WE ARE FAMILY
The Place where you belong.
A NEW 7 WEEK GROWTH SERIES WITH JOSEPH BARKLEY.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.