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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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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.
 
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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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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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ENDGAME: The Cost of Victory
 
 Victory always comes at a cost. Jesus had one mission. God’s favorite creation, humanity, was held captive by death and the Evil One. Victory could come only one way. Death wanted its prize. Jesus knew the endgame, and God would do anything to rescue us! Jesus takes on death and the resurrection proves his victory! Join us as we follow Jesus towards his ENDGAME, the quest to save us all!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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“UnBELIEVEable: Second Coming”

UNBELIEVABLE
Message 4: The Second Coming
 
Key Points:
-We BELIEVE God is present, personal, & all-powerful
-We BELIEVE God is faithful, loving, & just
-We BELIEVE Jesus is God’s grace in person
-We BELIEVE Jesus will return, renew, & reigns.
 
-Jesus is Faithful, and he will RETURN because he PROMISED.
-Jesus is Loving, and he RENEW us because we ARE NOT JUNK.
-Jesus is Just, and he REIGNS because HE WON
 
We LIVE IN VICTORY not for victory!
The GOOD NEWS is JESUS, the Alpha & Omega who reigns forever!
 
Further Conversation
1. If the world were to end tomorrow, what are a few things your would do today? Why did you chose those things?
2. Why do you think so many cultures and religions have some sort of “end times” belief? What are we saying we need or desire?
3. Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 From this text, what do you think the Thessalonians are worried about?
4. Why is it important that Jesus fulfill his promise and return?
5. Why is “renewal” a big deal? What would “replace” mean?
6. How did Jesus “win”? What does that mean for the world?
7. Read Romans 8:18 What does it mean to “Live in victory, not for victory”? How can you make that truth real in your life?
8. The GOOD NEWS is JESUS! How does it feel to be known and loved by the one who reigns forever? Who else do you know that needs to know Jesus? How can you share Jesus with them?
 
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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“UnBELIEVEable: This Jesus”

UNBELIEVABLE
Message 3: This Jesus
 
Key Points:
-We BELIEVE God is present, personal, & all-powerful
-We BELIEVE God is faithful, loving, & just
-A Just God won’t let good works undo bad works.
-We BELIEVE Jesus is God’s grace in person
-Jesus is WORTHY, WILLING, & Has WON!
-The GOOD NEWS is JESUS, the power of God saving all who believe
 
Further Conversation
1. Have you ever gotten caught doing something wrong? What were you most afraid of? What did you hope would happen to you?
2. Why can’t “good works” make up for the “bad works” we do?
3. Read Romans 3:23-26 What does this Scripture say did Jesus do to be God’s Grace for sinful people?
4. Why is it important that Jesus is WORTHY & WILLING for his life to be God’s grace for us? What does it mean the Jesus has WON?
5. Read Hebrews 4:14-16 What does it mean to be confident in your relationship with God? Are you confident? Why or why not?
6. Read Romans 10:9-10 Why are both belief & public confession of Jesus essential to salvation? How have you “gone public”?
7. The GOOD NEWS is a person, JESUS! Who shared the Good News with you? Who do you need to share the Good News with this week? How can you trust that its God’s power, not yours?

Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – John 16:31-33
These are powerful lines. Jesus basically says to his disciples that “you’re all going to betray and abandon me, but I’m not worried because God is with me.” And then he says that this should give us peace. How should this give us peace? We can have peace because Jesus wins. And he won for us. Pain is inevitable. But if we stick with Jesus, Jesus promises to stick with us. We can have peace, despite the pain, because Jesus is with us. If the disciples had run from their trails, they would have ran from Jesus. In what ways are you enduring struggle and pain? How are you choosing to stick with Jesus? Where are you experiencing His peace?
Pray: LORD Jesus, I am so grateful that you endured the cross for me. Help be be disciplined and endure my cross, sticking with you.
 
Tuesday – Hebrews 12:1-13
Discipline is an interesting word. It can appear to have two distinct meanings. When I discipline my children, many might assume I am bringing punishment on them. Yet when i practice discipline myself, I am holding myself to high standard and staying steadfast in my resolve of reaching a goal. This passage suggests that the two meanings for discipline are more similar than we might want to think. We are both called to practice discipline and God disciplines us. In both cases, it is for our good. In both cases, it is about attaining a high goal (holiness). In both cases, there is purposeful pain. How are you experiencing discipline today? Are you practicing it yourself or is God leading you through it? Remember, in both cases, it is for our good and God’s glory to lead us to holiness.
Pray: Heavenly Father, we so often fear discipline. Help me trust you, that you want the best for me. And help me run the race well.
 
