This week, Community Church will continue its series in the “scandalous” message of James.
The message of James was scandalous because it challenged that faith without works is dead. Many people have grown up to be influenced by Martin Luther’s protest against the teaching of James—whether they knew it or not. The idea of just having faith comes from Luther. But where Luther was worried about works as an implication that people have to earn their way into heaven, James is more focused on the immediate needs of those around in need.
The works that James invites people to engage in are not for the purpose of earning a spot in heaven, but rather, it is the response to the love of God that is unearned.
Community Church will look at what it means to serve those in need. Every week, Pastor Johan Dodge reminds all who are present that the word Gospel means “good news,” and if the word of God is being used in a way that isn’t good news, then it isn’t the true good news.
As the pandemic continues to evolve, Community Church has returned to virtual worship on Zoom and Facebook. People can watch the service on Facebook @CommunityChurchLeisureWorld. Those who are not on Facebook can contact the church office at (562) 4312503 or firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the Zoom link.
Community Church is a place where everything is designed with the first-time participant in mind. Those who have not felt welcome in church or have never participated in church before are welcome.
Those who are in need of assistance can call the church office at (562) 431-2503 or email email@example.com.