The Local Church

The local church has been around for a long time. If you’ve ever attended one for a long time, you realize that there are usually certain traits that make it different than other churches. But if we go back to the earliest know church, we will see a model that should be duplicated! If the Biblical example is followed, we find a church that is healthy; we find a family we can be thankful for.

As we enter the Thanksgiving season, we will undoubtedly see social media posts about all the things people are thankful for. While there’s nothing wrong with that, wouldn’t it be great to dig deeper than most of the superficial things we see on those lists? Let’s learn to be thankful for who God says we are, who God says He is, and the fact that we get to do life in a local family of Believers – the church.

Giving God Our Yes

The best ability we can give God is our availability. Our “Yes” to Him doesn’t just impact us, it impacts others. Tune in to see how we can live a life of availability and truly make a difference in the world around us.

The book of Jonah is about more than some man getting swallowed up by a big fish. This book shows us what a sinner is, who the Savior is, and how we can engage in the mission of God. Jonah highlights the character and goodness of God, and invites us to take our next steps to become more like Jesus.

Spirit of Gentleness

Paul says to use your freedom for gentleness.

Galatians is an important letter we find in the New Testament. Written to Christians who were struggling to live in the freedom of God’s grace, the elements of this letter can help us learn what it means to truly have freedom through Christ.

Average vs. Elite

Following Jesus can be challenging. There are usually moments where we have to choose if we really want to be fully devoted. We have to keep focus and remember it is all for the sake of the Gospel.

 

Who is called out? What does that even mean? Does Jesus only call certain people? There are a ton of questions when it comes to following after Jesus, and in this series we will explore what it looks like, who it’s for and what it means for all of us.

Giving Your Part

Everyone has something to give to the Body of Christ. Even if we feel it isn’t important, every member has equal importance when it comes to the living out God’s purpose.

 

Is giving commanded? What should we give? How much? Why? All of these questions matter, and the answers may be surprising to many people. We will answer these questions and more as we really investigate the power of giving.

God of Wonder

God is everything we could ever want! He is our wonderful counselor; He is our mighty King; He is our everlasting Father; He is our Prince of Peace.

 

What was Jesus referred to as “God with us?” Is it because He was God in the flesh? Well, that’s part of it. The truth is, “God with us” has such a powerful meaning! In this series, we will see what kind of baby was really going to be born and how He is still “God with us.”

Better Together

We hear the word “unity” a lot in our generation, but what does it really mean? How can we be unified? What unifies us? Why should we be unified? Paul answers all these questions in Ephesians 2.

 

God can seem mysterious and far away. His ways are definitely not like our ways. How can we know Him? How can we know our role in this whole “Christian” lifestyle? Is there some sort of playbook? As we dive into the book of Ephesians, we will see God’s ultimate purpose, our ultimate purpose, and how God intends for us to live out both in our everyday lives. We will learn what it means to live in community with God and community with others.

Through The Brokenness

Jesus offers breakthrough despite our circumstances. Sometimes we may be looking for it, and other times we may not. We may know we are broken, or we may not have a clue. Either way, breakthrough is available.

 

Experiencing breakthrough is always a hot topic. Mostly everyone wants, at some point, breakthrough. We oftentimes get bogged down with past mistakes, sin, guilt, shame, uncertainty, and stagnation. How do we overcome these things? Where is Jesus in the midst of these situations? Does He care? Can we ever get out? Can we really experience breakthrough?

Overcoming Discouragement


 

When we start doing what God has called us to do, we will undoubtedly face opposition in the form of discouragement. As we will see in the work of Nehemiah, that opposition will come from the outside and the inside. What can we do to overcome the opposition of discouragement? How can we continue to push forward doing God’s work?

 

What are you doing to make a difference in your world? Sometimes we just aren’t sure what we are supposed to be doing, and other times we just don’t really know how to do it. As we dig into the book of Nehemiah, we will see what it looks like to have a God-given burden, how to take practical steps to begin acting on that burden, and how to overcome obstacles and distractions that are sure to come when we start doing God’s work. The time is now!

Better Under Pressure


 

Often we find ourselves in high pressure situations. Be it the everyday pressures of life or handling the unexpected situation that is completely out of our control, how we respond to those situations as Jesus-followers is crucial. The great thing though is that we’re not in it alone.

 

Often times we attack this world alone. We feel as if we have the best approach, or maybe we just don’t really fit in anywhere, and we move forward by ourselves. After all, who can look out for me better than me? Over the next few weeks, we will look at how God uses misfits, creates community, and changes the world. Being the Church means putting the WE over ME.