An Every Day Faith: An Introduction to Our Themes
What good is a faith that doesn't apply to every aspect of your life? One of the roles of the Church is to take the Bible and apply it to your life as you are currently living it. It helps you reconcile your past, interpret your present, and give you hope for your future. The Apostle Paul says it like this,
Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word, we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us. (2 Timothy 3-16-17)
The sermon is the classic delivery method that used to apply the wisdom of the Scriptures to your life. While we have a weekly Sunday sermon, we recognize that it's hard to take the sermon with you while you commute to work, sit in a waiting room, or lounge in your favorite chair.
Sermons, therefore, are just one of the ways that we help you engage your faith in Jesus on the six days between Sundays when the church building is empty. Others include our blog, podcast, and YouTube channel.
These channels are how we get the message to you, but the bigger question is this: What is the message that you need to hear? We have identified 7 key themes that affect every Christian in some way. It's not an exhaustive list, but we think these are the themes that will best address the world you walking in every day.
The 7 Themes of Empty Church
We have identified seven key themes that every Christian should be willing to study and ready to talk about. We help you "always have an answer for the hope that you have within you." Here are the 7 themes of Empty Church.
This American Church
A place for exploring the Church in the American context. Issues may get political, cultural, and philosophical - but it’s always personal.
The American church is unique as the country it ministers to. Diverse, opinionated and always morphing, we do our best to interpret the Kingdom of God in a contemporary American culture. Read more about This American Church here.
The Digital Kingdom
Exploring the implications of technology in the lives of God’s people. It is more Black Mirror and Twilight Zone than light shows and webcasts.
Is Virtual Reality (VR) something that is honoring to God? What role should technology play in the lives of the Christian? As we become more digitized, will lose our awareness of being made in the image of God? Explore the Digital Kingdom with us.
Faith and Family
An ongoing discussion about growing up, passing on, and the ties that bind us together. Following Jesus is a family affair - no matter who you call your family.
We will tell you our stories about how the faith of our families affected us - both for the good and the bad - and how we are passing on our faith to the members of our family. Growing older and wiser - together with our Faith and Family.
From Pew to Pulpit
Critiquing the church-going experience. Why? Because we love the Church and we are trying to figure it our for ourselves.
We ask questions like Are fog machines necessary? Does better music make us holier? And if not, why do we feel like it's not good enough if these things are missing? Questions and answers from the pew to the pulpit.
We all needs help and encouragement in reading and studying the Bible. We place the spotlight on the Scripture to make it easier to see God's Word for your life.
Devotionals, Studies, and tools to help you engage your Faith on the six days between Sundays. These are the how-to's, how come's, and how about that's.
As Seen on Sunday
We meet together every Sunday in Northern Virginia to worship God through singing, hearing God's Word, confession, and the Eucharist celebration.
We provide a recap of the Sunday sermon to encourage you in the faith each week, but it's not the same as being here. It's church as seen on Sunday.
Your Christian faith is becoming NSFW. How can you talk faith when HR tells you to keep quiet?
We spend more hours at work than we do almost anywhere else, but it is also the place where we tend to least engage our faith in Jesus. These are honest discussions about honoring Jesus in the marketplace.
A Faith not Fit for a Box
Through these seven categories, we hope that your faith in Jesus will expand beyond simple morality and church attendance. We pray that you will begin to see with new eyes that Jesus wants to redeem all parts of our culture, not just the ones that fit in our tidy religious box.
The more you allow Jesus to work in your life the more you will see your own call to go and make disciples in every avenue of your life. We glad you are joining us on this journey of living empty, talking faith, and opting in to follow Jesus.