Fear – It’s like a fog that settles into the valley, sneaking its way into the mind and heart. Even for disciples of Jesus, fear crept in. As fear seeps in, it begs for attention and demands our obedience. And it lies to us about who we are, and the inheritance God has promised us in Christ. Yet Jesus did not rescue us from the bondage of sin for us to be held captive by the chains of fear. By faith we are children of the promises of God, revealed in Christ.
FearLess: Week 6
Sunday, March 18
So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep.
Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to gird yourself and walk wherever you wished; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will gird you, and bring you where you do not wish to go.” Now this He said, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me!”
FearLess: Week 5
Sunday, March 11
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all.Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law.You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
FearLess: Week 4
Sunday, March 4
“For God so loved the world,[a] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” John 3:16-21
FearLess: Week 3
Sunday, February 25
I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to[a] a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began 2 Timothy 1:5-9
FearLess: Week 2
Sunday, February 18
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Romans 5:9-11
FearLess: Week 1
Sunday, February 11
Or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
CALLED - Living Sunday Faith on Monday // Series Summary
One of the hardest times of the week is Sunday evening… because we know that after we go to bed and when we wake up, what awaits us is…work. Just the thought of it can drain the joy from a moment and send us into the doldrums. But what if work didn’t’ do that? As a matter of fact, what if work wasn’t the result of the curse, but is the fit of God? Let’s explore what it is to be called by God in the midst of our work!
CALLED – Living Sunday Faith on Monday: Week 6
Sunday, February 4
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:13-16
CALLED – Living Sunday Faith on Monday: Week 5
Sunday, January 28
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24
CALLED – Living Sunday Faith on Monday: Week 4
Sunday, January 21
This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” Jeremiah 29:4-7
CALLED – Living Sunday Faith on Monday: Week 3
Sunday, January 14
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self,which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;to be made new in the attitude of your minds;and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.Ephesians 4:22-24
CALLED – Living Sunday Faith on Monday: Week 2
Sunday, January 7
Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Genesis 2:1-3
CALLED – Living Sunday Faith on Monday: Week 1
Sunday, December 31
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord, not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.Colossians 3:23-24
Windows - What Do You See? // Series Summary
Windows … they give us a glimpse of the whole. They rarely tell the whole story, but they give a glimpse into it. A window can change your perspective depending on what you see. It’s like that with Jesus. He is the Son of God. He is fully human. He is welcoming to the stranger and challenging to the religious. He is Jesus. The story of his birth offers us a glimpse through the window. Each of us experiences him somewhat differently based on how he intersects with our own story. That was true for the players in the nativity. The birth of Christ heralded good news for all, yet for some, they experienced him as a threat to what they held most dear. To others, they experienced him as a long-awaited hope for people that had been left out. And still others found him in peace.
Windows – What Do You See?: Week 5
Sunday, December 24
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.John 1:4-5
“Windows: Week 5 w/ Matt Furr”
Windows – What Do You See?: Week 4
Sunday, December 17
The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. Luke 1:26-31
“Windows: Week 4 w/ Nate Parks”
Windows – What Do You See?: Week 3
Sunday, December 10
Because Joseph, her husband, was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her (Mary) to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 1:19-20
Windows – What Do You See?: Week 2
Sunday, December 3
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” Matthew 2:7-8
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified, But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” – Luke 2:8-11
CP4NE // Series Summary
For the past decade or more, CenterPoint Church has been undergoing a transition to become the church that we are today – a church that understands we are here to express God’s grace and truth to the world around us. Now it’s time to take that to another level as we embrace the calling of Jesus to make disciples. God has planted us in the heart of New England for a purpose – that purpose is to follow God into an awakening of his Spirit in the hearts of people who are currently spiritually dead. We don’t create the awakening, we simply fulfill his calling and follow his lead. And while we won’t be able to accomplish this calling by ourselves, we have a part to play. This vision becomes reality only when God’s people grow in their trust in him, learning to follow him no matter where he leads and when we take seriously the calling to live as missionaries in our various corners of the world.
CP4NE: Week 11 w/ Matt Furr | Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” – John 14:6-7
CP4NE: Week 9 w/ Matt Furr | “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8
CP4NE: Week 9 w/ Ryan Bengtson | Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. – Philippians 2: 1-2
CP4NE: Week 8 w/ Ryan Bengtson | Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” – Mark 9:35-37
CP4NE: Week 6 | with Matt Furr: For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. – Romans 8:14-17
CP4NE: Week 5 | with Matt Furr: For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. – Romans 8:14-17
David is described as “a man after God’s own heart.” What an incredible eulogy of a life well lived. Yet as his life is laid out for us in the Bible, it’s clear that he was a real piece of work! His life was filled with ups, downs and the mundane. Yet he was a man who walked with God. Our lives are filled with ups, downs and the mundane. It’s in those everyday earthy moments of our lives that our walk with God is most revealed…and strengthened. Could it be that we too could walk with God in such a way that the story of our lives is told as a man or woman after God’s own heart? A life like this is a life that trusts God in the wonderful, horrible and mundane.
We were created to live…really live. True life is found when the Spirit of God is alive in us. He is the one who breathes full life into those who seek him. It’s not something we can manufacture or coerce. But when we open ourselves up to his Spirit and let him do his work in us, we will Thrive! What does this kind of life look like? God tells us there will be certain things we will see at work in us when we give ourselves to him. These are characteristics of God that he cultivates within us through his Spirit. This is what life looks like when we Thrive!
Thrive: week 8 w/ Matt Furr | In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:11-14
Thrive: Week 7 w/ Ryan Bengtson | All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1Peter 5b-7
Thrive: Week 7 w/ Matt Furr | For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,Romans 7:18,25 / 8:1
Thrive: Week 6 w/ Ryan Bengtson | Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:29,32
Thrive: Week 4 w/ Nate Parks. But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation… 2Peter 3:8-9, 15a
Thrive: Week 3 w/ Matt Furr | “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents” -Luke 15:8-10
Thrive: Week 2 w/ Matt Furr | We were created to live…really live. True life is found when the Spirit of God is alive in us. He is the one who breathes full life into those who seek him. It’s not something we can manufacture or coerce. But when we open ourselves up to his Spirit and let him do his work in us, we will Thrive! What does this kind of life look like? God tells us there will be certain things we will see at work in us when we give ourselves to him. These are characteristics of God that he cultivates within us through his Spirit. This is what life looks like when we Thrive! 1 John 4:7-8
Thrive: with Matt Furr | We were created to live…really live. True life is found when the Spirit of God is alive in us. He is the one who breathes full life into those who seek him. It’s not something we can manufacture or coerce. But when we open ourselves up to his Spirit and let him do his work in us, we will Thrive! What does this kind of life look like? God tells us there will be certain things we will see at work in us when we give ourselves to him. These are characteristics of God that he cultivates within us through his Spirit. This is what life looks like when we Thrive!