You Belong Here: The Stranger

August 20, 2017

 

The Sermon

 

In our second week of "You Belong Here," Dr. Mark Scott reminds us that for the stranger to belong here, we must intentionally receive them and be willing to learn from them.


The Prayer

It was our privilege to pray as a congregation for racial reconciliation, Barcelona, and the families of the police officers who were killed.

Let us be a church who prays about everything.


The Questions

Use these questions to help you apply what was spoken about in the message:

Pray: Beyond our text today in the next narrative we see Abraham “bargaining” with God about the city of Sodom (16-33). Do you pray for wicked cities? Do you feel comfortable bargaining with God in prayer? What would make this kind of prayer more acceptable to you?

Speak: Do you put yourself in a position to hear God speak to you? When the strange visitors came to Abraham they were immediately given Near Eastern hospitality (1-8). Abraham enlisted Sarah and his servants to create a perfect environment for listening to these messengers. How can you create the perfect culture for listening to God speak?

Grow: What does entertaining strangers look like for you? How could you take the next step in genuine biblical hospitality? People never forget how you make them feel? What changes can you make in your present openness to ensure people feel welcome in your presence.

Love: Let’s talk about love in marriage. Even though Abraham was as good as dead (Hebrews 11:12) and Sarah was passed “the age,” she remembered that intimate love was “pleasure” (12). Can husbands and wives celebrate the oneness of their home by bringing each other pleasure?

 
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Posted on August 22, 2017 and filed under Sermons.

You Belong Here: The Foreigner

August 13, 2017

 

THE SERMON

 

In the first week of our series, "You Belong Here," Sy Huffer reminds us that while pursuing holiness, we drift from the heart of God without also welcoming the foreigner among us.

 

THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the theme of the  message:

Pray: We all have those people that if we could we would like to put them in our “Not Neighbor” circle. Who are they for you? Who do you struggle to love? Ask God to reveal that in your heart.

Speak: Who needs encouragement and support from you? Who can you invite into your community?

Grow: How can you grow in your holiness by pursuing the foreigner in our community? Take a step today by getting involved in including the foreigners into your community.

Love: Who is God calling you to love today?


 
Posted on August 15, 2017 .

Things You Need To Know (Events & Info)

August 10, 2017

 

This Sunday in the Atrium

College Heights engages refugees, immigrants and internationals in and around Joplin. We want to build awareness and awaken you to what is happening and how you can join. Learn more and consider engaging the foreigner through one of the four commitment areas of College Heights: Pray, Speak, Grow, Love.

Primetimers Lunch (Senior Adults)

11:00 AM, Monday, August 14, Atrium

Billies Stamps and her husband will be here to entertain us with Gospel Music. Lunch will be provided for $5.00 per person. Enjoy lots of fun and fellowship! Register at the Sign Up Counter in the Atrium.

 

Small Groups / Ministry Fair Kickoff

Sunday, August 20

We belong in community...and we serve the community. That’s how disciples change the world. We are asking two things of you that Sunday: 1) to get connected to a small group (if you are not already) and 2) to sign up to serve in ONE area of ministry (if you are not already). We belong together...and we serve together.

 

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Women’s Annual Ministry Fair & Fall Kickoff

6:00 PM, Wednesday, August 23

Come to the Ministry Fair in the Atrium at 6:00 PM to look over the new Bible studies in the fall and the different women’s ministries you can be a part of. At 7:00 PM we’ll have a light supper and program in the Gym. Bring your friends, small group, and neighbors to this fun evening! Buy your ticket ($10) at the Sign Up Counter August 6, 13, and 20. You can also register here. Child care is available if you register your child before August 20.

 

Car Care

9:00 AM-12:00 NOON, Saturday, August 26

Qualified volunteers provide basic car service (oil change, check fluid levels, tire pressure, etc.) for single moms, the elderly, and those experiencing financial difficulty. Please contact Chris at 417.291.6819 to schedule an appointment.

 

You Belong Here!

Vision Sunday—August 27

Would you like to help us launch out on hospitality? We will be serving breakfast in the south parking lot and we need greeters, servers, cooks, and set-up help. Stop by the Sign Up Counter in the Atrium to sign up for available time slots. For more information, contact Carol Bowland, x111.

