Sunday Gatherings

Why We Sing In Spanish

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For about six months now, we’ve been singing some songs in Spanish during our worship sets. We don’t typically sing a whole song in Spanish, but we’ll mix certain songs with Spanish and English.

It’s beautiful.

Just about every time a song transitions from English to Spanish, my eyes fill with tears. This isn’t because it’s difficult or uncomfortable, but because for the most part, our church doesn’t miss a beat. We sing loudly in English and Spanish. And as our voices are lifted high in a language other than our own, we’re getting a little bit more of a glimpse of what the church ought to look like.

So why do we do this?

The kingdom of God
I could list off several reasons why we sing songs in Spanish, but what it ultimately comes down to is our understanding of God’s kingdom.

In Revelation 7:9-12, the Apostle John sees this vision:

9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

What does John see? He sees people coming together from every tribe, people, and language to worship God. Now I don’t know if everyone was worshiping in the same language or if they were worshiping in their own native tongue? Are they worshiping in English? Spanish? Arabic? Hebrew? I don’t think it really matters. What matters is that people from all over the world are together worshiping God with one voice.  

This is what the gospel of Jesus does. The beauty of this picture is the people of God are finally and fully united in the finished work of Jesus Christ. There’s no more bickering. No more division. No more fear of people who are not like ourselves in color and language. No. Just the people of God together as one worshiping the God who made each of them, uniquely and diversely, in His image.

When we sing in Spanish, we’re getting just a small taste of this. It’s okay for us to be uncomfortable for a little bit while we sing in a language we’re not familiar with. In fact, it’s more than okay. It’s good because, as we do this, we're physically reminded that the kingdom isn’t about us. We’re reminded that God doesn’t favor one race or people group over another. We’re reminded that He has called people to himself from all over this globe–and He will be until Christ returns.  

As we sing songs in Spanish, I think we’re embracing a reality we’ll be experiencing for eternity. We’re happy to start preparing our hearts for it now.

A Dios sea la gloria!

Sermon Recap

This past Sunday we worked our way through Acts 15. The big question we tackled through our text was, is grace alone enough? It was an obviously fitting text and question in light of that day being Reformation Sunday.

The great news we concluded with is that yes indeed, the grace of Jesus is enough! 

"We believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will." (Acts 15:11)

In case you missed it, you can listen here.

You can also find my preaching notes here.

Family Church In August

During the month of August, our gatherings will be “family-style.” I don’t like calling it that because realistically every Sunday is "family-style", but what we mean by this is that Taproot Kids will be taking a break during the month of August, and therefore children of all ages will be with us for the entirety of our Sunday Gatherings. 

This is something we do on occasion in Taproot, and when we do it, it’s intentional. In other words, family church gatherings aren’t because of a lack of volunteers, a lack of organization or anything of the sort. (Though a great benefit is that our amazing Taproot Kids team gets a break!) 

Family church gatherings are done with the intention of discipling families. 

Why We Exist

Taproot exists to know Jesus and make him known. This is what it means to be a disciple and a disciple maker. Therefore, we structure our Sunday Gatherings and Gospel Communities around this mission and vision given to us by Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20). 

Included in this vision are the children of Taproot Church. In our current season, we’re thankful to have a growing Taproot Kids ministry that currently disciples children who are walking and up to six years of age. We know that this component of our gathering serves parents in their discipleship process and we hope to see it continue to do so. But one thing we want to be crystal clear about is that Taproot Kids is NOT the primary discipleship venue for our children. Rather, the purpose of Taproot Kids is to come alongside parents and help them to be the primary disciple makers of their children as God intended it to be.

This means that just as we believe the Sunday Gathering alone is not sufficient for any Christian to mature, so too Taproot Kids alone is not sufficient for the discipleship of our children.

Beyond The Gathering

Our Sunday Gatherings are geared toward the equipping of the saints. We open the bible every week and work through entire books of the Bible because we believe that Scripture is sufficient for our maturing as Christians. This, however, is not just a Sunday thing. Sunday’s are the sending out point for our mission of making disciples in the context of our every day lives. Furthermore, we connect our Sunday Gatherings with our Gospel Communities to continue making disciples and being discipled. 

So how does this relate to Taproot Kids? By proclaiming the finished work of Jesus week in and week out we are equipping you, the parents, to disciple your children. Yes, we seek to make disciples wherever we are, but the easiest and primary disciple making venue for most of us is in our homes and with our own families.  

Why Family Church?

So how does family church serve us in this? 

We believe that the occasional family church gathering helps all of us in the overall discipleship process. There is something beautiful about watching a little child raise his or her hands in worship to our Loving Father simply because he or she is watching mommy and daddy do the same thing. There’s something profound about watching a child fumble through the pages of a bible to follow along even though they might not be able to read yet. There’s something humbling about watching a child engage in the worship gathering with joy and laughter that “grown ups” have all too often and easily left behind.

