What do you do when it seems like the world around you is out of control? How do you survive when there is no safe place to hide? What do you do when your sense of fear increases and your confidence fades? It's during times like this that we wonder, "where is God?" and, "can we trust that He is still there?"
Rest often feels elusive in a busy, fast-paced culture - but we’ll never live fully & freely without it.
1,859 people groups in the world do not have the Bible in their native language. Throughout this series, we are going to look at how we can be a part of changing that! Over the past few years we have been partnering with The Seed Company in the translation of the the Bible for the Gur people group of the Ivory Coast, a group that does not have the Bible in their naive language. This project would cost over $400,000, but we stepped out in faith and started the project with the translation of the book of Luke in 2015. Our goal is to raise over $140,000 this year to complete the New Testament. Join with us as we continue this project and help us reach our goal of bringing God's Word to the Gur people! If you would like to give towards this project, please click below.
We live in a broken and fallen world. Bad things happen, we make wrong choices, and we hurt others and ourselves. There is one thing we need from God and others and that is “Mercy.” Thankfully, one of God’s greatest characteristics is His mercy. This study will showcase the profound impact mercy can have in our lives.
No one can deny the power of the words we speak. But there is something especially weighty about a person’s last words in this life. As Jesus was giving up His life on Good Friday, He made several short statements from the cross. What would He want to say to us in those final hours? These were not wasted words; they were measured and meaningful. They are words of mercy, forgiveness, hope, and triumph. And if we will receive them, His final words are our new beginning.
Generosity is a learned behavior. We are at our core all very selfish. In this series we are going to explore the effects of developing a generous spirit. We begin by looking at how honoring God and putting him first has always included offerings. Responding to God with generosity will transform our relationship with God.
The Christmas story is rich with carefully placed details. The story begins when a young virgin hears from the angel that she will be the mother of the Messiah. The story includes a list of ancestors including several mothers. When God introduces his son he not only lists the names of fathers but also of several women. The mention of these mothers is quite out of the ordinary. Looking deeper at the stories of these women we discover some shameful circumstances. From the start we see that the story of Christmas is a story of God’s grace and mercy.
In life, we do what we do because of who we are. In other words, our identity determines our actions. In this series, “Made For More,” we look at our identity as disciples of Jesus. We are family - chosen and adopted into God’s family. We are servants - set free to serve and represent our King and His kingdom. And we are missionaries - sent into the world to make disciples.
An election season stirs many important conversations about the future of our country. As citizens, we must care. We need to participate in the discussions. We need to exercise our civic responsibility and vote. In this series we are going to examine where the church fits into the arena of culture and politics.
What are the trademarks of a life fully committed to following Jesus? Romans 12 describes the trademarks of this life as good, pleasing, and satisfied.
1,859 people groups in the world do not have the Bible in their native language. Throughout this series, we are going to look at how we can be a part of changing that! Over the next few years we will be partnering with The Seed Company in the translation of the the Bible for the Gur people group of the Ivory Coast, a group that does not have the Bible in their naive language. This project will cost over $400,000, but we are stepping out in faith and starting the project with the translation of the book of Luke. Join with us as we begin this project and help us reach our goal of bringing God's Word to the Gur people! If you would like to give towards this project, please click below.
What characteristics about God make us see him as good? Jesus said the first and greatest commandment is to love God. No one can love God until they know what is good about Him. The more we understand His goodness, the more we will love Him.
The resurrection of Jesus is meant to shape us every day. Everything is changed because Jesus rose from the grave. Now we can live in relationship with Him. Meeting and walking with Jesus everyday changes who we are and how we live.
As we move toward Easter we are going to look at the painful path that led Jesus to the cross. The price of our salvation was more costly than we can ever fully appreciate. Jesus was betrayed, condemned, and crucified. He endured all of this for us. There was no other way for mankind to be redeemed and so Jesus willingly walks this path. Sunday we look at how he endured the pain of betrayal by a close friend. When we experience betrayal we can go to a Savior who understands and can help.