 

Orchestra Players Wanted

Starting Wednesday, September 6

Do you miss playing in your school band or orchestra instrument? We are looking for players to provide beautiful music throughout the year as well as accompany our worship team on Sunday mornings. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7:00-8:15 PM during the school year. Contact Todd Johnson at tjohnson@collegeheights.org.

 

New Stage Design

During August and September, we are staging a new set in our Worship Center provided by one of our long-time ministry partners, Christ In Youth. Christ In Youth provides events to thousands of teens and kids all over the U.S. and the world. In order to better prepare for their Fall and Spring student events, they have asked if they could test their stage setup in our Worship Center. We are excited to host them and to see that both ministries can benefit!

 
Posted on August 10, 2017 .

Jeremiah: Shattered Faithfulness

August 6, 2017

 

THE SERMON

 

To conclude our Shattered series through Jeremiah, our Lead Minister Sy Huffer uses the songs of Lamentations to illustrate when faithfulness of God seems shattered, to remember what he has done and sing songs to God.

 

THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the theme of the message:

Pray: Are you in a place where it seems God isn’t being faithful? What does it look like to tell him how you feel and remember what he has done? Try that this week. Divide a piece of paper in half and write on one side how you feel and write on the other all the times he has been faithful to you.

Speak: Who do you know that is in the middle of a season of questioning God? Who can you share this practice with, of praising God and lamenting at the same time?

Grow: Growing means choosing God’s way everyday, yet the question we asked this morning was: How do you remain faithful when it seems God isn’t? What does this look like for you? What is God asking you to do to remain faithful, even when it doesn’t make sense?

Love: Loving God means doing what he says, because, ultimately, you trust him. Do you trust God, even when you don’t see him, even when you are questioning his faithfulness? What steps can you take this week to be faithful to him even when you don’t feel it?

 
 
Posted on August 9, 2017 and filed under Sermons.

Jeremiah: Shattered No More

July 30, 2017

 

THE SERMON

 

Sy Huffer, Lead Minister, demonstrates that though hope rarely seems rational in a fallen world, hope is foundational to restoration with God.



THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the theme of the message:

Pray: Does your heart break for the things that breaks God’s heart? Sin is a serious deal, yet on this side of the cross it can feel so light and soft. Ask the Lord to reveal to you the weight of your sin and the reality that you are a sinner in need of a Savior.

Speak: Who have you hurt because of your sin? What does it look like for you to follow the moaning of Ephraim, to accept discipline, return to the Lord, repent of your sins to the person you offended, confess to them your sins, and be sorrowful for what you did?

Grow: What area of your life needs to be brought back to the Lord?

Love: Although we need to take sin seriously, that doesn’t mean we have to punish ourselves or hate ourselves because of our sin. Jesus tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves. That first means we have to love ourselves. Do you love you? (Not in an arrogant way, but in the same way that God loves you in spite of your sin.)


 
Posted on August 2, 2017 and filed under Sermons.

Jeremiah: Shattered View

July 23, 2017

 

THE SERMON

Dr. Shane Wood, a member of our Preaching Team, talks about the skewed theology we attach to "popular" scriptures like Jeremiah 29:11, Philippians 4:13, and Psalms 118:24 and how this view can cause disunity between us and God. He asks the question, "Do you really trust God?"

THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the topic of the message:

Pray—In Jeremiah 29:7, the prophet exhorts God’s people to pray for Babylon’s prosperity. What oppressive countries can we lift up in prayer to the Lord for their healing?

Speak—Many false prophets during the time of Jeremiah were speaking “words of the Lord” that were, in reality, “words from themselves.” Can you think of a time when you spoke “words of the Lord” for selfish reasons? If so, how did you (or should you) make this right?

Grow—Whether for political reasons, past wounds, age stage changes, or even medical reasons, many people feel isolated or in a personal exile. When you find yourself in an “exile” situation, how do you demonstrate trust in the Lord?

Love—Sometimes the Word of God can be used as a weapon against people around us. How can you use the Word of God this week to bless those around you instead?

 

 
Posted on July 24, 2017 and filed under Sermons.

