Changed People Change the World

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This week we examined one of the roles the church plays in Christ’s cosmic redemption - prayer. In Ephesians and knowing the church’s location in Christ, Paul primarily prayed for the hearts of God’s people. Changed people change the world (Ephesians 1:1-15)

Reason to Praise

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With the backdrop of the cosmic work of Christ, we looked at the work the church does on earth - praise. This week Pastor John gave us two reasons specifically to praise the Lord - He is good and He is in control (Ephesians 1:1-15 Ephesians 1:22; Ephesians 2:1-2; Ephesians 3:10; Ephesians 6:11). For more resources to help you dive into Ephesians with us, click HERE.


What Happened at Ephesus

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This past Sunday we started preaching Ephesians, the "Swiss Alps" of the New Testament. In order to get context for the letter, Pastor John took us to Acts 19-20 to show what happened in the great ancient city of Ephesus (Ephesians 1:1-2; Acts 20:20-21; Acts 20:25-32).

Community

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This Sunday Normandy Groups Director, Mark Heger, taught about the importance of being devoted to one another through living in biblical community.  Using Acts 2 and John 17, Mark emphasizes that true community is devoted, unified, and expanding. For the transcript, click HERE.

Forgiveness

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This week we were honored to have Peter Louis in the pulpit to speak on our connection with God and our connection with one another. These two things are the most important aspects of our lives. Peter delves into John 1:29 & Matthew 18:21 to teach about forgiveness, then leaves us with a practical exercise to help us walk it out. 

The Way of the Cross

This week we looked at a way Christ deepens our relationships, advances His kingdom and proves He is enough - the way of the Cross (Proverbs 4:23; Matthew 16:24-28; Colossians 1:15-18). 

Listening to Jesus

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Photo by Jacob Simmons

During the 1st service, Pastor John talked about how God might deepen our walk with God - by listening to Jesus. On the Mount of Transfiguration, God interrupted Peter (poor Peter) and told the disciples, "this is my beloved Son - listen to Him". As we learn to listen to God through our joy and pain we will deepen our relationship with God and others (Matthew 17:1-6; 1 John 4:1).

Lost Parables Triology

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This week Mark Heger spoke on the “Lost Parables Triology” in Luke 15 as the final week of our Kingdom Parables series.  Mark walked through The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin, and The Lost Son to remind our body about the radical love of God for both the sinner and the saint.

To read the full transcript in blog form, press here. 

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Mark Heger

Groups Director // Pastor