Series Big Idea
This 8-week series will help people experience “What We Believe” as a church community and how those beliefs impact our everyday lives.
What we believe is a story about a King and his Kingdom community.
At the center of the story is a God who is love. This God is a community of love within himself, and he reaches out to extend that community to all of creation. To live in his Kingdom means to become part of the community of love that celebrates Jesus as King. King Jesus calls us to join him in bringing more of his Kingdom to earth. The story will culminate when Jesus returns to the earth and his Kingdom community is perfected and extends forever.
Messages 1 | What we believe about God
Scripture: Genesis 1:1-2, John 1:1-3, Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 1:31, Genesis 2:2-3, 1 John 4:8, 1 John 4:12
Message Big Idea: We believe in a relational God who created a good world where we could live as his Kingdom community.
Message 2 | What we believe about Sin
Scripture: Genesis 3, Genesis 11:1-9, Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:8-9, John 1:14-15, Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Matthew 4:17
Message Big Idea: We believe that sin is what fractures our relationship with God, each other, and the world; but God never gives up on his dream of a Kingdom community.
Message 3 | What we believe about God’s people
Scripture: Genesis 12:1-3, Exodus 20:1-21, 2 Kings 22-23 (Josiah)
Message Big Idea: We believe our story is rooted in the story of Israel in the Old Testament. Their story points us forward to our need for a King to rescue and lead us.
Message 4 | What we believe about Jesus
Scripture: John 1:14, John 1:18, Mark 1:14-15, 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 1 Corinthians 15:20-28, John 15:15
Message Big Idea: We believe Jesus is King and we are called to follow him as his Kingdom community of apprentices.
Message 5 | What we believe about the Holy Spirit
Scripture: Joel 2:28-29, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:1-4, John 14:15-21, 2 Corinthians 3:17-18, 1 Corinthians 12:7
Message Big Idea: We believe the Holy Spirit is God himself taking up residence in us to empower us to follow King Jesus in the ways of his Kingdom.
Message 6 | What we believe about the Church
Scripture: Matthew 1:23, Ephesians 2:19-22, Revelation 21:3, Acts 2:41-47
Message Big Idea: We believe the church is God’s Kingdom community, joined together in allegiance to King Jesus and called to live out shared practices that help more and more people find their way back to God.
Message 7 | What we believe about the Kingdom of God
Scripture: Matthew 4:17, Luke 4:14-21, Matthew 6:10, Micah 6:8, Isaiah 1:17, Matthew 25:31-46
Message Big Idea: We believe the Kingdom of God is “now and not yet.” During this time, we are called to join King Jesus in carrying out his mission, including pursuing justice, until he comes again and the Kingdom is fully restored.
Message 8 | What we believe about the After Life
Scripture: Revelation 21:1-5, Revelation 7:9, Matthew 5:22/Matthew 25:41/Mark 9:43, 2 Peter 3:9, John 3:16-17
Message Big Idea: What we believe is a never-ending story that acknowledges the reality of heaven and hell. God’s desire is that every person will follow King Jesus and experience life in his Kingdom community forever. That is why we believe the most important thing we can do in this life is to help people find their way back to God.
- Sermon Manuscript in MS Word
- Discussion Guide in MS Word and PDF
- MP3 of message
- Service Flow for each week