Series Preview: The Real Jesus

SERIES PREVIEW: INVEST & INVITE

By Chris Denning

Have you ever played a game of Telephone? It’s where someone starts with a phrase, then whispers it to the next person in line, who whispers it to the next person, and so on. Once the phrase travels through the line, the last person says aloud what they believe the phrase is to see how close they got. It’s usually not even close to the original.

Somewhere along the way, someone heard the wrong thing, misunderstood someone or communicated something that simply wasn’t true. There’s not much consequence for botching a game of Telephone, but this can be dangerous within the context of our faith.

Whether we want to admit it or not, we all let our biases color and shade our understanding of things, including our understanding of Jesus. Our preconceptions about who we think he is and our connotations that pop up when we hear about who He is will bend and shift our understanding of who He truly is.

In our new series, The Real Jesus, we want to take the time to look in the Bible to better understand who Jesus is, directly from our primary source. Our hope is that by better understanding the truth about Jesus’ life, personality, and values, we won’t just have a better perspective of Him, but we’ll be led to a deeper experience of the power and life Jesus provides.

Our faith is founded on a real person and on a real event that changed everything. This Sunday, we get the opportunity to not only kick off this series, but to CELEBRATE the fact that our God has overcome the grave! Easter is an opportunity to be reminded of the price Jesus paid for us, but also to be reminded of the great power of our risen King!

I believe that the more we dig in to understand the real Jesus, the more we will be captivated by His grace. The more we will be in awe of His sacrifice and love. The more we will be changed to be more like Him.

This weekend, and this whole series, is all about the ABSOLUTE HOPE we find in the very real person of Jesus. I hope you’ll join us and use the shareable we’ve created to invite every single person Jesus puts in your path this week to join you at Journey this Sunday.

Every single person matters to Jesus, so let’s not waste any opportunity to invite others to experience the absolute Hope we have in Jesus! See you Sunday at 9 or 11am to celebrate Easter together!

Series Preview: Invest & Invite

SERIES PREVIEW: INVEST & INVITE

By Matt Dawson

There is a LARGE difference between these 2 pictures. However, there is also something at its core that is the SAME. FIRE!
I love this example because FIRE can be so destructive when forced and wielded like a weapon. But that same fire can be INVITING, welcoming, and draw you close when you want to warm up.
How can one thing be so destructive and also be so inviting simply by the way it is presented and used? 
This is not that different than our Christian Faith. We can wield our faith & beliefs like a weapon or we can offer them up as an invitation for others who are in need.  One causes massive destruction, and one warms the heart of those in need of warmth and rest.
Look at the way Jesus was very intentional of how He INVITED people to follow Him.
Matthew 11:28-30. “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Luke 14:16-17 “But He said to him, “A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many; and at the dinner hour he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now.
Matthew 4:24-25 “News about him spread as far as Syria, and people soon began bringing to him all who were sick. And whatever their sickness or disease, or if they were demon possessed or epileptic or paralyzed—he healed them all. Large crowds followed him wherever he went…
Matthew 4:19 “Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”
Revelation 3:20 ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.
This doesn’t mean that Jesus did not BOLDLY proclaim when necessary, but the majority of His time with people was not spent FLAME THROWING people into following “The Way.”  He knew how amazing His grace really was, and He offered it to those who would come.
In our next series at Journey, we are going to discuss what it looks for us to INVEST and INVITE people to follow Jesus.  As we approach Easter Sunday, we are hoping you are already praying for your TOP 5 and making plans to invite them to join you on Easter to hear the Good News of Jesus.

God Cares More About Your Money Than You Do

SERIES PREVIEW: God Cares More About Your Money Than You Do.

By Matt Dawson

First thought – I doubt it!
Second thought – Why does He care?
In Paul’s letter to Timothy, he expresses the heart of why God cares so deeply about how we view and understand money.
“Tell those rich in this world’s wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow. Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19 (MSG)
God’s ultimate desire for us is “LIFE THAT IS TRULY LIFE.” True life! Our current western culture makes many promises about life based on how much money we have & spend. However, our obsession with money, resources, wealth, and comfort actually keeps us from experiencing the life that God desires for us.
Did you know Jesus reference money more than He reference Heaven or Hell?
 
Did you know 40% of the Parables Jesus taught referenced how we view, understand, and use money?
 
Did you know in all of recorded scripture, there are over 500 verses that reference PRAYER & FAITH… but there are over 2,000 that reference money?
God DOES care MORE about your MONEY than you do.
Over the next several weeks at Journey, we’re going to discuss WHY He cares more about our money than we do.
  • We’re going to dive into Jesus teaching on why money is the chief competitor for our hearts (not Satan).
  • We’re going to break down the traditional views of tithes and offerings, financial blessing and curses, and if there is any truth to the prosperity teachings found in most American churches.
  • We’re going to discuss why money is a TOOL that brings freedom, or a TRAP that keeps us slave to fear!
There will be no special offerings, financial campaigns, or guilt trips given over money during this series. Our end goal is for you to better understand why “God cares MORE about your money than you do” and fully experience the “LIFE THAT IS TRULY LIFE” promised in His Word!

