No Spectators: Body Life in the Local Church (New Sermon Series)

When Jesus Christ shed his blood on the cross, he purchased for Himself a church, not just an assortment of individuals (Acts 20:28).
That church bought by Jesus is manifested in local assemblies all over the world. Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer describes such a local assembly as follows:

“The local church is a place in which the gospel of Jesus Christ – the good news of new life in Christ – gets acted out by disciples who translate it into forms of life, worship, and works of love… We are an enacted parable of the kingdom of God.”

An enacted parable of the kingdom of God! In other words, God placed North Sub at the corner of Lake Cook and Waukegan in part so that we might show our community a lived, flesh-and-blood picture of what life looks like when King Jesus is on the throne. We’re an embassy of another kingdom, an outpost of another land – a nation our neighbors have never visited but where our true citizenship lies.

That makes the local church much more than a voluntary association of individuals. In reality, each local church has been assembled by God not for the comfort and enjoyment of its members, but rather for the carrying out of God’s purposes in a particular place at a particular time.
As a church on the North Shore at this moment in time, we believe God has gathered us to carry out a mission to bring people “from the Well to the Word to the World.”
That mission is so weighty and of such cosmic importance that we can’t afford to allow any family members to remain on the “sidelines.” All of us must play our roles. And as with any high-functioning team, family, or organization, it’s not enough for us to know our own individual roles; we need to have some level of understanding of the roles of others within the body so that we can optimally support and complement one another’s contributions.
This takes work. So in Winter-Spring 2020, we’re going to explore the basics of how the local church is meant to function when we are all playing our roles and pulling in the same direction. We will be unfolding a relentlessly biblical vision for church, one that may offend some of our sensibilities in its insistence on living out the gospel in the way God’s Word prescribes.
By the end of this series, we will have explored together:
  • What church is
  • What a worship service is meant to be
  • How church leadership is meant to function
  • The significance of church membership
  • How men and women can partner together in ministry
  • How church members can use their gifts for the good of all

…and several other “basics” of church life. Pray with us that this exploration – through our sermon series, our Life Group discussions, and our Life Courses – will bear fruit. Specifically, pray that we attain the following goals:

  • That each member of the North Sub family would gain clarity on the roles we are each meant to play in the body.
  • That people on the “sidelines” would be awakened and empowered to use their gifts to contribute to the mission.
  • That our Sunday morning services and all our other church activities would be invigorated by enhanced clarity of purpose.
  • That, as people find their proper “seats on the bus,” our future initiatives would be more fruitful.
We’ve been purchased by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. We’re His now. Let’s endeavor together that He will call the shots in our corporate life, and that together we’ll grow into an increasingly clear “enacted parable” of the kingdom over which He reigns.
Want to Go Deeper this Series?
Here are some ideas to help you immerse yourself in our Winter/Spring 2020 series:
1. Join us for Life Courses at 9:15 AM each Sunday beginning January 5th.
2. Sign up for a Life Group where you can discuss these issues in community.
3. Reflect on the theme song we will be using in worship during our No Spectators sermon series.
4. Read or study one of the following supplemental resources:
– Center Church by Tim Keller
Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever
Hearers and Doers by Kevin Vanhoozer
Feels Like Home by Lee Eclov
The Gospel Driven Church by Jared C Wilson
Letters to the Church by Francis Chan
Deliberate Church by Mark Dever
Sojourners and Strangers by Greg Allison
Church Elders by Jeramie Rinne
Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch
Church Membership by Jonathan Leeman
Church Discipline by Jonathan Leeman
5. Join us for our  sermon series beginning January 26th, and listen online to any sermons you miss!
6. Email Karen with stories about how you’re seeing this series connect with your life.

Mar 8, 2020
No Spectators: Members in the Church

Pastor Tim

Various Texts
  • Mar 8, 2020No Spectators: Members in the Church
    Mar 8, 2020
    No Spectators: Members in the Church

    Pastor Tim

    Various Texts
  • Mar 1, 2020No Spectators: Serving the Church
    Mar 1, 2020
    No Spectators: Serving the Church
    Guest Speaker Ryan Fields
    Philippians 2:1-11
  • Feb 23, 2020No Spectators: Deacons in the Church
    Feb 23, 2020
    No Spectators: Deacons in the Church
    Pastor Tim
    Acts 6:1-6 and 1 Timothy 3:8-13
  • Feb 16, 2020No Spectators: Elders in the Church
    Feb 16, 2020
    No Spectators: Elders in the Church
    Pastor Tim
    1 Peter 5:1-5, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9
  • Feb 9, 2020No Spectators: No Sunday Morning Spectators
    Feb 9, 2020
    No Spectators: No Sunday Morning Spectators
    Pastor Tim
    1 Corinthians 14:26-33 and various other texts
  • Feb 2, 2020No Spectators: Equipped for Ministry
    Feb 2, 2020
    No Spectators: Equipped for Ministry
    Dr. Te-Li Lau
    Ephesians 4:1-16
  • Jan 26, 2020No Spectators: The Church Family
    Jan 26, 2020
    No Spectators: The Church Family
    Pastor Tim
    Various Texts