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Have you ever had a bad church experience?

Did it drive you away or just drive you crazy?

You are not alone.

  • The Mess Under the Carpet
    Jeff Henderson, 06.22.14
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    Our pasts tend to follow us around. That's why a lot of people avoid church. They feel judged, alienated, or slighted because of some mess in their pasts. Some people even feel like their pasts disqualify them from having a relationship with God. That's ironic because the man who wrote most of the New Testament had quite a messy past. He was the most unlikely candidate for following Jesus, yet he became one of Jesus' most famous followers. If there's hope for him, there's hope for all of us.

  • Boring Church
    Chris Brown, 06.29.14
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    For a lot of people, their experiences going to church aren't objectionable. They are dull. Church is all about a safe and predictable routine. Nothing that is said or done appears to have any connection to their daily lives. It's about religion.

    That kind of church makes it seem like God is safe, predictable, and has no connection to our daily lives. That's dangerous because God is a relationship to be enjoyed, not a religion to be endured.

  • In & Out
    Patrick Mitchell, 07.13.14
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    We all want to belong. We all want a circle of people that knows us and accepts us for who we are. We all want to be good enough. We all want to be picked. When we're rejected it hurts, because it touches our deepest insecurities.

    A lot people have been rejected by church. They wanted to join, but they were left on the outside. They were told they weren't good enough. Is that what the church is supposed to be—an exclusive club you have to earn your way into? The early followers of Jesus said it isn't. They painted a picture of the church as an inclusive movement.

  • How Dare We!
    Andy Stanley, 07.20.14
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    The church isn't an exclusive club. It can't keep people out whom Jesus invited in . . . and he invited everyone. But if the message of the church is for everyone, why is church culture so often an obstacle to people?


Regardless of what you believe,

Regardless of how you behave,

Jesus invites you to…Follow

  • Jesus Says
    Andy Stanley, 04.27.14
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    Jesus says to pray. Jesus says not to look over there. Jesus says to be nice. Jesus says to get up early and read your Bible. Lots of people think Christianity is all about doing what Jesus says. But what if doing what Jesus says isn't what Jesus says to do at all? Regardless of what you believe. Regardless of how you behave. Jesus invites you to follow him.

  • Next Steps
    Andy Stanley, 05.04.14
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    Religion says, Change and you can join us. Jesus says, Join us and you will change. There's a huge difference. Jesus doesn't expect you to be perfect. He just wants you to follow him. Being a sinner doesn't disqualify you from following him. Being an unbeliever doesn't disqualify you from following him. In fact, following almost always begins with a sinner taking one small step.

  • Fearless
    Andy Stanley, 05.11.14
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    We want to follow Jesus, but where is he leading? What is the payoff for following him? Is it being a better person? Is it life in heaven after we die? Is it a pain-free life? If you follow Jesus, you will be a better person. If you follow him, you will go to heaven. If you follow him, you won't have a pain-free life. But that's okay, because Jesus offers much more—a faith so strong it frees us from fear.

  • Follow Wear
    Andy Stanley, 05.18.14
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    Everyone is invited to follow Jesus. Being a sinner doesn't disqualify you. Being a doubter doesn't disqualify you. The goal of following Jesus is a faith that overcomes our fear of the future or our current circumstances. It's a faith that gives us peace.

    But what do people who follow Jesus look like? What do they wear?

  • The Fine Print
    Andy Stanley, 05.25.14
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    During his time on earth, Jesus invited misbehavers and unbelievers to follow him. We are all invited to follow him. You are invited to follow him, but there's something you need to know about following Jesus. It will cost you something eventually.

    It may cost you money, career advancement, or even relationships. That's because Jesus offers us the choice of denying ourselves now or losing ourselves later. But you'll find that when you pay the price for following Jesus, you'll be glad you did.

  • What I Want to Want
    Andy Stanley, 06.01.14
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    Most of us don't become Christians with the intent of following Jesus. We become Christians because we are told obedience pays and disobedience doesn't. We become Christians hoping that spirituality will fill the holes in our souls. We become Christians hoping God will fix us. Eventually, our agendas clash with Jesus' agenda, and we have to decide whether we'll abandon him or follow.

  • Leading Great
    Andy Stanley, 06.08.14
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    We don't usually associate leadership with the church. Leadership is about what could and should be. We assume the church is about what has been. But Jesus was the greatest leader who ever lived. He modeled a unique approach to leadership that defies our expectations and changed the world.

    Jesus leveraged his authority for the benefit of those under his authority. Following Jesus means that when we find ourselves in positions of authority, we do the same

  • Unfollow
    Andy Stanley, 06.15.14
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    Jesus invites everyone to follow him. Being a sinner is a prerequisite. Having doubts is a prerequisite. That's because we're all sinners and we all have doubts.

    Following Jesus results in overwhelming faith, but at times it can also be inconvenient, costly, and even embarrassing. It can cause us to miss opportunities, lose business, or stand out in the crowd when we'd rather fit in. Even Jesus' earliest followers wrestled with this tension. But one of his disciples asked a question that put everything in perspective: "To whom shall I go?"


One day we’ll look back on the lives we’ve lived, to see with clear perspective the small things that defined us. The direction of our lives is defined in moments, and is often shaped by key relationships and critical decisions along the way.

This Easter we invite you to join us as we consider how the single most defining moment of human history affects all of the moments in all of our lives.

  • Moments
    Chris Brown, 04.23.14
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    One day we’ll look back on the lives we’ve lived, to see with clear perspective the small things that defined us. The direction of our lives is defined in moments, and is often shaped by key relationships and critical decisions along the way.

    This Easter we invite you to join us as we consider how the single most defining moment of human history affects all of the moments in all of our lives.