temptation in their wilderness wandering. Where Israel failed, Jesus succeeds! We also discovered that his temptations didn't end in the wilderness but continued on into his ministry.Read More