What Are We Talking About?

Sunday October 15
2 Services Return
to The Olive Branch
@ 9:30 & 11:15 AM

New Message Series
TALKING ABOUT WHAT MATTERS MOST
Bringing Jesus Into The Conversation

Strange, isn’t it, when news that is even better than, The War is Finally Over! or They Found a Cure for Cancer! feels strange – even awkward! 
Why? Why is the news that God is more loving and kind than you ever dreamed – that He’s at work everywhere stopping evil and pain – and that He’s made a way for everyone to live forever – if they want to – so tough to talk about? Most people want things to be made right – for peace to prevail. Most people want suffering and injustice to stop and all tears to be wiped away. To just cut through the haze – the most difficult person to bring into conversations in our world is, well, the One who made it possible: Jesus. People think all kinds of things about Jesus – many of them good – but the greatest objection is His claim to be a Saviour, The Son of God – and the King in God’s Kingdom. Good News will win the day – WE KNOW THAT!  Until it does, we have been sent – to be Good News – and tell it whenever and wherever doors open. 

Sunday October 15
2 Services
@ 9:30 & 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
SO…WHY?
In past eras of Christianity, followers of Jesus made the mistake of implying that the Good News – receiving grace and inviting Jesus to be a part of your life – is about going to Heaven when you die instead of hell. And that’s true… as far as it goes. But the truth goes way, way deeper than that. The Good News of the Kingdom, though, is about the fact that God has invaded this planet – wrecked by sin and death – with goodness and life that will one day encompass everything. To rebel – to miss the chance to be a part of that kingdom because you don’t like it, or don’t believe it – or have chosen something or someone else to save you – leaves you stuck.  Stuck in a system that unravels and twists everything. To see someone extricated from that by a Saviour who loves them is amazing! But we do ultimately have to choose – Jesus, or something else.

Sunday October 22
2 Services
@ 9:30 & 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
THREE SIMPLE WAYS TO TALK ABOUT JESUS
Most people are afraid of looking dumb. Of believing something unbelievable – so unbelievable they can’t actually describe it. It’s quite simple, really. We couldn’t make our way to God or perform our way into a relationship – or be good enough to be with Him forever – so He did it for us and gave it to us as a gift. It’s called grace – and it’s the most amazing thing on this planet. What God has done is not simple – and it wasn’t painless – but it is possible to tell people in simple ways what it means – without preaching at them.

Sunday October 29
2 Services
@ 9:30 & 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR WORLD
Did you known that God has sent you to your world – as an act of love for them – and as an act of love for you? Here’s how it works.  God has His people everywhere! His Spirit – is at work everywhere. When we see ourselves as sent by God – something amazing happens. The work the Spirit is doing in others is drawn to the work God is doing in and through us – and there is this divine intersection. When we look for opportunities – they come. The best thing we can do is be Good News before talking about the Good News. Now, this is not about being perfect or acting as if you are.  It’s about loving, respecting and blessing others. Most likely God will use you, over time, as a Bringer  that is, a person who invites others into a context where they can, over time, understand the Good News. Simply cooperating with God on this is the most meaningful thing you will ever do with your life!