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The best decision we ever made was to follow Jesus.  We’re regular people moved by God’s extraordinary grace.  

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We love our local community and want to help every person take a NEXT STEP with Jesus.

 
 
 
 
 
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WORSHIP GOD
We are made for this!
When so much competes for our attention, worshiping God
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Renewed, we’re ready for a
NEXT STEP with Jesus.
 
CONNECT WITH OTHERS
Life is better together.
Where life separates and isolates, Christ connects. Life change happens best in relationship.
We take our
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We have amazing news to share. Jesus opened the door to relationship with God. We were made for this! We can’t wait to
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Pray Like This
 
How do you talk with God?  We know God wants us to pray.  We know that deep down our hearts we really want to connect with God through prayer.  But how  Don’t worry, Jesus gives us the answer.  Our message series follows Jesus’ step by step guide for prayer.  Jesus says, “Pray Like This.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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“#Blessed: Matthew 5:9”

#Blessed: The Other Good Life
 
The Good Life is distilled, not unfiltered.
The Good Life is infectious, not enforced.
The Good Life is caught, not taught. 
 
-It takes my life – I can’t give what I don’t have.
-It takes my presence – I can’t share if I’m not near It takes my compassion – They won’t care if I don’t care.
-It takes my explanation – They won’t know if I don’t tell them.
 
How infectious is your faith in Christ?
 
Further Conversation
1. What would be some ideal character traits for a father? Why?
2. Read Matthew 5:9. What does “work for peace” mean? What is the difference between a peace-maker & peace-keeper?
3. The Good Life is caught, not taught. What is the difference between Christ being caught & taught? How is Christ “caught”?
4. Read 2 Corinthians 5:11, 14-21. From this passage, what is our responsibility at Jesus follower? How do we do that?
5. Read Galatians 2:20. How do we “die to our old life”? How do I live for Christ? Following Jesus is “all or nothing.” How so?
6. Read Luke 10:30-37. Why does compassion critical to sharing Christ? When has compassion for you made you open to others?
7. Read Romans 10:14-15. How do you explain your faith in Christ?
8. The Good Life is infectious, not enforced. How infectious is your faith in Christ? Why? What can you begin to do differently to have a more profound influence for Christ on those around you?
 
Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Philippians 2:12-18
Have you ever received a gift you didn’t want? We hide those gifts in the back of the closet or repackage them to regift to others. Gifts we want and love get used and celebrated. Salvation is a gift that must be used. Paul reminds us to workout our salvation. We must do the hard work of using this gift from Jesus. As we do the work of obedience and service, Jesus’ gift to us permeates every part of who we are. Are you using your gift of salvation, working it out in your life?
Pray: LORD Jesus, thank you for the gift of salvation. May I work it out through all I say and do.
 
Tuesday – Matthew 5:33-48
“Be perfect!” Okay, that seems impossible. Yet through the power of the Holy Spirit, this is the standard we are to aim for and can reach. Jesus reminds us that what he is we too can be. How? It happens as we act in humility, obedience, integrity, and generosity. Let your yes be yes. Trust in God’s justice. Love your enemies. This is what it means to follow Jesus. Are you doing the hard work to be the best…like Jesus?
Pray: Holy Spirit, you give me power to be all that Jesus is. May I trust and live in your power today.
 
Wednesday – Isaiah 30:12-17
We will make mistakes. It is part of being human. We will stumble and fall. Sometimes pride and selfishness will get the best of us. How will we respond? This is our biggest challenge. Will we double down in pride and self-righteousness? Or will we admit our failure and return to Jesus? The Israelites refused to humble themselves and trust in God. In the end, this was their downfall. They refused to repent and change. Can we learn from their experience? Will we do better? What about you?
Pray: Almighty God, I am so foolish in my pride to refuse to humble myself and repent. May I turn from my sin and self-righteousness and instead repent and return to a faithful trust in your power.
 
Thursday – Jeremiah 31:15-22
We often continue to hide our sin and failure because we fear the consequences. There are consequences to sin, yet God is eager and quick to forgive. God desires to hold your close and bring restoration to our lives. We trust God as we turn in open repentance, exposing our failure to God’s light of love. Do you trust in God’s grace?
Pray: Holy and Loving Father, may I trust in your grace and open myself to your light.
 
Friday – Philippians 3:12-16
Seeking to become like Jesus does take considerable effort, focus, and training. All of it is empowered by the gift of the Holy Spirit. Yet we must still work. We must commit ourselves to the transformation, being more and more like Jesus. It takes denying ourselves what we want so that we can do what Jesus wants. Paul compares it too training for a race. Runners seeking to win put in the hard work of discipline. They change their diet, their schedules, their focus all to win a medal. Paul says that we do the same…but for the crown of Christ. How is your training going? Are you putting in the hard work? Do others see your effort? Would Jesus say that you are trying? What could you do today?
Pray: LORD Jesus, my goal is to be like you. May I put in the hard work of faith and obedience, trusting that you will give me the power necessary to win the race of faith.
 
