Message: “Evangelizing the Church?” from JR. Forasteros

A message from the series “re:Connected.” Not everyone who claims to be a Christian is following Jesus. That’s scary to admit, but it’s been true since the earliest days of the Church. What should our response be to those who claim Christianity but don’t look like our Christ? We turn to Peter’s words to his contemporaries in Acts 3 for a surprisingly grace-filled and truth-filled message of invitation and hope.

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Message: “What Makes a Good Follower?” from JR. Forasteros

A message from the series “re:Connected.” What makes a good convert to Christianity? Too often the church pursues wealth, fame and power. But as Paul’s experiences in Thessalonica and Berea illustrate that it’s not those markers of cultural success and acclaim we’re used to admiring. Rather, what makes a good disciple is one who is curious and faith-filled. How do we spot that today?

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Message: “Church isn’t Cool” from JR. Forasteros

A message from the series “re:Connected.” We want a faith that’s respectable, one that attracts CEOs and star athletes and rockstars. But the earliest church wasn’t cool. Even the people who respected their faith didn’t want to be associated with them. Who did? The people on the margins – the overlooked, vulnerable and uncool. What does it look like to embrace an uncool faith today?

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Message: “Saved for the World” from JR. Forasteros

A message from the series “re:Connected.” Far too often, we view faith as something that separates us from the world. We become judgmental, condescending, celebrating when we prosper and they don’t. But as the book of Acts shows us, God saves us for the sake of the world. What does a faith look like that turns to the world to embrace, rather than condemn?

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Message: “Grounded in Worship” from JR. Forasteros

A message from the series “re:Connected.” What’s the point of Sunday church? Why get together in a room, sing songs and listen to someone talk? And why do that weekly? Believe it or not, gathering regularly with our spiritual family is key to flourishing in our faith. Why is that? Let’s let the early church show us.

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Message: “God is Not an American” from JR. Forasteros

A message from the series “God is Not….” Love of country can morph into nationalism – putting our country before everything else. Believing we’re chosen, that God loves us more than anyone else. Palm Sunday reminds us that Jesus is not on our side – rather, he invites us to follow him, to be on HIS side. How does following Jesus free us to love our country truly as well?

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Message: “God is Not a White Man” from JR. Forasteros

A message from the series “God is Not….” Christianity has a long history of oppressing both women and peoples of color – often using the Bible to justify it. But Jesus is the God who freed the Hebrew slaves, who comforted the Exiles, who appointed a woman as the first apostle and preacher. What does a faith that rejects misogyny and racism look like? How can we affirm that God is not a white man?

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Message: “God is Not a Family Man” from JR. Forasteros

A message from the series “God is Not….” Today’s churches are often built around and center the nuclear family – Dad, Mom, Wally and the Beav. Why is that? Jesus was single. So was Paul. And the so-called ‘traditional family’ didn’t exist until the last century. How can we avoid creating an idol out of the family? What is God’s vision for family? And how is that vision good for all of us, no matter what our families look like?

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Message: “God is Not Ignoring History” from Sonya Brown

A message from the series “God is Not….” What do you think when you hear the word ‘reparations’? A political movement? A threat to the status quo? As God outlines in the book of Numbers, reparations are an integral part of the process of forgiveness and reconciliation. What do reparations look like in our individual lives? And how can we be a voice for just reparations in our culture?

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