Normal Isn’t Coming Back, Jesus Is

Pastor Kevin Rutledge - 9/3/2023 10:00 AM

What if the greatest challenge facing the modern church isn't external but internal? In our latest sermon, we tackle the thorny issue of stagnation within the church and make a bold call for change. With societal trust in the church at an all-time low, we underscore the urgency of breaking from the status quo and forging a new path forward. At the heart of it all, we remind listeners that no matter what changes come our way, Jesus remains our unshakeable foundation.

We also shine a spotlight on the transformative power of the Gospel and the urgency of sharing Jesus's good news with the world. Amid the fleeting accomplishments of humanity, we underscore the enduring value of spiritual pursuits. As believers, we have the privilege of being part of God's grand narrative and the Great Commission, and we echo the call to carry this legacy forward.


  • First Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
  • Second Reading: Mark 13:1-8
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This Week's Reading Plan

Day: Reading:
Monday Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah: Matthew 16:13-20
Tuesday The Great Commission: Matthew 28:16-20
Wednesday The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times: Matthew 24:1-35
Thursday A Living Sacrifice: Romans 12:1-8
Friday Salt and Light: Matthew 5:13-16
Saturday Present Suffering and Future Glory: Romans 8:18-30
Sunday Adam and Eve: Genesis 2:4-25

This includes only the sermon portion of the service.

Reflections and Caring Conversations

Please use the prompts and prayers below to aid you in your devotions for this week.

  • Morning Prayer: Good Morning, God. As we rise to greet a new day, we pray for courage to embrace change within ourselves and our church. Guide us to understand that stagnation is not an option, and that Jesus, our unshakeable foundation, calls us to share His good news with the world. Inspire us to live out our faith boldly and confidently. As we navigate this day, let us carry your transformative power within us, knowing that we are a part of your grand plan. Amen.

  • Evening Prayer: Dear Lord, as we prepare for rest, we seek your guidance in embracing change within our hearts and within our church. Help us to lean into the transformative power of the Gospel and to understand that even amid change, Jesus remains our unshakeable foundation. Guide us to share your love and good news with the world. As we lay down to sleep, may we find comfort in your promises and awaken with renewed strength and passion for your work. Amen.

  • Reflect on the idea that the greatest challenge facing the modern church might be internal stagnation. Do you agree or disagree, and why? (Revelation 3:1-3)

  • Discuss the concept of "waiting for a new normal" in the church. How can this be both a danger and a necessary phase of growth and transformation? (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

  • In your own faith journey, what has been the impact of personal faith stories shared by others? (Acts 20:24)

  • How can we cultivate an environment in our church that encourages people to share their faith stories and the transformative work of the Spirit in their lives? (1 Thessalonians 5:11)