We all love stories. Ever since we were young. It’s the way we learn about who we are. So is it any surprise that Jesus uses stories to teach His children? And Jesus’ stories are so compelling that they are known throughout the world, both in and out of church. Much more than entertainment, Jesus' stories challenge all of us to continuously adjust our view of life, our thinking, and our way of living. For throughout the parables of Jesus, we are in fact being invited into a bigger story. His story.
Here at Chesapeake, our three core values are: All People Matter To God, Full Devotion To Jesus Christ Is Normal, and Excellence Honors God.
Excellence tends to display itself in all kinds of ways. And Full Devotion is more easily recognizable, too. But the value of All People Matter To God – this can be a bit harder to see at times.
It shouldn’t be this way.
So what if we did something about that? What if we made loving people visible? What if we so clearly displayed excellence and our devotion to Christ in the way we love people? And not just those who are easy to love – but even loving the unlovely. Imagine the community we would be if together we made our God known through the beauty of loving people.
Because if All People Matter To God, shouldn’t all people matter to us?
Easter at Chesapeake is always a special celebration – this year is no exception. It's worth noting that in all four gospels, the resurrection of Jesus Christ was in many ways a quiet miracle. But not only a quiet miracle, it is in many ways a very small miracle. A very private miracle. No crowds, no cheers, no thunder or lightening. Just a quiet miracle that forever changed the hearts of every person who would believe in Him. For in the resurrection of Christ, we find not only life, but the Life.
Throughout the Gospels, Jesus had extraordinary encounters with ordinary people. These were regular, every-day people who were forever changed by colliding with the living presence of Christ. And it still happens today. For when our hearts genuinely experience the grace and love of a living Jesus, we face a choice – to resist Him or to surrender. Which will we choose?
Throughout His ministry, Jesus said and taught so many amazing, wonderful, and beautiful things. But the teachings of Jesus were also often uncomfortable, difficult, and downright disruptive. Yet to fully know and follow Christ, one cannot accept the former while neglecting the latter. Over the next several weeks, we will taking a deeper look at the challenging, the inconvenient – the hard teachings of Jesus.
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
We'd like to see with 20/20 vision - clearly and accurately. But life doesn't always seem to be in focus. Perhaps we look with the wrong eyes. 2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us "For we walk by Faith, not by sight." Let's kick off the new year together with eyes of faith, following Christ with 20/20 Vision.
As we head into the Christmas Season, we will be inundated with messages about what matters, what we need, what we want, and what others want from us. Somewhere in all of it, real truth will get lost. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Not for us and not for the people we love. Join us, and let’s spend these next four weeks in TRUTH.
How do you identify? Do you mean politically? Sexually? Generationally? Musically? Spiritually? This week? Next week? Or last week? For a people who claim we don’t like to be labeled, we have more labels for ourselves
than ever before. No one knows who they are anymore. We’re in an identity crisis. Over the next three weeks we will examine who are, not merely in our eyes – but in the eyes of Christ.
What happened to us? Growing up, we all dreamed big dreams. We were going to change the world, or at the very least, make a dent. Yet somewhere along the way, the challenges grew and our vision shrank. Changing the world has become such a daunting task that if we’re not wearing ourselves thin doing literally anything and everything, we simply do nothing. Jesus promised that whoever believes in Him would do even greater things than He, so let’s not give up. How can we change the world? By living lives of real impact for Christ. Join us as together we learn how.
More than ever we express our lives through “perfect pictures” and “meaningful hashtags.” Behind it all, the imposter syndrome lurks to reveal the ugly truth that not much in life is perfect or full of meaning. Join us as we pull back the façade and expose the truth as we pursue the only goal that can truly satisfy: a life fully devoted to Jesus Christ.
When reading Jude’s brief letter, two things become abundantly clear: Jude’s passion for believers to live in full devotion to Christ and his passion for reaching the lost. And to whom is Jude addressing his letter? The Church. God’s chosen instrument of redemption in the world today is at the root of it all. So what does this mean for us and our church? Who will we be? Let’s find out together.
Having liberated the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, God’s true desire was that His people would live for Him. And so, God gave us a roadmap for life: The Ten Commandments. A roadmap that not only shows the way to a productive life, but which ultimately shows us the way to our Savior, Jesus Christ.