As we begin the New Year, many people hope for things to be better. What are you hoping for? Peace in your family? Belonging in life? Love without condition? Helping the hurting? What if I told you that the answer to all of this is found in Jesus' blueprint for His church? When we look at what the church could "be" and "do" it's actually God's plan for a better life and a better world.
“The Gift of His Presence.” When you think about it, Christmas is the story of God coming to us. It is the gift of His presence that we celebrate. In a world that gets so much wrong, we long for a leader who knows what to do. Can someone bring order out of the chaos of life? Jesus answers the cry of our confusion and tells us what to do.
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Thanks and giving go together. True generosity flows out of a heart of thanks. Some people in the New Testament demonstrated amazing acts of generosity. They gave willingly to express a heart of thanks. We too need to find that place of thanks and giving. The greatest act of generosity ever shown is the broken body and shed blood of Jesus Christ.
Prayer is amazing, confusing, difficult, mysterious and often a reflective response to life's challenges. While it seems that we never become experts at prayer, we must never stop being students of prayer. Prayer is where God and human beings meet. Prayer is the the primary way we seek God.
What is my purpose in life? What is a good life? Why is there so much wrong with our world? What can I do to help make it right? These are some of the big questions that everyone must answer. And any lasting change in our lives will start with a change to one or more of our answers to these questions.
Jesus changed the life of every person he met in the Gospels, through powerful experiences and words that led them to unexpected and transforming answers to their big questions. These conversations can still address our questions and doubts today.
When God created the world he designed the family structure and every part of the family glorifies God differently. Sadly, the world we live in today has twisted the idea of what a family is. Through this series, we will look at what the Bible has to say about families.
In order for us to be brave and to live courageously we need to identify and deal with our fears. Fear is a reality of life. If you are alive and human you get afraid. Fear does things to us. It can stop us from moving forward. It can steal our hopes and dreams. Fear can freeze frame us in a despair and sadness that stops us from living life with hope and joy.
Martin Luther changed the world when he recaptured the essentials of faith and brought people to understand how to be right with God. He once said, "Everything that is done in the world is done by hope." Hope increases when we understand what is true and how to move forward. In this series we will look at how our lives should reflect the glory of God in everything we do.
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Everyone loves the new year because everyone needs a new start. New possibilities. A clean slate. We make goals for ourselves to lose weight, save money, and quit bad habits. We believe when we accomplish these, we’ll ultimately find happiness. In this series, we’re going to take a look at how to find joy and happiness despite your situations and circumstances.
The birth of a baby is what we celebrate at Christmas. It is impossible to overstate how the birth of Jesus changed everything. Jesus was a Prophet, a Priest, and a King and God spoke profoundly through this baby. That message changes everything.
The greatest power we possess is one that will guide you to transform your life and relationships. That power is love. Throughout this study, we will be looking at seven principles that come from I Corinthians 13. Understanding and living out these principles is not always easy. Sometimes it is the hardest path but it leads to a good result.
There are gods at war within each of us. They battle for the throne of our hearts, and much is at stake. This is why idolatry is the most discussed problem in the entire Bible. Behind every sin struggle that you and I have is a false god that is winning the war in our lives. Don't give in to the myth that gods are only statues that people of other cultures or long ago worshiped. When the Lord God takes His rightful place on the throne of our hearts, we will have victory.
Love God. Serve People. Reach the World. This isn’t just our mission statement, its a call to action, something that drives what we do. Here at High Street, we have the incredible opportunity to proclaim the name of Jesus to the city of Springfield and all around the globe. In this study, we’re going to dive in and find out how we, as the people of High Street, can truly love God, serve people and reach the world.
We live in Missouri, the “Show-Me” state. In fact, this slogan in the early 1900s became the unofficial state motto. It suggests our tendency to not easily be convinced. We won’t believe in something until we have seen enough proof to make us feel like it’s authentic and worth believing. James wrote a book in the NT that challenges us to make our faith real and observable. His basic idea is this: If we are truly followers of Jesus and people of faith, our beliefs will show up in the way we live. Through this “Show-Me” study, we will glean understanding from the teaching of James and be inspired to live authentic lives of faith.
