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7 Things: In a World of Options, Do These
July 7-September 1, 2019
Opportunity-overload is a real thing. It can be overwhelming and it can freeze us. This series gathers key Christian teachings and shows us seven things to do daily and to do deeply, seven things that rise above the others for a solid life foundation.
September 1 We grow and accomplish when we risk. When we risk, we are vulnerable. We won’t be vulnerable with people we don’t trust. This message launches us into safe relationships where we can receive the power to risk. 7 Things Web Guide 9.1.19 PDF Brené Brown’s TED Talk
August 25 When we receive salvation, we want to tell everyone, for a while. Often, we are trained by our fears and our failures to keep silent about the good news. This message prods us to find new ways to stir interest and shine the light of Jesus into our daily words. 7 Things Web Guide…
August 11 Everything we have can be used to develop life or to depress it. This message talks about the importance of generosity and how as generous people we can regularly bless others and ourselves. 7 Things Web Guide 8.11.19 PDF
August 4 Sin is not a pretty word, and its impact is ugly. It breaks our relationship with God and bleeds his life from us. This message calls us to repent and to do so seriously. 7 Things Web Guide 8.4.19
July 28 Most people associate church with worship and worship with songs. But worship is more than singing, and true worship is vital to life. This message investigates worship and invites us to engage. 7 Things Program 7.28.19
July 21 We are built for relationships, and our primary relationship is with God. He longs to be with us and to love us. This message guides us to enjoy a personal, conversational relationship with God. 7 Things Web Guide 7.21.19
July 7 One of our major purposes is to serve. Each day we choose what we will do with the abilities and opportunities we have. This message frees us to focus on others routinely and help them. 7 Things Web Guide 7.7.19
May 12 – June 23, 2019
Relationships are rich and troublesome. But if we can’t succeed with people, we’ll fail at life. This series engages some critical topics related to parenting, marriage, dating and friendship. It leads us to God’s wisdom and tools on how to flourish with one another.
June 30, 2019
June 30 Ephesians 4:11-13 Many folks are surrounded by people by are distressingly lonely. Yet, one of the greatest attractions of Christianity is life together, a rich, inspiring, caring life with others. This message reminds us to intentionally love one another and presents a plan for how to do it. One Another Web Guide 6.30.19
June 23 Ephesians 4:14-16; Acts 17:23 Same-sex attraction is a common and controversial topic in our culture. More than that, it is difficult for some who experience it. Critical and Christ-centered conversations need to be had, and this message prompts those by presenting God’s plan for sexuality and his love for people as two foundational…
June 16 1 Corinthians 4:14-21 It’s a wild world filled with damaging ideas and opportunities. Dads are expected to prepare their kids for such darkness, and even help them light it up. This message inspires and informs fathers to do just that. One Another Web Guide 6.16.19
June 9 Ephesians 4:25-32 It’s not hard to close someone’s spirit, but it’s not easy to open it up again. It’s possible, but it takes some work, without which our relationships will be destroyed. This message opens the way to open someone’s spirit we’ve closed. One Another Web Guide 6.9.19
May 26 Galatians 5:23 Mature and mutually beneficial relationships have clear and uncompromised boundaries. This message relates God’s expectations for healthy boundaries, not crossing them, and not allowing others to trounce ours. One Another Web Guide 5.26.19
May 19 (Guest Speaker Larry Seagren) Deuteronomy 6; Exodus 20:12 “Honor your parents” is one of the Ten Commandments, and it applies to all the days of our lives. Honor is a special ingredient to family health. This message explains its necessity and unpacks how it can be done at various stages of life. One Another…
May 12 1 Samuel 1:1-2:11 Moms have one of the greatest privileges and one of the most difficult of assignments, especially considering how dark the world can get. Hannah was a mom with difficulties and victories. This message encourages and equips moms to protect our children like she did. One Another Web Guide 5.12.19
March 31 – May 5, 2019
An accurate understanding of God is our most important thought-task. It shapes our ideas of truth, drives our choices and enlivens our souls. This series presents God by looking at six key pieces of his personality and character.
May 5 God is good. It wouldn’t matter if God was love, big, fair, compelling, and smart if he were not also good. Understanding his goodness changes everything about how we think about and relate to God. Gods Personality web guide 5.5.19
April 28 God is smart. No one wants to follow someone who has a big heart and a lot of power but doesn’t know the important things. God is a reliable leader who is the definition of intelligent. Gods Personality web guide 4.28.19
April 21 God is compelling. Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ victory over sin and death, but behind that is God’s chasing and persuading us to move toward him. How great is it to be pursued by God? Gods Personality web guide 4.21.19
April 14 God is fair—every time, in everything, in every way. An unfair God would be demanding and unreasonable. A fair God would be trustworthy and respectable. His fairness will answer many of our questions and provide for our security. Gods Personality web guide 4.14.19
April 7 God is big. He is more massive than we can imagine. He is in control and has no fears. A true view of him will bring our smallness into perspective and our amazement into light. Gods Personality web guide 4.7.19
March 31 God is love. The Bible has a favorite word that describes a characteristic of God towards his people: hesed. It combines the traits of his kindness and love and loyalty. This message will kick-off this series by revealing God’s unfailing love. Gods Personality web guide 3.31.19
doors to the Incredible Life (What It Is & How We Get It)
January 6 – March 24, 2019
Our mission is to glorify God by experiencing and sharing the incredible life that God has planned for us. But, what is it and how do we get it? This series explores this vision of life and shows us the doors that lead to it and doors that lead away from it.
March 24 The story of the rich young ruler reveals that many things can capture our attention and lead us away from the doors, the decisions to radically follow Jesus. Doors Web Guide 3.24.19
March 17 There is a door of joyful confidence, no matter the circumstances, no matter our mistakes. This message equips us to trust in God’s sovereignty and find the wonderful ability to chill. Doors Web Guide 3.17.19
March 10 There is a door of servanthood, living life for others and bringing life to them. This message equips us to serve others and find more life than if we served ourselves. Doors Web Guide 3.10.19
March 3 There is a door of morality, and it is often not easy to choose. This message equips us to make a solid decision at this time to make the right choices every time. Doors Web Guide 3.3.19
February 24 There is a door of stewardship, making the choice to be a care-taker and not an owner. This message equips us to become stewards of everything we have so we can enjoy the benefits now and in the future. Doors Web Guide 2.24.19
February 17 There is a door of friendship, with deep, abiding, faithful folks. This message equips us to develop true friends whom we do life together with and find life from. Doors Web Guide 2.17.19
February 10 There is a door of the Holy Spirit. This message equips us to go through that door so we can hear God’s voice and know his ways daily. Doors Web Guide 2.10.19
February 3 There is a main door into life and a relationship with Christ. It’s unlocked and available to everyone. But it must be entered. This message guides us to the door and invites us in. Doors Web Guide 2.3.19
January 27 The incredible life involves more than our physical world, with its limitations and corruptions. It is a life not natural. This message shows us the supernatural life God offers beyond the doors. Doors Web Guide 1.27.19
January 20 The incredible life is stuffed with meaning and purpose, vibrancy and thrill. It is a life not wasted. This message shows us the adventurous life God offers beyond the doors. Doors Web Guide 1.20.19
Re-Gift: In a World of Getting, We Can Give What We’ve Already Gotten
December 2-23, 2018
At Christmas we celebrate God as our divine gift-giver and the joyful life he gives through Jesus. We spread happiness exchanging all sorts of presents. Let’s think about some phenomenal gifts we received from God and figure out how to give what we’ve already gotten.
December 23 Jesus came to earth for one overriding purpose. He showed us and equips us how to live well. Let’s consider how we can re-gift our incredible, Christ-following life and reproduce that life in others. Re-Gift Web Guide 12.23.18
December 16 Jesus paved the way for a personal and powerful relationship with him. He offers a conversational life through prayer where he responds to our requests. Let’s consider how we can re-gift our prayers and re-open a blocked path for others by praying for them. Re-Gift Web Guide 12.16.18
December 9 Jesus promised to provide for our physical needs. Often, he does that abundantly, and not solely for our benefit. Let’s consider how we can re-gift our goods and revivify hope in others. Re-Gift Web Guide 12.9.18
December 2 Jesus came to offer forgiveness. It’s undeserved by us, but the only way our relationship with him is restored. Let’s consider how we can re-gift forgiveness to others and rebuild our relationship with them. Re-Gift Web Guide 12.2.18
Rally Caps 2: Let’s Go (A Study of 1 Corinthians, Part 2)
September 9-November 24, 2018
Fans and baseball players wear their caps inside out, backwards, sideways or a combination of all when they are behind and ready to rally. Once the rally gains some moment, it becomes go time, when significant focus and effort can produce victory. In Part 2 of this study through 1 Corinthians, we can rally our lives like Paul persuaded his church to do and overcome some difficult challenges. It’s go time!
