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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
 
 
 
 
 
Won’t You be my Neighbor?
 
 
We make Christianity complicated. We’ve added rules, systems and strategies, but Jesus’ original mandate was embarrassingly simple: love your neighbor. His followers changed the world. Our message series “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” gives us simple, practical ways to change the world one person, and one act of kindness at a time.
 
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Forget You Part 2

Week #2: Forget You
 
Key Points:
-He must become greater. I must become less.
BIG IDEA: I can get better at making Jesus greater if I want to.
-Transformation is not a Formula; its a Journey. 
 
How do i renew my mind?
1. Renewing my mind involves spending time with God!
2. Renewing my mind involves daily obedience!
**My Closeness to God can be measured by the time it takes from His Command to My Obedience.
 
Further Conversation
1. What/Who are a few of the influences that shaped your life?
2. “I can get better at making Jesus greater if I want to.” Why do you think our “want to” doesn’t always match our “do do”? How can we adjust our “want to”?
3. Read Romans 12:1-2. What are a few of the patterns of this world that you conform to? In what ways can you renew your mind right now? How can you daily connect with God?
4. Read Romans 6:16 How well is your faith shown in your actions? What steps of obedience do you need to take immediately?
5. Read Philippians 4:8-9 Describe the things Paul says we need to fix our thoughts on. Why does practice matter?
6. How would you describe your closeness to God?
7. Restate the BIG IDEA in your own words. What are you willing to do to adjust your “want to”? Who will you get to help you?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Philippians 2:1-11
How much space do we give God? We give space by allowing room for God, and only God to move. In essence, do I take matters into my own hands doing what I believe is right… or do I obey God’s commands giving space for God to guide and fill me? Paul encourages the Philippians to be just like Jesus. In verse 7, Paul says Jesus emptied himself. (some translations say “gave up divine privileges”). By emptying, Jesus gave God all the space he had. God filled Jesus. How much room are we allowing God?
Pray: Almighty God, may I empty myself like Jesus and give you space to fully fill me with your favor!
 
Tuesday – Genesis 6:5-22
Noah found favor with God. How and why did Noah find favor? While every other person on earth was doing what they wanted, Noah was willing and available to do what God wanted. God wanted a lot…120 years of building a boat for a flood no one else believed would happen. Yet Noah said yes. What is God allowed to ask you to do?
Pray: Heavenly Father, may I find favor with you as I offer myself and all my decisions to you.
 
Wednesday – Romans 12:1-21
What does it look like to empty yourself and say yes to God? Paul spells it out clearly in Romans 12. To sum it up…do what is right, good, and loving at all times and allow God to deal with the consequences. Finding favor with God means giving control to God. We create space for God as we relinquish control to God. Who has final say in how much you give? Who you forgive? How long you will serve? Who controls you?
Pray: Holy God, I surrender control to you. Please renew my mind and teach me all your ways.
 
Thursday – Hebrews 10:26-36
God doesn’t always act fast. Sometimes we will endure pain, struggle, and even persecution for giving God control. The writer of Hebrews reminds us to stay the course. Remaining in God’s favor means choosing to be humble, believe in God, and make space for God. Where are you struggling to make space for God today? Ask God to remind you of his love, goodness, joy, and favor. How could you renew your hope in God today?
Pray: Holy Spirit, restore my hope today, that I may patiently endure, finding favor and joy in God!
 
Friday – Psalm 90
Its easy to talk of faith and God’s blessings when all things are working out according to our liking. Its far more difficult to remain faithful when we struggle while the wicked flourish. The writer of this Psalm understood difficulty. It feels as if God absent, even ignoring us. In crafting this psalm, song, and prayer, the writer chooses to remind us of the truth. What words or phrases stand out to you? Who else might need to hear this?
Pray: Holy LORD, I will chose to trust in you and remain faithful to you. Renew my heart today.
 
Saturday – Matthew 28:1-10
When everything starts falling apart, we fear. When our hopes are dashed, we fear. When life doesn’t make sense and we’ve lost our bearings, we fear. Mary was afraid. Jesus was dead. Nothing made sense. Yet the angel, and then Jesus himself repeat a simple phrase, “Do not fear!” Emptying ourselves is scary. Giving God full control is scary. Enduring suffering while waiting on God is scary. Fear comes easy. But we must fix our thoughts and minds on the truth. We must remember Jesus’ word, “Don’t be afraid!” And me must follow his command, “Go tell…” When fear swells, remember the truth. May we empty ourselves and make all the room we possibly can for God to fill us.
Pray: LORD God, may I be empty for you that through you I may be full!

