Sometimes being in church can feel like you’re in a foreign country whose language you don’t understand. We have a bad habit of using words you don’t hear anywhere else. In this series, we’re going to help you make sense of some of these “church words.” We’ll discover that, while the words themselves don’t matter, the ideas they represent are important ones for us as we seek to love our God and our neighbors.
Sermon on the Mount
Delivered on a hillside to ordinary people just like us, the “Sermon on the Mount” is the most famous sermon that Jesus ever preached. It covers a wide range of topics like prayer, fasting, money, worry, forgiveness, judging others and more. But the theme that unites this sermon is its constant encouragement for us to go beyond the superficial and search deep into our hearts to see ourselves as God sees us.
The Good Samaritan
This two-week series will explore the parable of the good Samaritan from two important angles. First, the series will show how Jesus, as our unexpected neighbor, cares for us in our brokenness. Second, the series will challenge believers to follow in Jesus’s footsteps and minister to a broken world as the Samaritan did.
God With Us
Jesus’s birth is a powerful display of God’s faithfulness to bring peace, hope, healing, and life to a lost and dying world. This four-week series explores the Christmas story by examining the relationship between the book of Isaiah and the purpose and work of Christ in the New Testament. Because of Jesus, we can experience the joy that comes through his finished work.
Upside Down Kingdom: A Journey Through Matthew
The Book of Matthew goes out of its way to portray Jesus as a king – a king unlike any other. A king that seeks not wealth and power, but justice and love. A king that surrounds himself not with the well-connected and well-to-do but with the poor and the outcast. In this 12-week series, we’re going to take an in-depth into the life and the teachings of this one-of-a-kind king and the upside down kingdom he came to establish.
No sin is so great, no bitterness so deep that God’s grace cannot transform the heart and rewrite the story. This Easter message will explore what the Bible teaches about grace, developing a deep understanding of the life-changing power of God’s unconditional love and forgiveness.
We Are the Church: Laity Sunday
A church is more than a building, more than a pastor. A church is any community that gathers to grow in Jesus’ way of love. Every year, we celebrate that truth in this entirely lay-led service. Be prepared for fun and surprises from the whole of our community.
This six-week series examines the remarkable spread of the gospel and the kingdom of God from Jerusalem, to Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the world. Jesus has commissioned every one of his followers to be his witness by the power of the Holy Spirit. Despite challenges from outside and within, the kingdom of God continues to advance. Today, we continue to be witnesses and to have a vital role in the continuing story of Jesus’s unstoppable kingdom of love.
This is a series for imperfect people. Have you ever felt like you are riding the “spiritual struggle bus”? Feelings of spiritual inadequacy can make us fearful of God but not in the healthy way. This series explores how knowing the loving, gracious God of Scripture can overcome our constant feelings of guilt and imperfection. “Messy Spirituality” examines the realities of our human weaknesses and the grace of God that meets us in those struggles, empowering us to change.
Truth to Power: The Book of Esther
This series on the book of Esther takes a hard look at the powers of evil and death at play in the Persian Empire at the time when Esther and her cousin Mordecai rose to save God’s people. It’s a potent reminder of the real power of God to deliver his people, as well as the ability of just one or two seemingly powerless people to be his instruments of deliverance. Any person of faith may at any time be called upon to risk life or livelihood, status or reputation, to speak the truth to power. Esther and Mordecai show us how.