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Follower-ship

Follower-ship

February 28, 2021

What does it mean to be a "loyal supporter"? A "true follower"? An Apostle?

In his first letter to the church in Corinth, Paul both challenges and encourages the church in their "follower-ship"...

By "navigating the gray" in a godly way, we are able to stand boldly, but lovingly, for God's Truth in all walks of life, in speech & behavior, and accept whatever the consequences.

Let's learn together how to walk humbly with God, before people, & for the sake of others.

Navigate the Gray

Navigate the Gray

February 21, 2021

Red State vs. Blue State...Liberal vs. Conservative...Us vs. Them.

We see in society the results of setting up false dichotomies. In an "us versus them" society, anyone who doesn't agree with you, think like you, look like you, etc. is your enemy.

Life isn't meant to be lived that way because we are ALWAYS going to be "against" are large portion of society and there will be division, anger, and hate.

Good things (like love, joy, peace, patience, etc) aren't easy. Living "life to the full" is all about how we "Navigate the Gray" area...the area in between the extremes. The gray area is where most of society actually exists and God calls His people to "Navigate the Gray" area with Him.

Whose Idea WasThis?

Whose Idea WasThis?

February 7, 2021

We live in a society that is so divided and divisive...Is this how it is supposed to be? This can't be what life and society are supposed to be about, can it?

Unity, wholeness, oneness are written into the character of God. Jesus came, lived, died, and rose again so that we "may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may be live that you have sent me" (Jesus words - John 17:21).

Jesus sent us help. We need to realize and pay attention to the One sent to help up unify, not divide people. As God's people, we have an important responsibility to listen and participate in the Spirit's unifying work. We have been invited to participate in healing and unifying...Let's pay attention, listen, and choose to participate!

Love 1st. Love in the Middle. Love Last.

Love 1st. Love in the Middle. Love Last.

January 31, 2021

There is too much division in this world. We all have a role to play to heal the division and bring unity.

How can we seek unity with "those people" who don't see things the way we see them?

Does fighting/arguing fix anything? What do people see when we fight?

What is God's definition of unity? What does that look like?

Sometimes we just need to Love 1st. Love in the Middle. Love Last. (Like my friend Tim).

Division or Unity?

Division or Unity?

January 24, 2021

What is our best response to division/contention? Within our family, church, society?

There is something about society (not just today, but even "back then") that enjoys division, animosity, and confrontation. We like to focus on our differences. Really it's easier to see our differences than it is to find and focus on what brings us together... what truly matters.

In his letter to the church in Corinth, Paul is laying the foundation for how we are to deal with division within the church...and an example for how "the Church" is to deal with division within society.

Flying in Formation

Flying in Formation

January 24, 2021

How are we [the Church] invited to live life differently?

   In a world that is so focused on our differences and dealing with those differences divisively, how are we to exist?

Do we need to "yell louder" so people will hear us?

   Fight harder than those we feel are fighting against us?

      Are we supposed to use the same tactics? Or is there something different?

No matter the era in time, people are still people...so Paul's letter to the church in Corinth about how to deal with disunity directly applies to us today.

Join us as we begin a new series on 1st Corinthians!

MixTape 2020

MixTape 2020

January 24, 2021

Life is lived forward but only understood backwards...

To begin to understand how we've gotten to where we are in this moment in time, we need to look back and reflect upon the path we've traveled to get here. SoF MixTape Sunday is the day we do that.

Where have we been? What have we learned?

These are questions we ask ourselves so that we can get a clearer picture of where God is leading us into the future. God is up to something huge...He is building an incredible future and He's inviting us to build it with Him.

Look back with us so we can look forward and move forward...Together!

Joy -3rd Week of Advent

Joy -3rd Week of Advent

December 13, 2020

Join us this Advent 2020 with a message about joy.

The Advent season is a season where we prepare for and anticipate the coming of Christ. We wait...not passively, but actively wait, with adventurous expectation of God's faithfulness and His presence.

When we have the sure & confident expectation of God and His presence (Hope), we are at peace because we know that He has things under control. When we have that hope & peace, we are free to feel joy. 

Joy is much greater than an emotion. Joy is a core foundation...a deep footing that does not falter even in hard times.

Peace - 2nd Week of Advent

Peace - 2nd Week of Advent

December 6, 2020

Join us this Advent 2020 with a message about peace.

The Advent season is a season where we prepare for and anticipate the coming of Christ. We wait...not passively, but actively wait, with adventurous expectation of God's faithfulness and His presence.

Last week we talked about hope. When we place our hope in God, we find peace from Him. Hope leads to peace because we know that God is in charge and He will never leave us or forsake us. 

Knowing this...what does peace in our lives look like? How do we live in that peace?

Hope -1st Week of Advent

Hope -1st Week of Advent

November 29, 2020

Join us as we begin this Advent 2020 with a message about hope.

The Advent season is a season where we prepare for and anticipate the coming of Christ. We wait...not passively, but actively wait, with adventurous expectation of God's faithfulness and His presence.

As we end 2020, we need assurance and confidence. That is what hope is and when we place our confidence on The One who promises to never leave us or forsake us, hope never disappoints!

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