Craig Groeschel, in his latest book, Winning the War In Your Mind, says that our lives are moving in the direction of our strongest thoughts. Paul echoes that in Colossians 2:8 – 3:4 as he dives into how to not be distracted or deceived in our thought life.
We invite you to join us on a Journey through Colossians as Todd reads from his journal about specific ways Jesus is impacting his life through God’s Word. If you want to read through Colossians with us, please download the Public Church app for the study or message us, and we will send it to you!
Many of us love behind the scenes interviews of successful people where they share their motivations. We get a similar feel today in our section of Colossians, as Paul, the author, lets us know his motivations and even what fuels him. Often hearing about someone else’s motivation helps us evaluate what drives us, and we pray that happens for all of us.
We start our Journey through Colossians, and we would love for you to go with us. Our Team prepared a Colossians Bible Study on our Public Church app, so we kick off our journey by focusing on the main character.
During the month of June, we are reading through the book of Colossians as a church. Whether or not, you are in our Public Church family, we invite you to go on this journey with us! Our team made a Bible study to give you a strategy for studying God’s Word on your own, and you can find this resource on our Public Church app starting Sunday, June 6. If you don’t want to download the app, message us, and we will be happy to send you the study!
t’s easy to coast into summer needing a break from spring but then never stop coasting. As a result, summer can be a season of drifting, but what if we intentionally chose a summer culture? Culture is a way of life that includes values and perspectives, so let’s be intentional about what guides our way of life during this two-month window that we will never get back.
Would you consider yourself wealthy? Does the nature of this question make you uncomfortable? Even if it does, the reality is that on a global scale, our culture is very affluent, and many of us are too. This acknowledgement leads to an unavoidable implication: when we read about wealth in the Biblical narrative, that’s us. What Jesus said to the wealthy, he said to us. When a character in a story is wealthy, let’s lean in because we naturally relate. That’s the case as we finish our series by doing a character study on Boaz, the Wealthy. If we lean in, it’s very likely that we can see strengths we need to lean into and weaknesses that we need to lean out of.
Nolan and Todd discuss content that didn’t make the cut in the series that they are team-teaching called “A Story of the Bitter, the Wealthy, and the Foreigner.” As they share how they were challenged through their study, we hope you are inspired to dig into the book of Ruth.
Today is a little different as we have a leadership conversation about our thoughts on summer. Without a preferred future, we will drift towards an accidental destination. To prevent this, we discuss the practical benefits of a summer vision.
We all face bitterness at some point, and if we don’t process bitterness, then it will consume us. As Nathan Brown says, “Bitterness will cause you to burn your house down to get rid of a rat.” We begin our series by diving into the character of a bitter lady named Naomi, as we look for connection between her journey and ours.
A theme for intros for each talk in this series is the following: let’s not be an obstacle to people following Jesus. To put it more positively: let’s point people to Jesus instead of pushing them away. We finish our series in 1 Corinthians 9, Paul focuses on how we become love displayed for the world. Many of us have seen the damage of not living out this passage. Personally, I (Todd) have created some of the damage myself. In order to not be an obstacle, we must internalize and live out what Paul teaches here.
Would you rather be thought of based on what you are FOR or AGAINST? Simon Sinek and Jeff Henderson are both thought leaders who establish why it’s better to be known by what we are FOR. In so doing, they simply reflect the lifestyle and teachings of Jesus, who taught and showed us what it means to be FOR people and who we should be FOR.
When you hear Christian, what word or phrase comes to mind? In 2019, Barna did a study, and Dave Kinnaman, their president, concluded that the reputation of evangelicals is more a barrier than a bridge. This is a problem no matter how you spin it. It’s even more of an issue when we consider that Jesus, on the night before he died for the sins of the world told his followers exactly what their reputation should be. He does so with terrifying clarity. So what did he say? Why don’t those of us who follow Jesus do what he said?
When installing a battery, which terminal do you connect first? If you get that wrong, a few bad things can happen, which all fall in the category of danger. Questions like that reveal that in certain areas, including our faith, the starting point matters.
Many of us have Easter activities that we enjoy with our loved ones, but have you ever paused to ask why Easter is such a big deal? We do all this stuff, but why does Easter matter? Is all this concocted to get you to a church Gathering, so we can get something from you? Bottom line: if Easter is a big hoax, then following Jesus is a hoax. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul states that everything hinges on the truth of the resurrection. We invite you to bring your questions as you engage with Paul’s claim and wrestle with this question.
How do we respond when what we expect isn’t what we experience? We could face this discrepancy in a job, retirement, or just our everyday lives. What happens when this gap involves Jesus? At some point, we will experience a gap between who we want Jesus to be and who Jesus actually is. This is the underlying tension of the original Palm Sunday that we discuss today.
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Easter can easily sneak up on us, and we can wake up the day after Easter having missed what Jesus could have done in and through us during the Easter season. To prevent this from happening, let’s go on an Easter Journey together. Between now and April 4, we invite you to read one of the accounts of Passion Week (from Palm Sunday through the Empty Tomb) or 1 Corinthians 15, which is focused on the the resurrection. Here are the accounts: Matthew 21 – 28 | Mark 11 – 16 | Luke 19:28 – 24:53 | John 12:12 – John 21:25 | 1 Corinthians 15. If you need a Bible, please message us—we would love to get you one. You can also download the YouVersion Bible app. We look forward to going on this Easter Journey together!
Daily we are surrounded by distractions. Sometimes we can even be distracted by good things that take our eyes off of Jesus. When we slow down, remove distractions and sit at the feet of Jesus, we look to serve those around us and invite other to sit with him.
The heart of Embracing the Journey is to help us see the intersections between following Jesus and our everyday lives. For over one year, one of those intersections is how we navigate Covid-19. Todd discusses how the team is processing this transition, and he shares how he is walking through it. If you have questions about our decisions or processes, please email email@example.com
Each of us has a circle of concern that includes the people we love. When someone in that circle, or our own lives, is affected, we feel the pain. Outside of that circle, we sometimes fail to notice the issues others are facing. For Jesus followers, our failure to care about the concerns of those beyond our circle can actually make it hard for people to come to Jesus. For those who don’t follow Jesus, please don’t let us keep you from Jesus.
We are joined by Olympia Pierce, a phenomenal leader in our community, to share the vision behind the College Hill Podcast. Olympia shares wisdom and challenges us to act as a result of what we learn through the stories captured on the podcast.
We are inundated with information, and this can lead us to feel overwhelmed. At times, there is so much coming at us that we don’t even have time to process. We discuss our final rhythm, “Turn Down the Noise”, and we will see how Jesus regularly synced his life with this rhythm. The challenge is to make him our pattern and live as he lived.
One of the many challenges of a global pandemic is isolation. We realize that we need people, yet sometimes we don’t like people. Therein lies the tension. It’s tempting to try to be a solo act, and many of us have reasons to do just that. However, Paul shows us how to lean on our teammates in Romans 16.