Jeremiah: Shattered Leaders

July 16, 2017

 

THE "SERMON"

 

Titus Neuenschwander, our Family Minister, brings Jeremiah to center stage in an interesting interview that focused on his life as a prophet and ended with an encouraging message on being leaders where we are.

THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the theme of the message:

Morning Show Questions—What about the life of Jeremiah encourages you? Gives you hope? Breaks your heart? Frustrates you?

Pray—Jeremiah was asked not to pray for his people because God had decided to withhold mercy in handing Judah over to Babylon. When God asks Jeremiah this, what feelings or thoughts come to mind? Are there moments in life that your prayers shift to “God’s will be done”? What hesitations do you have about praying such a prayer?

Speak—Jeremiah never ceased to speak what God asked him to speak. But he often did itwith tears and a broken heart. He spoke the truth but it was not devoid of love. Is there someone in your life who needs to hear a message of truth spoken with humility and love? Will you share it?

Grow—What can we learn about a long life of faithfully living and obediently following after God?

Love—What about the life of Jeremiah encourages you to love others more?

 
Posted on July 19, 2017 and filed under Sermons.

Jeremiah: Shattered Expectations

July 9, 2017

 

THE SERMON

 

Dr. Mark Scott, one of our Preaching Team members, emphasizes the importance of looking to God, our champion, when our expectations get shattered.

 

THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the topic of the message:

Pray—Do you pray on Sunday morning that your worship of God will be acceptable? We can certainly compromise our worship of God by doing anything profane. That’s what Jeremiah’s people did (Jeremiah 19:4). Pray that your obedience will be complete and that your worship will have motives as high as the heavens.

Speak—Jeremiah was bold to speak in public (Jeremiah 20:1-6). But he fell apart like a little child when alone with God (Jeremiah 20:7-11). Maybe the key to bold speech is to be humble before God. Do you humbly pray for boldness (Acts 4:29)?

Grow—No doubt a significant mark of Christian maturity is an ability to rejoice when everything in you wants to sing doom and gloom. At one of Jeremiah’s lowest moments, he cried out to God in praise and joy (Jeremiah 20:13). What hinders you from being able to get to this point in your Christian maturity?

Love—Loving God is made easier by knowing more about him. The solid foundation for Jeremiah in the midst of his despair was that he knew God to be his “champion” (Jeremiah 20:11). How would loving God more help us manage our enemies?


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New Resource for Early Childhood Parents! 

Starting July 16, we encourage early childhood parents to check out our Early Childhood webpage each week for access to our NEW and IMPROVED Parent Page, which will list what the children learned on Sunday and ideas to reinforce those lessons at home, as well as announcements and information in upcoming events. We want to share resources and creative teaching tools with you as you raise your children to be disciples of Jesus. Don’t miss out on this valuable resource, which will soon be at your fingertips! No more crumpled up papers on the floor of your car! (Paper copies of our Parent Page will be available for guests or families without internet.) Questions? Contact Ann Wolfe, Early Childhood Minister, at awolfe@chjoplin.org or 624.6915 x130.

 
Posted on July 11, 2017 .

Jeremiah: Shattered Plans

July 2, 2017

 

THE SERMON

 

Continuing our series in Jeremiah, Dr. Mark Scott, a member of our preaching team, explains how our shattered plans are the result of our poor choices or God's sovereign will.

THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the theme of the message: 

Pray–Do you pray about your plans? Sometimes we can be presumptuous when it comes to our plans (James 4:13-17). Perhaps we need to spend more time “listening” to God in our prayers (Jeremiah 17:24). Sit quietly before the Lord this week and ask him to shape your plans.

Speak–Jeremiah was told by God to stand at a public place (People’s Gate) and speak God’s message (Jeremiah 17:19). This was a busy gate with lots of people (particularly powerful people like kings) coming and going. Does your witness need to be more vocal and more public? If God wanted it to be that way where would that place be? In the classroom? In City Hall? At the service club?

Grow–Part of Christian growth in discipleship is accepting God’s will no matter what it is. God’s people had violated “the day” (Jeremiah 17:21-22). They had to accept God’s punishment. God’s people had become spoiled in his hand like “the clay.” They had to accept God’s reshaping of their plans. How willing are you to accept his will no matter what?