November 25 As Paul said his goodbyes and made his plans, he revealed how Christians and churches around the globe are connected. This message inspires us to draw on hope and help from other believers and give them as well.
November 18 The final answer to the Corinthians’ questions had to do with what their resurrected bodies would be like. This message helps us understand that too. RallyCaps2 Web Guide 11.18.18
November 11 As 1 Corinthians starts to close, the end of time comes into view. Paul explains the gospel and defends the resurrection of Jesus, which is at the heart of the Christian faith. This message equips us to understand both the gospel and the reason to believe Jesus came back from the dead. RallyCaps2 Web…
November 4 The green monster is not a fence in left field, but the evil-eyed feeling of envy. A few people in Corinth had some flashy spiritual gifts and they liked flashing them. Others wanted them. This message guides us through Paul’s important teaching about the flashy gifts, especially the gift of speaking in tongues. RallyCaps2…
October 28 When Paul coached his team, he eventually got to the heart of the issue. He talked about love. This message takes his classic love passage and shows us how practical and necessary love is. RallyCaps2 Web Guide 10.28.18
October 21 There was so much conflict in the Corinthian churches that they even fought about their Spirit-given abilities and roles. This message unpacks spiritual gifts, what they are, how we get them, and a few other things. RallyCaps2 Web Guide 10.21.18
October 14 There was a cultural issue in Corinth about who should wear a head covering, but it stirs up contemporary issues of how men and women are to relate. This message investigates the ideas of differences, similarities, and authority between men and women and how or if we can play on the same team. RallyCaps2…
October 7 It’s important to have rhythms and rituals that remind us of important things. Christians have the Lord’s Supper as a team ritual, but the Corinthians debased it. This message explains the importance of the Lord’s Supper and encourages us to benefit from it. RallyCaps2 Web Guide 10.7.18
September 30 The Corinthians had forgotten the tragedy of the Jewish people, who were rescued by God and then rejected by him when they refused a commitment to him. This message reminds us of the lure of temptation and gives us some tools to overcome. RallyCaps2 Web Guide 9.30.18
September 23 Paul became like people outside the Christian faith so he could convince them to become like him and, ultimately, like Christ. This message discusses what it means to identify with non-Christians to win them while also training to become like Christ. RallyCaps2 Web Guide 9.23.18
Rooted: A Conversation about Reading the Bible to Live
July 8 – September 2, 2018
Rooted is a teaching series about what the Bible is and how to understand it. But it’s more than that, because the Bible should be much more than that for us. Rooted is a catalyst for conversations about skills and methods for God’s living Word to bring life to us…daily, colorfully, powerfully, cheerfully.
September 2 This message reveals why Bible memorization is essential to the rooted life. Rooted Web Guide 9.2.18
August 26 This message reminds us that God built us for community and invites us to read together. Rooted Web Guide 8.26.18
August 19 This message opens the way for us to more easily meet God daily. Rooted Web Guide 8.19.18
August 12 This message guides us to apply interpretation skills to see how God reveals himself in the Bible. Rooted Web Guide 8.12.18
August 5 This message shows us what the Holy Spirit wants to do for us as we read the Bible. Rooted Webguide 8.5.18
July 29 This message teaches how to read the Bible accurately. Rooted Web Guide 7.29.18
July 15 This message gives us some basic helps so we can immediately start experiencing God daily through the Bible. Rooted Web Guide 7.15.18
July 8 This message motivates us to read the Bible in a way that produces a new kind of life. Rooted Web Guide 7.8.18
This Could Be Us
May 13 – July 1, 2018
Life is about relationships. The better they are, the better we are. Each message in this series connects a biblical truth to our everyday parenting, dating, and marriage relationships. We also watch a scene from the TV show This Is Us to tap into our realities.
July 1 We all get hurt along the way, and some wounds linger all along the way. This message calls us to face our wounds and launches us forward because of them.
June 24 The sexual side of marriage can be magical and yet mystifying. This message unpacks biblical wisdom to spark your romance and escape your ruts. This Could Be Us Web Guide 6.24.18
June 17 Fathering is rewarding and rough. This message helps dads focus on critical goals while also reminding us of our value and support. This Could Be Us Web Guide 6.17.18
June 10 All rich relationships involve vulnerability and, therefore, conflict. This message guides us to some serious fighting rules where everyone wins. This Could Be Us Web Guide 6.10.18
June 3 Communication is necessary for deep and beautiful relationships. This message coaches us to use some often-forgotten attitudes and tools to communicate better. This Could Be Us Web Guide6.03.18
May 27 Choosing a marriage mate is one of life’s biggest decisions. This message gives a wise way to choose the right person. This Could Be Us Web Guide5.27.18
May 20 Marriage was God’s idea, and it is one of his best. This message reveals the why of and the way into an ever-growing marriage. This Could Be Us Web Guide5.20.18
May 13 Mothering is rewarding and rough. This message helps moms focus on critical goals while also reminding us of our value and support. This Could Be Us Web Guide5.13.18
Stories that Shape Us
March 25 – May 6, 2018
When God spoke, he told stories. Lots of them. That’s probably because fantastic tales, especially true ones, transport us and inspire us. This series looks at a few of God’s historical stories and gives us space to be shaped by them.
May 6 Everyone sins. But that doesn’t make it right or good. Sins can destroy us if left to linger. This message brings us face-to-face with ours so we can find the way out. Download web guide here: StoriesThatShapeUs Web Guide5.6.18
April 29 It’s hard to get out of our own heads sometimes. But God often asks us to do things in ways that don’t make sense. There’s reasons for this. This message gets us ready to follow God and his wild ways. Download the web guide here: StoriesThatShapeUs Web Guide4.29.18
April 22 Failures can be final, if we don’t learn to roll through them. This message equips us to see beyond our failures and strengthens us to move past them. Download the web guide here: StoriesThatShapeUs Web Guide4.22.18
April 15 Life often doesn’t go as planned, and often people do bad things to us. This message invites us to believe that God is always in control and able to transform any situation into something good. Download the web guide here: StoriesThatShapeUs Web Guide4.15.18
April 8 We tend to hold tightly those things we love the most, and sometimes God wants us to let go. This message stirs us to wrestle with our priorities, control and whom we really trust. Download the web guide here: StoriesThatShapeUs Web Guide4.8.18
April 1 Our stories are complex and can be told from different perspectives. We frame them as contamination or redemption stories, and then we live them out. This Easter message prompts us to see our story redeemed in Jesus’s story. Download the web guide here:
March 25 “Once upon a time there were ten virgins…” and so the story begins. Once it’s over, we’ll be different. Stories do that. This message shows us why God uses stories and how we can benefit from listening well. Download the web guide here: StoriesThatShapeUsWebGuide3.25.18
Refresh: Vision & Vigor for the New Year
January 7 – March 18, 2018
When the year begins, we feel the allure of starting again and moving along. This series brings grace and challenge to eight major areas of our lives so we can refresh and grow forward.
March 18 Now that we have some refresh goals and have made decisions to move towards those, we can easily fail by forgetting the secret sauce. This message refreshes our understanding and ability to move with the power of the Spirit. Download the web guide here: Refresh Web Guide 3.11.18
March 11 All around us are hurting people in need of help. All around us are lost people in need of a Savior. This message refreshes our mission to bring both to those who want them. Download the web guide here: Refresh Web Guide 3.11.18
March 4 Broken relationships prod many problems, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. It might seem easier to ignore, but it’s better to restore. This message helps us forgive others and refresh our souls any maybe our relationships. Download the web guide here: Refresh Web Guide 3.4.18
February 25 Many times we become so future-oriented that we are not present-present. We miss life by wishing for a different life. This message brings needed refreshment to each and every moment. Download the web guide here:Refresh Web Guide 2.25.18
February 18 It rumbles and stirs inside of us. Everyone has one. Our dreams want to come into existence but so many things stifle them inside. This message teases them out and refreshes our pursuit of God’s dreams for us. Download the web guide here:Refresh Web Guide 2.18.18
February 11 All that we have usually costs us a lot to get. And it costs even more to keep. This message frees us to loosen our grip so we live to give. Download the web guide here:
February 4 The local church is our most important team. Yet, it’s not always valued and people don’t necessarily see the benefits. This message unpacks Christ’s dream for the church, our church. Download the web guide here: Refresh Web Guide 2.4.18
January 28 We have these bodies that God calls “temples.” Sometimes they don’t look too temple-esque and sometimes they betray us. This message shows how to refresh our health. Download the web guide here: Refresh Web Guide2 1.28.18
January 21 Money is a useful thing. You can do a lot with it, and the more you have, the more you can do. But it can also destroy us. This message focuses on two decisions that will refresh and sustain our whole experience with money. Download the web guide here: Refresh Web Guide 1.21.18
January 14 We all want life, real, abundant life. But, few of us find it, not because it is hidden, but because we don’t know how to see. This message points to life and walks us to it. Download the web guide here: Refresh Web Guide 1.14.18
December 3-December 24, 2017
We invite you to join us around the fire and listen to the familiar Christmas story, soaking in one marvelous thought found in one crisp word each week. This series reminds us of both the sweetness of Jesus’ coming and the world-shattering impact he had.