In a world where it has become increasingly easy to not commit, or feel disconnected, what does it look like to truly flourish & grow? It starts with becoming established deeply & firmly in Jesus, to become rooted in Him.
Recorded live during our Galentines 2021 Flourish event.
This week on Embracing the Journey, Whitney and Jade give some sneak peaks of what is to come this Sunday for our Virtual Galentines Event!
Ladies, we can’t wait to see you Sunday afternoon! You can find more info on our Flourish Instagram.
When it comes to prayer, we often overcomplicate it and underemphasize it. Yet, the Psalms contain raw prayers that can and should serve as a model for how we communicate with Jesus. The Psalms also reveal the impact of these prayers on those who prayed them, which reminds us of the necessity of our second rhythm.
Why is it so hard for us to do what’s good for us? We know the vinaigrette is healthier than the ranch, yet we pour the ranch on our salad. This struggle applies to our relationship or lack there-of with the Word, and it’s an issue addressed by the author of Hebrews in chapters 3 and 4.
We often tell stories with a pretty bow on top when everything resolved, but what about all the other unresolved situations? What happens when the bow unravels in the next chapter of our story? Matt Moore shares about the messiness of his life and challenges us to dive into the mess with others in Part 1 of his conversation with Todd.
How would you describe your spiritual health prior to March 2020 versus now, January 2021? Also, think back to a time you experienced real change. Was your path to change marked by a haphazard or an intentional mindset? Considering those two answers, we discuss improving our spiritual health, no matter what our circumstances.
Whether big or small, fear is an aspect of life that we all face. If we are not careful, our fears will stop us from experiencing the fullness of a relationship with Jesus that He desires for us. Looking at Exodus 14, we see the Israelites filled with fear in what seems like a hopeless situation as the Egyptian army pursues them. Letting go of their fear allows them to step forward on a highway through the sea in a monumental moment for the nation of Israel.
Have you ever realized the image you portray doesn’t match the reality of who you are? This type of duplicity happens in “big” and “small” ways, and Todd shares about how he dealt with this issue in one area of his life.
There are clear benefits to upping the intensity: Consider our relationships—what happens when you up the intensity? Perhaps that means spending time with a good friend where you both set your phones at the door to prevent distraction. Is there not a deeper level of conversation? When we up the intensity, we find a richness, a deepness that is unavailable without higher levels of effort and focus. Fasting has the same effect in our relationship with Jesus, and today we will see the followers of God have been experiencing these benefits for centuries.
Starting in 2019, Todd and Whitney began picking a word, or phrase, for the New Year. To kick off 2021, they share theirs, and we encourage you to leave a message and let us know your word for 2021!
It would be easy for us to place our hope in 2021. After all, it’s a new year, so life must improve—2021 can’t be as bad as 2020. This is a real temptation, but the start of a new year is not a solid source of hope. To prove this, we simply return to this time last year – not just the start of a new year but the start of a new decade. Remember the anticipation, the joy…look how that turned out. Does following Jesus offer any type of solid launching point for 2021? We discuss an ancient, often overlooked and even neglected practice that provides a solid launching point for 2021, whether you follow Jesus or not.
For the past two years, we discussed rest on the last Sunday of the year. As we end 2020, mental health issues are rising quickly due to all the uncertainty and tragedy that we have faced. Therefore, we discuss the intersections between rest and mental health, and we believe this is a conversation that we need to end the year. Cindy Boler leads our discussion, and she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who does a lot of counseling, and a leader in Public Church. We pray that Cindy’s wisdom is beneficial to all of us as we continue to navigate these trying times.
As we approach Christmas, many of us are feeling more negative emotions than positive ones. What does the Christmas story communicate during such heavy times? We invite you to lean in because we believe that in 2020, we need the Christmas story more than ever.
This Christmas season is heavier than typical because we face everything that makes the holidays hard plus Covid-19. Today, we look at two people who faced immense adversity, and we see their response to receiving God’s generosity.
In the chaos and uncertainty of 2020, many of us have a list of answers that we want. Todd shares about a time over a decade ago when he went for a run to get answers, and the life-changing Scripture that God gave him.
We end our series by discussing two specific intersections in our lives: interpersonal conflict and the fight for justice. In both of these situations, it is very easy and sometimes even natural for us to retaliate. However, Paul challenges us with a better way in Romans 12:19-21. Will we take the high road?
Interpersonal conflict is a part of our daily lives, so we return to what we call Front Door Conversations to discuss how we navigate tense and delicate issues. Romans 12:17-18 gives us a road map for how to walk through the Front Door as Creators of Peace.
Medical experts tell us that good posture has health benefits, and many believe it communicates self-confidence. Posture matters and sends a message, so how we carry ourselves as Jesus followers reveals what’s going on inside of us and impacts how we interact with others. By digging into Romans 12:14-16, we see the posture of a Jesus follower.
Why do you serve? Why do you endure? Why do you give generously? Or why don’t you? In Romans 12:11-13, Paul (the author) speaks to what drives Jesus followers to do these things. Whether or not you follow Jesus, his insights can help us wrestle with why we sacrifice to benefit others or why we don’t.
“Church people” can easily participate in fake love. Perhaps you walked away from Jesus or his church because you experienced love laced with hypocrisy. That’s why Paul’s words in Romans 12:9-10 are so vital—we must love authentically. He also tells us how to do that in our everyday lives, even with people who are hard to love.
Shame and guilt are the twin sisters of destruction in a believers life. Shame = feeling bad about who we are, and guilt = feeling bad about what we do. What we must remember is that Jesus never intended for us to live a life of shame and guilt. Jesus buried our guilt and shame and gives us a way to fight this complex emotional, mental, and spiritual daily reality.
As we long for the end of Covid-19, we can easily long for normal, which is actually a trap. When did normal become labeled exceptional? As Andy Stanley says, “Aspiring for normal is not inspiring.” Jesus invites us to aim higher than normal as we take a very practical look at our habits.
During this season our hearts are being revealed. Will we face our hearts, even when it’s not pretty? To face our hearts Jesus invites us to self evaluate in these four areas: mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Let’s be authentic as we reflect.
Recorded live from our Fighting to Flourish event.
Antoinette Miles is a leader in our community, and Jesus has been using her powerfully ever since he brought her to Cleveland. She challenges us to be kingdom citizens who affect our culture, and we hope you are challenged and inspired just like we were!
How do we respond when we aren’t where we want to be, but we are exactly where God knew we would be? Paul finds himself in that situation in Athens, Green in Acts 17. Through Paul’s example, we end our series by discussing our method as a witness.
As we talk to people about Jesus, eventually someone will ask something like, “What is this Jesus business all about?” In other words, what is the core message of Jesus followers? Today, we discuss how to answer questions like that.
