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CHAPEL ROCK
Family Values: The Whole Community Whole in Christ
This morning we conclude our series called “Family Values.” For the last few weeks, we’ve provided tools to be able to live out our vision: The Whole Community Whole in Christ. Today Lead Pastor Casey Scott will press home the constriction of tension that tugs on us; all the while giving us hope for the future! Pastor Casey’s text will center around 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 and Revelation 21:1-4.
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  • Chapel Rock Christian Church
    2020 N Girls School Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46214, USA
    Sunday 9:15 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM

Welcome to Chapel Rock!

Our vision is to see "the whole community, whole in Christ!" To that end, if you would like more information about our ministries or want to sign-up for an activity you’ve seen in the bulletin, please stop by the Information Center in the Foyer or add a note to your Connection Card. You can also find additional information on our website.

http://www.chapelrock.org
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Versiti Blood Drive
Chapel Rock will host a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. this Wednesday, May 18, conducted by Versiti Blood Center of Indiana. You may register for an appointment at the kiosk in the Foyer or by calling the Chapel Rock office at 317-247-9739. Walk-ins are also welcome!

Chapel Rock Corporate Prayer Time
If you have participated in any of the Appreciative Inquiry groups or just want to pray with your church family, join us next Sunday, May 22, from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. in the Worship Center.

Family Ministry Programming Note
There will be no Youth or Children’s programming on Sunday, May 29. However, the Nursery will be open for children under two years old.

Bottles for Babies
Pick up a bottle at the kiosk in the Foyer. Place change, cash or checks in the bottle and return it no later than Sunday, June 19. All donations assist Life Centers of Indianapolis by providing needed programs and services through a network of care affirming the value of life to women facing pregnancy decisions.

Food Pantry Requests
Chapel Rock’s Food Pantry operates on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, from 3 to 6 p.m. each month. Needs for May include pet food, diapers and personal hygiene items. Please place your donations in the DropZone bin in the Foyer.

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Donations
Do you have more than one pair of socks? Some of the children who will receive a shoebox have NO socks. Please continue to bring new socks and underwear for boys and girls sizes 2 - 14. Donated items can be placed in the Operation Christmas Child bin in the Drop Zone in the Foyer. For further information, contact Judy Heuss at judyheuss@gmail.com.

Children’s Sports Camp Volunteers Needed
Chapel Rock and Ben Davis Christian Church will co-host a sports-themed camp for incoming first through sixth graders June 6 - 9, 9 a.m. to noon, at Westlake Elementary School. No expertise or interest in sports is needed! If interested, email Daniel Brown at dbrown@chapelrock.org or call 317-247-9739.

Register Your Child for Chapel Rock’s Sports Camp
Chapel Rock and Ben Davis Christian Church will co-host a sports-themed camp for incoming first through sixth graders June 6 - 9, 9 a.m. to noon, at Westlake Elementary School. For more information and to register, visit chapelrock.org/events.

Chapel Rockets Brunch Bingo
Chapel Rockets Brunch Bingo will be this Wednesday, May 18, at 11 a.m. in the Family Room. Bring your favorite brunch item to share. Please enter at door #3.

Attention Softball Players!
Chapel Rock has two softball teams that play in a league between Memorial Day and Labor Day on Sunday afternoons in Speedway. If interested, please contact Paul Vink at vinkfamily@sbcglobal.net or Amy Knoebel at atknoebel@hotmail.com for more information.

Amazon Smile Program
You can support ministry at Chapel Rock at no extra cost to you when you use smile.amazon.com! This program donates a percentage of your orders to Chapel Rock when you register Chapel Rock Christian Church as your designated charity. You still receive the same products at the same prices.
and get the same service. Visit chapelrock.org/give for more information and to sign-up!
Communion
Chapel Rock practices an 'open communion' meaning that if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you are welcome to participate in the communion service. The elder/staff member giving the devotion will provide instructions.
Chapel Rock’s Vision:
To See the Whole Community
Whole in Christ

Casey Scott
Lead Pastor

Series: Family Values
Sermon: “Whole Community Whole in Christ”
> 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
> Revelation 21:1-4
Introduction
People find wholeness when they bring the brokenness in their lives to Jesus, He changes them through the Gospel, and they share that change with those around them. This is an ongoing process that will only be complete in Heaven.

That’s the vision! But that’s not an easy thing to do!

Today’s Big Idea
God’s long-term project is to recreate a WHOLE community for us to dwell in with Him.
TEMPORARY TENSION
“The dominant picture of human wholeness in a fallen world is that it requires struggle and is always precarious, in constant danger of being lost. Paul’s benedictory prayer in 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 is hopeful but realistic: it takes the power of the God of peace to effect our wholeness and to keep us until Christ’s coming.”
~ Leland Ryken, Dictionary of Biblical Imagery

We live in a world where we continually experience a couple different tensions. One is just the tension of being in the “middle place.” The other tension is what we experience by living between the “now and the not yet.”

Who are we trying to reach? Because of the incredible diversity of being in the “middle place,” we didn’t want to tie it to a demographic. We identified our evangelistic target with a psychographic. Our Target: People who know things aren’t right, but want them to be.

BRING Tension: People who don’t always live an authentic life, but want to.
CHANGE Tension: People who don’t live in a totally unified community, but want to.
SHARE Tension: People who don’t always make a difference for others, but want to.

> Psalm 73:25-26
“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
PERMANENT RESOLUTION
This is not like a resolution from United Nations. Which, as we all know, does nothing. No, God’s resolution to the tension is actually effective!

God’s intent for us as social beings living in community was that justice, service, and compassion would define our communal life. They don’t do that now. But one day they will; and until that day comes, we’re to work to experience as much of it here as possible so that we’re ready.
The emphasis in the text is not on the physical aspects of the city, but on the people. The dwelling of God is among the people, not in the city.
The Greek word for “new” (kainē) in the text means new in quality, fresh, rather than recent or new in time (neos).
What John is trying to tell us is that we belong to the “new order,” not the “old order,” and part of God’s plan to create a permanent resolution to the tensions we feel is for us to be at work creating that environment here. We are called to help create this “new” thing to overcome the tensions we feel.
The Lord has been at work behind the scenes over the last couple years to just blow away all the obstacles that we faced recently to seeing the Whole Community become Whole in Christ.
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~ Appreciative Inquiry Team / CRCD
Conclusion
If we are faithful to Jesus, God will finish His restoration process we’re currently in the middle of. Keep in mind what Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:23–24! Jesus is calling you to wholeness today! He is faithful, and He will do it! But Jesus isn’t just calling you, He’s calling the whole community!

Read Ahead
May 22 Sermon:
Sermon Series: Love, John
Message: 'Dear Ones, Live Free’
1 John 1:5 - 2:6