Special Music - The Haynes Sisters Tiffany, Tonya and Tara are sisters who love Jesus and desire to testify of His goodness through southern gospel, country, big band and bluegrass music. Traveling all the way from Texas to worship with us, The Haynes Sisters will be leading us in some familiar music as well as original arrangements. Plus, we'll be concluding our series "To Get There." It's another Chesapeake weekend not to be missed.
December 10 & 11, 2016 - Whether we are leading people to Christ, or helping people grow in their faith - we are called to replicate and increase our numbers. Of course we can only lead people to where we are. Thus, we must be intentional both in growing others as well as growing ourselves.
December 3 & 4, 2016 - One of the great gifts of life in Christ is our ability to share His compassion to others. One of the hallmarks of the early church was the way they cared for each other and even for those outside the faith. Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit - and everyone understands it.
November 26 & 27, 2016 - The more we realize and appreciate that salvation in Christ is a gift of grace, not something we earned nor deserve, the more humble we become. And the more patient we become with non-believers - since it's often our humble witness that god uses to reach the lost for Him.
Our growth in Christ will put us at conflict with the culture. And we should be prepared for it. This conflict will result in both material and emotional clashes and loss. We can endure those trials when the Word is deep within us and we live in the strength of Biblical Community.
November 12 & 13, 2016 - Serving is at the heart of Biblical Community. Life in Christ impacts not only our thoughts, but our actions and our values. A true sign of growth is a desire to serve other, to be generous with our lives and to let our works display God's glory.
Living in the Light is an important step in Christian growth. When our minds begin transforming for Christ, life really changes. As we understand the truth of Christ, that’s when we start living. And we desire to do life together with like-minded believers.
God’s Word tells us that through Christ we have been called out of darkness and into the Light. This means turning from ungodly aspects of our life and replacing them with Biblical living. This is a lifelong process – which we do together with lifelong friends.
The first step towards full devotion is acknowledging that we all have the need to repent. Each person must repent of their own sin. At the same time, we are a repentant people. Repentance is the great equalizer – everyone must do it.
Colossians 3:23 – Who or what gets our best effort? One way we demonstrate our devotion to Christ is through the excellence with which we serve Him. Excellence doesn't mean we're performing, it means we're transforming. God sent us His best - why would we give Him less?
Philippians 3:7-8 – Our devotion to Christ puts us at odds with the culture. Yet, as Christians, we know it's normal. This week we acknowledge that being in step with Christ often means being out of step with the world.
Acts 10:34-36 - In today's society there is an "us/them mentality". Sadly, as Christians, we're not immune from this same tendency. Yet Scripture is clear that God shows no favoritism. All people matter to Him. This weekend we revisit our commitment to reach out to all people to move to repentance.
Luke 9:23 - Bringing the lost to faith is just the beginning of life in Christ. The first Christians were devoted to Him as well. As a Church Body, our call is to not only reach the lost but to help them grow into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. But in order to make disciples, we must first be disciples.
Luke 19:10 - God has placed a mission on the heart of our Body - To reach unchurched people and help them grow into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. It's an overwhelming task until we realize that it was Jesus' mission as well! This week we learn the more we reach others for Christ, the more we appreciate that someone first reached us for Christ.
Acts 2:42-47 - If ever the call for biblical Community was needed, it is now. People have never been so fractured and polarized. Yet the call of the holy Spirit is unity. Now is the time, as the Body of Christ, for us to reaffirm our commitment to God's vision for Chesapeake Church to be "A growing Biblical Community".
Perhaps the most repeated yet not fully understood attribute of God is His love. God's love extends into us so deeply that we do not realize that all love comes from Him. We cannot love without Him. His love is so powerful that when properly understood, its effect is to make us more like Christ.
It is popular to say that God sustains us, yet this is a greater truth than we realize. It is in god's very nature to sustain His creation. It is often only when we see God working in times of want and in lands where prosperity does not flourish that we understand God wants all His people to thrive. and He calls on us to serve him that way.
God's grace, often considered His most elusive attribute, is actually the one we experience the most. Everyday Christians live under His grace as God withholds His justice through the mercy we receive from Jesus. This is why it is His grace we are to extend to the people around us.
August 13 & 14, 2016 - God's mercy is the result and effect of His goodness. It's His mercy that sustains during trying times. It's also God's mercy that protects us - especially from our own disobedience to Him. God's mercy also delights Him - especially when we adopt His merciful behavior toward others.
Justice is at the core of who God is. It is how we know " all things will come together for good" one day. God's justice is the product of His righteousness. His justice is also the means by which all sin will be adjudicated, and His perfect justice makes no mistake. How are we to respond to God's perfect justice?
Most of us want to live in peace – we try to Biblically reconcile with people, and still, living in peace can be tricky. It seems the whole world is in conflict. Where can we seek and find tranquility? Jesus says, “Go to the Church.” That means us! This is our time to commit that our Church will be the living peace of Christ – a beacon of hope in the world.
The sad fact is that even when we seek peace and reconciliation, it often eludes us. These are the moments when having a trusted Christian friend can make the difference between breaking a relationship or finding genuine healing and peace.
Sadly there are times when a true offense has occurred and, even in the name of peace, it can’t be overlooked. When conflict must be addressed, Jesus gives us the prescription on how to preserve peace and protect joy while confronting hard truths.
Normally we say that “IF” leads to regret. But Jesus understood that living in joy requires being at peace with people. The first moment conflict arrives can determine whether or not joy will be the victim. How do you react in the immediate moment you feel hurt, slighted or offended? Anger rises quickly; however, it need not spill out. Jesus teaches us how to seek peace first.
This weekend, Chesapeake’s long-time friend Kenn Kington brings us the simple joy of laughter with his own special brand of stand-up comedy. Kenn’s hysterical observations about everyday life remind us that sometimes joy is standing right in front of us.