The Gift: Unwrapping the Promise of Advent

5 Week Series

11/29/2009 thru 12/27/2009


For centuries, people lived in the hope of a promise from God. The promise they were looking for was for a Messiah (a Savior) to come into their world and make things right. When the Son of God finally did come, he did not arrive the way most people expected. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords didn’t arrive in a king’s palace or with royal fanfare. Instead, the Savior of the world showed up wrapped in strips of cloth, lying in a feeding trough and likely surrounded by a few barn animals. The gift of God came into the world in a humble way and every promise God had for people came to life. Like a child on Christmas morning, this series of messages unwraps the promises of advent and explores the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.


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Missio Dei

4 Week Series

11/1/2009 through 11/25/2009

Churches have always been about mission. As such, churches are very good at giving monetarily towards missions, praying for missions, even going on mission trips.  But has the church ever stopped to consider what God's mission might be?  Simply put, God's mission - or the missio dei - is His plan to redeem the world back to Himself.  The mission begins in Genesis, continues through the promise to Abram, is embraced by a nation, and finds fulfillment in His church.  Ultimately, the missio dei is more than asking ourselves what we can do for God, but how we can participate with God in His mission for the world. Join us as we explore the missio dei for one, for many, and for all.



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Follow the Leader

3 Week Series

10/11/2009 through 10/25/2009

Remember playing “follow the leader” as a kid? The game’s success depended on two very important things: an effective leader and those willing to follow. How successful are we at “following the leader” in our churches? We claim to be followers of Christ, but do we really know who and why we follow? Is Jesus, in fact, really the kind of leader we are willing to follow? This new series seeks to explore the true nature and supremacy of Christ’s leadership, as well as ways we, His church and witness, can become better followers of His mission to the world. Together, we boldly claim Jesus as our leader and dare ourselves to follow in His footsteps.

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Joy in the Midst of Junk

3 Week Series

9-20-09 through 10-4-09

If joy depends on everything going right, then we're all sunk.  There is junk.  Life's junk.  If we let it, this junk can steal the joy right away from us.  But in this series Mike Cope directs us to another way -- God's way.  It's a journey where joy forever springs forth -- even from the most barren places

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Today's Specials

9 week series

7/5/09 through 8/30/09

Whether you’re in a restaurant for the first time or the hundredth, it can be seen upon every visit – the ubiquitous blackboard on the sidewalk or in the lobby that announces the specials of the day. Though some of the chalk-drawn offerings highlight a normal menu item at a lower prices, often times, the chef of the establishment comes up with a meal creation that is one of their favorites and they just have to share it! Similarly, our Sunday morning theme for July and & August is called Today’s Specials,” and each of our speakers will be bringing us a sermon of their choosing that is truly one of their favorites.

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1Another

8 Week Series

5/10/09 through 6/28/09

Every church has something in common… they have people in them. People in a church have an important responsibility – all the members of a church function as the physical presence of Jesus in the world today (1Corinthians 12:13). Wherever the church goes, whatever the church does, whatever the church says reflects on Jesus. Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35). Those last two words are important: “one another.” Each person in church is important and each person shares life… with “one another.” Being what we need for “one another” is like a cold drink on a hot day – it is refreshing! In this series we rediscover the “one another” verses in the Bible and we’ll see that as a church we will only be everything we’re supposed to be when we grow deeper in our relationships with one another.

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Todays Jesus: Who Do You Say That I Am?

5 Week Series:

4-5-09 through 5-3-09

Ask any number of people who Jesus is and you will likely get just as many different responses. Some say Jesus is the only Son of God. Some people concede he was a great prophet but not God in the flesh. Many accept Jesus as a good teacher and a helper to the poor and hurting but was nothing more. Still others contend that Jesus was only a delusional character. How can we possibly make sense out of all these viewpoints? While there are many views and opinions about who Jesus is and what role he played in history and continues playing today, no view is more engaging or challenging than the one Jesus had of Himself. In this series, we look at the biblical claims Jesus makes of Himself, and we ask ourselves the penetrating question Jesus everyone: “Who do you say I am?”

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Opening Doors

6 Week Series

2-22-09 through 3-29-09

Jesus once said, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” The voice of Jesus is still “opening doors” for anyone who will listen to him. Jesus opens the door to us personally, in our family, in our work, in our culture and throughout the world. In this series, we listen for the voice of Jesus and ask Him to lead us as He opens the door to our heart and to the world.

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Holiness in the 21st Century

7 Week Series

1-4-09 through 2-15-09

The Lord is God and He is holy. Holiness demonstrates the very nature and character of God. To be “holy” is to have the distinctive mark and signature of the Divine, and if we, as God’s people, are to live holy lives, we must reflect what God is like in all aspects of our life. Following God means both absorbing God’s nature and reflecting it in our lives. As Christ-followers, we are made holy by the blood of Jesus and our ongoing holiness is made possible by the Holy Spirit. Being holy is not “law keeping;” rather it is loving God and having relationship with Him. In this series, we examine the reality that God is the only source of Holiness and He is the innermost reality to our ability to be holy as well.

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