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RELATE•ABLE: The Enneagram
The origins of this tool are still in debate, but from Roman Catholic retreats to Evangelical millennial small groups, the Enneagram is a tool that can help us to not only understand ourselves better, but to relate to God, to ourselves and to others in healthier ways. Over the next 9 weeks we will be looking at these 9 personality types and Biblical characters that embody them. We will admire the thumbprint of God in each perspective/outlook and celebrate that. But we will also look at the shadow side of our types and how the Holy Spirit wants to speak into that for healing. We will also look at how do we best interact with these individuals in our lives, encouraging them, loving them and helping them to be their best.
In response to the current state of civil turmoil in our country, the sermon for this week is based on Matthew 20:29-34, where Jesus stopped to listen to the two on the side of the road, when the crowd wanted to push on.
We have all had our lives upended in the past two months, but it has also brought us new insight. One of the things that it has reminded us of – the church is, in the end, truly not a building. The Church, and Light of Christ, is a community of people gathered around a mission. This season has stripped away some things and forced us to see something more clearly. We are the church. We are a community gathered around Jesus and sent on a mission. That is what the church always has been and always will be. May this season drive that home more clearly. Are we living “on mission”?
We often have different hopes and dreams for our lives. That can be fine, that can be good. But we get in trouble if we are creating those hopes and plans outside of our connection to Jesus. Because we can start putting our hopes in things that we never should. Actually, sometimes our hopes have to be crushed because we were focused on the wrong things, or focused on them in the wrong way. To find hope that can stand the test of time, we need to hope in the things that last and that are in line with God’s plans. Our final hope can’t be in things that don’t last eternally or they will inevitably disappoint us. The men on the walk to Emmaus were hoping in Jesus, but hoping in him in the wrong way. That had to get redirected, clarified.
Holy Week: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday & Easter Sunday
Jesus’ followers worshipped, grew spiritually, served, were generous, shared their faith, built their lives on Jesus’ practices. After Jesus died, Mary went to his tomb, saw it was empty and ran and told the disciples who ran home. They ran to the tomb, saw it was empty and returned home. But Jesus made himself known to Mary, her hope was renewed, and the challenge was given to continue the faith practice of sharing the good news. The challenge at the tomb is for each of us – how do we continue the faith practices to have a healthy spiritual life and impact not only our own lives, but our community, our world, for Jesus’ sake.
The Walk: Essential Practices of the Christian Life
What does it mean to be deeply committed Christians, growing in faith every day? How do we become fully engaged and flourishing in the Christian life? Lent has historically been a season for deepening faith and for taking on new spiritual practices. In this series, we explore a model for Christian discipleship built around essential practices that we engage in both collectively and individually in order to more fully follow Jesus.
One of the most turbulent changing areas in modern society revolves around questions of sexuality. Marriage, divorce, Co-habitation, same-sex relationships, transgender, gender fluid. As Christians so much is swirling around us and we wonder, does the Bible have anything to say on this? Using the tools we worked on in January we will address a small portion of these questions and issues, seeking to listen for God’s leading as we address the questions and more importantly, the people God puts in our path.
In this message I will lay out the two key things Jesus is calling us to individually this year: Invitation and Serving. We are constructing this new building not for ourselves, but for our neighbors. “I love you all, but I wouldn’t work as hard as I have if it was just for you, I believe Jesus will use this new space to draw new people to Himself. People need Jesus.” And if we are going to use this new space and technology to its capacity, we will need all hands on deck. We will need more in FL, more greeters, more in technology.
We say the Bible is God’s Word. We say that it is “Inspired”. We believe that it is foundational for our Christian faith and is God’s primary means to speak to us and guide us today. But how do we hear God speak from the Bible when there are so many confusing parts? So many disturbing parts? So many seemingly contradictory parts? Does everyone just get to pick and choose their favorite parts and ignore the rest? Over the next three weeks we will look at three key tools and strategies that we as individuals and the church can use to hear God speak to our circumstances today.
There is a consequence for letting our hearts be hardened. Life can do that, but Jesus warns us against letting that happen. Stay responsive to the people, circumstances and realities around us. It matters now and it matters in the end.
We will engage one of the deep struggles of this era—anxiousness. It affects all ages. Building off of Paul’s powerful words in Philippians 4, we will seek God’s leading and power for moving beyond our anxiousness into Christ’s deep, deep peace.
Jesus calls us to love people. But that’s not always easy. People frustrate, disappoint, & confuse us. How can we love people we dislike? Over 3 weekends we will look at 3 powerful strategies for seeing people the way that Jesus did.
SEPT. 7 & 8: Blessed and Broken (video unavailable)
As our leaders and kids are getting ready for VBS at the end of June, we will join them in the theme of, “ROAR: Life is Wild, God is Good!” We will choose five passages from the Bible that talk about lions and let God speak to us through them.
He was not rich or educated, but was familiar with hard work. He was quick-tempered and impetuous, but possessed a passion that would change the world. He left everything to follow his teacher, yet struggled with doubt and fear. Join us in this six-week Lenten journey, and take an in-depth dive into the life, faith, and character of Simon Peter.
The Path to Peace. In this crazy wonderful Christmas season it is so easy for us to get lost in all of the to-do’s. Lost in all of the craziness. Worship is a time re-ground ourselves in what this season is all about—the coming of the Prince of Peace. Over our extended Advent journey we will experience 5 “P” words that will ready us for Jesus coming as Prince of Peace. Join us for the real journey to peace, the real journey to Christmas, the real journey to Jesus birth.
While we have seen the danger of over-flowing rivers this fall, the word overflow is often a positive in scripture. In Psalm 23, “my cup overflows” is a sign of God’s abundance. In Psalm 65, “The wagon track overflows with richness”. God’s blessings aren’t just bottom of the barrel scrape by—they overflow in our lives. And if we don’t pause to acknowledge that, we miss it. And God promises an on-going overflow when we acknowledge it (Mal. 3). In the New Testament Paul loves this word as well, and he uses it twice when calling the people of Corinth to generosity. “abundant joy and extreme poverty overflowed in generosity”…that isn’t an equation that makes sense to us, but in God’s economy it does. And in 2 Cor. 9, our generosity “overflows in thanksgiving to God.” Overflow signifies the abundance of God’s blessing in our lives and reminds us to let that lead us to overflow in our response to God.
Since the beginning of our story with God, He has demonstrated His deep love for us through His blessings. In turn we become a blessing to others. BLESS focuses on five missional practices we can engage to naturally introduce people to Jesus Christ.
We live in a fast paced world that pulls us in many directions at the same time. Two things can be challenging to find—real community and real contentment. Our technology saturated world can help us and hurt us as we seek real versions of each of these. Scripture has guidance for us as we seek the real from the fake, the meaningful from the trivial.
There is no better way to grow as a Christian than to engage with the Bible. Every study has shown that real spiritual growth comes when we plant ourselves in God’s Word—it is rich soil for growth. So we will continue this summer to memorize these key 14 wonderful scriptures, and unpack them together using other parts of the Bible to make them more real. Let’s keep growing!