December 24 When Jesus came, he brought a much-needed gift—Peace. It is the Shalom that the world longed for; it is the peace we still need. Christmas celebrates a peace that encompasses the whole social order and it reminds us of our role in unwrapping this gift. Download the web guide here: Simply Christmas-Program-Dec 24
December 17 The holidays stir our longing for family and familiarity. It’s a great time to talk about our deeper longings that can only be satisfied in Christ and result in our being together forever. Download the web guide here: Simply Christmas-Web Guide-Dec 17
December 10 Giving gifts at Christmas can be delightful and dreadful, depending on your level of abundance. We serve a God who has a lot and who loves to share. Seeing God’s abundance changes our confidence and generosity. Download the web guide right here: Simply Christmas Web Guide 12-10
December 3 Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’ coming. When he came, he revealed the glory of God in ways people had never seen. We relish in his glory and display through songs and many other ways. Download the web guide right here: Simply Christmas Web Guide 12-3
Rally Caps: There’s Still Hope
September 17- November 26, 2017
It’s more than superstition. It’s a message and a motivator. Fans and baseball players wear their caps inside out, backwards, sideways or a combination of all when they are behind and ready to rally. It’s about faithful expectation and focused effort. This series overhears a rally cap conversation in first-century Corinth so each of us can rally our lives too. There’s still hope.
November 19 We live in a hook-up culture. Sex is integrated all throughout our culture. This message helps us see why sexual purity is so valuable and shows us how to enjoy both sex and purity. Download the web guide here: Rally Caps Web Guide 11-19 (1 Corinthians 6:12-20)
November 12 Ours is a litigious society. People get rich from frivolous lawsuits and others are destroyed by them. What is a Christian to do when they have been violated? This message discusses the deeper issues around lawsuits and gives practical guidelines for making important decisions around legal issues. Download the web guide here: Rally Caps…
November 5 When the truth of God’s grace and freedom are realized, there is the danger of misusing that freedom. The Corinthian church and today’s churches struggle when that freedom leads to immorality. This message discusses the importance of morality and the challenge of dealing with sexual immorality as a church. Download the web guide…
October 29 The church must never emulate worldly enterprises and choose leaders accordingly. Often times, what people want in spiritual leaders are slick and productive political types. This message shows two primary characteristics of spiritual leaders we should follow. Download the web guide here: Rally Caps Web Guide 10-29 (1 Corinthians 4:1-21)
October 22 It is easy to get caught up in the things of the world. It is normal to think we understand. But God’s ways are different. This message reminds us that wisdom is needed and it is only gained by the truly humble. Download the web guide here:Rally Caps Web Guide 10-22 (1 Corinthians…
October 15 Becoming a Christian is not the end but the beginning. Many people, like many of the Corinthians, find salvation but are never sanctified. This message leads us to be born again and then to grow up so that we can experience the richer parts of life. Download our web guide here: Rally Caps Web…
October 8 The world consists of more than we see and there is a better way to navigate than by knowledge alone. First Corinthians speaks of the massive and practical difference between worldly thoughts and divine wisdom. This message seeks to convince us to gain God’s wisdom and tells us how. Download our web guide…
October 1 There are many views about God, heaven, and even Christ. The Christian gospel is that Jesus’s death on the cross is the central event in history and our salvation. This message shows how the world’s philosophy and the Christian gospel differ and calls us to embrace the cross. Download the web guide here:…
September 24 The Corinthian church was a mess. The core problem was disunity. It’s a common problem. This message shows the seriousness of conflict in churches and how to overcome it every time. Download the web guide right here: Rally Caps Web Guide 9-24 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
September 17 Paul responded to the relevant questions of the Corinthian church with practical answers that benefit us too. This message shows how the church began and it reminds us of the beautiful things given to us if we have chosen to follow Christ. Download the web guide right here:Rally Caps Web Guide 9-17 (Acts 18:1-11 and…
June 25- September 10, 2017
God is busy drawing a lost world to himself. God is also busy transforming his people and church to experience his abundant life and join him in sharing with others. This series wakes us to this mission.
September 10 We all hunger for more, but the more is not found only in this world. We will experience it in our normal lives as we tap into the supernatural power and movement of God. This message calls us to to join the unstoppable movement God is stirring.Download the web guide right here: Stir Web Guide…
August 20 The church should be a beautiful place to find belonging, experienced by the believer and longer for by the seeker. This message stirs us to do life together and to welcome others into the community.Download the web guide right here: Stir Web Guide 8-27
August 13 We have clearly been called to go into the community and share the gospel. When we do, we are not on our own. The Holy Spirit is powerfully with us. This message stirs us with practical ideas on how to go and some spiritual ideas on how to partner with the Spirit. Download the web…
August 6 Which is better, to know and recall all the steps to driving a car well or to be a good driver? There is no question. This message shows us how Christlike people are best equipped to really live and stirs us to be transformed into Christ’s image. Download the web guide right here:
July 30 God is stirring us to re-realize that the focus of church is out, not in. We have been called to go as we grow. This message highlights the responsibility and privilege believers have to engage the unchurched outside the church and stirs us to commitment to do so. Download the web guide right here:
July 23 When God stirs his people, the tendency is to feel the pressure to do more. But that isn’t necessary. This message removes the pressure to perform and stirs us to find God’s peace. Download the web guide right here:
July 16 We are called to make disciples. This only occurs in a life-on-life way. This message stirs us and equips us to become sold-out followers of Jesus who apprentice others to be the same. Download the web guide right here:
July 9 Church hasn’t always been like it is today, and shouldn’t always stay this way. We should know how we got here and where we could be going. This message reviews the history and stirs us to the possibilities of what church can be. Download the web guide right here:
June 25 What would happen in our church and in your life if God quietly snuck away? If you or no one else would notice, then there is a problem. This message stirs the need for God’s presence in our lives and equips us to experience him.Download the web guide right here:
May 14-June 18, 2017
People are beautiful, but when we get together, we sometimes have problems. Some of those problems are personal and some are interpersonal. This relationship series helps us turn problems into possibilities and leads us to understand each other better and live together more remarkably.
June 18 (Father’s Day) Being a dad is a great privilege and tremendous responsibility. Few dads really engage. Most don’t know how. This Father’s Day message inspires dads to follow Nehemiah’s example to win the battle for their families. Download the web guide right here: People Problems-Possibilities Web Guide 6-18
June 11 Love is wanting and working for the good of the one loved. But how do we love our gay friends? How can they thrive in our churches? This message guides us to offer them a community of love and a life that flourishes. Download the web guide right here:People Problems-Possibilities Web Guide 6-11
June 4 Homosexuality is woven into the fabric of our culture. Where it used to be taboo, it is not touted. Yet, same-sex attraction is an explosive topic and a confusing drive. This message gives clear guidance and kind grace with truth and love. Download the web guide right here:People Problems-Possibilities Web Guide 6-11
May 28 Singleness is awesome, unless you don’t want to be single. What do you do then? This message encourages and equips those who are single with some good truth and next steps. Download the web guide right here:People Web Guide 5-28
May 21 Marriage brings rich reds and difficult challenges. Sometimes the challenge is so arduous the desire is to quit. This message helps everyone at each stage in marriage develop and renew long lasting love.war Download the web guide right here: People Web Guide 5-21
May 14 (Mother’s Day) Being a mom is a great privilege and tremendous responsibility. Few moms feel worthy. Most reel from weakness. This Mother’s Day message inspires moms to let God turn their weaknesses into strengths. Download the web guide right here: People Web Guide 5-14
Listen Up: Learning to Hear the Still Small Voice of God
April 2–May 7, 2017
In order to flourish, we need God to communicate all sorts of things to us. Fortunately, he does, but we have to learn to listen. This series shows how our relationship with God is personal and conversational and it leads us to hear his voice. Listen up.
May 7 Since God speaks and we desperately need to hear so that our lives will flourish, we need to know what to do to hear better. This message gives practical steps without presenting a formula on how to cultivate a daily conversational relationship with God. Download the web guide right here: Listen Up Web Guide…
April 30 When God speaks, we need to know it is him. It is possible to recognize God’s voice. This message guides us to discern between God’s voice and all other ones. Download the web guide right here: Listen Up Web Guide 4-30
April 23 God wants to speak to us and we are able to hear him. However, we often don’t. This message shows us ways we clog the communication channel. Download the web guide right here: Listen Up Web Guide 4-23
April 16 (EASTER) Our minds swirl in the midst of many voices with varying messages. Eventually we must choose who we trust. This Easter message leads us to the Great Shepherd who has proven his trustworthiness and who calls us to follow him. Download the web guide right here: Listen Up Web Guide 4-16
April 9 God speaks when he wants and how he wants. Usually, however, there are four main ways he communicates his specific will to us. This message shows us those four speakers and teaches us to amplify them. Download the web guide right here: Listen Up Web Guide 4-9
April 2 There are some people who claim that God speaks to them continually. There are others who have never heard God’s voice and they believe he doesn’t speak. What is the truth? This message launches this series by helping us consider whether or not we should expect to hear God’s voice. Download the web…
New Year’s 2017–Life Giving
January 1–March 19, 2017
The best gifts make people smile and make them better. Would you like to be a Life Giver? This New Year’s teaching series will equip you each week to infuse life in others.
