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NorthBridge Rocks!

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I were at NorthBridge Church this morning, a wondrous new church in Antioch, IL. Mark and Michelle Albrecht are the pastoral leaders, and they have adopted a genuinely missional approach to gospel work. This was the first Sunday effort for me where the whole focus was Embracing Grace, and both the sessions and the feedback were very good. Their music ministry is second-to-none (led by Michelle) and the patterns of ministry and growth are inspiring. Keep an eye on NorthBridge, and visit it if you can. I write a bit about NorthBridge’s ShareFest event in Embracing Grace
Tonight down to a youth event for youth workers in the Covenant Church and tomorrow morning I will be teaching with David T. Olson in his workshop on the missional focus of Jesus’ kingdom message (at the Covenant Midwinter meeting — always a highlight).
Next weekend Embracing Grace goes to Vision New England in Boston.



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Karen Spears Zacharias

posted January 29, 2006 at 9:17 pm


I would have liked to been there for the sessions and the feedback, Scot. Can you share some of the feedback you rec’d?



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Scot McKnight

posted January 30, 2006 at 8:43 am


Karen,
The focus of my sermon was “closing the credibility gap” that exists between our culture’s perception of the Christian faith and the Church itself. I suggested that it can be closed by:
1. Focusing on humans as Eikons (created, cracked, and Christ-like: texts)
2. Preaching a gospel of embracing grace
3. Learning that the gospel is proclaimed and performed. “You will know them by their fruits.”
4. Realizing that credibility grants personal growth and attracts others.
On this last point, I brought in “messy spirituality” (with Mike Yaconelli) and your wonderful book, Hero Mama.
NorthBridge is a fine young church, with lots of good leadership and wonderful folks, so I felt the freedom to explore a variety of options and texts and knew they would stay right with me.
I have a tendency to labor the Eikon part without explaining its meaning; and I tend to get ahead of myself, and so, after a little feedback, I got that straightened out better for the second session.



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