Jesus gave us his marching orders in John 13:34-35 as he told us to love just as he has loved us. In other words, we become love displayed. Wouldn’t it be helpful to know if we are loving like Jesus in our everyday lives? In 1 Peter 4:9-11, Peter provides metrics to guide us to evaluate ourselves in the arena of love. Will we reflect on our everyday actions and refine to become more like Jesus?
As a follow-up to Sunday’s Gathering, Josh and Julia Morrison plus Cory and Kristen Arp continue their conversation about parenting. They go deeper into the specifics of their families and give practical insights into how they parent.
A way we live out our vision is to help you understand that following Jesus directly impacts how we parent. Therefore, today is a conversation with Josh and Julia Morrison plus Cory and Kristen Arp about parenting. If you are not a parent, early on Josh shares why this conversation is still beneficial to you. We invite you to check out Part 2 on our Podcast, which will be released on Tuesday.
When we think about our lives prior to March 2020, we can feel some nostalgia and a lot of discouragement. We could use something to aim towards, partially because there is no timetable on Covid-19, which means we can’t just aim for a specific date when it ends. Peter, the leader of Jesus’ 12 disciples, provides a focal point for us.
The world needs to see Love Displayed now more than ever. Jesus’ love is best displayed when family, the church, shows His love to others by displaying unity and humility, especially in times that are uncertain. When the thought of this is overwhelming we must look to the cross for a clearer perspective.
Many of us feel pressed and crushed by this season, so today we empathize. We sit in our pain because Jesus can handle our emotions. Gently, Jesus shows us a path forward. We are faced with this question: will we trust the King?
Chris Walker and Todd Stevison have a conversation about the beauty and benefit of wrestling with God and his Word, especially pertaining to justice. Chris is on staff with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the wisdom he brings is needed for us to remain in the wrestling.
Racism between Jews and Gentiles is a theme of the New Testament, and in Acts 10, Jesus actively fights against this racism in the life of Peter, one of the premier leaders of the early church. As we see the beginning of Peter’s transformation, we are challenged to evaluate ourselves.
So many of us are thirsty for justice, so does Jesus have anything to do with our thirst? That leads to another question: What version of Jesus are we following or rejecting? We begin to wrestle with this question, and from the start, we must be willing to admit that there are some gaps between our version of Jesus and the version Jesus revealed in the Samaritan village. As we wrestle, we will address our thirst.
This series is filled with tension. The topic is so tense that often we just avoid it. Jesus’ church should be a group of people who wade into the tension because that’s what Jesus did. Today, we dive into John 4 to see how Jesus waded into the tension because fighting against racism and for justice is central to the Gospel.
The gospel is the story of Jesus, the good news of Jesus. What is the full scope of the Gospel? What is the holistic Gospel? If I surrender to Jesus, does the Gospel just grant me a ticket into heaven, or does it truly impact my everyday life, including how I interact with people who are different than me. Does the Gospel have anything to do with racism, or is racism just a peripheral issue? We dive into these questions as we start our series, and we will discover that the Gospel is colorful.
What does the church look like as we reopen? What does church look like between now and a vaccine? What does the church look like in the midst of a much-needed movement for justice and equality for black lives? Many of the specific answers will reveal themselves over time IF we follow the instructions given by a first century church expert. His guidance transcends any external circumstances.
In a world filled with injustice, inequality, and racism, the church must lead the way in fighting for justice, for equality, and to end racism. In this moment, we need to recenter ourselves on Jesus’ approach as expressed in one of the oldest, maybe even the oldest, pieces of literature in the New Testament, Philippians 2:5-11. This ancient text is incredibly relevant and leads us forward.
One of the difficult aspects of this season, especially reopening, is our inability to get our hands around the situation. This is especially difficult for those of us who like to control. In our series finale, David displays remarkable trust with a situation that he could have manipulated but chose to leave in God’s hands. His trust can inspire us to trust in the midst of this season and really any season.
Most of us know this feeling, and Psalm 51 is a guide to repentance, which means walking away from our sin and walking in a different direction. (This is an addendum to our talk titled “The Scenes We Want to Delete”, so you can watch it or listen for more context.)
If we were watching the film on our lives, most of us would edit out some parts, and we know from today’s Scripture that King David would. Today’s lesson from a king who blew it can help us not blow it and move forward when we do.
How frustrating is it when you ask for something, and the answer is no? Sometimes the answer is no to our plans, which can leave us discouraged. Today we see a moment in King David’s life where he has great plans, but God says no. What do we do when God says no? We see in this moment that David faces what could have been a time of discouragement, but instead moves to praise God.
Have you ever almost blown it? By “blown it”, you almost made a decision whose consequences would ripple through your life for years. What stopped you? Or did you blow it? Did you make a decision whose consequences still haunt you? What could have stopped you? In today’s scene from King David’s life, he is so close to blowing it, but something, dare I say someone stops him. Today’s lesson from a king has the potential to also stop us from making life-altering mistakes.
Does anybody read that title and go, “Yep, I hate to wait, too!“? It’s so frustrating and also so inevitable. Could there be a purpose in waiting that we disdain? King David endured long seasons of waiting, so examining his life can guide us to grow in patience even as we don’t like to wait.
Most of us don’t have kingdoms, but our version of the title could be, “How to Lose a Marriage” or “How to Lose Friendships”. Saul, who was Israel’s first king, lost his dynasty before it even got started. He didn’t even get to pass the throne down to his son. What went wrong with him? As we dig into his story, we see that a flaw that ruined him can easily take us down as well.
We are truly navigating uncharted waters as so many of us have been sent home. A question many of us have probably asked is “How do I lead others?” How do we lead people that we can’t even get in the same room with? As we dig into that question, a more pressing one emerges: How do I lead myself? During our current season of quarantine, most external leadership has been stripped away from our lives, so self-leadership is huge. Starting today and throughout this series, we will answer that question through Lessons from a King, specifically King David, the greatest king in all of Israel’s history.
Easter is marked by bright colors, but this Easter season feels dark. Covid-19 has turned our lives upside down, and some wonder if we will recover. We can easily ask questions like, “Is God silent? Does he even exist?“. 2,000 years ago, some people thought God was silent and were wondering if they just watched God die. However, their story didn’t end there and neither does ours.
Description: During Covid-19, many points of tension and conflict are heightened, which can leave us in a mental place where we are easily frustrated and on edge. We need a strategy that shifts the atmosphere of our homes and minds, and Jesus clarifies what worship is and reveals its potential impact in our lives.
We are in a global crisis, and a crisis can immobilize us with fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. However, a vision mobilizes and inspires us to love and serve others even in these uncertain times. We invite you to serve as a Public Church. One way you can do that is dropping off food for our temporary food pantry.