Series Preview – Dream Again

By Matt Dawson


‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. Act 2:17

The most recurring dream I had as a child was that I was Superman…not the adult version, just me dressed in the costume at my school, hanging with my friends, with all his powers – ready to be awesome at a moment’s notice. Anything was possible.

As an adult, I still have dreams. My dreams are different now (although, I admit, I still return to my Superman dreams every once in a while). My dreams often have to do with my family, life, or church and sometimes they entertain one of the thousand “what if” questions that fill my mind.

What if someone broke into my home?
What if someone gave me a million dollars tomorrow…what would change, what would stay the same?
What if Journey’s next building had a community center, co-op working space, pre-school, athletic gyms, and a Chick-Fil-A?
What if turtles could fly?
What if I’m dreaming right now in this dream?

I believe that when we lose the ability to dream, we lose our HOPE for the future. We stop EXPECTING that God has MORE (so much more) in store for our lives, our church, and our cities!

We begin to settle and dreams are replaced with details. Routines take over and our minds are filled with thoughts of limitations. We lose our purpose and we have little desire that goes beyond our immediate need for comfort.

However, in our deepest places we know we were made for MORE. Something in us that longs for a life of significance instead of survival.

We CAN discover what’s been LOST.

We CAN restore what’s been DIMINISHED in our hearts.

We CAN begin to DREAM AGAIN!

The future of the western church lies in the prophecy of what Peter declared would be fulfilled within the church in the last days. When God pours out His Spirit on us we would see and prophesy the TRUTH of God, our visions would bring PURPOSE to our lives, and our dreams would be fueled by the ABSOLUTE HOPE of Jesus Christ!

I hope you will join us for all three weekends of our newest series entitled “Dream Again” at Journey Church. It’s a great series to invite a friend to join you as we challenge ourselves to “experience immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine by His power at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:20)

Series Preview | As You Go!

By Don Gentry


We have the opportunity to be a part of a cosmic plan! Think about it. God, the one and only God, the creator of the universe, the creator and sustainer of all life, has designed a plan where he uses mortals to accomplish his purposes. It sounds like a superhero movie and we get to be the superhero.

It seems crazy that God would choose a system where he purposely relies upon finite, fallen mortals to display and communicate His love and His plans for others. Most followers of Christ don’t seem to understand that He gives each of us an incredible opportunity to be on a mission with him. Obviously, Jesus is the real hero of the story, but most of us sell ourselves short of all that God invites us to do in the lives of other people.

Over the next few weeks we are going to look at how we at Journey get to join God as we go through our daily lives. One of our core ambitions is Leading. Leading is all about leading people to the absolute hope of Jesus Christ. We hope you join us as we uncover very practical ways to be used by God right where we live, work, and play. God wants to use you, and we want to help you realize just how easy it is to join him.

Journey wants you to know how being on mission with God is a part of transformed living. After all, WE ARE TRANSFORMED PEOPLE CHANGING OUR FRIEND’S LIVES BY ABSOLUTE HOPE! 

Love you all, and hope to see you Sunday!!

Series Preview | Practical Parenting

By Don Gentry


The Struggle is Real

Parenting is tough! We all have different personality types, different backgrounds, childhoods, heritages, abuses and neglects, joys, and even fond memories. We get to deal with divorce and brokenness and blended families and then we bring our own children into our stories and we desperately don’t want to screw them up.

We are often faced with questions and doubts to our abilities. We question how our children will turn out. We wonder what schools and sports programs should we get involved in. We don’t want our kids to ever miss out! We want to look good as parents and have our kids look good and be accepted. We want them to grow up and be able to make something of themselves and experience life and see their dreams come true.

Great news, come on out to Journey and in a two-week message series we can guarantee all your fears are gone and your questions will be answered. Your children will never struggle again, and you can post on all social media sites how amazing of a parent you are, how your kids are different than all the others, and how amazing your life really is!

That’s a bunch of bull…oney! What we are going to do is talk about parenting and try to give you some very practical steps that will hopefully transcend your unique story. Principles that hopefully, if applied in your unique situation, they will make your family a joy filled journey. It won’t always be happy and it certainly won’t be perfect, but it can be joyful!

If you think you can bail on this series because you don’t have kids and you really don’t want to have kids, or that the world is a better place because you don’t have kids this series is still very applicable for you.

