Shears, Shoots, and Fruit
Jesus is getting ready to fulfill his mission. He’s on his way to the cross.He has been betrayed by Judas. He has told Peter he will deny him three times in a matter of hours. So then they leave the meal wondering… will it be their last meal together?
And that’s when he takes them through a vineyard. He’s the True Vine. His Father is the Vine Dresser. There’s cutting and pruning to be done and the purpose is fruit. That’s the purpose – to bear fruit to bring God glory. They are to love one another because they know the Master’s business.
And what happens when we, as Christ’s disciples, spend our time doing just that? What happens when we love one another and remain connected to the vine? We fulfill the purpose for which we have been appointed, and bear fruit that will last! Welcome to the Revolution. Join us this June for our latest teaching series, entitled “Shears, Shoots, and Fruits.”
It’s that time of year when the horses run, flowers bloom, boats are launched, and golf courses are filled with people. Life begins to bloom and remind us of a new season of God’s activity as he’s working in our lives to fill us with real life – abundant life. David captured this kind of life in Psalm 23 when he wrote about his Shepherd that was guiding and leading him all throughout his life. Join us this Spring at Revolution Church for our latest teaching series Filled and find out what the Filled life is all about.
What’s your unanswered prayer? Everyone has had an unanswered prayer at some point in their life. Whether it’s a need for healing, a situation to change, a relationship to be mended, or a blessing that we believe we need, unanswered prayers happen. Unanswered prayers can be tough. What do we do when our prayers go unanswered? What can we learn?
The Bad Boys of Easter
What’cha gonna do when they come for you? They all came for him, or they all left him. One by one, disciples, religious leaders, and the Roman Governor, were the bad boys who sent Jesus to the cross. Count down the last hours of Jesus’ life with these bad boys who deceived, doubted, denied, and ultimately put Jesus to his death. The hardest part isn’t what they did… it’s the fact that we also do the same exact things.
We are one month into the new year. Your Christmas bills are now due. Your monthly expenses have gone up. You see the neighbors down the street bought a new car. Your friends bought the latest gadget. They have it all and you seem to never have enough. Why? There was a Father and two sons who had the same struggle. Find out what he learned this February in our latest teaching series Kingdom Economics.
Have you ever been in a storm? You become sick. Lose a loved one. There are cutbacks at work and you lose your job. Your marriage is in shambles. Your kids act out. You wonder in the midst of it all…where are you God?!? Everyone goes through a storm. You might be in one now. Join us this January at Revolution Church for our newest series, Storm, and learn how God leads us to the other side of the storm.
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Advent is the season we often prepare ourselves for the birth of Jesus Christ. But it’s even bigger than that. We also remember that he’s coming back! Join us this season at Revolution Church for our latest teaching series “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” as we prepare our homes and hearts this Advent for Jesus’ return.
It’s that time of year when the fields are ripe for harvest. There are seasons in the life of the harvest…sowing, growing, and harvesting. God is at work in all of them. This fall, experience the work of God’s harvest as he sows, grows, and harvests a crop one hundred-fold what you would ever believe possible.
RISE. It’s a calling that leaders realize when they are faithful and fruitful to God’s commands. It’s a command that God gives when it’s time to go forward and live into a promise. It’s the crown of victory that God’s people seize through patience and persistence.
Join us this fall at Revolution Church as we study the Book of Joshua and learn how to RISE and seize the promises God has given us.
Route 66 – The Gospel Highway of Hospitality
During these last days of summer, lots of people travel. Whether its driving historic Route 66 or I-65, the open roads can take us to the next grand adventure God has in store for our lives. Maybe you’ll even have guests come your way. Whether you’re traveling or having guests, hospitality makes the experience all the better.
Hospitality was the way of the ancient world. Loving strangers, caring for missionaries, providing comfort and rest for the weary traveler was a blessing after a long journey. Maybe there is something to be learned from hospitality and the third letter of John to a friend who he calls beloved. Maybe one of the greatest gifts we can offer as these days of summer draw to a close is the gift of hospitality and to love others well.
Join us at Revolution Church this summer as we study 3rd John and learn about the gospel highway of hospitality.
There are so many great passages in Scripture. In fact, the whole book is pretty spectacular! This summer, we want to share with you some of our all-time favorites. Join us this summer for our Summer Lovin’ series, and dive into some of the verses that have impacted your pastors’ lives the most.
