“Set Free: Patience” (October 8, 2017)

from Psalm 27

Eugene Peterson speaks of the Christian journey as a, “long obedience in the same direction,” and is quick to note that this world does not encourage such a view of anything, much less Christianity.  Impatience marks our interactions with others and with the world around us…and has seeped into our walk with Jesus.

And yet, Paul is clear: patience is meant to be one of the characteristics that marks our identity as Christ-followers.  With situations that we want to get to the other side of, or people with whom we have little patience, how is it that we can cultivate this fruit that exemplifies God’s attitude toward us?

What if instead of pursuing a hundred little things (most of which we grow impatient with), you spent the remainder of your lifetime pursuing the One Thing that can change your perspective?

w/ Vern Collins

“Set Free: Peace” (October 1, 2017)

from John 14:22-31

What keeps you awake at night?  What makes you nervous or anxious?  Is it a relationship, concern for a loved one?  Is it the state of the world right now, or our country?

How do you navigate that anxiety or unrest?  Where do you turn?  Do you just hope to survive it, or are you willing to believe that God is present in it?  Imagine how things might begin to change if you believed that not only was God present in your worry, but offers you peace in the midst of it.

w/ Vern Collins

“Set Free: Joy” (September 24, 2017)

from Habakkuk 3:17-19

In our series on the Fruit of the Spirit (from Galatians 5:22-25) we look next at the fruit of “Joy.”

What is joy to you?  Is it an intense feeling?  Is it momentary or is it lasting?  Is it the same as happiness or different?  Is it some religious outburst or something that resides quietly within?

What if joy were all and none of these things?  What if a response of joy had more to do with trusting God whatever your circumstances and offering a response of rejoicing as a result of that trust?  How might your perspective on this life change of you chose a response of joy in the midst of trials?  How might the lives around you be changed?

w/ Vern Collins

“Set Free: Love” (September 17, 2017)

from Galatians 5:1, 13-25

This week begins an 8 week series looking at the Fruit of the Spirit Paul points to in his letter to the church in Galatia.

Living in the freedom that Christ offers is meant to look like something…the question is, are you living free or are you bound by things that have taken control in your life.  To live freely means that God is able to bring things from you that are produced by the Life that is in you…imagine how different things could be!

w/ Vern Collins

“Church: Outside the Walls” (September 10, 2017)

from Matthew 28:16-20

In our final week of our “Church” series, we are challenged with the work that the church was tasked with: making disciples.

What if making disciples weren’t the terrifying thing we believe it to be?  What if making disciples wasn’t about forcing something on people?  What if making disciples was not about what you do, but about who you become?  What if making disciples was simply rooted in relationship?

It can be.  And God can do amazing things in and through you simply by a willingness to say, “yes.”

w/ Vern Collins

“Church: Caring for One Another” (September 3, 2017)

from 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

Saying yes to Jesus is saying yes to His Body…the church.

Saying yes to the church is an invitation away from a life of independence and toward a life of interdependence in which we are intertwined with one another, modeling in our relationship as the church, the love and care of Christ.

From independence to interdependence from isolation to connection, from loneliness to relationship…a call to step into the mess that is human life and watch as God redeems it and makes it something beautiful for the world.

w/ Vern Collins

“Church: Everyone is a Gift” (August 27, 2017)

from 1 Corinthians 12:12-26

“Paul is challenging the people of Corinth, challenging us to consider that we are a gift…”

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w/ Vern Collins

“Church: Showing Up (Devotion)” (August 20, 2017)

from Acts 2:42-47

“Many claim to have been born again, but the evidence for mature Christian discipleship is slim…” Let us find true devotion to each other and to God.

w/ Vern Collins and David Hockett

“Summer Reading: Relentless (Telling THE Story)” (August 13, 2017)

from Acts 28:30-31

“This thing is meant to feel fragile, that we are meant to feel fragile most of the time, because it keeps us fixed on something that we can’t always see…an idea that you bear in you this story that really matters….”

w/ Vern Collins

“Summer Reading: On Trial (Tell Your Story)” (August 6, 2017)

from Acts 26:4-29

“Paul believed that the gospel was for everyone, everyone…people like him and people as different from him as they could possibly be…” This story is for you, to receive it, and to tell it…

 

w/ Vern Collins

Summer Reading: The Two Lords

Scripture – Acts 17:1-9

In the past, the world was turned upside down by the proclamation of Christ. It conflicted with the proclamation of Caesar. However, two Lords of opposite virtue cannot coexist. We must choose which of the Lords in out lives we serve.

w/ Reed McNitzky

Summer Reading: Navigating Faith

Scripture – Acts 13:1-3

At times, we may think that we can save ourselves with the tools provided to us; however the right step may be to simply ask for help. We ask and seek help when we are lost and don’t know what to do, but it first takes realizing we’re lost.

w/ Ben Fitzgerald

“Summer Reading: Persecuting Jesus” (June 25, 2017)

from Scripture: Acts 9:1-19

Despite our best intentions to do the right thing, we don’t always get it right. We sometimes tend to do more harm than good. God has to remind us that His plan for the world is to draw all people to Christ…

w/ Jeff McClain

“Summer Reading: Surrender” (June 18, 2017)

from Scripture: Acts 7:54 – 8:1

“Is it our best self that becomes the testimony to God? Or is it the place where you are dark and lost and now are found and known and loved?”…

w/ Reed McNitzky

“Summer Reading: Holy Boldness” (June 11, 2017)

from Scripture: Acts 4:1-22

“Therefore since we have this hope, we are very bold. This new way of living with Jesus, it gives us confidence so we can act with great boldness”…

w/ Andy Ellis

“They’ll Know We Are Christians: Enough” May 28, 2017

from – Mathew 14:13-21

Everything Jesus did pointed to the fact that God is enough for our lives. When we look about the feeding of the 5000, it is not just simply that Jesus could do so much with so little, it is why He did so much with so little…

w/ Vern Collins

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