Chapter One: It Was the Best of Times

Every story has a beginning—your story has a beginning. You might not think about it this way, but even the story of what you believe and why has a beginning, a “first chapter”. It was probably written sometime in childhood and filled with ideas about the universe and you place in it. Maybe it included some ideas about God. Maybe it didn’t. Regardless, every person has gone through moments when the rest of the story doesn’t seem to line up completely with the beginning. The complexities of adulthood forced you to reconsider the simplicity of childhood belief. Maybe it’s time to take a second look—maybe even rewrite—chapter one.

Vision Sunday: It Was Only a Dream

God’s giving us a huge vision for this city. Talent won’t get us there. The best strategy won’t get us there. God’s vision so expansive, we have to rely on one, mission-critical habit that has always worked in every generation.

We Are Family: On Purpose

There’s one, big difference between a “group” and a “family”. One difference between a “couple” and a “family”. One difference between “pals” and “family”. That difference is PURPOSE: Why should we stay together? What will be different in our lives and in the world because we’re sticking with each other? Answering that question is not as simple as you think—but it makes all the difference.

We Are Family: Move Ahead

There’s a couple of bad words in Christianity. No, not the ones you’re thinking of. I’m talking about words like “sin” and “wrath”—words that seem loaded and offensive. Here’s another one: REPENTANCE. Doesn’t sound too incredible, does it? This weekend, guest speaker Jason Jaggard reveals why the best families make this a part of their culture…and why you want it too.

We Are Family: Stand Out Among

Racism isn’t new, but it certainly finds new ways to reduce, dismiss or—in the most devastating examples—take life. In this talk, we won’t just try to make sense of this issue, but come up with concrete ways to combat it in our own lives and, ultimately, in the world around us.

We Are Family: Stand Out With

Did you ever dread the day a boyfriend or girlfriend was going to meet your family? Maybe they thought you were cool, but the day the see the way your Mom dances while she cooks or that filthy shirt your Dad insisted on wearing when he was relaxing at home, that might be the day they run for the hills. Every family has its quirks. But does the CHURCH family have to have so many? Can’t we just be normal? But where’s the fun in that? In this talk, we explore which quirks we want to get rid of and which ones we want most definitely want to keep.

 

We Are Family: Stick With

In this age, a lot of us assume “casual” and “undependable” are the best ways to describe the best relationships we have. Doesn’t sound like much of a family, but it’s the kind of “family” many of us know. So, in the middle of a buddy, login/logoff, friends-with-benefits, easy-divorce moment in history, what would it look like to create an entirely new legacy, a new family that’s marked by staying around no matter what? Is it even possible?

We Are Family: Get Real

Vulnerability usually has a negative definition: to be threatened, exposed, susceptible to harm, to be a “sitting duck”. And yet, there’s an appealing kind of vulnerability. Don’t we all long to have relationships where we can be completely real, completely ourselves and still not fear judgement, rejection and condemnation? In this talk, Joseph reveals why the church has sometimes been the hardest place to find that kind of family and what to do to stop it.

We Are Family: Start Over

Everybody's family has its own quirks. Maybe it’s the silly holiday sweaters or the insane fascination with board games or March Madness. Other people might look at your family and think it’s weird, but, hey, that’s your family! It’s what you might miss about your family if the relationship is strained or you don’t live near them. It’s what’s so hard to recreate or find with the people you have around you now. In the first talk of the series, Joseph reveals the family God wants to give you right where you are—and one, strange quirk that makes building this new family worth it.

Unstuck from Fear (Melissa Edge)

Ever been afraid to risk? To trust again? To dream bigger? To have faith? This morning was designed for you. In this talk, we address how to break free when we are stuck with fear. Radius welcomes back guest speaker, Melissa Edge—someone who’s already lived a story full of extreme highs and the most devastating lows you can imagine. She knows what it’s like to be stopped in your tracks by fear and how to get moving again.

