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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.

 
 
 
 
 
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WORSHIP GOD
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When so much competes for our attention, worshiping God
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Renewed, we’re ready for a
NEXT STEP with Jesus.
 
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Life is better together.
Where life separates and isolates, Christ connects. Life change happens best in relationship.
We take our
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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.
 
 
 
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#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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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“What’s the Cost?” Guest Speaker: Chase Gibson

What’s the Cost?
 
Have you ever felt like you have gone too far to be loved by anyone. The first three chapters of Hosea Paint a perfect picture of God’s love for us. Most of our stories may not be as radical as that of Hosea and Gomer, but we all fail, most of us on a daily basis. Even though we are consumed in failures, He loves us and has paid the ultimate price for us even though we were already his to begin with.
 
Hosea:
– Prophet in Northern Israel (Samaria)
– 750 BC
 
Hosea 1:2-3
– Sometimes God asks us to do radical things.
– Sometimes we don’t realize the cost.
– By Hosea marrying a prostitute, God was a painting a picture of His love for Israel.
 
Hosea 3:1-3
– 30 pieces of silver = 5 weeks wages
– He bought her back AT ALL COSTS.
– Hosea means “salvation” and Gomer means “complete”
 
Further Conversation
1. Have you ever tried to buy something that you couldn’t afford and the seller said just give what you have? Share the story.
2. Read Hosea 1:1–3. Hosea was commanded to do something pretty radical. What is something you have felt the Lord asking you to do that may be tough?
3. Read Hosea 2:4-5. Hosea felt betrayed because Gomer had left him. Why does it hurt so bad when people turn away from you?
4. Read Hosea 3 1-3. Even though he had been hurt, Hosea was willing to go again and get the one whom he loved at all cost. Why do we make it so hard to forgive those who wronged us?
5. What are the Cakes of Raisins (things of this time) that consume you? (Hosea 3:1 ESV)
6. Why do we feel sometimes like we are undeserving of Gods love?
7. What is one way this week that you can show God’s unrelenting love to someone?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Luke 19:1-10
As kids, we hated being picked last. This doesn’t change with age. We want to be wanted. The religious leaders wanted Jesus to value them. Jesus didn’t ignore them. The Gospels show several times Jesus meeting with religious leaders. But Jesus had a heart and desire for the lost, those who felt like the least. Jesus wanted to help them know that God desires them. Those who felt far from God, who because of their actions might believe God would reject them, instead Jesus chose to seek. Zacchaeus was such a person. Rejected by the community because of his sin, he hoped to only catch a glimpse of Jesus. Jesus chooses him. What does it mean to you that Jesus “came to seek and save” the lost? How are you following Jesus’ example by choosing to be friends with the lost?
Pray: LORD Jesus, I was lost and you choose me. Help me see the lost in my midst, that I may go to be with them, sharing your grace.
 
Tuesday – 2 Corinthians 7:8-10
Pain always has a purpose. If I touch something hot, it hurts. But I learn to be more careful. Suffering and shame can also serve a purpose. Though God doesn’t create our crisis, many times God will use those difficulties to speak love, grace, and truth. Many people trace their greatest spiritual awakenings to their most difficult experiences. Have you experienced struggle, fear, or a crisis? Are you in the middle of one now? How might God be speaking to you, calling you with grace and truth, that in difficulty you find new life?
Pray: Almighty God, when we listen you can take our brokenness and make it beautiful. Help me to hear you, see you, and find hope.
 
Wednesday – Psalm 34:17-18
Many of us hate to ask for help. We want to try to see if we can do it. We don’t want to appear needy. We don’t want to seem incapable. No, we want to show our power and worth. This is the core problem of pride. Pride keeps us from what we truly need. We need God’s help. We can not do life on our own. Calling out to God requires real humility. It means admitting our brokenness. It means acknowledging our real need. The Good News is God loves answering the call of the broken-hearted and the humble. God seeks to save the lost! Are you trying to prove your worth to God or are you calling our to God in humility today?
Pray: Holy Spirit, I need your help. I can not do this on my own. Help me humble myself that I might learn from you and be saved.
 
