October 31 - November 28, 2021
Throughout Scripture, we see an invitation from God to come to Him in prayer and know that He hears us. It's our direct line to Him. We often look at prayer as a one-way street, where we tell God all that we want Him to address in our lives or in the world. But prayer is so much more than that. It’s not just talking to God but also learning to hear the voice of God. Breakthrough prayer is easier than most people think. It’s not about memorizing a certain formula or certain flowery language. It flows from a right relationship with Jesus, is patterned after the life of Jesus, and is rooted in the mission of Jesus. When you become a truly Kingdom-minded disciple, you begin to see a tremendous breakthrough in your prayer life.
September 5 - October 17, 2021
For several months last year (and maybe still this year) many people spent a lot of time sheltered within the safety of our homes and behind the walls that protect us. But as much as we enjoy the security that our walls provide, circumstances often require us to venture out from the shelter of our buildings. As Christ-followers, we are so blessed to have a meeting house that allows us to gather for worship, teaching, and fellowship, but we have been called to move “beyond the walls” of our church facility if we are to share the love of Christ with the world. Through this study, may we gain new confidence and enthusiasm to reach out to our neighbors and to the nations. May we all be motivated to step out from the safe confines of our comfort zones and really make a difference for Christ. Ultimately, may we see lives changed and God glorified as we communicate through our words and deeds the love and message of Jesus Christ.
July 18 -
August 29, 2021
What if Jesus visited our church? What would He say about it? Would He be impressed by the things that impress others? Would He comment on our buildings? Would He mention the size of the congregation? Would He smile or scowl at the amount of offering given? Would He feel like an outsider and sit by Himself? What would He think about our church? Well, thankfully, we’re not left to wonder about the larger question. Over the next 7 weeks, we’re going to study the 7 short letters to the churches in Revelation 2-3. In these open letters that have been left for all of us to read – not just their original audience – our Lord pays a pastoral visit to 7 different first-century local churches. In each case, He tailors a message fitting to that congregation in that place at that moment in history. These were Christians struggling with persecution and the temptation to moral and spiritual compromise. And even though they were written to a specific group in a specific context, there is certainly teachings and warnings that speak to us still today.
June 20 - July 11,
There are some followers of Jesus who have had those powerful, miraculous experiences that changed their hearts and changed their lives in an instant. From that day forward, they grew and were different. That describes some Christians. But the majority of disciples of Jesus can’t point to a single experience or a single day on the calendar way back when that was the decisive turning point in their life. For most of us, much of our spiritual growth has come during and after and because of painful seasons of life that taught us more about the power and presence of God than all of our good days combined. It’s unfortunate that we learn and grow the most through pain, but whatever comes our way, God will always use it to grow us…if we will train our eyes to see His hand at work and open our ears to listen to Him. Over the next 4 weeks, we’re going to look at 4 different seasons where God grows us the most, using the “grow through what you go through” method of working in our hearts. And hopefully we can begin looking for His hand with expectation when struggles come our way.
Adult & Teen Challenge provides Christian faith-based, residential care to young people and adults who struggle with life-controlling problems. The programs are typically 12-18 months and consist of Individual and group biblical studies, work projects, education (for adolescents), recreation and more. This Sunday, we're blessed to hear a presentation about the program and some life-changing testimonies.
May 23 - June 6,
Does your future feel like it’s already been predetermined by your past? Instead of being dragged down and immobilized by the weight of guilt, pain, or a lingering sense of failure, what freedom could we find in laying those burdens down? In the next few weeks, we’re going to talk about how it’s not only possible but that it’s incredibly likely that the days ahead can be your best ever…if you walk in step with the Spirit and shed some baggage He’s calling on you to shed. With God, you can rediscover the most peace, hope, and freedom as you write the next chapter of your life.
