friday | april 28 | 7:00 PM [email protected]

Ask: Conversation with Pastor Dave Brisbin

At a time when traditional Christianity is being intensely questioned or abandoned altogether, when religious strife in the world is on the rise, and issues surrounding the Bible, church practice, and social issues we face in our society are in some cases tearing us apart, how should we proceed as followers of Jesus? First century followers of Jesus had to define themselves and their practice of faith in light of the world around them, and each generation since has had to do the same.

It’s essential for each of us to ask the central questions about our faith, life, relationship, church in order to be better followers of a timeless message applied to our particular time and space. Pastor Dave’s personal journey and study of Jesus’ message from a Hebrew point of view has shaped the practice of faith at theeffect, but is also part of a growing mainstream of Christian thought.

Come join us Friday evening, April 28th starting at 7PM for a conversation, an interactive interview, a chance to ask the hard questions and hear concepts and points of view that may not give all the answers, but can point in new directions and toward better questions.

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Everyone is recovering from something… Admitting this is the first step in spiritual life, because any unfinished business in our lives–trauma, unforgiveness, fear-based perceptions–fosters compulsive behavior and keeps us from connecting spiritually and emotionally.

Since we’re all recovering, we accept everyone right as they are—no expiration dates or deadlines. We don’t tell anyone what to believe or do. We present points of view that we hope will engage seekers in their own journey; help them unlearn limiting perceptions, beliefs, and compulsions; give opportunities to get involved in community, building the trust we all need to find real identity, meaning, and purpose. In other words, to engage the transforming Way of living life that Jesus called Kingdom…non-religiously understood from a first century Hebrew point of view.

 

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Embedded in the fun and laughter of each of our gatherings and events is the connection and accountability as well as the structure, discipline, and opportunity for service that authentic community is all about. We help create programs for physical support, emotional recovery, and spiritual formation that can meet any person’s needs. Such programs work at two levels: first to address a person’s physical and emotional stability—clinical, financial, relational,professional—anything that distracts from working on the second level: true spiritual formation centered around the contemplative way of life defined by an original Hebrew understanding of the message of Jesus.

Rather than telling people what to believe or think, we model and encourage engagement in a personal and communal spiritual journey that allows people to experience their own worthiness of connection and acceptance, to find the freedom from underlying fears that brings real meaning and purpose into focus.

 

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Seeing ourselves as a learning and recovery community that worships together, the focus isn’t on Sunday morning alone, but on every day of the week as we gather for worship, healing and support workshops, studies, 12 step meetings, counseling and mentoring sessions, referral services, and social events. We maintain a food pantry for those needing more support, a recovery worship gathering, and child care for those with little ones.

Our Sunday gathering starts at 10AM and our Recovery gathering on Tuesdays at 7PM. Both gatherings include worship with one of the best worship bands in the area. See our monthly calendar and our Facebook page to stay in touch with what is happening each week. You can also sign up on our elist for email enews updates.

 

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