Wednesday – Proverbs 12:1
Someone should have tattooed this proverb to my forehead as a child. I would argue with anyone trying to correct me, especially my parents. Why do we fight correction? Why do we fear failure? So often we allow our self-image to be wrapped up in our performance. The irony (clearly stated by the passage) is that the more open we are to critique and correction, the more we grow. Are you open to correction? Are you open to someone challenging your actions, your motives, your beliefs? Why or why not? And how are you seeking it?
Pray: Creator God, am I really open to correction? Lead me to humility and people who will lovingly correction me so that I grow.
 
Thursday – Psalm 94:12-15
We don’t talk about God’s Justice much today. The idea of God being “Just” sounds good but it brings along some sticky details we don’t like to contemplate. Justice means there will be restorative balance to right and wrong. It means there must be punishment for wrongs. We don’t like to talk about God punishing, but without it, there is no justice. And if God isn’t Just, then God isn’t very loving. Would you call it love to allow those that harm you to be rewarded? Here is the rub. Justice must be for all. My wrongs are just as wrong as the wrongs others have done to me. I deserve punished. Loving punishment isn’t just pain or torment. It is always pain with purpose. The purpose is that we will grow to be just, loving, and holy. Do you trust God’s discipline? Do you lean into God’s Justice and what it will mean for you?
Pray: Almighty God, I believe you are truly JUST, and will right all wrongs. Through Jesus you have saved me and called me your child. Wisely discipline me as your child, so that I may grow in love.
 
Friday – Revelation 3:14-22
“I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.” Nothing makes it harder on me as a parent than when my children seem indifferent to my correction. I always wonder how hard, how painful I must make it in order to get their attention. I wonder what God thinks when I walk down dangerous paths. Does God grieve, wondering what it will take for me? How much pain will I endure before I wake up and turn back to God? Nothing is more dangerous than indifference. Are you sensitive to God’s teaching and correcting? Or are you stubborn, indifferent?
Pray: Holy Spirit, soften my hard heart. May I be sensitive to God’s love and correction, eager to live in the way that glorifies God.
 
Saturday – 1 Timothy 4:7
What do you want most? We so often spend way too much time on silly pursuits, inconsequential arguments, and godless chatter. Just read internet chat discussions, and eventually it will nauseate you. What do you want most? In the end, what we should want most is the very thing God created us for…to have perfect intimacy with God. Because of Jesus, and through the Holy Spirit, this is available to us…if only we commit to it. How are you distracted most easily? What holds you back? May God truly be the desire of our heart!
Pray: LORD of Heaven and Earth, I was made to know you, to know your peace, to live in your joy…make this the true desire of my heart

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“UnBELIEVEable: Heaven & Hell”

UNBELIEVABLE
Message 2: We Want Heaven & Hell
 
Key Points:
 
– What we BELIEVE about Heaven & Hell influences where we go
– We BELIEVE God is faithful, loving, and just
-A Faithful God won’t change what is good or bad.
-A Loving God won’t ignore the pain created by the bad.
-A Just God won’t let good works undo bad works.
 
The Good News is that our God refuses to excuse the bad.
 
Further Conversation
1. Has anyone ever done you wrong and gotten away with it? What does injustice feel like? Why is it a big deal?
2. What are some various beliefs people have about Heaven & Hell? Why are Heaven & Hell so vital for real justice?
3. Read 2 Timothy 2:13 What is faithfulness? Why is it important? What would it be like if God kept changing what is right & wrong?
4. Read 1 John 4:8 Why is love necessary for justice to occur?
5. Read Romans 2:5-11 How would you feel if God went “easy” on someone who hurt you or someone you loved?
6. Justice means good works can’t undo bad works. What does this mean? What does this tell us about God’s judgment of us?
7. How do you think God will judge you? Why? What can you do today in response to God’s judgement you? How can Christ Church help you take a next step with Jesus?

Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Mark 14:32-36
I don’t want to _______. How many times in my life have I said those words? Sometimes its childish: I don’t want to wake up early. I don’t want to eat my vegetables. Other times selfish: I don’t want to serve. I don’t want to give. I don’t want to share. Yet other times, painful: I don’t want to bury my mom. There are millions of things in this life we don’t want to do. It brings me great comfort to know I’m not alone. Even Jesus struggled, basically praying, “God, I don’t want to.” The challenge of surrender is admitting the “I don’t want to” but choosing to move forward in obedience anyway. Control says “no.” Surrender says “I don’t want to…but for you, LORD, I will.” Where are you being challenged to surrender today?
Pray: Almighty God, there are many things I don’t want to do, but today for you I will obey. I will live my life surrendered in faith to you.
 
Tuesday – John 15:1-7
I’m frustrated. The cord on our new vacuum is short. Maybe I was spoiled by an extra long cord on our old one. I feel like I have to hop outlets all the time. No surprise, my vacuum doesn’t work unplugged. Sure, I can push it around. It might even leave some nice lines in the carpet. But the carpet won’t be clean unless the vacuum is plugged in and running. The vacuum only bears the fruit of cleaning when its plugged in. You and I are much the same way. Only connected to Christ, through surrender, can we truly live. Many walk through life leaving carpet lines but never really running. In Christ, we run, we live, we grow, and we bear fruit. Are you living a life truly connected to Christ? What is your evidence, your fruit?
Pray: LORD Jesus, I must stay connected through surrender to you. Help me stay plugged in, growing and bearing fruit of real life
 
Wednesday – John 4:4-14
The human body can only live a few days without water. We must drink and then drink again and again. Today, we only need to turn on a faucet. But the irony is that for as readily available water is in America, our deeper thirst is never quenched. Jesus speaks to the woman about a thirst water can’t quench. We try to drink in stuff, relationships, power, prestige, conquest, and control. These only leave us thirsting for more. Only Jesus can quench the thirst of our hearts. What do you want more of? Only Jesus truly satisfies.
Pray: Creator God, I am made to only be satisfied by you. I confess I drink in things and people and power. Today, I will only seek you.
 
Thursday – Psalm 56:1-4
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Not long ago we lived by this motto. Today, we recognize the power of words. Words, names, slander all hurt. Are we soft today? Maybe. Were we ignoring or denying damage in the past. Probably. People hurt people. Since Cain and Abel, people have hurt and killed each other. This Psalmist laments the pain and lies thrown his way. Yet, he turns to the LORD. Surrender not only affects our actions, but the way we choose to see ourselves and others. If we are trying to control our self-image, slander matters. If we have surrendered our image of ourselves to God, then only God’s opinion matters. Who are you choosing to listen to about who you are?
Pray: Heavenly Father, I listen to the wrong voices so often. Tune my ears to your WORD and your promises. Help me hear only you.
 
Friday – Psalm 37:1-6
What does it take to survive and thrive in this world today? We watch celebrities and politicians, business leaders and athletes cheat and betray others to get to the top. And it sure seems to work for them. They have their mansions while we struggle to pay for necessary prescriptions and basic healthcare. They live in luxury while we only look on longingly. Yet this Psalm reminds us that all these things will pass away. How many on top so quickly fall? Only in obedience, surrender, and trust in the LORD will we ever find real joy and contentment. “Commit yourselves to the LORD.” What are you committed to today? Do you look longingly or choose to trust?
Pray: Holy Spirit, I confess I look around and long for so much. Please mold my heart and help me commit myself to the LORD.
 
Saturday – 1 Peter 5:6-7
When will it be my turn? Its so hard to wait. Everyone wants to be the line-leader. We want to go first, get the best, and have our day in the sun. Yet Peter reminds us to wait on the LORD. Surrender requires allowing God to own the time and the line. We want to control our place and protect our position. But humility relinquishes our rights to the LORD and allows God to lift us up at the right time, in HIS way. Its so hard to wait. Yet, if we will spend time in God’s word, learning and trusting his promises, we will always find the wait is worth it. Are you seeking control, riding the cycle of fear? Or surrender to the LORD today, and wait on God?
Pray: LORD of Heaven and Earth, thank you that you alone are trustworthy and will elevate me in your time…if only I will trust you.

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