God Never Said That
When God moves…it’s like watching a wild fire spread. And when God’s wild fire spreads, you want to catch it, and be part of the movement.
People are caught up in the fire of God’s Spirit that burns brightly on us, in us, through us, to transform us and the world around us. When God moves…it’s through a people and for a people. In this season that we celebrate the birth of the Church and the movement of the Holy Spirit, our hope is that we will catch fire.
Catching Fire – Week # 1: Pentecost (6.4.17 – NO AUDIO)
God Never Said That
People make a number of claims about what God said…
Whenever God closes a door, he opens a window…
The more you give and live without limits, the more God will bless you…
God doesn’t care what you believe…
Really? Seems like people have a lot to say when it comes to “what God says” on a particular subject. Pop theology, as we’ll call it, might sound nice at first, but are these statements really at the heart of what God has to say to us? Join us this Spring for our teaching series God Never Said That, as we take on some of the pop theology that has made its way into the Church and our culture.
God Never Said That – Week # 6: You Don’t Have to Go to Church to Be a Christian (5.28.17 – NO AUDIO)
Have you ever noticed how Jesus seems to love the mud, dirt, and dust?
Follow me (remember Israel is a dusty place)… He took mud and smeared it on the man’s eyes… He stooped down and drew in the dust of the earth…
The Scriptures teach us that our beginning starts in the dust of the earth, and our lives end in the dust of the earth. Lent begins with dust on Ash Wednesday, continues forward in so many miracles that feature the dust of the earth throughout his ministry, comes to Jesus’ own burial in a dusty cave, and then we hear the story of how he rises from the dust and ashes of the earth to new and everlasting life.
The rabbis used to say, “May you be covered in the dust of your rabbi.” Join us this season of Lent as we follow Jesus from dust to dust, as he leads us toward the cross and the empty tomb.
Do you ever wish that God had a cosmic bullhorn and could simply yell down from the heavens what you were supposed to do and when you were supposed to do it? Would it make knowing your purpose in life easier?
Sure it would. That’s not how it works – and for a good reason. Join us this February as we journey together through Paul’s second letter to Timothy and learn how to begin discerning your calling or purpose in life.
Have you ever been there? You say things like…
It’s time for something else.
I wish I could just move away and leave it all behind…
Sure you have. Everyone gets there. Burnout is the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual exhaustion of a person by way of prolonged and excessive stress. What do we do? Thankfully God offers us a model from a prophet who experienced the symptoms of burnout which left him underneath a broom tree – Elijah.
Join us this new year as we journey together in the best New Year’s resolution of all: to be healthy and spiritually vitalized again.
The Mamas and the Papas
The focal point of Christmas is without a doubt the birth of Jesus Christ. But what about the road to Christmas? Just who were these groovy parents of Jesus and his cousin John the Baptist? Join us this Christmas Season at Revolution Church as we travel the road to Bethlehem for our teaching series the Mamas & the Papas.
The Radical Middle
How can they think that way?!? Ever ask yourself that question? In a time of polar extremes, verbal jabs, and social media throw-downs, what about something radical? What about engaging in conversations without attacking? What about something so radical like middle ground? Join us this fall at Revolution Church as we look at the process, the principle and the polar extremes of the radical middle.
Lunch. Churches love lunch. Why? Because it’s one of Jesus’ best miracles. He had a group of people – 5,000 or better the Scriptures tell us – and like all people do, they became hungry. When they became hungry the church had a dilemma – what to do? Send them away, find out if people had loose change, or seek a miracle? Thankfully Jesus showed them the way – to take the abundance of what they were given and ask that it be multiplied. Lunch was bigger than just a meal. It was a training event on what it means to be the church. Join us this fall as we explore the story of the first lunch the church ever had, and what it means for us today.
Lunch – Week #1 (Sorry, no recording available)
Sitting in 8B – Having Conversations that Matter
Early Fall 2016
We travel to places every day. Those places are full of people – people with whom we are able to have conversations that matter. Workplaces. Soccer games. Grocery stores. Restaurants. Even airplanes. If you had the best news in the world – news that could heal, change a life, inspire and give hope, and give a window into the world beyond, wouldn’t you want to share it? Sure you would. Join us this fall as we explore the story of some friends who brought a man to Jesus which changed his life forever.