Here are items we need: Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Peanut Butter, Crackers, Rice, Boxed Mac and Cheese, Canned Veggies, Canned Soup, Jelly, Instant Oatmeal, Cereal, Chips, Biscuit/cornbread mix
Drop Off: Wednesday and Thursday from 12pm – 3pm
We discuss more ways to serve in the talk!
When you look at the COVID-19 situation, what do you see? That’s an important question because our experiences and bias cause us to look at the same situation and see it differently. Also, what we see influences our levels of anxiety or peace…fear or confidence. We look at a story where Jesus sees something that no one else does, which challenges us to evaluate what we see.
Our default mindset in a global pandemic is often self-preservation, and it’s so easy for us to be consumed by our own interests. Paul, the author, wrote it while sitting in a prison cell. Therefore, we can find guidance for our mindset through Paul’s perspective from prison.
When we experience hurt from people we are close with, it’s easy to get a firm grip on the pain, anger, and possibly even hatred. This grip on anger, if undealt with, with cause more damage on the inside that will in turn have a negative impact on others. The solution to this is forgiveness that we see patterned and displayed in the life of Jesus.
In Galatians 6, Paul challenges the church to love and restore struggling people which goes against our natural tendencies to shame and distance ourselves from them. God has given the gift of a Church family to walk through struggles together.
Do you ever want to sit down with someone farther along in the journey to ask question and glean insights from their life? That’s exactly what Todd Stevison does in his conversation with Phil Taylor, CrossNet’s Lead Missions Strategist. Phil provides incredible wisdom through his experience, and he even speaks to a vision the Holy Spirit gave him of our campus. A vision we are now living in!
Why do we often couple our generosity with arrogance? Can we serve people while honoring their dignity by acknowledging that they are made in the image of God and have something to give as well? To finish our series, we dive into these tensions as we articulate our mindset for serving.
How do we get so easily distracted from becoming love displayed? As we discussed last week, Jesus is clear that love is the one thing that will change everything, but often we are focused on so many other things. In the letter called Galatians, we find a church who is distracted, but Paul writes to refocus them. As we dig in, his challenge can refocus us, too.
Many of us can distract ourselves from thinking about the brevity of life, but when people die at young ages, we come face to face with the reality of our death. As we consider our own mortality, this question can give us perspective: what is one thing that could change everything? If we can find an answer to this question, then we can live lives that count. Lives that matter while we are on earth, and lives that set us up well for life after earth.
James was the leader of the church in Jerusalem, the birthplace of the church. In chapter 2 of his letter, he writes an intense and direct passage about the relationship between our faith and action. Did James’ writing contradict other church leaders? Or is it an inescapable challenge that every Jesus followers must embrace?
Do you ever want to just tell someone, “Prove It.”? It can really frustrating and even destructive to be around people who claim to be one way, but their actions say otherwise. When we look in the mirror, we realize that sometimes we are the duplicitous person, even though we want to make sure our actions and words match. Therefore we begin our series with this question: where do I start?
Join us today as Collin Cooke unpacks 2 Corinthians 5:1-6, where Paul challenges us to truly consider the cost of following Jesus and challenges Jesus followers to live as bright lights, pointing to Jesus, in a world where eyes are veiled from seeing Him.
Have you ever felt disappointed by God? If so, how do you process these feelings? Todd Stevison and Nathan Eaton have a conversation about Nathan’s journey, which includes feelings of disappointment towards God. Nathan challenges us to ask the God who did the impossible on the first Christmas, to do the impossible in our lives.
Could it be that God sometimes invites us into impossible situations, that are pre-packaged with pain, so that he can display his limitless power and change lives? Mary’s story, which begins in Luke 1:26-38, leads us to ask questions like this and offers some answers. Mary shows how to respond when Immeasurably More doesn’t look like we thought it would.
The Christmas story is the story of the impossible, and many of us are facing circumstances that look impossible. As a church, we’ve been praying for God to do immeasurably more all year, but when faced with situations that look hopeless, do we still believe he can do what we’ve prayed for? In Luke 1:5-25, we meet Zechariah and Elizabeth, who had no hope of having a child. Yet, God did the impossible. Their story gives us backdrop for how we can approach our circumstances.
This week is a special Sunday as we kick off the Christmas season with a lot of laughter, smiles, and a powerful opener by Public Worship. We also took time to read the Christmas story with our kids, and share an impactful Jesus Connection.
In the holiday season, or really any season, we can fall into a “Survive and Advance” or a “Let off the Gas and Coast” mindset. In Philippians 3:12-16, Paul discusses a better approach through a vivid athletic metaphor.
This week we wrap up the Poured Out series by looking at our ultimate example and purpose for generosity: God Himself. Romans 8:31-39 reveals a God who has given sacrificially and generously to us, and we have the privilege of doing the same for others.
Everybody faces the daily grind. Whether you are a stay at home dad or mom, a contractor or work for a contractor, teaching or an electrical linemen, in a cubicle or leading the people in cubicles, it comes relentlessly every week. Jesus brings meaning to our mundane, so Part 4 focuses on how we love like Jesus in the daily grind.
Often there’s a discrepancy between our admiration of generosity and our application of generosity. We admire the actions of others but don’t become more generous. Closing the gap requires practicing a habit and embracing a paradigm. Today, we discuss the paradigm of following a crucified Savior.
Donald Miller, in his book, Building a Story Brand, says that most people have an innate desire to be generous, and generosity is the heart of our Poured Out Series. Our overarching question is, “How do we become who we innately want to be?” We ask that question against this backdrop: a filled up life fuels a poured out life. Therefore, this initial talk explores to be filled up consistently.
“Follow me.” The invitation of Jesus that is so simple yet so difficult. Simple because we know what to do, but difficult to actually do it. It’s also difficult because following him means letting go and relinquishing control. In Psalm 23, we see that Jesus leads us through the valley of the shadow of death--why would we follow Jesus if that’s where he leads us? Diving into Psalm 23 and asking some tough questions like that allow us to wrestle with the concept of follow.
How’s your soul? If you soul had a gauge, would it typically read closer to empty or full in this season? For many of us, our answers indicate a tired soul as we are “running the town”. Thankfully, maybe even surprisingly, Psalm 23 gives us some direction about how to move the gauge of our soul toward full.
The subtitle of this new series is “The Art of Letting Go,” which relates to all of us who enjoy being in control. Why do we enjoy control so much? Why is it so hard for us to let go? Todd Stevison and Rob Fultz share from Psalm 46 and life experiences to help us wrestle with our control issues.
Our annual Team Night is a moment for those who currently serve or want to begin serving at Public Church to be refreshed and reminded why serving matters. Our Campus Pastor, Nathan Eaton, dives into Romans 12:1-2 and focuses on the idea of serving as a lifestyle instead of an event.
Our search is incomplete without a lifestyle of worship. In this talk we take a closer look at Ephesians 3:21 to gain a better understand of how the habit of worship can and should be exercised both within church gatherings and outside of them as well.