Thursday – Proverbs 20:29-30
“Youth is wasted on the young!” When I was a kid my grandpa used to say this a lot. Now that I’m older, I’m beginning to understand. What I’d give to know then what I know now. Wisdom is knowledge matched to experience. It can’t be taught, it must be lived. But really, what is experience? Aren’t our greatest learning experiences often our biggest struggles seen from the other side. In the midst of struggle, we have tunnel vision. All we know is the moment. But on the other side, we have wisdom. These two proverbs remind us that our pain, our struggle, is our opportunity to gain wisdom. Don’t lament, but look and learn. What is God trying to teach you today?
Pray: Heavenly Father, I often want cured of pain and removed from struggle. Instead, help me begin to learn and grow from it.
 
Friday – John 8:12
When I walk into a dark room, I turn on a light. Its practically reflex. Most of us only like to sleep in the dark. Jesus’ claim to be the light is incredible Good News for all people. We walk around in such darkness today. Wars, disease, hate, and death bombard us on the nightly news. This world is a scary place of darkness. Yet Jesus comes to shine His light. Following Jesus lets us really see. Yes, seeing is sometimes painful. Jesus is perfect, and a know I am not. Looking straight into the light lets me feel and know the darkness I’m so accustomed to. Yet, imagine a life lived in the full light and warmth of the Son. Do you crave light, do you yearn for hope? Come to Jesus. Repent and follow Him and you will know light!
Pray: Light of the World, you stepped down into my darkness that I might see. Open my eyes, restore me to life, fill me with your light.
 
Saturday – Luke 15:1-10
Why should you go to church? Its a fair question that many ask today. We can find great preaching on the radio, TV, or internet. We can sing along to any song any where with modern technology. We can read our bibles. We can find community in small groups. If church is about what I can get from it, we don’t need the church like we used to. But what if we took Jesus’s words in these two stories seriously. What if a church worship service wasn’t about what I got, but instead about who I brought. Imagine the celebration in your soul and in heaven if you brought an unchurched, lost, friend to church, and they chose to repent and be saved by Jesus. What if they got found because you brought them. Now thats something!
Pray: Loving God, you love to seek and save the lost. So often I make it about me. Help me know the joy of seeing someone found!

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“Won’t You be my Neighbor: Change the World”

Week #5: Change the World!
 
-Good neighboring has always been God’s plan for the redemption of the world
-We gain when we give… its always for us to be through us.
-We’re blessed to be a blessing
-We’re comforted to be a comfort
-We’re friends of God to be friends to others.
“Won’t you be my neighbor? Its is a invitation to help somebody know that are loved and capable of loving.” ~ Fred Rogers
 
Further Conversation
1. What does your neighborhood design look like? How does its design either help or hinder getting to know others?
2. Studies show an increase loneliness & depression. How does God’s plan of redemption (good neighboring) cure this pain?
3. Read Proverbs 11:25. “We gain when we give.” How have you experienced this truth?
4. Read Genesis 12:1-3 How are you blessed? How can you use this blessing to be a blessing to others?
5. Read 2 Corinthians 1:4-5 How have you been comforted? How can you use this experience to comfort others?
6. Read John 15:12-14 How has God been your friend? How can you intentionally be a friend to others?
7. What could this community look like if we took our neighboring seriously? Who will you invite to be your neighbor this week?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Proverbs 11:24-26
The Jordan River feeds two large lakes in Israel: The Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. The Sea of Galilee is teaming with life and is an oasis in a relatively arid environment. The Dead Sea earns its name with no life either within or on its shores. How can the same river feed two seas that are so different? The Jordan River flows in and out of the Sea of Galilee whereas it only flows into the Dead Sea. And ironically, even though no water flows out of the Dead Sea, it is drying up. These two lakes are a perfect analogy to these proverbs. We only know life when what comes to us as a blessing is shared to bless others. We gain when we give. How have you been blessed? How are you blessing others?
Pray: Heavenly Father, you blessed me not just so I may know your goodness but so that I can share it with others. Thank you!
 
