Isn’t it exciting when you receive a handwritten letter? One that is written just for you? Dear Church is a series where we’ll be looking at some of Paul’s letters in the Bible. These letters answered questions about faith that are still relevant and being asked today.
Life can seem full, sometimes to the point of overflowing. Yet at the same time, we can find ourselves living very depleted lives. How can we refill, refuel, and refocus to live an abundant life? As we start a new year, join us to discover God’s plan for how we can become who we’re meant to be, strengthen our relationships, be satisfied with the things we have, and be formed by God’s word. Together we’ll learn to “Simplify.”
Let’s Seek God
In a world of uncertainty, being able to ask questions and have conversations knowing that no one has all the answers can lead the way to living a life like Jesus. What if the church was the place where that could begin? What if we could gather to seek God not just for a quick answer, but for direction on who we are to be in times of uncertainty? Join us as we wrestle with tough conversations, seek God, and become the best versions of the people God created us to be together.
Overwhelmed: Finding Peace in an Overwhelming World
When we are spread thin, it is easy to live as if we are overwhelmed and defeated. When we are overwhelmed, we can’t live the life God wants for us. But we don’t have to be overwhelmed by fears, schedules, stress, or circumstances that leave us anxious. Instead, join us as we find out how we could be living lives overwhelmed by the Holy Spirit that brings a life of hope and peace.
Relentless: God, Then & Now
There are some goals in life that we pursue relentlessly. Nothing can get between us and that goal. God is relentless in His pursuit of us in that same way. The idea that someone would relentlessly pursue something since the beginning of time to the end of time is overwhelming. To think that it was for us is unfathomable. In this series, we will be looking to the stories of people in the Old Testament to show how God’s grace, redemption, and pursuit of us was at work then and is still at work now.
Let Me Tell You A Story
During our summer sermon series, Let Me Tell You A Story, we’ll be exploring how we can have meaningful and transformative conversations to engage our world by looking at some of today’s most popular children’s books and some of our favorite classics from years ago.
The Art of Neighboring
When Jesus was asked to sum up everything into one command, He said to love God with everything we have and love our neighbors as ourselves. Most of us have turned this simple idea of loving our neighbors into a nice saying, putting it on bumper stickers and refrigerator magnets, and then going on with our lives without actually putting it into practice. But what if Jesus meant we should love our actual neighbors? Join us in worship May 12 – June 3 as we learn what it really means to connect with God and neighbor through The Art of Neighboring.
What Are You Searching For?
In 2017, Google had its biggest year of search results yet. More than ever, we asked “how?” That got us thinking- what are we searching for? Behind our searches are desires we have for purpose, meaning, belonging, self-worth, and explanation. Let’s learn together what it seems we’re searching for.
My Truth: Ancient Creed, Living Faith
As we journey through the season of Lent together, we’ll be taking a look at the Apostles’ Creed. We’ll discover what it is that we as Christians believe, why we believe it, and why it matters.
Life on Purpose
As we start a new year, stop and think: where are you in your walk with Jesus today? Are you just beginning? Stalled out? Maybe you’re desiring to grow in your faith. Maybe you haven’t started. And that’s ok! No matter where you find yourself on your faith journey, join us for our series, Life On Purpose. We’ll discover what it means to be a follower of Jesus and how we can learn, love, lead, and live in His likeness.
Unexpected Christmas: Beyond Words
Sometimes we say things, but they are just words. Things like, “Merry Christmas,” or, “God bless you,” or even, “I’m praying for you.” But what if we moved beyond just words and discovered their meaning? What if we discovered our meaning? Join us for another season of doing Christmas differently. During this time, we’ll discover how we can have a spiritual encounter with God this Christmas and begin unpacking the meaning and depth of the words we say to each other. Unexpected Christmas: Beyond Words will help us take a next step to experience real worship, real joy, real presence, and real hope during the holidays.
The Good and Beautiful God
We all have ideas that we tell ourselves about God and how He works in our lives. Some are true- but many are not. This fall, Church of the Shepherd will take a journey together to discover the true path to spiritual formation by looking at who we think God is versus who Jesus says God is. We’ll be starting a new sermon series based off of the book, The Good and Beautiful God, by James Bryan Smith. This is more than just a sermon series, though. This is the introduction to our Relational Discipleship Pathway and a more meaningful life with Jesus.
This Is Us
Life is messy, and relationships are complicated. Our own self-image can complicate things even more. But scripture can help us navigate how to live out our faith in the midst of real life. Join us on August 5 & 6 as we kickoff a new sermon series called This Is Us. We’ll learn how we can approach a variety of different relationships, understand multiple generations, and show the love of Jesus, even when it’s hard.
Join us as we seek God for a breakthrough! During this series, we’ll gain a deeper understanding of what prayer is, different ways to pray, and what difference prayer can make in our lives.
Jesus is _______.
Everyone has thoughts on who Jesus is. What words would you use to describe Him? During the weeks leading up to Easter, we’ll be taking a look at who the Bible says Jesus is and who He is to us. Your words will help inspire our weekly messages by filling in the blank, “Jesus is _______.” What would you put in the blank? Join us in worship March 4-April 9 for this new series.
When it comes to talking about our faith with others, it can be a little intimidating. But people want to hear how Jesus has been working in your life so they can relate to your story. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be discovering why we should share our faith, what we should share, who we should share it with, and how we can share it. Series adapted from Andy Stanley.
What Works When Life Doesn’t
What happens when the promises and benefits found in the Bible don’t seem to work? Happiness is hard to find, doing right does not always pay, stress is not eased, and suffering continues. Join us in January as we deal with the things that make us human: self-doubt, brokenness, stress, anger, confusion, and more. Together we’ll discover how to navigate life when it just doesn’t work.
Gift bows, reindeer sweaters, and to-do lists a mile long are just around the corner. Christmas cheer will soon be in the air, along with the hustle and bustle that comes with it. But what if we did the holiday season a little different this year? Join us in worship, November 19 & 20, as we begin to unwrap what it means to do the unexpected this Christmas.
Democrat. Republican. Independent. Jesus?
As our country prepares to elect our next president, it can be easy to get caught up in the name-calling, mud-slinging, and finger-pointing. Could you use a little peace and quiet in the midst of all this election noise? Join us in worship October 8 & 9 through November 5 & 6 for our sermon series “Democrat. Republican. Independent. Jesus?” where we’ll be focusing on living a life like Jesus in a chaotic world. Elections can be scary, but when our words and actions reflect Christ, we can help lessen that fear and offer hope to others.
A Second Chance With God
During our lives, we may find ourselves running in the opposite direction of God. We’ll get caught in the middle of a storm and find ourselves stuck in the pit. But luckily for us, God will meet us there. Join us for our sermon series, A Second Chance With God, running September 10 & 11 through October 1 & 2, as we journey through the book of Jonah and discover how God is always ready to welcome us with open arms and is able to use us for His good work, no matter where we’ve been.
Things I Wish Jesus Never Said
We often open the Bible to read verses that will make us feel better. But what about those verses that challenge us? Jesus often said things that were confusing and difficult to understand, but also encourage us to be more invested followers of Him. Join us August 6 & 7 through September 3 & 4 for our series, Things I Wish Jesus Never Said, as we examine the teachings of Christ and learn to follow Him more closely.
Take me out to the Ballgame
How does America’s favorite pastime relate to your relationship with Christ? Join us for our sermon series, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, to discover how the rules of the game can relate to a Christian lifestyle and lead us on our faith walk.