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If you have attended more than one service at Covenant Life, you have probably heard us talk about The Jericho Project. As a matter of fact, if you’ve just driven near the church campus, you have likely seen the banners that we have about The Jericho Project. You may know about its existence, but you may not know exactly what it is. This week, we’re going to talk about The Jericho Project — what it is, what’s the connection to Jericho, how we’re going to carry it out and how you can get involved. We’re also going to share some exciting news. Our hope is that, by the end of today’s service, you will be able to give a clear, memorable answer to others who may ask about The Jericho Project.
The relationship that Jesus had with His 12 closest disciples was a special one. They were hand-picked by Jesus after a whole night of praying about which of the larger group of disciples would get pretty much unrestricted access to Him 24/7. He was many things and filled many roles for them, but when you think of it all together, Jesus was fathering these men. He was a living expression of our Heavenly Father in their lives, and the way He treated them over the course of those years is a good pattern for us today as we try to figure out how to navigate this thing called Fatherhood. Today’s message is focused on fatherhood and the way that Jesus treated His disciples, but the biblical principles of parenthood apply to moms and those in other relationships. We encourage you to look at how Jesus led the disciples and strive to put these lessons into practice in your life even if you aren’t a parent.
Crisis Faith

Crisis Faith

2022-06-1342:02

Jesus once told a parable about two houses, and if you looked at the two houses side by side, it would have been hard to tell the difference. However, Jesus introduced a variable: torrential rain. This turned out to be the deciding factor because one of the houses was built on sand, and when the rain washed away the sand, the house collapsed. Every person builds their lives on something, and those lives are the houses that Jesus was talking about. When we build our lives on Jesus Christ and put our faith in Him, we are able to make it through any storm — even those that make us weak by coming again and again. This week, we are talking about how to keep our faith strong in a crisis, looking at the faith of two people in the Bible and see what we can learn from them about surviving our own crises.
People don’t seem to have an issue with songs, shirts or sayings about Jesus, but things tend to get weird when we mention the Holy Spirit. In light of Pentecost Sunday, it’s time to see what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit, so we can get to the root of this standoffishness and learn to respect and welcome Him in the same way that we welcome Jesus. Part of the problem is that, when it comes to the Holy Spirt, we like to focus on Acts 2. We talk about the rushing mighty wind, tongues of fire and boisterous worship of the 120 in the upper room. It’s a wonderful and powerful moment, but you can’t get to know the Holy Spirit by only looking at one scene or description. We need to look at some different passages to round out our understanding of Him.
Where Are You?

Where Are You?

2022-05-2949:19

When Adam and Eve sinned in Genesis 3, God responded by asking, “Where are you?” Because of His omniscience, God did not need to know Adam’s physical location; instead, He was asking about his location relationally. Something had changed in their relationship, and God wanted to encourage introspection and remind His creation of the way things ought to be. As believers today, we must regularly assess where we are in relation to God, and we can use the Bible like a map, helping to orient ourselves based on three sets of opposite directions. By understanding where we are and where we’re going, we can ensure that we’re growing closer to God each day and living in a way that points everyone around us to Jesus Christ.
The Rapture Doctrine

The Rapture Doctrine

2022-05-2342:59

The word “rapture” does not appear in the Bible and comes from a Latin word meaning “to carry or snatch away.” That is the definition of the word that appears in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 and is defined as “caught up.” This means that the rapture is the snatching away or catching up of all believers from the earth, and it is a common teaching in most evangelical churches. Because of its level of detail and the emphasis that Paul places on it, scholars consider 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 to be the definitive rapture passage in the Bible. Even more, it is presented as a revelation of Jesus directly to the apostle, which adds special significance. This week, we’re going to study this passage — and others — to better understand what the rapture is and how we should respond to that knowledge.
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Covenant Life Church is pleased to continue the Taboo Series, a series of messages designed to address topics that are considered “taboo” and are not talked about in many church services and sermons. As part of the latest installment, Pastor John and his wife, Valerie, are opening up about their mental health journey and sharing the lessons that they have learned along the way. Together, we’ll work to define mental health, explore possible causes for mental illness and discuss resources or treatment options for those in need. If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one or would like emotional support, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (English) or 1-888-628-9454 (Spanish). The network is available 24/7 across the United States. TTY and Chat options are also available for those who are deaf or heard of hearing.
A Mother's Soul

A Mother's Soul

2022-05-0837:28

The word “soul” in the Bible refers to the core of a person and the place where thoughts originate, decisions are made, and feelings are experienced. Anything that changes what you think, how you feel or what you do changes your soul. What we know about biblical motherhood is gleaned from the examples of mothers found in scripture, and no example is as prominently displayed as Mary, the mother of Jesus. This week, we’re going to look at Mary’s life as a mother to discover how mothering Him changed and affected her soul.
He Came Back for US

He Came Back for US

2022-05-0145:13

The first time Jesus came to earth was all about being the sacrifice for our sins. The next time He comes, He will set up His earthy Kingdom, and we will rule and reign with Him forever. However, there was another period that He was on the earth in the flesh that doesn’t often come to mind. We may understand the purpose of the first coming and the second coming of Christ, but what about the 40 days that He lived on this earth after the resurrection? There does not appear to be any biblical or prophetic reason that Jesus had to be on earth for those 40 days, but He always had a reason for everything that He did. This week, we are going to track some of His movements and activities during that 40-day period, and in doing so, we will discover — as noted in the title of this message — that He came back for us.
Lessons From John 4

Lessons From John 4

2022-04-2445:07

This week, Bruce Deel — who founded City of Refuge in 1997 — teaches on Jesus’s encounter with the “woman at the well” in John 4. By examining the four ways that Jesus interacted with the woman, we will learn more about how we can effectively meet the needs of those around us and open doors to share the live-saving message of the Gospel. Located in one of Georgia’s toughest neighborhoods, City of Refuge provides housing, medical and mental health care, educational training, vocational training, case management, an auto repair training center, a safe house for the victims of sex trafficking and a host of other services to the disenfranchised and homeless of Atlanta.
Are You Dead?

