Bad Dates, Roommates, & Soulmates // February Series

febseriessquareWe all want healthy relationships. But let’s face it—it’s hard work. From dating to marriage to parenting, it takes considerable effort to develop good relationships. We all have expectations, some realistic, some unrealistic. From bad dates to roommates to soulmates, we need to learn how to have healthy relationships… God’s way.

 
Register today for the Best Marriage Practices Luncheon with Ted Lowe – Feb. 8.



Two Are Better Than One // Notes for Jan 25

Better-TitleThis is not a verse that you’ll ever find framed on a wall. This isn’t a happy, cheerful verse. This is nobody’s life verse that they look at everyday. But this is what Jesus said. Jesus told his disciples, his closest followers, that this is just a truth about life and we will all face it. And we just need to expect it. Here’s what he said:

 

Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come.” Luke 17:1

 

So Jesus looked at the people he loved the most and he said—let me just give you a heads up about life. Eventually you’re going to stumble over something. Now, when you stumble over something, it’s because you didn’t see it, right? If we saw it, we wouldn’t stumble.

 

So what do we do? If we are going to get tripped up by something in 2015, what can we do about it? Fortunately for us, the Scriptures are full of wisdom for a better way. And it comes from something that King Solomon observed about when we get tripped up. When we stumble and fall.

 

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. Ecclesiastes 4:9

 

If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. Ecclesiastes 4:10a

 

But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Ecclesiastes 4:10b

  • It’s easy to stumble out of church, but it’s hard to stumble out of true community.
  • When you stumble, what you need most is what you desire least.

 

Discussion Questions:

  1. List out things with your work that are difficult to do by yourself.
  2. Read Luke 17:1. How have you experienced this truth personally?
  3. Based on your past, what are some consistent things that have tripped you up?
  4. Read Ecclesiastes 4:9-10. Which side of this truth have you felt like you experienced more in life: a) two are better than one, or b) pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them. (Explain your answer.)
  5. What does “true community” look & feel like?
  6. In your current season, do you tend to be the one helping up others, having others help you up, or both? (Explain your answer.)
  7. What are some steps you can take to experience “true community” in 2015?


Annual Report 2014

annualreportgraphicIt’s hard to get my brain wrapped around all we experienced together at LifeBridge in 2014. We celebrated life change as dozens were baptized into Christ, and cried together as many of us experienced personal loss. Your investment of time, money and heart have been well spent as God continues to give us countless opportunities to make an impact not only in our community, but all over the world.

 

Thank you for taking steps of faith to be the church seven days a week, not just one hour on Sunday. I can’t wait to see where God takes us next in 2015.

 

Your friend and pastor,

Aaron

CLICK HERE to view the 2014 Annual Report.



Selecting Elders at LifeBridge

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LifeBridge Church is governed by a board of elders that are selected from the partners of LifeBridge. Each year in January, the selection process begins with the partners recommending who they think might serve well in the role of elder.

If you are a LifeBridge Partner and want to make an elder recommendation, CLICK HERE to complete the Elder Recommendation Form.

What Elders Do at LifeBridge:
Elders at LifeBridge Church are the leading servants in the Church. They work together to fulfill three main areas of responsibility:

 

  • To guard the Church’s doctrine, unity, and overall mission.
  • To shepherd the Church’s partners through prayer, care, accountability, and discipline.
  • To discern God’s will for the Church’s overall direction.
  • To provide accountability for the *Senior Pastor. *The Senior Pastor is a permanent member of the Elder Board by virtue of the position.

 

Elder Selection Process:

 

  1. Recommendations received from church partners.
  2. Elder Selection Team reviews recommendations based on qualifications found in Titus 1:5-9, their church involvement, and their giving (all elders are expected to tithe to LifeBridge).
  3. Qualified candidates are contacted to determine their willingness to be considered and potentially serve as an Elder.
  4. Qualified and willing candidates complete the following:
    1. Self-Analysis Questionnaire.
    2. Dinner Meeting with Candidates & their spouse.
    3. Background Check & Credit Check.
    4. In-Person Interview with them and their spouse.
    5. Personality Profile.
    6. Final Screening.
  5. Final list of candidates is presented to the full church partners for approval and affirmation.

