Dan Kelley shares with us how we grow when we connect with each other.
When we compare the New Testament’s description of how a church should function with how churches often function, the gap is often shocking! The New Testament describes a group where everybody is equally valuable and has something to contribute in order for the church to rise to its full potential. As we zero in on how we ought to “Grow Together”, we will turn our hearts and minds to what could be if each of us really believed we had something the church needs. Join us as we bring to light that if you don’t use the gifts Jesus gave you to serve His church, then we all lose.
“Knowing the Bible” is essential to spiritual growth. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” In order to know God’s “good work” for us, we must first understand God’s Word to us. Join us as we explore the value of God’s Word in our hearts and minds each day.
We all need God’s grace daily. But He doesn’t give it to us so that we would keep it to ourselves! He gives it to us so that we would be ambassadors of God’s love to a lost, dying, and broken world. How should we do that? Are we all really supposed to share Jesus with others, or should only those gifted do that? Join us as we see that all of us can be used by God to help others find hope and healing in Jesus if we will allow ourselves to see people as God sees them.
Every farmer and gardener knows that the right soil conditions are essential for a great growing season. In the same way, the gospel is the foundational growing environment for all that we do as a church. We are re-visiting our “Know, Grow, Show” picture and imagining together how we’ll see a bumper crop of spiritual fruitfulness in the months ahead. Join us as we talk about the our soil and see that receiving God’s grace enables us to pursue new priorities.
We are all exposed for our hypocrisy or stubborn foolishness at some points in our lives. How we respond makes the difference between godly growth or continued immaturity. Join us as we look at Jonah’s response to Nineveh’s repentance and see that we all steward God’s unlikely grace with unlikely grace toward others or self-destructive self-pity.
The story of Jonah is one of the most famous and sensational stories in the Bible. That’s been true for a very long time. Jesus even referenced this story, both because of what it illustrates and because it was familiar to his audience. Join us we continue our series, Unlikely Grace, and look at what Jonah Chapter 3 tells about the character of God.
Jonah lived in the belly of a large fish for three days. What a sensational story that has provoked the imagination of children and ire of skeptics for generations! But let’s not miss the point of Jonah’s experience during this time of despair. He hits rock bottom and finally sees the God he rebelled against differently as a result of those three days. Join us Sunday at 10am as we see that rebellion-producing despair produces repentance. Since there’s a bit of Jonah in all of us, the anecdote is appropriate for all of us!
It is sometimes easy to think that because we are on the right team we are always right. No story in the Bible better cautions us not to assume this than the prophet Jonah. God is often mysterious and magnificent beyond our comprehension, but we can’t go along with His plan. Even in our rebellion, He pursues us and gives us more opportunities to experience grace. Join us as we enter the tumultuous storm with Jonah and see God’s unlikely grace in spite of ourselves.
As we conclude our series diving deep into Proverbs this Sunday, we’ll look at a partial profile of a wise person. Someone said, “The more you practice, the luckier you get.” The same is true in life; the more you seek to become wise, the better your circumstances. Proverbs 14:8 says:
“The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways,
but the folly of fools is deception.”
If you want to become wise, the one thing you must do is be intentional with your choices. Join us as we discover how each of us can have better luck by doing the things wise people do.
Money is a sensitive topic to many of us. Money is especially awkward to talk about in the church, for a few reasons. But what if God cares tremendously about how we view our money, because it is an important aspect of our faith? And what if God wants to spare us a lot of pain and misery by giving us help with the resources He has given to us? The truth is most of us don't fully understand how God wants us to look at our money. With that in mind, we'll tackle one particular Proverb this week -- Proverbs 22:7:
"The rich rule over the poor,
and the borrower is slave to the lender."
Join us as we unpack this countercultural proverb intended to bring joy and peace in our lives.
Sunday is Father’s Day. Only our Heavenly Father is perfect, but fathers (and mothers) should always be intentional about helping their children prepare for life with God at the center. As we dive into the Proverbs again, we’ll key in on Proverbs 8: 12-14:
“I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
I possess knowledge and discretion.
To fear the Lord is to hate evil;
I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
Counsel and sound judgment are mine;
I have insight, I have power.”
Join us as we discover three character qualities from these verses that we should develop in our kids that will take them far in life.
Last week we explored what Carol Dweck in her book Mindset calls a “fixed mindset.” This mindset views failures, mistakes, and shortcomings as indictments upon who a person is, rather than a chance to grow. This week we’ll look at a “growth mindset” and see how it unleashes the power to rise to your full potential. As we grab our snorkeling gear and take a deeper look at Proverb 19:25, we’ll see the breathtaking freedom and untapped potential in being like the “simple”:
Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence;
rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge.
Join us as we see that it is an amazing thing to understand the gospel to such a deep level that we can welcome failure in our lives on a daily basis!
As we celebrate Jesus this holiday weekend, we’ll continue our series in the Proverbs as we tackle another brilliant, yet often overlooked set of Proverbs contrasting the “mocker” and the “simple” person. We’ll also find out if Pastor Jeremy touch another sea turtle on his trip to Costa Rica! We’ll take a deep dive into Proverb 19:25:
“Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence;
rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge.”
Join us as we learn from this Proverb and discover how your mindset about mistakes is one of the most significant keys to rising to your full potential.
The Proverbs were not meant to just be admired for their brilliance; they were meant to be grasped and applied. As we begin this week to dive down into the depths of specific proverbs, we begin with Proverb 24:27:
"Put your outdoor work in order
and get your fields ready;
after that, build your house."
Join us as we dive deep into the difference between focusing more on life preparation than on life planning and how a simple shift could radically change your life.