March 26 2 Corinthians 1:10b–11 (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18) There is something basic, familiar and yet often untapped that we can best to give life. This message looks at the idea of prayer, explains the power of it, and challenges us to become pray-ers. Download the web guide right here: Life Giving Web Guide 3-26
March 12 Genesis 32–33 (Genesis 25, 27; Colossians 3:13) It is a terrible state to be in the wrong and not admit it. It is worse to realize the wrong you have done to others and not be released from it. This message guides us to the arduous act of giving life by giving forgiveness….
March 5 Philippians 2:12–23 “Encouragement” is support that inspires confidence. It is breath and strength shared to foster life. This message shows how to encourage and who we need to be in order to do so. Download the web guide right here: Life Giving Web Guide 3-5
February 26 Exodus 18:1–27 Life gets stuck when we need something we don’t have. We can’t move forward until we get it. This message talks about the need to share resources and the types of resources we have to share. Download the web guide right here: Life Giving Web Guide 2-26
February 19 Ruth In our fast-paced and mobile world, it’s difficult to find people you can count on. But when you do, you find life. This message leads us to be loyal. Download the web guide right here: Life Giving Web Guide 2-19
February 12 1 Peter 3:13–18 Life really begins when we begin again with Jesus. Yet, no one can do that until they hear about Jesus and get their questions answered. This message challenges us to give life itself, Jesus, to people through salvation conversations. Download the web guide right here: Life Giving Web Guide 2-12
February 5 Galatians 6:1; 2:11–21 The most dangerous position is to be losing your life but not realize it. The most life-giving act for those in that position is to give something that is needed but not wanted. This message distills the delicate art of intervention as a life-giving act. Download the web guide right…
January 29 Galations 6:1–10 When people have loads that are too heavy, we can give life by relieving them with help to carry the load. This message helps us know when to help and when not, and it reminds us of how great relief is. Download the web guide right here: Life Giving Web Guide 1-29
January 22 Luke 14:28-30 Life giving costs, and sometimes it’s pretty pricey. This message assists us to consider the cost and make the commitment ahead of time. Download the web guide right here: Life Giving Web Guide 1-22
January 15 2 Timothy 3:16-17 We need knowledge to become better at anything, and we need wisdom to really live. That’s why the Bible is so important. It is a source of both and the guide for life. This message motives us to new habits with the Bible so we can know better how to…
December 4–December 24, 2016
We focus on Jesus in this Christmas series as we learn how better to live for him and with him. We celebrate his birth, and learn from his life. Join us this Jesusmas on a joyful and fruitful journey.
December 18 Luke 2:8–20 Merry Jesusmas. God’s first words about Jesus after his birth are meant for us too. This message prompts us to listen to the angelic announcement the shepherds heard, watch their obedience, and see who Jesus really is. Download the web guide right here: Jesusmas Web Guide 12-18
December 11 Philippians 2:12–13 Many have tried Christianity, failed, and walked away. Who can blame them? But what if they never really lived Christianly? Christianity is not about trying to be better for Jesus; it is about Jesus being better in and through us. This message shows us how to live from the Jesus-Center. Download the…
December 4 Romans 1 Christmas is a fabulous time of year that contrasts our greatest hope and our biggest struggle. The stuff of Christmas can replace the Christ of Christmas. This message guides us to put Jesus back into the center of everything. Download the web guide right here: Jesusmas-Web-Guide-12-4
The Beginnings: Genesis 1–11
September 11–November 27, 2016
The first eleven chapters of Genesis ground the meaning of our existence. The stories of creation and corruption, grief and grace, destruction and recreation intrigue and inform us. This teaching series will tie the beginnings to our nows.
November 27 Genesis 10–11 When the tower of Babel went up, the view of God went down. We all tend to corrupt the concept of God and, when we do, we move away from God. This message helps us correct our corrupted concepts. Download the web guide right here: Beginnings-Web-Guide-11-27
November 20 Genesis 9 A rainbow reminds us of something wonderful and powerful. In the midst of our sin cycles, there is hope and help from our unchanging God. This message shows how God provides the stability to society, ecology and us. Download the web guide right here: Beginnings-Web-Guide-11-20
November 13 Genesis 6:8–8:22 If you think about it, God made a big ask of Noah. Noah’s faithfulness paved the way, however, to an amazing ride and an unbelievable experience with God. This message gives you the path to your own God-experience and prepares you to accept his big ask. Download the web guide right…
November 6 Genesis 5:1–6:8 There are clouds brewing and the first rains are coming. At this point in Genesis, the Great Flood is about to change the world. But before that happens, the pain of God was seen. This message shows how heart-broken God was with people before The Flood and what causes his heart…
October 30 Genesis 4 Fortunately for all people, the story of sin is potentially swallowed by the story of grace. The first children on the planet, Cain & Abel, developed their inherited propensity to sin in an outrageous event, but God offered grace. For no other reason than love, God still makes the offer. This…
October 23 Genesis 3 Genesis 3 is the first and best suspense story ever told. There is a talking serpent, an enchanting fruit, lies, deception, and certain death. That story invades our story. This message demonstrates how sin is in all our lives and how sin separates us from our lives. Download the web guide…
October 16 Genesis 2:8-15 The earth and people were not created perfect. There is still work to be done, and joining God in that work is one of the most fulfilling processes there is. This message sparks our creativity and frees us to leverage it. Download the web guide right here: Beginnings-Web-Guide-10-16
October 9 Guest Speaker: Chris Lash
October 2 Genesis 2:1-3 God made the earth in six days and then he rested on the seventh. He made that day holy, and he has commanded that we too have a holy day. This message considers the theology of Sabbath, and it challenges our me-centered church expectations. Download the web guide right here: Beginnings-Web-Guide-10-2
September 25 Genesis 1-2 Only inventors know the purpose of their inventions and how they function best. It is only by revelation from the Creator not speculation by the creature that we know our purpose and plan. This message explains who we are and why we are here. Download the web guide right here: Beginnings-web-guide-9-25
Savvy Summer: a look at Proverbs
July 3-September 4, 2016
Knowledge is about facts. Wisdom is applying those facts to life. Without wisdom, our knowledge is useless. Proverbs is a book in the Bible written by the wisest man who ever lived. He dispels his wisdom in common sense sayings and poetic warnings. This series looks at one savvy saying a message and leads us to really live with practical guidance.
September 4 Proverbs 3:5-6 (16:3, 9; 14:12; 29:18) We can’t know the future, but we can make sure the future is clear. The secret is to have a good travel agent. This message gives savvy advice about planning our lives and making sure our plans work out. Download the web guide right here: Savvy Summer web…
August 28 (Proverbs 27:17; 13:30; 12:26) We are not meant to be alone. We are designed to have good friends. The choice of those friends will dramatically change our lives. This message gives savvy advice on how to choose and loose friends. Download the web guide right here: Savvy Summer web guide 8-28
August 21 (Proverbs 15:16; 22:7; 3:9-10) It is a materialistic world, and God is the one that made it. However, we don’t have to be consumed by materialism. This message gives savvy advice on how to handle our money so we enjoy it and use it honorably. Download the web guide right here: Savvy Summer web…
August 14 (Proverbs 3:24) Anxiety and stress are a normal part of many people’s lives. Yet, there is a way to have sweet sleep without medication. This message gives savvy advice on how to overcome worry and a troubled mind. Download the web guide right here: Savvy Summer web guide 8-14
August 7 (Proverbs 20:23) We must work to live, and that work encompasses a lot of our lives. This message gives savvy advice about the best way to work in a competitive marketplace without being consumed by it but instead blessing others in it. Download the web guide right here: Savvy Summer web guide 8-7
July 31 (Proverbs 12:25) We long to make a mark in the world, and here is a way to do it each day. It’s not difficult, and it is tied to our words. This message gives savvy advice about how to daily make a radical and refreshing difference in other’s lives. Download the web guide…
July 24 (Proverbs 13:24) Parenting is rigorous and critical, and there are lots of opinion-sharers and advice-givers who want to “help.” When it comes to discipline, what is right? This message gives savvy advice about if and how discipline should be given. Download the web guide right here: Savvy Summer web guide 7-24
July 17 (Proverbs 14:31) Jesus himself said we can’t eliminate poverty, but he also expected us to be a blessing. This message gives savvy advice about how to be kind and helpful to the poor and marginalized. Download the web guide right here: Savvy Summer webguide 7-17
July 10 (Proverbs 4:23) There is a source to everything. For people, it’s our hearts, our seat of intentions, thoughts and emotions. This message gives savvy advice to protect our hearts, keeping wrong things out and right things in. Download the web guide right here: Savvy Summer web guide 7-10
July 3 (Proverbs 1) There are three types of people in the world, and only one of them can really live. We need to figure out which we are and adjust if needed. This message gives savvy advice about finding and following wisdom. Download the web guide right here: Savvy Summer web guide 7-3
Faith in the Unseen
March 27-May 1
Faith requires action, even when God and the future are unseen. Each message in this series looks at a different biblical character mentioned in Hebrews 11 and applies their faith to our situation. Without faith like these people had, we can’t please God or really live.
