Every New Year we drag out the same old resolutions. And yet nothing ever seems to change. Something’s not working folks. What if this year you made it simple: achieve what God wants you to achieve! Start 2019 by rejecting the RE • SOLUTIONS and instead pursue the REAL SOLUTION found only in life with Christ.
If there is any consistent theme throughout the Gospels it is the idea of the Kingdom. Jesus’ own birth was described as the arrival of a King. As followers of Christ, it is our calling to build His Kingdom, live in His Kingdom, fight for His Kingdom and, perhaps most importantly, call others into His Kingdom. It’s a big deal: The Kingdom
It’s natural to think of family during Christmas, but often the truth is that we aren't able to be with family during this season. But no matter where we are, we can always have friends around us! That's why when Jesus said to His followers, “I call you My friends,” He was telling them He would be with them always. As we head into Christmas, as a church, let's focus on the friendships Christ has brought into our lives.
It used to be “You are what you eat,” but nowadays it’s more like “You are what you own.” As a culture we are overwhelmed with messages telling us that we are defined by our stuff. And, while in our hearts we know it’s not true, we still find ourselves lingering over the seasonal catalogs that fill our mailboxes or the latest Cyber Monday deals online. As we head into the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, let’s turn our focus to desiring more of Christ. Not more stuff.
Every week we’re challenged with questions from the pulpit. But we know that you often come to church with questions of your own. Well, now you get to ask them! For the next weeks, you pick the subject and we respond. Based on your input from our surveys, your Chesapeake Teaching Team will answer your toughest questions – because we know you have ‘em! What a great time to invite your friends to church!
There are many reasons to do missions: to spread the Gospel, to provide humanitarian aid to the less fortunate among us or even just to increase our gratitude for what we have in our lives. At Chesapeake all these reasons matter – but we have one more – to see people as God sees people. When we see people as God sees people, we come to a deeper appreciation of how all people do matter – regardless of where they are.
One of the great aspects of the Bible is that the people in it, are just that: people. They are flawed and imperfect, not the fictional “superheroes” that dominate today’s culture. These real people, with real
Here’s a radical suggestion: What if Christians were the most
God created us to worship. The ability and desire to worship
1 Peter contains some of the most comforting words in Scripture. It also contains some of the most challenging words. And, Chapter 3 contains some of the most controversial words. For the next six weeks are going to take an unvarnished, honest look at what the Bible teaches about what happens In Real Life.
A betrayal, a denial, an execution, a tomb. Each on their own, things to be reviled, rejected and despised. And yet, put them together and through Christ they are beautiful. This Easter, together let’s be reminded, regardless of our past, through Christ we all can be beautiful.
Grounded – to a teen it means you can’t go out. To a pilot it means you can’t take off. To a Christian grounded means, regardless of circumstance, we continue in our faith, established and firm, never moving from the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As we turn our attention towards the Book of 1 Peter, our goal is just that – to get grounded.
No other New Testament book challenges God’s people to live like God’s people the way the book of James does. Yet amidst all the practical wisdom, James makes one thing crystal clear: a life for Christ is not just a private, personal endeavor. True living for Christ is done in community, too – it’s the Church learning how to be the Church. And that’s more than just a nice idea. It’s essential.