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Starting Point

I love the fall! Cooler weather, college football, and at Cedar Creek it means a church-wide series and Home group study. This September (11th for Banks Mill and 18th for West and Ridge campuses) we are kicking off Starting Point, a ten week study to help all of us take a next step of growth in our relationship with God and each other.

Your life is a story. It began the moment you drew your first breath, and the plot continues to develop with each passing day. But to truly understand your story, you need to see how it fits into a much bigger story…God’s story. The Bible not only reveals God’s story, but it also helps us understand where we fit. As we walk through the pages of the Bible from creation to eternity, we’ll discover not only how the Bible is put together and why it is reliable, but also how it helps us discover God’s plan and purpose for our lives.

As excited as I am about preaching this series on Sunday mornings, I’m even more excited about the opportunity for us to go deeper with this material in Home group. If you’re not in a group, please take the first step to get connected now by clicking here. While you may enjoy and learn from the weekend messages, real growth happens when you make it personal with a few others. Whether you’re a skeptic, seeker, new believer or committed Christ follower, there’s something for you in Starting Point.

Looking forward to taking this journey with you!

God Bless,

Phillip

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31 August 2011 ~ Comments Off

Keeping The Focus

Luke 22:42 “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”

What a powerful moment and reminder of a true heart of prayer. Often in ministry my focus can be shifted from God’s will to Beau’s idea and this can be a dangerous and slippery road to go down. We can have the best ideas, intentions, and goals but if they are not in line with the heart and will of God they tend to become selfish motives out of a sinful heart.

This passage of scripture also reminds me how good God’s grace is. The fact that he allows us to be a part of His movement blows me away. We get to be a part of God’s story of redemption because He is good. Just like Peter who one moment draws a sword to fight for Jesus and then the next moment denies he ever knew him we too are on the roller coaster ride of sanctification. Living in moments of prideful sin followed by moments of living in God’s will and in both of those His perfect grace is given to us.

I challenge myself and you to ask yourself this is your life built around your abilities or God’s will?

Do we strive to live in His will and forsake our own?

What is God calling you to that is better than what you have for yourself?

Beau Bradberry

Campus Pastor

Cedar Creek On The Ridge

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