June 19 Father’s Day (Hebrews 11:20) All children long for the blessing of their dads. Isaac gave it to his twins and you should give it to your children. This message explains the value of the blessing and challenges dads to give it. Download the web guide right here: Faith in the Unseen web guide 6-19
June 12 (Hebrews 11:35b–39) Faith is not a tool to receive an easy life. Many people throughout history have faithfully served God and been tortured and killed. This message encourages us to be faithful no matter what. Download the web guide right here: Faith in the Unseen web guide 6-12
June 5 (Hebrews 11:29) There is a lot of pressure to believe that all people are loved by God and going to heaven. Reality is different. God protected the Israelites as they walked through the Red Sea, but they saw God use that same Sea to devour the Egyptians. This message empowers us to accept…
May 29 (Hebrews 11:31) Knowing right from wrong is sometimes difficult. Doing right when wrong is more convenient is even more challenging. Rahab risked death to save God’s leaders. This message drives us to do the right thing all the time. Download the web guide right here: Faith in the Unseen web guide 5-29
May 22 (Hebrews 11:7) It is easy to go along with the crowd, and it is difficult to be in the minority. Noah was chosen by God to live through the flood, but he had to build an ark against the pressures of peers and the jeers of the crowd. This message challenges us to…
May 15 (Hebrews 11:8) We long to know exactly what God has planned for our lives, and we often get stuck waiting for certainty. Abraham modeled faith by moving on what he knew even though there was much he didn’t know. This message spurs us to go to unfamiliar places with uncertain plans whenever God…
May 8 (Hebrews 11:23) Mothers have one of the most critical roles on the planet, and one critical part of mothering comes when your kids are at risk. Moses’ mother went to great risks to save his life and prepare him for life. This message encourages mom’s to do what you instinctually feel, to courageously…
We are all broken. Some of our cracks came because of others’ carelessness, and some are our own doing. Some were intentionally done to us, and some we wish we had not done to ourselves. What if our brokenness could be restored and could become our greatest asset? It can.
May 1 (Exodus 1-3) Dreams are the driver of life. God gives us dreams. Life often steals them. But they can come back. God can restore your dreams. Download the web guide right here: Kintsuki web guide 5-1
April 24 (2 Corinthians 12:9-10; Ephesians 5:18) Addictions come as we seek our own remedies to our pain. Freedom from addictions comes as we seek the one who can restore our pain. God can restore us from our addictions. Download the web guide right here: Kintsuki web guide 4-24
April 17, 2016 (Genesis 32:22-32) Poor decisions often produce disappointing results. We compile debt, forfeit opportunities, hurt people, and waste time. Jacob made misjudgments and yet was used greatly by God. God can restore our misjudgments too. Download the web guide right here: Kintsuki webguide 4-17
April 10, 2016 (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; John 8:1-11) We are sexual beings. God made us that way, and he created sex for our pleasure and his purposes. Yet, sexual mistakes are rampant and the resulting problems are real. God can restore our sexual brokenness. Download the web guide right here: Kintsuki web guide 4-10
April 3, 2016 (Romans 5:3-4; 8:28) We are social, designed to love and be loved. That is why the pain is so deep and so lasting when our relationships break. God can restore our broken relationships. Download the web guide right here: Kintsuki web guide 4-3
March 27, 2016 (1 Peter 2:24-25) We are all broken. Some of our cracks are due to our choices and others are caused by others’ choices. But God is in the business of mending our brokenness in a way that makes us more valuable and beautiful. This Easter message shows the way to God’s Kintsugi….
The most important and confusing decision a person can make is whether or not to become a Christ-follower. Conversations about salvation are critical to help people understand and choose. In this series, we invite you to learn how to sit, chill and talk about Jesus in a way that is welcomed and useful.
March 20th, 2016 Acts 8:26-40 (Acts 8:1-5) The ultimate goal of learning to have salvation conversations is to lead people across the line of faith so that they become Christians. This message shows us how that will naturally happen often to those who are ready and engaged. Download the web guide right here: Salvation webguide 3-20
March 13th, 2016 (Acts 17:16-34 , Isaiah 1:18) Love meets people where they are. If someone holds a worldview contrary to Christianity, then we must thoughtfully and logically use reason and rhetoric to help them believe the truth about Jesus and the life he offers. This message reveals how to do that. Download the web guide…
March 6th, 2016 (Genesis 1; John 20:24-31) Many people think science and theology are in conflict, but they are not. Some think that science has disproven Christianity, but it hasn’t. This message demonstrates the value of science and theology and helps us talk to people who see science as king. Download the web guide right here: Salvation…
February 28th, 2016 (1 Peter 3:15-16) Salvation Conversations don’t have to be confrontational debates. They shouldn’t be. This message guides us to seek truth together in conversation and to do so with gentleness and respect. Download the Web Guide here. Salvation webguide 2-28
February 21st, 2016 (Luke 10:1-16; John 6:44, 65) We sometimes feel the pressure to persuade everyone, but everyone is not open to be persuaded. This message guides us to spend our time with people who are open to listening and how to know who they are. Download the web guide right here: Salvation webguide 2-21
February 14th, 2016 (John 3:1-21) Salvation conversations eventually need to explain salvation and call a person to a decision. This message shows Jesus doing that and equips us to do the same. Follow along with the message with our Web Guide right here: Salvation webguide 2-14
February 7th, 2016, Your Conversations’ Power (1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Romans 1:16) What if you were given a task that you knew you were not skilled enough to do? Well, we have been, but our success is not based on our abilities. This message shows where the real power is in our salvation conversations. Download the Web…
January 31st (Acts 17:17; 1 Peter 3:15; James 1:19) Relativism rules the day. To spark thoughtful conversations in a culture hostile to our message, we must do some things to get ready. This message calls us to do four things. Download the Web Guide Here: Salvation webguide 1-31
January 24th, 2016 (Matthew 5:13-16; 28:18-20) People often shutter at the thought of a salvation conversation and then they shy away from them. If we see the benefits, we will be more motivated and obligated to talk to people about Jesus. This message shows those benefits. Download the Web Guide here: Salvation webguide 1-24
GO! Three Steps to a Significant and Satisfying Year
The New Year is the time to GO! more intentionally into the mission God has planned for you. This series unpacks three simple steps that can lead you quickly into God’s plan for a more significant and satisfying year.
January 17: Run (Hebrews 12:1-3) Once we have untangled ourselves from all that holds us back, we need to figure out the goal and determine to go after it. This message sparks your thoughts about worthy goals and challenges you to run after them. Download the Web Guide Here: Go webguide 1-17
January 10 (Vision Sunday): Own (Hebrews 10:19-25) When the untangling is done and the race is on, the members of the local church must take responsibility for the church’s mission. This message clarifies a piece of the church’s vision for 2016 and invites you to own it. Download the Web Guide Here: Go webguide 1-10
January 3: Untangle (Hebrews 12:1-3) It’s good to start a New Year with reflection on the old year. This message guides you to determine the things that tangle your life and get untangled. Download the web guide here: Go webguide 1-3
What’s In a Name? Series
What’s In a Name? is a Christmas series about Jesus’s character as found in four of his different names. His character calls us to cheerful responses.
December 20th, 2015 (Matthew 1:23) Immanuel means, “God with us.” This message considers what it means that God became a person and calls us to worship him and yet wonder in the mystery of all that. Download the Web Guide here what’s in a name webguide 12-20
December 13th, 2015 (Luke 2:11) Jesus came as the Christ, or, Messiah. This message guides us to see what people expected from the Messiah and how Jesus redefined that role. It then offers the salvation he bought. Download the Web Guide Here: what’s in a name webguide 12-13
December 6th, 2015 (Matthew 2:5-6; Psalm 23) Everyone who lived around sheep knew what a shepherd was and did. This message unpacks the meaning of a shepherd and invites us to gladly follow the Good Shepherd. Download the Web Guide Here. what’s in a name 12-6 webguide
November 29th, 2015 (Luke 1:32-33) When Jesus was called the “Son of the Most High,” the angel proclaimed Jesus’ deity. This message explores what that means and challenges us to trust Jesus because he is fully God. Download the Web Guide Here: What’s In a Name? 11-29 webguide
October- November 2015
Overflow is not a teaching series. It is an invitation. To relax. To be refreshed. To enjoy God. To understand. To be freed. To toss aside silly and stifling versions of church and religion and fashion instead a natural, flourishing life. In this series we stir conversations that spur us to finally move into the easy, challenging and overflowing life Christ promised. You’re invited.
