My God is the prize

Today's Q & A is with UFC’s associate pastor of community and formation Jerell Carper and his wife Lauren. Jerell brought us Sunday's sermon on UFC's second discipleship practice — Communion — with a sermon from John 15 about abiding in the love of God. Jerell asked us to reframe the language of salvation to see that the prize of salvation is Jesus. The prize is not the final destination, any good gifts that come from a life of faith, or a mystical idea of what Jesus can do for those who trust in Him. The reward is a beautiful union with Jesus, who calls us friends and longs for us to simply be with Him.

My God is All-knowing

Happy Monday, Friends. Today we have a special Q & A with UFC College Pastor Sean Duncan and his wife Chelsey. On Sunday, Sean introduced UFC's first discipleship practice — Learning — with a sermon from Matthew 11:25-30. He challenged us to read the Bible, apply the Bible, rest in the Bible, and enjoy the Bible as we seek to be like Jesus. Sean began his sermon with background on the earlier verses of Matthew 11 as John the Baptist's disciples asked Jesus, "Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another" (vs. 3). For those of you who listened to Jamie Harms' teaching from Thursday, you'll see the connection to the question, "Who do you say that I am?" (Luke 9:18-27).