December 29 & 30, 2018 - Every New Year we drag out the same old resolutions. And yet nothing ever seems to change. Something’s not working folks. What if this year you made it simple: achieve what God wants you to achieve! Start 2019 by rejecting the RE • SOLUTIONS and instead pursue the REAL SOLUTION found only in life with Christ.
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December 22 & 23, 2018 - Few seasons bring friends together like the Christmas season. At the same time, few seasons strain relationships more than the Christmas season. This year can be different. This Christmas, together as a community, let’s hit pause and take a breath and turn our attention towards the joy, hope and promise of Christ. And celebrate Christmas With Friends.
December 15 & 16, 2018 - Purposeful friendships don’t just happen. Purposeful friendships are a choice. A decision. Even Jesus said, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you.” When we decide to live surrendered to Christ, open-handed before Him, we begin to recognize that our friendships are not only from Him, but for Him. Are we willing to reorient our lives to be about purposeful, Kingdom friendships? Imagine what would happen if we did.
December 1 & 2, 2018 - It’s easy to talk about what we shouldn’t have, what we shouldn’t do and what we don’t really need. But as we try and take out what we don’t need in our lives, how do we figure out what belongs in our lives? What does God want from us? This week we look at how to discern the Right Stuff.
November 17 & 18, 2018 - We've all had moments when life's demands leave us feeling overwhelmed and scattered. Add to his the weight of the holiday season --- more family gatherings, more opportunities for conflict, and way more pressure to purchase material things we don't need. Plain and simple, we feel like we're going under. This week, we'll take a look at how to get out from under all the stuff and begin living a more meaningful life, with God and for God.
November 3 & 4, 2018 - The Bible seems filled with so many absolutes, especially the “Jesus is the only way to Heaven” one. Isn’t that pretty intolerant? Can’t all roads lead to Heaven? And why should I force my religion on my children? Or why should you have to accept your parents’ religion? These are the tough questions we’ll be wrestling with this week.
November 27 & 28, 2018 - We work hard all day. Sometimes it’s great. Sometimes it’s drudgery. I’m just trying to pay the bills, isn’t that enough? Does God even care what I do or how well I do it? This week we look at the Biblical view of work, career and what it means to God. And we celebrate Covenant Baptisms.
October 13 & 14, 2018 - No one has a problem with the idea that there’s a Heaven – but Hell, not so much. So, what does the Bible actually say about Hell? And can you have a Heaven without a Hell? On top of that – why should I have to love my enemies – especially if they’ve done things that deserve Hell? We’ll tackle both of these big questions – your questions – and celebrate Communion!
October 6 & 7, 2018 - Sadness, depression, even anxiety – these emotions seem so contrary to the state of a heart touched by Christ that we have to wonder why do they even happen? Of all the questions that came in, this one was Number 1. How do we reconcile these dark emotions with lives that have received the Light of the world? The only way possible. By looking at the words of the Light that defeat the darkness.
September 29 & 30, 2018 -
As Jesus is making his way into Jerusalem, the people throw a parade for Him. They are joyous but only Jesus knows that a cross awaits Him at the end of this parade. At one point Jesus stops, looks at Jerusalem and He weeps. He weeps not for Himself, but for us. What did Jesus see that no one else could see?
September 15 & 16, 2018 - There are many reasons to do missions: to spread the Gospel, to provide humanitarian aid to the less fortunate among us or even just to increase our gratitude for what we have in our lives. At Chesapeake all these reasons matter – but we have one more – to see people as God sees people. When we see people as God sees people, we come to a deeper appreciation of how all people do matter – regardless of where they are.
September 8 & 9, 2018 - There are many reasons to do missions: to spread the Gospel, to provide humanitarian aid to the less fortunate among us or even just to increase our gratitude for what we have in our lives. At Chesapeake all these reasons matter – but we have one more – to see people as God sees people. When we see people as God sees people, we come to a deeper appreciation of how all people do matter – regardless of where they are.
