Hurricane Harvey Relief and Recovery

Hurricane Harvey Relief and Recovery

Wherever God's people go they bring the good news of Jesus' Kingdom of Heaven with them to this world in both word and deed. With approximately 400,000 people potentially becoming homeless and displaced by Hurricane Harvey's flooding and damage, Soma Waxahachie is positioned to bring a bit of heaven to a dozen families whose lives have been turned upside down because of this disaster.   

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August 2017 Newsletter

August 2017 Newsletter

"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?

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The Gardner

The Gardner

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.

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The Tragedy of Jesus' Triumphal Entry

The Tragedy of Jesus' Triumphal Entry

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?

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A Blessed Life in the Kingdom — Part 5

A Blessed Life in the Kingdom — Part 5

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.

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A Blessed Life in the Kingdom — Part 4

A Blessed Life in the Kingdom — Part 4

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.

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A Blessed Life in the Kingdom — Part 3

A Blessed Life in the Kingdom — Part 3

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.

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A Blessed Life in the Kingdom — Part 2

A Blessed Life in the Kingdom — Part 2

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. 

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A Blessed Life in the Kingdom — Part 1

A Blessed Life in the Kingdom — Part 1

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. 

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On Becoming Human Again

On Becoming Human Again

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.  

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Our Vision

Our Vision

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. 

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