Saturday -Hebrews 12:1-3
In any race, one of the best ways to go faster and farther is to shed pounds. Whether it is striping a race car of all unnecessary components or trimming down and wearing light gear when running, shedding weight increases speed. What trips you up or holds you back in your race to be like Jesus? Is there sin or addictions that entangle you? Wrong attitudes that slow you? Rid yourself of these and run to win. o get to attend the party with Jesus. Where do you want to be?
Pray: LORD of Heaven and Earth, thank you for your love and work in my life this week. Please help me trust and obey you, living for you, knowing that running hard to be like Jesus is what you desire.

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“#Blessed: Matthew 5:8”

#Blessed: Matthew 5:8
 
The Good Life is proactive, not reactive.
The Good Life is distilled, not unfiltered.
The Good Life is being true to God, not yourself.
 
-Impure desires left unfiltered always lead to problems.
-The process of purifying is always painful.
-Purity always creates clarity, revealing purpose.
 
What is your heart’s desire?
 
Further Conversation
1. Do you care about a restaurant’s Health Code score? Why?
2. Read Matthew 5:8 What does “whose hearts are pure” mean? How is God, and God’s desires, our standard for purity?
3. The good life is being true to God, not yourself. How does our culture promotes a true to yourself, “unfiltered” lifestyle? Why?
4. Read Isaiah 6:1-8 What does this story tell us about God? Isaiah? How is Isaiah changed? What does Isaiah do?
5. Read James 1:14-15 How does James describe the danger of impure thoughts & temptations? Have you seen this happen? The process of purifying is always painful. Do you agree? Why?
6. Read Romans 12:1-2 What is the end result of a life lived for God? Why do you think we struggle with conforming to the world?
7. The Good Life is distilled, not unfiltered. What areas of your life need purified and realigned with God’s desires?
8. How might a small group at Christ Church help you?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – 1 Samuel 15:10-31
Good intentions don’t satisfy failed obedience. We like to make a lot of excuses for our failure to obey. We justify ourselves, blame others, or suggest good intentions. Yet the truth remains that we fail to obey. The LORD commanded Saul to destroy all the plunder, yet Saul took matters into his own hands and did what he thought was best. Sin is simple to define, it is simply me thinking I know better than God. In what ways, and in what areas of your life, are you most prone to justify disobedience?
Pray: Almighty God, forgive me when I think I know better. You alone are LORD. I want to obey you!
 
Tuesday – 2 Samuel 11-12:25
What was I thinking? Many of us have been there. We make a rash, impulsive, and foolish decision…then we try our best to cover it up. David, and we, should have known better. Uriah and David’s child with Bathsheba lost their lives because of David’s decisions. We’ve broken relationships, harmed others, and jeopardized opportunities. Where have we been guilty of similar cover-ups? Why do we hide or deny our guilt?
Pray: Heavenly Father, you know all things, including the secrets of our heart. Forgive us for the pain we’ve caused you and others because of our selfish disobedience. Make us new today.
 
Wednesday – John 8:1-111
My heart breaks for this poor woman. Yes, she was an adulterer. She was guilty. Yet so often, in a rush to judge others, we fail to account for our own guilt. Our guilt doesn’t excuse the guilt of others. Jesus didn’t ignore the woman’s sins. He forgave them. And catch his last words, “Go and sin no more.” We abuse and misuse forgiveness when we continue down the wrong path. Where might Jesus be telling you to “Go and sin no more.”
Pray: Jesus, you are the LORD and Savior of the world. May I love you and your gift as I obey you.
 
Thursday – Isaiah 53:4-9
All hope is not lost. God laid on Jesus, His Son, all the guilt of our sin. Separation, eternal death, hell need not be our destiny if we trust in Jesus. God had provided a way. Yet, sin still has consequences. We experience brokenness and harm here. But if we trust in God and the work of Jesus Christ, we can be made new!
Pray: LORD Jesus, you have paid an enormous price that I may be made new. I trust in you!
 
Friday – 1 Corinthians 5:1-13
Disobedience and sinfulness are never private matter. They always…ALWAYS…impacts others. Paul challenges the Corinthians to kick someone out of church for their sin. Is Paul being too harsh? Imagine the negative media exposure in our culture if this happened today. Paul recognizes the dangers of the Corinthian’s pride. Without significant consequences, more harm will come. Harboring or excusing sin harms ourselves and it harms the church. It damages credibility. It denies God’s holy power. Think of the harm done the Catholic church for past misdeeds and how people dismiss it now because of the cover-up. Think of our mistrust of our government because of the past misdeeds and lack of integrity of some leaders. Sin harms us and it harms the our community. In love, we must expect better from ourselves. Are you hiding or holding onto sin? Are we excusing sin? Let us repent!
Pray: Holy Spirit, convict our hearts. We have sinned! Give us courage to expose and repent!
 
