THE ART OF NEIGHBORING Small Group Series Starting April 8th
What would happen if every follower of Jesus took the Great Commandment literally? Is it possible that the solution to our society’s biggest issue has been right under our nose for the past two thousand years? Most of us have turned this simple idea of loving our neighbors into a nice saying and then going on with our lives without actually putting it into practice. The Art of Neighboring, a new six-week, small group sermon series starting April 8th, will challenge us to love God with everything we have and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Leading a small group during this series is easy to do! Join us for one of the two trainings scheduled on either Sunday, March 25th at 9:45 a.m. or Thursday March 29th at 5:30 p.m. For more information, click the link below.
In being a neighboring, you are constantly thinking: "Who can I love? Who can I bless? Who can I encourage?" You are constantly on the lookout for who you can bless through life's journey. Do you extend the kind of mercy to your neighbors that God extends to us? Step up to meet the needs of your neighbors!
The Art of Neighboring, Part I
April 8, 2018 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
In the 1970s, nearly 30 percent of Americans reported spending time with their neighbors at least twice weekly; fewer than a quarter reported no interactions with neighbors. Over the past three decades, the number of interactions has trended downward. Today, nearly a third report no interactions with neighbors and only about 20 percent say they spend time regularly with neighbors. Declining levels of trust and the measurable decrease in social capital are indicators that as a society, we’re growing apart. We are called, as followers of Christ, to love our neighbors. Are you doing your part?
Why He Rose
April 2, 2018 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Everything hinges on the Resurrection. Jesus rose so that we would know that He is, in fact, the son of God and risen Lord. He is Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Why He Died
March 25, 2018 By: Eugene Daniel
Jesus died to reconcile our broken relationship with our heavenly Father. We are no longer separated by the barrier of sin!
Why He Suffered
March 19, 2018 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
It is safe to say that both skeptic and believer alike share one opinion in common: The question of pain and suffering provides the greatest challenge to belief in God: If God is all-good and all-powerful, why is there so much evil and suffering in the world? It's not because He doesn't care! When all else fails remember: "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us" (Romans 8:18)
Your Piece Matters
March 11, 2018 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
What is the benefit of each person doing his or her part in the body of Christ? If even one Christian fails to develop spiritually, the church as a whole is not as strong as it ought to be. How’s your growth? Our growth is contingent upon your growth.
Can't We All Just Get Along
March 4, 2018 By: Deveraux Hubbard
God's plan for our lives is for all of us to get along. He has given us the tools to be able to do so!
Unity is at the Heart of the Gospel
February 25, 2018 By: Deveraux Hubbard
Jesus made us all equal, and has forgiven all of us of much. However, He has also made us one body of Christ with many diverse members. What can we do to promote unity during this time of racial and cultural division in our society?
Work as Worship
February 19, 2018 By: Chris Duncan
True worship is bringing pleasure to God, and God intended for your worship to be everywhere...not just on Sunday mornings! Learn the true meaning of work as worship.
When Love is Not Enough
February 12, 2018 By: Deveraux and Kristie Hubbard
Everyone thinks that love is something so powerful, that it can withstand any hurricane or any storm of life. The reality is that we know a number of people who love or loved one another who are no longer together. This is true because sometimes love is not enough.
Listen as Pastor Hubbard and his wife, Kristie Hubbard discuss love and developing a Christ-centered marriage.
January 28, 2018 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
What are some of the toxic influences you currently have in your life? Confess to God the toxic influences that are impacting your life. Ask God to help you remove these influences. Pray and ask God to help you filter out any toxic influences you may encounter in the future.
The people in your life can be the greatest spiritual asset, or they can e your worst spiritual asset. The right people can lift you, encourage you, equip you spiritually. The wrong people though, can e incredibly distracting and destructive and poisonous in your life if you are not careful. Learn how to effectively and biblically manage toxic relationships.
January 14, 2018 By: Brent Foster
Our emotions are given to us from God; they are apart of our divine makeup and assist us in understanding our world. Unfortunately, we can be mislead by them if we misunderstanding them. If you are willing today you can receive a brand new heart filled with loving emotions. Learn how to identify toxic emotions, and ask God to create in you a clean heart.
