If you’ve ever been given a big task, you know how valuable specific guidance and timely encouragement can be. At such times, applying “the basics” becomes a crucial matter. As we revisit Paul’s instructions to Titus, we will see that godly character and good works serve as the brick and mortar resting upon a healthy, Christ-centered foundation.
We are planting an orchard! God has uniquely placed each one of us where we are to expand the Kingdom of God into dark places. Each week we gather in order to invigorate one another and then scatter in order to infuse our world with the life-changing gospel message. Join us as we finish our series answering the question, "What does our orchard look like?"
The purpose of a fruit tree is to grow healthy fruit, and the purpose of the church is to help people rise to their full potential and bear much spiritual fruit. Everything we do as a church should lead to "Showing God's Love" to others, helping them move from where they are to where God wants them to be. We define success as the accumulation of stories of broken sinners finding hope and salvation in Jesus who then help other broken sinners do the same.
What's the difference between being a member of a social club and being a member of the body of Christ? We are called to think and act like we are all unique body parts doing our best to see the entire "body" flourish. When we do this, we all "Grow Together" in profound ways. We will unpack this idea and explore the benefits of taking ownership by fulfilling your particular role in the church, which is the body of Christ.
Why does the Church seem to be institutionalized? Is there only one Church? Is there only one way to do "church"? Why can't churches work together? This Sunday we're going to continue our exploration of our values with Part 1 of what we mean by "Growing Together." Join us as we dismantle confusion about the difference between the forms of "church" and the functions of "The Church."
Why and how should we read the Bible today? We continue our series on “Planting an Orchard” with practical teaching and a personal story answering these questions. We’ll examine some challenges that prevent us from interacting with God’s Word and some ways to overcome them.
What does God want us to know from the Bible? For some, the Bible can be overwhelming to understand, while for others, overly simplistic and dull. Can the Bible be both understandable and invigorating at the same time? The answer is yes! We will take an unexpected walk with Jesus and see that the Bible can be summed up for us as follows: Jesus is alive and that changes everything!
Fads may come and go, but the gospel about Jesus and His Kingdom reign endure forever. It marches on, mobilizing followers, upending the status quo, and energizing the Church to expose darkness and shine the light of God's transforming power to everyone, everywhere, every day. The gospel cannot leave us unchanged once it's firmly planted in our hearts.
Sometimes we laugh at others' outlandish dreams...until the once-unthinkable becomes reality. People like Walt Disney, Alexander Graham Bell, and Steve Jobs are household names because their dreams changed the way we live and think about what is possible. Jesus came to make the impossible possible and he invites us to be part of His rescue mission. Join us as we see that Jesus wants to open our hearts to unrealized possibilities. The implications are shaping the trajectory of our church!
It invades our favorite television show. It catches us as we drive down the highway. It pops up while surfing the internet. It invades our lives so much that we aren't often even aware of its pesky presence. It's the compulsion to compare ourselves to others and feel inadequate or discontent. Should we accept discontentment and its subsequent J.O.Y.-lessness, or should we learn from the Apostle Paul how to become content and J.O.Y.-filled? Join us as we see that contentment cannot coexist with a compulsion to compare.
The mind is far more powerful than we may realize. The Apostle Paul instructs us to choose certain disciplines of our mind which serve to keep us from the downward spiral of negativity and misery. Join us as we learn which disciplines of the mind can minimize chaos and stimulate J.O.Y. in our lives.
Don’t you hate it when the perfect photo is sabotaged by a “photo-bomber”? The J.O.Y. God created us to enjoy gets sabotaged by our own selfishness and attempts to pridefully look down on others. Join us as we see that focusing on Jesus inspires us to become more like him and experience the J.O.Y. God wants us to have.
We've sent teams to encourage and minister alongside Pastor Jackson and our partner church in Cabaret, Haiti for several years now. This Sunday our partner pastor is coming to encourage and minister to us! In addition, we will hear from Jaelyn Himes and Emily Temple, who just returned from serving in Haiti for several weeks this summer. Join us as we celebrate together the J.O.Y. of partnership with our Haitian brothers and sisters in Christ.
You were made to experience J.O.Y. in your life. Why is it absent at times, or even all the time!? Because you don't know how God made you. You cannot have lasting joy when you live selfishly for your own desires and wishes. Join us Sunday at 10am as we discover that Jesus is the key for how we become the most authentic, joy-filled version of ourselves we could become.
Joy is different than happiness. Joy is a state of mind while happiness is a feeling. Joy doesn't depend upon circumstances, feelings, or good luck. Joy comes when we put life in context: Jesus, Others, then Yourself. Join us as we see that joy is possible when we are confident that Jesus will complete the work He has begun in us.
