The Good and Beautiful Community

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This fall, we continue our extended thematic exploration of popular theological works by Chapel Hill’s own pastor-in-residence, Dr. James Bryan Smith. A distinguished theologian and noted author, Smith is executive director of the Apprentice Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation at Friends University.

From October through November, Senior Pastor Rev. Jeff Gannon delves into Smith’s third book from the Good and Beautiful trilogy, The Good and Beautiful Community: Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, Demonstrating Love (InterVarsity Press, 2010). The series follows a sermon sequence in August and September based on the trilogy’s second book, The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ.

Together with the sermon series, Chapel Hill Zoe Groups, our adult ministry small groups, meet weekly this fall to discuss, study, learn and pray together over Smith’s newest book,  The Magnificent Story: Uncovering a Gospel of Beauty, Goodness and Truth (InterVarsity Press, 2017). Click here to learn about and register for our Magnificent Story Zoe study groups.

The Good and Beautiful Community: Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, & Demonstrating Love

“Every fall, I preach a sermon series that brings us back to our mission,” says Pastor Gannon. “In one way or another, I want to make sure we stay true to our mission of ‘Welcoming all people to experience and share the extraordinary grace and love of Jesus Christ.’ The focus of Jim’s writing is that we need each other to become everything that God desires us to be. That is why this sermon series is based on the third book of the ‘Good and Beautiful’ trilogy. In a culture of isolation and loneliness, the practice of Christian community is essential not just to to our well-being, but also to the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!”

DateSermon TitlePertinent Scripture
October 1The Peculiar CommunityRomans 12:1-2, Acts 15
October 8The Hopeful CommunityColossians 1:3-6, Romans 5:1-5
October 15The Serving CommunityPhilippians 2:3-11, I Corinthians 12
October 22The Christ-Centered CommunityColossians 3:11, Philippians 2:10-11
October 29The Reconciling Community2 Corinthians 5:18-19
November 5The Encouraging CommunityI Thessalonians 5:14
November 12The Generous Community2 Corinthians 8:13-14
November 19The Worshipping CommunityPsalm 95:1-3, Psalms 147-150

Chapel Hill is a welcoming, inclusive congregation. Our mission to is welcome all people to experience and the share the extraordinary grace and love of Jesus Christ. Our services are open to anyone with any interest in religious matters, regardless of faith tradition.

Worship services are Sundays at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Nursery and classes for children, youth and adults are available. Services stream live from our website and subsequently publish on YouTube. Sermons are also available as a podcast from the website and on ITunes. All services are held at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 1550 N. Chapel Hill Drive, Wichita, Kansas, 67206. Located off 13th Street near K96, across the road from Warren East Theater. 316-684-1117.

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