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Forget You Part 1

Week #1: Forget You
 
We polish our profile, update our status, and craft an ideal version of our life to share with the world. What if we have it all backwards? Let’s learn how to find our real value when shift our focus in a better direction with the series, “Forget You.”
 
Key Points:
-To mature physically we must INCREASE, but to mature spiritually, we must DECREASE!
 
BIG IDEA: I measure my value by HIS increase!
Jesus must become greater and greater!
 
Being less about Me and more about Jesus means:
-I Move My Focus
-I Loose My Stuff
-I Lose My Life
**God will not forget you!
 
Further Conversation:
1. How do you usually feel when someone else receives more recognition than you for something you both did?
2. Read John 3:22-30. How does John see himself and his value/worth? Why do you think this challenged John’s followers?
3. Who is a person you know who makes life more about Jesus and less about them? What can we learn from their humility?
4. Read Hebrews 12:2a & Matthew 6:24 & 10:39. What things keep you from focusing more on Jesus? What is the hardest part about shifting your focus away from yourself and onto Christ?
5. Read Isaiah 49:18-19. In what ways has God reminded you that He has not and will not forget you?
6. Restate the BIG IDEA in your own words. What steps do you need to take this week to start focusing less on yourself and more on Christ? How will you remind yourself?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Luke 1:26-38
Our circumstances can be deceiving. From the outside, Mary is an unwed teenage mother who will give birth in a barn, flee from her country, endure hardship, and watch her first born brutally beaten and murdered. But what we know is that God will save humanity through the child Mary births. Mary was highly favored. Don’t base your value on your circumstances. How is God’s favor helping you accomplish God’s purpose in your life?
Pray: Almighty God, thank you for your promise of your presence and power for your purpose with me.
 
Tuesday – Genesis 39:1-4
Joseph is beaten and sold into slavery. That’s a pretty bad season in life. Joseph could have become bitter. Where have you questioned God’s love and favor in your life? Fortunately, Joseph did not lose heart. God would work in and through Jospeh to save Joseph’s family and all of Egypt. When our circumstances grow challenging, we tend to feel abandoned or defeated. Often, those are opportunities for God’s purpose to blossom. How are you experiencing God’s favor for God’s purposes in your life right now?
Pray: Heavenly Father, help me trust that your favor rests on me and that your presence is with me.
 
Wednesday – Psalm 23
This is one of the most often read and well known of the Psalms. We find comfort in the words “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…you are with me.” Psalm 23 reminds us that our only comfort and security in life is God’s presence with us. When God favors us, when God promises to be present, to provide power for His purpose through us, we have nothing to fear. What concerns occupy your mind at this moment? How can you find God’s favor in these moments, knowing God is with you?
Pray: Holy Spirit, remind me that even in the valley of the shadow of death, you are with me.
 
Thursday – Acts 7:46-47
Few people knew God’s favor like King David. Scripture has God calling David “a man after my own heart.” David is literally one of God’s favorites. As Stephen recites the history of Israel, he reveals an interesting truth about God’s favor…we won’t always get what we want. David wanted to build the Temple. David had the resources, the influence, and the position to build the Temple. But David lacked permission. God’s favor is not a license or an expectation that we will get what we want. No, it is trust that God will accomplish in us and through us what God wants. What does God want for you & through you?
Pray: LORD Jesus, may I always be a person after your heart, trusting in your grace and favor for me.
 
Friday – Ephesians 1:3-10
Reread these verses a couple times. Let what God is doing in you and me through Christ soak into our soul. Look at what God is doing. What does it say about God that God would go to all this effort and shed such incredible grace? What does it say about how God sees you, that God would choose you? Do you believe God chose you?
Pray: Heavenly Father, help me embrace the idea that you love me, like me, and chose me.
 
Saturday – Psalm 30
“His anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime.” I love this verse. I do get angry with my children. They can be disobedient, frustrating, and self-centered. I want better for them. So I do discipline. I seek to train them. I allow them to be challenged. But I do it because I love them, and I always will. Do you see difficultly and challenge as God smiling upon you, loving you, and training you? Do you know God’s favor?
Pray: LORD God, may I learn quickly in your discipline that you are smiling on me and loving me!

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When the Devil Knocks… The Destroyer

Week #3: The Destroyer
 
Key Points:
-Satan is the deceiver who attacks your mind with lies.
-Satan is the accuser who attacks your heart with accusations.
-Satan is the destroyer who attacks your will with pride.
 
BIG IDEA: Beware! Satan will fill you with pride until you burst.
-You may never be more vulnerable than when you are full of pride
-Humble yourself before the LORD and trust God to lift you up
-My will is most secure when it is submitted it God.
 