Sometimes doing things God's way hurts and doing things our own way turns out just fine in the moment. Moses and Aaron learned the hard way that just because disobedience "works" in the moment does not mean there aren't serious long-term consequences. Join us as we learn from these two men that integrity and obedience to God will always get you further in the end than deceitfulness or disobedience.
In the stress of the moment, we often struggle to see the forest and not fixate on that single tree! When we are hurt by others, we often desire to retaliate. What's the alternative? To see those awful experiences as God sees them, to refuse to pay your pain forward, and to miss what God is doing in you and through you.
The gap between young and old widens more by the month, it seems. How do we disciple the next generation without abandoning the gospel? It is possible to win the next generation for Christ but it will be an uncomfortable, but necessary, journey for us. But we can do this! Join us as we see how young people today don’t care about what you say is true; they care about what you show them is real.
King Josiah is remembered for initiating the greatest spiritual reform since Israel became a nation. As we study his life, we’ll see that lasting outward reform begins with a sincere heart commitment, is sustained with the help of others, and keeps God’s Word central. As we continue to ask God to help us follow him into what’s uncomfortable, let’s revisit and cherish what he has already communicated to us.
Some stories in the Bible make you think, "I can relate to that person!" The story of Gideon is one where we see Gideon's very human response to God's superhuman request. Join us as Mike Tabor from The Happy Church officially "Double-Dog Dares" us not to learn something about discounted leadership.
Equal commitment. Equal sacrifice. What does that look like when each of us has different gifts, levels of experience, and resources to offer? Our desire as a church is that each person would contribute to what God is calling us to as His hands and feet in a broken world. Join us as we look at the story of Nehemiah. We'll discover that when we all believe in the calling God has given us we will each choose to take a leap of faith into the uncomfortable, equally contributing according to what we are able.
It is daunting to step into a new territory, a new challenge, or a new normal. But what if God is calling you toward that unseen, unrealized destination? What makes the difference is whether we are fully convinced that God has called us or not. Join us as we discover from the nomad Abram that when we truly know our God-given purpose in life we will choose a leap of faith into the unknown, precisely where God calls us to be.
Ever felt like God was asking you to do the impossible? The truth is God doesn't expect you to do the impossible; He invites you to do the uncomfortable. As we begin a new series on Mother's Day, we'll see from the biblical story of Esther that God is always at work around us even when we cannot see evidence. Join us as we learn that when we know whose we are, we will choose to take a leap of faith into the uncomfortable, right where God wants to use us.
The Bible is clear that we are adopted into God's family through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. But how do we stay in the family? Join us as we hear Paul's colorful response to this controversy that divided one of the first churches.
Most of us tend to find ourselves either wanting more stuff or hoarding the stuff we already have. There's nothing wrong with stuff, but if we aren't careful we end up serving our stuff rather than our stuff serving us. What we need are financial guardrails in our lives! See a powerful guardrail Jesus gave us to ensure that we enjoy and use our resources as God intended them to be used.
Have you ever wished you didn't have to make hard decisions in the heat of the moment? We all do. Guardrails are intended to help drivers spot potential danger and protect us when we veer off the road. In life, God calls us wise when we are willing to put guardrails in our lives which do the same. Join us as we see that some of the best decisions we could ever make are the ones we never actually knew we were making.
Easter is the celebration of how Jesus was once dead and is now alive! But theEaster story can be our story as well. Though we find ourselves "dead" in our sins, Jesus can make us "alive" again. And when we are at the end of our rope, God graciously pursues us and rearranges our life in a way we never thought possible.
Our children's ministry is growing, and we want to grow with it! As we revamp and grow our capacity to show the next generation real relationships with people and Jesus, we have exciting things to share with you. Join us as we invite you to participate in the next wave of shepherding our kids in the name of Jesus.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd protecting His flock. But in a change of the metaphor, he also told us he laid down his life on our behalf and took it up again. Join us as we see that the Good Shepherd became the lamb slain so that we could rejoice as His redeemed people forever
Sheep know the voice of their shepherd. They don't ever follow the voice of a stranger because they do not trust strangers. What if we Christians chose to only listen to the voice of God and never followed the other voices who want to lead us to destruction? Join us as we identify the difference between the voices that want to destroy us and the voice of the One who wants to take care of us.
It's easy to forget that we are continually on a journey with our Shepherd to our final resting place. Join us as we learn that all of Scripture is an account of God leading His flock from their first pasture to their final resting place. We will also see that He uses people to shepherd His flock, and yet, His sheep are able to say that they truly lack nothing.
Do you ever feel like you just can't ever seem to have enough? Psalm 23 reminds us that the Lord provides more than enough for us. We see that having "enough" is more a matter of knowing where to find what we need than achieving what we think we need.