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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.
 
 
 
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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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
weekly BLOG
 

“#Blessed: Matthew 5:4”

#Blessed: Matthew 5:4
 
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.
-Pain is freed as it is acknowledged
-Pain is freed where there is compassion
-Pain is freed when it has purpose
-Brokenness is the gateway to God’s greatest blessing.
 
God, break my heart for what breaks yours.
 
 
Further Conversation
1. Share a favorite story about you and your mother (or another female care-giver)? What made this person special to you?
2. Read Matthew 5:4. Where & when is mourning appropriate? When would mourning be inappropriate? How is it a blessing?
3. What does the bible say is the source of all sorrow? In what ways do people try to avoid experiencing pain, brokenness, and grief?
4. Reread Psalm 51:1-4. Who does this Psalmist blame for his brokenness? How does confession/acknowledgment free us?
5. Read Psalm 51:8-13. What does David hope? How does God show compassion? What results from our comfort?
6. The Good Life isn’t pain free but pain freed. Where do you avoid or deny pain? Who needs your compassion & comfort?
7. How can you pursue brokenness this week? What breaks God’s heart? How can you be open to the same brokenness in you?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Ephesians 2:1-10
“Its a dog eat dog world.” This cliche captures the selfish back-biting competitive nature of humanity. People will do almost anything to get what they want. Paul remind’s us that we too were “just like the rest of the world”. He describes this way of life as dead. Something dead is lost and unable to change. Yet Paul reminds us that God, “rich in mercy,” gave us life in Christ Jesus. Where everyone else seems to fight and brawl to get what they hope might give them life, God freely and graciously gives us full and lasting life in Jesus. It is a gift. We can’t earn it. We can only surrender to God and receive it. Are you still fighting, trying to find fulfillment? Or, are you living into the great gift of love from God?
Pray: Loving Lord, you gave me life in Jesus Christ. May I find security in you, knowing I have all I ever need because of Jesus.
 
Tuesday – 1 Corinthians 15:51-58
Last year, 700,000 people attended the Super Bowl celebration parade in Philadelphia for the Eagles. But that is nothing compared to the nearly 3 million that flooded Boston when the Red Sox won the World Series. We love when our teams win. We feel a part of the team, like it is our victory. If we are followers of Jesus, if we have given ourselves fully to him, then we have the ultimate victory. When Jesus defeated death, he did it for all of us. When Jesus won, we won. Even though we may die, we will live because of Jesus! Think about that victory! How does this victory change how you live? How are you celebrating Jesus’ win?
Pray: Jesus, my Savior, you conquered death and won for us the victory! We will live because you live! All my praise is yours!
 
Wednesday – Genesis 27:1-45
Talk about family drama! Isaac is old and clueless. Rebekah conspires to rob her own son of his birthright. Esau wants to murder his brother. Wow! You think your family has issues. Who are these people? Ironically, this is the founding family of Israel. This is Jesus’ family tree. These ancestral stories remind us that God can take any brokenness and make it beautiful. There aren’t perfect families…only a perfect God who loves and restores.
Pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for your love that finds us broken but through your Son Jesus, makes us whole.
 
Thursday – Matthew 20:25-28
They are called “public servants”, but judging by the ranker in our political discourse, people do not generally believe their government leaders act like servants. The term “public servant” finds its source in this passage in Matthew. Jesus challenges leaders to be servants. A Jesus-follower takes the worst seat or the short straw so that others might have better. Jesus-followers help others win. Many don’t feel that way about their public leaders. But how do people feel about you? Its easy to abuse power and privilege to serve ourselves. Its hard to go against culture and give the best to the guest. Are you a servant to all?
Pray: Holy Spirit, help me see myself for how I really act. Help me see where I may abuse my power. Help me be a servant of all.
 
Friday – Romans 15:1-6
Compassion, real compassion, requires great strength. Many people pretend compassion but really only provide a weak uninvolved approval coated in syrupy language. We call it political correctness and tolerance. Instead, this passage suggests something much more difficult. We are called to love people as they are…but love them too much to leave them as they are. We are to be sensitive, earning the privilege to speak truth and gently guide people to what is right. Some Christians wrongly display strength by clobbering people with the Bible. We should show strength through love, relationship, and service. How strong is your faith? Are you showing weakness through unchallenged approval or challenge disapproval? Or strength through love and guidance?
Pray: Almighty God, you showed the full measure of your power Jesus Christ, who came to serve. Help me be similarly powerful.
 
Saturday – John 13:34-35
I make it pretty obvious I am a Steelers fan. I have Steelers t-shirts, cups, hats, a blanket. I’ve considered getting a Steelers tattoo! How do people know we follow Jesus? Its not the cross we where or the bible we carry. Jesus tells us that people will know we are his followers by how we love. When we offer others our best, when we let them win, we show others Jesus! Do people know you follow Jesus? Make it your goal to show others today!
Pray: LORD Jesus, You gave yourself for me now I give myself for you. Help me love others as you loved me..giving them the win!

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“#Blessed: Matthew 5:3”

#Blessed: The Other Good Life
 
We all want to live the good life, 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.
 
