There are a lot of options to gather our life around. We can look to our success, ambition, self-sufficiency, comfort, and convenience. We can pour our time and energy into our desires, wants, strengths, plans, and way. The reality is we can even make the Christian life about a lot of things it shouldn’t be. We can focus on rules, religion, performance, service, or attendance. We can gather around our parent’s faith, our pride, our knowledge, as well as checklists and to-do lists. The Christian life is meant to be pretty simple. To live our lives for Jesus, we must gather our lives around Jesus. Jesus never gathered people around Himself to keep them there. Jesus always gathered people together in order to send them out. As a follower of Jesus, we have been sent out with a purpose - to know God and to make Him known.
Ascend The Hill
February 17, 2019 • Clay Everett
Church Is Now: Part Four
A Thousand Little Things • March 17, 2019 • Mike Ashcraft
God doesn’t need us to do big things for Him. He invites us to walk in obedience in the ordinary and mundane moments of life. Kingdom advances through a thousand little things. Our work is what we do with our lives. One little action expands and captivates all the things around it. Reaching people and helping them walk with God begins and ends when we consistently show up for others. Relationships can't flourish at a distance; they require proximity and investment displayed over time.
Church Is Now: Part Three
Our Message - Your Message • March 10, 2019 • Mike Ashcraft
Faith, love, and hope. You can't have one without the other. When one fails, everything comes off the rails. Experiencing His forgiveness and grace, along with putting our faith in the security it provides, does something deep within us. The more we get to know His heart, the more we will want to reflect it in our words and actions. We react to His love by loving and serving those around us. With faith fueling our love, we rest on unshakable hope. Knowing that God ultimately works for our good, as well as everyone we lay eyes on, the perspective we hold on our circumstances shifts. We become the church when we allow the chain reaction of faith, love and hope to move in everything we do. Our collective message as a community gets built from our individual messages of demonstrated trust.
Church Is Now: Part Two
The Foundation • March 3, 2019 • Mike Ashcraft
Declaring Jesus as our Lord influences everything about us. It shapes our perspective and alters our response to the world. It directs our steps as well as the way in which we serve and invest in others. We get to experience the full life Christ promised us while walking in the freedom His grace provides. When we connect with the Son, we connect with the Father. Our reconciliation to the Father serves as the foundation of the movement of Jesus. It impacts our ability to BE the church. We’ve been handed the keys to the Kingdom and what we say about the One who has given us these keys matters immensely. As our walk goes so goes our impact as a church. The health of our church is proportional to the health of our relationship with Christ.