November 22nd, 2015 1 Corinthians 11:1; Ephesians 4:20-24; 5:1 Ultimately, a Christ-follower becomes more and more like Christ, having been apprenticed by him. Christ revealed what life could be like, and that life becomes ours as we overflow. This message reminds us of the goal and possibility of a happy and helpful life. Download the web guide…
November 15: James 2:1-4; Romans 5:1-5; 8:28 One beautiful thing about an overflowing is that it flows. Jesus called us to an easy and natural life with him. As we walk with him in our everyday stuff, he grows us. This message reveals how our everyday life can be a transforming life. Download the Web Guide…
November 8th, 2015 Philippians 2:12-13; 1 Timothy 4:7-8 Some people believe that once you become a Christ-follower, you automatically become like Christ. Others think you have to try real hard and you can be changed. This message reveals the real secrets to radical transformation that produces overflow. Download the web guide here: Overflow 11-8 webguide
November 1: Ephesians 5:18; Romans 8; Galatians 5:16, 22-23 Spiritual growth is a spiritual thing. It takes a power beyond ours to be transformed. This message introduces us to the Holy Spirit and guides us to interact with him for life-change. Download the web guide here: Overflow 11-1 webguide
October 25: Romans 12:1-2 (James 1:2-4; Romans 5:3-5) Transformation that leads to overflow involves three moving pieces: the Holy Spirit, training, and all sorts of every day stuff. This message explains those pieces, how we can be intentional with them, and it sets us up to see each in the following three messages. Download the web…
October 18th, 2015 Romans 7:14-25; 8:29 Water can’t flow through a pipe with a clog, and God’s life can’t overflow from us until we are transformed. This message shows what transformation is and why we need it. Download the web guide here: Overflow 10-18 webguide
October 11th, 2015 John 15 At the heart of Christian overflow is connection to Christ. It seems logically obvious that something must be coming in if something is going to go out, but the obvious is often ignored. This message invites us to abide, while working and resting, so that fruit will be produced. Download…
October 4th, 2015 The distinctive characteristic of a Christ-follower is love. It naturally overflows. This message shows us what love looks like and from where it comes. Pastor Rodney mentions his experience skydiving, You can watch that skydiving video here: Download the web guide here: Overflow 10-4 web guide
September 27th, 2015 Jesus once said, “The first will be last, and the last will be first,” and with those words revealed a reversal. Our thinking about life has been tainted. This message challenges us to think in reverse and get what is right. Download the Web Guide here: Overflow 9-27 web guide
September 20th, 2015 God has creatively revealed bits and pieces of himself. He is too big and wonderful to be fully known, but what we do know intensifies our confidence. This message stokes our desire to connect to God by highlighting who he is. Download the Web Guide here: Overflow 9-20 WEB GUIDE
June- September 2015
The Bible is a systematic collection of stories about God and his work with people. Those stories are not just real, but they are relevant to our lives. Each message in this series looks at a different biblical character and reveals one life principle and a few ways to apply it immediately.
September 6th, 2015 Mark 10:46-52 Bartimaeus was blind, but spiritually, he could see a lot. When asked by Jesus what he wanted, the blind man told him, and Jesus gave it. This message challenges us to boldly ask and sincerely bow to Jesus. Download the web guide here: 2015-9-6WebGuide
August 30th, 2015 Luke 23:50-51 (John 19:38; Mathew 27:57-60) Buildings are made of small bricks. Journeys are made of single steps. Sometimes all we have to offer is something small. Joseph only had a tomb, but he gave, and we are all still talking about what happened there. This message prompts us to do what we…
August 23rd, 2015 Exodus 18:13-27 Everyone has blind spots, even Moses. Jethro spotted what his son-in-law couldn’t see and changed his life dramatically. This message encourages us to do abundant good by helping others see what they’re missing. Download the web guide here. 2015-8-23WebGuide
August 16th, 2015 2 Kings 6:17 (Ephesians 6:10-13) Elisha’s servant was afraid because he thought the only resources were human ones. God opened his eyes and stilled his fears. This message shows us there is more to this world than we can see so that we can feel secure. Download the web guide here 2015-8-16WebGuide
August 9th, 2015 (Luke 23:32-43) At the cross of Jesus two thieves hung on either side of him. They represented the world’s two options of response to Jesus. This message reminds us that it’s never too late for salvation, unless it is. Download the web guide here 2015-8-9WebGuide
August 2nd, 2015 Psalm 20:1-9; esp. vs. 7 When we stepped out in faith to serve God on our latest mission trip to Haiti, we encountered obstacles. We realized that we must partner with others, but we are not dependent upon them. We sought God, and he was faithful. This Sunday, we hear some of those…
July 26th, 2015 2 Kings 4:1-7 A lady asked for help, and God used Elisha to do a miracle. But the miracle was less than it could have been, and it was the Jar Lady’s fault. This message prods us to trust God without reservation so we can experience God without limitation. You can take notes…
July 19th, 2015 1 Kings 17 (Proverbs 16:9) God asked a poor dying widow to give away her last meal to Elijah. She did, and then God showed her more love than she ever imagined. This message reveals a bit about God’s ways and challenges us to follow him along his ways. You can take…
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July 5th, 2015 John 20:24-29; 11:16 The apostle Thomas got a nickname, and like most nicknames, it stuck. But Doubting Thomas was more than his name revealed. This message helps us deal with doubt and be more than a doubter. You can take notes with our Web Guide right here:
What Is Christianity?
April – May 2015
“Christianity” is defined as, “a religion founded on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.” People who follow Jesus are called Christians. But what is a Christian and what does it mean to be in that religion? This series clarifies the answer and offers a simple way to become and live Christianity.
May 3rd, 2015 How Do We Become Christians? (Ephesians 2:1-10; James 2:20-26; Luke 9:23) What does it take to become a Christian? Some say we are saved by grace, while others say we are saved by our good deeds. This message clarifies the truth. It reassures Christians and paves the way for others to…
April 26th, 2015 (Romans 1:16-17; 1 Corinthians 1:21-25) How do people ever choose to accept the good news as good and give their lives to Christ? It is only by the power that comes with the gospel. This message reveals that power and invites us to taste and see. Download the Web Guide Here; 2015-4-26WebGuide
April 19th, 2015. (Isaiah 53, 1 Peter 1:3) A lot of folks have been sold a sour box of goods, which has led them to miss Christianity or reject it. This message explains some of those false stories and brings light on the reality of what a Christian is and what Christ has done….
April 12: (Psalm 37:4; Matthew 13:44) God speaks to us through dreams, and dreams guide us to the life God wants us to live. This message helps us eliminate wrong dreams and capture right dreams and chase them with confidence. Download the Web Guide Here: 2015-4-12WebGuide
April 5 (Easter) 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 Many people misunderstand the good news of Easter, and that misunderstanding confuses and devalues the reality of what actually happened. This message explains the gospel and the meaning of Easter and clears the way for us to get in on it. Download the Web Guide here; 2015-4-5WebGuide
Eating Elephants: Bite-sized Victories for Your Eight Biggest Goals
January 4th – March 22nd 2015:
You know how to eat an elephant, and this is the year to conquer eight massive ones. Each week we consider a practical area of our lives (faith, fitness, family, financial freedom, financial generosity, friends, future, and fun), determine a God-sized goal, and then take just one next step with God’s help. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or not done. It’s what you do next that counts.
March 22nd, 2015 This is the final message of our New Year’s series, Eating Elephants: Bite-sized Victories for Your Eight Biggest Goals. God will regularly give you truth and inspire you to change and take action toward specific goals or elephants. This message reviews the series and equips you to take the next one bite…
March 15th (Ecclesiastes 5:18-20; Joshua 24:1-15) Does God want you to enjoy life? Is it OK to spend money on extravagant vacations or to take time to laugh and play and relax? This message helps you analyze where you are and what you need to do next with your fun.
March 8th (Proverbs 29:18; Jeremiah 29:11) What will you do this year about your career and God’s big dream for your life? He has plans for you, and they will lead you toward risk and reward, blessing and adventure. This message helps you analyze where you are and what you need to do next with…
March 1st, 2015 (2 Corinthians 9:6) Many people spend their lives chasing money. But there is something much more beautiful and healthy that happens when you become a giver instead of a getter. This message helps you analyze where you are and what you need to do next with your financial generosity. Download the…
February 22nd, 2015 (1 Samuel 17-20) It is said that if a person finds just a few good friends in life, they are blessed. But finding and being a good friend is not that natural or easy. This message helps you analyze where you are and what you need to do next with your friends….