On this Bonus Content episode, Todd Stevison is joined by Michael and Jessica Page as they discuss one of Public Church's global partners, Shepherd's Heart International, and their most recent mission trip to Africa.
For more information on Shepherd's Heart, visit shepherdsheartinternational.com
Paul prays a prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21 that is Public Church’s prayer for 2019. The prayer contains our second habit, one that is foundational yet easily overlooked. When we cultivate this habit, people see Jesus in us.
What does it truly mean to disciple someone? Is there a difference between discipleship and mentoring?
Jessica Brewster, from Fellowship of Christian Athletes at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, tackled some of these questions and shared her experience at our Fall Flourish Gathering.
Within us is an innate human longing, which is the desire for more. We long to find meaning in the mundane, so we begin our search for more in a book of searching, Ecclesiastes. In this book, we find the first key habit that we must cultivate to experience the more Jesus has in store.
Our default financial strategy is self-serving, yet deep down our life experience tells us, “If money is all about me, it will ultimately leave me empty.” Jesus makes some observations in Luke 21:1-4 that show us how we can financially move away from all about me and towards bigger than me.
We are inundated with messages of me, and it’s so easy for us to live with an “all about me” mindset. However, there’s a gentle whisper that we can’t shake that says, “If it’s all about me, it will ultimately leave me empty.” We have the opportunity to lean into the nudge as Jesus tells two stories in Luke 15 that guide us into a bigger than me mindset.
Jude writes a letter to the church, calling us to contend earnestly for the faith once for all passed down to us. We have the responsibility to fight for the faith that we will hand down to the next generation.
On this bonus content episode of the Pursuit series, Nathan Eaton hosts Sprouts and Roots Director Kristen Arp to discuss the importance of families discipling their children, the need for others to come alongside families, and her heart for serving the children and families at Public Church.
Our pursuit of Jesus requires others to come alongside us and point us to Him. While it is possible that someone may pursue Jesus on their own, it is unlikely and is a risk that we cannot be willing to take when it comes to the next generation. Psalm 78 is written as a challenge for us to teach the next generation what it looks like to follow God, so that they will in turn teach their children and have a ripple effect.
In 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul makes a statement that can seem very arrogant. He says, “Imitate me as I imitate Christ.” When we dig in, we see that Paul isn’t being arrogant but authentic because people need to see Jesus with skin. We have the opportunity to model what it means to follow Jesus for those who are already following us, whether we realize it or not.
Racism. This week, our letter, Ephesians, brings us to this problem in the Middle East around 60-62 AD that still wreaks havoc in America in 2019. We see what Jesus has done, which reveals that opting out of this issue is not an option for Jesus followers.
On this bonus content episode of the Power of a Letter, Nathan Eaton hosts Community Group Leaders Alex Maxwell and Jade Morgan to discuss how the series along with our YouVersion Bible plan is impacting their Community Groups.
This week we take a break from our series, The Power of a Letter, to ask difficult questions about tragedy. Paul writes about the hope we have beyond death in Jesus in 1 Corinthians 15, and we are challenged to remember that Jesus’ salvation goes beyond the grave.
Paul begins Ephesians 2 with a jarring yet simultaneously enlightening statement that is echoed by the music of our culture. Then he provides an explanation and a solution. If we lean in and grasp what he is saying about us, we can walk away overwhelmed by Jesus.
So many people struggle with loneliness, and knowing someone is praying for us can be a huge help in the struggle. When Paul prays for the Ephesians, he prays for them to know that God is for them and see Jesus as the source of our hope. His prayer applies to us and models for us a way to pray for others.
A letter has the power to change our lives by its message, and that’s exactly what Paul intends to happen with a letter he wrote that we call Ephesians. If we open and read it, we can find clarity to two questions that several of us are asking and most of us are interested in: who is God? Who are we to him?
On this special podcast, Nathan Eaton hosts Todd and Whitney Stevison as they dive into some aspects of Front Door Conversations that didn’t make it into the series. A big question, “What I if cannot have the Front Door Conversation?” is discussed, as is the difference between peacemakers and peacekeepers.
We end our series with this question: what if we do all the right things and it doesn’t work? At some point, all of us will face unresolved conflict, even though we have done our part. How do we move forward? In Romans 12:18-21, Paul writes to a group of people who will face conflict on a scale that most of us won’t, and his words to them provide a road map for us as well.
To dive deeper into Front Door Conversations, Todd Stevison hosts a discussion with Cindy Boler on Conflict Resolution. She offers practical, simple, yet game-changing insights that we need to navigate conflict well.
Today, we have the privilege of diving into the details of Front Door Conversations through a discussion with Brad Stanley and Collin Cooke. Brad serves with YWAM (Youth With a Mission) and leads many of their urban efforts from his experience serving immigrants in Chicago and working in other cities across the globe. Collin serves as our phenomenal Families Pastor, and we can’t wait for you to be challenged by their insights.
When it comes to the conversations that we know we need to have, we can either deal with it or it will deal with us. When “it” deals with us, “it” comes packaged with regret. There is a way to eliminate regret through Front Door Conversations, and the key is the stories we tell. Since regret hangs in the balance, let’s lean Romans 12:16-18 to see what kind of stories we need to tell.
Many of us struggle to have tough conversations, and one of the reasons is we only see two potential outcomes. Either we address the issue and lose the relationship, or we avoid the issue and keep the relationship. Thankfully, research shows and Jesus teaches that there is a third way, an outcome where we tackle the problem and build the relationship. In our new series, we are calling the path to this third way, Front Door Conversations. As Jesus prays in John 17, he defines the win that we should all pursue in our Front Door Conversations.
In our series finale, Jesus uses the Beyond Project to force us to discuss money. We often try to avoid this conversation, and it can feel awkward. If we read what Jesus says about money, then we realize His intent. Jesus isn't after our money; He is pursuing our heart. In Matthew 6:19-21, He shows us the connection between them and challenges us to give Him more of our hearts.
This question leads to other questions that many of us are asking with the Beyond Project. To find our answer, we explore Nehemiah’s answer to “Why rebuild the wall?” In the process, we clarify our compelling vision and are challenged to rise and build.
Public Church’s phrase for 2019 is Immeasurably More, and the Beyond Project marks our next step into Jesus’ immeasurably more. To take this first step, we dig into Peter’s time walking on the water to learn how we can navigate this season.
How do we respond when adversity hits? What if Jesus could have prevented the tragedy but chose not to? We drop into a few scenes in Jesus’ life and then explore the darkest moment in history to find reasons to trust him. One word resonates amidst any circumstances we face: rise.
As we end our series, we focus on Jesus’ words that inspired our series. Jesus gives a new command based on his unprecedented type of love. Through his words, we find a way to prove that we are with Jesus.
