The journey to church may be a new or an old experience for you. It may be awkward and foreign or comfortable and familiar. What are you looking for when you attend a church? Why are you here and what are you asking from God? In this worship theme, we are going to explore three answers to these questions. All are good answers, and all help orient us towards church and God. Why are you here? We hope to see you as you begin to answer that question for yourself.
Messages in this Worship Theme
August 11 – God Bless Me.
August 18 – God Save Me.
August 25 – God Use Me.
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Everyone knows that a preacher doesn’t get into any faster trouble than when he starts talking about money… Jesus talked about money a lot! In today’s reading Jesus is actually interrupted by someone in a financial dispute with his sibling. Jesus uses it as an opportunity to warn us about greed. We may feel we are greedy but then again, how rich are we towards God? Key text: Luke 12:13-21 (NRSV)
Spirituality can be slippery. Today we hear of how Jesus told a story of a religious person who was religious enough to be virtuous and yet still dramatically misses the mark with regard to the Kingdom of God. For Jesus, spirituality that doesn’t lead us towards others can’t be leading us to God either! Listen now as humbleness is redefined. Key text: Luke 18:9-14 (ESV)
At first glance, this statement doesn’t appear to be controversial. Indeed, we will find Jesus’ words comforting and compelling. Here he blesses us with his confident words concerning God’s care of we who are his children. But wait there is a condition. We must seek God’s Kingdom. Assuredly, many then as today give up and go back to trying to get what they think they need in their own strength rather than take the risk of trusting God’s ways and…
What do we do when we are tempted to escape early? How do we stay faithful in the midst of tempting moments even during Lent this year? Rev. Jamie Ellis leads us through an explanation of what it means for us as followers of Jesus to be in wilderness moments. Key Text: Matthew 4:1-11
Are you following the Jesus of your own perception, or the real Jesus OF the gospel? Watch/Listen as we look at some of His provocative sayings found in the gospel according to Luke. For Jesus, and maybe in the end for us as well, they are words worth dying for. Key text: Luke 4:14-30
Key text: 1 Corinthians 13 (ESV) No matter where you fall on this issue of human sexuality, hear this special message from Pastor Chris regarding the Special Called General Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Life is a journey. Seeking and believing in Jesus are only the first steps. How do you move from just believing, to being a disciple and then a disciple-maker of Jesus? Key text: Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)
Want to know how to encourage others or even if someone really needs encouragement in the first place? Listen as Pastor Chris talks about the reasons for encouragement and the tale-tale signs someone is in need of encouragement Key text: Nehemiah 8:8-10 (NLT) To help with this worship theme, we have created a Listening Guide and Action Points for each week. Click the PDF link above to download, complete listening guide, and work on action steps for Week 6 of…
Every athlete knows that in order to achieve great success you first have to visualize yourself accomplishing that success. It is no different for the follower of Jesus. What does success look like in your life? In your family’s life? In your job? God has made you so that you can accomplish that which is set before you. Vital to accomplishing your goals is first visualizing your success. Listen as Pastor Chris explains more. Key text: Nehemiah 2:20 (MSG) To…
Success doesn’t happen overnight. We have to invest our resources and make personal sacrifices to achieve our goals. This journey won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. Key text: Nehemiah 5:14-19 (NLT) To help with this worship theme, we have created a Listening Guide and Action Points for each week. Click the PDF link above to download, complete listening guide, and work on action steps for Week 4 of Thrive.