Saturday – Matthew 9:9-13
Why weren’t the Pharisees and religious leaders attending Matthew’s party? I bet they were invited. They didn’t want to come because they thought they were better, more holy, too pure to be around such obvious sinners. “I’ve come not for the healthy but for those who know they are sick.” When we recognize our sin illness and seek forgiveness and change, we too get to attend the party with Jesus. Where do you want to be?
Pray: Holy God, you alone are perfect. I am not. Thank you for still inviting me to the party.

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“#Blessed: Matthew 5:7”

#Blessed: Matthew 5:7
 
The Good Life isn’t counting my blessings, but counting on the one who blesses.
The Good Life isn’t pain free but pain freed.
The Good Life isn’t achieved but received.
The Good Life isn’t about settling but settling for nothing less.
The Good Life is proactive, not reactive.
The Good Life starts when you get started. 
 
– Don’t wait on someone else to do what Jesus asks you to do – Don’t fret about the size of the challenge, focus on the power of Christ
– Don’t quit when it gets hard, that when growth happens
What are you waiting for? 
 
Further Conversation
1. What do you think are some of the needs people have in your community? What could churches do to meet those needs?
2. Read Matthew 5:6 What does it mean to show mercy?
3. The good life starts when you get started. What are some fears in taking the lead in a difficult situation? How can failing be good?
4. Read John 6:1-13 What did the people need? What are some fears the disciples might have in trying to meet those needs?
5. What are some commands Jesus gave to all Jesus-followers throughout history? What holds us back from acting on these? What was the disciple’s initial response to the need of the people?
6. How can we focus on Christ instead of our challenges?
7. What do we miss when we walk away from hard things? What hard things is Jesus asking you to do?
8. The Good Life is proactive, not reactive. What needs do you see around you? What are you waiting for?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Matthew 14:22-33
God parted the Red Sea before anyone stepped in. God parted the Jordan River only after the priests took one step in. For Peter, God just let him walk on top. Whether the waters are parted before, during, or never; we miss the point when we focus on the water. Who God is and what God does must always be our focus! What was Peter looking at when he began to sink? Where do we look when the winds and waves crash?
Pray: Almighty God, may I never turn my eyes from you but trust in you that you alone can do all things
 
Tuesday – 2 kings 5:1-19
We can sometimes lose sight of what God does and what God asks of us. God is the healer. God is the author, sustainer, and ruler of life. Faith doesn’t heal…God does. Faith puts me in the place to be healed. Naaman wasn’t asked to do anything extraordinary…only take a simple swim. The Israelites weren’t asked to part the Jordan River, only take one step of trust. You and I aren’t asked to change the world,. We’re only asked to obey God and take a step in faith. God does the rest. What is God asking you to do today?
Pray: Heavenly Father, you alone are LORD and God. May I trust in your power as I take my steps.
 
Wednesday – Isaiah 51:1-2
It is hard to ask for help. It is difficult to lean on others. Why? Pride is the only answer. We think we can do it alone. We fear what others might think if we asked for help, or cried out in need. Yet deliverance only comes from God. Our credit cards nor our rugged ingenuity will save us. The bottle won’t hide us. Look towards God. Look at what God has done. Consider what God could do…if we would cry out and trust.
Pray: Holy Spirit, pride sometimes swallows me whole. Renew my heart and deliver me. I need you.
 
Thursday – Psalm 114
I love the song by Jim Croce “Bad Bad Leroy Brown.” We watch superhero movies. We marvel at heroic sagas. Psalm 114 is not different. The Psalmist simply stands in awe of what God has done! This psalm reminds us that God was the one who moved the waters and caused mountains to dance. What enemies approach you, what obstacles stand in you way? Do you hope for a superhero, plan to trust in your ability, or will you trust God?
Pray: God of all creation, you alone possess the power and right to pave my path. May I follow!
 
Friday – John 14:1-7
I’m astonished at what some athletes can do. I recently read of a young man who broke the world record in the standing long jump…almost 12 feet! I’d be lucky to hit 5-6 feet…and that’s me falling flat on my face! Some people are simply more gifted, better disciplined, or more privileged than others. Yet…and this is a huge yet…no one, no matter who incredibly talented, can earn or perform their way into heaven. There is only one way: Jesus! Sin has caused a huge chasm between God and humanity. I can’t jump the Grand Canyon, but neither can anyone else. God built a bridge to us, through the cross of Christ. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Only by trusting fully in Jesus can any of us ever spend eternity with God. In what ways, and in what arenas of life, to you feel tempted to rely upon yourself more than Jesus?
Pray: Jesus, my LORD and Savior, I commit my self fully to you today. You alone are the way!
 
Saturday – Deuteronomy 9:1-6
Does Moses seem awful harsh and judgmental to you? Isn’t it enough to say God did something. Must Moses also say, “and you don’t deserve it!” Moses loves the people too much to let them think anything else. As soon as we believe we deserve something, we start taking credit. Only in repentance and humility will we ever truly appreciate who God is and what God has done. Where does pride most hold you back?
Pray: Holy God, you alone are perfect, able, and worthy. I am not. Thank you for your undeserved love

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