As we cover the practical rules for parenting you may just be surprised at how applicable they are to all of life. You may even discover how to have some great tools to help navigate the world of social media. I hope to see you join us over the next couple of weeks. While we can’t guarantee a better life, we can guarantee to give you some useful tools. What you do with them in your life is entirely up to you. Love you all and can’t wait to see you Sunday!

Series Preview: Understanding Your Sixth Sense

By Don Gentry


A deep, satisfying, intimate walk with the one true God is available to all mankind. Yet the key is understanding your Sixth Sense. Like all our senses we can be deceived. Through this series, we are going to uncover some key thoughts and beliefs that may be keeping you from what you are searching or longing for.

The truth is that we neglect the power of the Holy Spirit. We misunderstand the person of the Holy Spirit. Within the church, denominations fight over who they think the Holy Spirit is and what He does. When we understand the role of our Sixth Sense and the Holy Spirit we will see our relationship with God change as well as our relationship with others.

If you have been a part of the church for very long, you will know that there nothing like a good debate about the Holy Spirit. The reason we argue over the Holy Spirit is because of dogmatic doctrinal beliefs backed by poor theology. What we are going to be discussing is a better theological belief system. If our theology was better, then some of our arguments will be much less divisive.

Because of our misunderstandings, our blatant hypocrisies, our genuine intentions, and our finite minds, we are all on a journey to understand the essence of the supernatural. Our Sixth Sense has been given to us that we may understand the many supernatural influences with which we must interact, and the Holy Spirit has been given to us to guide us to the truth. The outcome of our journey is dictated by how we respond to the supernatural prompting of the Sixth Sense.

We pray that by the end of this series you will be better prepared on how to properly relate, be guided by, and keep your Sixth Sense from being deceived. Looking forward to seeing you all Sunday!

Series Preview | How to Be Jesus to Your Friends

By Chris Denning


So . . . Easter was awesome! Per usual, it’s always great to celebrate the miracle that is God’s great love for us, expressed through the sacrifice and victory of Jesus.

But now what?

Jesus is risen and reigning on high, but how do I take my personal decision and turn it into something that changes my life? What about changing my friends’ lives?

At Journey, we’re all about humbly pointing everyone to absolute Hope. That hope is Jesus. I’m basically asking how we do all that humbly pointing stuff. What does it look like day to day to live a life that reflects the truth I believe about Jesus?

In our new series, How to Be Jesus to Your Friends, we’re going to explore that very question. We want to help you have a better understanding of how to practically be Jesus to your friends. Jesus calls us to grow to be more and more like him, so how do we do it?!?

We’re going to learn that it starts with being TRANSFORMED. Before we can BE Jesus we must be transformed BY Jesus. To live intentionally, we must first become a new creation in Christ.

We’re also going to learn about the character of Jesus, to give us clear, practical direction in our day-to-day lives. Finally, we’ll learn that it comes down to finding the importance of living an intentional life. Being Jesus to our friends isn’t about ACTS of service, but rather living a LIFE of service to others.

We hope this series challenges you to look at how you live your life. I mean REALLY take a hard LOOK at how you’re living your life. Are you being Jesus to your friends? Or are you just another person they know?

Join us for this practical series where we’ll put some real handles to what it looks like to be Jesus to your friends.

Easter Preview Blog

By Matt Dawson


As we approach Easter Sunday, I’m excited about gathering together as a part of the local body of Christ at Journey Church. 

This Easter, we made the decision to not tie the service into any other message series. It’s a stand along message that I’ve been working on for the last several months with excitement and anticipation of what God will do in our church.

For those that read this blog, you get the inside scoop on what we will be talking about and how you can be praying this weekend before we gather together.

The title for the day is “RAISED TO LIFE.”  The scripture we’re centering on is from John 11:25-26 when Jesus said these words

“I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die.”

Jesus never misspoke. He was very specific to use these words to not only describe what He was capable of (outside of Lazarus’s tomb) but that HE IS RESURRECTION AND LIFE!  That’s who Jesus is!

That same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead now lives in us! (Romans 8:11) There is nothing we will face in this life…even death, that Jesus does not have the power in us to overcome. No marriage problems, no addictions, no depression, no layoffs, no cancer, no rejection, no betrayal, no financial hardship, and no family crisis that JESUS CANNOT RAISE TO LIFE! 

This weekend, we will celebrate the RESURRECTION of Jesus – not just the EVENT that marks the calendar, but the Son of Man who is actively at work in our lives today resurrecting what is dead and giving as a NEW LIFE IN HIM.

Pray with me as we approach Sunday together for those that God has coming to Journey. That we would HUMBLY point everyone that comes to ABSOLUTE HOPE and that they would experience the RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE OF JESUS who loves them!