Authentic Christian Community

What a great Sunday at North Side as we continued through our 2nd week of “Solitary Confinement” as we focused on the big idea of “Authentic Christian Community.”

Some of us struggle to grow in our walk with Christ because we fail to get in the right environments.  In authentic Christian community, God uses other believers to strengthen us.  Are you making sure you are setting yourself up for spiritual success?

The above picture is Jeff’s big boy tomato that he has been growing in his backyard.  Something is definitely wrong (garden, soil, water, planter…)!  As he pointed out, many of us are like that because we aren’t planting ourselves around the people of God.  His message was so powerful today – can’t wait to talk about it tonight in my C-Group.

Other ways we drove home the big idea was through a great small group video and a wonderful testimony about C-Groups from one of our elders, Scott Davis.  Here was today’s full service guide.

Today, we worshiped to:

Our team pulled what energy they had left from a long weekend of ministry and left it all on the stage this Sunday.  After a weekend of pouring into other worship teams, this crew gave it their all yet again.  And I must admit, my challenge for the congregation to sing like a bunch of worship leaders from this weekend must have paid off because you guys got after it too!  It was an amazing time of worship today, and I am honored to get to do it with this team and with this church!

Can’t wait for a special conclusion to this series next Sunday!

Travis Agnew is a Christian, husband, father, pastor, author, blogger, and religion instructor.

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32 Comments

  1. Travis Agnew

    What impacted you today? Share the

  2. Tonya Gambrell Durham

    I was AMAZED with the sermon. Just last night I needed advice and a friend. It was 2:00 in the morning and I called a person from my C-group. We talked for over an hour and then I came into church this morning and heard Jeff's sermon. WOW!! Don't know what else to say excep

  3. Travis Agnew

    What impacted you today? Share the love!

  4. Travis Agnew

    I'll double that wow,

  5. Tonya Gambrell Durham

    I was AMAZED with the sermon. Just last night I needed advice and a friend. It was 2:00 in the morning and I called a person from my C-group. We talked for over an hour and then I came into church this morning and heard Jeff's sermon. WOW!! Don't know what else to say except WOW!

  6. Tonya Gambrell Durham

    Gina felt Wow

  7. Kenny Downing

    Not only was the sermon WOW. The Lord had the praise team having the WOW factor this morning as

  8. Travis Agnew

    Ah, Gina. No shocker there. You got a good f

  9. Travis Agnew

    I think the whole church was wowing this mo

  10. Tonya Gambrell Durham

    Yes. I know. She is absolutely precious to

  11. Travis Agnew

    I must say yet again that this morning's stupendous nature had so much to do with the wonderful music, tech, and host team. You guys and gals are the real deal and I am honored to serve wit

  12. Ada Velez

    It hit me close to my heart. I moved to GWD and started going to NS 2 1/2 yrs ago. This is the church I visited first and loved it from the beginning. I have to say that even though there has been some great people that open up to me as true christians, I can see what Jeff said about others staying green like his tomato. Some people would dismiss someone like me maybe because they think I don't belong because I am different. I surely felt that way because it happened to me – feeling lonely and lost in this town and reached out to someone that didn't think I was worth helping out, but God had other plans and wanted me to continue going to NS and I am there. The message I hope will get to those who even though they say they are christians and may know the word of God well, still need to grow as Jeff said by being intentional – we exist for a reason and we all have struggles, authentic – no one is perfect, available – look people in the eye don't ignore them and accountable – for sure there are people that are heartbroken and if we don't reach out to them we are not being true christian or better said mature christians. As for as me I will immediately reflect on my areas that need attention to make sure I don't stay like that green tomato and find a way to keep helping people. After all nothing I have is really mine, it was given to me by God so I can give it back somehow. Finally, the music was such that made it all so special and feeling so close to God. I love

  13. Ada Velez

    It hit me close to my heart. I moved to GWD and started going to NS 2 1/2 yrs ago. This is the church I visited first and loved it from the beginning. I have to say that even though there has been some great people that open up to me as true christians, I can see what Jeff said about others staying green like his tomato. Some people would dismiss someone like me maybe because they think I don't belong because I am different. I surely felt that way because it happened to me – feeling lonely and lost in this town and reached out to someone that didn't think I was worth helping out, but God had other plans and wanted me to continue going to NS and I am there. The message I hope will get to those who even though they say they are christians and may know the word of God well, still need to grow as Jeff said by being intentional – we exist for a reason and we all have struggles, authentic – no one is perfect, available – look people in the eye don't ignore them and accountable – for sure there are people that are heartbroken and if we don't reach out to them we are not being true christian or better said mature christians. As for as me I will immediately reflect on my areas that need attention to make sure I don't stay like that green tomato and find a way to keep helping people. After all nothing I have is really mine, it was given to me by God so I can give it back somehow. Finally, the music was such that made it all so special and feeling so close to God. I love Jesus.

  14. Travis Agnew

    Awesome stuff

  15. Travis Agnew

    Awesome stuff, Ada!

  16. DavidandSandra Hjalmer

    Ada you said that so well.. I love who you

  17. DavidandSandra Hjalmer

    Ada you said that so well.. I love who you are!!

  18. Travis Agnew

    I'll double that wow, Tonya!

  19. Tonya Gambrell Durham

    Gina felt Wow too!!

  20. Kenny Downing

    Not only was the sermon WOW. The Lord had the praise team having the WOW factor this morning as well.

  21. Travis Agnew

    Ah, Gina. No shocker there. You got a good friend.

  22. Travis Agnew

    I think the whole church was wowing this morning!

  23. Tonya Gambrell Durham

    Yes. I know. She is absolutely precious to me…

  24. Travis Agnew

    I must say yet again that this morning's stupendous nature had so much to do with the wonderful music, tech, and host team. You guys and gals are the real deal and I am honored to serve with you!

  25. Ada Velez

    Ditto Sandra. You are very special too. Seriously I am still a green tomato sometimes but I need to change and I will with God's help…and of course friends like

  26. Ada Velez

    Ditto Sandra. You are very special too. Seriously I am still a green tomato sometimes but I need to change and I will with God's help…and of course friends like you!!

  27. Gina Wagoner

    Wish you could be a part of our "garden" Wednesday night. I hear you are out of town but call me this weekend if you have time. Missing

  28. Gina Wagoner

    Wish you could be a part of our "garden" Wednesday night. I hear you are out of town but call me this weekend if you have time. Missing you!!!

  29. Ada Velez

    Hi Gina I wish I would be there too. I won't be back until late Friday but maybe I can do the following Wednesday. I really have to get back with the group, otherwise the little green tomato that I am will not grow 🙂 I will call you. By the way my friend Hope from the Chamber and I would like to do take the self defense classes with you. I think she already talked to you…. Miss you al

  30. Gina Wagoner

    Yeah-sign up for the class thru Lander Continuing Ed. I would love to have you guys-it's gonna be a lot

  31. Gina Wagoner

    Yeah-sign up for the class thru Lander Continuing Ed. I would love to have you guys-it's gonna be a lot of fun

  32. Ada Velez

    Hi Gina I wish I would be there too. I won't be back until late Friday but maybe I can do the following Wednesday. I really have to get back with the group, otherwise the little green tomato that I am will not grow 🙂 I will call you. By the way my friend Hope from the Chamber and I would like to do take the self defense classes with you. I think she already talked to you…. Miss you all too!

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