-Ultimate Happiness depends on Absolute Helplessness
-Contentment comes from Christ, not circumstances
-The Good life is not what I have but who has me.
 
3 Steps to the OTHER good life
1. Own MY Poverty Beg for GOD’S Mercy
2. Marvel at GOD’S Goodness
3. The Good Life isn’t counting my blessings but counting on the one who blesses
 
Further Conversation
1. What are your retirement dreams (beach, mountains, travel)?
2. If you polled the average person in our community, how would you guess they describe & say we achieve “the Good Life”?
3. Read Matt 5:3-10 What stands out to you as you read these eight statements as a whole? Why might Jesus start his main message this way? What do these statements ask of us?
4. Reread Matthew 5:3 How could emphasizing our “poverty” lead to blessing/happiness? Why is this so hard for people to do?
5. Read Philippians 4:11-13 How does Paul say he finds contentment? How could we learn to do this? (see vs 4:5-9)
6. Why won’t “counting our blessings” actually bless us? What are ways we can focus our thoughts on God, the one who blesses?
7. Look over the “3 Steps to the other good life”. In what ways do these steps challenge you? Encourage you?
8. How can Christ Church help you grow in Christ and take a next step this week?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – John 10:6-10
My parents used to say that money burns a hole in my pocket. I don’t buy a lot of stuff for myself…I’m more a giver. When I get more, I feel a compulsion to give. I think most of us become generous when we have an abundance. The trouble is, we rarely feel rich. Jesus makes a bold promise in John 10:10. He promises a rich and satisfying life…life abundant…for all who follow him. That doesn’t mean we’ll be financially rich, but it means that our life will so overflow that we’ll feel compelled to share life with others. How are you experiencing Jesus’ promise? How might you be better able to realize & live this promise?
Pray: LORD Jesus, please help me fully experience and share your great promise of life abundant!
 
Tuesday – Genesis 15:1-19
God can make some crazy, seemingly impossible promises. Abram is an old man with no kids and no home to call his own…and yet God makes this bold promise that he will become a mighty nation that blesses the world. It takes many generations…yet God makes it happen. God always fulfills God’s promises. What has God promised to us? New life…abundant life…peace that pass understanding. We experience these as we stay focused on following the promise-maker. Are you focused on the promise-maker?
Pray: Almighty God, you alone are the one who gives life and keeps promises. May I trust in you.
 
Wednesday – Genesis 50:22-26
Sometimes it seems like God can’t possibly do what God promises to do. All Abraham’s descendants now live in Egypt. Soon they will all be slaves. For 400 years, they will remain in Egypt. Yet they never forgot the promise. The promise sustained them, it became their story. Have you ever felt lost and forgotten by God? Are you feeling that way now? God’s time is not our time. Remind yourself of God’s promises today. Trust God.
Pray: Holy God, may I not forget who you are or what you promise. In difficulty, please remind me.
 
Thursday – Philippians 3:12-21
Keep your eye on the ball! How many times have coaches and parents uttered these words to young children learning a sport? Hope to hit or catch…then you better keep your eye on the ball. Paul shares the same wisdom with his students in Philippi. Keep your eye on the prize. The NLT says it this way, “Focus on this one thing.” Jesus is our goal, our prize, our “ball.” Be like Jesus to experience the promises of Jesus. What distracts you from keeping your eye on the Jesus “ball”? What needs to change?
Pray: Holy Spirit, please help me focus by limiting my distractions and reminding me of the promise.
 
Friday – Deuteronomy 6:1-9
I love hearing my dad tell me the stories about our long past relatives, especially my great-grandfather. He was such a strong, determined man. He put himself through college by coal-mining, lumberjacking, and farming. It took him nine years, but he graduated in 1909! Wow! I love to hear the stories and tell the stories. These stories encourage me when difficulty comes. How do we maintain our faith in the face of hardship? Tell the story! Over and over again, we must tell the story. Put reminders in place. Tie a strings to your finger (or put Scripture on your head & wrist). We remember when we choose to intentionally not allow ourselves to forget. The promises to Abraham sustained the Israelites in Egypt. The stories of Jesus and his promises will hold us now. How do you remind yourself daily of God’s promises for you? How might you begin intentionally creating reminders?
Pray: LORD Jesus, may I not forget. Help me daily tell your story, reminding me of your truth.
 
Saturday – Revelation 22:7-21
He will come back. Jesus will set things right. Not only may we experience abundance now,, but we can eagerly look forward to Jesus’ return. This is God’s promise. If God always keeps promises…what might change in us if we repeated these verses and this promise daily in our life? What keeps us from being intentional in reminding ourselves? May we never take our eyes of this prize, His promise, Jesus’ return!
Pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for keeping your promises…I will choose to remember.

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“ENDGAME: Enemy Territory”

ENDGAME: Enemy Territory
 
-Jesus incited a battle he intended to lose.
-Jesus picked a fight he planned to forfeit.
-Jesus chose defeat when he could easily win.
-Jesus took the pain instead of inflicting it.
-Jesus forgave injustice instead of demanding justice.
-Jesus surrendered to death even though he created life.
-Death was given a momentary win so that Jesus could have an eternal victory.
 
