At A Glance | Feb 20, 2018

At A Glance | Feb 20, 2018

Happy Tuesday church family!

In this week’s At A Glance, you'll find the most updated information about all that's going on at Sound City in the next few weeks, including: 

  • a celebration of one of the many awesome ministry moments enjoyed by the team returning from Mexico,
  • a preview of this week's sermon, continuing our series in John,
  • a Featured Resource related to the themes we've been tracking in our study of John 6 over the last few weeks,
  • information on our upcoming baptism event this week,
  • information about upcoming guest preacher, Steve Patton,  
  • and registration information for our upcoming Covenant Membership Interest Meeting. 

For all this and more click Read More below.

At A Glance | Feb 13, 2018

At A Glance | Feb 13, 2018

Happy Tuesday church family!

In this week’s At A Glance, you'll find the most updated information about all that's going on at Sound City in the next few weeks, including: 

  • a celebration of the opportunities God has given us to be Kingdom minded, 
  • a preview of this week's sermon from Pastor Aaron, continuing our series in John,
  • a pair of featured resources on the region of Galilee and significance of the Sea of Galilee, 
  • information about upcoming guest preacher, Steve Patton,  
  • and registration information for our next membership interest meeting. 

For all this and more click Read More below.

At A Glance | Feb 6, 2018

At A Glance | Feb 6, 2018

Happy Tuesday church family!

In this week’s At A Glance, you'll find the most updated information about all that's going on at Sound City in the next few weeks, including: 

  • a celebration of God's work in our most recent Student Ministry event, 
  • a preview of this week's sermon, continuing our series in John,
  • a pair of featured resources on the theme of faith and the Super Bowl, 
  • information about several local upcoming foster care info events,  
  • and registration information for our next membership interest meeting. 

For all this and more click Read More below.

At A Glance | January 30, 2018

At A Glance | January 30, 2018

Happy Tuesday church family!

In this week’s At A Glance, you'll find the most updated information about all that's going on at Sound City in the next few weeks, including: 

  • a celebration of how one Community Group is serving their community in the name of Christ, 
  • a preview of this week's sermon, continuing our series in John,
  • a featured resource helping us grow in our understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity, 
  • information about our Student Ministry movie night, for all our 6th–12th graders, happening later this week, 
  • and an encouragement to take advantage of one of the greatest invitational opportunities we'll have all year for building gospel friendships with our non-Christian friends and neighbors!

For all this and more click Read More below.

At A Glance | January 23, 2018

At A Glance | January 23, 2018

Happy Tuesday church family!

In this week’s At A Glance, you'll find the most updated information about all that's going on at Sound City in the next few weeks, including: 

  • a celebration of our 'Partner in the Gospel' Rabbi Matt,
  • a preview of this week's sermon, as we continue our series in John,
  • another great Featured Resource from The Bible Project,
  • details about how to register for Financial Peace University, starting February 1,
  • information about our upcoming Student Ministry movie night for all our 6th–12th graders,
  • and an encouragement to take advantage of one of the greatest invitational opportunities we'll have all year for building gospel friendships with our non-Christian friends and neighbors!

For all this and more click Read More below.

Leslie Knope and a Former 6’9” Basketball Player

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What do Leslie Knope and a 6'9" former basketball player have in common? Those who have seen my favorite sitcom "Parks and Recreation" know that Leslie Knope and a 6'9" basketball player have obvious physical differences. But this basketball player, named Timo, was my previous mentor and pastor, and he has many commonalities with community-loving Leslie:

  • They’re encouragers and motivators
  • They're incredibly sincere and trustworthy
  • They're giving and intentionally thoughtful
  • They're great friends who seek to bring out the best in others
  • They're loyal
  • They're full of energy
  • They're influencers who are always surrounded by people 

Both Leslie and Timo are two people who put enormous value in relationships and community while running away from isolation like the plague!

What's different?

Yet, below the surface, Timo and Leslie have very different motivations for this type of life. The two words that distinctly separate my former pastor’s life from Leslie’s is fellowship and obedience—fellowship with God and his people and obedience to God and all that He commands. Community is important, and being a good person is important, but it is eternally more important to live lives which bear fruit for the kingdom, marked by fellowship and obedience.

We have the greatest example of this in Jesus Christ. He, in obedience to the will of God the Father (John 6:38), came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). We would have never understood the depth of God's love and the purposes of his commands apart from the gospel message of Jesus' birth, life, death, and resurrection.

What's our motivation?

Because of the gospel, Timo showed me Christ-like fellowship and obdience. I could see this in how he walked in the light (1 John 1:5-9) and lived out the great commission (Matthew 28:16-20). In living this way, my mentor was the most influential person in my life to date. May we all have such an influence on others for His kingdom as we live in fellowship and obedience!

Sound City, as we examine our own lives, let's ask ourselves whether we want relationships and community because of self-fulfillment, or because we are living life in fellowship and obedience out of the overflow of love for Christ. Do we value community because it's merely a good idea or because Christ died to bring us into his family? Do we love people for what we can get from them or because of what Christ has given to us? As we honestly answer these questions, we have an opportunity to experience fruitful relationships that are lived in obedience and love to Jesus!

New Year Financial Update

New Year Financial Update

In December, we shared a brief update to let you know where we were financially as a church, where we see God leading us, and how you can participate in the mission God has given us. We invited Deacon Dale (catchy, huh?) to join us to give an update now that we've crossed over into the new year.

At A Glance | January 16, 2018

At A Glance | January 16, 2018

Happy New Year church family!

In this week’s At A Glance, you'll find the most updated information about all that's going on at Sound City in the next few weeks, including: 

  • a celebration of our 2018 Connect Group launch,
  • a preview of this week's sermon, as we welcome our first guest preacher of the year,
  • a pair of Featured Resources on the theme of fruitfulness written by the Sound City team,
  • details about how to register for our upcoming financial stewardship class, starting February 1,
  • information about our upcoming Student Ministry movie night for all our 6th–12th graders,
  • and an encouragement to take advantage of one of the greatest invitational opportunities we'll have all year for building gospel friendships with our non-Christian friends and neighbors!

 

For all this and more click Read More below.

You Will Know Them By Their Fruits

You Will Know Them By Their Fruits

As a church, we seem to have an ongoing theme of ‘fruitfulness’ showing up a lot lately. Fruitfulness is most certainly something to celebrate and pursue—for all of us as individuals as we walk out our faith, and as a church body. Not all fruit is good fruit, however. In fact, Jesus himself tells us to take note of the fruit that people produce, including being cautious of ‘bad fruit’ (Matthew 7:15–20).