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  • This Sunday we were in week 5 of our We Are The Church series and completed the 30,000 ft. vision section of Redemption: Community.

    Five weeks ago we launched 7 Community Groups with the focus of creating transformational community with missional clarity. If our Sunday Gathering is the seed, our Community Groups are intended to grow and develop your faith in real life, hands on with Jesus. Hear from Pastor Shawn our vision for God starting Redemption communities in every neighborhood of our city...
     


  • I am a sucker for a good love story. Whether the story is told through literature,  sung through song, acted on stage, or portrayed on screen­­—a good love story will move me to tears. Especially if it’s a musical. Since the release of La La Land, it has become a common occurrence for me to crank up the soundtrack and sing along (and maybe cry a little too)...


  • Over the past few weeks in the “We are the Church” series, Pastor Shawn has given us the 40,000 ft. view of the Universal Church. This past Sunday we began focusing on the  Vision of Redemption, starting with the topic of Sunday Gatherings and the Worshipping Community.  Using Acts 2:42-47 as our descriptive guide, Pastor Jeremy answered the questions: What does it mean to “worship?” Why do we gather together on Sundays for worship? Why do we do what we do during worship?... 


  • Christian Community- such a great “Christianese” word.  But what does it look like practically? How do you live in Christian Community day in and day out? One of our church’s pillars is Community, and we have several community groups throughout the Charlotte area. So what does it look like to live in Christian Community, and support one another in Christ, for those of us without theological training? I believe the answer to this question is intentionality...


  • This Sunday was our last sermon of the Universal Church segment of our We Are The Church Series.  We looked at what makes a healthy church. Pastor Shawn discusses the Biblical images of the church, attributes of the church and finally three marks of a healthy and thriving church.


  • I’m competitive. Anyone who knows me in the least bit knows this about me. It’s a strength and a weakness all wrapped up into one overpowering character trait. I love the euphoria that accompanies a victory. It’s addicting and I crave it in the littlest of things. You know the guy in the group who you can egg on to do most things by adding, “you won’t do that” to the end of the sentence? Yeah, that’s me. I can turn almost anything into a competition...


  • This Sunday we moved from the big picture kingdom of God into the broad theology of the church. Why did God create the church? What is the purpose of the church in fulfilling the kingdom of God? What is required to enter the universal church? How does the Bible show us pictures of God's church?...


  • The pursuit of perfection is not the road to redemption. We are redeemed by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ Jesus. This redemption is the greatest gift of all time and saves us from an eternal life of damnation. But it also saves us in the here and now. When our identity is fully rooted in who we are in Christ, we are free. Free from fear of failure, free from not being good enough, free from needing accomplishments or people or status to give us value...


  • “Anytime we are involved in making this world more reflective of God’s coming kingdom and are redeeming something lost or broken because of the fall, we are involved in a degree of kingdom work."


  • There is a key distinction between understanding intellectually and deeper knowledge.  In the church today— particularly in highly educated, urbanized areas— I believe it is a common pitfall to stop at intellectual understanding.  It’s something I struggle with.  But, I’m reminded of the story of the rich young ruler...