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With Your Apprenticeship Prayer Partners

Week of September 23, 2018 • September 23, 2018

1. Share a time when your 'lower story' circumstances were falling apart, but you found the gift of Jesus Himself to be enough for you? What did you learn from that experience? 2. In what kinds of circumstances are you tempted to view Jesus as a 'means to an end?' How would you describe what you want most from Jesus?

With Your Apprenticeship Prayer Partners

Week of September 16, 2018 • September 16, 2018

1. Jesus embodied what true humility looks like in a human life. In what ways are you being challenged to grow in humility based on what you see in Jesus’ example? 2. Where are you currently feeling misunderstood or misrepresented and how might it provide an opportunity to be trained and formed in the humility of Jesus?

With Your Apprenticeship Prayer Partners

Week of September 9, 2018 • September 9, 2018

1. Recall a time when Jesus was disruptively honest with you, exposing a delusion or self-deception you lived with. Reflect on how Jesus brought grace and truth to bear in your life and how it set you free to a more abundant life. 2. To what extent are you regularly humbling yourself, inviting Jesus to show you your heart and to bring correction as He deems necessary?

With Your Apprenticeship Prayer Partners

Week of September 2 • September 2, 2018

1. Do you think it is important to experience Jesus as a man of irrepressible joy? Why or why not? What are the implications for us? 2. Nehemiah 8:10 encourages us that the “joy of the LORD is our strength.” Do you see joy as a ‘non-negotiable’ in your life? What are ways you could further cultivate the joy of Jesus in your life?

Foundation for Living

July 1, 2018 • July 1, 2018 • Jeremy Peters

This week we conclude our study on the greatest talk ever given, the Sermon on the Mount, in our Jesus Manifesto series. In Jesus’ final words to us, he makes two statements: 1) Everyone builds a life, and 2) Everyone faces a storm. The question is, when the storms of life inevitably come, what foundation will you have built your life upon? Join us on Sunday as we consider the call of Jesus to listen to, trust and obey Him as His apprentices and to build our lives on Him, the solid rock!

With Your Apprenticeship Prayer Partners

Week of August 26, 2018 • August 26, 2018

1. Describe a time when you didn’t take your own advice. What was the result? 2. What advice would you give to yourself at this time that would honor God?

True or False

June 24, 2018 • June 24, 2018 • Mike Sotski

True or false? How is a person to know the difference? In a time that the words "fake news" gets thrown around, it is hard to know where to look or how to discern truth from fiction. This week as we continue our Jesus Manifesto series we are going to look at what Jesus had to say about how we can tell the difference between the two. 

With Your Apprenticeship Prayer Partners

Week of August 5, 2018 • August 5, 2018 • Lisa Peters

Apprenticeship Prayer Partner Questions: 1) What are areas of small compromise that the Holy Spirit wants to cut off at the pass in my life through honest and vulnerable accountability in my relationships? 2) What questions would it be helpful for me to have an Apprenticeship Prayer Partner or trusted spiritual friend ask to keep me accountable on a regular basis?

With Your Apprenticeship Prayer Partners

Week of August 19, 2018 • August 19, 2018

Apprenticeship Prayer Partner Questions 1) What is the last big decision you brought to Jesus? 2) How can you be intentional in including Jesus in your small decisions?

Is Christianity Narrow-Minded?

June 17, 2018 • June 17, 2018 • Jeremy Peters

As we continue our study of Jesus’ most provocative teaching found in the Sermon on the Mount, this week we’ll be considering what is one of the most troubling passages for many people in our day. In Matthew 7:12-14, Jesus talks about the ‘narrow gate that only a few find.’ The deep concern that a lot of thoughtful people have about Christianity is that it calls certain beliefs wrong and calls certain behaviours immoral and therefore the concern is that it impinges upon human freedom by telling people what they must think and how they must live. How are we to understand Jesus’ claims and what should our response be? A portion of this sermon is by John Ortberg and is used with permission of Menlo Church. Find the full sermon video click here: http://vpodcast.menlo.church/e/deconstruction-is-christianity-narrow-minded-john-ortberg-1523219551/

Ask for Anything?

June 10, 2018 • June 10, 2018 • Mike Sotski

Ask for anything? Have you ever asked for something and never got what you wanted? Has that diminished your hope, caused you to wonder if you would ever get what you hoped for? Join us this Sunday as we look at what Jesus has to say about asking and the response we can expect from him.

With Your Apprenticeship Prayer Partners

Week of August 12, 2018 • August 12, 2018

This week with your A.P.P.s spend some time in listening prayer with each other and ask this question: Are there areas of my life that I have been unwilling to bring to the light, to confess and in doing so break the bond of guilt and shame it holds in my life?

