We the People might be able to get this country on the road to recovery.
Jesus said stumbling blocks are inevitable, so what can we do in response to this truth?
Are you who the person you are looking for is looking for?
Regardless of what you believe,
Regardless of how you behave,
Jesus invites you to...Follow
Lots of people all over the world appreciate, respect, and even follow the teachings of Jesus without believing he rose from the dead. But the people who recorded his story and teachings wouldn't recommend that. Their message was clear: Jesus rose from the dead. He is Savior and Lord.
Not sure how to get where you want to go? Well, ask someone who has been there. Chances are...You'll Be Glad You Did.
Relationships are defined by them.
We've all made promises...and broken some.
Ever felt like God made you a promise?
Or maybe broke one?
Ever feel like you can't catch your breath?
When God is silent, we're tempted to think he's absent. That's why the Christmas story is so important. You can't separate the "Silent Night" of Christmas from the 400 years of Silent Nights between the Old and New Testaments. Christmas gives us a real, tangible, and historical hope. It reminds us that even when God is silent, He isn't absent.
Our church is a stewardship. It isn't about us. It's not even about our city anymore. The church in America is undergoing a transformation . . . and we're part of it. Churches all over the country look to us for leadership. Our success gives them permission to do new things, to try new approaches. But to continue to be a church unchurched people love to attend, we need to be fully engaged.
We are serious about transforming the local church in our city and the nation. We want to change the world by changing the church. How can you participate?
We live in a world loaded with information about how to get rich.
But nobody's saying much about what to do when you cross that elusive line between not rich and rich.
Here are two Bible verses everybody can relate to:
'I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate, I do . . . For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.'
Can I get an 'Amen'?
Perhaps a 'Been there, done that'?
So what do you do when you just can't seem to do what you know you ought to do?
Fortunately, the gentleman who described the problem provided the answer.
Superman had kryptonite.
Wile E. Coyote had the Road Runner.
Achilles had his heel.
There are just some people or some things that have our number. They own us. And there are days we feel just as powerless by the challenges we face in life. Some of us are owned by our past regrets. For others it's the uncertainty of the future.
Regardless of what owns us,
we all want to be free.
We all have one.
While some of us loved our 'growing up' years, others of us couldn't wait to move out and start fresh.
Either way, we want our Future Family to be a step up from our families of origin. Most of us want something better for our children.
When it comes to family, what does a preferred future look like?
What exactly are we aiming for?
We wake up each Sunday, fight the hassle of the morning, and show up at church. And it's easy to turn the routine of church-going into a misguided belief that our attendance is what matters to God. But Jesus and his brother James tell us differently. In this message, Andy Stanley urges us to bridge the gap between the information we hear on Sunday morning and the application that will make all the difference in our lives.
Is praying ever a struggle? Do you wonder what you should say to God? Why not start with the prayers of Jesus?
With great power comes great responsibility...and the freedom to neglect it.
Climate. It's not exclusive to the weather.
Think of it this way: What happens to the climate when you step into the room?
For our relationships to improve, our 'climates' must change
Are the people in your life worth the effort?
Ask 100 people to define it, you'll get 100 different definitions. It's likely that all 100 will be incorrect.
Do unto others. Love is patient, love is kind. Turn the other cheek. It's easy to appreciate Jesus' teachings. But then the Bible writers tell us that he rose from the dead. And a man rising from the dead is harder to believe; for some, it's so hard to believe that they cherry-pick the teachings and refute the resurrection. In this message, Andy Stanley recounts the truth about Jesus' life and death that Paul says is "of first importance."
Regardless of our history or abilities, God can do miraculous things through us when we bring our lives to Him.
There's NO win in COMPARISON.
Let's face it. Not a day goes by that you're not tempted to glance to the left and to the right to see how you measure up to the people around you. But it doesn't stop there, does it? You're tempted to compare your children to other children, your spouse to other spouses!
It's a TRAP!
In this 3-part series, Andy Stanley explores the difficult—but not impossible—challenge of escaping The Comparison Trap.
We can't go through life without someone stomping on our hearts.
Someone has to pay...
The desire to right the wrong can lead you down a dark, dangerous path. Will you take it?
Following the teachings of Christ has lots of benefits - financial security, relational stability, moral margin. But at some point, being a Christian will cost you something. You'll feel a nudge to start, stop, get out of, or maybe go. In this message, Andy reframes the choices you have when following Christ begins to cost you something. Will it be worth it to give in to the nudge?
Originally, "baptism" was not a religious concept. Yet over time, baptism has become an exclusively religious idea - one that even rouses deep emotion and controversy. In this message, Andy Stanley unpacks baptism, from its birth with John the Baptist to its modern equivalent. If you are a follower of Christ and baptism is still on your "to-do" list, this message may be the nudge you need to finally go public.
We all make resolutions. We all break resolutions. But if we're honest, there is something in each of our lives - a habit, a relationship, a debt - that deserves our attention this year. In this message, Andy recounts the Old Testament story of Nehemiah and draws out a lesson that can be the key to finally accomplishing the one thing we each need to put our minds to this year.
The ingredients in the Christmas story seem kind of random: a decree from Caesar, an engaged virgin, an angelic announcement, three wise men, and no room at the inn. Doesn't sound like the narrative we'd write if we were God. Some of the circumstances we may be dealing with this year aren't exactly what we'd write for our own story, either. In this message, Andy Stanley challenges us to respond to the seemingly random curve balls in our lives the same way Mary did to God's biggest curve ball yet.
