Preparing for Jesus
Many of us are busy at this time of year preparing for Christmas. We decorate our homes and buy gifts. We might write a ``Christmas Letter`` to send with our Christmas cards. But we also need to spend time preparing our hearts for Christmas - getting our souls ready to receive the gift we most need - the gift of Jesus Christ.
Powerful Prayers of the Old Testament
Prayer is an essential part of the Christian life. We were created to be in a relationship with God and learning how to talk to God (or just be with God) is a key to our prayer life. The four prayers we will explore all come from people who are in challenging situations. Hannah has not been able to have children. Solomon is taking over as king. Habakkuk is waiting for God to come and make things right. Jonah is in the belly of a fish.
Joy in the Journey | July 26 - November 1
Before we begin a study of Paul's letter to the Philippians (one of his favorite churches), we're going to take a look at how this church started. The beginning of the Philippian church is a great case study for us in what we are supposed to do and to be as a church. Join us as we think about what the Holy Spirit does when He plants a church.
Beginnings | June 7-
We have times in our walk with God that are really good. We’re excited, faith is easy, and prayer is alive. But there are other times when we struggle. We go through a valley and we struggle. This Sunday we’ll take a look at what we can do when we find ourselves in a place where things are not the way they are supposed to be.
Departure and Arrival | May 10 - 31
We begin our 4-week sermon series on the Holy Spirit as we look towards Pentecost Sunday. After Jesus resurrected he prepared his disciples for something they weren’t expecting... his departure. Although the disciples were confused, Jesus assured them that his departure meant their greatest promise was about to arrive... the Holy Spirit. Join us as we journey through Jesus farewell messages in the Gospel of John.
His Way | March 1- April 12
This Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent. Its a time for us to focus on the life of Jesus, on our brokenness and on the cross of Jesus that gives us life. We’re going to be looking at different events in the life of Jesus that help us see how to find and experience new life. We begin by looking at one of the first events in the ministry of Jesus—His temptations.
God With Us | Dec 1-29 2019
This Sunday we start our advent series. Emmanuel means ‘God with us.’ During advent, we expect and long for God to be among and with us. And although the Holidays is a joyful time of the year, there are times we feel lonely, confused, and weak even during seasons of joy. This morning we’ll take a look at how God is with us during times of confusion using how God interacted with Joseph as our example.
Ways of Discipleship | Sept 15-Oct 13 2019 & Jan 12-Feb 16 2020
When we’re younger we think about growing a lot. We want to grow taller, stronger, faster or smarter. While there is a time where most of us will stop growing bigger physically (okay, weight might continue to grow), the Bible makes clear that we should never stop growing as disciples of Jesus Christ. What does that look like and how can we keep growing? We’re beginning a sermon series where we’ll be thinking about growing in Christ.
Upside Down | Aug 4-25 2019
One of the main things Jesus talked about was the Kingdom of God. He described it as a place that was wonderful but also weird. In so many ways, the Kingdom was different—upside down. For the next several weeks we’ll be taking a look at some of the stories Jesus told about the Kingdom and how he redefined so many things in our world.
What's Jesus Up To Now? | May 19 - June 19 2019
We believe that Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday morning and that His resurrection changed everything. But what happened next? Where did Jesus go? How long did He hang around on earth? What’s He doing now? This Sunday we’re beginning a sermon series in which we’ll look at what Jesus has been doing since He rose from the dead.
Encounters with Jesus | March 10 – May 4 2019
When people met Jesus, something happened. It wasn’t always the same thing, but it was always something. To have an encounter with Jesus was to be changed. This Sunday we’ll start to take a look at what happened when people encountered Jesus and we’ll think about what it means for us to encounter Jesus.
God’s Blessed-up Messed-up Family | Jan 27 – Mar 3 2019
We all have family stories — stories about grandpas and grandmas or about uncles and aunts. Some of them are funny. Some of them are sad. But they help us know more about ourselves—where we came and who we are. In this series we’ll take a look at some of our Faith Family stories. We’ll learn about us but, more importantly, we’ll learn about God.
What Child is This? | Dec 2 – 23 2018
Life is confusing and complex. We are often faced with choices and decisions that seem overwhelming. We don’t know what to do. Isaiah promises us that in this world of confusion and darkness, God is sending us a gift—His Son—the Wonderful Counselor who can guide us in the ways we should go.
