Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene
Changed to Change: Our Mission in Action, Part 4
Locations & Times
  • Church of the Nazarene - Harrisonburg
    1871 Boyers Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, USA
    日曜日 10:30 午前
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This week at HFCN
So you've been attending our church for a while (or even just a few times) and you're wondering: what next? We have a way for you to connect even deeper with Next Steps! Find out how you can get more involved with Church of the Nazarene here: abeaconofhope.churchcenter.com

1. Alabaster Boxes- In the month of October, we will be collecting Alabaster Offerings. These funds help provide land for many Work & Witness projects, and the entire offering goes toward the purchase of land and construction of churches, schools, medical facilities, and homes for missionaries and national workers.

2. East Rock- There are multiple East Rock Campus events coming up! Click here to check out what's happening with our new campus: https://www.abeaconofhope.org/eastrock/

3. Tech Team- Our tech teams in Harrisonburg and East Rock are in need of volunteers! If you're interested in sound, lighting, or computer/camera operating, please reach out! Any level of experience welcomed. Contact info@abeaconofhope.org OR check out Next Steps in the Church Center app!

4. Discover Your Church- One of our upcoming Next Steps is Discover Your Church on October 24. If you have been with us for a bit and you want to connect and get involved on a deeper level, this class is for you! Check out Discover Your Church in the Church Center app!

Check out our Church Center app to register for Events, stay connected to your Life Group, and manage your Giving. You can also use the app to take those Next Steps!

The Gospel of Christ is a Gospel of transformation. This series has been a deeper dive into the transforming work of God in our lives, both in a moment and through a process. Today we conclude our series speaking about the culmination of God’s transforming work in our lives.
From the moment that sin entered into the world through the garden of Eden, humanity has longed to return to Eden. Eden represents a place where all is as God created it to be and where we experience the fullness of God’s glory. The story of God shows us this journey:

-The Tower of Babel is built as man attempts to reach heaven. (Genesis 11)

-God promises to bless Abraham and make him a great nation. Later the author of Hebrews notes how Abraham longed for a place (“For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” Hebrews 11:10)

-Moses leads the children of Israel out of captivity towards the land God has promised, in spite of their disobedience and rebellion. (Exodus 4-40)

-The children of Israel established Jerusalem as the city of God. This is an incomplete picture of Eden as people worship idols and rebel against God.

-Jerusalem is conquered and plundered by the Babylonians, and so the cycle continues on throughout the story.

-As we see so much chaos and brokenness in our world today, we continue to long for God’s reception and return to Eden.
A new heaven and a new earth suggest that in that final day, what will happen is a transformation.

Transformation is not just a past tense reality, or a present tense reality….it is a future reality

Heaven is the ultimate transformation in the life of the believer
1 . We will see Jesus face-to-face.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:1-3

In heaven we will stand in the presence of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

We will worship Him and experience his glory and goodnesses like never before.
2. What He says goes, finally and forever.

It often feels like the hurt and pain of this world has the final word, but in heaven we know that He will have the final word.

In this Gospel of transformation, our God of Transformation has the final word. All things will be made new!
Bottom Line:
Our final transformation is our firm hope
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