Four Paths To Purpose: The Moment of Decision

May 13, 2018



In this sermon in our series through Esther, Sy Huffer answers the question, "How do you make purposeful decisions without deciding on your purpose?"


Use these questions to further explore the theme of today’s message.

Pray: As we saw from the beginning of Esther 4, your purposeful moments of decision comes in the midst of the mess of life. What mess of life are you facing today? In your prayer time as a group, family, or individual, ask the Lord to reveal to you the mess you are in today.

Speak: Sy said that typically your moment of purposeful decisions come at great cost and risk to you. When that happens, it is overwhelming to try to decipher those messes by yourself. Esther had Mordecai, who do you have? Who are you talking with through the confusion and the mess?

Grow: Esther asked all the Jews and Mordecai to pray and fast on her behalf as she approached King Xerxes, because her moment of decision forced greater dependence on God. How are you growing in your dependence and trust in God? How can you lean into him during this season?

Love: Esther was forced to make a decision as a result of the desperate needs of the Jews. Who is God calling you to love in the midst of the confusion and mess of the present?

Posted on May 17, 2018 and filed under Sermons.

Important Info About Graduation Sunday, May 20, 2018


This coming Sunday, May 20th, is Graduation Sunday at College Heights Christian Church. Here's what we're doing, and what you need to know to participate:

At each service, we will ask graduates to stand where they are so we can cheer for them and give them a short charge. Then we'll ask the people around them to put hands on their shoulders and we'll pray over them to "send them out" as they embark on this next phase of their lives.

So all you need to do to be a part of this time is to show up at one of our main services this Sunday! That's it!

If you still have questions, there's a short Q&A below. We're looking forward to praying over our graduating seniors this Sunday!

Questions and Answers About Graduation Sunday

Should they wear their cap and gown?
Graduates can wear their caps and gowns if they want, but are not required to do so.

Do graduates go up to the stage?
No, we will not have the graduates go up to the stage. We want the friends, family and others around them to lay hands on them and pray.

Do I need to fill out a form?
Nope! All graduates need to do is be at one of the main services.

Is there going to be a printout of all the graduates and their future plans?
We are not going to have a printout. If you see graduates who stood up, and want to know their plans, we encourage you to ask them!

What if I have other questions?
Please email Becca White (The Youth Team Administrative Assistant) at


Four Paths To Purpose: The Mess of Life

May 6, 2018



Beginning a new series through the book of Esther, Sy Huffer shows us that finding a path to purpose begins with the problems of your present.


Use these questions to further explore the theme of today’s message.

  • Where do you see injustice? 
  • Where do you see people who are hurting, who are diving into moral depravity? 
  • Who do you know who is searching for fulfillment through substance abuse and luxurious living? 
  • Where has God placed you? 
  • Where do you live life today? What neighborhood, what work environment? What community of friends? 
  • What conflict are you facing because of your values and your commitment to follow Jesus?
Posted on May 9, 2018 and filed under Sermons.

THE SOLUTION To A Deceptive Problem

April 22, 2018



Dr. Mark Scott reminds us that the sin in all of us is very deceptive, but he teaches us to watch for the signs of deception and to embrace the practice of confession.


Use these questions in your personal Bible study time, or with your friends, family, or small group to further explore the theme of today’s message.

Pray: Jesus taught us to pray, “Lead us not into temptation” (Matthew 6:13). He also told the disciples in Gethsemane, “Watch and pray that you might not enter into temptation. The Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41). Are you countering the enemy’s temptation with prayer? Are you praying to stay away from temptation?

Speak: His name is “one.” That’s all we have for his name. We read of him in 2 Samuel 11:3. He’s the only one who said anything to David about what he was going to do with Bathsheba. “One” reminded David that Bathsheba had a husband. No one else dared to challenge the king. Are we ready to speak to people who are headed toward disaster? Do we care enough to confront?

Grow: The narrator tells us how we are to feel about what David did ( 2 Samuel 11: 27). Paul tells us that what happened to Israel happened as examples for us (1 Corinthians 10:6). How does knowing about David’s failure help us? Compare Psalm 51:13.

Love: David objectified Bathsheba. She wasn’t a married woman. She was a nameless woman bathing. David objectified Uriah. He wasn’t a loyal soldier. He was an expendable rock in the path of his passion. Real love does not objectify God’s objects. It serves God’s subjects. Are you objectifying anything that belongs to God?

Posted on April 24, 2018 and filed under Sermons.

Women of Hope Spring Tea May 5


The Women of Hope ministry of College Heights invites all widows to a Spring Tea with the theme of "Hats".

It will be held from 2:00-4:00 PM, Saturday May 5 at the home of Pat Lincoln, 6326 N. Main St., Joplin. 

The hat you wear is your 'ticket' for admission! 

Sign up at the Atrium counter April 29 or contact Carla Scott at

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"The Women of Hope ministry exists to serve the widows of College Heights Christian Church through encouragement, support, and connection with one another."

Posted on April 24, 2018 and filed under Events.

Family Celebration Sunday May 13


Family Celebration Sunday is a time to celebrate new additions to families through birth and adoption.

On Sunday, May 13, we will have a special time in both services to pray for these families and commit to supporting them as they train their children in the Lord.

If a child has joined your family through birth or adoption from April 15, 2017 to April 30, 2018, please fill out the informational form below and submit a picture of your child. The deadline for submissions is May 1.

We will present you with a special gift and share your child's photo in a video to be shown on Mother's Day.

If you have any questions, please contact Ann Wolfe, Children's Minister, at or (417) 624-6915 x130. 

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Posted on April 23, 2018 and filed under Events.

Introducing Our New Small Groups Minister—Aaron Wheeler


We're very happy to announce to you today that we've officially hired Aaron Wheeler to lead our Small Groups Ministry here at College Heights!

 Aaron Wheeler

Aaron Wheeler

Aaron has spent the last 12 years working for an organization that seeks to build disciple-making communities. His experience partnering with local churches that use small, humble groups to multiply Kingdom work inspired him with the vision to see churches realize the power of unleashing all Christians to make disciples who make disciples.

For the last four years he served in a leadership position overseeing the creation, training, and development of a structure that enables individual teams to realize their evangelism and discipleship goals. He hopes that these experiences, along with his education in leadership, culture, and teaching, will help College Heights build dynamic disciple-making communities through small group programming. 


Aaron is originally from the Detroit area. He and his wife, Danielle, met as students at Ozark Christian College. After finishing at OCC, Aaron went on to complete a master’s degree at Wheaton College, and also a PhD from Biola University. 

Aaron and Danielle have four children, two boys and two girls, ranging in age from age 10 to 1. His wife is the founder and executive director of Velvet Ashes, a ministry devoted to encouraging kingdom-hearted women across the world.

We're incredibly excited to add Aaron to our staff!

Posted on April 22, 2018 and filed under Updates.