"Catching Fire" Sermon Series • May 1 - May 29

Two thousand years ago, a gathering of people in a middle-eastern city began a movement that would circle the globe and leave its mark on individuals and cultures on every continent. This movement would eventually become known as The Church. The Church is a movement — and it’s still moving. 

We invite you to join us for our next series of messages from Pastor Eric Yeakel entitled, "Catching Fire." During this sermon series we will explore stories of the earliest gatherings of Christians and see what that means for us today.


May 1:  Opening Day // Acts 1:6-8 -- Click here to view this week's Sermon Notes and Daily Study Guide 

When we think of church, why is a building the first thing that comes to mind? Is church a place full of robes and pews? Bands and banners? Or is church meant to be something different? Church is much more than a building or a place. Church is more than pews, hymnals, lights, and music. In fact, on opening day, the church had no buildings or rituals, no bands or robed choirs. What it did have was a gathering of people intent on one thing: creating followers of Jesus Christ. The church was a movement that continues today: A multiplying, multicultural gathering of people who believe that Jesus is the Savior and whose lives reflect his teaching.

For those interested in gathering with a few friends to dig deeper into the message given the previous Sunday in worship, Pastor Eric has prepared discussion questions based on the sermon topic for you to study and discuss together. Click here for the May 1st Small Group Study Guide.


May 8:  God-honoring Prayer // Acts 4:12–14, 24–35  -- Click here to view this week's Sermon Notes and Daily Study Guide

God invites us to pray for many things. He invites us to pray for the daily aspects of our lives. But if the early church provided us a model for prayer, then God also invites us to pray God-honoring prayers that can help build his Kingdom. In this message we will learn how to pray for more than family and friends, we will look at the importance of praying for those far from God. This is the foundational ingredient in growing the kingdom of God through the local church.

For those interested in gathering with a few friends to dig deeper into the message given the previous Sunday in worship, Pastor Eric has prepared discussion questions based on the sermon topic for you to study and discuss together. Click here for the May 8th Small Group Study Guide. 


May 15:  Fearless // Acts 4:23-31 -- Click here to view this week's Sermon Notes and Daily Study Guide 

Do we practice safe Christianity or fearless Christianity? The early church was marked with boldness, not secrecy. Rather than being a group of safe believers, the early Christians looked for opportunities to be bold. That’s what made the church a movement rather than an institution. That’s where God showed up. In this message we will learn the importance of being bold and fearless in your faith in order to grow the Kingdom. 

For those interested in gathering with a few friends to dig deeper into the message given the previous Sunday in worship, Pastor Eric has prepared discussion questions based on the sermon topic for you to study and discuss together. Click here for the May 15th Small Group Study Guide. 



May 22:   A Foundational Message // Acts 9:1–6, 10–11, 13–16, 19–22 -- Click here to view this week's Sermon Notes and Daily Study Guide 

The message of Christianity comes in all shapes and sizes. Some people emphasize our brokenness. Others emphasize God’s goodness . . . the need for repentance or forgiveness . . . having faith . . . walking in obedience. While all of these aspects are part of the Christian gospel, what was the essential message that ignited a movement that continues today? The gospel of Jesus Christ is clear: Christ died for our sins; he was buried; he was raised; he appeared. This is the foundational message behind the movement that continues today. 

For those interested in gathering with a few friends to dig deeper into the message given the previous Sunday in worship, Pastor Eric has prepared discussion questions based on the sermon topic for you to study and discuss together. Click here for the May 22nd Small Group Study Guide. 



May 29:  Qualifications // Acts 15:1–5, 7–11, 19–21, 30–31 -- Click here to view this week's Sermon Notes and Daily Study Guide 

Controversies arise in churches for many reasons. Some important. Some seemingly trivial. One tension that arose in the early days of the Church and that continues to surface over and over is the issue of grace and truth. Namely, how good does a person have to be in order to be part of the church? We have to work hard not to be a church where grace and truth conflict but coexist. In this message we will learn to be a church that builds the Kingdom with both grace and truth.

For those interested in gathering with a few friends to dig deeper into the message given the previous Sunday in worship, Pastor Eric has prepared discussion questions based on the sermon topic for you to study and discuss together. Click here for the May 29th Small Group Study Guide.