September 1 & 2, 2018 - The Apostle Paul is usually seen as a man on a mission. A man who left the past behind and only looked ahead. And this is true. At the same time Paul did not attain the ability to be forward looking easily. Christ literally drove Paul to his knees and broke his heart. Come meet Paul as perhaps never before. Real, genuine and a lot like us.
August 25 & 26, 2018 - Stephen was the first Christian martyr. He was wrongfully accused of heresy, yet didn’t turn His back on God. Instead, Stephen called out his accusers and spoke the bold truth of God’s faithfulness. His boldness led to a death sentence - by stoning. How many risks are we willing to take for Christ? Are we willing to die for Christ? Are we willing to live boldly for Christ?
August 11 & 12 , 2018 - Your enemies gather all around you, united in their desire to destroy you and your people. Outnumbered, outmanned and out-weaponed, any leader would make the wise and prudent decision to retreat. Until God says, “Hold your ground for the battle is Mine.” Would you stand firm, or would you turn back? This is the decision Jehoshaphat faced. It's a decision we all face.
August 4 & 5 , 2018 - Lot was Abraham’s nephew – and when they couldn’t get along, they divided their wealth and separated. Yet Abraham never took his eye off Lot and ensured his safety when Lot came under attack. During their escape Lot and his wife had one command – “Don’t look back.” But Lot’s wife did. To her peril. When obeying God, we must always remember to keep our eyes forward towards Christ and not on the life from which we are escaping.
July 21 & 22, 2018 - Job was a wealthy, godly man. And in an instant, everything he had was gone - his wealth, his family, his health. But throughout the torment of Job's grief and physical pain, he never turned his back on God. God's sovereignty and power remain steadfast through our pain. How unshakable is our faith?
July 14 & 15, 2018 - What was Jesus’ vision for how His followers would deal with anger and offense? Not just the mechanics, but the heart of a believer, our willingness to overlook and to even eradicate anger from our lives. Are these the marks of the surrendered life to Christ? We’ll see.
July 7 & 8, 2018 - As Christians we expect grace for ourselves and yet we struggle to extend it to others. Nowadays, the “Matthew 18 process” has been perverted from a path to brotherly peace and
instead is used to “set the record straight” and “get things off my chest”. Could it be that we’re so easily offended, that we actually offend the work of the cross itself? Get ready to dig in.
June 23 & 24, 2018 - As we learn in Christ, we grow in Christ. The Fruit of the Spirit becomes more and more real as we worship in the Spirit. That growth, when genuine, is noticed by other people as they witness the changes worship takes us through. Worship teaches others.
June 16 & 17, 2018 - Who can ever know the mind of Christ? And yet true disciples yearn to. Worship removes all the obstacles that cloud and distort life as God intends and gives us clarity for truth. Worship is often our greatest teacher.
June 9 & 10, 2018 - Worship, when done with a full heart, spills out. Worship opens our hearts to the plight and the needs of others. We need no longer treasure that which we keep for ourselves, but we deeply treasure that which we provide to others.
June 2 & 3, 2018 - When we worship fully, it’s not only in words or song or thoughts. But true worship opens our hands. It is a devotion that gives. This weekend we’ll learn how to worships in our giving - and that real gift we give is to ourselves
May 26 & 27, 2018 - What makes your heart beat fast? Is it a new car, a new job, jewelry, clothes? We all have things that make our pulse race, but where does God stand on that list? We believe that “full devotion to Jesus Christ is normal” and yet we still allow lesser things to get our greater worship. This week we look at why.
May 19 & 20, 2018 - There’s a reason we jump to our feet when our team does well or when a performance moves us. There’s a reason we stand in line to buy tickets to our favorite show or why we get excited about an upcoming event. We have a deeply rooted desire to be excited and engaged with something great. To understand worship, we must first understand our own design.