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We believe real life only happens in a relationship with Jesus.  

 

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

We are a church eager to experience passionate worship, authentic connection, and to grow in our love of God.  

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

 
 
 
 
 
our PURPOSE
 
 
WORSHIP GOD
We are made for this!
When so much competes for our attention, worshiping God
refocuses us.
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
NEXT STEP with Jesus.
 
SERVE TOGETHER
Our world is bigger than just us. Love listens and acts.
ServeTeams partner with local and global ministries
to love and take a
NEXT STEP with Jesus.
 
REACH OUR WORLD
We have amazing news to share. Jesus opened the door to relationship with God. We were made for this! We can’t wait to
help others take a
NEXT STEP with Jesus.
 
 
 
new SERIES
 
 
 
 
 
#BLESSED
 
We all want to be blessed, but what if God’s idea of blessing is different from our own? Join us as we work our way through the Beatitudes, learning that the #Blessed life might be very different, but even better than we ever imagined.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
weekly BLOG
 

“#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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“#Blessed: Matthew 5:6”

#Blessed: Matthew 5:6
 
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 settling but setting for nothing less.
 
-A leak won’t stop until the container is fixed
-A container only works in right relationship to its purpose & the world around it.
-A container will eventually leak carrying corrosive fluids
 
What do you want more than anything?
 
Further Conversation
1. If you won $1,000,000 what would you be most eager to buy?
2. Read Matthew 5:6. What does it mean to hunger & thirst?
3. In John 4, Jesus encounters the Samaritan woman. What were her hunger & thirsts? Why would Jesus’ offer be appealing?
4. Reread Matthew 5:6. What is justice or Righteousness mean? .
5. Read Romans 3:23-24. How does God “right” our relationship?
6. Read Colossians 2:6-7. How do we maintain “right relationship”?
7. Read Psalm 84:10. What brought fulfillment to this writer? Why?
8. From our readings, how would you describe righteousness, or a “right relationship” to God, our purpose, & the world?
9. How does a “right relationship” get knocked out of balance? for you?
10. The Good Life isn’t settling but settling for nothing less. What do you want most in life?
11. How will it satisfy you more than a right relationship with God? Are you satisfied?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Joshua 1:1-9
Joshua had to be scared. Moses was one of the best leaders human history knows. Even with daily communication with God, Moses struggled to lead a stubborn, sinful, and selfish people who made everything difficult. Yet, God called Joshua. God would empower Joshua. Joshua needed to be strong and courageous simply to do what was right to lead the people. God calls us in the middle of challenging circumstances, and God asks that we be strong and courageous. What challenge lies before you? Do you trust God?
Pray: Almighty God, may I be strong and courageous, trusting in you, as you send me to do your work.
 
Tuesday – Matthew 4:18-22
Jesus didn’t invent disciple-making. The practice of disciples, having someone learn from you by following you, is throughout the bible. Joshua followed Moses. Elisha followed Elijah. Timothy followed Paul who followed Barnabas. Yet, Jesus guides us perfectly into what disciples do. A disciple-maker sees potential in someone and seeks to guide the person into using their gift for a bigger purpose. Jesus is gonna take fishermen and teach them to be fishers of men. A disciple responds to the invitation by following. Have we allowed others to guide us? Who are we guiding? In who do we see potential?
Pray: LORD Jesus, thank you that you see potential in me. Help me be guided and help me to guide.
 
Wednesday – 1 Kings 19:15-21
Elijah was an influential prophet in Israel. How could anyone follow in Elijah’s footsteps? God sent Elijah to Elisha, so that Elisha could grow into the role Elijah occupied. Elijah apprenticed Elisha. Another way of saying this is that Elisha became Elijah’s disciple. We train others in the faith as we mentor, apprentice, and disciple them. Who have you invited to follow you?
Pray: Heavenly Father, thank you that you love us and send us to love and lead others.
 
Thursday – Ruth 1:1-19
Ruth refuses to leave Naomi’s side. One of the most powerful statements in this book is verse 16, “Where ever you go, I will go…Your people will be my people and your God will be my God.” Why do you think Ruth was willing to make such a bold proclamation? Ruth became Naomi’s disciple. What would it take for you to follow someone like Ruth did? How could you be a Naomi for someone?
Pray: Holy LORD, you are my God and you have led me. Help me love and lead others.
 
Friday – 2 Timothy 1:3-14
People often come and go in our lives. Our world has become increasingly mobile, meaning long-term influence and relationships are harder and harder to maintain. Our challenge is to make the most of our opportunities to love and lead others while we have them, knowing that tomorrow may be very different. Paul invited Timothy to follow him. Acts 16:1-5 shares the invitation. For a season of time, Timothy shadowed Paul on his ministry journeys. Then things changed. Timothy now pastors a church while Paul sits in prison. This letter shares the heart of a disciple-maker to his/her disciple. Even thought it is different now, Paul still wants to love and lead. Sense Paul’s compassion and joy in Timothy. Hear the heartfelt wisdom. What would it mean for you to receive a letter like this from someone? How might you offer someone this type of guidance and encouragement?
Pray: Holy Spirit, lead me to those whom I can love and lead. Help me offer my life as a guide to others.
 
Saturday – 1 Corinthians 11:1
Its only one verse, one statement. Yet packed into these few words is the essence of disciple-making. Although we teach disciples, discipling is more than teaching. Although we encourage and challenge, discipling is more than that. Discipling is living life with someone, allowing them to watch you as you do what you are called to do. As Paul says, discipling is allowing others to follow you while you follow Jesus. Who follows you?.
Pray: Heavenly Father, may I alway l follow you with a passion that encourages others to follow me.

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