We’ve learned a lot in this series, but if that knowledge never makes it from our heads to our hearts, we’ve missed it. So many of us have become spectators watching ministry happen, but that is not healthy. Instead of the paradigm of coming to church to receive, we need to gather together to get in the game, to serve and give, and really pursue God. We need to become people of substance because healthy things grow. So we’re going to do things differently. We are going to get back to the basics of what it means to be a faith community that’s in pursuit of Jesus, living out a dangerous faith, an unpredictable faith, a faith that’s obedient regardless of where He leads us. Each of us has the responsibility to consider deeply, what is God’s call on our life? And are we willing to be obedient? We’re all servants of the King, and we need to recognize the privilege we have to be a part of God’s kingdom and be obedient to where He is calling us.
Exodus 19:5-6 / Philippians 2:10–11 - Brad Bell - Who is Jesus, really? Jesus is the King. He is the Savior. He is the way, the truth and the life. And He wasn't lying when He said no one comes to the Father but through Him. He has established a kingdom, and He is seated on the throne. He promised to return, and He will reign forever. And He has called us to be a part of His kingdom. A righted view of Jesus, of seeing Him exalted and on the throne, really should affect who we are as those who claim to be followers of Christ, as well as how we respond. It should move us to live differently. We have to make that shift from the head down to the heart because God wants our hearts to be His. And everything changes after that.
Matthew 28:19-20 - Jeff Doolittle - For Christians, our desire is to follow Jesus and to become more like him everyday. A Christian is a disciple of Christ. Someone who wants to follow him and become like him in every way. But for many of us, becoming like Jesus has been narrowed in scope. We might pick and choose the characteristics of Jesus we most want to emulate. Maybe we are great students of the Word, like Jesus. Maybe we have a heart of compassion for the marginalized and oppressed, like Jesus did. Maybe we desire to have intimate fellowship with our Father, as Jesus himself did. But one of the most important actions Jesus modeled for us was that he called people to follow him. And by his actions and his words, he has commanded us to do the same.
2 Corinthians 8:1-9 - Shea Sumlin -As Christ's church and image bearers of God, we were both created and saved to be a generous people. Unfortunately, due to our own sin, as well as being immersed in a consumerist culture, we all have a tendency to drift towards selfishness with the resources God has given us. In this message, we'll look how a powerful understanding of the grace of Jesus Christ brought about a radical paradigm shift for the early church concerning their own grace in generosity. We'll also examine how that same grace can bring about our own paradigm shift concerning the time, treasures and talents God has given us to steward for His Kingdom.
Hebrews 10:19-25 - Shea Sumlin - Since the beginning of time, God has been about gathering His people to delight and worship in His presence. For centuries, God's people would gather three times a year in Jerusalem to celebrate God's faithfulness and power to save and redeem. But following Jesus' death and resurrection, along with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in God's people, a radical paradigm shift took place concerning the church and its corporate gatherings. In this message, we'll unpack what it was that moved the early church to begin joyfully gathering weekly, and what the implications are for us as His church today.