Click the image above to hear Jimmy’s sermon from October 6, 2019 on being bold in sharing our faith.

Summary

Are we “all in”?  Are we available? We are encouraged by the scripture to speak boldly, reason and persuade daily about the things of the kingdom of God. 

We are encouraged to be bold for Jesus. To be bold means to love courageously, speak fearlessly and to have courage. 

“When we find a man meditating on the words of God, my friends, that man is full of boldness and is successful.” Dwight L. Moody

Scripture

Acts 19:8-10

  • vs. 8 “preached boldly”- In Acts 28:23, we see that Paul “morning and evening explained and declared to them the kingdom of God and tried to convince them about Jesus.”
  • vs. 9 “held daily discussions- Paul reasoned and persuaded his listeners daily in the lecture hall at the school. The halls were used in the morning for teaching philosophy, but in the hot part of the day, many people did not work then, so they would come to hear Paul’s teaching.
  • Reference scripture- Proverbs 8:34

Reference scriptures

Ephesians 6:19-20

  • vs. 19 “ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan”
  • vs. 20 “pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.”

Acts 4:29-31

  • vs. 29 “O Lord hear their threats , and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word.”
  • vs. 30 “Stretch out your hand with,
    • Healing power- God is healer, Jeremiah 30:17
    • Miraculous signs and wonders, Deuteronomy 10:21
    • Be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus, Acts 3:16
  • vs. 31 “After this prayer, the meeting place shook,
    • They were all filled with the Holy Spirit- Acts 1:5
    • Then they preached the word of God with boldness- Acts 1:8

2 Timothy 1:7

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.

Application

How do you love courageously the people around you?

Where is your place that you speak daily the things of God?

Do you personally meditate on the word daily so you are filled with the words of God and ready to speak into another’s life if the opportunity arises?

What daily opportunities or open doors are in your life right now to be the mouthpiece of God? 

Prayer

Lord, we ask for your Spirit to fill us with a courageous kind of love to reach this world.  May we have open eyes to see the opportunities before us each day.  May we choose that open door into someone’s life rather than our own desires and wants. 

Father, may our day start with time in your word.  May fear of failure or insecurity be far from us.  You have equipped us and empowered us with your Spirit to love boldly.  Send us out into this world and give us opportunities to serve others.

Life is difficult and not static. There are ups and downs each day, struggles and accomplishments. How do we stay fixed on the things that are most important and not allow our emotions to be like a roller coaster based on our circumstances?

Paul learned how to do this. Even when he was in jail, he praised the Lord. When he had plenty, he kept his heart fixed on the kingdom. God is the one who gives us strength in the storms and trials, and He is the author and giver of all good things. Our hearts can remain steadfast in Him.

Summary & Scripture

…I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ,[a] who gives me strength…” Philippians 4:11-14

Scripture

  1. “I have learned how to be content”
    • Content- satisfied, a state of peaceful happiness or satisfactionLearned- Paul who was well educated and a teacher himself communicates the profit in being a studentProverbs 22:12 “Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge”
  2. “I have learned the secret of living in every situation”
    • Reference- (Acts 16:25) “While Paul and Silas were in jail, they prayed and sang hymns to God” Prayer- a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to GodPraise- to express warm approval, respect and gratitude, especially in song
  3. “I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength”
    • “Everything”- in other translations, you may see the word “all”, meaning all – In every situation, in life, in all things

Application

Where do you find your peace and contentment? 

Do you give priority to reading the scripture in your daily routine? How about prayer and praise?

Do you still desire to be a student of or have you let yourself settle with being comfortable?

Do you continue to apply your heart to learning, prayer and praise?

Prayer

During trying circumstances, may the word of God, prayer and praise give you strength to have peace in the eye of the storm.  They say the calmest place in a tornado is the middle of it.  O’ Lord, give us a deep desire to apply ourselves to finding peace in your words.  May we be diligent in setting aside time to give you our hearts in prayer and in song.  Lord, fill us with your Spirit and give us strength for each new day so that we may say, “I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength”.

“You will keep in perfect peace, all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” Isaiah 26:3

Thank you for joining us today at the River Center Lawn. We hope you have a wonderful time worshipping the Lord with us today.

