to worship and bear witness to Christ as we allow the gospel to speak to every area of life.
Hope Culture Church will be coming together with Berney Points Baptist Church and Canvas Church for a joint Christmas Service on December 21st in the upstairs sanctuary at 10:00 am. Join us as we unite to celebrate the wonder of God becoming man.
God is in the wind.
Some look for God as Answer.
The answer to our deepest inquiries.
The answer to our pain.
It is only natural to proceed this way.
But, what happens when sacred texts appear all too human?
What happens when we can number the stars?
What happens when nature answers nature?
We must strike deeper.
Is God the Answerer, or the Questioner?
If we look up, what shall we see?
Our heavenward gaze will likely by met with petitions, inquiries, and imperatives delivered to us; not answers.
And why should we expect something else?
Shall we listen to saints gone before and celebrate that God is in the wind?
Or shall we scorn the God of the shepherds?
How quickly we lose sight of the Nativity.
Never has a night been so cherished.
Never has a night been so misunderstood.
And so it is that God is in the wind.
He is found in babes and blossoms,
Sons and symphonies.
Yes, at times, he has even been found among traitors,
Blessing their treason.
God is found in hearts that love what He loves.
His laws, His grace, His salvation.
These come together and we begin to make out a form.
His covenants, His justice, His righteousness.
These come together and we discern a face.
His love, His love, His love.
With this we see a simple face.
Could be you, could be me.
Then the mundane moment is shattered by heaven’s voice,
“This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him!”
Where is God found?
You weary souls, I ask you!
He is found in the place where His Son is loved.
If you be among these, God rushes to you like the air you presently breathe.
God is in the wind;
Wind that journeys to lovesick hearts.
This poem is deeply personal. It is, in the best possible sense, reactionary. It comes out of my own wrestling's over modern science and liberal biblical criticism, as I began to recognize the grave limitations of Christian apologetics. This is the focus of stanzas 1-3. Stanza 4 stumbles into the mystery of the incarnation as God's most profound answer to the pain and existence of humankind. Stanza 5 acknowledges that God's presence can be found within creation, culture, and human relationships. Stanzas 6-8 build and then climax in the person of Jesus Christ. This poem stands as my own Christian confession that God's presence is found most acutely in the heart that loves God's Son.
There are three significant biblical allusions within the poem: God's words to Abraham, the father of faith (Genesis 15:5), the otherwise silent entrance of God into our world declared among humble shepherds (Luke 2:8-20), and the unvieling of Jesus at his transfiguration (Matthew 17:5).
At face value, the Holy Spirit may appear to be absent in the poem. But He most certainly is not! This "hiddeness" of the Holy Spirit is actually the point. His presence and activity in our lives is often not recognized, but He is always active. The Hebrew word for "wind" (ruach), as well as the Greek (pneuma), means both "wind" and "spirit." The Biblical languages use this word to speak of both the natural phenomena of "wind" as well as supernatural realities of the spirit world, including the Holy Spirit. For the purposes of my poem, this overlapping term serves as a bridge between these two worlds. That said, after a careful reading the poem, I think you will see why I chose "wind" as the running theme of this poem.
Upcoming group every other Sunday. The group will alternate between the Mondy's and the Bohorfoush houses. Sign up at our services, or contact group leader. Upcoming meetings: Jan. 4th, 18th
Call or Text Daniel @ 205-447-5540. Justin Bohorfoush @ 205-441-8060.
116 Edgemont Dr. Homewood, Alabama 35209 (Mondy's). 2509 Yorkmont Dr. Vestavia Hils, 35226 (Boho's).
Upcoming group at the Brister's house every other Sunday morning at 11:00 am. Sign up at one of our services, or contact group leader. Dates for upcoming meetings: Jan. 4th, 18th
For more info call Danny Brister: 205-218-5743
652 Lloyd Noland Pkwy, Fairfield, 35064
Upcoming group at the Thompson's house every other Sunday night. Potluck dinner at 4:30 followed by a time of worship, prayer, and sharing. Sign up at our services, or contact group leader. Dates for upcoming meetings: Jan. 4th, 18th
Time and address TBA. For more info call Gabriel: 205-223-7426 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Also contact Anne Thompson: 407-415-8861
205 223 7436
2250 Blue Ridge Blvd Hoover, Alabama
2761 Altadena Lake Dr. Birmingham, Alabama 35243
We believe that a Statement of Faith should be more intent on fostering unity among God's people than about erecting doctrinal walls among believers. Hope Culture Church strives to be a safe place for various streams of Christ-followers to unite in love for God, the church, and the world. Doctrinal differences should be shared (and listened to!) with a spirit of love and respect. We should celebrate what unites us in Christ as holding far greater importance than lesser doctrinal differences. In Christ Jesus, we always have much more in common than we could ever comprehend. In fact, eternity will be an ongoing discovery for us all regarding how much we have in common through the victory of the gospel.
For this reason, we offer, as our Statement of Faith, an ancient document written by Christians many hundreds of years ago that is filled with gospel truth called the Nicene Creed. If you ascribe to this, then you believe what we believe, and you are a fellow partaker in the same inheritance common to all the saints of God.
We believe in one God,
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
We grabbed these phrases from Jeff Vanderstelt and the guys over at Soma. For information and resources check them out at www.wearesoma.com
Here, at Hope Culture Church, we have taken this language of "life on life, life in community, and life on mission," and adapted our own definitions of how we understand this within the life of our church. We seek to live lives that are Christ-centered, gospel-shaped, God-glorifying, and grace-motivated. The organic approach to Christian life expressed below is the primary means by which we hope to flesh-out our church mission statement: “to worship and bear witness to Christ as we allow the gospel to speak to every area of life.”
Authentic, Christ-centered, relationships characterized by the desire to be a blessing.
Gospel-shaped, God-glorifying, community defined by a culture of love for God, the church, and the world.
grace-motivated living that is intent on bringing the good news of Jesus, in both word and deed, to the poor and the lost.
It is our conviction that these components of life on life, life in community, and life on mission, are vital elements of biblical church life. It is also our belief that these components of Christian living are best nurtured in home fellowships. These we call Discipleship Groups.
The name of these groups is intentional. One may be a son, servant, sheep, evangelist, intercessor, and a great deal many other things in the kingdom of God. We self-identify with those kingdom specialties to which we find ourselves most drawn. It is only right that we do so, as we respond to God’s specific call on us as individuals. However, the primal, and universal, call of the believer is to become a follower and a learner of Jesus, also known as a “disciple”. A disciple’s highest goal is to say and do everything that his Rabbi (teacher) says and does. So, when it comes to being a disciple of Jesus Christ, we are talking about taking on an identity that seeks to conform to the image of Jesus in every way. A true disciple is never content to specialize in one area of his Rabbi’s teachings.
For example: Did Jesus heal the sick? I will seek to do the same. Did Jesus teach that those who will save their life must lose it? As scary as this sounds, I say, “Yes Lord.” Did Jesus love the poor in both word and deed? “Father, make me like your son.” We do not judge progress by quick results. Instead, through earnest desire and intentional lifestyle decisions we seek to look more like Jesus in every area of our lives. To, more and more, live into our identity as disciples of Christ.
Jesus said, “Follow me” and again, “learn from me.” It is easy to follow Jesus to the places you like to go with him. It is easy to learn from Jesus the messages that most resonate with you. However, the Spirit is asking, “Will you follow Jesus to that place? Yep, that place you don’t like to go to. Will you learn from this teaching of Christ, the one you have held at arm’s length until now?” Simply put, “Will you be a disciple?”