February 15th, 2015 The One Next Bite toward my FINANCIAL FREEDOM Goal (Proverbs 22:7; Matthew 6:23) Money matters. Its presence gives you opportunities. Its absence creates burdens and desires, which can lead to the terrible bondage of debt. This message helps you analyze where you are and what you need to do next with your…
February 8th, 2015 (Proverbs 24:3-4) Family is the centerpiece of life. God gives us family to enrich and inspire life, but if you aren’t careful, your family will erode and steal your life. This message helps you analyze where you are and what you need to do next with your family. Download the Web Guide…
February 1st, 2015 It was a Bona Fide Blizzard in Northern Illinois today and we knew that most of our regular attenders wouldn’t be able to make it to our worship experience. So we used this snow emergency on Super Bowl Sunday as a chance for Pastor Rodney to tell us what God has been…
January 25th, 2015 It’s Vision and Commitment Sunday at River Valley, and we are glad you are a part of it. Next week we get back into our New Year’s teaching series, Eating Elephants: Bite-sized Victories for Your Eight Biggest Goals. But today Pastor Rodney will give a brief message that reminds us of our mission. He will…
January 18th, 2015 (1 Corinthians 6:12-20) Food is good, and everything good can be misused for something bad. Our bodies are tools for us to do good, and yet we must maintain them or it’ll be bad. This message helps you analyze where you are and what you need to do next with your…
To Me from Me: Three Extravagant Christmas Gifts to Give Yourself
December 7 – 21, 2014
A “To Me from Me” gift is one that you secretly buy for yourself, wrap, place under the tree, write your name on it, and then open on Christmas day as the perfect gift, exactly what you wanted and needed. God has made available to you this Christmas three extravagant gifts. Each Sunday, we will unwrap one, but it will be up to you to take it and make it yours.
December 21st, 2014 (Philippians 2:6-13) There are so many decisions and so much pressure in life. It’s hard to be in charge. This message unwraps the gift you need to find lasting relief and peace every day. Get the Web Guide here:2014-12-21WebGuide
December 14th, 2014 (Philippians 2:3-5) There are friends a family members whom we love and want to help, but they seem impossible unreachable. This message unwraps the gift you need to positively influence others in ways you never imagined. Get the Web Guide here:2014-12-14WebGuide
December 7th, 2014 Philippians 2:1-2 Everyone needs to know who he or she really is and live accordingly. This message unwraps the gift you need to find confidence and courage. Get the Web Guide here: 2014-12-7WebGuide
Ancient Texts: Messages from the Book of Revelation
September 7 – November 30, 2014
Some churches are remarkable and relevant, and that’s God’s plan. Some Christians are amazing and effective, and that’s God’s purpose. In the last book of the Bible, God gave a revelation about his plans and purposes. This series reveals the secrets of seven ancient texts for amazing Christians who comprise remarkable churches.
November 30th, 2104 Revelation 4-5 When we become completely aware of our separation from Christ because of sin, we feel hopeless. And we are. This message moves us into the magnificent, mysterious vision of Revelation and it reveals how our hopelessness is dispelled and how a beautiful day is offered. Download the web guide here; 2014-11-30WebGuide
November 23rd, 2014 Revelation 3:14-22 No one longs to be average, normal, in the middle. But that is where some Christians live. This message shows how appalled Christ was with lukewarmness in Laodicea and guides us to become hot (or, cold). Download the Web Guide here; 2014-11-23WebGuide
November 16th, 2014 Revelation 3:7-13 God constantly places opportunities before us. They’re gifts and they possess potential for impact and blessing. This message explains how the church at Philadelphia had an open door of opportunity and how we can recognize and go through ours. Download the Web guide here; 2014-11-16WebGuide
November 9th, 2014 Revelation 3:1-6 When you live in a world that promotes ease and convenience, it is natural to expect a church that is quite comfortable. The problem is too much comfort means too much compromise. This message shows the danger of a comfortable church like the one at Sardis and how to escape….
November 2nd, 2014 Revelation 2:18-29 Behavior usually follows belief, and if proposed truth is not truth then behavior will be skewed too. The church at Thyatira was deeply misled by false teachers. This message reveals how the poison got in their system and how we can keep it from ours. Download the Web Guide Here; 2014-11-2WebGuide
October 26th, 2014 Revelation 2:12-17 It is normal to become like the people around you. The people in the church at Pergamum loved Jesus and they lived like the world, and that’s never good. This message explains the danger of cultural compromise and how to avoid it. Download the Web Guide here; 2014-10-26WebGuide
October 5th, 2014 Revelation 2:8-11 Persecution is a reality for some and a distant idea to others. God reminds us it will probably be our fate. This message demonstrates how the church at Smyrna was radically pleasing God and raucously persecuted and guides us to consider our course. Download the web guide here; 2014-10-5WebGuide
September 28th 2014 Revelation 2:1-7 Priorities are important and living them out is often slippery. Churches and Christians know our number one priority: to love God and to love people. This message shows us how the church at Ephesus lost its love and challenges us to not do the same. Download our Webguide here 2014-9-28WebGuide
September 21: Revelation 1:9-20 The climax of history is the crowning of Christ as King. There will be a day when everyone sees the reality that already exists: Jesus is the Christ, the supreme King. This message helps us see that now and live in relationship with our King. We’re Sorry, due to a technical…
September 14th 2014 Revelation 1:4-8 The church is God’s invention. He nurtures each local church like his bride. Sometimes we devalue what God values. This message reminds us of the value and mission of the local church and invites us to be a prevailing church. Download our Webguide here 2014-9-14WebGuide
Nah, I’m Good!: Why Your Friends Won’t Come to Church
June 22 – August 24, 2014
There are reasons why people don’t come to church or consider Christ. Those reasons are usually based upon experience and belief. This series investigates 10 objections to Christianity, finding answers in Jesus’ words in John 14-16 for your friends and for your faith.
August 24th 2014 (John 16:16-32) If I don’t see Christians living any better than me, why would I want to become a Christian? If Christianity is all about sacrifice and goody-goody, why wouldn’t I just stay as I am? This message reveals the enticement of the deeply joyful and peaceful life that Jesus truly offers….
August 17th 2014 (John 16:5-15) If I don’t feel the need to paint my house, will I paint it? And if I don’t feel the need for church or Christ, why would I seek either one? This message teaches a deep truth about how people become aware of their sins and interested in seeking Christ….
August 10th, 2014 (John 15:18-16:4) If the Christian message confronts a person’s beliefs and actions, they may listen. But if the message is delivered callously, shouldn’t the messenger be shunned, or worse? This message explains the challenge of testifying to people in opposition. Download the web guide Here; 2014-8-10WebGuide
August 3rd, 2014 (John 15:9-17) If I used to go to church but no longer do because of a bad experience, why should I come back? If churches hurt people, why do people go to churches? This message acknowledges that church pain is the worst but church love is the best, and it shows us how…
July 27th 2014 (John 15:1-8) If Christianity is about changing character and conduct but we fail at that, why would we come to church to be told to do more changing? If we want a great life, why can’t we just go get it? This message reveals the real secret to the easy accomplishment of…
July 20th, 2014 (John 14:15, 21, 23-24) If someone tries something and finds what people claim about it to be false, why would they keep trying? If people claim God speaks, but we explore Christianity and never hear him, why would we think it is true? This message reveals the secret to literally hearing God. Download…
July 13th, 2014 (John 14:17-18) If the church teaches rules and makes you do religious things, who would willingly participate? If God is not personal, then isn’t Christianity empty? This message introduces us to the concept that God is personal and invites us to know him personally. Download the Web Guide here; 2014-7-13WebGuide
July 6th, 2014 (John 1:8-13, 16-20) If we all worship the same God, why should anyone go to a church that claims to worship a different God? Aren’t all religions the same? This message reveals the biblical God as Trinity, and explains how important that is. Download the Web Guide Here; 2014-7-6WebGuide
June 29th, 2014 (John 1:4-7) If Jesus is simply a good teacher, why should we worship him? Is it logical that one who taught that he was God could be a respected coach if he were wrong? This message looks at Jesus’s own words and the evidence to support it to figure out who he…
June 22nd, 2014 (John 14:1-3) If this life is all there is, why wouldn’t we just do whatever seems best for us? But, what if there is more than this life? This message reminds us of the hope of heaven. Download the Web Guide here; 2014-6-22WebGuide
Identity Thieves: Things that Rob You from Being You (and what to do about them)
April 20-June 16, 2014
Are you confused about who you are? Have things stolen your true identity? You are uniquely you, and God made you that way, but you have also probably had your identity stolen from many things and many people. This series helps you get it back.