Love–The best expression of love for God is obedience. When we obey him our witness gets leveraged for good (Jeremiah 17:25-26). When we obey him there will be a constant memory of his ways and no danger of forgetting him to the point of idolatry (Jeremiah 18:15).

 

 
Posted on July 6, 2017 .

Missional Budget and Congregational Vote

 

In keeping with the church’s bylaws, twos ago Sunday we had a congregational vote on our budget as well as our elders up for reelection.

You can read our Annual Report here:

RESULTS

  • The budget was approved with a 99% approval rating.
  • Each of the elders were confirmed by over 99%.

You can find our current elders as well as ministers and staff below.

Thank you to all who participated!

 
Posted on July 5, 2017 .

Year In Review 2016-2017

June 25, 2017

 

THE SERMON

 

Taking a break from Jeremiah, Lead Pastor Sy Huffer takes us through the past year reflecting on where our church has been and a sneak peak into our future series, "You Belong Here."

THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the theme of the message:

Pray: If you look over the last year, what things come to your mind that you are thankful for? How can you praise God for how he has matured you in your walk with the Lord?

Speak: We had a pretty big focus on telling others about Jesus this year. Did you follow through with your commitment to speak to others about Jesus? Did you make a list of names of people who are close to you but far from God? If not, that is ok. Why not make a list today? Who do you know that needs to hear the good news about Jesus?

Grow: What is one sermon series, one message, one way in which you grew in your walk with Jesus this last year? How do you want to grow this next year?

Love: 1 Thessalonians 3.12 says, “May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you.” How can your love increase for other believers in our church? at work? in your neighborhood? How can your love increase for non-believers in your circle?

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

NEXT STEPS COFFEE

9:15 AM, July 2, Prayer Room

Next Steps Coffee is a casual gathering for you to find out how you can take the next step in your journey with God here at College Heights. You’ll have an opportunity to hear about who we are, what we do, and ask us questions. Come grab a cup of coffee and a bite to eat in the Prayer Room during the 9:15 AM service.

KIDS CLUB

9:00 AM–3:00 PM, Thursday, July 6

Join us for a Service Club for 4th and 5th graders! We will have a devotional time, service project, lunch, and swimming at a community pool. Meet us in the Chapel Foyer with a sack lunch, $3 for the pool, and a swim suit. Sign up at chjoplin.org/register. 

COLLEGE AGE

We try to do something every night of the week at 7:00 PM because we know you have free time to fill! Follow us on Facebook at “CHCC Summer College Age” and on Twitter @CHCASummer to stay in the loop!

SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIESRegister at chjoplin.org/register

  • Beginner Camp—K & 1st Grade    July 15            $35
  • Kids’ Camp— 2nd-4th Grade        July 20-22     $90
  • 5th Grade Camp                           July 16-19       $130
  • CIY MOVE   9th-12th Grade         July 9-15         $450

 

 
Posted on June 29, 2017 .

Jeremiah: Shattered Story

June 25, 2017

 

THE SERMON

This summer, we are studying the story of Jeremiah, otherwise known as “the weeping prophet.” Jeremiah’s story is a tragic one, yet it reveals to us the things that break God’s heart. As we study the life of Jeremiah in a season where the heart of God and the words of his prophet and the nation of his people are shattered, our prayer is that our hearts break for the things that break God’s heart.

You can watch past sermons here.

 

Continuing our series in Jeremiah, Lead Minister, Sy Huffer, expresses the importance of sowing a heart to reap a story.

 

THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the topic of the sermon:

Pray: How is God calling you to sow a heart and reap a story? What area of your heart needs to be dug into? Pray the prayer that David prayed in Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God.”

Speak: Who do you know that is asking the question, “How did I end up here?” Who do you know that is reaping a story and doesn’t see the connection between their story and their heart? What does it look like for you to share with them the good news that Jesus offers for their heart and their story?

Grow: Do you resonate with that TV show, Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events? Do you constantly feel like your life is “shattered”? How is God calling you to sow your heart during this season? How is God calling you to become more like him, even when you don’t feel his presence?

Love: Who do you know that needs to be loved in the midst of their “How did I end up here” season?


