message from the pastor : State of the Church

State of the Church

When most people think about how we are doing spiritually, we think about surface things. How we are behaving, in marriage, in relationships, even in bible reading, etc. All of these are outward works which are a result (fruit) of a deeper spiritual factor.

In any organized church, most pastors are interested in things like attendance which has nothing to do with HEALTH. What matters most in any church is not just showing up but growing up in FAITH. Faith in God that leads to service is the Health. To get a true Spiritual temperature of a church, their faith level must be test before anything else. The only thing that ever impressed Jesus was FAITH. (Luke 7:9) (Matthew 15:28).

My ministry goal here at New Heights is NOT to just fill the building. (Some would say well you've succeeded) but my goal is to preach the word of God in such a way that people's Faith in Christ is built up. When most people (even churches) break down in their Christian Life, they simply "try harder". Well, with what? The greatest Christian is not the one who has ACHIEVED the most but rather the one who has RECEIVED the most. 

The state of the church is measured by FAITH without which no one can ever please the Lord. During some of this month of March 11-31, I will be stepping aside for some Renewal in my own life and ministry. Please be Faithful to the Lord and church as we all seek to be strengthened in our Faith. 

Read Psalm 32:6-11 and pray for me and one another. I'll be back in the pulpit April 7th. 

Full of Faith

- Rick Kennedy, Pastor

Today's Verse

Commit your future to the Lord! Trust in him, and he will act on your behalf.

Psalms 37:5


Tomorrow's forecast: God reigns and the Son shines!

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Growing spiritually doesn't happen when we know what Jesus says. It happens when we apply what he says. Application happens best within the context of community. Just a few of the many ways you can connect include: Sunday morning small groups, Men's Ministry, Women's Ministry, Student Ministry, and much more.


We believe when people engage in service, it leads to life change. Whether you serve on a ministry team in our church, in our community, or in the world, God calls us to serve one another. We have many areas to serve in which include: Children's Ministry, music, kitchen, Hall / Door Greeter, production team, community projects and Mission trips.


Jesus doesn't want the church to be an exclusive club. He wants everyone to know him and follow him. We think it is vital that as we become fully engaged in church, we invest in unchurched people in our lives and get to know them. Then when the time is right, invite them to take the next step toward Jesus.


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