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Keep going!
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In the beginning, humanity walked with God. They listened and enjoyed and learned to live a full and satisfying and whole life. But one day, they refused to believe that God was everything they longed for. They began saying “no” to God. And because they rejected God’s way, they were separated from Him.

Humanity found themselves confused and broken and angry and hurt and far away from God. No longer did they get to enjoy life how it was intended to be.

But God still loved them. And for thousands of years, He continued speaking to them through their leaders (often called “prophets”), calling them to turn their hearts back toward Him.

Sometimes they listened and obeyed, but most of the time they didn’t. They kept on saying “no”.

Eventually, God came close to humanity to carry out the greatest rescue plan of all time. His name was Jesus.

Jesus taught a new way of living, a way that would lead people’s hearts back into a full and satisfying and whole life again. But the separation between God and people still existed… and Jesus knew that. But because Jesus loved them so much, He made a way for that separation to be healed and fixed. He made a way for people to walk with God again through His death, burial, resurrection, and the sending of His Holy Spirit to anyone who wanted closeness with God. The most wonderful invitation ever was ready to be shared with all people, and all they had to do to receive it was say “yes” to Jesus.

As people began saying “yes” to Jesus, His family grew. More and more people began hearing the good news and were excited, so they started making friends and working and talking about how amazing Jesus was, oh and they’d eat together. These communities were called “churches”, and their mission was simple… to keep sharing and enjoying and living out this most wonderful invitation. The invitation to say “yes” to Jesus because He’d made a way for all people to be close and walk with God again.

One of these church leaders was named Paul. And Paul wrote 13 letters (maybe more, but we have 13) that basically said “keep going!” to the Jesus communities that were forming as they began getting discouraged or distracted or forgetting that Jesus was everything they longed for.

This 13 week series is a study through Paul’s letters to these early churches.

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It is Me you seek
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Free youth party!

Tons of food, rad games, and a short message by special guest Austin Hall (former OSU football player) about living a full life. A great night for you and your friends (middle and high schoolers) to hear all about who Jesus is and who He wants to be for us!

Date: Friday, October 20th
Time: 7-9pm
Location: 26 West Church
Cost: Free

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Let's go!
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Having just wrapped up our teaching series through Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), we're moving into a brand new summer series called "Let's go!"

What it's all about

A little background on something Jesus said in Matthew 5…

The Hebrew people first had the “Torah” or “Law” (the first five books of our Bible: Genesis – Deuteronomy), then as time went on... they collected what came to be known as “the writings (or recordings) of the Prophets”, which is now a part of our Old Testament (Isaiah – Malachi).

The Torah outlined for God's people how to live in His family… but the Hebrew people (or Israelites) didn't always keep their hearts and actions aligned with God's way. Even still, God was patient and gave certain faithful people a similar message to share with the Kings of the time. The intent of each message was for them to repent (which means “to turn around and head the other direction”) from the wrong ways they were living and return to God's way again. The people who were given and shared these messages were called "Prophets". Many of the stories of these Prophets and the God-messages they had were written down.

So… at the time Jesus was speaking in Matthew 5, the phrase “the Law or the Prophets” was a way of referring to the Hebrew Scriptures as a whole (the Old Testament): God’s heart and ways and His ongoing invitation to life with Him both now and future.

Well as the story continued to unfold, Jesus (God with us) comes on the scene and says this...

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them." Matthew 5v17 (NIV)

In other words, Jesus wasn’t claiming to start some new “God movement”, rather he was fully and completely living God's way. His heart and actions and life were in-line with the way God had told His people to live from the start. He was the perfect king, priest, and prophet... the faithful one when everyone else had failed.

But there's more, more than just a fact for us to read about. Jesus actually invited them, and now us, to follow Him with their whole lives. He invited them to follow Him with their thoughts and their actions and what they did with their money and bodies and how they treated each other and creation and on and on. So when we say we're a "Christian" what we mean is we're a Christ follower... or literally "Messiah follower" which means "God's anointed one". By following Jesus, we're participating in an ongoing and active relationship with Jesus, with God.

Our new series will be taking a look at how Jesus interacted with people and dealt with emotions like anger and sadness and disappointment and joy and how he thought about money and power and wanting to be known by a ton of people and... you get the idea. We'll be looking at how Jesus lived so that we can follow him in our everyday moments... and, we'll probably bump up against a few ways we do things different than Jesus, and in those moments, we'll choose as a community to again and again say "yes" to Jesus because we've put our faith in Him being God's anointed one (Messiah), the one who has saved and is saving us.

Jesus said, "follow me". Let’s go!

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Sermon on the mount
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We all follow someone. Who we follow determines our thought of self and others value and the way we live. As humans created by God, we’re designed to follow Him… like software. But we get to choose because we’re made in God’s image, Love. This choice is power, and like all power, it can be helpful or destructive (think electricity). So you have this power and you get to choose what to do with it. The Scriptures show us what happens when people use the power of choice for selfish things and also what it looks like when we agree with God and use our choose for the way humanity was designed to live. Who will you follow?

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Prayer

Prayer begins in receiving our identity and moves to operating from that identity. Over this eight week series, we began with who God says we are, practiced listening and being still, then grew in receiving that identity... learning to use words to expose our longings before God.

So… we enter into conversation with God:

1. Remembering who God is / who we are. Romans 8

“Father…”

2. Remembering His love for us and those we’re praying for/with.

“… thank you that You love ___, that you care about ____…”

3. Remembering God already knows the situation. 

“…Thank you that You know about ____, and it matters to You…”

4. Remember it’s God who heals (helps, encourages, etc.), not us.

“… Because you love ____, we ask You to heal/help encourage…”

“Father, thank you that You love _____, that you care about _____. Thank you that you know about _____, and it matters to You. Because you love _____, we ask You to heal/help/encourage.”

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