 

If you are a LifeBridge Partner and want to make an elder recommendation, CLICK HERE to complete the Elder Recommendation Form.



Wisdom Is Better Than Gold // Notes for Jan 18

Better-TitleWe all have decisions to make. Where to go to college, who to date, which career to pursue, which house to buy, where to spend our money, when to retire. Looking back, maybe you’ve made some great decisions in some of these areas, and maybe you’ve made some not-so-great ones. We all want to get better in our decision making, but how?

 

Memory Verse: How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver! Proverbs 16:16

 

When you come to a decision, ask, “Is this wise?

 

Here are 3 filtering questions to help.

1) Is this wise according to God?
-Has God already spoken on this in scripture?
-Have I prayed about this decision?

 

2)  Is this wise according to wise people?
-Do you have wise people surrounding you who are pursuing the better that God has as well? We highly suggest getting plugged into a LifeBridge Community Group to build these relationships.

 

3)  Is this wise according to my past, present, and future?
-No one knows you better than you. What happened last time you made that decision? Is this the best timing? And how will this affect your future hopes and dreams?

 

These questions may be difficult to ask, but it’s worth it to stand at the end of this year with fewer regrets and wiser decisions.

 

Key Verses:

  • Ephesians 5:15-17
  • James 1:5
  • Proverbs 13:20

 

Discussion Questions:

  1. Which of these questions do you struggle with most? (Asking God, asking wise people, or asking yourself)
  2. What’s one of the biggest mistake you’ve ever made? How did it affect you and your relationships?
  3. Would you have made the same decision if you had asked these questions?
  4. Who is someone in your life that you consider wise? What’s something you’ve learned from them?
  5. What is your next step to seeking wisdom?
  6. Are you currently battling with a big decision that we can be praying for?

 

Next Steps:

CLICK HERE for our Top Five Bible Reading Plans for 2015.

Join a Group if you’re not in one yet. Visit the Welcome Center or CLICK HERE to register.

Don’t Miss BACON SUNDAY – January 28(This is LifeBridge Church’s annual State of the Church Address from Pastor Aaron & Partner Pitch-in brunch.)



2014 Giving Statements

yougave1Thank you for giving to the mission and ministry of LifeBridge Church in 2014! Your 2014 Giving Statement is ready and can be accessed on-line through your profile in our Church Community Builder database. An email has gone out from Pastor Aaron with more details. If you did not receive the email or have any questions regarding your Giving Statement please contact our Financial Secretary, Tedi Petito, at tpetito@mylifebridgechurch.com



Better Is One Handful // Notes for Jan 11

Better-TitleMost of us don’t think of envy as horrible things because it often drives us to pursue good things. It often drives us to pursue what we call the good life. We see others with new cars and it makes us want new cars, we see others going to cool vacation places and we want to go to cool vacation places. We see what activities other parents have their kids involved in and so we sign up our kids too.

 

And there’s nothing wrong with new cars and cool vacations and my kids getting involved, as long as God has all of your heart. Envy may not sound like a big deal. Because, what’s the big deal as long as it drives us to improve our lives and pursue good things?

 

But some of you, if you’re real honest, you have financial debt because of this. You have purchased things, you’re wearing things, driving things, you’ve eaten things and gone places and the only reason you did it was because you saw other people doing it.

 

Envy causes compromises.

 

Memory Verse: Better one handful with tranquillity than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.(Ecclesiastes 4:6)

 

The Hebrew text is full of imagery with this verse. So this is what Solomon is saying, “It’s better to have one hand open.” The implication here is that God can put in it or take out of it whatever God chooses. It is better to have one hand open and hold what only one hand can hold than to have two fists clenched hanging onto everything you can get.

 

When you begin to reach for more, ask yourself, “What am I compromising in order to get more?” This is a great way to check your motives.

 

Discussion Questions:

1) When you were a child, what did you see other kids have that you really wanted?

