WestGate Church is based in San Jose, CA, with multiple locations throughout the Bay Area. At our core, we are a community of people trying our hardest to understand what it looks like for us to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
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In this series we will be looking at the life and words of Jesus in the book of Luke. We will begin to explore his teachings that were so countercultural, so upside down that they weren’t just groundbreaking back then, but still groundbreaking today.
One of the most beloved Christmas songs ever* is the song “O Holy Night.” This was the very first Christmas song ever broadcast live on the radio. It’s been recorded by both Mariah Carey AND Celine Dion. And Elmo. Spotify lists it as one of the most played songs around Christmas.
One of the lyrics from that song is “A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices.”
If 2018 has shown us anything, it is that we are a people, God knows, who are weary. Weary of the darkness. Weary of the tragedy. Weary of all the endless ways that humans are terrible to one another. And even weary of our own incapability as humans to fix things.
We are a people who yearn for hope. Hope that things will get better. Hope that peace will reign.
Which brings us to this Christmas, and a stirring, counter-intuitive, surprising thought.
What if the birth of a poor peasant baby more than 2,000 years ago is the hope that we all long for?
Join us for the entire month of December as we examine the story of the birth of Jesus in the Book of Luke. And in that story, we’ll find far more than just a cute story born to a teenage, poor peasant girl. We might even find the Hope of the World.
When people hear the word "spiritual" they often think of something intensely private. Like meditating. Alone in a room. Or maybe praying. Like yoga, only maybe without the mat.
But in the first century, a man named James who was the half-brother of Jesus and a key leader in the early church in Jerusalem, wrote a letter about what it means to be "spiritual."
James, following the teachings and example of Jesus, says that being "spiritual" means far more than being privately devout. There's a social component. It must change the way we treat others. The way we act. In fact, for James, a spiritual life that doesn't produce real life change is a faith that he says is worthless.
Join us as we dive into this ancient book that has tremendous wisdom for all of us today for how we can live well, with God and with each other.
Love God. Love One Another. Love Your Neighbor. Those are the three core values that comprise the general mission statement of WestGate Church. But that’s often easier said than done. This series examines the idea of what it means to follow Jesus in word and in deed.
SERIES DESCRIPTION: After freeing the Israelites from Egyptian bondage, God has a lot of work to do to form them into His people. As we trek through the second part of the Book of Exodus, we’ll explore some of more interesting parts of the story, as well as dive into the 10 Commandments. During that time, we’ll see that God is not about simply making rules to control human behavior, but that God is deeply commitment to helping His children learn how to truly live in freedom. Both for their sake, and for the sake of the world.