Matthew

Short Stories: Hope | Matthew 22:1-14 | August 6

Series – Short Stories: Hope

Summary - Jesus was the master storyteller. Mathematics is precise, but math lacks the ability to connect the human heart. To connect a truth to people you need something more profound than a precise calculation, you need a story. Stories and metaphors connect to the human condition and speak to the human heart. Jesus’ stories are simple, but we could swim in the depths of them endlessly. Jesus’ stories are not meant to write a precise prescription, but they are meant to stir the heart to contemplation. In this series we are going to contemplate and study the Short Stories of Jesus and will be wading through the depths of these stories as they instruct the human heart.  

CG Guide - Short Stories | week 11

Short Stories: Faith | Matthew 20:1-16 | July 16

Series – Short Stories: Faith

Summary - Jesus was the master storyteller. Mathematics is precise, but math lacks the ability to connect the human heart. To connect a truth to people you need something more profound than a precise calculation, you need a story. Stories and metaphors connect to the human condition and speak to the human heart. Jesus’ stories are simple, but we could swim in the depths of them endlessly. Jesus’ stories are not meant to write a precise prescription, but they are meant to stir the heart to contemplation. In this series we are going to contemplate and study the Short Stories of Jesus and will be wading through the depths of these stories as they instruct the human heart. 

CG Guide - Short Stories | week 8

Short Stories: Faith | Matthew 25:14-30 | July 2

Series – Short Stories: Faith

Summary - Jesus was the master storyteller. Mathematics is precise, but math lacks the ability to connect the human heart. To connect a truth to people you need something more profound than a precise calculation, you need a story. Stories and metaphors connect to the human condition and speak to the human heart. Jesus’ stories are simple, but we could swim in the depths of them endlessly. Jesus’ stories are not meant to write a precise prescription, but they are meant to stir the heart to contemplation. In this series we are going to contemplate and study the Short Stories of Jesus and will be wading through the depths of these stories as they instruct the human heart. 

CG Guide - Short Stories | week 6

the neighboring church | February 26

Series – the Neighboring Church

Summary - “Love The Lord Your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength AND Love your neighbor as yourself.”  This was Jesus’ answer to the question, “What is the greatest commandment?”  You see, you can’t really love God without loving your neighbor and you can’t really love your neighbor without loving God. They go together!

The Neighboring life is about more intentionally loving the people around us and; specifically our literal neighbors.  It’s a call to be aware of what’s happening around us. It’s a call to look for ways to jump in and act when God nudges us. 

In this message series will explore what it means to Love Your Neighbor and encourage, coach, and support you in fulfilling Christ’s command.

Resource - Telling Your Story

the neighboring church | February 19

Series – the Neighboring Church

Summary - “Love The Lord Your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength AND Love your neighbor as yourself.”  This was Jesus’ answer to the question, “What is the greatest commandment?”  You see, you can’t really love God without loving your neighbor and you can’t really love your neighbor without loving God. They go together!

The Neighboring life is about more intentionally loving the people around us and; specifically our literal neighbors.  It’s a call to be aware of what’s happening around us. It’s a call to look for ways to jump in and act when God nudges us. 

In this message series will explore what it means to Love Your Neighbor and encourage, coach, and support you in fulfilling Christ’s command.

CG Guide - the Neighboring Church | Week 4

Resource - Block Party

A Life of Prayer | June 19 | Matthew 6:9-13

Series – A Life of Prayer

Summary: Prayer is real talk with your Dad. We should not mistake our heavenly Father with any ordinary Father. Our Holy Father is ridiculously incredible, yet amazingly approachable. We should never mistake prayer with a formal conversation we might have with a business partner. Prayer is more like a vulnerable private conversation with a parent. Prayer changes things and prayer changes us. Let’s engage in this study together to unlock some of the richness and power present in our ordinary life of prayer.

ResourcesCommunity Group Guide | A Life of Prayer | Week 3

 

the weary world rejoices | matthew 2:13-23

matthew 2:13-23 | by rodger rushing | january 3, 2015

Series – The Weary World Rejoices

Summary: When we sing songs like Silent Night, we might be tempted to overly sanitize the birth of Jesus. Jesus was born into a broken world in a scandalize way. The way the story of Jesus begins is very stressful. The world is a weary place. Jesus was born into the weariness of this world. It is, however, because of Jesus that a weary world rejoices. We know that Jesus is our redeemer and rescuer. We know that Jesus was born into a weary world to end all weariness. For this reason the weary world can and does rejoice. 

ResourcesCommunity Group Guide | The Weary World Rejoices | Week 4

the weary world rejoices | matthew 1:18-25

matthew 1:18-25 | by nate bush | december 20, 2015

Series – The Weary World Rejoices

Summary: When we sing songs like Silent Night, we might be tempted to overly sanitize the birth of Jesus. Jesus was born into a broken world in a scandalize way. The way the story of Jesus begins is very stressful. The world is a weary place. Jesus was born into the weariness of this world. It is, however, because of Jesus that a weary world rejoices. We know that Jesus is our redeemer and rescuer. We know that Jesus was born into a weary world to end all weariness. For this reason the weary world can and does rejoice. 

the weary world rejoices | matthew 1:1-17

matthew 1:1-17 | by nate bush | december 13, 2015

Series – The Weary World Rejoices

Summary: When we sing songs like Silent Night, we might be tempted to overly sanitize the birth of Jesus. Jesus was born into a broken world in a scandalize way. The way the story of Jesus begins is very stressful. The world is a weary place. Jesus was born into the weariness of this world. It is, however, because of Jesus that a weary world rejoices. We know that Jesus is our redeemer and rescuer. We know that Jesus was born into a weary world to end all weariness. For this reason the weary world can and does rejoice. 

ResourcesCommunity Group Guide | The Weary World Rejoices | Week 1,  video for CGs