Feb 17, 2019
Key Ingredients: Connecting to Leaders
Mark 14: 3-6
 
This passage shows Jesus’ vulnerability for others, even before his sacrifice on the cross. Jesus is transparent, accessible, kind, accepting, and pardon-giving. Our paid and lay leadership needs to follow the way of Jesus: not hidden behind titles or tasks, but to be well-known and convincing enough for people to hand us your burdens.
 
The practice for this value is for both leaders and laity to be eager to meet. We should provide some “how-to’s” for laity to follow when requesting time with staff. Staff needs to be challenged to carve out regular invitations for people to connect.
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  • Feb 17, 2019Key Ingredients: Connecting to Leaders
    Feb 17, 2019
    Key Ingredients: Connecting to Leaders
    Mark 14: 3-6
     
    This passage shows Jesus’ vulnerability for others, even before his sacrifice on the cross. Jesus is transparent, accessible, kind, accepting, and pardon-giving. Our paid and lay leadership needs to follow the way of Jesus: not hidden behind titles or tasks, but to be well-known and convincing enough for people to hand us your burdens.
     
    The practice for this value is for both leaders and laity to be eager to meet. We should provide some “how-to’s” for laity to follow when requesting time with staff. Staff needs to be challenged to carve out regular invitations for people to connect.
  • Feb 10, 2019Key Ingredients – Non-Judgemental Christianity
    Feb 10, 2019
    Key Ingredients – Non-Judgemental Christianity
    Mark 1:16-20
    Jesus’ invitation to his first disciples was compelling. He opened a door, presented a compelling life, addressed them in a way they could understand, etc. Ministry in Jesus’ name needs to be done in Jesus’ way, too.
    The practice for this ingredient is “Curiosity Field Trips.” At times, we tend to navigate life with people we solely agree with. Jesus was busy affiliating with people not like him. Try to read books outside of the norm, visit new places where you might be an outsider, and strike up conversations with people who are different than you. You can be convinced of your Christian faith and curious about outsiders’ experience, at the same time.
  • Feb 3, 2019Key Ingredients – Hospitality
    Feb 3, 2019
    Key Ingredients – Hospitality
    Mark 5:21-43
    The key to hospitality is to host. To gather people within the Christian life and to be a carrier or “host” of the Jesus-centered life.
    Jesus, is both mobile and present in these passages. He’s never in a hurry, but addresses two, unique issues from two different women from two different parts of the social map. He was present and was eager to help.
    The practice for Hospitality for us will be to bless 3 people a week. Either with a word of encouragement, a material blessing, or doing something to lift their burden.
  • Jan 27, 2019The Squad That Practices Together
    Jan 27, 2019
    The Squad That Practices Together
    Series: Squad
    Luke 10:1-24
     
    The Christian life calls us to share about God’s love as a community. Just as Jesus broke down his disciples into working pairs, modern-day disciples join with one or two others to practice the faith, together. More than a worshiping or a learning group, a practicing group is a small, agile group where one can be known, can know others, and can work together in a life of service.
     
    Notice that Jesus sent the disciples “to every town and place where he was about to go.” (Luke 10:1) How incredible of a task was this… to go ahead of Jesus to prepare a way for him. Imagine the close connection each discipleship group had while in service to Jesus’ mission. Imagine how well they knew each other and how much of a blessing it was to have someone you could count on.
     
    We are given a chance to go in Jesus’ name with others at Advent. The best group size for this opportunity is a group with 2-3 people. We offer the T.I.E. groups that commit to the BELLS missional practices or mentoring groups which focus on helping to ground us into an early, growing Christian faith.
  • Jan 13, 2019Squad at Worship
    Jan 13, 2019
    Squad at Worship
    Series: Squad
    Colossians 3:15-17
    The Christian community gathers together to worship. Worship services give us a chance to return praises back to God, to be inspired in our faith, and to draw others into the life of the church.
    If you're in town on Sunday, try to be at worship. A regular practice of praise helps to keep one's life devoted to God and aware of our opportunity as Christians.
  • Jan 6, 2019Squad – In the Faith
    Jan 6, 2019
    Squad – In the Faith
    Series: Squad
    2 Corinthians 13:5
     
    A key word that we’ll focus on for 2019 at Advent is Connection. The local church is a collection of Christians, on mission together. Within a church, there are different sizes of communities that serve different purposes. Our goal is to steer people into three different communities: a worship community, a learning community, and a practicing community.
     
    Although we enter into Christianity by God’s invitation and call, we are also encouraged to examine our faith. We start out 2019 with a chance to do some personal examination.
     
    Are we genuine in our Christian practice today?
  • Dec 24, 2018Opening the Green Box
    Dec 24, 2018
    Opening the Green Box
    At Christmas, may we realize that we have buried our own potential into our own green boxes.
    May we believe that the world is not rigged against us, but for us.
    For unto us a Child is given and a Son is born.
    May we have the faith to see it.
  • Dec 24, 2018Enjoying Christmas Gatherings…From Scratch
    Dec 24, 2018
    Enjoying Christmas Gatherings…From Scratch
    Matthew 2:1-12
     
    The first Christmas drew an interesting guest list. Jesus promised that his sacrifice would draw all sorts of people to himself. Our orientation to Christianity should open us up to all people instead of closing us off to a certain, like-minded few.
  • Dec 20, 2018Theology Thursday | Incarnation
    Dec 20, 2018
    Theology Thursday | Incarnation
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community.
     
    Once a month, we have a segment called Theology Thursday where we discuss a truth that we hold to in a format we call Elevator Theology. This week we’re talking with Greg Chewning about the incarnation of Christ.
  • Dec 16, 2018Giving Gifts from Scratch
    Dec 16, 2018
    Giving Gifts from Scratch
    Matthew 2:1-12
    Gift giving has changed from buying things to "Giving things that truly have great meaning and show great love for the individual." - Cara David
    The Magi gave a gift because they saw who Jesus was. May our gift giving result in our loved ones "being seen" No matter what is given, may it create sacred moments of friendship and love.