Live By Faith | Learning To Listen
Have you ever felt you can’t say what you’re thinking? Ever felt pressured to keep your mouth shut when a religious question was on the table? Well, we live in the land of the free, not in North Korea. Why then feel coerced? Why can’t culture tolerate opposing views? Prophet Daniel tells a story from the Babylonian exile nearly 2,500 years ago that reminds us it takes courage to say “No!” Come explore with us in this new series.
Set Free | A Study in Galatians
In this series we’re going to begin a study of one of Paul’s letters—the letter to the Galatians. This is one of Paul’s most passionate letters—he’s actually pretty angry as he writes it! We’ll begin by trying to figure out what the problem was—why did Paul write this letter?
I Am | Jesus Is Enough
Lent | February 18 - April 1
In this Lenten series we explore the ``I Am`` statements of Jesus. We all hunger for something—a new car, security, more money, peace in our world and in our hearts—we all have things we want or need. We’ll listen as Jesus invites us to recognize that He is the One we really need— He is the bread of life.
Taking The Word To Heart
January 7 - February 4
As we step into the season of Advent, we enter into a time of waiting, we are getting in touch with our wants. There is a lot of stuff we might want for Christmas: an action figure, a new car, a winter coat, or a ticket to a new vacation spot. From a historical perspective, Christ's birth was antic-ipated for thousands of years. People's expectations were shaped by the promises of God, ``the Savior will come!`` What do we really want for Christmas?
Advent | A Season To Want, Hope, Wait, Receive
Advent | December 3 - 10
As we step into the season of Advent, we enter into a time of waiting. We are getting in touch with our wants. There is a lot of stuff we might want for Christmas: an action figure, a new car, a winter coat or a ticket to a new vacation spot. From a historical perspective, Christ’s birth was anticipated for thousands of years. People’s expectations were shaped by the promises of God, “the Savior will come!”
What do we really want for Christmas?
One Another | Sept 10 - November 5
Did you know that there are fifty-nine “one another” commands in the New Testament? Time and time again Jesus and the Apostles call us to “love one another” or “pray for one another” or “submit to one another.” They knew that the way we treat each other was going to be an important part of our witness in this world.This morning we’ll begin a sermon series looking at eight of these “one anothers.”
Bringing Our Lives To God
Bringing Our Lives To God | June 25 - September 29
Have you ever laid in bed at night, knowing that you need sleep, but you just can’t turn your mind off? If you’ve ever experienced that, you’re not alone. In Psalm 4 David shares with us what he would do when he was lying in bed and couldn’t get to sleep. We’ll think about what David did to give his day to God when the day was done.
Life After Easter
Life After Easter | April 23 - May 28
A New Outlook
Last week we had a big celebration—Easter. We celebrated that Jesus rose from the dead and is alive in us today. But what does that mean? What kind of an impact does that have on my day-to-day life? This Sunday we’re going to begin a new series in which we take
a look at how we can learn to live the life that God is calling us to live.
Questions of the Last Week
Questions of the Last Week | March 5 - April 16
Lent. This is often a time where Christians reflect on both our own brokenness and sinfulness AND the amazing love and sacrifice of Jesus. In order to help us do that this year, we’re going to look at questions that came up in the week that ended with Jesus going to the cross. In this series we’ll start with a question the disciples ask of a woman: Why this waste?
Meeting Our God
Meeting Our God | January 7-29
What Happens When We Worship? For many of us, we’ve gone to church 100s (maybe 1,000s!!) of times. Some of those times have been meaningful and some have been...not so much. We all know that worshiping together is something that Christians do. But why? What is supposed to happen when we worship? This Sunday we’ll begin a new sermon series on Meeting with God.
Having Hope | November 29 - December 25
It's that time of the year where we anticipate, where we wait, where we look forward to the birth of Jesus. Advent is a time of waiting, but it is also a time of hope. In a broken world, we look to the birth of the One who is the source of our greatest hope—Jesus. Join us for our Advent series.
30/4/3 | September 28 - October 16
Classis Grand Rapids South is a collection of churches that is committed to seeing the greater Grand Rapids area increasingly experience the love of Jesus. To that end, starting on September 28, 2016, our churches are engaging in praying 30 days for 3 people that have yet to step into a life-giving relationship with Jesus.
Beginnings | June 19 - September 25
We’re going to begin a new series where we will take a look at a key element in the Christian story - the Old Testament story of Abraham. Abraham is an amazing character who played an essential part in what God was doing to redeem His broken world. As we look at the stories of Abraham’s life this summer, we’ll learn a great deal about who God is and what God is doing in our lives. This morning we’ll look at two titles the New Testament gives to Abraham: The father of faith and a friend of God.
