Exploring the life of Jesus

Dear Enews Friends,

My two kids recently started middle school and high school, and I repeatedly find myself praying that God will surround them with good friends. When I ask parents in our church what their hopes for their kids are, whether they are starting preschool or college, most speak of their desire for their kids to make friends. We put great emphasis on community for our kids, but do we seek it for ourselves? I believe great friendships are just as important and transformative in our adult lives as they are in childhood. 

Over the next few weeks, I want to step back and observe how Jesus lived His day-to-day life. This weekend, we’ll explore the way Jesus built relationships and cultivated community. My prayer is that we will model our lives after His and seek to surround ourselves with life-giving friendships. We all need friends to laugh with, to go to for help, and to seek advice from, and the Bible gives us a fantastic road map for choosing wise friends who live out grace and truth. Let’s gather together and discover how we can find friends like that—and learn how to be friends like that.

This month, we also have a full offering of classes and workshops to help you grow in every area of your life, including marriage, finances, compassion and justice, job skills, grief, and healing. I encourage you to explore all offerings and commit to at least one. Check out the full listing here.

With anticipation,

Steve Gillen

P.S. If you’re a parent of a Promiseland child, we are holding a meeting after each service this weekend. Connect with other parents, learn about a new vision and strategy for small groups, and get a sneak peek at the new Promiseland space!

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