Yearly Challenges

Challenge 2019: Becoming

Our monthly challenge for 2019 is to take our faith beyond casually following Jesus, beyond good deeds, just going to church, and knowing about Jesus to personally knowing Him in such a way that we become like Him and impact the lives of those around us. Our challenge is to better follow Jesus in becoming His disciples.  

Each month we’ll look at how we can better follow Jesus and make disciples who in turn make disciples.

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November 24, 2019 . Mark Savidge

Bog Walking



Ephesians 5:15-21

August 25, 2019 . Mark Savidge

What's Love Got To Do With It?



Revelation 2:2-5a

June 30, 2019 . Mark Savidge

Trusting God to Grow Us



Mark 4:26-29

June 2, 2019 . Mark Savidge

Listening Well



Luke 8:4-15

May 31, 2019 . Mark Savidge

Thoughtful Commitment



Luke 14:25-35

February 24, 2019 . Mark Savidge

Embracing the Mission of Jesus



Luke 19:10

January 13, 2019 . Mark Savidge

Following Jesus in Becoming His Disciple



Mark 1:17

Challenge 2018: Embracing the Uncomfortable

There are aspects of our relationship with God that are difficult to reconcile, aspects of our relationships with other believers that are difficult to cultivate so we can live, grow and serve together and aspects of our relationship with our world that take courage and faith to live out proclaiming hope and life in Jesus alone.  However, as we embrace the uncomfortable, we’ll find Jesus impacting our lives and our world through Him.
This year our challenge is to Embrace the Uncomfortable, learning to grasp those difficult aspects of following Jesus with courage and passion.  

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November 18, 2018 . Mark Savidge

Embracing My Inability



Judges 6-7

October 7, 2018 . Mark Savidge

Embrace the Waiting



Psalm 40:1-5

September 9, 2018 . Mark Savidge

Embracing My Witness



Acts 1:8

July 29, 2018 . Mark Savidge

Loving My Enemies



Luke 6:27-36

July 1, 2018 . Mark Savidge

Embracing the Unexpected



1 Kings 19:11-13

June 3, 2018 . Mark Savidge

Embracing Our Calling



Matthew 5:13-16

May 6, 2018 . Mark Savidge

Embracing Praise when it's Difficult



Hebrews 13:12-16

April 8, 2018 . Mark Savidge

Embracing the "Real"



1 John 1:5-2:1

March 4, 2018 . Mark Savidge

Embracing the Light



John 8:2-12

February 4, 2018 . Mark Savidge

Embracing My Sin - Wait, What?



Romans 5:6-8

January 7, 2018 . Mark Savidge

Embracing the Uncomfortable



Judges 6-7

Challenge 2017: Here We Grow

In this year ahead we are being challenged to experience growth in our relationship with Jesus.  We grow best when we can grow together in community.  The apostle Paul note in Ephesians 3 that growth is not a matter of doing more, but trusting more.  To this end we’re seeking to trust Jesus in our lives more fully as we grow deep, high, wide and long.  As we learn to trust Jesus with more and more areas of ourselves and our lives, we will experience real growth through Him.

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December 31, 2017 . Mark Savidge

Keep on Growing



Colossians 2:6-7

November 26, 2017 . Mark Savidge

We're Already Victorious



2 Corinthians 2:14

November 18, 2018 . Mark Savidge

Embracing My Inability



Judges 6-7

November 5, 2017 . Mark Savidge

Assurance for the Long Haul



Hebrews 12:5-13

October 11, 2017 . Mark Savidge

Looking to Grow Long



Hebrews 12:1-3

September 10, 2017 . Mark Savidge

Trusting with Simple Faith



Mark 1:16-18

August 13, 2017 . Mark Savidge

Trusting the Gospel for Everyday Life



1 Corinthians 15:1-10

July 2, 2017 . Mark Savidge

Rejoicing in God Throuagh All Things



Colossians 3:17

June 4, 2017 . Mark Savidge

Embracing God’s Mission for Me



Matthew 28:19

May 7, 2017 . Mark Savidge

Changed By God's Word



Matthew 13:3-9

April 9, 2017 . Mark Savidge

Laying Down



Romans 12:1

March 12, 2017 . Mark Savidge

Trusting We're Made for Great Things



Ephesians 2:10

February 12, 2017 . Mark Savidge

Trusting this New Identity



2 Corinthians 5:17

January 22, 2017 . Mark Savidge

Trust that We are Loved



Ephesians 2:1-7

January 8, 2017 . Mark Savidge

Introduction



Ephesians 3:17-19

Challenge 2016: Here We Stand

n this year, we’re being challenged to look at life and the real issues facing our world today through the lens of God’s Word.  Psalm 119:105 says that God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path, it shows us where we stands and directs us how to follow.  One Sunday per month we’ll examine what the Bible has to say about a particular issue so we not only see it from God’s perspective, but also live like Jesus in our world today.

