Chestnut Ridge Church
Relevant—Part 1
Rel•e•vant (adjective) -having a bearing on or connection with the matter at hand -meaningful or purposeful in current society or culture Is the church still relevant today? That’s a fair question. Here’s another: in the face of rapid societal change and unprecedented challenge, does the church have anything to say or contribute to the world that is meaningful and helpful? A lot of people would say “no”—church is old-fashioned and irrelevant to real life. What do you think? Tune in to the series, Relevant, as we see how the message, methods, and ministry of The Ridge is more relevant today than ever before.
Locations & Times
  • Chestnut Ridge Church [CRC]
    2223 Cheat Rd, Morgantown, WV 26508, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM

Hello from The Ridge!

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In-Person & Online Services // 9am + 11am

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Today's Music
House of the Lord, King of My Heart, Hymn of Heaven
Problem | We don't realize how impactful the gospel is
Solution | Through Christ, the world is changed one life at a time
Today's Takeaway | The Church has a message that can change the world one life at a time
“New” in the Greek implies a new nature quite different from anything previously existing, not merely recent, which is expressed by a different Greek word. –Jamieson
We are adopted into God’s family. Ephesians 1:5
We are transferred into Christ’s spiritual kingdom.Colossians 1:13
We receive the gift of eternal life.John 3:16
We are placed into a spiritual family called “the church.” Ephesians 2:19
We are sealed with the Holy Spirit.Ephesians 1:13
We are forgiven of all our sins, past present, and future.1 John 1:9
We are given one or more spiritual gifts or abilities.Romans 12:4-8
We have a constant companion to help us.Hebrews 13:5
We are able to experience a spiritually abundant life.John 3:14 & John 10:10
• We are recreated
We are reconciled to God
Reconciliation—a term indicating the changed relationship for the better between persons or groups who formerly were at enmity with each other…humanity stands in need of reconciliation with God. –Harper’s Bible Dictionary
“…reconciliation is the removal of the enmity (or hostility) between God and the sinner, and the establishment of a new relationship of peace and friendship between them, on the ground of Christ’s payment. –A. Cairns, Dictionary of Theological Terms
• We are recreated
• We are reconciled to God
We are repurposed
To be an ambassador in the ancient world (Greek, Roman, or Jewish), as in modern times, involved three things: (1) a commissioning for a special assignment; (2) representing the sender; and (3) exercising the authority of the sender…the envoy represented the messenger and acted on his behalf and in his place, thus embodying his authority. To disregard or insult the envoy was to disregard or insult the sender. –M.J. Harris
• We are recreated
• We are reconciled to God
• We are repurposed

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