Sometimes misunderstood Scripture leads us to disappointment. We may be disappointed with Jesus when we try to do all of the right things but our reality is much different than we had hoped for. We often dismiss the need to trust that God is working His best even when we don’t see it. What are the steps we can take to begin to trust in Jesus’ love?
When it comes to generosity, there is a difference between admiration and application. We often hear stories of generosity that inspire us, but we walk away and do nothing. What is the disconnect between our desire to be generous and actually doing it? Through a scene in Jesus’ life, he reframes generosity to reveal our root issue. If we deal with the root issue, we will find that generosity is a key part of a love that people can’t shake.
This series is dedicated to everyone who doesn’t follow Jesus or those who don’t really know where they stand with Jesus. Sadly, Jesus followers often make it too difficult for them to follow Jesus by our failure to love like Jesus. In Matthew 5:43-48, Jesus teaches us about unaffected love, and he demonstrates it towards the author, Matthew, and us. If we don’t follow Jesus, will we stop trying to shake his love and embrace it? If we follow Jesus, will we begin to love like he has loved us?
Some of us love change; others hate change. However, all of us like change that we view as beneficial, and change is inevitable for Jesus followers. Part of following Jesus is changing to become more like him, and Galatians 5:22-23 is a litmus test that indicates whether we are becoming more or less like Jesus. Will we apply the litmus test to measure our change?
Research shows that anxiety and worry are on the rise in our culture, but we don’t have to live as captives to anxiety. Jesus gives Philippians 4:4-9 to us an anchor in the storm. Will we lean in to the solution he offers?
In our series finale, we discuss wonder, an emotion marked by admiration or awe, and we see how important it is. If we lose the wonder, we vacate the road to immeasurably more. Therefore, we look at a scene from Jesus’ life where some walked away and others decided to stay. Those who continued to follow him never lost their wonder, so we pray that we do the same well beyond this series.
There is a danger to immeasurably more—that we go big and never come back to dig into the details. God’s pattern, throughout the Bible, shows that the road to Immeasurably More is paved by details. Are we willing to do some roadwork?
We get distracted so easily, and we often dismiss our lack of focus as harmless. In reality, our tendency to get distracted is one of the reasons we are the problem with immeasurably more, and distractions are dangerous. They can lead us to mediocre, uninspiring lives or even wreck our lives. Nehemiah was a leader who displayed intense focus, and in Nehemiah 6, he shows us how to avoid the trap of distraction.
God has immeasurably more planned for us, yet so often we get in our way. In Philippians 4:11-13, Paul gives us the secret to being content, to be unchanged by our circumstances. Through his words, we can stop wasting so much time trying to control what is “uncontrolable” and begin to get out of our own way.
Have you ever felt disappointed by Jesus? Have you felt let down by him? To address our feelings, Jesus wants to lead us to a paradigm shift where we realize that following Jesus is more than a moment…it’s actually every moment. Ephesians 3:14-21 is a prayer of invasion, a prayer inviting Jesus to invade every moment of our lives. Will we be daring enough to pray this prayer?
In this talk, we look at the first talk given at the first church in Acts 2:22-41. Peter confronts all who listen confronting them with their own sin. But, he then offers them the beautiful hope of redemption through Jesus.
Waiting and joy don’t seem to go together because waiting prolongs everything, including our search for joy. However, Christmas is one big waiting game, and we are reminded that some things are worth the wait as we see the joy on people’s faces as they open gifts. As we discuss our main character, Simeon, we discover that he experienced joy in the waiting and determined that God is worth the wait. Could we also find some benefits to waiting through his story?
In times of adversity we can still experience joy. Looking at the life of Joseph, who seemed to be surrounded by adversity and could have taken the easy way out, we see that joy comes from choosing obedience over logic. Our adversity gives us the opportunity to experience God’s healing in a way that we may not have been able to experience otherwise.
Jesus’ birth was announced in Luke 2:10 as bringing great joy to all people, so why do we struggle with joy around Christmas? Why do we seem to be exempt from the “all people” who receive great joy? As we wrestle with how to find joy, we see a rhythm displayed by the shepherds and Mary that can help us find joy in Jesus’ presence.
As we kick off the Christmas season, we read the Christmas story from Luke 2 with our children, which is so special and provides some laughs. For both our children and adults, we have a Jesus connection that ties in the whole Gathering and challenges our approach to the holidays.
As we close our series, we discuss a statement made by Paul in Philippians 2:17 that many in his original audience would have to considered crazy. By examining Paul’s supreme value, we see that he isn’t crazy, but he is an example to learn from.
Remembering that we are people who serve people not a place, this 'Poured Out' series is a lifestyle marker for our gathering as we are reminded of WHO put this place together and WHY we are here. We will dig into Luke 9:10-17 as we look to Jesus as the example and source for what a poured out life looks like. To live a poured out life, we must place ourselves in position to be poured in and to be poured out.
As we begin our annual series, we take a trip down memory lane to see the power of prayer in the lives of families who we prayed for last year. We celebrate miracles of Jesus putting families together through adoption and foster care! We also discuss John’s insights into a poured out life in 1 John 3:16-18.
Tonight’s 5:30 Gathering is our Worship Night, so we discussed the power of worship to prepare us for this special night. Through Paul’s and Silas’ story in Acts 16:23-34, we see how Jesus can use our worship as a liberating weapon in our lives and the lives of others.
As we conclude our series, children from Sprouts & Roots join us at the beginning for a special story time with them. Then we are challenged by Paul’s actions in Acts 17 as he exemplifies what it means to be a Public Church by taking the story of Jesus and his resurrection to the marketplace.
The context of the story of Amos is very similar to the U.S.A. in 2018 because Israel was a experiencing peace, prosperity, and even some international prestige. With blessing, comes responsibility to care for those who have less, especially if we claim to follow Jesus. Amos challenges his original audience and us to consider whether our actions crush or come alongside those with material needs.
Today was very special as Todd Humbert, the lead pastor of the Greenhouse Church in Athens--a church that Public Church helped plant and continues to support--came to share the story of the Greenhouse. Then Todd Stevison led us to explore the story of Jonathan in 1 Samuel. In both these stories, we see people who chose to serve God’s dreams in others. Will we follow their pattern?
What have you made your mind up about? Our guest speaker, Matt Moore, challenges us with this question because we often act like we know how the story ends. However, God is writing a story with unexpected twists and turns, so will we accept something new?
During week 2 of our series, we dive into the story of Abraham and discover a tension between us and God: he is the God of the journey, but we are destination people. God invited Abraham, and he invites us to embrace the journey, so will we step away from our destination mindset to follow him?
In the beginning…what an epic start to the Bible! To kick off our series, we discuss this story that was counter-cultural and paradigm-shifting to its original audience. In so doing, we rediscover the wonder of creation and see Jesus as the main character who creates and then recreates what is broken.