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November 20, 2016 . Mark Savidge

Sound Finances in a Troubled Word



Nehemiah 5

September 11, 2016 . Mark Savidge

Approaching this Year's Election



Matthew 5:13-16

July 24, 2016 . Mark Savidge

Caring for Our Environment



Genesis 1:28

Junw 26, 2016 . Mark Savidge

Serving Together



Romans 12:1-8

May 22, 2016 . Mark Savidge

Healthy Relationships



Ephesians 4:25-32

April 17, 2016 . Mark Savidge

Sharing Jesus Right Here



John 4:3-42

March 20, 2016 . Mark Savidge

God Will: It's Bigger than we Think



Mark 12:28-34

February 21, 2016 . Mark Savidge

Confident in the Gospel



Romans 1:16

January 17, 2016 . Chuck Swanson

Sanctity of Life

January 3, 2016 . Mark Savidge

Introduction:  God’s Word as Our Lens



2 Timothy 3:16-17

Challenge 2015: LiveJoy

In this year, we’re being challenged to not only know who we are in Jesus, but see that make a difference in real life.  This includes our personal life, and also life together as a Joy family.  Throughout the year we’ll be exploring and putting into action our identity in Jesus.  James says that we are to not just be hearers of the word but also doers of the word.

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November 22, 2015 . Mark Savidge

Live Joy by Being Generous



2 Corinthians 8:1-5

October 18, 2015 . Mark Savidge

Extending More than Mercy



2 Samuel 9:1-13

September 13, 2015 . Mark Savidge

Live Joy by Pressing Forward



1 Timothy 4:6-15

August 2, 2015 . Mark Savidge

Live Joy by Praying for You



1 Timothy 2:1-4

June 28, 2015 . Mark Savidge

Live Joy Together



Jude 1:3

April 26, 2015 . Mark Savidge

Our Response of Giving



2 Corinthians 9:7

April 19, 2015 . Mark Savidge

Live Joy by Being Responsive



Nehemiah 8:8-18

March 8, 2015 . Mark Savidge

Live Joy by Being Relevant



1 Corinthians 9:19-23

February 8, 2015 . Mark Savidge

Live Joy by Being Relational



John 13:35

January 11, 2015 . Mark Savidge

Live Joy by Being Real



2 Corinthians 5:20-21

January 4, 2015 . Mark Savidge

Introduction



James 1:19-25

Challenge 2014: The Year of the Pro

Our challenge for this year is to be agents of God’s grace in being positive, proactive and encouraging to each other and as a church.  
This theme comes from Ephesians 4.  In fact the verse below is one we are encouraging all to memorize:
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

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November 23, 2014 . Mark Savidge

Maintaining Perspective



Psalm 100

July 27, 2014 . Mark Savidge

Standing in the Gap



Colossians 1:9-11

June 22, 2014 . Mark Savidge

The Gift of Forgiveness



Ephesians 4:31

May 25 2014 . Mark Savidge

Dealing with Conflict



John 13:34-35

April 6, 2014 . Mark Savidge

Pro Gospel



Ephesians 2:4-9

February 23, 2014 . Mark Savidge

Inviting a Friend



John 4:25-42

January 26, 2014 . Mark Savidge

Extending Grace to Each Other



Ephesians 4:29

Challenge 2013: 2BE

This year we’re being challenged to understanding our identity in Jesus.  You see, who we are drives what we are rather than what we do driving who we are.  When we understand who we are in Jesus, He begins to change us from the inside out.

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March 24, 2013 . Mark Savidge

Ambassadors for Christ



2 Corinthians 5:18-20

March 17, 2013 . Mark Savidge

More than Conquerors



Romans 8:37

March 10, 2013 . Mark Savidge

Bride of Christ



Revelation 19:7

March 3, 2013 . Mark Savidge

Sheep



John 10

February 24, 2013 . Mark Savidge

Branches



John 15:1-8

February 17, 2013 . Mark Savidge

Children of God



Romans 8:14-17

February 10, 2013 . Mark Savidge

Holy Ones



Hebrews 3:1

February 3, 2013 . Mark Savidge

Forgiven



Romans 5:7-11

January 27, 2013 . Mark Savidge

Loved Ones



Romans 9:25

January 13, 2013 . Mark Savidge

Living out who Jesus says we are



2 Corinthians 5:17

Challenge 2012: It's Personal

As we look forward, 2012 holds many exciting opportunities to grow in God’s grace and make a difference in the communities around us.
Our growth, trust in Jesus and impact as a church family is directly proportional to what Jesus is doing in and through us as individuals.  In this message, we face the challenge to take our individual relationship with Jesus personally.  In doing so we will discover not only individual growth, but also as a church family.

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January 8, 2012 . Mark Savidge

This Year It's Personal



Joshua 24:14-15

Challenge 2011: iRisk

As we enter 2011, the question is asked, “What does God have for us as individuals and as a church family?” In this challenging 4-part series, we answer that question with “iRisk:  Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone.”
Building on the call of Jesus found in Matthew 22:37-39 (to love God and others), we will discover how we can step out of our comfort zone and into authentic, loving relationships with God and those around us.  This theme will serve as a challenge for us as individuals and as a church family as we embark on our mission to become Real People, growing in Real Faith, impacting Real Life through God’s Grace.

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January 23, 2011 . Mark Savidge

In Sharing with My World



Colossians 1:27-28

January 16, 2011 . Mark Savidge

My Relationship with Others



Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

January 9, 2011 . Mark Savidge

My Relationship with God



Psalm 139

January 23, 2011 . Mark Savidge

The Groundwork for Risk



Judges 6-7