Drumroll pleeeeease … Introducing the brand new Charles River Church app! You’ll find a growing sermon archive, music videos, testimonies, an event calendar, the Bible, resource videos, and more. We’ll be adding content daily, so keep checking back! Download, share, and review: http://get.theapp.co/8ca9/ Enjoy!
Five years ago, after a strong call from the Lord, we stepped out in faith to begin planting churches in Boston and then throughout influential cities in New England. We have held tightly to the promise of 1 Thessalonians 5:24, “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” As promised, the Lord has been faithful and it’s the Lord who is bringing this vision into the realm of reality. This Sunday we celebrate 63 people who have professed new faith in Jesus, the beautifully diverse church family that has emerged, another new church to begin forming over the next year, and the continued faithfulness of God in our midst. Join us on Sunday at 105 Cummins Hwy Boston, MA at 10am for worship, story, video, baptism and a feast!
Easter is just around the corner. The weight of this day demands more than a happy weekend, rather a season of preparation and anticipation. Here is a great devotional resource to guide you as you prepare for the cross and resurrection Sunday.
Journey to the Cross – Readings and Devotions for Lent.
Here’s the latest update on our church planting journey in Boston. A big thank you to all who have been on this journey with my family in various capacities! January 2014 Update.
For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:14
Approximately 79% of the Greater Boston rental market has a September 1st move-in date. This means that we can either become greatly annoyed by rental trucks blocking our narrow streets or we can see the days ahead as a huge opportunity to love our neighbors as ourselves. Here are some practical ideas for you:
- Pray that God would give you opportunities to show and share the love of Christ to your new neighbors.
- Swing by to introduce yourself and welcome them to the neighborhood.
- Offer to help with move in.
- Bring some drinks over as they lug stuff into the new place.
- Bring a dessert by within the first week as a welcome gift.
- Have your neighbors over for dinner.
- Organize a party to connect your neighbors. Halloween or game days are great fall occasions to host a party.
- Tell them about the great church you found in the neighborhood and invite them to join you after they get settled in.
Let’s fill this city with the love of Christ by being good neighbors! -Josh
After a week of travel, I landed at Boston’’s Logan Airport at 3:30pm, around 35mins after the bombings at the finish line of the Boston marathon. My plan was to take the train from the airport to meet my wife and three kids at the finish line to support one of our friends who was running to raise support for cystic fibrosis research. By God’s grace, at a church marathon party that morning, church members talked my wife out of going because the crowds would be too challenging to navigate by herself with three young kids. Instead, she picked me up at the airport, we prayed with our children, and began supporting victims and their loved ones, and hurting Boston residents.
Our first point of action was to use texting and social media to learn the status of our church members (many who annually run or attend the marathon). We also used social media to issue a call to prayer and offered our church’s support to those in immediate need. Next, we equipped the leaders of our 8 small groups throughout the city to lead their groups in responding to the Bostonians in their lives with prayer, service, empathy, and the hope of Jesus. This Friday night we will be holding a community prayer gathering to lift up those who have been affected, plead with God for the redemption and restoration of our city, and to minister to our neighbors.
We’re asking those outside to join us in prayer for the Church in Boston, that we would unite to love our city well. Pray also that our city would experience the hope of Jesus. For those who trust in Him, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
I am super excited for Encounter 2013. Year after year I find myself looking forward to these weekends in New Hampshire. I’m always amazed at the work that God does in the hearts of students just three short days. Let’s pray hard and expect big things!
Josh Wyatt invites you to hear the Word of God and drink some coffee from Monadnock Bible Conference on Vimeo.
Check out what’s happening with the planting of Charles River Church in Boston. Here’s the Christmas Edition of The Wyatt Family Update!
Yesterday we began the Advent season at Charles River Church (begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas). Advent, which means “coming” or “arrival”, is about celebrating and longing for the coming of Jesus. Well, it’s Monday morning. Will you put off Advent until the next Sunday when we worship again corporately? OR will you make Jesus the treasured center of your Advent season, daily? Desiring God has put together a great resource to help you press into Jesus this Advent Season. Download the eBook: Good News of Great Joy.
This Sunday we begin the Advent season. Advent comes from the Latin word meaning “coming” or “arrival” and focuses in on the coming of Christ. In this season we celebrate the first advent of Christ and anticipate His second. We want to spend this season as a church remembering, rejoicing, giving sacrificially as He gave, preparing, and longing for His return. As you gather together through this season, be mindful of Advent. As you converse with neighbors, co-workers, and family, seek to give more than wrapped gifts, give the Gospel. There is no greater gift. Come on Sunday with prepared hearts!
Grateful to celebrate this Advent with you,