This is Us Series
Our default setting is to centralize life around ourselves to maintain a certain amount of comfort. Life becomes a competition with others in order to protect our little kingdoms. But when we partner our life with a Church, it recentralizes our life around God, in community, for the sake of the world. When we do this well, we can rethink our life's orbit so we change, our community changes, and our world changes. This is Us is a picture of Thrive Church, and what we centralize ourselves around so you can join us on the journey.
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THIS IS US - Part 1: Think Community
Dave Shephard, June 2nd, 2019
The human experience is so difficult, that not even Jesus could do it alone. During his walk to the cross, Jesus becomes so weak that he, the creator of all, cannot lift a piece of wood from the ground. A man named Simon of Cyrene is chosen to carry the burden too heavy for Jesus and becomes the picture of discipleship for us all. We are called to pick up our cross and bear it with Jesus, and we cannot do this alone.
THIS IS US - Part 2: Think Unity
Jon Strifler, June 9th, 2019
Jesus is constantly surprising us with his selection of who has faith. We often think of children and teenagers as "the church of tomorrow" and pout them on the shelf so the adults can do the "real work." But in the kingdom of God, there is a level playing field. Jesus highlights the faith of a pagan Roman Centurion, one of the most hated individuals among the people of God, and sets him up as an example.
THIS IS US - Part 3: Think Compassion
Jason Raitz, June 16th, 2019
If God has done something IN you, it is never merely FOR you. God works in us so God can work through us to reach a hurting and broken world. In this passage Jesus calls some fishermen to be disciples to follow him. They harvest a large catch of fish, more than they can take into their boat. This is a picture of the catch they will later gather: people healed into God's Kingdom.
THIS IS US - Part 4: Think Transformation
Jason Raitz, June 23rd, 2019
The disciples have been following Jesus, listening to his teaching, and watching him perform miracles. They have been mostly spectators in the work of the Kingdom of God around them. But there comes a time in their faith where they ask Jesus for another miracle and Jesus says, "You give them something to eat." It is time for them to move from spectator to player. They carry what they get from Jesus to the people, and a feast is had.
THIS IS US - Part 4: Think Kingdom
Jason Raitz, June 30th, 2019
Jesus placed himself in the position of dependency upon the generosity of other people. He had the financial backing of well-to-do generous people so he could travel and teach. Their generosity sustained Jesus and his disciples and sparked the revolution of Love in the world. We are called to partner with God in continuing this movement with all we are and all we have, making it all available for God's use.