December 30 & 31, 2017 - At this time of year, it is typical for a church to take a look ahead and lay out a vision for the next year. Well, at Chesapeake Church, we are "looking forward" to the upcoming year. We are excited about where God will be leading us in the coming months. Join us as, together, we discern God's vision for us in 2018 and beyond.
December 16 & 17 - In Luke 14:16-24, Jesus tells one of His most compelling parables. A man throws a banquet but none of his invited guests will come. So, he orders his servants to go “into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.” As we invite our guests to our Christmas services this year, our challenge is to invite the unexpected guests. The Jesus kinda people we’ve been praying for. The banquet is for them.
December 9 & 10 - Everyone wants to go to Heaven even as we live like Hell. We talk about what happens when we die, but it’s really what happens after we die that matters. With the death rate still hovering at 100%, isn’t it time some of us finally come to terms with the one thing in life that is inevitable: death?
December 2 & 3 - We get one life. It’s shorter every day. How often do we look back wishing we could do that day over? Christ wants to save us from a scrapbook of regret. Instead, He promises that every day, any day can matter when it is devoted to His Kingdom. This week we’ll see how true that is.
November 25 & 26 - Why is it so tough to just have healthy relationships? Is it us? Is it others? God designed us to be in community – Jesus lived it as our example. But do we even know what the marks of genuinely healthy relationships are? This week we look at the Biblical elements of true fellowship.
November 18 & 19 - “One of these days I’m gonna quit ____,” you fill in the blank. We all have behaviors and practices that we need to get rid of. Addictions and habits are hard to break. At the same time, true healing comes with the power of the Holy Spirit. God’s desire is that, within the Biblical Community, we find the support and the resources to clean up our act.
November 11 & 12 - A major element of growing in our faith is accepting Christ’s forgiveness and no longer being held back by our previous life. But sometimes we hang on to the past with a grip so tight it costs us both the present and the future. This week we take on the challenge of letting go of the past and taking hold of the liberation only Jesus can provide.
November 4 & 5 - "Oh, you are Christian...," and from there the conversation goes south. Why? Because Christians are " judgmental, intolerant and smug" - the very opposite of Jesus. Maybe if we can just show people how we follow Christ, they might walk through life with us.
October 21 & 22 - A lot of people "like" Jesus, but they're just not ready to " devote" themselves to Him. Why? Because surrender is never easy and Jesus does ask for our all. And yet so many people devote much more to much less. Our calling is to show just how genuine and desirable life in Christ is.
October 14 & 15 - If God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, then why are there so many "opinions" about who He is? If God made everyone, then He must be for everyone. Could it be that we Christians send the message, "God isn't for you!"? And whose heart does that break?
October 14 & 15 - Church - to a lot of people it sounds so ,well "churchy." And why would anyone want to sit in something called a "pew"? Yet, whether it's during corporate worship, community service or the joy of fellowship, the church is what Christ died to establish, martyrs died to preserve and we live to grow. This week we learn that church IS for you.
October 7 & 8, 2017 - Is it possible to intentionally change to reach other people while still being genuine to who we are? The encouraging news is that this very challenge was faced by the early church - so it would seem that we're on the right track. As followers of Jesus, will we have the courage to allow the Holly Spirit to transform us more and more into who Christ has called us to be?
September 30 & October 1, 2017 - The Apostle Paul wrote, " I have become all things to all men so that some might be saved." obviously Paul was willing to go through a lot of personal change in order to reach people not like himself. How do we need to change? And how fa would we go, not only as individuals, but as a Body, in order to reach Jesus Kinda People?
September 23 & 24, 2017 - A parent looks into a crowded playground and immediately knows if their child is missing. Jesus looked into Jerusalem and wept as a mother weeps for her children. Do we look into our Church and into the communities where we live and see the lost - the missing children of the Kingdom? Do we even know where to find Jesus Kinda People?
September 16 & 17, 2017 - So what if we didn't go out of our way to reach people who aren't like us? What's so wrong with just sticking with who we have and who we are? Well, beyond ignoring Jesus' command to be witnesses to all people, we could be turning our back on segments of our society that perhaps only we can reach.
September 9 & 10, 2017 - Sometimes we as a church don't realize how diverse we already are, This week, four people come up from the seats to show us that Jesus Kinda People are already in the house. They just may not be people like us.
September 2 & 3, 2017 - Most Christians and most churches say they want to be inviting. And many are. But who do we invite? All too often we only invite the people who are convenient, such as family, friends and co-workers. But Jesus often went out of His way to connect with and invite different people into His life and His ministry. Isn't this the type of people we want to be as well?
August 26 & 27, 2017 - Genesis 32:24-32 - Everyone loves a good fight blockbuster. Well, when the great Patriarch Jacob wrestled with an angel it was a fight to the finish. He just wouldn't let go until he'd been blessed. And he was changed forever. When we wrestle with God, do we persist until we too are blessed? Because when we do, then like Jacob we become new in Christ.
August 19 & 20, 2017 - Jonah 1-4 - It's a story almost as old as time. Jonah, a man call by God, ran away from God and then was gobbled up by a giant fish. But that wasn't the end of Jonah's story - it was just the beginning. This weekend, we'll learn that the story of Jonah is a story we're still part of today. After all, when God calls us how will we respond?
August 12 & 13, 2017 - 2 Samuel 23:11-12 -Every once in awhile there's that blockbuster of a story that sneaks up on you. There's no great battle, no special effects. This weekend we meet Shammah. We don't know much about him except that when God's land was attacked, he stood alone and defended the field - and won. Sometimes the real blockbuster is one man taking a stand for God.
August 5 & 6, 2017 - Judges 14-16 - Samson. His story is the stuff of legends. He performed superhuman acts for God that made him a household name throughout the land. The perfect hero of the perfect blockbuster, yes? No. Ultimately, Samson's weakness overtook his strength. This weekend we take a fascinating look at one of the great Bible heroes and we'll learn how we can avoid his pitfalls as we seek to become heroes for Christ.
July 29 & 30, 2017 - A father and son take a walk - will both come back? Not if things go as originally planned. The (near) sacrifice of Isaac by his father Abraham is easily the strongest Old Testament preview of Jesus' sacrificial death. And it is also seen as one of the greatest examples of a true spirit of obedience before God. But it also contains what might be the single most spellbinding moment in all of scripture.
July 22 & 23, 2017 - Jealousy among brothers is a story as old as time itself. And the story of Joseph and his brothers has it all: family drama, pride, envy, betrayal, revenge and then forgiveness. Each one of us has to deal with these emotions with friends, family or co-workers. Pride, envy and vengeance are powerful emotions. But real power is in forgiveness. A power beyond what we might ever expect.
July 15 & 16, 2017 - Big guy bullies little, guy. It's a timeless storyline to which we can all relate. We've all been threatened by giant-sized problems. But as they say, it's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. In the classic story of David and Goliath, we learn that it's the size of our God that really brings about the greatest victories.
July 8 & 9, 2017 - It's been three years, no rain. The people are restless, disgruntled and ready to abandon their leaders and rebel. Finally it's the showdown between the two superpowers, But here's the cliffhanger - in the midst of a drought, do they pray for rain? No. they prayed for fire. And the true God delivers.