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Week 1: Faith + Works

While “faith” and “works” are often pitted against each other, James reminds us that they are designed to work together. While works do not guarantee salvation, they are the natural outcome of a life that has been surrendered to Jesus. Like an engine, faith is meant to be put to work in order to be useful. Read James 2:14-26.

What is the danger of focusing exclusively on works or exclusively on faith when we talk about following Jesus?

As you look at your life, do you feel that you “put your faith to work?” If so, how? If not, why not?

Ask God to reveal what areas of your life are most impacted by your faith and which areas are least impacted by your faith. Tell someone (or write down) what God reveals to you.

Commit to doing one thing this week that is a result of your faith. It could be volunteering somewhere, giving generously to something you believe in, helping a neighbor, writing a note of encouragement, or refraining from something that is not healthy.

Dear Lord, allow my faith in you to produce a life full of action. I pray that you use me to care for those that need care and comfort those that need comfort. In my desire to follow you, protect me from pride that can accompany an active life. May others see you in the way I live my life. AMEN.

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On August 26, 2021, IL Governor J.B. Pritzker issued an Executive Order mandating that masks be worn at all indoor gatherings. Although churches are exempt from the Executive Order, out of respect for governing authorities, Parkview has continued to ask staff, leaders, volunteers, and those attending Sunday gatherings to wear a mask while indoors. We are grateful for our people’s understanding and willingness to do so. The Governor recently indicated that his Executive Order will be rescinded on Monday, February 28th making masks no longer required in most indoor settings. In anticipation of that, on Sunday, February 27th Parkview will return to a “mask optional” policy.

While the mask policy has once again shifted, our commitment to your health and wellbeing has not. We remain dedicated to thoroughly cleaning our public spaces before and after our gatherings. Masks and hand sanitizer are still readily available to those who want them.

Navigating these difficult days has not always been clear or easy. Whatever your perspective on current realities, as fellow Christians, let us allow kindness, grace and compassion characterize our interaction and relationships. In the words of the Apostle Paul, “Let us be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

I look forward to being with you on Sundays.
Grace and Peace,
Ray S. Kollbocker
Lead Pastor