Brothers and sisters,

I pray you are beholding the glory of our Lord this week. If our vision has been blurry, may God graciously renew our vision!

Sermon Recap

Two weeks ago in our “4 G’s” sermon series we considered that God is great, so we don’t have to be in control. Last week we turned to Isaiah 6 to consider that God is glorious, so we don’t have to fear others. In our text we saw Isaiah entering the temple burdened with the fear of an unstable kingdom and a ruthless foreign nation. He left the temple transformed, emboldened to proclaim God’s word. What happened in the space between? Isaiah saw a vision of the glory of God. “I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple” (Isa. 6:1).

For Isaiah, the fear of Assyria had been replaced by a greater fear of the glorious King, whose glory filled the whole earth. The fear of man simply could not bear the weight of God’s splendor. We, too, can know a fearlessness before people when we are filled with the knowledge of the glory of God! But where do we go to find this glory? Though it “fills the whole earth,” we see God’s glory fully in Jesus Christ, for, “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature…” (Heb. 1:3).

Do we find ourselves fearful of another’s opinion? Do we crave the approval of our peers? Does our self-worth rise and fall with criticism and praise? Remember, through faith we have been accepted by the King of glory. Set Christ before your eyes—whose opinion could matter more than his?

Pastoral Proximity

As a church, we are prayerfully considering strategies to get our Lead Pastor into a home within 1-2 blocks of COM to enhance ministry.  Here’s a brief FAQ.

Two Sunday Morning Gatherings

Two Gatherings start at COM this fall!  Read more here.

New Gospel Communities

A Gospel Community is a small group of believers sharing life together and living on mission for the glory of God. Two new GC’s will begin this month, one led by Morgan and Carla Roberts and the other co-led by Brian and Brittney Jacobson and Spencer and Megan Roberts. To get plugged into one of these communities, send us a message here.

“Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds…? (Ex. 15:11).

Your brother in Christ,

Phil Hoshiwara