Unstuck from Shame (Mike Foster)

I don’t know when it happened for you, but early on we all get messages that tell us what “good enough” looks like. It could’ve ben as simple as being picked for sports on the playground or getting a C- in Math, but for many it cut deeper—parents who let you know you weren’t the dream child they’d wanted, a romance that ended in severe rejection or maybe even a church who told you anyone with a track record like yours can’t belong until they clean up. Whatever it is, we’ve all been stuck in the story of “not good enough”. Well, that’s an old story. And it’s a make believe story. This week, guest speaker, Mike Foster from People of the Second Chance shares how to break free from the “not good enough” story so we can find out who we really were all along: someone worthy of love and a future.

Unstuck from Comparison (Tom Hughes)

We all do it. We all find that person we wish we were. Maybe it’s inspiring at times, but once inspiration becomes envy and jealousy, we’re miserable. If you’ve ever been stuck in this comparison trap, not only do you feel insecure, but you might waste months—maybe years!—trying to be someone you were never meant to be. The real you is waiting, but how can you break out? Guest speaker Tom Hughes brings us to an often-misunderstood parable of Jesus to reveal the solution.

With Much Power: The Power Pack

We all need to find our “People”—people who like what we like, believe in us, laugh with us, maybe share our values. And, when you find “your people”, you have a level of support and strength you can’t get alone. In this final talk of our series, Joseph reveals how we can have all the right “People” and still completely miss out on all the power. The life you want to lead, the difference you want to make needs the right team, but it also needs this one, crucial approach.

With Much Power: Overpowered

Everybody’s felt crushed by the pressures of life. Maybe it’s the kids. Maybe it’s your career. It could be some challenges in your relational world. For some of us, it’s just a little dark. You might even say “hopeless”. Where do you go? How do you get the energy and perspective you need to fight another day? There’s a power present in your life that people have tapped into for millennia. Discover the one practice that taps into it.

With Much Power: The Green Lantern

One of the greatest superpowers we have is in our wallet. The way we save and spend our money impacts communities and climates around the world! In this talk, Joseph reveals one idea from Scripture that will celebrate the difference we can make with how we spend—and, if you practice this idea, you might discover a miracle God can’t wait to do in your own life.

With Much Power: Fighting the Forces of Evil

Evil exists. Maybe you call it something different—maybe it’s “injustice” or “bigotry” or “endangerment” or “abuse” or “discrimination”—but there are forces that destroy. But, the only reason we notice evil or care about evil at all is because another power exists, burning within us: the power of justice. In this talk, Joseph reveals how all of us can activate this power in effective ways, face the bad guys and—though we don’t think about it as often—avoid creating our own small evil in the process.

With Much Power: Secret Powers (Kye Chung)

You ever feel like powerful moments must be happening somewhere around the world, they just don’t seem to be happening in YOUR world? We’ve all felt that. This week, special guest speaker, Kye Chung reveals how to be in the right place at the right time to experience God’s power. It’s closer than you think.

With Much Power: The Power Lines

As we start this growth series, can we just agree on something? Most of the problems facing our world today stem from an abuse of power. The wrong people seem to have it and good people seem to be corrupted by it. But the result is the same: People are hurt. So, would it better for people to avoid power? Avoid greatness? Jesus introduces one powerful principle that redeems power, awakens how much you actually have already and makes all of us want to see more of it.

Who Is Jesus: He Didn’t Play Fair.

In this last installment of our series, Joseph takes a honest look at the fatal choices religious people make. If religion leads people to give their lives unnecessarily, than let’s call it what it is: dangerous. Followers of Jesus are no exception in the world of religions. Christians have given their lives for their faith. But there’s one, clear, alarming distinction between HOW these faithful breathed their last and martyrs of every other tradition. Even if you never have to put your life on the line, can you understand what about was so different about Jesus that inspired them to give it all?

Who Is Jesus: The Least and the Last

However you see Jesus, one thing is historically clear. Jesus saw the world in a new way. He saw things in people no one else did. He saw potential where others saw problems. He saw value where other people saw waste. He saw friends where others saw enemies. It’s not overstating to say Jesus' perspective didn’t just change his world, it changed the way most of us see each other. Who was this man?