We seek transformation in Christ everywhere. That word everywhere is significant. We are passionate about sharing the Gospel in churches, homes, workplaces, downtown, in nature, nursing homes, and even at your favorite coffee shop, because we believe in the transformative power of Jesus’ love, and we want everyone to know Him. "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, p ...
From the very beginning, God makes it clear that living in the rhythm of working well and resting well is key to being good stewards for a complete, good, and flourishing life.
In the Song of God’s creation, we learn that we are made on purpose and we are made to experience and be in relationship with a good God.
The first 3 verses of Genesis set the stage for a new beginning unlike the universe had ever experienced. They point to a God of relationship who created us on purpose, is with us no matter what darkness we find ourselves in, and provides light no matter the circumstances.
Part of Jesus centered discernment is making the commendable choice that will lead to building others up through what is good rather than tearing others down.
Changing the way you think changes your life. When we notice and enjoy the lovely things around us, we can better discern God's next step for us.
In humility we invite the Holy Spirit to give us pure motives so that we might experience a whole and untainted life and share that life with others.
To know and pursue what is just, we must recognize and embrace our own thoughts, experiences, and history and then view them in humility in light of God’s Living Word.
We can discern what next steps and decisions we need to make in life by pursuing that which is honorable.
We can discern truth in a difficult time by exploring facts and feelings and bringing them in a spirit of humility under faith in Christ.
God’s people are a “fellowship of differents.”
Because we follow a different kind of King—one who absorbs evil rather than return it—we can represent the Kingdom of Christ in the world so that others might relate to the love of Jesus.
We are better together in sharing the Kingdom of God when we recognize our own unique gifts while celebrating and collaborating with everyone else’s unique gifts as well.
When we end the secrecy and silence behind our shame, we can embrace the Gospel's truth, step out of our shame, and receive healing.
Holy Spirit power is given to us so we will praise and glorify God.
The Holy Spirit transforms those who obey and follow the Holy Spirit, even when uncomfortable, from ordinary to extraordinary people.
We experience the power of the Holy Spirit when we as the corporate church and as individuals offer God’s healing in the world.
We experience Holy Spirit power when we receive a spirit of adoption and embrace our identity as children of God.
When we connect with the Holy Spirit within us, we can walk in step with His guidance to offer God’s love, grace, and healing to the world.
We receive the power of the Holy Spirit when we are willing to live into a posture of obedience and follow the Holy Spirit's movement in our lives.
By embracing a missional posture in our discipleship DNA we are best equipped to see God’s Church thrive in the unique time and age in which we live.
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Growing in our discipleship DNA allows us to see God’s Kingdom movement thrive even in the face of incredible odds.
We seek to follow Christ in the Biblical paradigm of being a Gathered and Sent Church in today’s unique cultural context.
Recognize Jesus as Messiah and become a Christian. Pray that God would open the eyes of your heart. Intentionally start or stop behaviors in order to become more like Jesus. Become a model of the Christian life for others through imitating Christ.
To follow Jesus means we must first recognize that He is Lord, and then embrace Him as Lord of our lives.
Don't miss out on the full power, hope, joy, and life of the Resurrection. See Jesus as the ultimate host at the table, and invite others to the table so they can see Him too.
The last meal Jesus has at the table with His disciples is the most important meal He has. When Jesus dies on the cross, the barrier between God and humanity is forever removed, and we can fully embrace the sacrificial love Jesus gives.
At the table, Jesus breaks the boundary of gender stereotypes and welcomes women (and all people) as his disciples.
We experience the miracle of 'enough' when Jesus invites us to participate in sharing the meal He's invited us to with others.
At the table we are welcomed into the family of Christ. There, we realize God's is meant for everyone, and that in His Love we are all beautiful.
We experience God’s goodness at the table with Jesus as the boundaries between sacred and secular are collapsed.
God's table gives us the opportunity to receive grace and offer grace to those who need it, like Levi.
"Our souls need more than to do nothing; they need to do restful things. In this sense, real rest takes real work." -- Justin Whitmel Earley Practice the habit of intentional rest to bring inner peace and experience restoration amidst the busyness of life. This week, take a full Sabbath rest. One of the most intimate things we can do with another i…
“The good life does not come from the ability to choose anything and everything; the good life comes from the ability to choose good things by setting limits.” -- Pastor Matt Lake Curating the stories we consume helps us be more intentional to experience, share, and live into all the goodness of God’s story. This week, make a commitment to compare …
"We are much less resilient when we do life alone." -- Pastor Matt Lake We become more resilient people when we realize we are not alone. Spend at least one hour this week connecting with someone you trust in order to share highs, lows, struggles, and other places of connection. This week, make a commitment to have a one-hour conversation with some…
"We discover who we are by seeing our reflections through God’s Word, not in handheld screens." -- Pastor Matt Lake Become more resilient by discovering your identity in God’s Words of life in Scripture rather than in anyone else’s story. Make turning to God’s Word first every day a holy habit. This week, choose to engage Scripture before anything …
"I had lived my whole life thinking that all limits ruin freedom, when all along it’s been the opposite; the right limits create freedom." -- Justin Whitmel Earley Life is formed by habits more than hopes. Develop good habits with your phone, and don't believe the lie that we can be omnipresent like God. This week, make a habit to turn your phone o…
"Resolutions come and go. But resiliency stands the test of time." -- Pastor Matt Lake We build resiliency through spiritual habits and disciplines, like prayer, which forms us more into God's image. This week, make a commitment to pray three times a day: in the morning (9 AM), at midday (12 PM), and in the evening (9 PM).…
May we treasure the miracle and the reality of the Christ child in the days to come when our circumstances will still be unexpected.
Like the shepherds in the Christmas story, choose joy by changing perspective.
To experience anticipatory joy, be like Joseph, choose to take action.
Blessing and joy in God’s kingdom look different than in earthly kingdoms. We discover this when we choose humility and offer ourselves as servants to God.
Christmas is often described as the most joyful time of the year. But in a time when so many circumstances are weighing heavy upon our heart, can we really find joy? How do we have joy when darkness looms, when life is uncertain, and when we are unsure what tomorrow will bring?
When your identity and security is in God, it dethrones possessions as the god of your life and it replaces the twin threats of worry and desire with the blessing of satisfaction.
When our identity is shaped in the image of Christ, we become salt of the earth people who point the way to life and salvation in life’s most difficult places.
We must recognize and repent of worshipping the false gods that compromise our identity in Jesus so that we can wholeheartedly follow Him.
God is in control even when it seems like God is not in control. Worship is the most powerful way to shape our identity and remember that God is in control.
Christians live out their identity with a higher devotion to Jesus rather than the world's politics. They reflect the beauty and unity of the Gospel rather than the ugliness and division of this world.
When we embrace our identity in Christ rather than the shallow categories of this world, we are equipped to build our lives on a solid foundation that allows us to bring peace and prosperity to the world.
God calls us as God’s people to share in the alleviating of suffering in our world by actively working against injustice. Part of being close to God is to not simply worship God with our lips but to make decisions that help the least and most vulnerable among us. International Justice Mission seeks to rescue and restore victims, bring criminals to …