UPCOMING EVENTS

Car Care

9:00 AM–12:00 NOON, Saturday, June 24

Qualified volunteers provide basic car service (change the oil, check fluid levels and tire pressure, etc.) for single moms, the elderly, and those experiencing financial difficulty. Contact Chris at 417.291.6819 to schedule an appointment.

 

College Age Summer

We try to do something every night of the week at 7:00 PM because we know you have free time to fill! Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter  to stay in the loop!

 

Congregational Vote

In keeping with the church’s bylaws, this Sunday we will be having a congregational vote on our budget. 

 
Posted on June 22, 2017 .

Jeremiah: Shattered Heart

June 11, 2017

 

THE SERMON

 

Continuing to explore the beginning portions of Jeremiah, Family Minister, Titus Neuenschwander, shows us that God chooses to love us even more than protecting his own reputation.

THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the theme of the message.

Pray: Pray that God would allow you to see yourself through His eyes. Read Ephesians 3:3-14 if you need a little reminder.

Speak: What is something God has done that allows you to “boast” about him? Tell someone this week.

Grow: What strength, skill, position, knowledge, or other thing have you given too much weight in your identity? What are the negative effects of doing this? Where is the starting place of seeing your identity solely in Jesus?

Love: God showed us his love by what he was willing to lose. What does it look like to love others in the same way?


VBS RECAP


UPCOMING EVENTS

WOMEN’S INDOOR POTLUCK PICNIC

6:00–8:00 PM, Wednesday, June 21, Atrium

Bring picnic food to share and invite friends to share in this evening of fun! 

CAR CARE

9:00 AM–12:00 NOON, Saturday, June 24

Qualified volunteers provide basic car service (change the oil, check fluid levels and tire pressure, etc.) for single moms, the elderly, and those experiencing financial difficulty. Contact Chris at 417.291.6819 to schedule an appointment.

SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIESRegister at chjoplin.org/register

Beginner Camp—K & 1st Grade     July 15           $35

Kids’ Camp— 2nd-4th Grade        July 20-22     $90

5th Grade Camp                            July 16-19     $130

CIY MIX   6th-8th Grade               June 19-23    $375

CIY MOVE   9th-12th Grade          July 9-15      $450

 
Posted on June 14, 2017 .

Jeremiah: Shattered Promise

June 5, 2017

 

This summer, we are studying the story of Jeremiah, otherwise known as “the weeping prophet.” Jeremiah’s story is a tragic one, yet it reveals to us the things that break God’s heart. And as we study the life of Jeremiah in a season where the heart of God and the words of his prophet and the nation of his people are shattered, our prayer is that our hearts break for the things that break God’s heart.


 

QUICK OVERVIEW OF JEREMIAH

By The Bible Project


 

THE SERMON

 

Lead Minister, Sy Huffer, searches for an answer from the book of Jeremiah to the question, "How do you pick up the piece of a shattered life?"


 

THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the theme of the message.

Pray: Sy asked the question: How do you pick up the pieces of a shattered life? Do you feel this way? Commit to praying to God about your feelings of your life being shattered. 

Speak: Who do you know that you need to forgive? Who keeps giving you hell? Who do you need to speak to about the hurts and pain in your life? 

Grow: Who do you need to forgive? The book of Jeremiah reveals God's justice and mercy coming into the moment of Jesus dying on the cross. What does it look like to follow in Christ's footsteps and forgive injustice and stop the hate cycle? 

Love: Who do you need to give heaven to even though they keep giving you hell? Who needs to learn of the love of Jesus who died the death we deserved by absorbing God's justice upon himself on the cross?

 
Posted on June 7, 2017 .

When You Don't See God...Follow

May 28, 2017

 

THE SERMON

 

Concluding our series, "When You Don't See God" from the book of Ruth, Lead Minister, Sy Huffer, reminds that even when you aren't sure, you follow God.

THE QUESTIONS

Use these question to further explore the theme of the message:

Pray: What do you need to “cry” about today? What is going on in your life that you have no control over and overwhelms your thoughts and feelings? What does it look like to pray about these things and give them over to God?

