Welcome to the First Christian Church of Davenport (Disciples of Christ)
Please join us!
We are having in church services on Sundays at 9:00am
Sunday school begins at 10:10am
We are currently sharing space with Faith Ucc at 1630 West 38th Street, Davenport, Iowa, 52806.
We are EAST of Division Street and West of Marquette. right behind the Marcos pizza.
Church Office Hours are Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Do you need a ride to church?
Please contact Jim Perreault at 563-320-1847 to schedule a ride on our church bus.
Please call or email us. 563-322-0929 or email@example.com
This Weeks Message 01/25/23
What is the goal of the Christian life, and how do we help one another get there? One old catechism says that our chief purpose in life is to glorify and enjoy God forever. This is true. We were created for God’s glory and to proclaim his praises.
We adore God above everything else, and we submit to his every command.
How do we help people get to this point? We are unable to achieve such a task. It is God who changes people’s hearts; it is God who converts the soul, who leads people to repentance, who touches people with love and grace. We can describe God’s amazing love and his astonishing grace and we can set an example of adoration and dedication to our Savior, but after all is said and done, it is God who changes each person’s heart.
Yet another way to describe our goal in life is to become more like Christ—and here I think we can briefly sketch some practical ways in which we can help one another submit to God’s work in us as we grow toward that goal.
It is God’s plan for each of us that we “be conformed to the likeness of his Son. Even in this life, we “are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory. In Christ, we have a new identity and a new purpose for living. The new self is “to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
What a concept! We are to be like God not just in the resurrection, but even, to the extent possible, in this life. We are becoming like Jesus, who showed us what God is like when living in the flesh. We are not just hoping to be like him in the next life—we are to be like him in this life.
We do not need to look like Jesus physically. We do not try to match his carpentry skills, his language skills, or his knowledge of agriculture. Rather, we are to be like him “in true righteousness and holiness.” In our behavior and in our devotion to God, we are to be like Jesus Christ. The mind alone is not enough. If only the mind is involved, we may be like demons who know truths about God but do not obey him. Simply knowing the truth is not enough. We must not only hear, but we must also do.
Behavior alone is not enough. If we go through the motions without really believing in God, we are play-actors. Even if we believe in God and do the right actions, if our heart is far from God, our worship is in vain. If we sing God’s praises without feeling any affection for him, we are hypocrites.
In short, we need right beliefs, right actions, and right emotions. If the heart is right and our beliefs are right, then right behavior will be the result.