Follow Me is our all-church challenge to grow as a follower of Jesus. It is based on the book of the same name by pastor and author, David Platt. It is six-weeks of focus (April 27-June1) for all ages on what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Children in TLC, Middle and High Schoolers, adults will all be learning what it means to be and make disciples.
If you are not part on an existing small group, you can also come to the Sunday groups (starting April 27) that meet on campus Sunday mornings 9:30-10:45 am, in Room M200 or 4:00-6:00 pm in Room M105.
- Selfless Sunday
- Follow Me Blog
- Spotify Playlist
- Computer & Phone Wallpaper
- Weekly Bible Verses
- Watch A Follow Me Sermon
YouthHope Foundation was established to build confidence and promote self-sufficiency for homeless, runaway, and underserved youth, ages 14-24 by providing trust, hope, support and education. YouthHope is located in Redlands and provides services to youth residing in the City of Redlands and from the surrounding areas of the Inland Empire.
When we asked how we could best help this organization, they asked us to collect non-refrigerated, unbreakable food items that would fit easily in a backpack.
Items such as…
- Granola Bars
- Breakfast Bars
- Tuna (flip-top)
- Chicken (flip-top)
- Ravioli (flip-top)
- Peanut Butter & Jelly
- Peanut Butter & Crackers
Bring your food items to church next Sunday, June 1 to the Plaza. Thanks in advance for being “selfless” and supporting such a great community cause!
The Gift of Mission
6.6.2014 God put us to work. We often speak of work in mixed messages. But from the very beginning, God engaged us in caring for the world. Work is something that God does and we are made in His image.
What are a privileged people. Jesus called us to engage in His mission of saving the world. We do this my making disciples – helping others know, love, and follow Jesus. In short, saving people in every way. Our ‘To Do’ list consists of loving God, loving people, sharing the gospel and serving the world. How cool is that!
You could call this the gift of Mission. All of us want our lives to mean something, to be significant, to pursue life with a purpose. Can it get any better than pointing people to Jesus who gives them eternal life?
The pressure of college was both the constant feeling of measuring up and the competition of other students. If you thrive on competition, then you might like that pressure. But most of us don’t like to constantly be tested and evaluated.
How amazing it is that in this mission, we launch out knowing that (1) we are fully approved by God (thank you Jesus!), (2) we cannot fail because God empowers, gifts, and leads us (thank you Holy Spirit), and (3) we can constantly talk to God about needs and plans (thank you Father). Success is guaranteed.
And, as if that isn’t enough, God promises to reward us, saying “Well done.” One day soon, God will dwell with us forever. We will gaze upon His beauty (Revelations 21:3; Psalm 27:4). And even there, we will have the privilege of loving God and loving people.
Echo of Eden
5.12.2014 Ever since we lost our place in the garden, we have been trying to re-create the perfect life. Harmony, adventure, beauty, comfort, love and immortality- it was all there. Eden echoes in our hearts and we long for recovery.
In the movie, “Brewster’s millions”, Montgomery Brewster (Richard Pryor) has 30 days to spend millions but must end up owning nothing. If he succeeds he will inherit more money. One strategy he used was to spend millions on renting everything to create for himself a perfect environment in his New York flat. After many attempts, the decorator creates it “perfect” in Brewster’s eyes– but only for one moment. Then it all had to go back to the rental agency. This is so much like our lives on this earth. After exhausting ourselves to create Eden, it all goes back in the box.
In the video introducing the chapter “Delight in God,” David Platt said “Our satisfaction is not found ultimately in gifts but in the Giver.” This world was never meant to satisfy. Even with everything Adam and Eve had, they still chose to eat the forbidden fruit. They became enamored with what they didn’t have.
The truth is that only God satisfies our cravings. It’s in His design; we were made to know, love, and enjoy God. And only He will satisfy our deep longings. And because Jesus came and died for us, we can enjoy Him forever.
So how can we find this everlasting satisfaction even while in this life? Mark Brown’s message on Sunday (May 11, 2014) gave us an answer: “Treasure God above all things.” To do this, we makes everyday choices to ‘trade up.’ Instead of expending ourselves on ‘trade-offs’ that don’t satisfy, we can ‘trade-up’ for the pleasures of knowing and loving God.
“And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.” Psalm 73:25
Let’s Be Beautiful by Tim Timmons
All That I Am by Rend Collective (n/a on Spotify)
Gladly Would I Leave Behind Me by Sovereign Grace
This Changes Everything by Matt Papa
Lift High the Name of Jesus by Keith & Kristyn Getty
Christ is Enough by Hillsong Live
Lay Me Down by Chris Tomlin
Follow You by Leeland & Brandon Heath
You’re Worth it All by Gateway Worship
I Will Follow by Chris Tomlin
My Life is an Offering by Sovereign Grace Music
Come What May by Matt Boswell (n/a on Spotify)
Now is the Time for Us by Worship Central
Like Incense/Sometimes by Step by Hillsong Live
Hear the Call of the Kingdom by Keith & Kristyn Getty
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Week 1 (April 27) Come, follow me, Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4:19-20
Week 2 (May 4) I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
Week 3 (May 11) Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35
Week 4 (May 18) 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
Week 5 (May 25) Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:15-16
Week 6 (June 1) Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
Week 2 (May 4) Follow Me: Be Transformed Ephesians 2:1-10 [iPad/iPhone Link]
Week 3 (May 11) Follow Me: Delight in God Psalm 73 [iPad/iPhone Link]
Week 4 (May 18) Follow Me: God’s Will For Your Life Ephesians 5:15-21 [iPad/iPhone Link]
Week 5 (May 25) Follow Me: The Church Isaiah 6 [iPad/iPhone Link]
Week 6 (June 1) Follow Me: The Mission Isaiah 6:8 [iPad/iPhone Link]