Avoid Toxic Thoughts
January 7, 2018 By: Deveraux Hubbard
In his book, Soul Detox, Craig Groeschel identifies four kinds of thoughts that poison our minds: Pessimism, Anxiety, Bitterness, and Criticsm. Which kinds of toxic thoughts plague you te most, and what is your next step towards taking your toxic thoughts captive?
I Pray You Prosper
December 31, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Many people are making New Year's resolutions and setting goals for this year. But what does it look like to have a healthy soul? Physical exercise has benefits in this lifetime, but spiritual exercise has benefits in this life and afterwards. What are you doing this year to make sure your soul prospers?
Best Gift Ever
December 24, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
The Ministry of Jesus revealed the glory of God, the One and Only, who came from the Father. Jesus is God’s “one-of-a-kind Son”who reveals the Father to us. Have you received the best gift ever?
December 19, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Belief is only as great as the object you place it in. Place your faith, trust, and confidence in Jesus. Have you received this gift?
December 12, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Many people in John's day didn't receive Jesus. Many in our day don't receive Him. What about you? Do you believe in HIm, not affirming facts about Him, but believe in the sense of relational connection?
December 3, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
For the City, Part VI: "Oh No" to Distraction
November 27, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
We live in a world full of distractions keeping us from giving our full attention to what's important. Practice saying "no" to distractions, personal attacks, religious manipulation, and retaliation.
For the City, Part V: Fear
November 20, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Nehemiah addresses the root of exploitation and what we can do to combat exploitation? Generosity as a lifestyle is antidote to greed. To whom can you be generous this week with the gifts of time, money or possessions God has given you? Whom has God placed in your path who needs your generosity?
Let's Rise Up and Build
November 12, 2017 By: J. K. Patterson
Love, fellowship, and joy is a part of rebuilding. Embrace your role in making a positive change, and give God the glory for what He's going to do!
For the City, Part IV
November 6, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Anytime you seek to do something for God, criticism is inevitable. Nehemiah teaches us to respond to criticism by praying first and being persisting with the task at hand.
For the City, Part III: It Takes a Village
October 29, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Change can't occur until the people in the community commit to be the change they want to see. Our primary task is not community transformation. Our primary task is people transformation by the gospel. Who's on your team to help you achieve your mission?
For the City, Part II
October 23, 2017 By: Deveraux Hubbard
Do you know what God is leading you to do for this city? If so, think about what resources will be needed to do what God is leading you to do, and prepare by resolving to trust God's will.
For the city
October 15, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Concerned people transform communities. Nehemiah's heart was broken by what he heard. He fasted and prayed. What causes your heart to break? Think about our community and consider what problem, need, issue, or cause God might want you to address.
If Jesus Did It...
October 8, 2017 By: Deveraux Hubbard
"People like the idea of diversity. They just don't like being around different people." - Ed Stetzer
Is it biblical to have a concern for church diversity? What is the basis for this expectation, and how do we actually live it? Jesus called us to live in unity, and to live in diversity.
Christ is all in all
October 1, 2017 By: Kodjo Yelou
Stick with the Plan
September 24, 2017 By: Deveraux Hubbard
Victory is won when we stick with the plan. God uses scripture to equip us to do good work. Put your faith into action and watch God do what only God can do!
Changing How We See Problems
September 17, 2017 By: Deveraux Hubbard
Following Jesus does not mean you'll never go through trials in your life. You can rejoice that your problems are never beyond God's scope. Think about who God is and how great He is, and put your problems in His hands!
Changing How We See Ourselves
September 10, 2017 By: Deveraux Hubbard
How different would your life look if you were responsible for being an example to everyone you came into contact with? As we anxiously await the return of Jesus Christ, make every effort to live your life as a reflection of Him.
How We See Others
September 3, 2017 By: Deveraux Hubbard
We have more in common than we realize. Genesis 1:26 reminds us that we are all created in the image of God. Life in Jesus should be different from life without Jesus. Life as a child of God should be different from life apart from God. Followers of Christ should love. Choose to love.