YOU’VE DONE GREAT THINGS
-Phil Wickham

Come let us worship our King
Come let us bow at His feet
He has done great things
See what our Savior has done
See how His love overcomes
He has done great things
He has done great things

Oh hero of Heaven, You conquered the grave
You free every captive and break every chain
Oh God, You have done great things
We dance in Your freedom, awake and alive
Oh Jesus, our Savior, Your name lifted high
Oh God, You have done great things

You’ve been faithful through every storm
You’ll be faithful forevermore
You have done great things
And I know You will do it again
For Your promise is “Yes and amen”
You will do great things
God, You do great things

Hallelujah God, above it all
Hallelujah God, unshakable
Hallelujah, You have done great things
Hallelujah God, above it all
Hallelujah God, unshakable
Hallelujah, You have done great things
You’ve done great things

The Way (New Horizon)
– Pat Barrett

Through every battle
Through every heartbreak
Through every circumstance
I believe
That You are my fortress
Oh, You are my portion
And You are my hiding place, I believe You are

The way, the truth, the life
I believe You are
The way, the truth, the life
I believe You are..

Through every blessing
Through every promise
Through every breath I take
I believe
That You are Provider
Oh, You are Protector
You are the One I love, I believe You are

It’s a new horizon and I’m set on You
And You meet me here today with mercies that are new
All my fears and doubts, they can all come too
Because they can’t stay long when I’m here with You

Since Your Love

You are the light
Song of my life
You always lead me
You are the voice inside

You are my love
No one before you
All that I am
Points to You

I was made by you
I was made for you
I am unfulfilled without full communion 

Since your love got a hold of me
Since your love got a hold of me
I’m a new creation
I’m forever

In you, is all I need
You’re my breath, you’re my life, you’re my everything

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Come Thou fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise

Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
Praise the mount, I’m fixed upon it
Mount of Thy redeeming love

Here I raise my Ebenezer
Here by Thy great help I’ve come
And I hope by Thy good pleasure
Safely to arrive at home

Jesus sought me when a stranger
Wandering from the fold of God
Here to rescue me from danger
Interposed His precious blood

Oh, to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constraint to be
Let Thy goodness like a fetter
Bind my wandering heart to Thee

Prone to wander, Lord I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Here’s my heart, oh take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above

Thank You Jesus
-Hillsong

Grace that flows like a river
Washing over me
Fount of Heaven, love of Christ
Overflow in me

Thank You Jesus
You set me free
Christ my Savior
You rescued me

Take this life delivered
A vessel of Your love
Wholly now devoted
To see Your kingdom come

You’ve given me life
You’ve opened my eyes
I love You Lord
I love You Lord
You’ve entered my heart
You’ve set me apart
I love You Lord
I love You Lord

Yes I Will 
– Vertical Worship

I count on one thing
The same God that never fails
Will not fail me now
You won’t fail me now
In the waiting
The same God who’s never late
Is working all things out
You’re working all things out

[Chorus]
Yes I will, lift You high in the lowest valley
Yes I will, bless Your name
Oh, yes I will, sing for joy when my heart is heavy
All my days, oh, yes I will

And I choose to praise
To glorify, glorify
The Name of all names
That nothing can stand against
And I choose to praise
To glorify, glorify
The Name of all names
That nothing can stand against

I felt like God gave me an idea.

Does that ever happen to you? Like it’s more than just a passing thought. It’s a seed that you know He planted in your heart. Since He authored it, you can trust that He’ll write out the whole story, a chapter at a time.

This time for me, it started from a conversation with a friend about how there aren’t generations of women gathering regularly who get to benefit from the wisdom from the older ages and the wonder from the younger ages. (1 Peter 4:8-10; Titus 2:3-8) I agreed! And since I have a daughter, I wanted to catalyze something that could create that opportunity since I don’t have family living close by right now.

I thought of inviting a group of moms and their daughters over to cook together. I thought we could take turns meeting at each others’ homes sharing our special recipes or interests. I invited a mix of great friends who had daughters of all ages. I love keeping things simple, so I just had two “requests” – no phones in the kitchen, and the older women should reach out to connect with the younger girls as much as possible.