Further Conversation:
1. Whats it like to be around someone who is full of themselves? Someone who is genuinely humble? Which do you prefer? Why?
2. Read 1 Peter 5:8. If the devil moves in obvious ways…why do you think he is so successful? What does that say about us?
3. Read 1 Chronicles 21:1-8 How does pride make us more vulnerable to Satan? Why do you think David did this? How have you experienced this?
4. Read James 4:6-8a, 10. Why might God oppose the proud? Why might humility be a requirement for God’s grace? How does humility counteract pride? How does humility require trust?
5. What are you trying to do without God? Have you ever tried to use God to accomplish your will? Share a story.
6. Restate the BIG IDEA in your own words. What’s an area in your life where you need to humble yourself before God? Ask someone close to you if you have any blindspots to pride.
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Genesis 4:1-12
Do you know what a “helicopter parent” is? This is a parent who hovers over their child incessantly, aiming to protect them from every possible hazard…real or imagined. Now that I am a parent, I understand the yearning to protect your child. There are literally potential hazards everywhere. The challenge is to teach our children to be on guard & protect themselves from harm. The LORD gives Cain this same warning. Sin is the most dangerous enemy we face…and it is crouching, eager to pounce on us. We must stay on alert and prepared, so we don’t fall prey. Unfortunately, Cain did not. He allowed his pride and anger to lead him into Sin. How about you? Where are you vulnerable? How are you staying alert & prepared? How is Sin tempting you?
Pray: Heavenly Father, i confess that I so often fall to the traps of Sin. Thank you for forgiving me. Help me stay alert & prepared.
 
Tuesday – Matthew 16:5-12
Yeast is what causes bread to rise. To much yeast causes bread to collapse, much like a burst balloon. In Scripture, yeast is often an analogy to sin. So as Jesus warns his disciples, we too must be careful of the sin that puffs us up. Pride is destructive. The irony is we often find ourselves filling with pride as we think we are doing good providing for ourselves. The real cure for pride is trusting in the LORD. Jesus fed 5000 & 4000…he doesn’t need us. But we need him…humility…and he invites us…love. Humility and love cleanses us of pride. Is pride a present danger for you?
Pray: Loving LORD, I need you. I can not find hope, joy, life or love apart from you. Forgive me for when I have tried. i need you.
 
Wednesday – Proverbs 16:18-19
Pride precedes destruction. Arrogance appears before a fall. Why do we so quickly forget these truths? Its is such a common story…repeated throughout human history. Movies, TV & books often use the vehicle of pride to lead to loss. Pride leads to destruction. But we don’t seem to get it. We even encourage & market pride. Why do you think we are so blind to pride, especially in ourselves? Where are your blindspots of pride?
Pray: Almighty God, I am not God…you are. My will is only secure when it is submitted to you. Please keep me from pride.
 
Thursday – Luke 22:39-46
How does someone willingly walk towards a brutal death? Most of us run from discomfort and pain. Jesus walked toward the cross, and his prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane reveals why. “Not my will but yours be done.” Jesus chose to pursue God’s will, not his own. Jesus chose to submit in full obedience to God, trusting that God would protect and provide for him. On the cross, Jesus’ choice sure looked like a big mistake. But the empty grave three days later proved Jesus obedient and God worthy of our trust. How about you? Whose “will” will you pursue? Can you pray like Jesus, “Not my will but yours be done” and mean it?
Pray: Everlasting LORD, not my will but yours be done. I want this to be my prayer and I want to mean it. Your will be done!
 
Friday – Philippians 2:5-11
“Not my will but yours be done!” How can someone really pray that prayer to God knowing that it would lead to a painful, brutal death? The only way anyone, including Jesus, can pray that prayer is with perfect faith & trust. Jesus had to trust God. Jesus had to believe that God know what was best for him…even when it didn’t make sense and he didn’t want it. Much like my children when I have to medicate their wound…they don’t like it. It hurts. But there is a level of trust that the pain they feel from what I am doing will ultimately lead to their well-being. Paul captures the rich reward of Jesus’s obedience. God raised Jesus to the highest place. What about us? Is our attitude the same as Christ Jesus? Can we trust God and walk forward in obedience…no matter the price or pain? What holds you back? What might we be missing when we don’t trust God and pursue our will instead?
Pray: Jesus Christ, my LORD and Savior, I want to have the same attitude as you. I follow you! You trusted God fully. I will too!
 
Saturday – Revelation 20:7-21:7
We know how this story ends! In the midst of battle, when Satan attacks, it can feel as if we are losing everything. But we know how this story ends. We fight from victory, not for victory. Jesus has won the war. He has secured our eternity with him. Trust in the LORD and believe that in Christ you are truly secure!
Pray: LORD Jesus, you have won the victory! Satan, though cunning, is ultimately powerless against you! I trust in you!

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