The Road to Recovery
Late Summer 2016
Often when we hear the word recovery, we associate it with things like substance abuse and addiction, but the truth is, we all are in need of recovery of some kind. Have you ever eaten more than you knew you should? Have you ever binged on Netflix when you knew you should be doing homework or chores (or sleeping)? Do you ever know the right thing to do but don’t do it? Don’t feel alone. We all deal with life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups. How often our good intentions remain un-acted upon, while our poor actions seemingly rule over us! Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous but the sinners.” (Mark 2:17) Join us this August – September as we journey through the teachings of Jesus to find true freedom on our own Road to Recovery!
God in Search of Us
One of the most fundamental questions of our lives is whether or not there is something or better yet someone beyond what we can see, feel, or hear. This question drives many people to a quest, a search, a desire to know whether or not there is a God. People’s search for God is part of every religion. Christianity is very different however. Yes, there is a search for God – people wanting to see, feel, or hear God’s presence, power, or voice. But even more we come to realize that it’s God’s search for us…
Join us this July at Revolution Church for our teaching series God in Search of Us. Stop. Listen. Be found.
God in Search of Us – Week # 2: Missing (Sorry, no recording available)
Lazy – A Lesson in Diligent Faith
Sometimes it’s easy to check out; to let our guard down; to let our routines and schedules take a back seat to the lazy days of summer. But Scripture warns us to be wise and to redeem the time God has given us. Join us the first week of July, as we explore what it means to have diligent faith this Summer.
The Seven Churches of Revelation
Seven cities. Seven stars. Seven churches. Revelation is a letter from Jesus, written by John, and was addressed to seven churches. The words to the seven churches? Correction, commendation, and call to perseverance. Some churches were living for Jesus, some churches were living for the Friday night parties, and others weren’t living at all. What can we learn from these churches? Lots. Why? None of them exist any longer. Join us May and June for our teaching series on the seven churches of Revelation and be challenged to grow and persevere through good times and bad.
Revelation – Week # 6: Philadelphia – Faithful Until the End (Sorry, no recording available)
Be number one! Win the trophy! Climb to the top! It’s funny what our culture does with the desire to be number one. In some circles competition is discouraged. We don’t keep score. We say that everyone is a winner. But it’s all smoke in mirrors. People do keep score. People want to be number one. Is it a bad thing? No. We should want to be our best. Do our best. Realize the potential God has given us. But we can’t be number one at everything. And even more, what if God desires we be number one for a purpose bigger than our own glory? Join us this Spring at Revolution Church for our series First.
FIRST – Week # 6: The First Place Way of Love
Seeing is believing. But what if you have the wrong picture?
The Hebrew people saw the acts of God over a history of nearly 2,000 years. And then a Hebrew named Jesus showed up. The claims were radical: more than an angel, fully God and fully human, killed on a Roman cross and raised from the dead to everlasting life. And the biggest of all? The author of salvation and everlasting life. Imagine, in the blink of an eye, everything you believe being rocked. That’s the Book of Hebrews.
Hebrews – Week # 5: The Perfect Sacrifice (Sorry, no recording available)
Read your Bible. Pray.
You hear it all the time. But how do you do it?
Join us for a two-week interactive teaching series that will help you experience different ways of growing closer to God through Scripture reading and prayer.
Laboratory Series Resources
Are you ready to dive deeper into scripture reading and prayer? Check out these resources to continue your study, as mentioned throughout our series…
Now there’s a word.
We all need it. We all seek it. We all want it.
But how do we find it? How can we grant it? How do we experience it?
Is there a time when we can forgive, but decide not to be hurt again?
This January find out how to find the healing your heart wants and needs.
When God Moved in the Neighborhood
Give me the real thing.
Isn’t that what we all want? The real thing? In a world of so much masquerade, masking, and manipulation, people want what’s real and authentic. So we come to the Christmas season. What’s it all about? In a few words…the real thing. Christmas reveals to us that God went so far to demonstrate his great love for us that he moved in our neighborhood. He walked in our shoes. Lived our life. Why? To give us real life.
Join us this Christmas at Revolution Church as we learn about a God who moved in the neighborhood. Why? He’s the real deal.
We love the food, family, and football of Thanksgiving Day! Thanksgiving goes so much deeper though. It’s an attitude of the heart. This Thanksgiving hear from two of the greatest Church Leaders Paul and Peter about why they are thankful.