I love my friends. I’m so proud of the women they are – working moms, trying to model excellence and care for their girls. I want my daughter to know them and learn from them. We can be a tribe of support and encouragement for each other.

For this first gathering, I decided to teach everyone to make homemade tortillas. My mom made them for my family, and there’s nothing better than a warm homemade tortilla with butter!!!

The event was perfect – low-key, simple, and memorable. I loved watching moms and their daughters walking through a tortilla recipe and kneading the dough together. I loved seeing older girls help younger girls roll out the dough and spread butter on their own warm creations. Everyone was eager to act, help, or just connect. It really was special.

We look forward to meeting again! My vision included meeting monthly for sushi-making (ala Sierra Gale Sefoods), etiquette training with a fancy meal, baking, holiday parties, etc. helping to prepare these girls for entering the world with great confidence, knowing they can make a huge impact on this world.

Do you have an idea that God has given you? Go for it! It makes life rich and meaningful.

Click the image above to hear the sermon from Scott Cunningham.

Summary

After Peter was restored on the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus invited him back into action and gives him vision for his future ministry. 

Scripture

John 21:18-25

Jesus reminds Peter that before Christ, he did what he wanted but the challenge comes in verse 19, when Jesus calls Peter and says, “Follow me”.  Jesus gives Peter a picture of how he will suffer for His name sake.  We see in verse 20 that Peter, in his love for his brother asks about the Lord’s beloved disciple, John, when he says, “What about him, Lord?”.  In verse 22 Jesus replies with, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”.  He then tells Peter to return to his lane and focus on his calling.

“Follow Me” or we also see the same concept communicated in Mat. 10:38 as “take up your cross” and in Luke 9:23 when the scripture says, if you want to by a follower of Christ, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow him.

“Take up your cross” means to carry one’s own cross to the place of crucifixion. 

  • Crucifixion causes us to see that there will be suffering
  • To carry one’s own cross means that it is yours alone and it will require self- denial

What is the difference between a disciple and follower of Christ?

  • A follower is (literally) one who follows, comes after another while disciple is a person who learns from another, especially one who then teaches others.

Application

The portion of scripture challenges believers to “take up their cross”.  It is a challenge to deny self and choose to become a disciple of Christ.  A disciple of Christ means to put aside selfish desires, to understand there will be suffering and that our purpose in life is to serve Christ’s purposes.  We change our thinking from living for ourselves and what we want, to what can I do for Christ.  How can I serve my Lord with my life?

When you look in your own life, what do you need to deny to become a deeper disciple of Christ?

What selfish desires need to be surrendered in your prayer time?

What does “taking up your cross” look like personally?

Deny self, take up your cross and follow him = discipleship

Discipleship is a continuous process of learning

Do you desire to be discipled by Christ?  Then it will cost you something as you will need to follow Him daily.  It may cost you some sleep to wake up earlier as Jesus waits to meet with you daily by a warm fire on the beach, to restore you, encourage you, and give you vision for the ministry He has for you. Will you show up?

“Come and listen to my counsel.  I’ll share my heart with you and make you wise.” Proverbs 1:23 (NLT)

Young Life (High School) and WyldLife (Middle School) groups have kicked-off this year with a strong start!

First meeting Fall 2019

Interest Meeting – Thursday, Sept 12th

Katie Carden and the Young Life Committee would invite you to a special interest meeting this Thursday at Uptown on Main from 5:30-7:00 PM. This is for all adults in the county to hear more about Young Life and their vision and see if there are way to help this awesome organization grow in reaching out to more middle and high school students.

young life interest meeting
young life club meeting

Young Life Club Meeting Tonight

And if you have any high school students, please encourage them to invite their friends to Young Life Club tonight! It is always a fun and meaningful time together with friends, learning more about Jesus.

WyldLife Club – October 4th

And for your middle schoolers, they are invited to a fun Club meeting on Friday, October 4th. During the week, middle school girls have a Bible Study in Frisco on Thursdays after school. Contact Katie Carden at 720-539-5890 for more details.

wyldlife club

Do You Know the Holy Spirit?