In a world that whispers “take it!” Jesus won by saying “take me!”
 
Further Conversation
1. What is your favorite possession? Why? What did it cost?
2. Read Matt 21:1-17 How did these two events intentionally incite a battle with the political powers that be?
3. Read Matt 26:52-54 Why didn’t Jesus ask God to send the angels? How do you think the disciples felt watching Jesus lose?
4. Read Mark 14:64b-65 & Luke 23:33-34 When have you endured injustice or unfair pain? How did you respond?
5. Read John 19:28-30 & Hebrews 2:14 How did Jesus win by “losing”? What do you think of this plan? Would you choose it?
6. How does the world whisper “take it!”? What are the consequences of thinking “might makes right”?
7. Read Matthew 16:24-25 How does Jesus ask of his followers? How is this a winning formula for life? How do we live into this?
8. Where do you need to pick up your cross and say “take me”?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – John 3:16-21
Does anyone “like” going to the DMV? I’d never had a positive experience. Every trip required long lines and being told I had the wrong forms, requiring I return another day. However, I’ll never forget my first experience at the DMV in Macon County, NC. I walked in prepared for misery. Instead, I was shocked to be in and out in 10 minutes with everything finished. The people were even pleasant! It was not what I expected! Jesus was not what the people, especially the religious people, expected. They had come to expect God to be harsh, demanding, and merciless with sinful people. Judgement was necessary. Jesus did not disagree that sin requires judgement. This passage says we all stand condemned because of sin. But Jesus came not to reinforce the condemnation but to offer forgiveness and hope. Jesus came on a rescue mission for those who want saved! It was not what they expected of God. It is so much better! What do you expect of God? Are you open to a loving God who is eager to forgive?
Pray: LORD Jesus, I am so grateful for your love and mercy that came to forgive. I know I don’t deserve it. Thank you!
 
Tuesday – Matthew 20:50-54
I don’t know how Jesus did it. Dying on the cross, brutally beaten and verbally abused, Jesus offers forgiveness to the vey people harming them. “Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they’re doing.” For someone stuck on the cross, the words might seem hollow. But Jesus could have called down an army of angels. Jesus could have sought vengeance. In all that pain, Jesus didn’t retaliate. Jesus showed grace, mercy…forgiveness. What do you think Jesus thinks about you? Do you know his love?
Pray: Holy LORD, you offer grace and forgiveness when you could have demanded vengeance. Help me live into your amazing love!
 
Wednesday – Romans 5:6-8
“While” is a powerful word. Think about the word and what it means for a moment. “While we were still sinners.” We didn’t say sorry. We weren’t sorry yet. We were still neck deep in rebellion and sin. We were murderous enemies of God. While we curse God, God loves us! How do you respond to those harming you? What does this passage say about how God loves you? What will you do with love like that?
Pray: My God Savior, while we deny and abuse you, you forgive us. I can’t fathom it, but I don’t want to miss it. Thank you!
 
Thursday – Matthew 18:21-35
Where is the line & limit? When driving, we like to know the Speed limit. When volunteering, we like to know the time commitment. How much do I forgive? Peter believes he is offering a generous line when he suggests forgiving someone seven times. Jesus instead presents a radical level of forgiveness. Jesus essentially says there is no line, no limit to how much we should forgive others. Our willingness to forgive instead should reflect our thankfulness for our forgiven-ness. We are graciously forgiven by God. While we were sinners, without repentance, God forgave. Jesus says we need to do the same. No line! No limit! Well, unless we want to limit how much God is willing to forgive us. Hmmm…how much do you need God’s forgiveness? The more we know forgiveness, the more we forgive
Pray: Holy Spirit, it is hard to forgive those that harm me. Help me see how God has graciously forgiven me, so that I may put aside my demand for justice and instead offer God’s grace.
 
Friday – Matthew 6:14-15
I think we misunderstand Jesus sometimes. We know God is always gracious. We trust that God will forgive. I can’t and do not have to earn God’s love. So therefore, passages like this one we bury or ignore. It doesn’t make sense that God would withhold forgiveness. And here is where we make our mistake. God doesn’t withhold. We are unable to receive God’s forgiveness if we won’t forgive others. If I want revenge against others, I’m not really open to grace for me. Getting to know the depth of God’s forgiveness for me naturally opens my heart to willingly forgive others. Receiving and giving forgiveness are intimately connected. As one rises, so does the other. How gracious and forgiving are you with others? What does that say about your openness to God’s grace?
Pray: Heavenly Father, help me know your love and grace more and more. Open my heart. Change me. And help me share it.
 
Saturday – 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2
Forgiveness is step one to reconciliation. You might think the first step is repentance, but forgiveness always precedes repentance. God forgave us first. The very ministry of Christ on earth is to bring reconciliation. How are you sharing God’s forgiveness with others? Do you wait to forgive? Do you know you are forgiven?
Pray: LORD of Heaven and Earth, the world needs to know your gracious forgiveness. We need reconciled with you. Help me share your message of grace and reconciliation today

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