Speak: Who do you know that needs to be challenged to step into the mystery of following God? Who is in the midst of one of those seasons where they don’t see God? Commit to helping them walk through the Control Divide (Cry and Commit).

Grow: How can your faith in God grow because of the story of Ruth? What does it look like to follow God towards his mysterious future the way Ruth did?

Love: How can you, like Boaz, love others? How does the letter of the law prevent us from pursuing the spirit of the law? How can you go the extra mile to love those the way Boaz did?

At Vacation Bible School this year we are learning about The Kingdom! Join us as we learn what The Kingdom is and how we can be a part of it. You can register below to sign up your student or to volunteer.

 
Posted on June 1, 2017 .

When You Don't See God...Commit

May 21, 2017

 

THE SERMON

 

In our continued series on Ruth, lead pastor Sy Huffer faces the question, "What to do you do when there is nothing else to do?"

THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the theme of the message:

Pray: What is God calling you to that seems unthinkable? How can praying help clarify whether he truly is calling to you that? Make sure whatever you think God is calling you to matches his character and will that is revealed in the Bible.

Speak: Who can help you walk through a season when you feel like you don’t see God? Who do you know that is asking the question: “What do you do when there is nothing else to do?” If you are struggling with what God is calling you to, who can you speak to? 

Grow: How does the idea of committing to God even when you don’t see him challenge you? Does it make you angry or rub you the wrong way? How does it stretch you in your faith?

Love: Loving others can sometimes make a lot more sense then loving God. It is easier to understand, yet still difficult to do. Yet Jesus says “If you love me, keep my commands.” Loving God=obeying God. What does it look like to commit to God, to love him, even when you don’t see him at work?

 
Posted on June 1, 2017 .

When You Don't See God...Cry

May 14, 2017

 

THE SERMON

 

In this series in the book of Ruth, Dr. Mark Scott reminds us that when we don't see God, we can cry out to Him.

THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the theme of Sunday's message.

Pray: Do you internalize the hurts of this world? The story of Ruth starts out with news of a famine (1:1). Famines happen due to fallen creation, war, and sometimes evil systems. In a world of weight watchers there are people starving--even some believers. Pray for people experiencing famine.

Speak: Boaz's servant spoke on behalf of hard-working Ruth (2:6-7). He advocated for her. He told her story. When was the last time you used your tongue to advocate for someone else? We are to speak for those who have no voice. Who needs you to advocate for them?

Love: It hard to improve on the loyal love of Ruth for her mother-in-law, Naomi (1:16-17). Love often shows up as loyalty. Who needs your loyalty today. Someone from your own family? Someone from your neighborhood? Find such a person and ask what love should do for that person.

Grow: The longer we walk with the Lord the more we notice his tender grace in our lives. Sometimes it shows up by people being very generous with us (2:16). Do you do well when people show you outrageous generosity? Have you learned the humble grace of receiving? Does pride block your ability to grow in this important discipline?

 

SPECIAL WORKSHOP

6:30 PM, Wednesday, May 24, K120

Infertility, miscarriage, and infant death can be a silent pain. We care. For those wanting to move through the emotions that can accompany loss, we invite you to this gathering. Dr. Jeremey Wolfe, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Ann Wolfe, Early Childhood Minister, will lead our discussion. Children’s programming will be provided, but please sign up by May 21. For questions or to sign up for children’s programming, contact Ann Wolfe at awolfe@chjoplin.org or x130.

 
Posted on May 18, 2017 .

Is There Hope For A New Start?

May 9, 2017

 

What a great Sunday! We had 24 people say YES to Jesus and get baptized last weekend!

THE SERMON

 

Sy Huffer, Lead Minister, encourages us to look to Christ for times of refreshing as we commit and recommit our lives to Him.

THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the theme of the message.

Pray: Is it time for you to take a step and repent, turn to God, have your sins wiped away so that times of refreshing may come? Pray and ask God to reveal to you the future that He wants to give you.

Speak: Peter and John, in Acts 3, were open to speaking to the man who had a need. They were open to interruptions. Are you? What does it look like to speak to others that are in dire need of a new future?

Grow: Do you need a new future? Do you need to be saved in the midst of the present? Are there issues from the past that you can’t seem to overcome? What does it look like to have hope in Jesus for a new life?