Tuesday – Genesis 12:1-3
God made an extraordinary promise to Abram. Abram would father an entire nation. And this would be God’s people, a special nation with a special purpose. Yes, they would know blessings. But more importantly, they would be a blessing to the rest of the world. The world would come to know God through Israel. Abram, and all Israel, is blessed to be a blessing. God’s love flows in them, through them, and out of them to others. This is how God blesses! How has God blessed you? How are you using it to bless others and show them the love of God?
Pray: Holy LORD, as you called and promised Abram, you call and promise me, you bless me to be a blessing. I will be a blessing!
 
Wednesday – Matthew 5:13-16
The power went out at our home recently. It was late and night and I could not see a thing. Even worse, I couldn’t remember where I had placed the lantern. I stumbled around the darkness until I found the light. Likewise, our world is dark and people stumble around looking for love, hope, and light. Jesus-followers must live brightly and share their light and life freely. We have a opportunity today to be the light for others. Don’t hide but bless.
Pray: LORD Jesus, your light and life resides within me. May I live boldly and brightly, showing the world the way to you!
 
Thursday – Jeremiah 29:4-14
Many of us know and cherish verse 11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD. “They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and hope.” We miss the blessing of this promise when we fail to read the context. The Jews are heading into exile, captured and removed from their home as God’s punishment for their disobedience. God is sending them to time-out…seventy years of time-out. But get this, God’s command is that in exile they should be a blessing to others. Even in punishment, God wants to bless so that they can be a blessing. Are you blessing your neighbors? Do we pray for our neighbors good? When we choose to bless our neighbors, we gain a better appreciation of the future good plans God has for us.
Pray: Holy Spirit, remind me to be a blessing to my neighbors, to love and serve them, to benefit them, that they might see you!
 
Friday – John 15:12-14
I didn’t have a lot of friends in elementary school. I got into a lot of fights. My teachers told my family that I wouldn’t amount to much and they should get used to it. Yep, true story. Because people didn’t think much of me, I didn’t think much of myself. Many people know the pain of loneliness and rejection. Our world can be cruel. Yet into the pain of this world, Jesus comes not to tell us how bad we are but to be our friend. Jesus knows me and wants me to be with him. And Jesus wants me to go make friends with others. Jesus not only thinks I make a good friend, he thinks I can be a good friend maker. I’m loved by Jesus and he thinks I have potential! Wow! Thats not the message the world shares. It is the message the God has for us, a message we need to share.
Pray: Loving Jesus, you call me your friend. I matter to you! Thank you! I will go make friends and share this love and hope.
 
Saturday – Matthew 28:18-20
Go make disciples. Thats a challenging and intimidating command. What if they have questions? What if I struggle? May you remember this week that Jesus’ command isn’t to answer questions but make friends. God invite someone to come with you to church. Make a friend and show them Jesus!
Pray: Almighty God, may my life’s mission be to proclaim the Good News and lead others to their next step with Jesus.

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“Won’t You be my Neighbor: Throw a Party”

Week #4: Throw a Party!
 
-We aren’t neighboring until we tell each other where to shop or to get our cars repaired!
-We find ways to tell the people we love about the things that help us most.
 
BIG IDEA: I love my neighbors when I invite them to follow Jesus with me.
 
-The best invitations are personal, authentic & strategic.
-An Inviting Church gets more opportunities to be a Welcoming Church.
 
