Every week the Lead Pastor Team works hard to bring messages that are full of hope, directed by the Holy Spirit, and rooted in scripture. Every 6-8 weeks we start a new series, all grounded in Biblical texts. We hope that you join us in wrestling through these weekly texts, allowing space for God to continue to mold and shape us into the image of His son, Jesus. If you happened to miss a week in a series, you will find the video below. If you would like to subscribe to our podcast you can do so here for iTunes.
God has made what seems to be a ridiculously problematic miscalculation. From the beginning of time he has chosen to use ordinary (or even less-than-ordinary) people to accomplish his extra-ordinary objectives in the world. The apostle Paul described
God’s penchant for this unexpected way of engaging with the world saying, essentially, “To get his job done, God uses things that are foolish and weak.” That sounds like it describes we humans pretty accurately! In a different letter, when discussing the amazing news that human beings are filled with the light of the glory of God because of what Jesus made possible, he says, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” And therein lies the secret to God’s plan: By his power, he is able to use fragile, flawed, fickle people... ordinary people... to accomplish extra-ordinary, world-altering, barrier-breaking, mind-blowing things. The good news for us? We qualify.
Join us for this series where we examine the stories in scripture of people like you and me, the least likely to succeed, whom God delighted to use for his glory and the world’s good.
In our last series, called “Markers,” we essentially wanted to answer the question “How, then shall we live? And now in this Lenten series, up through Easter, we are considering the question of “How, then, shall we pray?” Our prayer experience tends to swing from one extreme to the other: In some seasons we have no idea, in light of all that is going on in us and around us, of what we should be asking God to do. On the other hand, we can also pray with increasing fervency about the things we are feeling deeply in a given season. But praying about our "feelings" can live us with a check in our spirit that maybe we are praying out of line with God’s desires. All this can lead to either a prayerfulness or prayerlessness that doesn’t seem particularly satisfying or effective. Fortunately, Jesus anticipated this struggle and the scriptures contain his teaching on the subject. The first line of his teaching makes us hungry to hear what he has to say: “This, then, is how you should pray...” Join us as we study Jesus’ instructions.
In 1964 Bob Dylan wrote a famously apropos song titled “The Times They Are A Changin’.” That phrase was so true to that era that the song has become one of the iconic symbols of the cultural shifts that were taking place during the 60’s. Interestingly, that phrase may describe the rapid changes happening in our day as well. Being God’s people in each era of history has required deep refection and careful application of Scripture. And yet, while the times may change, some spiritual principles regarding following Christ have long been constants for Christians. No matter what age the Church has lived in, there has always been a well-worn path where the saints before us have walked. Join us as we study seven of these “markers” which help us to know that we are on the right track and on the ancient path of faithful obedience to Jesus.
Adventum- The Glorious Appearing
Advent is a season of celebration. And it is a season of waiting. It represents the waiting and expectation of God’s people that God’s promises will be fulfilled through the appearing, or the Advent, of Jesus. It celebrates the past: that over 2000 years ago God intervened by arriving in the human story through the coming of Jesus. And it calls us to a present and future expectation that Jesus would “arrive” in our lives and world with grace and power. This 4 week Advent series will explore the beauty and depth of the Christmas story as written in the book of Luke.
Many of us find that it is much easier to find a way to picture God when we think of "Father" and "Son", but getting our heads around the Holy Spirit is bit more challenging. This series will explore the Holy Spirit and what it means to experience God and a have a relationship with him through the person of the Spirit. This series could be ground-breaking for your understanding and connection with God.
Life. Together. Isn't that exactly what the fruit of a growing walk with Jesus is all about? We love God and we love each other. As you are well aware, this always sounds more great and beautiful than we often experience. This is because we are still selfish and broken people, and the combination of two or more selfish and broken people often ends in hurt. But have no fear, Jesus is well aware of His dreams for us and our community and has given us a way through it. For the next 4 weeks, come and wrestle through, and be encouraged to, Live Life. Together.
An opportunity for our entire church to spend these summer months deeply rooted in the Word of God. This is an 8 week in-depth reading and study of the book of Colossians. Each day we will have short readings upon which to study and meditate, culminating in the Sunday sermon on that chunk of text. Please follow along with us on our reading plan by opening the PDF here. And we will hope to see you on Sunday!
Someone once asked Jesus what the most important commandments were. Maybe the guy was looking for a list of rules to follow, but Jesus answered with a surprising and beautiful answer about thriving with God in the most important places. According to Jesus, life in the sweet spot is about engaging with God in the deepest parts of us. Our hearts. Ours souls. Our minds. Our strength. Join us on Sunday for this Spring Series on finding Life in the Sweet Spot.
On Sunday mornings when we gather for worship, many of us experience a connection with God, along with a clarity of thought, and a sense of our purpose. We remember what good news it is that God loves us, and calls us, and walks with us. We can get pretty pumped up about serving him, living in the power and leading of the Holy Spirit, and finding ways to appropriately share this good news with the world around us... And then Monday comes. This 3 week mini-series explores how we live with and for God not only on Sundays, but in the "real" world, this time tomorrow.
It may sound trite, but God really is in the business of changing lives. Change is possible. In fact, the whole process of the Christian life is that we are constantly being formed by the Holy Spirit into the people that God intended for us to be. Like clay in the potter’s hand, we are being shaped. Formed. Transformed. This is a gracious work of a powerful God. It is all about him. And yet he invites us to participate with him by engaging in spiritual practices that put us in just the right places to encounter him. This series explores some of these practices and how we can engage with them in the midst of our real lives.
Jonathan Edwards is purported to have said, “Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.” While we are all inspired by that kind of passion and fortitude, we agree that it is not a simple undertaking to figure out the practical ins and outs of how to “spend a year.” In this 3 week New Year mini-series we will consider just that: How to practically align our life and resources with what is most important to us, and what God himself might want for us in 2016.
Advent is a season celebrating that the King has come into the world to bring light and salvation. It represents the waiting and expectation of God’s people that God’s promises will be fulfilled through the appearing of Jesus. It remembers the past: that over 2000 years ago God intervened in the human story and sent his Son as the savior of the World. It calls us to a present expectation that Jesus would show up in our lives with grace and power. And it reminds us that one day in the future the King will come with the fullness of the Kingdom of God. This 4 week Advent series will explore the past, present, and future reality that the King comes with hope, love, joy and peace.
How would you define or describe The Kingdom of God? If we were to ask the question, “What was the main topic of Jesus’ teaching?” we would be hard-pressed to find a simpler and more accurate answer than “The Kingdom of God.” This 6 week series will examine some of what Jesus taught, and what he meant when he spoke of the Kingdom.
As a church we are all about Jesus and, as our mission statement says, we are moving "toward a life in Christ." Why? What is the real deal with Jesus? Who is he and what is he about? This 6 week series examines Jesus' teachings about himself in the scriptures. We will pay particular attentions to the book of John and Jesus' famous "I am" statements. We hope you join us for this inspiring 6 week series as we explore the mystery, power, and love of Jesus Christ.