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Preparing for Sunday: April 3, 2016

Preparing for Sunday This week we will begin a new three-week series, Transformed, about which will help us think through how to live for Christ every day where you live, work and play.  Pastor Steve Heron will preach the first message of this series about how reading scripture informs our life. You can prepare by reading this week's blog post and listening to...

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Engaging Gospel Relationships

As a new church plant approaching our second year, Centerpoint Church is still taking notes on the front row on how to be a people who are mobilized as missionary disciples where we live, work and play. So how are we seeking to live with Gospel intentionality and be the church Monday through Saturday? Gospel Culture Our vision is knowing Jesus, building community and eng...

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Questions for Discussion: John 20:1-18

Discussion Questions: The Resurrection of Hope Read John 20:1-18. 1. How would you describe your response to the claim of the resurrection? 2. Read Philipians 3:8 and Matthew 19:27-30. How does the resurrection turn you from fear to hope? 3. What are ways we tend to fill up our lives with experiences or possessions to avoid the things we are afraid of? 4. Read 1 ...

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Preparing for Sunday: March 27, 2016

Preparing for Sunday This week will celebrate the resurrection of the risen Christ! Pastor Steve Heron will preach on John 20:1-18 about the resurrection of hope that Jesus brings to us. You can prepare by reading the text and listening to some of the songs we will be singing together. We look forward to gathering with you on Easter Sunday! ...

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Ten Ways Easter Changes Everything

This post is a transcript of a Desiring God interview with Dr. Matthew Harmon, professor of New Testament Studies at Grace College & Theological Seminary.   At first, it can seem like to claim that the resurrection changes everything is an example of hype, but as you read the Bible and you understand all that flows out of Jesus’s resurrection, it is...

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Ideas for a Missional Easter

This year we have the opportunity to celebrate Easter both together as a church, and by inviting others into our traditions. We want to encourage you to begin thinking how your family and community group can use Easter as an opportunity for mission. This post was originally featured on the blog of Emmaus Road Church. A Missional Easter Our mission is to make and...

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Questions for Discussion: Acts 27:1-28:10

Discussion Questions: Providence Read Acts 27:1-28:10 1. Have you ever been in a situation where you had little control and influence? How did you respond? 2. Read Romans 8:28-30. How did you see God work for your good in the midst of those circumstances? What other passages encourage you?3. When you have been going through difficult times, how have you been encouraged ...

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Preparing for Sunday: March 13, 2016

Preparing for Sunday This week we will continue our series, Acts: The Road to Rome. Pastor Steve Heron will preach on Acts 27-28:10, following Paul's journey to Rome, a shipwreck on the way, and how God's providence prevails not just in history, but in our lives today. You can prepare by reading the text and listening to some of the songs we will be singing together...

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Make Friends, Not Just Converts

This article was originally posted on the blog "For the Church" by Darrin Patrick, pastor of the Journey in St. Louis, MO.   The incarnation separates Christianity from all other religions. Christianity claims that God actually came and dwelt with humanity as a man (John 1:14). Jesus was not just a prophet with a spectacular vision or leader with extraordinary mag...

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Questions for Discussion: Acts 22-26

Discussion Questions: Paul's Testimony Look over Acts 22-26. 1. What key events or experiences have most significantly shaped your life? What was your life like before following Christ? 2. What or who did God use to begin to open your eyes to His reality?3. How did you begin to understand the gospel and what aspects of it were particularly powerful to you initially?4. H...

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Preparing For Sunday: March 6, 2016

Preparing for Sunday This week we will continue our series, Acts: The Road to Rome. Pastor Steve Heron will give and overview of Acts 22-26, looking at the Apostle Paul and his testimony. You can prepare by reading the text and listening to some of the songs we will be singing together. We look forward to gathering with you on Sunday! ...

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The Bible Is Alive and Active

As we begin a new month of Daily Bible Readings for the month of March, here is an article written by Pastor Tim Keller on what he has learned about the Bible. The original article appeared in his church's monthly Redeemer Report.    Western society used to be basically divided between people who (1) respected the Bible as “the truth” but didn&rsq...

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