Further Conversation
1. What is your favorite restaurant in town? Why?
2. Read Luke 5:1-11. What does it mean to “fish for people”?
3. Read Luke 5:12-13. What do you think the lepor feared as he approached Jesus? How could we fix the bad reputation the church has for rejecting people?
4. Read Luke 5:17-20 What motivated these friends? How have you felt held back from bringing a friend to Jesus?
5. Read Luke 5:29-32 Why do you think Matthew threw a party? What was possibly Matthew’s strategy?
6. Why does an invitation to follow Jesus need to be strategic, personal, and authentic? How have you experienced this?
7. Restate the BIG IDEA in your own words. Who is someone you could invite to follow Jesus with you? What would be the best strategy to reach this person? How can Christ Church help you?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Luke 4:42-44
The crowds loved Jesus and begged him to stay! I’m sure Jesus enjoyed the attention, but Jesus had a mission and he would not deny it. He was doing good work. He was honored. He was praised. Yet, Jesus found time to withdraw from the noise and pressure of the crowd to prayer in solitude. In the quiet God reminded him of his true mission and purpose: He must share the Good News with others. We too can find ourselves comfortable in our crowd. We like our group, our church, our community. But we must take time to hear God’s voice and be reminded that our mission is to share the Good News. Who do you need to love enough to invite to follow Jesus with you?
Pray: Heavenly Father, as I find a moment of quiet solitude, remind me of my mission and guide me as I share the Good News
 
Tuesday – Luke 5:1-11
“Now you will fish for people.” Peter could have done anything to help the people of this world. As a fisherman, he could have fed the hungry. Yet Jesus asks him to leave all of that behind to invite others to follow Jesus with him. The people of this world have serious needs: hunger, shelter, compassion. We can and should help others, but the main purpose is that we invite people to follow Jesus. “Fish for people” is our reminder that the biggest need people have is a savior. We invite people to Jesus because he satisfies their greatest need. Who needs you to invite them?
Pray: LORD Jesus, only you can satisfy our greatest need. Help me follow you closely and invite others to join me as I follow you.
 
Wednesday – Luke 5:12-16
A good fisherman knows that some fish you throw back. But Luke strategically follows the command to “fish for people” with the story of the unclean lepor. No one was more unworthy or feared in Jesus’ day. Yet Jesus extends his hand and is willing to love this man. Jesus doesn’t throw anyone away. He is willing. When we fish, we fish for all people. All are welcome! Who is hoping that Jesus will accept them? Invite them to follow Jesus with you.
Pray: Holy LORD, I am unclean. I am unworthy. Yet you love and heal me. I will extend my hand to all people and share your love.
 
Thursday – Luke 5:33-39
We like our wine aged. A bottle of Chateau Margaux from 1875 will run you a cool $225,000. That wasn’t the case in Jesus’ day. Old wine was mellow, soft, and easy. New wine was potent, powerful, even a little overwhelming. Jesus brings something new to the world, a power that the old system and old way can not handle. The old way is a way of comfort, familiarity, and ease. Jesus challenges us to go in power, to take risks, and to bring this Good News to others. Its challenging to always reach out to others, trying new things to reach new people. But we miss the power of Jesus when we stick with our “old wine.”
Pray: Holy Spirit, it is frightening when we leave the old behind. But do a new work in us! Move in us and through to reach others!
 
Friday – Luke 5:17-26
Nothing would stop these people from bringing their friend to Jesus. I can only imagine the outrage of the home owner as these friends tore through his roof. I imagine the crowd was deeply disturbed, angry that these men interrupted their moment with Jesus. But I imagine Jesus smiled. It was a small, hidden smile at first. But as chunks of ceiling fell to the floor, I imagine Jesus beaming with pride. We are called to fish for people, to invite others to meet Jesus through us and to follow him with us. Yet, our pride in our property or our desire for our special time often keeps others out. Luke tells this story to remind us that nothing should stand between us and bringing a friend to Jesus.
Pray: Loving Jesus, someone invited me to know you. Thank you for that person. Ignite a blaze in my heart to bring others to you!
 
Saturday – Luke 14:15-24
Heaven is a party! Throughout Scripture, the next life is often explained as a banquet, a wedding, a festival. And it should be! We will be perfected and perfectly loved in the presence of God. Thats a reason to party. But don’t let the lesson of this story escape you. When the invitation comes, we need to be ready and willing. Nothing should be more important. Our life’s purpose is to follow Jesus and to invite others to do the same. We invite them to the party! Who do you need to invite to church tomorrow?
Pray: Almighty God, may my life’s mission be to proclaim the Good News and lead others to their next step with Jesus.
 

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