Thanksgiving Week # 1 – Sorry this teaching is unavailable.
God gives us a lot of different kinds of seeds: time, talent, treasure. The question is simply this…how will we generously sow them for the harvest?
Thankfully Jesus gives us an example of how to sow these seeds generously in the parable of the workers in the vineyard. Everyone is invited to sow what they’ve been given generously. The seeds they sow cultivate a great harvest. That harvest of changed lives is the legacy we’re called to leave.
Join us this fall at Revolution Church as we consider generosity and sowing
the seeds God has given us to change the world one life at a time.
Football is back! The sounds, sights, smells, and the best part: tailgating.
We don’t often think of it but the people of God started out as one great big tailgating party that roamed from place to place for a 40 year season. God promised to be with the people, and the people promised to be with God. The people of God have always been best when they recognize they aren’t a place but a people on the move – a tailgating kind of movement…
Join us this fall at Revolution Church as we look to how we might recapture
the tailgating movement as God’s people called the Church.
Did you ever have the dream of being on a deserted island? It sounds great doesn’t it? Alone. The sun. The sand. The sea. While it sounds great, after a while life on the island gets lonely. You would likely want to leave. Some time ago, the television show Gilligan’s Island was about 7 cast aways who wanted to leave an island they were marooned on, but kept failing in their efforts. What kept them there? The sins and shortcomings in their lives.
Join us this summer at Revolution Church as we look to some original cast aways and consider how to cast away the sins + shortcomings in our own lives.
It’s all we get.
This one life we are given is open to all kinds of possibilities. To grow. To change. To love + know God, others, and ourselves. To walk with others and see their lives changed before our very eyes.
Join us this June at Revolution Church as we consider the power in this one life,
celebrate our beginnings as a church, considering our vision for the future,
and look to the One True God who is leading us all along the way.
Do you ever feel like life is moving too fast?
Values are changing. Cultures are transforming. People are adapting. Sometimes things are changing so fast that it can feel like you are living as an outsider in a foreign land.
Join us this Spring as we journey with Daniel, an unshakable leader with unshakable faith that God used to change the values, culture, and people of a foreign land who were living life in the fast lane.
Religion. Isn’t that what we’re talking about?
People ask that about church, Christianity, and the purposes of Jesus Christ. But for as much as we sit in pews, talk about rituals, and learn about rules for living, is that really what Christian faith and life are all about?
Join us this Spring for our journey into the season of Lent as we study the Book of Galatians and learn that the goal has never been a religion…it’s always been the grace of God as a gift to us.
Have you ever been stuck?
In life? At work? With trying to understand what your purpose in life is all about?
We all get stuck from time to time. Life gets messy, we find ourselves headed down a path we never wanted to follow, or struggle in relationships. The beauty is that God meets us in the mess and uses it to help us grow.
Join us this January as we look to the story of Joseph, a guy who got stuck in a variety of messy places and situations which God used to change his life and the lives of other people.
The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel – which means, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23
Since the beginning, God has been making promises.
He made promises in a garden. To Abraham. Moses. David.
Ultimately God promised that a Savior would come who would
come and live among the people, shepherd them, and be a new kind of king.
Join us this Christmas Season as we look at the Scriptures God makes
throughout the Scriptures that led to the birth of Jesus Christ,
the Savior of the World.
Imagine being the brother or sister of Jesus. Would you believe Jesus was the messiah? Would you trust him with your life? Would you give your life for him? James went from an unconvinced little brother to a man on a mission. What was his mission? To give a simple message to the early church. Don’t just listen to the word. Do what it says. Don’t just claim to have faith. Let your works show your faith in action.
Join us this fall as we study the book of James and learn how followers of Jesus thrive in life and in faith when we put our faith into action.
Game Day – Fall 2014
It’s football season, and depending on your love of college or pro football, either Saturday or Sunday is game day. Teamwork, commitment, and a playbook of guiding values and actions guide each team toward victory.
And it’s no different for churches. Join us beginning September 7, as we consider football, faith, and the power of teamwork on game day.
Ever wonder, “Why do they do that?!?” Why is Sunday the day for worship? Why does one church read the Scriptures one way and another church reads them differently? Why do some churches baptize only adults and others children and adults? And yeah, what’s that whole Holy Communion thing about? This teaching series looks at the rituals of the church and considers the question, “Why do they do that?”