April 11 - May 2,
As Christians living in a world that is not our home, we’re called to live holy, distinct lives. But let’s be honest, that’s hard. The pull of the world is strong, and the voices of the world tend to drown out the voice of God most days. For those who have spent any amount of time in or around the church, you have a pretty good idea what God desires for you and how He wants you to live, but over time, it’s easy to compromise, to justify, to tell yourself that your sins aren’t that bad. The reality is, you have to change the way you think, because the way you think is the way you will behave. And God has called us, as His children, to live differently than the world – to be in the world but not of the world. Over the next 4 weeks, we’re going to look at some of the primary ways Christians are duped into doing things the world’s way, and we will reveal God’s better way of living differently.
February 21 - April 4,
While on earth, Jesus wasn’t just a good Teacher or a benevolent Healer. He was God in the flesh. He showed His great power through miracles, but He wielded that power, not for personal or political gain but to humbly serve others. And then, He ultimately laid down His life for the sins of the world. We often talk about someone being the G.O.A.T., like a sports player, for instance. But because of who He is and what He did while on this earth, hands down, Jesus is the greatest of all time in every area of life.
February 7 - 14,
Looking at the spiritual landscape of our country today, it’s easy to see that 21st century Christianity is a lot different than 1st century Christianity. The life-changing, culture-shaping influence of the church just isn't what it used to be, nor is it what it could be. We wonder why our faith seems stagnant. We question the lack of loving, caring community. Deep down, we desire a greater purpose that seems so out of reach. Something is definitely missing. In this two-part series, we're going to look at both sides of the discipleship coin, as we learn what it means to be a disciple and what it means to make more disciples.
January 3 -31,
Tough times come upon all of us. And as we begin the year 2021, more people are struggling than ever before. The struggles aren’t just on the surface with tangible things like finances and auto repairs and job losses. They run deep inside us. And while these struggles are more concealable and less noticeable, they are very real and very hard to endure at times. So, we’re going to bring them out in the open and find some encouragement and reassurance from God’s Word. As author and pastor Max Lucado has wisely reminded us: “You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good. Don’t be foolish or naïve. But don’t despair either. With God’s help, you’ll get through this.”
October 11 -
At any point, it’s never a bad idea to stop and take inventory of our lives. Right now, as American Christians, a thousand questions are swirling around in our heads, like “What should I believe? What do I do? How can I make a difference? Where do I turn? What will the future look like? And who should I be listening to?” It’s a confusing time…which means it’s the perfect time to stop and take a good look around in order to gain clarity and a better perspective. In this series, we will explore all the different directions you need to look in order to see what God is trying to tell you in and through this season of life.
September 6 -
In America and in many parts of the world, these are chaotic times. And difficult times are amplified even more by relational division that our opportunist enemy has sown among Christians. More than ever, it’s important that we pursue spiritual maturity to keep from losing our hope and faith, falling for deceptive lies, and turning against one another. The Apostle Peter, in his second letter to the first-century churches, writes to teach us how to grow in certain areas so that we will become more confident in the midst of chaos.
Pregnancy Choices holds an annual fundraising banquet each March. However, with the Coronavirus Pandemic, this was not a possibility. With the banquet being such a large portion of our yearly income, they chose to pivot to a virtual banquet and host several watch parties at area churches. Be moved and inspired to be the change, be the difference, and know the impossible is possible by us all coming together. Please enjoy the presentation by clicking the link above and consider partnering with us in our life-saving efforts.
August 9 -23,
Discussing the topic of money and giving in church ordinarily puts a lot of people on edge, probably because we have an incorrect understanding of who our wealth, goods, and possessions actually belong to. In Matthew 25, Jesus tells a parable that really lays out for us this “ownership theology” that He wants His followers to understand and incorporate into their lives. He warns us that there will be a test, not just regarding how you handled your finances, but on how you manage all that God entrusts to you. And in this series, we will learn who it belongs to, what our role is, and how to hear those congratulatory words one day: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
July 5 -
The afterlife is cloaked in mystery. What happens moments after we die? What is Heaven really like? What about Hell? And does what we do in this world really matter in the next? Don’t let the afterlife be an afterthought. Join us as we explore the Bible’s life-altering answers to these questions.
