“Delight yourself in the Lord.” Psalm 37:4
Regardless if you’re listening to Oprah or Pharrell, reading the latest self help bestseller, Rubin, Aristotle, Pascal, Haidt, Piper, Edwards or talking with the people and families on the beaches of South County; everyone is seeking happiness.
Join us this summer for our sermon series on happiness in the heart of South County.
“Our happy God should be worshipped by a happy people.” Charles Spurgeon
Ephesians: The Precious Letter to the Church
We have spent the past months in a sermon series through Ephesians. This letter is precious to God’s people. The letter of Ephesians was John Calvin’s favorite and F.F. Bruce regarded it as the “quintessence of Paulinism’ because it ‘in large measure sums up the leading themes of the Pauline letters, and sets forth the cosmic implications of Paul’s ministry as apostle to the Gentiles”. Peter O’Brien, in his Ephesians commentary remarks that “whether it is because of its magnificent sweep of God’s saving purposes from election before the foundation of the world to his summing up of all things in Christ, the place of the exalted Christ within those purposes and believers’ relationship to him, God’s victory in Christ over the powers, the grand presentation of the church, its language of worship and prayer, or the scope and depth of its ethical teaching, Ephesians has had a profound influence on the lives of many.”
Personally, the Holy Spirit inspired letter of Ephesians has radically shaped my life, marriage, and ministry. This began five years ago in the North Shore of Boston as a first year seminary student and newly married man. Amidst the excitement of finally being married to my high school sweetheart I found myself in a surprising season of spiritual dryness filled with doubting the Gospel, God’s word and the centrality of the Church. In God’s mercy I started meeting with a group of guys to share our gospel stories and I was reminded of the Gospel and the Holy Spirit led me on an extended season of meditating and applying the letter that changed everything: Ephesians. God through the letter of Ephesians has helped me see the truth about Himself, His glory, our sin, our salvation, the purpose of the Church, discipleship, marriage and Gospel mission, just to name a few of God’s glorious truths. In 2014, the extended season in Ephesians has continued. It has been my aim to have God’s word be the foundation of Generation Church in these early days and for as long as God gives us life.
The beauty of God’s word is that it’s always timely and timeless. After years of meditating and now preaching and teaching through Ephesians I’ve been reflecting again on what God has been teaching me and our church family through this precious letter to the Church. What I continue to see in these early days of church planting in a Western context in Rhode Island (both in my life and in the Church) is that we dangerously forget or underestimate the reality of the purpose and power of the Church, sin, the devil and ultimately God revealed through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I’ll be writing more about these realities in light of Ephesians in the days to come but for now I want to encourage everyone to continue to read through the whole letter of Ephesians in one sitting. It shouldn’t take you longer then 20 minutes. Also, read Acts 18:18 through Acts 20 to get some helpful context. If we can be on social media for more then 20 minutes or watch some new shows on Netflix or watch the drama of a World Cup soccer/futbol game for 90 minutes we can feast on the drama of Ephesians.
If you have never read the Bible before or it has been a long time, I want to encourage you to contact us. We would love to take you out to coffee (or your choice of drink) and spend sometime meditating and applying God’s word together in community through the Holy Spirit.
You will never regret it.
With you in Christ,
This Sunday we’ll be having a communion and vision Sunday service at Wakefield Elementary School from 10 to 11 a.m. followed by a picnic at the Narragansett Beach at 11:30. We’re taking a week off from our regular Sunday meeting space as the Contemporary Theater does some renovations. We’re taking advantage of this opportunity by having a shorter and more focused time of remembrance.
We’ll be remembering the death and resurrection of Jesus in sacred communion together as a church family. We’ll also be reminded of the mission of Generation Church as we seek to continue to proclaim and live out the good news of Jesus Christ in South County, Rhode Island and to the ends of the earth.
“Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.” Ephesians 6:23-24
Everyone is welcome to join us:
101 High Street, Wakefield, RI
As a Pastor in training in Providence during 2011 Stephen Mook had an unexpected and unshakable burden to return back to his hometown of South Kingstown. The burden and dream from the beginning was to proclaim the good news of Jesus to the over 100,000 plus people in South County who have been made in the image of God.
The decision to plant Generation Church came after two years of praying and being constrained by the Spirit to plant the gospel with the vision to reach all generations on the unbreakable promises of God’s word:
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” (Psalm 46:10-11)
“Jesus is good, his unfailing love endures forever and his faithfulness continues in each generation.” (Psalm 100:5)
In the fall of 2013 Stephen (Lead Pastor and Church Planter) and his family returned to their hometown in Rhode Island after years of having a gospel dream. Generation Church began as a Bible study/Community Group in Stephen and Lindsay’s home. In 2014, God gave birth to Generation Church. Generation Church had their first public Sunday gathering at The Contemporary Theater on February 2, 2014. Along with a special Easter service at the South Kingstown High School.
We’re excited to see how Jesus continues to build Generation Church in these early days through his word and by the power of his Spirit.
No matter your reservations with religion, no matter your past, no matter your age and no matter how far you feel from God; we believe there is still good news for everyone. Jesus is good, his unfailing love endures forever and this faithfulness continues to each generation. Generation Church – The Vision
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21