Feb 26, 2019
Testimony Tuesday | Mike Karel
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 Testimony Tuesday where we get to hear how God has worked and is working in the life of an Advent member. This week we'll hear from Mike Karel and his amazing story of faith.
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  • Feb 26, 2019Testimony Tuesday | Mike Karel
    Feb 26, 2019
    Testimony Tuesday | Mike Karel
    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 Testimony Tuesday where we get to hear how God has worked and is working in the life of an Advent member. This week we'll hear from Mike Karel and his amazing story of faith.
  • Feb 24, 2019Key Ingredients – Biblical Inheritance
    Feb 24, 2019
    Key Ingredients – Biblical Inheritance
    Mark 8:27-30
     
    This passage is the heart of Mark’s gospel, the focal point that the previous content has pointed towards and the moment that all that remains will support. Jesus is the fulfillment of Israel’s long and winding story. This confession by Peter would have helped to center Jesus’ disciples within their ancient text for their modern day experience. We have that same opportunity as modern believers: to see the Bible not as an object from the past, but as an inheritance to live into.
     
    The practice for this value is to memorize Revelation 21:1-5, which is a tight passage about the fulfillment of the Biblical story. We encourage you to memorize and to recite this verse once per day in order to meditate on our future hope.
  • Feb 18, 2019More on that Monday | Ash Wednesday
    Feb 18, 2019
    More on that Monday | Ash Wednesday
    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 More on that Monday where we talk a little more about an upcoming event. This week we're talking with Pastor Joe Skillen about our Ash Wednesday service.
  • 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 14, 2019Theology Thursday | Repentance
    Feb 14, 2019
    Theology Thursday | Repentance
    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 Christian truth in a format we call Elevator Theology. This week we're talking with Pastor Joe Skillen about repentance.
  • 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 6, 2019Who Are You Wednesday | Don Kerns
    Feb 6, 2019
    Who Are You Wednesday | Don Kerns
    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 Who Are You Wednesday where we get to know an Advent staff member. This week's guest is our Arlington Campus Pastor, Don Kerns.
  • 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 29, 2019Testimony Tuesday | Tie Groups
    Jan 29, 2019
    Testimony Tuesday | Tie Groups
    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 Testimony Tuesday where we get to hear how God has worked and is working in the life of an Advent member. This week we'll hear from Jeff Roberts and Michael Bowman about their experience with a TIE Group.
  • 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.