At Team Night, our special guest, Matt Moore, challenged us to embrace the position God has placed us in. Too often we want to make ourselves more like Jesus through our effort. However, God positions us in a place to serve and speak words of life, which is such a powerful and needed challenge for all of us as we serve through our Teams.
John 3:16 is the most famous Bible verse, and Jesus chose to give this truth in a conversation, not a talk. As we look at the context of this conversation and it’s impact on Nicodemus, we see that Gatherings are great but not enough. We also need Community Groups as environments where we can have uninterrupted conversations and ask the questions on our hearts.
In part 2 of our series, we focus on the question, “Where are we going FOR our community?” We learn from Tabitha in Acts 9:36-42 about a lifestyle of serving flowing from her identity as a servant. If we will practice and commit to partnerships, then our community will know we are for them.
Why is Public Church here? Where are we going? These two questions drive the start of our new series as we look to the future and discuss Ephesians 3:20-21. In these verses, we discover that God has plans that are immeasurably more than we could ever imagine. He sees no limits in our future.
Evie West delivers a powerful talk from John 5:1-17 that revolves around this question: is it well with you? This talk was for the ladies of Flourish but the challenge is relevant to men, too, as we listen and wrestle with this question.
To finish our series, Chris Walker and Jessica Brewster share their thoughts and experiences about reaching back to make disciples. Both of them are on staff with Fellowship of Christian Athletes at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and they discuss their own stories and deliver a moving challenge to engage in a lifestyle of disciple-making.
This week we look at the stories of Eli and Samuel and their children to be challenged on what it means to reach back. Reaching back is taking an active, intentional, influential role in the lives of our children and in the lives of the children God places in our path.
At some point all of us feel like the darkness is overwhelming us. In those seasons, we often wonder if light wins. Whitney Stevison faced these doubts when suicide forever changed her family and changed her life. In the midst of this tragedy, Jesus proved faithful and over time, she saw that the light really does win. Whitney shares her journey of Jesus leading her to a place where it is well with her.
Jesus’ disciples ask a question that we have all asked at some point: who is the greatest in my area? Jesus doesn’t criticize their question; instead, he challenges them to turn and become like children because we need to learn from them. (Matthew 18:1-4) Jesus lets us know that reaching back is the only way to move forward.
We began 2018 with our Bandwidth series, so we returned for a well check to see how we are doing when it comes to our personal capacity to accomplish what we set out to do. In Nehemiah 10 and 13, we see that accountability is key to us fulfilling our God-given vision and becoming the men and women he has created us to be.
As we conclude our series, one word has emerged as a theme: trust. In Psalm 37:23-33, no one is asking us to have blind faith, but to listen to the experience of an older man who was the greatest king in Israel's history. Through his wisdom, we gain eyes to see why we should trust the Father's Heart.
The Father Is Delighted in Us When We Are Content in Him
Psalm 37:16-22 shows the Father’s heart for us to find our contentment and satisfaction in Him. Our struggle is the temptation to look for these things in stuff, people, and status instead of in the Father.
As we continue reading through Psalm 37 we look at the difficult truth that sometimes evil people prosper while good people suffer. In these moments and seasons of difficulty we often hope to hurry through and get beyond to a time that would be easier or better. As we see in Psalm 37:34-40 we must instead learn to wait in the Lord and allow Him to be our refuge.
For the next 4 weeks, we are reading through Psalm 37 and asking this question, “What does Psalm 37 reveal about the Father’s Heart?” As we discussed verses 1-7, we saw that the Father invites us to linger to start our journey. We would love for you to join us as we let God’s Word refine our view of the Father.
Sam Landrith challenges us in this talk to consider the mission that Jesus has given the church: to tell the world about Him. God has a heart for all those who are far from Him, and we should too. This is clearly seen in Jesus’ parable about the lost coin in Luke 15:8-10.
Jesus tells a captivating story in Luke 15:11-32 that leads us to reflect on how we approach people. There are three characters in the story, and as we consider which one we are, Jesus wants to refine our approach. How will we respond to this paradigm-shifting story?
Jesus is a brilliant storyteller, and he tells a story in Luke 15:1-7 that captivates a tension-filled audience. Jesus leads them to agree that if they lose something that they consider valuable, they work hard to find it. Then Jesus drops a huge challenge: will they assign value to the people God values? For us, here is our invitation: will we join Jesus’ audience and let him extend this challenge to us?
Why would we serve in a culture that tells us to get ours? Jesus did not come to fight to get his, but to give his life away. (Philippians 2:5-8) If we choose to follow him, we must follow his pattern and give our lives away, too. In Philippians 2:19-26 we see how to practically serve like Jesus in our everyday lives.
We all worship something, it is a part of our nature. We were created to worship God, so we should be engaging in worship to him daily, and in every season of our life. Worship through music is an integral part of worshipping God but we must also worship him the through his word. We learn that we must take what is told of us in John 4:23, and be true worshippers who worship in both sprint and truth.
Following Jesus is not an individual endeavor, it’s a communal project and the community Jesus gave us is the church. Listen to hear what Jesus says about our need for community and what Paul says community provides.
Before we discuss the specifics of our mission, there is one thing that is essential for us to be successful in our mission: unity. If we are divided, there’s really no point in talking about the specifics of our mission. Robert Green brings a powerful challenge from Ephesians 4:13 and 4:2-6 about ingredients to the kind of lasting unity that Jesus offers us.
One of the hardest habits to break when it comes to speaking words of death is to stop grumbling or arguing, but that’s exactly what Paul tells us to do in Philippians 2:14-16. As we discuss why and how to make this change, we do so against the backdrop of communion, knowing that we need the power of the cross to make this seemingly impossible shift.
We all have room to grow in navigating conflict and tough conversations. Therefore, we need to define the win in conflict and begin moving towards that win. We discuss Romans 12:16-21 and the type of mindset that we need to cultivate if we are going to successfully navigate tough conversations.
How do we make the change from speaking words of death to words of life? James, the brother of Jesus writes in James 3:13-16 and 4:1-12 about how to make that change. As we discuss what he wrote, we learn that change begins in the heart, and Jesus wants to adjust our posture to produce words of life.
We often underestimate the impact of our words, but in James 3:1-12, we discover that everything we say matters. In addition, our words of death destroy life. Will we recognize the that warning signs that accompany our destructive words and take a step towards change?
Most of us the power of words, and when we read that Proverbs 18:21 tells us that Death and Life are in the tongue, that resonates with us. Since our words carry such weight, who are the most significant voices in your life? Does God make the list? We discuss Romans 8:1-4, 14-17, and 31-39 to see that God speaks life over us. Will we prioritize his voice and listen?
Miscommunication occurs when what we mean is not what is heard, and it is a common and frustrating experience for all of us. When Jesus spoke his last 3 words on the cross, his followers misinterpreted him. Only after the resurrection did they grasp what he said. Todd Stevison discusses Romans 6:5-11 and what Jesus meant when he said, “It is finished.”