Maximum Impact | April 17 - May 22
As we begin to think about making a maximum impact as a church, it's important that we start with making sure that we're making an impact in the right area and the right way. We want to make an impact that God wants us to make. So we begin by thinking about what God is doing in our world.
The Gospel of the Nobodies
The Gospel of Nobodies | February 14 - April 10
What’s so amazing about grace is that it’s unmerited and free. When was the last time you were overwhelmed by generosity or by someone’s kindness? This Sunday morning we’re going to discover the caring and loving side of Jesus in relationship with what we might think of as nobodies.
Five Great Questions
Five Great Questions | January 3 - February 7
As we begin the new year we also begin a new sermon series. In this series we’re going to take a look at five questions and answers from the Heidelberg Catechism. This morning we’ll begin by asking why would we look at a 480-year-old document at all and then look where the Catechism begins – question and answer 1.
Light in the Darkness
Light in the Darkness | November 29 - December 27
We start that time of year when we begin to prepare ourselves to celebrate the birth of Jesus. To help us do that this year, we're going to study the beginning of the Gospel of John, the place where John tell us his ``version`` of the Christmas story. While John may not tell us about angles and shepherds, he does give us an amazing picture of what it meant for jesus to come to be with us.
Finding Our Place
Finding Our Place | June 14 - November 15
This Sunday we’re going to start a new sermon series that will take us through this summer. We’ll be looking at the book of Ephesians, a book that is written for people who are struggling with finding their place in this world. In a world of confusion and uncertainty about what matters and what’s going to last, Paul writes to tell us where we fit in what God is doing in this world.
Blowin' in the Wind
Blowin' in the Wind | May 17 - 31
What do you think of when you hear the words ``Holy Spirit``? A ghost? A fire? People jumping up and down or falling over? The Force? While we may feel comfortable talking about God the Father or God the Son, many of us struggle when we talk about the Holy Spirit. This morning we'll begin a series in which we'll try to learn more about who the Holy Spirit is and what He does.
24: The Journey to the Cross
24: The Journey to the Cross | February 1 - April 24
This Sunday we’re beginning a new sermon series. We’re going to take a 10 week look at the last 24 hours of Jesus’ life. 24 hours that changed the world. We start this morning in an upper room at sunset on a Thursday evening in Jerusalem.
Isaiah - I Saw the Lord
Isaiah - I Saw the Lord | November 19 - January 11
Sometimes when people talk about what God is like, it can feel like, ``yeah, that's true, but what difference does it make? I need practical help. I'm trying to figure out how to pay my bills!`` That wasn't the case for Isaiah. When he saw God, it impacted every area of his life. It challenged him and changed him and comforted him and encouraged him. This morning we're beginning a series in which we'll try to learn to see what Isaiah saw when he saw the Lord.
Fatal Attractions | September 27 - October 26
We’ve all done it. We’ve said to ourselves, “I know I’ll pay for this in the morning, but I’m still going to do it.” Or we’ve looked back at something we’ve done and asked ourselves, “What was I thinking?” The fact is that bad things sometimes look really attractive, but they can be fatal. This morning we’re going to start a new sermon series on some of the Fatal Attractions the Bible warns us about.
Teach Us to Pray
Teach Us to Pray | June 15 - August 17
Prayer is one of those things we all are for - it's a good thing to do and we know we ought to do it more. But it's not always so easy to put that desire into action. It's not always so easy to actually pray. As we begin our study of the Lord's Prayer this morning, we'll take a look at one of the prayer - God's attitude toward prayer.
Beginnings | October 27 - May 18
While we don't always think about it, one of the most important things we do in our lives is to try to figure out our place in this world. Where do we fit? Are we important? Is this world safe? There are big questions and in order to think about them it can be good to start at the very beginning - with God creating everything. This Sunday we're starting a new sermon series on the opening chapters of the entire Bible.
Anticipation | December 13 - December 29
Many of us have already put some time into getting our homes ready for Christmas. We've put up trees, or hung lights, or lit some candles or played some Christmas music. It can be fun to get our homes ready for Christmas. But how are we doing getting our hearts ready for Christmas? This Sunday we'll take a look at what John the Baptist tells us about preparing ourselves for the coming of Jesus.