Sunday Services


8:45, 10:30, and Noon (with ASL translation) at 1400 SE Ankeny St., Portland, OR 97214

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What does it look like to let this story shape our lives? To let this be not just 'some story', but THE story our lives come under, come into and are transformed by.

Now, I don’t know what your relationship is like with Scripture, but one of the things that often happens, is that we come to Scripture and we choose to be an authority over Scripture. We find things within Scripture that we like and we camp on those. We find things within Scripture that we don't like and we ignore, avoid or try to explain those away.

If everybody does that, what you end up with is a twisted story. Ultimately it's not a vision of who God is; it’s a vision of who I am. "This is what I like, this is what I don't like; this is what I like to do, this is what I don't like to do. I'm going to cut and paste the pieces I like into my own little Bible world and just get rid of the rest." That's what happens when we take the Bible and we put it underneath us and declare we're the authority over Scripture.

The alternative is to say "What would it look like to submit my life to the Scriptures, so that the Word of God is actually something that I'm underneath?" Then it reveals, It has this power of revelation—not just to tell a story, but to reveal God, to reveal the human heart and to reveal the pathway to life.

-Pastor Rick McKinley