Love: Sy told a story about a church member going up to a new baptized believer and telling them their name and offering them help in any way. Is this how you approach new people coming into the church? How can you intentionally help your community to be one where new people can come and belong in Christian community?


THE ANNOUNCEMENTS

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

It’s time! Volunteers and students may now sign up here. VBS is available for 4 year olds - current 5th graders. We would love to have every student join us for an amazing week where we explore what it looks like to live in God’s Kingdom! If you have any questions call Cathy Cook, Youth Team Assistant, x151. 

 

SENIOR ADULT LUNCH

11:00 AM, Monday, May 8, SMB Community Center

Join us for our PrimeTimers fellowship and lunch at $5.00 per person. Judy Henderson and her singing group will be our special guests. All friends and family welcome.

 

JOB OPENING

We have an opening for a weekend custodian that would involve working both Saturday and Sunday on alternating weekends. Contact Steve Dennis, Facilities Manager, at sdennis@chjoplin.org or x120.

 

GRADUATION SUNDAY IS MAY 21!

We want to celebrate your high school and college seniors! Fill out the form here so that we can celebrate with you on Graduation Sunday! Deadline to submit info is May 15.

 

 
Posted on May 10, 2017 .

Is There Hope For Us?

May 1, 2017

 

THE SERMON

 

Sy Huffer, Lead Minister at College Heights, reminds us that we all have a hand in the messes we find ourselves in, but that hope in Jesus can save us in the midst of our present mess.

THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the topic of the message:

Pray: We all live in the midst of a mess. How can prayer reveal to you how you have had a role in creating that mess? In your prayers ask the Lord to reveal to you the hand that you have in the mess that you are in.

Speak: Who can you talk toabout your role in the mess of your family, your work, or your friend group? Who is safe that you can be open with? If you don’t have anyone, find out about joining a small group by going to the Next Steps Coffee.

Grow: The Jews asked, “What shall we do to be saved?” Peter’s response was, “Repent! Change direction! Make a U-Turn!” What does it look like for you to stop doing what you are currently doing that is creating a mess, and to change direction? What is one thing you can change?

Love: Maybe you are in a funk and you are wondering, “Is there hope for me, for us, for a new start?” How can the love of Jesus shown for you on the cross make a difference in your life?

 

THIS COMING SUNDAY

We’ve had such a great response prior to Baptism Sunday that we have decided to keep our two normal service times of 9:15 and 11:00 AM! (We previously announced that we were having only one service.) In addition,

  • There will be NO Bible School for middle school through adults.

  • We will NOT have LaunchPad during the 9:15 AM service.
  • The Kids' Choir WILL be performing at 11:00 AM in the Chapel.

  • Early Childhood (KidCadets, Toddler Town, Baby City) WILL have programming as usual during both services.

We're so excited for this day and the celebration of new life in Jesus who gives us HOPE!

 
Posted on May 1, 2017 .

Is There Hope for Me?

April 25, 2017

 

THE SERMON

 

Sy Huffer, Lead Minister at College Heights, reminds us that Jesus gives us hope for our past and encourages us to surrender our sin to Him.

No matter your past, Jesus died the death we deserve, and he rose again, defeating death and offering all of us new life, life beyond our past, beyond our mistakes, beyond our failure, beyond the beast inside each and every one of us.
— Sy Huffer

THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to help you further explore the theme of Sy's message:

Pray: Who do you know that needs prayer about overcoming their past? Ask the Lord in your prayer life to show you how Jesus overcomes your past.

Speak: Who do you know that needs to hear the good news that Jesus can overcome their past? Write a list of names of people that are close to you and far from God, and commit to speaking to them about the hope we have in Jesus.

Grow: What does it look like to live in the present with hope in Jesus who has wiped away your past, your failures, your shame, your guilt? How can you grow in your understanding of Jesus’ victory over sin, over your past, over your hurts?

Love: Why is the hope we have in Jesus so key to dealing with the issues of our past? Who do you love that is simply stuck in their past? Do you love yourself the way Jesus loves you, in spite of your mistakes and failures? Do you truly believe that you have hope through Jesus’ death and resurrection?

 

 
Posted on April 26, 2017 .