Is God Enough
August 27, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Are you giving God your best? Giving God our best is not about our good works, but it's about God's grace. Give Him your best, and don't be afraid of what you might come up against. God is for us, and He deserves our best.
August 20, 2017 By: Scott Williams
Ever feel like you are stuck? -have people in your life that you would consider haters, naysayers, critics or negative voices who try to hold you down? -often worry about what other people think of you and find yourself seeking the approval of others? -find it difficult to move beyond your comfort zones? -desire to step into God’s divine purpose for your life?
If you answered yes to any or all of the above questions, you need to Drop It!
Six Dangers to Our Faith
August 13, 2017 By: Brent Foster
Today, there are as many challenges and reasons to struggle in faith. However, Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith gives to all who desire grace to endure to the end.
Putting First Things First
August 6, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
It's easy to miss the connection between our choices and our present circumstances. What does it look like to put God first in the following areas: home, career, time, money, goals, servic?
Love Trumps Everything
July 31, 2017 By: Charlie Dates
Love trumps everything. You cannot love God without loving people. How are you living out God’s commandment to love your neighbors?
I Can't Be Quiet. Following Jesus in Social Justice
July 24, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
God's desire is that none would be oppressed. We have the responsibility to be the representatives of God, and to speak into the places where captives are still being held captive. What is your biblical responsibility? How can you speak to the systems and structures that keep people in captivity? The Gospel that's only good in the church and to get into heaven is not the gospel of scripture. We need to be concerned, not just about people's souls, but about people's lives.
I Want to be Me
July 16, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
July 9, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
I Hate Religion
July 2, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Dying to Live
June 26, 2017 By: Bryan Chapell
By faith in Jesus, you are raised with Him and seated at His right hand. Put your faith in Jesus Christ. The work of salvation is done!
I am the Resurrection & the Life
June 20, 2017 By: John King
You were created for more than you've allowed your life to become. Believing in the resurrection of Jesus is a matter of eternal life or death. Choose to believe and be encouraged that you can now walk free of God's penalty for your sins!
Never Too Late
June 5, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Mistakes of the past don't limit the work of Jesus in the present. No moral resume is needed. Just acknowledgement of sin and trusting Jesus. Pray for each other that the root of bitterness might never grow and that forgiveness would be the foundation of life.
May 28, 2017 By: Darius Miller
Love Sacrifices to Meet the Needs of Others
May 21, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Jesus indicated that one should worry less about who “who is my neighbor” and more about “am I being a neighbor”. Eternal life is gained by faith expressed in love, and this love should lead us to be a neighbor to all people…not just some people. For the next week, ask yourself these three questions each day. How can I love God better today than I did yesterday? How can I love my neighbor better today than I did yesterday? How is my love for God evident in my love for the people around me?
Luke 7:36 – 50 tells the story of an anonymous woman, who was a known sinner at the time, and her interaction with Jesus. Upon seeing Jesus, she weeps, bows at His feet, washes Jesus’ feet with her tears, and wipes them with her hair. We never hear a word from her in Scripture, but she speaks through her actions. Though she sinned, her actions were forgiven and her actions reflected her gratefulness and reverence towards God. Those who have been forgiven much, love much. Our actions should communicate how much we’ve been forgiven. What do your actions communicate? Are you willing to go against cultural norms for your actions to highlight how much you’ve been forgiven?
Real Faith Responds to Authority
May 8, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Since faith is only as good as the object we place it in, who are you placing your faith in? Ask God to make clear what areas He can help you have greater faith and confidence in Him.
A little Goes a Long Way
April 30, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
The little we have is never enough to meet the needs of people, but when surrendered to Jesus, Jesus is more than enough to your needs!
If He did it before, He'll do it again!
April 23, 2017 By: PK Edward Copeland
God is capable of changing our eyes, heart, and mind. He opens the eyes of the blind and heals the disappointed heart. Is your heart right, so you can see Him while He's working?
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