2) What is your greatest ambition in life right now? What are you doing to pursue it? Is that ambition motivated at all by comparing yourself to others?

3) In what areas of your life are you most tempted to want what others have?

Read Ecclesiastes 4:4-8

4) What speaks to you and your situation the most from this passage?

5) Have you ever been exhausted or broke from trying to keep up with friends or neighbors? If so, explain.

6) How does envy affect how you view yourself? your family?

7) What is one thing you can do this week to allow the thought of tranquility—peace—to help you pause in the midst of the envy trap?

 

Next Steps:

CLICK HERE for our Top Five Bible Reading Plans for 2015.

Join a Group if you’re not in one yet. Visit the Welcome Center or CLICK HERE to register.

Don’t Miss BACON SUNDAY – January 28(This is LifeBridge Church’s annual State of the Church Address from Pastor Aaron & Partner Pitch-in brunch.)



Resolve Kick-Off // Jan 14

IMG_3099Middle and High School students, our student ministry Resolve is kicking back off for this semester, and we’re doing it big! Wednesday, January 14th, will be our first meeting of the new school year, and a glow-party edition of Resolve! Wear neon, and bring friends! If you have a Middle or High School student, encourage them to be a part of what’s happening at Resolve all year long. Our heart is that students will be challenged and impacted as they learn about God’s heart for their lives, and worship alongside a community of friends and leaders who are there to guide and encourage.

 

For more information, check out our Resolve Facebook page, or click the ‘Students’ tab on our LifeBridge homepage.



Better Is One Day // Notes for Jan 4

Better-TitleHow many of you want to have a better year this year than last? Of course we do, right? You’d be crazy not to want to have a better year than last year.

The tragic thing though, is for so many people in our culture, people are pursuing what we call the good life. We want nice things, we want comfort, we want convenience and we want fun. And there’s nothing wrong with those things, as long as God has all of your heart. But the tragedy is that so many people are settling for the good life when God has something indescribably better for you.

 

Key Idea: You’re going to have to let go of the good to grab a hold of the better.

 

Memory Verse: 1 “How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! 2a My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord;”(Psalm 84:1-2a)

 

If better is one day with God, how do we have a day with Him? How do we have a day with God?

 

Live with an ongoing, unending awareness of God’s presence.

 

17 “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,”

The Apostle Paul, (Colossians 3:17a)

 

Now, that raises the question, how do we go and just have a day with God? Here are two habits to develop:

 

Habit #1: Constant communication with God.

 

17 “pray continually,” – The Apostle Paul, (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

 

Habit #2:A daily desperation for God.

 

1 “How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! 2a My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.” (Psalm 84:1-2)

Reflection Questions: (Great for Group Discussion)

 

Icebreaker:  Which is better: a day at the beach or a day in the mountains? Bringing back spandex or bringing back big hair?

 

  1. Describe what your intentional time with God looks like.
  2. How can you develop an ongoing, unending awareness of God?
  3. What habit do you feel you need to improve? Constant communication or daily desperation?
  4. What are some of the things keeping you from having an ongoing, unending awareness of God? What will do you to remove these distractions?
  5. In what ways do you think your life would be better if you lived with an ongoing, unending awareness of God’s presence?
  6. What good things do you need to let go of so that you can grab hold of the better in your life?

 

Next Steps:

CLICK HERE for our Top Five Bible Reading Plans for 2015.

Join a Group if you’re not in one yet. Visit the Welcome Center or CLICK HERE to register.

Don’t Miss BACON SUNDAY – January 25(This is LifeBridge Church’s annual State of the Church Address from Pastor Aaron & Partner Pitch-in brunch.)



Bacon Sunday – Partner Pitch-in // Jan 25

baconsundayplate2You don’t want to miss BACON SUNDAY, coming up this January 25. This is LifeBridge Church’s annual State of the Church Address from Pastor Aaron during our regular Sunday Service hours (9:30 am & 11:15 am). We are asking all our partners and regular attenders to bring a bacon brunch dish to share at the 9:30 am or 11:15 am service.