Starting Point - 4.2.17

Part 8 - "Invitation"

Jesus didn’t predict a place. He predicted a people—a gathering with one thing in common: he is the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus predicted that he would start a movement called the church and that church would spread all over the world. His prediction must have sounded outlandish to even his closest followers. But here we are, two thousand years later still going strong. The church is the hope of the world and you’ve been invited to participate.

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Starting Point - 3.26.17

Part 7 - "Don't Stop"

The ability to believe is the most powerful force at mankind’s disposal. Everything that has been done, for good or bad, was done because someone believed it could be or should be done. However, Christ followers don’t simply believe something is true. We believe something happened.

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Starting Point - 3.19.17

Part 6 - "That's Amazing"

At some point in your faith journey, you will settle into a bargaining posture with God. “God, if you will . . . , I promise I will . . . .” We all do it. That’s just part of religion—every religion. In fact, it’s so much a part of human nature that even some atheists and agnostics do it when they find themselves in desperate circumstances. But is that really how God wants us to relate to him? God doesn’t negotiate, because he doesn’t want something from you. He wants something for you. Bargaining ends once the relationship begins.

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Starting Point - 3.12.17

Part 5 - "Nothing Else Will Do"

We all have things in our pasts that haunt us. It only takes a word, a picture, or a name to bring it all back. We know we can do better from this point forward, but how are we supposed to fix the past? We can say we’re sorry. We can ask for forgiveness. But some of the things we’ve done hang over our lives like a cloud. What, if anything can wash away our sins?

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Starting Point - 3.5.17

Part 4 - "The Role of Rules"

Practically speaking, rules are often the centerpiece of all religious life. Your obedience to the rules often determines if you are good enough or not.  In some cases, disobeying or breaking the rules will get you kicked out of a faith community. Many people think the Ten Commandments are rules that make a relationship with God possible. But what if we have it all wrong? From the beginning, the "rules" were given to redeemed people, not to redeem people. God begins by announcing his relationship with people first not just his requirements for people. So, when it comes to your relationship with God, what is the role of rules?

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Starting Point - 2.26.17

Part 3 - "The Middle of the Mess"

All faith systems have a story of some sort behind them. It’s interesting that the three largest faith traditions—Judaism, Islam, and Christianity—claim the same starting point: a man named Abraham. All three agree that sin made a mess of the world and that God started his clean up process with Abraham. God made a series of promises and Abraham’s response to those promises didn’t just have implications for his personal starting point or the starting points of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. It had implications for your starting point as well.

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Starting Point - 2.19.17

Part 2 - "Coming to Terms"

We have all made mistakes in our life. Some of our mistakes may have been on purpose, meaning we knew better but choose to do it anyway, but at the end of the day it was wrong. We try our best to correct the mistakes but we become frustrated because we keep doing the same stuff over and over again. We would like to think that we are just a “mistaker” who needs correcting, but we know better. Jesus said we are sinners who need forgiving.

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Starting Point - 2.12.17

Part 1 - "Something Happened"

Your life had a starting point. Everything that exists had a starting point. Every person, every idea, every journey starts somewhere. Faith has a starting point as well. 

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