We come to each Christmas season with certain expectations, but after a year like 2020, we honestly have NO IDEA what to expect! Having the wrong expectations can definitely mess with us. After generations of deafening silence, Israel found itself under a burdensome and unwelcome Roman occupation. They expected a Messiah who would arrive with grandeur, authority and power; instead a helpless infant was born to a scandalized, working class couple. Their king wasn’t at all what they expected, and if we’re honest, we can be similarly underwhelmed. This 4-week Christmas series will help us view the Nativity story afresh, including what this mighty, gracious King asks of His royal subjects today.
Even a highly committed, very sincere Christ follower can make well-intended decisions based on an incorrect understanding. Many Christians make life-altering decisions, based on what they thought were Biblical principles, only to discover that what they thought was Biblical didn’t really come from the Bible at all. We’ll take 4 weeks to confront four of those hazardous almost-truths.
Screens are all around us and in constant use. Most of us have one in the palm of our hands many of our waking hours. Honesty is definitely the best and crucial policy as we learn to navigate life ‘in, but not of’ this world of ever-changing technology. Where and how we spend our time clearly points to what has captivated our hearts.
Respect, submission, and unity are rarer than ever before in American culture and in the American church! Opinions are more polarized on a variety of issues than they’ve been at any other point in recent history. In this 4-week series, we’ll be reminding ourselves of our true mission, how to respond graciously when caught in the crosshairs of “us vs them” thinking, how to maintain unity among believers even when our views diverge and how to strike an appropriate balance between God’s Grace and Biblical Truth. Find some peace in the chaos, because what dominates the headlines doesn’t need to dominate our hearts.
It’s easier than ever before to see life the way we want to. We can filter our images, pick the news we want to hear, and listen only to the viewpoints that we agree with. When we do that, we distort our view of the world. The same thing happens to our view of God when we reshape our perception of Him into what we want to believe. Jesus came to bring us the truth about God and His plan for us, and it often doesn’t sound like what you’d expect. This series debunks popular misconceptions and brings clear truth about Who Jesus really is and what Jesus never said (even when we wish He had).
Let the certainty of death someday shape how you live your life today. It sounds kind of morbid, doesn’t it? But nothing could be further from the truth! Starting at the End will be a 10-week journey through the book of Ecclesiastes. Mining the rich wisdom of King Solomon, we’ll learn what a satisfying life is…by finding out what it isn’t. Our own short-sighted expectations -together with the lies of our spiritual enemy Satan- deliver a one-two punch that can keep us hopelessly off-balance, chasing things that cannot ultimately satisfy. Had enough of futility and frustration? Then let’s take an eye-opening journey together by Starting at the End.
What people say to us can bring encouragement and healing…or it can bring defeat and deep wounding. Words are powerful. The right words at the right time can be exactly what we need to hear—or what we need to say. We’re taking four weeks to confront four “habits of the mouth” -complaining, criticizing, lying and gossiping- to better understand how dangerous our mouths can be, and how we need the Gospel to transform us in these key areas.