Our children are learning from us as a collective family, and we are learning from them too.  

I’m looking forward to our month of family church gatherings, and I hope you are as well. I admonish you to not view this as an inconvenience but an opportunity to allow the little children to come to Jesus alongside their parents. 

Praying for His kingdom to come in Twin Falls as it is in Heaven.

Pastor Mike 

End Of Summer Schedule

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The final full month of summer is almost here and with that, we wanted to let you know what’s going on. Below is a quick look at what’s happening over the next six weeks.  

August 2nd - Pray First. 6:00-7:30 at the Taproot offices. Our offices are located at 140 Hansen Ave. E. Suite 2. 

August 6th - Sunday Gathering - We’ll gather as usual. 10:00 a.m. at the Boys and Girls Club. Quin Marlow will be preaching through Acts 9:32-43. 

August 13th - Sunday Gathering - Baptism Sunday! Outside on the front lawn of the Boys and Girls Club. If you would like to be baptized, please contact Pastor Mike or Pastor John. 

August 18th - 20th - Family Camp! Join us at Cathedral Pines. 

August 20th - NO SUNDAY GATHERING - There will be no Sunday Gathering at the Boys and Girls Club, but we’d love to have you join us at Cathedral Pines. 

August 27th - Sunday Gathering - Sunday Gatherings will return back to our regular rhythm. Boys and Girls Club at 10:00 a.m. 

September 3rd - Labor Day Weekend

September 10th - Taproot’s 3rd birthday! God has done much over that last three years, and we're excited to celebrate it. There will be more information about this celebration soon. 

If you have any more questions, please head on over to our contact page and we'll get back to ASAP. 

Will You Continue To Learn?

Knowing Jesus. Making Him Known.

On Sunday, we took the time to delve into why we exist as a church. The big idea was that we exist to Know Jesus and Make Him Known. This statement has at its heart the obeying of Jesus’ commission to the church to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:16-20). Simply put, the main point for us Taproot, is to be disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus. As we said, this is both loving and glorifying to God.

There are, however, some roadblocks when it comes to discipling and being discipled. Primarily: it’s hard. 

Discipleship Is Hard

It’s very hard. If we’re going to effectively make disciples, we need to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Being a disciple and making disciples is messy. It involves blood, sweat, tears, long conversations, and sometimes sleepless nights. It’s no wonder Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34). In other words, following Jesus isn’t for the faint of heart. It requires that we die to the comforts of this world. It requires humility.

In light of this, one question we need to continually keep before us is: Will we continue to learn? Our pride tells us we have nothing–or at least very little–to learn. Our pride tells us that having received Christ is enough. And indeed it is. But the life of a disciple doesn’t end once our faith is placed in Jesus. It’s just the beginning of a lifetime learning process.   

Learning from football players

Football season is among us again! For some of you, this brings great joy. For others, not so much. Whatever your view of this beloved season, I’ve learned over the years that we can learn a lot from athletes (both in terms of what to do and what not to do).
If you were to spend the afternoon watching a football game, you will quickly notice that these guys aren’t merely athletes. They’re also students. I particularly love watching great quarterbacks. Guys like Russell Wilson, and formerly Payton Manning. What is it that made/makes them great? Yes, they’re good athletes on the field, but what we often miss is that they’re great students on and off the field. A great professional athlete, no matter what sport, is never done learning.

And so it should be with Jesus’ disciples. Yes, Sunday morning is important, but our discipleship process is intended to go well beyond those two hours a week. 

Will you continue to learn?

So ask yourself this question: Will you continue to learn? We have more resources at our fingertips than ever before. Will you pick them up? Great bible teaching is easily accessible 24/7. Will you listen? The God we worship is infinite. Will you spend your lifetime learning about his plan to love humanity and bring glory to himself?

Taproot, let’s continue learning about our great God and Savior Jesus Christ and in turn joyfully make him known. 
 

Back At The Club

The past four Sundays, we've had the joy of gathering with "the church" at the Twin Falls city park. It was a wonderful opportunity to see two local churches in one city gather as one under the Good Shepherd, Jesus. We anticipate seeing what God will continue to do in and through this. 

This Sunday, September 18th, we'll be back to our regular gathering time and place: 10:00 a.m. at The Boys and Girls Club of the Magic Valley. If you've never gathered with Taproot before, and you've been wondering what we're all about, the next two weeks will be a great opportunity for you to join us. We'll be looking at why we exist as a church, what our vision for the city of Twin Falls is, and how this practically works out in day to day life and in the context of Gospel Communities. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to Contact Us. 

Christ is all! 

Pastor Mike