We are making some adjustments starting this Sunday. Our Gathering will now begin at 11am, kids check-in will open at 10:45, and we’ll wrap up at noon. We’re making some adjustments to Soma Kids in order to accommodate as many kids as possible, combining nursery and toddler, and bringing Indigo and Purple classes to the 2nd floor.
TUESDAY NIGHTS FROM 6:00-8:30 PM
MARCH 20 - MAY 15
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 11
Abuse. Addiction. Assorted Trouble. This is life in the real world, and none of us is immune. Pain, loss, and suffering are inevitable experiences of human life. Sadly, we often multiply sorrows by living as victims, engaging in addiction, or stuffing our pain.
Because none of us are immune to sin and suffering, we need safe places and safe people with whom we can process what we’ve lived, reconcile our experience with the goodness of God, and come to a place of self-awareness, openness toward God, and receptivity toward one another.
Only the gospel message - the news of a God so strong, so compassionate, and so good who would freely choose to step into suffering, identify with us in it, and give his life for us, rising 3 days later to conquer sin, death, and hell - can free us.
To know Jesus is to know and experience real redemption.
All of this is yours in Jesus Christ, and joining a Redemption Group is a way to step into the opportunity to know your Redeemer in a whole new way.
Redemption Groups will launch March 20, and continue for 9 consecutive Tuesdays from 6:00-8:30 pm. Each evening consists of a short teaching, a time of reflection, and a safe group setting led by gospel shepherds trained to listen, pursue, and facilitate the healing only Jesus can bring.
Jesus left his disciples with a massive responsibility - to get the good news of salvation by grace to the ends of the earth, making disciples of Jesus along the way. He trusted a ragtag group of men and women with the task of con- tinuing his own ministry in the world, charging them to preach, teach, & heal in his name! It was a seemingly impossible work for a his small rebel band.
And so, Jesus promised after he was gone he would send them a great helper: the Holy Spirit would come to empower them to carry out their great missionary task, just as the Spirit had empowered Jesus! And he told them to wait until the Spirit came before they began to work on the mission.
For the early church, the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit - or as the old translations put it, the Holy Ghost - was central and essential. They didn’t make great missionary plans, raise funds, or start committees! They waited & prayed, for the power and presence of the Spirit was their plan.
This month, we’re digging into the Scriptures to learn more about the person and work of the Spirit, asking what it looks like for us to live - individually and corporately - in prayerful dependence on his empowering presence. We’re asking Jesus to fulfill his promise regarding the work of the Spirit: ”Whoever believes in me, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7.38).