A ton of us make New Year's resolutions but the statistics show that they are anything but effective. This week Pastor Steve challenges us with a new way of thinking about resolutions based on My One Word by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen.
In order to fully embrace the holiday season people choose to celebrate in numerous ways through traditions, decorations, and spending time with loved ones. We can often struggle as followers of Jesus to know how exactly to manage our own personal tasks and events with figuring out how to show the world the reason we celebrate in the first place. This series is all about how we can embody Christmas and be a reflection of the story of God that is all around us this holiday season.
As Christians we shouldn't struggle when it comes to developing a list of things to be thankful for because of everything Jesus had done for us. However too often our ability to be grateful, joyful, gracious, and peaceful seem "well mannered and behaved" rather than overflowing and busting at the seems. Jesus calls us to revolutionize the way we show thanks and it stems from first going back to a giving God who is always blessing his children so that in return the world sees less complaining and temperamental happiness and more of something real.
If we aren't careful we begin to treat our church experience and our spirituality as a transaction from God, seeking something from him as if he is genie in a bottle. Ultimately, if this is how we view God, the church - His people, and our discipleship then we end up focusing on being "fixed" instead of simply being present. God exists in the midst of our brokenness and mess and wants to loving transform us if we are willing to let Him.
We as humans also spend a lot of time searching frantically for all the right answers. Everyone in this room has their go to whether it be people, books, experts, talk shows, podcasts, or some other form of advice-seeking. As Christians the sad fact is that many of us look everywhere except the Bible when we want to seek advice. Over the next few weeks we will be looking into several practical steps in order to reflect Jesus in our thoughts and decisions.
Throughout the gospels, we see Jesus spend a large percentage of his time telling stories and investing in people relationally. A few times however, he speaks with immense clarity as he gives instruction or commands that are not optional. In identifying these statements, there seem to be six core teachings that bubble up to the surface through each of the accounts of Jesus’ time on earth. These six commands are for us to learn, develop in our lives, and follow as we continue to accept the great invitation to become like Jesus.
We don't belong here. We are influenced by a different culture. We are foreigners living among the those of this world. Peter writes a letter that has great impact for us today as we discover what it means to be holy, set apart, and yet still making an eternal difference while we here.
This year we once again combined with Plaza Baptist Church for our Easter worship. It was an awesome time of worship and reflecting the unity of the Body of Christ together as we reflect on the power of the resurrection in our lives today.
During this annual series, we take a moment to reflect on who God has called us to be as a community and where He is calling us to in the future. Join us as we cast vision for our community and hear stories of what God is doing and where He is leading.
Breaking Free from the things in this world that hold us back can mean a lot of things. For us as Americans, it often encompasses money, finances, and our sense of entitlement. We are taking a giant step in the direction of breaking free of guilt, debt, obligation, and hurt as it pertains to our finances. We will celebrate stewardship and generosity in this series because they are ways we connect to God.
It's that time of year again! Another Superbowl means another Superbowl Sunday at Awaken Church! Inspired by Crossroads Church in Cincinnati, Pastor Mike and Pastor Jeff will preach in a head to head competition that can only be described by saying, “…you just had to see it!”
January is Human Trafficking Awareness month and we feel like the Church has a responsibility to be on the front lines doing our best to fight this terrible criminal industry. This Sunday we will take a look at what local organizations are doing in our area and how you can get involved.
Too often churches are associated with positive, encouraging, and supportive talk that helps us 'get through the day'. Although we firmly believe in all of these attributes within teachings and relationships, we wanted to make sure we are also know for our honesty. During this two week mini-series we will have real talk about why we do things the way we do them and how we can make sure we staying true to our DNA as we seek to be missional in Hampton Roads and around the world.
The Christmas story is so simple most of us could tell it by heart. It's just your simple everyday story of a virgin pregnancy, extraterrestrial messengers, visiting occult magicians, and the incarnation of an all-powerful deity. On second thought, maybe it's not as simple as we think. Join us for this series as we look with new eyes at a story that is both completely unusual and beautifully simple.
Any church will--and should--talk about how important discipleship is for Christian communities. Unfortunately, in most churches discipleship has been reduced to bible study alone. There is so much more that goes into spiritual maturity and throughout this series we will be looking at the pathways and practices that go into creating a mature disciple.
In his letter to the Colossian church, Paul addresses a change from a primarily Jewish culture to include Gentiles. He writes to address the supremacy of Christ and warn against legalism. Join us for this series as we go through Paul's letter to see what wisdom we can take from each chapter.
Several places in the Bible we read about someone's name being changed as a result of an encounter with God, but what do these name changes signify? When God changes someone's name, it can mean a new identity, a new direction in life, a new mission. Throughout this series we take a look at a few instances of name changes in Scripture and their impact.
In one of the most popular passages in all of Scripture, Paul writes of three things that will last forever: faith, hope, and love. Throughout this series we will be taking a look at Awaken's three rhythms (Healing In, Raising Up, Sending Out) through the lenses of faith, hope, and--the greatest of these--love.
One of the beautiful things about Scripture is how it serves as a window to how God's people have been wrestling and interacting with Him for thousands of years. Whether through letters, stories, or books of history we see that we are not alone in our experiences. In the book of Psalms we get a unique look at God through the lens of the art created by these interactions. Through this series we will take a look at these inspired creative works and discuss what we can glean from them today.
Sometimes life throws at us holding patterns where we feel like we are standing still and life continues moving at a hundred miles an hour. Through this series, we want to give permission to the pains and frustrations we often feel as well as create space for our movement forward. God works in the midst of our holding patterns.
In life there are moments that we live into and moments that we choose to run from; moments that are both good and challenging. What would it look like if we took a vision check of our lives and learned to embrace both good and challenging moments this year and saw them as life changing?
The Christmas season is almost behind us and, if you're like most, it went by in a blur! It's almost impossible not to get caught up in a frenzy of family, traditions, and activity. Hopefully there was time to reflect on that ever-so-cliché "reason for the season." Join us this Sunday as we take a breath and do just that.
There are so many wonderful traditions that surround the Christmas season. Christmas brings its own decorations, songs, cookies, and even cups at Starbucks. One of my favorite traditions surrounding Christmas is the Christmas movie! Whether an old clay-mation classic, a modern reimagining, or a TV Christmas special, they always warm my heart. Join us at the movies for this fun Christmas series!
We live in a society that sometimes feels like a racetrack speedway. Life moves a million miles an hour and we feel the pressure to have to keep up or be left behind. Through this series, we will dive into the depths of the book of Ephesians and explore the lost practices of presence and posture within our spiritual lives.
It’s an unspoken rule that the Church should not talk about money. At the same time, recent studies show that only 32% of American households budget their finances, 76% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, and only half of American families have more than a month’s income in savings. Churches who refuse to address these issues are take a practical look at what biblical finances look like.
What would you do if you could put God on trial? What would you ask? Many of us at some point or another can think of a time where we’ve looked for some answer from God only to be dissatisfied with what we found. Throughout this series, we take an honest look at some of the hardest questions people would ask God if they had the chance.
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