Click the image above to listen to the recording of the sermon from 9/1/19

Summary

Do you desire to go out into this world in the name of Jesus with power and might, with confidence and boldness covered in love and grace bringing the gospel message to a people who desperately need it? 

Have you received the Spirit of God when you believed?

Scripture – Acts 19:1-6

“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” Paul asked some disciples. They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

  • Did you know that you can be a believer and not have the “power” of the Holy Spirit upon you?
  • You can believe intellectually but still not “know” God – You can know of Him, but not know Him intimately, similar to going to a birthday party for someone you “know” but don’t really know them personally

The Spirit is WITH you

This when you feel the Spirit of God stir your heart, bring conviction, open your understanding.

The Spirit IN you

This is where the Spirit of God resides.

The Spirit is UPON you

When the Holy Spirit comes upon you, it is belief with action       

Reference Acts 1:8 – But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…

Application Acts 19:2 – Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?

Have you been baptized in the Holy Spirit for the purpose of action?Baptism of the Spirit of God is for the work of the ministry, to be empowered by God.

Here is a short video from Francis Chan on this topic. So great!

Reference Scripture

  • Judges 14:6 – The spirit of God came mightily upon him and he….
  • Judges 6:34 – Then the Spirit of the LORD clothed him, came upon him and he…
  • Isaiah 59:21 – My Spirit which is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth…shall
  • Isaiah 6:1 – The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me…to               
  • Micah 3:8 – But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might to…

Word StudyBaptized = filled to the brim, confident, bold, enduring 

Application

  • Do you want the power of the Holy Spirit?
  • Do you desire to be empowered with the spiritual gifts that God gives to work in His name? (Galatians 5:16-26)
  • Ask for the Spirit of God to make you a doer of his word and not just a hearer. (James 1:22) This is how you will experience change in your service to the Lord.
  • Do you desire to go out into this world for the name of Jesus like never before? 

Prayer

Lord, fill me to overflow, empower me to receive by faith your Spirit.  Gift me and make my spiritual gifts known and use me to build up your body of believers. Ignite me to minister your love and grace to others. Lord baptize me with your Spirit.

Click on the image above to watch recording of service, August 25th, 2019.

Continue reading to see photos from the River Baptism below.

Guest Speaker: Chris Kroger with Felling Giants

Than you, Chris for sharing your passion and life story, and for pointing us to Jesus’ abundant love and grace.

Leviticus 6

12 The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it. 13 The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out.

Summary:

We must tend to the fire daily for the fire to continue to burn. Our daily devotional time is tending to the spiritual fire of our hearts. 

Scripture:

Romans 12:11 “Never let the fire in your heart go out. Keep it alive. Serve the Lord.”

Application:

Are you spiritually on fire?

Have you become dull in your walk?

River Baptism

What  a wonderful display of God working in our children yesterday.  Thanks for being part of our family. 

We had several young people decide to be baptized in the river and one whole family who came from Colorado Springs. There was so much sweet emotion, celebration and worship as we watched our young people commit to following the Lord. As one mom said, “He [Jesus] has shown us all the time how He chooses us. This is one time that we get to show others that we choose Him.”

Thank you all for staying to pray for, encourage and support these believers and families as they were baptized. As Jimmy shared, please keep praying for them by name in the coming months, that they would withstand temptation and hold firmly to God’s Word and love.

We have one more outdoor service at the end of September. Weather permitting, we will hold one more river baptism. Let us know if you are interested, and we can share more details.

Photo Gallery

Thank you, Mike for sharing your beautiful photography with us!

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Fun fall group ride from Breck to Como for intermediate to advanced mountain-bike riders! Join Jimmy, Sabrina, Lee and others as we ride the Gold Dust Trail, 8.4 miles.

Lunch will be served at Camp Como, and we will all be shuttled back over to Breckenridge.

Meet at 8 AM

We’ll meet at Bores Pass Road parking lot before the dirt at 8 am.

We will get a shuttle back to Breck.  We should be back by 3pm.

Cost – $10

$10 will cover the cost for lunch and snacks.

Contact Us if you have any questions about the ride and to let us know if you can join! RSVP is not necessary, but would be nice to get a head count for lunch.