It has been said that you’ll be the same in five years as you are today, except for the people you meet and the books you read. In this series we will meet some amazing people whose stories can shape our futures by helping us to get through tough times, gain new perspective and inspire us to live a more productive life.
The world is shouting for our attention with answers to our relationship struggles, solutions to our financial trouble, and explanations to our search for meaning. But the world’s promises leave us empty and searching for more. God’s will is the only answer that promises to TRANSFORM our lives from the inside out.
TRANSFORMED is a church-wide seven session Campaign that will guide you to grow by exploring what the Bible has to say about every essential area of our lives: Spiritual, Physical, Mental, Emotional, Relational, Financial and Vocational.
The start of a new year is a great time to evaluate where we need to focus as individuals, families, and a Church.
As we begin this new year, we all have hopes and dreams. Prayer is a way to turn the longings of our hearts into a conversation with God. When we unpack the motives and desires of our heart through prayer, we unlock the possibilities of our life.
Seven hundred years before the birth of Christ, the great prophet Isaiah predicted that God would come into this world as a baby. Isaiah tells us that this child would be the Wonderful Counselor, Almighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. Each name speaks to our great need and reveals a God who has come to rescue us.
So much of life is about money. Countless time is spent earning it, budgeting it, spending it, saving it and giving it away. Even from a young age we know the power money can hold in our life. We can't afford not to hear what the Bible has to say about money.
Have you ever met someone who didn't want to be happy in life? Probably not. If everyone is looking for happiness, why is it so hard for people to find? We tend to think that happiness is about achieving and living in perfect circumstances. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus explodes many of the myths about where happiness is found. He presents a new perspective and shows us that happiness is more about who we become than the circumstances we live in.
Every little boy wants to be the strongest man in the room. God supernaturally gifted Samson with physical strength. God's calling was for him to deliver his people and restore a sense of God fearing righteousness among his people. Unfortunately this man who was so strong that no one could defeat him was defeated from within. No one wants to fail. By looking at what defeated this great man we can beware of the same pitfalls for each of us. Together we will look at how Samson was defeated.
For many people the Bible seems like a random collection of stories. There is Adam, Abraham, Moses, and countless other characters until Jesus arrives. How does six-thousand years worth of stories and characters fit together? If they do fit together, what is the overarching story being told? More importantly, what does this grand story have to do with me? Nothing is more important than finding your place in God's story.
What if we got serious about bringing the goodness of God to our broken world? That is what we are supposed to do. What if we made the stranger our friend? What if people in bondage could be made free? What if we welcomed the orphan into our family? What if we brought dignity to the poor?
If you were given 72 hours to change the world, what would you do? The last three days in the life of Jesus forever changed the world we know. His miracles and teachings have shaped societies for the last 2,000 years. Billions of people now worship him as God. The words and actions of Jesus in those last 72 hours have changed our world and can change your life. Our lives will be transformed if we only listen to what he has to say.
The thrill of hope will see us through the darkness and into the light.
Justice is getting what we deserve. Mercy is not getting what we deserve. Grace goes against our sense of justice and takes mercy a step further. Grace is not getting what we deserve but instead, receiving a gift.
Spiritual growth can seem vague and confusing. Gain clarity through 7 classic spiritual disciplines that have led many through the years to spiritual growth.
Discover how Paul lived a life filled with joy in the midst of trying circumstances.
Discover how Paul lived a life filled with joy in the midst of trying circumstances.
Study the five different fools in Proverbs and live wisely.
Jesus taught how we can live fruitful lives. It's all about the fruit.
A study of Bible doctrines you've got to know.
What were you made for?
Could it be true that little things can actually have profound effects in peoples lives, in our community, our nation and in the world? Learn more from the heart of Jesus in Matthew chapter twenty-five.
Do you feel like life seems to always be one step forward and two steps back? Learn how to put on the armor of God and win.