June 7 - 21,
Politics and religion are two of the subjects that are social no-no’s. It’s long been said that you’re not supposed to discuss them in polite company. As Christians, we’re obviously in the business of discussing religion. In the hostile political climate of our day, maybe the lack of discussing politics is what has led to Christians entering into the political discussion in society with less than Christ-like character. In this series, we’ll see how to blend our religion and politics in a way that unites the church and glorifies God.
April 19 -
If you have 5 conversations with 5 different people in any given day, you’re bound to hear at least 4 of those people describe a situation or circumstance in their life that is not going well. In fact, they probably feel like just giving up. The pressure is too great, the motivation to keep going is too low, the energy level required to keep trying is all but gone. But this should be something that separates us as Christians. The pages of Scripture serve as God’s megaphone, calling out to us to maintain our endurance, our perseverance, and our determination in the face of anything that comes our way. We have faith that God is doing something that we can’t see, and that reality encourages us over and over throughout our lives, “Don’t give up!”
December 8 - 29,
In a crowded, busy holiday season, it’s common for people to feel weighed down by family relationships, financial pressure, regret, or failure. This series will help people see that the weight they feel comes from things that God never asked them to carry, and His solution is simple: Let go of the baggage and travel light.
October 27 -
A clear vision, along with the courage to follow through, dramatically increases your chances of success in any area of life. Without a clear vision, you really have no clear target to shoot for – no purpose at which to aim. As we wind down the year and head into 2020 as a church, we’re going to take a look at the Old Testament book of Nehemiah to see what it looks like to have a perfectly clear vision for the future that (if we have the courage to follow through) will lead to spiritual success.
September 15 -
Our culture has an entirely different perspective on love and marriage than what God has. So, if we aren’t talking about God’s perspective on love and marriage, the only place we’re going to get advice and a model to follow is the world. It’s apparent that that strategy isn’t working out so well. So, in this 6-week series, we’re going to take a look at both what God has to say about it and some rather poor examples of marriage in Scripture – the “what not to do” models. Whether you are single, divorced, married, or widowed, there will be a lot for us to learn about love from the Author Himself.
August 4 - September 1,
From terrorist attacks to cancer to poverty to tensions of wars, our world could use some good news. Tucked away in the middle of the New Testament is a letter that teaches us how to express joy when we’re constantly surrounded by sadness and bad news on every side. As we study through the book of Philippians together, we’ll see how it is possible to have an explosion of joy in what may seem to be the dark moments of life.
June 9 -
Living our day-to-day lives, we encounter all kinds of issues that aren’t just on the news. They are in our work places, our schools, even in our own living rooms. We can try and pretend they don’t exist, but that doesn’t make them go away. These issues are real, and they are important. The truth is, at the heart of all these issues is people, and that’s why they matter to God. In fact, He has a lot to say about these elephants in the room that no one wants to talk about. In this 7-week series, we would like to start a conversation about these different topics. We cannot fully cover the scope of each issue in a single sermon, but we hope that it will initiate conversations that are full of grace and truth, as we allow God to reshape our worldview and lead us to action.
May 12 -
If you have kids or are even thinking about having them, you won't want to miss this four-week series that explores what God's Word has to say about parenthood. Whether they're bawling, crawling, walking, talking, driving you crazy, or asking to drive your car, kids are a gift from God, and He provides some very clear guidance and insight on how to raise them to be full of faith and focused on Him.
March 10 -
In the opening chapters of Joshua (3-5), we see God preparing the next generation of His people to inherit the promises that He has in store for them. As the people of God in this day and age, we must be prepared to receive the blessings God has in store for us. When a prepared people meet up with the power of God, great things happen.
January 6 -
We’ve all heard of the popular bracelet slogan “What Would Jesus Do?” that was popular several years ago. And most who have been in the church for a while could give some pretty solid answers to that question “WWJD?” that would be truthful. But have you ever thought about the question “What would Jesus undo?” In His time on earth, Jesus wasn’t interested in token gestures. He didn’t care about outward behavior. He shook up anyone whose faith was lukewarm, and He brought hope to the broken, the lost, and those tangled in sin by showing them what true worship could be. As we start this new year, we’re going to look at four of the roadblocks that Jesus would like to remove from our spiritual walks in order to make our relationship with Him more like it should be.