In the Spring of 2019 after our current teaching through the Bible’s Luke and Acts about Christ and Christianity, we will be going through another New Testament book of Hebrews. Hebrews quotes a lot from the Old Testament and a book that helps people understand the connection between Christ and salvation (i.e. being a Christian) as well as Christ and the Old Testament (i.e. was Jesus ever mentioned before he came to the earth?).
On Tuesday’s, we are getting together 6:30-8:00 pm (anytime after 6pm basically) to have a time to catch up, have fun, and even learn the Bible’s Old Testament book of Hosea. This is is a unique book when God calls Israel, his own chosen people during that period of time ‘whores.’ An intense but enlightening book to say the least.
Our main Telos Church gathers in the Sacramento, CA region near the border of Roseville, CA and Citrus Heights, CA. Our gatherings have been growing relationally as people are learning more about God, the gospel, and our local Telos Church gatherings. A friend described us as raw, real, and reproducible, and Lord willing, we would love to see that multiply with more pastors and people coming together across the Sacramento region, Northern California, and beyond, inspired by truth and love to make life, disciples, and churches all about Jesus.
Starting May 2018 and during the current Luke and Acts Introduction to Christianity series, pastor Matt will be teaching through Colossians once a month. Matt started in April, last Sunday, covering the first chapter. Interestingly, the underlying original Greek word 'telos' is mentioned in the Bible's New Testament book of Colossians in the first chapter when Paul writes:
Him [Jesus] we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature (telos) in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me. (Colossians 1:28–29 ESV)
Christianity is defined and determined by God, specifically, Jesus the Christ, and when we begin to trust in him, we then continue to follow him throughout our life (i.e. mature). He is the point of our salvation and relationship to him as well as our life on the earth.
We gather together on Sundays with the relational, flexible, and hospitable format below. Right now, we might not be numerically big enough for people to hide, and we might be small enough to at least recognize that you are a human entering the door. Some gathering with us are learning, researching, and working out who God is or who he is not. But overall, we have set out as people inspired by truth and love to make life, disciples, and churches all about Jesus, with the longing to see pastors and people multiplying into healthy, long term churches with the same, unified mission.
We remind people that Christianity is not defined by who we are or not, sins and life 'baggage', by the numbers of people, a 'model' or 'type of' church or church service/gathering, personality or lack thereof, or anything else but by the one we believe in - God and the gospel. So, we are not defined by our Sunday gathering/church service, how well we 'performed', or 'our programs'. We are defined by the one we believe in and share in that as we gather on Sundays. Therefore, we encourage you to engage the truth about God and the gospel, and hopefully, be encouraged by the love of those around because of him -- hence what and how we believe.
Matt and Melody have joined the Telos team, and we've added them to the team and plans page. They have joined with humility, a deep desire to learn and help, a passion for the gospel and people, and a growing family of 4!
Starting the Fall 2017, we are teaching through Luke's Gospel and Acts about Christ and Christianity. Either Jesus the Christ (Messiah) existed or he didn't. If he did, then we need to learn and trust who he really is. He is who he says he is or he's not. He can't be a figment of our imagination, the object of our own interpretation, defined by our experiences (good or bad), or changed by social pressure.
C.S. Lewis once summarized that Jesus is either a liar, lunatic, or lord. We've added one to that list -- legend. Jesus is either a liar, lunatic, legend, or lord. If he's Lord, then we are to trust him. If he's not, we walk away.