Are You Dead?

2022-04-1740:00

When it comes to Easter, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype, and we often put undue pressure on ourselves to say and do all the right things. The reality is that this day is special all by itself because God came to earth in the form of a man, lived a perfect life, died on a cross, was buried in a top and rose again from the dead. We can rejoice today because Jesus is alive and lives forever, but the message of the resurrection will only change your life if you let it. It will only change your life if it matters to you, and no one cares more about this message than dead people. This week, we are looking at three groups of dead people described in the Bible and how the resurrection changes their lives.
Then I Understood

Then I Understood

2022-04-1041:09

God wants to draw us close and bring understand. He wants to heal, comfort, strengthen and renew, but if we're going to allow God to do these things in our lives, we must be willing to get real. Sometimes, we have to say aloud the things that have been holding us hostage inside. This week, we're going to dive into Psalm 73, going verse by verse to see what God wants to say to His people. Together, we'll explore what the author of this psalm, a man name Asaph, says about God and discover how to apply the lessons we learn to our own lives.
Pursue Contentment

Pursue Contentment

2022-04-0339:50

What are you pursuing? Are you locking your eyes on Jesus, or are you easy prey for deceit? Many people think that godliness is a way to material gains; they try to bargain with God and say things like, "If you do this, I'll do that." Instead of trying to acquire and achieve more, we must realize that we can rest in God's sufficiency and know that we have all we need because of the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of us. This week, Jay Webb from West Metro FCA explores what it means to pursue contentment.
We live in a nation of doers. It’s the American way. We are addicted to activity, and if we ever find ourselves with a spare moment, we feel compelled to fill it with something — social media, news, streaming, reading and more. Why do we act like this? Because we’ve been groomed to believe that if we’re not doing something, we’re wasting our time. It’s into this crazy lifestyle that verses like Psalm 46:10 and Luke 10:38-42 speak. Be still and know that I am God. Only one thing is worth being concerned about, and Mary has discovered it sitting at the feet of Jesus. This week, we're looking at the importance of quiet moments and quiet seasons in the life of a Christian.
We’re coming to the last couple of messages in the CL 168 Series until after Easter, but we must continue to put into practice all that we have learned. We must work hard to become a church that leverages every hour of every week to move the needle on the Kingdom of God — not just the one hour of the week that we are together. Our foundational scripture in Ephesians 5 tells us that we all have something God wants us to do and that we all must live thoughtfully and wisely, maximize every Kingdom opportunity, come together for corporate worship and have a private personal connection with the Lord ourselves. This week, we are exploring what a CL168 life looks like on a daily basis.
We are in a series called CL168, exploring the fact that the American church spends more time focusing on the one hour per week that we HAVE church than on the ways we can BE the church during the other 167 hours each week. Last week, we learned about being an empowered church and talked about the need to wade out into deeper waters in the river of the Holy Spirit. As you start to put this into practice, you may think of the fruit of the Spirit and get overwhelmed by all the qualities you don’t currently possess, or you may think about being a witness for Jesus and get overwhelmed by fear. This week, we’re going to look at the one thing all of us can do to begin or deepen our journey with the Holy Spirit. To move the needle for the Kingdom of God every hour of every week, we must develop love first!
We’re continuing our CL168 Series, exploring how we can be a church that leverages our one hour of corporate worship to empower and equip the body to be the Church for the other 167 hours of each week. This week, we’re looking to the Bible to learn more about the person and purpose of the Holy Spirit, so we can understand why we are encouraged so often in scripture to be filled with the Spirit. If we’re going to be a 168-hour-per-week church, we need the power that the Spirit provides.
This week, we're continuing our CL168 series, learning how we can leverage the one hour we spend in church together to prepare us for the other 167 hours of the week. We must become a church that moves the needle on the work of the Kingdom every hour of the week — not just during our services on Sundays. To do this, the leaders of the church are called to train and equip, but because we don’t fully understand what this means, we often fail to do it properly. This leads to people getting hurt and deciding that they don't ever want to serve again. They suffer because they never find out what God has created, called and gifted them to do. If we're going to be a 168-hour church, we need to examine what the Word says about this topic, so we can do better.
We’re continuing our CL168 Series, exploring how we can be a church that leverages our one hour of corporate worship to empower and equip the body to be the church for the other 167 hours of each week. This week, we’re talking about what church membership looks like biblically. Instead of deconstructing church membership in order to refute some of the common membership myths, we’re getting to the heart of the matter and discussing three important characteristics membership for a 168-hours-per-week church.
Are You In?

Are You In?

2022-02-1343:47

To ensure that our concept and understanding of church has not become skewed, we must first figure out who the church is. There is a capital Church and a lowercase church. You can be part of the Church and not be a part of Covenant Life, and if that is true, you might be right where God wants you. However, what you don’t want to do is be part of Covenant Life or some other lowercase church and not really be a part of the capital, overall Church. This week, we’re continuing our CL168 series, exploring the idea that we should leverage our one-hour church service to be effective in the other 167 hours of the week. The goal is to align with the biblical concept of church and be a congregation that moves the needle on the work of the Kingdom of God all 168 hours of every week.
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