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Early, Eager, And Expectant

Every Sunday, all over the world, churches gather in one place to worship God. This has been the practice of the New Testament church for the past 2,000 years and it will continue to be the practice of the church until Jesus comes back. If you visit our church on a Sunday morning, you should expect to do five thing: sing the Word, read the Word, pray the Word, preach the ...

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On Sin And Restoration

The cross of Christ deals with man's sin problem completely, and to the satisfaction of God the Father. At the cross, Jesus becomes the sinless substitute to absorb the righteous wrath of God that our sins deserve. And those who trust in Jesus are set free from both the penalty and the power of sin. Because of the cross, there is now no condemnation to those who are in Ch...

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Why Preaching?

If you come to Hampton Roads Fellowship (or many other churches), you can expect to sit down for 40 plus minutes as a preacher explains a text in the Bible, proclaims that text, and applies it to the congregation. But have you ever stopped to think about why we spend all of this time in God’s Word? Why devote 20 or 30 hours a week to prepare a sermon for a small chu...

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Faithfulness

Every church has some driving principle that motivates what they do. Whether it's the desire to be a big, relevant, or welcoming, something will drive the direction of your church. It seems common these days that the church planters are asking about fruitfulness, thriving, and multiplying, which could all be the evidence of health, but also could be the result of clever h...

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What "Core Values" Mean to a Church

Everyone values something. When we speak of our values, we mean that there are things we esteem as most important above all. We tend to see these things as indispensable to the way that we think, live, and invest. When speaking of a church's values, we usually mean that there are certain theological positions and practices that outline how we see Christianity working. A ch...

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How does God supply all of our needs?

"And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:19 How does God supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory? Is it automatic? Is this a high octane prosperity text? Let's consider for a moment. Physical need is in view. We can't spiritualize this. While it's true that our greatest need is Go...

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Gospel + Safety + Time

What are the top adjectives that come to mind when you think of what the culture of a church should be? The list might look something like this:...

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How Deep the Father's Love

When we think of the word "father", many thoughts flood our minds, and many emotions fill our hearts. Some of us have amazing fathers who love us, care for us, provided discipline in our formative years, and guidance as we got older. They are excellent models for us, holding together strength and tenderness, firmness and kindness, authority and friendship....

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Moving Back to Hampton Roads

I moved to Hampton Roads from Florida when I was 15 years old under strenuous circumstances. My parents were separating and in God's providence, Hampton Roads became the new home. I experienced a wide range of life experiences in Virginia; from discovering the hardships of life as a father-deprived young man with an uncertain future to waking up to the Gospel at 18, and th...

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Launch Team Meeting #4 Recap

February 23rd was our fourth launch team meeting for Hampton Roads Fellowship. I had the joy of being physically present at this meeting (as opposed to on the video feed) and the level of mutual love and fellowship was rife in the room!...

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