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Identity Series: Emptied
You have a past. You’ve made mistakes. You haven’t lived as the best version of yourself. But none of that has to define you. There’s a better way. And a better Source. And a better you. God knows your identity; the real you, the best you. And He’s waiting for you to live into it. Join us this weekend as Pastor Rich leads us into a brand new sermon series for Lent called Identity: This Is You. Don’t be surprised if you leave with less than you came with.
Matthew 16:18 & Acts 1:8
The church. Made up of unspectacular people, we will perform spectacular tasks. Made up of unholy people, we serve the holy God. As part of the church, you are part of God’s plan to change the world, to save lives for eternity. So why is the church failing? Because we’ve forgotten how God defines us. When we understand whose we are, we are an unstoppable force. Join us this weekend at any of our 4 Weekend Experiences as Pastor Rich reminds us who God says we are. Don’t miss this exciting conclusion to the series Foundations.
The Great Commission. That great command that Jesus gave His followers to go out and “make disciples.” Make disciples. Perhaps no other command is more central to the success of His church than this. Make disciples. Perhaps no other command is less followed by His church than this. It seems we’ve exchanged the Commission for committees. A movement for a building. And standing on the promises for sitting on the premises. But how important is it really, this command to “make disciples?” A jog through church history may surprise you. Join us at any of our weekend Worship Experiences as Pastor Rich leads us into this week’s teaching, Discipleship Rekindled.
I Corinthians 8:5-6; John 1:1-3,14; John 14:16-17a
What do you know about God? Here’s why it matters: Your life will reflect your theology. Your theology will direct how you worship, how you pray, where you go and what you do. Your theology will determine what you do with sin and how to deal with challenges. What you know and believe about God is the most important thing about you. And get this; God wants you to know about Him. So He’s revealed who He is. Join us this week at any of our four Weekend Experiences as Pastor Rich leads us into a Biblical view of who God is and why it matters in your life. Come expecting!
Matthew 22: 37-38
This weekend we will focus on another “anchor for your soul” as we continue the “Foundations” sermon series. The sermon, “Service Retooled,” invites us to examine one of the most succinct of Jesus’ teachings. He was asked which commandant of the law was most important. His answer: (Matthew 22: 37-38) “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”
In order to see this teaching in action we need only to look back to John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement. A primary belief John preached was that of personal holiness. He taught that a life centered in Jesus is different, changed, re-formed according to God’s word. But John also believed in social holiness, which meant then and now, acting to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Followers of Jesus care for others. Followers of Jesus live in obedience to God’s word and it shows in the way they care for others. Imagine the impact our church will have when “service” to others is rediscovered and engaged as the way we live. Loving God, serving others!
II Timothy 3:14-17
You base your life on something. Every decision you make and direction you take is based on some source. The question is, “What’s your source?” What do you base your belief on and build your life on? According to God, there’s only one source strong enough and consistent enough: the Word of God. Holy Scripture. The Bible. But how is a 2000 year old document relevant for your life today? Join us at any of our 4 Weekend Experiences as Pastor Rich leads us into week #2 of our series
Foundations: 6 Benchmarks to Anchor Your Soul. You might just be surprised.
Luke 2:25-32 & John 14:6
Following Jesus isn’t easy. Maybe if the world wasn’t so messed up. Or culture wasn’t so sinful. But it is. We live in the swirling currents of a culture where right beliefs don’t always translate into right behavior. Where “In God We Trust” still marks our money but where fewer people follow a Biblical worldview than ever before. Threatened with being swept under by the ideals of people, agencies, and even churches that are leading away from God, how do you stay true to the God who made you? Join us this weekend at any of our four Weekend Experiences as Pastor Rich leads us to refocus our lives on Jesus. Come expectant!
It's easy to fall into the trap of believing that we need to have it all together to be a useful tool in God's hands. But that's a lie and an excuse. Ouch! God's word so clearly tells us otherwise. In fact, His Word promises that we will have struggles and imperfections. Those very things remind us that He is strong when we are weak and God has a glorious plan for us in our weakness. Join us this weekend as our own Kyle Eisenhuth walks us through 2 Corinthians 12 7b-10 and encourages us to let go of the idea that God can't use us in our imperfection.
On this 4th week of Advent and Christmas Eve, we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, during 8 services.
The story of Christmas didn’t start with a babe in a manger. It started the moment mankind disobeyed God in the Garden. From that moment, God put into motion a plan to restore our relationship with Him. It was a plan for the whole world, that everyone who believes in Him can be saved. The sin that condemns all people is pretty general. But sometimes you need to know that you’re not just part of the everybody. Sometimes you need a personal Savior. Join us this weekend at Current on Saturday or Sunday, or at the 8:30 Traditional service on Sunday, as Pastor Rich leads us into week #3 of our Christmas sermon series Remember This. Come, let us adore Him!
Advent. It’s the season we prepare for the coming of Jesus. The songs celebrate His birth. The lights remind us that He is the Light. Gifts represent Him, the greatest Gift ever given. But that’s not how it all began. Advent isn’t about preparing for the coming of God’s Son, it’s about preparing for the coming of God’s wrath. Believe it or not, you weren’t born on a trajectory to Heaven, you were born on a course to Hell. Ouch. But God loves you so much that He has provided a way for you to escape His wrath, and His name is Jesus. Join us this Saturday or Sunday at any of our four Weekend Experiences as Pastor Rich helps us take a closer look at the reality of God’s wrath and His invitation to escape it.
On this 2nd Weekend of Advent we will look to the very first words recorded in the oldest Gospel, reading Mark 1: 1-8. It describes the urgent preaching of John the Baptist. And what John preached so long ago is still the primary message of the Bible for us today; our need for forgiveness, and the only way that can be granted…that way is “repentance.” The sermon, “Know Advent, Know Christmas” makes the argument that until we realize our need of a Savior the deep meaning of Christmas cannot be realized. This weekend, let’s return to the river banks of the Jordan and listen to John’s warning and to his invitation.
Join us this weekend we will read some of the last teachings of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, specifically chapter 25, verses 31-46. Jesus, using very descriptive language, speaks of judgment. The sermon, “Evidence That Demands a Verdict,” will review not only what Jesus said, but consider the practical implication for each of us. In the end there are only two categories that Jesus identifies, sheep and goats. According to Jesus we will all be identified as one or the other. One is good, the other is bad. One is full of hope, the other full of punishment. What is the evidence that will determine our fate? Come and hear as Pastor John brings us this important message.