SERMON SERIES: THE HERO'S JOURNEY
We may not realize it, but key ingredients make up the classic stories we love so much. So many of the stories that are a part of our lives follow a structure of call, adventure and transformation often referred to as “The Hero’s Journey.”
In this series, we’ll spend 6 weeks exploring how that same story structure happens to parallel the adventure Christ wants to lead you on as a follower of his. In the end, we’ll emerge with a deeper understanding of what it means to be a disciple of this maverick rabbi named Jesus.
PART 1: HOW IT BEGINS
Classic stories begin with a character who’s in a zone of comfort...but they want something. This desire disrupts their routine and eventually leads them on a transformative journey. This is exactly how our journey with Christ begins. Without Jesus, you are not what you were made to be, and only He can help you become that.
4/23/17 Speaker: Justin Gerhardt
PART 2: CROSSING THE THRESHOLD
As we continue exploring the parallels between classic story structure and our journey as disciples of Jesus, we come to the "Go" moment--a character crossing the threshold between their previous reality and a new “world.” Again and again, Jesus calls us to follow him deeper into spiritual maturity--and again and again, we must decide whether or not to cross the threshold.
4/30/17 Speaker: Dan Burgess
PART 3: REFINED
Jesus calls every one of us into a new world--and then we have to learn to adapt through trials and training. It’s during this phase of our story that God shapes us in difficult, wonderful ways.
5/7/17 Speaker: Justin Gerhardt
PART 4: FINALLY FOUND
What are you looking for, really? The answer may surprise you. In this message, we explore God's ultimate goal in saving you (hint: it isn't about your sins).
5/14/17 Speaker: Justin Gerhardt
PART 5: THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP
This is the hardest part in a character’s journey: The moment when they’re confronted with the reality that what they really want will cost them dearly. Jesus wants his followers to understand: the same is true for us in our story with him.
5/21/17 Speaker: Justin Gerhardt
PART 6: BRINGING IT HOME
Once the journey's complete, a hero returns home changed. In this message, we'll find out what that looks like in the life of a follower of Jesus: it's one thing that's not always easy to do, but makes all the sense in the world.
5/28/17 Speaker: Justin Gerhardt