Christmas is complicated enough. There are presents to pick, parking spots to find, and family dynamics to navigate. The story of Christmas - God's most important message to mankind - shouldn't be complicated. In this message, Andy Stanley unpacks the bottom line of Christmas. And it's a bottom line that is truly "good news."
What do our waistlines and our wallets have in common? Our giving habits share a pattern with our health habits. And in both cases, there's a better option out there. In this message, Andy Stanley challenges us to adopt a superior habit of giving. The difference we can make by doing so in 2012 is immeasurable.
Guilt isn't a church issue; it's a human issue. Guilt exists where there is expectation. It's an understanding that we haven't measured up. The good news is that guilt doesn't have to stand between you and God. In this message, Tom Shefchunas looks at how God can use your guilt to draw you closer to himself, freeing you from crippling regret.
The game of life drives us to measure everything.
More money, more house, more power, just more...
We strive for a life beyond measure, but it seems beyond our reach. We take three steps forward and two steps back, and just when we think we've almost reached it, the line moves.
Is the immeasurable life attainable or just another hopeless pursuit?
"Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share." - 1 Timothy 6:18 Imagine the difference we could make as a church community if we followed Paul's command? Early Christians did. They were known for the extraordinary generosity they displayed. Is that how people in our communities would describe us? In this message, Andy challenges us to rise to the occasion. To unleash a wave of generosity. To be rich - in a big, big way.
What do you do...
When God feels distant?
When God doesn't cooperate?
When God seems late?
We all face times when it feels like God is far away. Our prayers are unanswered and our circumstances go from bad to worse. During these times, God doesn't just seem distant; he seems distracted.
People tell us to pray more. Preachers tell us to have more faith. But what does the Bible say? In this series, Andy Stanley explores the lives of three men from the New Testament, each loved by God, but whose circumstances seemed to tell a different story.
Every action, habit, and behavior is first born from a thought. So when Jesus began his public ministry, his very first message addressed our thoughts - not our behaviors. Because changing our lives will only happen after we change the pesky thought-patterns that keep us stuck in unhealthy habits. In this message, Rodney Anderson examines the very first word Jesus preached. And this familiar word's meaning may surprise you.
So how's that 401k looking these days?
How 'bout your personal positivity index?
Thinking about firing off an email or two to your congressional representative?
Didn't hear back?
If you are like most Americans, you're wondering what in the heck is going on in Washington. And you're probably wondering what in the heck you are supposed to do while you wait for somebody to fix things.
Well, we've got an idea.
What if we don't wait around for somebody else to fix things? What if we go ahead and start fixing it ourselves?
Some of us are naïve enough to think that if we get that We the People thing cranked up, we just might be able to get this country on the road to recovery.
Sound like a good idea?
Then you're ready for Recovery Roadby Andy Stanley.
Growth, accountability, belonging, and care happen in Community Groups . . . in circles, not rows. It's easy to stumble away from faith when you are a nameless person sitting in a row on Sunday morning. But it's almost impossible to stumble away, or to stay away, when you're in community, doing life with a group of people. In this message, Andy reminds us that Jesus said stumbling blocks are inevitable. But pity those who fall and have no one to help them up.
Do the words of Jesus ever shock you? Did he really mean to say them? What if he did?
Are we making a point or making a difference? It's easier to make a point; to adopt a policy; to put up a billboard or hand out a pamphlet. Making a difference is messier. It requires relating to people with whom you may not agree. But that is what Jesus modeled. In this message, Andy shows us why relational evangelism - despite being more complicated and despite looking inconsistent at times - is what we were called to as a church.
Passed down from generation to generation... Legends of battles and floods, kings and giants... Tales as old as time, but with truth that is timeless.
We've all faced challenges in life that led us to the place where we realized, "I can't fix this. I can't beat this. I can't figure this out or find the way out." Some of these trials are very common while others seem quite uncommon causing us to feel like we're fighting alone. However, all of them share at least one thing in common. And that one thing, might just be the uncommon denominator to finding the way out.
Are you who the person you are looking for is looking for? - Andy Stanley
The Easter story hinged on two unlikely characters, Nick and Joe. These two men's actions allowed first century Christians, and eventually us today, to be confident in Christ's resurrection. In this message, Andy tells the story of Nick and Joe's boldness in the face of great personal risk. The Easter story might never have made it out of the first century without them!
There are various apps available for download with categories ranging from weather and traffic to addicting games and networking tools. With such a huge selection to choose from, countless apps are downloaded, but only a few are used. When it comes to our lives, the Bible gives us many applications to live by, but the change happens as we apply them. In this 6-week series, Andy Stanley and Jeff Henderson identify five life applications worth living by.
We all have wishes. Some are big, some are small. Some of us have a lot of wishes. Some of us just have a few. Have you ever thought about what God wishes? . . . for you, for us? In this 2 part series Joel Thomas explores two things God wishes for each one of us.
Two thousand years ago, a gathering of people in a middle-eastern city began a movement that would circle the globe and leave its mark on individuals and cultures on every continent. The movement would eventually become known as The Church.
Whether you consider yourself a church person or not, join Andy Stanley as he brings to life the story of the local church movement in this series, BIG CHURCH.
How can you make a difference in a big world with big needs when everything you have to offer seems, by comparison, small and inadequate?