Do Not Judge

June 3, 2018 • June 3, 2018 • Lisa Peters

This week we dive back into our Sermon Series looking at the Sermon on the Mount, The Jesus Manifesto. We are in the last chapter of the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 7:1-6. Once again, Jesus is speaking into real time issues that we all face. Though it’s unlikely any of us think of ourselves as judgmental or condescending, Jesus once again has a way of exposing our true hearts, helping us see things we might have missed and offering us a better way forward.

With Your Apprenticeship Prayer Partners

Week of August 5, 2018 • August 5, 2018

Every week we’ve been writing Apprenticeship Prayer Partner Questions that we encourage you to go through together in your A.P.P relationships. This week we encourage you to go through the accountability questions in the Apprenticeship Prayer Partner field guide and ask the Holy Spirit 2 questions: 1. What are areas of Small compromise that the Holy Spirit wants to cut off at the pass in my life through honest and vulnerable accountability in my relationships? 2. What questions would it be helpful for me to have an Apprenticeship Prayer Partner or trusted spiritual friend ask to keep me accountable on a regular basis? The Accountability Questions can be found on pages 16-20 of the Apprenticeship Prayer Partner Field Guide (click on attached link to access). You can also get your hard copy on Sunday mornings at the information kiosk.

Building Update from our Architects

December 17, 2017 • December 17, 2017

Our Building Committee has been working hard on plans and details for our building redevelopment. In this video, our Architects give us a detailed look at the progress.

Do Not Worry: Belief Called to Account

March 18, 2018 sermon • March 18, 2018 • Nathan Carroll

In keeping with his incisive unpacking of the human heart in light of the news of God's now-available kingdom, Jesus continues on to address one of the most universal of human experiences - worry (aka fear aka anxiety).  This teaching confronts our professed 'beliefs' in some pretty serious ways.  Do we actually believe God is sovereign?  Do we actually believe that he loves us?  Do we actually trust that he can/will care for us?

With Your Apprenticeship Prayer Partners

Week of July 29, 2018 • July 29, 2018

1. What part of God’s plan have I allowed naysayers to play God in my life? How am I responding to this? 2. Where have I been a naysayer to others? And so… what will I do about that? 3. Describe a time when your faith inspired faith in others.

Seed Thought #15

December 3, 2017 • December 3, 2017 • Jeremy Peters

In Mark 4, Jesus uses the language of seed and soil to help illustrate how people respond to the Word of God. The Seed represents the WORD of God, and the Soil represents the condition of the hearts of people in response to the availability of the Kingdom of God. As powerful as seed is, it is always at the mercy of the SOIL it finds itself in. Jesus describes the path on which some seed is planted as being good soil. In Mark 4:20, Jesus explains what he means: Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.” The key word here is ‘accept’ and it means “to embrace with assent and obedience.” The hearer embraces Jesus as the WORD of God, and the Bible as the written Word of God, as being true and instructive and binding, and they set out to obey Jesus as the WORD – through listening to His voice by His Spirit and through the Bible. To not just be hearers of the Word, but doers also. This is the heart of true apprentices of Jesus, of those who are taking deliberate steps to reorder their priorities around Jesus as first in everything. Watch now as Pastor Jeremy unpacks this a bit further in Seed Thought #15

With Your Apprenticeship Prayer Partners

Week of July 22, 2018 • July 22, 2018

1. Where am I vulnerable to insecurity and how am I responding to this? 2. Have I given Jesus full access in my life or am I still holding something of myself back from Him?

For the Love of...

March 11, 2018 sermon • March 11, 2018 • Mike Sotski

It is often the thing that causes the greatest disagreement in a marriage.  When you don’t have it you are trying to figure out how to get it.  When you do have it you are always trying to figure out how to get just a little bit more.  Some even go so far as saying it is the root of all evil.  So why does money carry such a bad reputation?  Isn’t having money a good thing?  Join us Sunday as Pastor Mike unpacks what Jesus has to say about our hearts and how those things we treasure impact it.

Seed Thought #14

November 19, 2017 • November 19, 2017 • Jeremy Peters

In Mark 4:18 Jesus explains what he means: Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Here the soil is soft enough that the seed can penetrate and the roots can grow deep because there are no rocks. The plant begins to spring forth, but then suddenly stops short at most critical moment – when the fruit is just about to appear. And you realize that you have an otherwise, perfectly healthy plant, except that there is no fruit. It looks fine on the outside, but there’s no life in it. The common characteristic of crowded soil is competition. Jesus highlights 3 things that compete for pre-eminence, for first place in our lives. Watch Pastor Jeremy unpack these 3 things in Seed Thought #14

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