Every January we take some time to revisit our mission – what we believe God has called us to do. Here at The Heights we have stated our mission like this: Making disciples by taking personal risks to bring the gospel to every relationship. I am more convinced than ever that we have the right mission. But what exactly do we mean when we talk about making disciples? Most of us focus on ourselves when we hear the word “disciple.” We think that in order to be a disciple we need to do things like pray more, give more, and read our Bible more – and all of that is important. But being a better Christian is not the mission. The mission is to “make disciples.” So how do we go about doing that? This Sunday I want to share some things that God has been teaching me about what it means to make disciples. I truly believe that if we are to reach this generation, it’s going to happen with people who are making disciples – not just attending church services. I hope you will join me Sunday as we take a look at what it means to be a disciple, and what we must do to become disciple-makers.
Grace is Greater Than Sin
January 13, 2019 • Dr. Gary Singleton
Going Greater Than Staying
February 10, 2019 • Dr. Gary Singleton
Google the term “comfort zone” and you will get results like “Why the Magic Happens When You Step Out of Your Comfort Zone,” and “Get Out of Your Comfort Zone in 9 Simple Steps.” But what exactly is our comfort zone, and why do we need to step outside it? Our “comfort zone” is that place where we feel calm and safe. It’s different for everybody. My comfort zone is different from yours. If you’re not sure what your comfort zone is, there’s even a “Comfort Zone Calculator” to figure it out for you. We all like being inside our comfort zone, because we’re not stressed. But there are times in life when we have to push ourselves outside that safe space and into unfamiliar territory. Jesus stepped way outside His comfort zone when He laid down His life on the cross, and He calls us to follow His example. Now following Jesus probably doesn’t mean that you have to die. But it does mean that you will have to have some uncomfortable conversations. It means that you will have to obey Jesus’ command to share His story and make disciples. This Sunday we will continue our sermon series “Greater Than” with a look at Jesus’ call to GO … to bear fruit and make disciples. Will you step outside your comfort zone and follow Him?
Giving Greater Than Keeping
February 3, 2019 • Bryan Jones
This Sunday as we continue our “Greater Than” sermon series, we are going to take a look at the life that God has prepared for us as believers, and it’s a life that is greater than anything we have experienced. It’s a life of power and authority over sin. Like the person who is color-blind, we can go through life knowing there is more, but never experiencing it. But through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can turn our black and white world into color. I hope you will join me Sunday as we dive into God’s Word, and take a look at the life we can experience when we live in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Growth Greater Than Complacency
January 27, 2019 • Dr. Gary Singleton
“Do I look more like Jesus today than I did yesterday?” That's the question we should be asking ourselves. Colossians 3:16 tells us about the path we are to follow as we embrace our mission to make disciples. It’s a path that we call sanctification – growing to be more like Jesus and living on mission with Him. But believe me, it’s very easy to make sanctification all about us. Do you ever feel like you will just naturally become more like Jesus if you do things like pray more and spend more time reading the Bible? Those are good things, and doing them will certainly move us along the path of sanctification. But it’s just as crucial that we grow in our resolve to live on mission with Jesus, and that mission is making disciples.