June 15th, 2014 Jeremiah 42:11-12 (1 John 4:18) Fear kills bravery, and without bravery, we will never be all we can be. Men are often afraid of all sorts of things. This message points out our fears and calls us to courage. Download the web guide here; 2014-6-15WebGuide
June 8th, 2014 Proverbs 13:20 (Proverbs 27:6) People are powerful, and friends are even more powerful. Our friends can be our greatest supporters or our most dangerous thieves. This message opens our eyes and equips us to find helpful friends. Download the web guide here; 2014-6-8WebGuide
June 1st, 2014 Matthew 25:14-30; Proverbs 6:6-11 Sometimes our desire to retreat turns into a lifestyle of laziness. And laziness feels good for a while, but it can ooze into a lingering thief that steals time and opportunity. This message flares a warning and shines a light to the path out to productivity and refreshment….
May 25th, 2014 Colossians 3:17, 23; 1 Corinthians 9:24 Fatigue, fear and other feelings cause us cling to safety. Safety and passion cannot exist together. Without passion, life is dull and often missed. This message will stir our passion and prod us to move. Download the web guide here; 2014-5-25WebGuide
May 18th, 2014 Ruth 1:16-2:1 (Ecclesiastes 4:12) No one is meant to do life alone. We are stronger together. We are better together. We need each other. This message encourages us to find some friends, and to live with them. Download Web Guide here; 2014-5-18WebGuide
May 11th, 2014 (Luke 8:42b-48; Matthew 3:17; 17:5) People pound on people, and many end up feeling insecure and insignificant. A lack of confidence hold us back from really living. This message infuses the insecure with value and significance. Download the Web Guide here; 2014-5-11WebGuide
May 4th, 2014 ( 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Romans 5:3-4) Life often hurts, and our hurts often take us out of life. But, they don’t have to. This message invites us to be healed from our wounds, or at least from their crippling potential Download the web guide here; 2014-5-4WebGuide
April 27th, 2014 (Luke 24) When we try to be good at many things, we can’t become great at anything. Balance is a bad goal. It steals our identity. This message challenges us to take back our desire to be great at what God expects us to be great at and to leave the balanced…
April 20th, 2014 Instruction manuals are useful but confining. No instructions are freeing but paralyzing. When it comes to our lives, what we want is guidance, assistance and the freedom to explore and expand. What we need is a King to clear the confusion. This message shows us the King. Download the Web Guide here; 2014-4-20WebGuide
Free Samples: Sharing an Enticing Introduction to Jesus
March 30-April 13, 2014
Whether it’s pastries, yogurt, or Chinese food, everyone loves to get a sample for free. And, if it is good, we long for more. Sharing Jesus with others often leaves a bad taste, but frees samples are better. This series equips us to make our witness for Jesus enticing and effective.
Better than the Barones
February 16-March 2, 2014
Everybody loves Raymond and his wife Deborah because we identify our honest struggles and hilarious foibles in theirs. This teaching series relates the Bible to the Barones and back to us so we can create harmony and zest in our marriages and relationships.
March 23rd, 2014 (Genesis 2:18; Proverbs 3:10-11; Ephesians 5:25) Marriages often begin selfishly—he wants her, she wants him. Then the couple matures and each person serves the other. This message encourages us to go beyond that to real beauty, when we synergize and accomplish God’s dreams together. Download the web guide here; 2014.3.23WebGuide
March 16th, 2014 (Ecclesiastes 4:12; James 5:16) Marriage is a commitment to God and to our spouse. And while the strength of any couple can be amazing, the strength of a couple walking with Christ is exponentially better. This message challenges us and equips us to enjoy spiritual intimacy. Download the web guide here; 2014.3.16WebGuide
March 9th, 2014 (Genesis 1:27-28, 31; 2:24-25; Proverbs 5) Sinful sex is prominent, but healthy sex can be phenomenal. In fact, it can be better than sex. This message reveals God’s will about sexual intimacy and gives a few tips to experience it for a life time. Regretably, we do not have a recording of…
March 2nd, 2014 (Ephesians 4:25-32) Conflict is inevitable in marriage. Different expectations, backgrounds, personalities, and styles produce friction, and friction sparks fire. This message guides us to engage in fair fights that produce win-wins. Download the web guide here; 2014.3.2WebGuide
February 23rd, 2014 (Mark 8:17-19 (8:1-21)) Words spoken seem like communication, but often they are no better than a French speaker notifying a Chinese listener with a text. Without good communication, there can be no deep connection. This message guides us to a few secrets that will make our words flow and be heard. Download…
February 16th, 2014 (Romans 12:3-8; Ecclesiastes 4:9) Opposites attract and the attraction is apparently too strong to resist. Most couples consist of two opposites, in tastes, in styles, in personalities. This message demonstrates the beauty of our personalities and how we can thrive in our differences. Download the Web Guide here; 2014.2.16WebGuide
Shhhhhh: Quieting the Noise / Focusing the Life
January 5-February 10, 2014
The noise, the pace, and the pressure all around us is overwhelming, and another year of all that is not inviting. How about some fresh thoughts for a New Year, a year that has the space for you to really enjoy your life and make a difference? As 2014 begins, we will follow some of Jesus’ most keen concepts and we will do it by first becoming quiet and still. Shhhhhh. We are about to begin.
February 9th, 2014 (Matthew 7:21-29) There are fools in life, and there are wise people. You are one or the other, and which one you are determines how solid, calm and enjoyable your life will be. This message unlocks Jesus’s secret to a simple, significant and satisfying life. Download the web guide here; 2014.2.9WebGuide
December 1-22, 2013
Christmas slinks in and generates fond memories and new traditions, but it also triggers deeper issues that are often ignored. This series will tame and transform four of these practical Christmas Elephants that no one wants to talk about but everyone trips over.
Rugged Spirituality: Joining the Journey of Acts
February 10-June 23, September 8-November 10, 2013
What does it look like to be a Christian in the 21st century? It isn’t soft and cheesy. It shouldn’t be weird and wild either. It isn’t even going to look just like anything in the Bible, but it will look a little like the power-filled and inspiring stories found in the book of Acts. This teaching series through the book of Acts will give you the gear and the gusto to live a rugged spirituality that should be the norm.
September 29th, 2013 In Acts 15:1-35 the Jewish leaders consider if salvation requires works or is by grace alone. God told them grace was the answer. But then they asked the churches to teach the people to do certain things. The message reveals how God gives us salvation for free but often requires us to…
One Up Series
From time to time we do do something… well, Special (or at least we preach a sermon that doesn’t fit into another series) You’ll find those sermons here.
November 26 Gratitude is not only good for life, but is essential to a strong life. It’s not feeling grateful that works, but being grateful. In this message, we’ll each build our own scrapbooks of gratitude and see what that does for us. 1 Phillipians 4:4-7
March 19 Matthew 25:31–46 Guest Speaker: Heather Dellameter “Strangers” are people without or with little world values, and what they do have can be taken away from them. We are to love them spiritually, physically, financially, and prayerfully. Download the web guide right here: Life Giving Web Guide 3-19
October 9 Guest Speaker: Chris Lash
June 21st, 2015 It is the most influential job on the planet. Dad’s are amazing. This message reminds us of their value and gives dads a challenge to live out their calling. (Galatians 2:11-13; Proverbs 3:11-12)n Here is the Web Guide: 2015-6-21WebGuide
June 14th, 2015 Every Sunday is supposed to be a worship experience, but what does that mean? What do we experience? This message presents the foundation of worship and calls you to an addictive experience. Pastor Rodney explains Worship from Isaiah 6 Download the Web Guide here: 2015-6-14WebGuide
June 7th, 2015 our guest speaker Tim Ramsden brings us a message from 2 Samuel chapter 23 and Matthew 26 entitled, “It’s Not a Waste”. Download the web guide here. 2015-6-7WebGuide
May 31st, 2-15 Guest Speaker—Tom Clinton, Director of First Love International Ministries will bring today’s message. He will teach us about What moved Jesus to compassion & how that compassionate feeling caused him to act. For more information on His ministry Click Here.
2015, May 24th. Jesus clearly and succinctly told us the greatest tasks of every human. But how do we do those? This message shows how relevant and possible it is to do what God wants us to do above all else. (Luke 10:27) Download the Web Guide Here. 2015-5-24WebGuide2
May 17th, 2015. Mark 12: 28-31 Today our guest teacher is Bill Allison, he is a disciplemaking missionary with Cadre Ministries and he will speak about The Life God Has Always Wanted You to Have. Bill is the founder and Executive Director of Cadre Ministries (www.cadreministries.com), a ministry that he says is obsessed with Jesus-like disciple…
May 10th, 2015 Moms, You’re Marvelous! It is the most valuable job on the planet. Moms are marvelous. This message reminds us of their value and gives moms a few tools to stay true to their calling. Download the web guide here: 2015-5-10WebGuide