One of the most frustrating aspects of life is when our plans are ripped up. How do we respond when God rips up our plans? What do we do when God says our plans are finished? That is the disciples’ situation find themselves in Matthew 21 and Matthew 26. Todd Stevison discusses these scenes in Jesus’ life and challenge us to decide if we will defer or defect.
Most of us love the feeling of being finished with a project, but we run into problems when we try to approach Jesus like a project. In Mark 10:17-27, Jesus refuses to be reduced to a project that can be finished and instead invites us into a never-ending relationship. The offer sounds enticing but is very difficult to accept. Todd Stevison leads us to discuss a project approach versus a relational approach. Which will you choose?
We all struggle to remember important things. Christ gives Communion to the Church so that we will remember who we are and how we even got here. Communion brings us back to our purpose and reminds us to love the world that Jesus came to save.
In Nehemiah 6:3, Nehemiah make an incredible statement of focus. He refuses to be distracted by saying, “I am doing a great work and cannot come down.” What would it take for us to say the same? Todd Stevison concludes our series by discussing how we can follow Nehemiah’s example and focus on a great work.
Adversity is unavoidable, but we get to decide how we view it. Todd Stevison shares about adversity he has faced this week and challenges us to learn from Nehemiah’s example of handling adversity in Nehemiah 4.
In Nehemiah 2:17-20, he rallies the people to rise and build. In Nehemiah 3, we see the people embracing their role to rebuild the wall. As Todd Stevison discusses these scenes, we are challenged to consider if we will give our lives away to Jesus. God will do his part, so will we rise and build?
At this point in our Bandwidth journey, we are in Nehemiah 2, which is a chapter of preparation. Therefore, this talk isn’t about action to take but action to consider as we prepare for the great things Jesus wants to do through us as we continue the journey. As Todd Stevison shares, let’s refuse to skip this vital step.
Last week we discussed the problems that disturb us, and Jesus wants to empower us to create solutions for those problems. God strengthened Nehemiah to lead the people to rebuild the wall, so he did a great work. When we do great works, who gets the credit? In Nehemiah’s story, God received the honor, so Todd Stevison leads a discussion about Nehemiah 8, 9, and 12. Through Nehemiah’s story, we see that the habit of worship ensures God gets the credit he deserves.
When it comes to the internet, we all want more Bandwidth to stream our favorite content. In life, we would love to increase our personal bandwidth, or capacity, but time constrains us. How will we determine and leverage our personal bandwidth? Nehemiah is our guide on a journey to answer these questions. Todd Stevison leads us to consider Nehemiah’s response to a problem in Nehemiah 1 as a launching point for our journey.
All throughout Scripture, parents are commanded to be the primary spiritual teachers of their children. Collin Cooke discusses Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and Ephesians 6 to show us that parents should teach their children to love God and fight evil.
Was it worth it? We ask that question about so many things: the gift we bought, the bean burrito we just had for lunch, the time it could would take to have genuine conversation with someone. Matt Moore talks about how we measure worth when it comes to the story of Jesus.
Christmas is a season of anticipation that builds up to the time we open presents. As we discuss the Christmas story in Luke 2 and Matthew 2, Todd Stevison shows that today is about so much more than today.
In the midst of the Christmas season, we can easily lose sight of the incredible gift of Jesus. Todd Humbert leads us in a discussion about John 1 and Jesus as the Word, so that we can be amazed that God sent the Word, believe in him, and also be sent out by God just as God sent Jesus.
Matthew 2:1-12 tells us the story of the wise men. God put them on notice, and they responded in a way that we should imitate. As we discuss their story, we end our series with a challenge to respond beyond the moment to truly live poured out lives.
In John 12:1-6, we read about a lady who responds to Jesus with extravagant generosity. As Todd Stevison leads us to examine this story, we hope that all of us are inspired and challenged to take the next step in our journey towards a poured out life.
What are the requirements of a poured out life? By examining Isaiah 53:12 and Philippians 2:17, Todd Stevison discusses Biblical truths that create tensions. We must wrestle with these tensions in order to become a drink offering poured out for Jesus.
The heart of Poured Out comes from Jesus’ words in Mark 10:45 as he states that he came to serve and to give. In James 1:27 and throughout the Old Testament, Scripture is clear that we must pour out our lives for orphans and fatherless. Todd Stevison discusses these Scriptures and families involved in foster care and adoption share their stories.
Part 4 in our series “Unrivaled”. A big frustration in following Jesus is our tendency to waver, yet the Unrivaled Jesus deserves unwavering followers. At times we wonder if it is even possible to be unwavering, so Todd Stevison focuses Hebrews 10:19-26. Through these verses, we see that the cross makes it possible for us to build three habits that help us grow as unwavering Jesus followers.
Part 3 in our series “Unrivaled”. Jesus is unrivaled in the universe, but is he unrivaled in my life? To help us answer this question, Todd Stevison focuses on Isaiah 42:8, and Whitney Stevison shares about rivals in her life. Both describe practical ways that we can allow Jesus to become unrivaled in our lives.
Part 2 in our series “Unrivaled”. At times, our questions, doubts, and skepticism prevent us from seeing Jesus as Unrivaled. Todd Stevison presents tough questions to our special guest Judson Kirkpatrick, who answers these questions from a Biblical and logical perspective. Judson shows that even amidst our questions, Jesus is Unrivaled.
Part 1 in our series “Unrivaled”. Who is God? Where does God rank on our Best Ever List? Todd Stevison posed these two question to frame the start of our new series, and we let God tell us who he is through his Word in Isaiah 40:9-31 and Hebrews 1:1-3. Through these Scriptures, we see that God is Unrivaled in all the universe.
Part 4 in our series “Light”. In a week where we saw unspeakable tragedy in Vegas, we concluded our series by asking the question, “Does light win in the end?” Todd Stevison discusses how Jesus defines eternal life in John 17:3 and John’s glimpse into heaven in Revelation 21 to conclude that Light wins in the end, and Light can win in our end.
Part 3 in our series “Light”. Many of us want Jesus to shine in and overcome the darkness around, but he won’t stop there. Todd Stevison discusses 1 John 1:5-10 and how Jesus wants to shine in and overcome the darkness within.
Part 2 in our series “Light”. “What is my purpose?” is a relevant question that we all wrestle with. Todd Stevison discusses John 1:6-8 and the life of John the Baptist, a man driven by purpose, to help us see our purpose.
Part 1 in our series "Light". Todd Stevison establishes the relevance of this series in a world where darkness seems to be advancing. He discusses John 1:4-5, which reveals that Jesus is Light, and he defeats the darkness.
Part 3 in our series "A Public Story". Todd Stevison discusses how Jesus invites us to utilize our talents for him and his church in Matthew 25:14-30. Seeing this invitation reveals that there is a role for all of us in A Public Story.