Click image above to watch recording of sermon, August 18, 2019 on Acts 18

Acts 18:14 – 19:7

Summary

Apollos, a man of character, with a passion for the scriptures, strengthened and helped other believers by speaking the scriptures boldly and through grace.  

Notes and Reflection Questions

Here are some notes and questions to guide you in reflection through this week’s sermon. (The sermon begins at 50 minutes in this live video recording on Facebook above.)

Paul traveled through Galatia and Phrygia

Acts 18:23: After spending time in Antioch, Paul went back through Galatia and Phrygia, visiting and strengthening all believers.

Apollos

Acts 18:24: Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos…

  1. Who is Apollos?
  2. Describe his character

Acts 18:25: Apollos was teachable

  1. Apollos had been instructed
  2. He was fervent in the Spirit
    • Fervent- passionate, bubbling over, filled with the Spirit
    • Application– Are you teachable? No matter your age or stage in life, do you remain coachable? Reference – Proverbs 8:33-34
  3. He spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord
    • What do you know of the Lord? What is your testimony?

Share Your Testimony

When you share the things of the Lord, speak your testimony.  No one can refute a changed life.  It is an accurate telling of Jesus changing a life. (Revelation 12:11)

Acts 18:26: Apollos spoke boldly

  • Aquila and Priscilla heard him speak. They took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately

Application– When someone speaks of the things of God incorrectly, how do you approach them with correction?

Helping Others Through Grace

Acts 18:27: Apollos greatly helped those who had believed through grace

  1. Helped- indicates that God used Apollos in other believers’ lives
  2. Through grace- he gave them understanding by grace (unmerited forgiveness) GRACE = God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense

Application– How can you help another believer by grace to understand God?

Using Scripture to Share and Understand

Acts 18:28: Apollos vigorously refuted the Jews publicly

  1. Vigorously refuted- with powerful arguments
  2. Using the scripture, he explained to them the Jesus was the Messiah (2 Timothy 3:16 – “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”)

Application-Ministry requires believers to get their hands dirty.  You must love well even in presenting the truth of scripture, the heart of sharing the gospel must be rooted in love and communicated for the purpose of equipping believers for every good work.  It is not your word, it is the Word of God that moves people to repentance.

  1. Do you apply yourself to knowing the Word of God?
  2. The most profitable book to apply your heart to, is the Bible. 

Prayer

May you take the example of Apollos and use it in your own life.  May you be a man or women that is fervent in spirit, always teachable, confrontational with love and purpose to glorify God. 

May you be honest before God sharing your heart, asking for the Spirt of God to fill you and cause you to be “bubbling over” for Christ.

May your heart be ignited for revival within realizing that you may have to get your hands dirty as you seek to be a doer of God’s word and not just a hearer.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Fall Family Worship Night! The Thein family invites you to their outdoor pond for food and worship. 

5:45 PM Dinner

We would love for everyone to bring a crockpot of soup or homemade bread/rolls to share. 

6:30 PM Worship

Grab your comfy blankets, jackets and camping chairs to sit down by the pond and enjoy a sunset worship filled evening. We will have a bonfire and heaters just in case its a little chilly. 

Kids are welcome, and invite any friends, too.  If you can carpool with some other people, that would be great as parking is somewhat limited. 

Address:

182 Blue River Road

Contact Us if you have any questions.

During the summer months, we host an outdoor church service on the last Sunday of the month. (Next Outdoor Service – August 25th)

We gather on the lawn outside of the River Center, worship together, and even have a river baptism, weather and water-flow/temperature permitting.

On Sunday, July 28th, we had the honor of having Pastor Ed Young join us from Calvary Church Aurora. He and his family are dear friends and mentors to our pastors and church body.

Forgiveness

He shared a powerful message about forgiveness with us. We were encouraged to let go of any hurts, anger, bitterness or resentment and forgive those who have wronged us. This allows true healing and freedom to take place in our own hearts and offers an opportunity for reconciliation in our relationships with family members, friends, and church members.

After the time of worship and teaching, we all headed down to the river to see Jesse, a new believer and friend get baptized. It was a true delight to see his joy and love for Jesus shine.

Our next outdoor service will be on Sunday, August 25th. Let us know if you would be interested in getting baptized during this time or if you have any questions.