December 2016

Jesus, Suffering Savior

Christmas was never meant to be about an infant cozied in a manger. Christmas is about the reason that child came … to suffer and die for humanity sins. Isaiah prophecies that suffering in Isaiah 53.



Jesus, Hope For The Broken

The Servant of Isaiah offers life-giving hope to the broken, oppressed, rejected, and outcast. Matthew reflects Jesus as the fulfillment of this Servant. In spite of currently broken lives, hope can be offered to those who accept the gracious ministry of the Servant because Jesus brings healing to broken lives, and puts things right for everyone open […]



Christ, the Child-King

The Child-King of Isaiah 9 anticipates the one who helps us confront some of the hardest questions of our life with a positive answer. Each name prophesied of Jesus speaks to real needs within our lives.



November 2016

Task – Talents 2016

When speaking of stewardship we often limit the discussion to money. However, God has much more for us to steward, and if we don’t first give ourselves to these things the giving of our money will never be as he asks. This message introduces the 6Ts, and addresses the first two in detail.   Task […]



We Are On Purpose – We Are At Our Best

Simplicity:  Focusing on our defined purpose in ministry keeps us from being distracted by cultural clutter. ______________________________________________   Excellence:  God is worthy of our best so we seek to prepare and present every aspect of ministry to the best of our ability. _________________________________________________________________________________  



October 2016

We Are A Diverse Family

Diversity – The church best demonstrates the unity of the body of Christ as people of different ethnic, linguistic, generational and socio-economic backgrounds learn to live and worship together in harmony with one another.  Big Idea: The church in Scripture is diverse; culturally, ethnically, generationally, sociologically and spiritually. We intentionally seek to continue that tradition in expectation […]



We Are A Transformational Organism

Transformational Worship – Our response to redemption is authentic, ongoing life change, reflected in personal and corporate worship. Big Idea – Authentic worship is not about an hour on Sunday morning. Authentic worship is about spiritual surrender exemplified by transformation in the likeness of Christ.



We Are An Involved Team

Teamwork – The Christian life is not a solo venture, but an adventure shared in community as every member contributes to the well-being of the entire community toward the achievement of our shared goal.    Mission Statement:  Cooperating as a team to build Christlikeness in others.  



We Are A Healing Community

Authentic Grace: The community of believers, who may be broken by live, experience true healing community as share ourselves and practice exchanging the grace and the peace with one another.   Big Idea: The church is a laboratory for experiencing the healing grace of Christ within community.



September 2016

Why Should I Be The Church

When we ask, “Why should I go to church?”, we are asking the wrong question, a question that suggests a distorted view of what the church is … either a place on a map, or a time on a schedule.   What we ought to ask is, “Why should I be the church?” This is […]



Faith & Politics

Christians often confuse the relationship between faith and politics and the outcome is all kinds of trouble. We need to understand each in the right light, so that we can engage properly.   Our faith ought to inform our politics. But faith and politics should not be confused for one another.



Pray Chicago

The annual community prayer, Pray Chicago, stems from Jeremiah’s instructions to the people of Judah in exile to pray for the “shalom” of the city into which they have been sent into exile.   This instruction serves as a principle for us as we live as exiles in a land that is not our home. […]