Category: Core Issues


Communitas is now Shift

Communitas has relaunched and we wanted to let you know about the exciting new changes!!

  • We’ve moved from Thursdays to Sundays.
  • A leadership team has been faithfully meeting every week, planning and preparing teachings and discussions for you.
  • We are now officially part of NextGen at CityChurch, led by Pastor Russell Dick.
  • We’ve moved from our small room in the Cross-Street building to The Hub, where the Ethos Café will be open offering a limited menu of drinks and specialty coffees available for free.
  • A time of acoustic café-style worship.
  • And finally, with all the new changes we’ve launched with a new name: SHIFT.

The Oxford American Dictionary defines shift as moving from one place to another; changing position, direction, or tendency.  If there is ever a time in our lives where this is truest, that time is now as we search for and discover our story in our workplace, our families and in the story of Jesus.

If you are between the ages of 18-29 and you are in college, not in college, in your career, married, have children, or anything else. . .  What matters is if you’re looking for people your age to hang out with, then you are invited to Shift on Sunday evenings, at the Ethos Café in The Hub at CityChurch.  Doors will open at 6:30.  Join us at Shift as we worship and seek to grow in Christ through community and discipleship.   The café will be open from 6:30 pm — 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm — 8:45 pm (approximately).

See you Sundays!!

 

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Day 31, Be: A Christian

You and me, a strong army of men and women, refusing to simply act like a Christian, but determined to be one.

Closing Thoughts:

Imagine if every single person who proclaimed themselves to be
Christian spent every day loving God with all their heart, all their
soul and all their mind, and if every single one loved their neighbor
as themselves.  It simply begins with a choice to give up our roles
as Christians and to decide to truly be one from the core of who we
are.

There are many mind-sets and opinions about what a Christian
really is, but we must ensure that we always come back to the
Word of God as our benchmark for what it means to be one.
Being a Christian is not something we can master and then move
beyond.  It is a daily choice and determination, it is something we
can forever be improving on, learning from and sharing with others.
It’s a journey.  It’s an adventure!

Determine to challenge yourself daily in your normal, everyday
life—through trials and success—asking yourself this question:

Am I just acting like a Christian, or am I truly being one?

Day 30, Be: Interruptible

OK, so we finished up The Core Issues series last month, but I also realized I dropped the ball and didn’t post the final two days of our 31-day journey.  So in an effort to finish what we started here’s Day 30 and Day 31 will be tomorrow.

People are not an interruption in our lives—they are why we’re here.

Read: Mark 5:21-42

Ask Yourself & Journal:

•  What happened when Jesus allowed Jairus to interrupt His meeting?

He listened and he went with him.  And even within that interruption he allowed another one to slow him from getting to Jairus house, but we see throughout this story that Jesus’ plan and timing was different than the expectations of those around him.

•  When you have a plan, how hard does God have to work at getting you to change it?

I would guess, pretty hard.  I would also say that when I DON’T have a plan, it’s pretty easy for me to hear him.  Does that mean I shouldn’t plan?  No, it means I have a tendency to listen to Him only when I haven’t come up with something myself.  Why would I do that?!  I think if most of us are honest with ourselves we’ll tell ourselves there’s nothing wrong with our plan and that it doesn’t contradict scripture in anyway, but never actually submit our plans to Jesus or others (see 1 Peter 5:5) before setting out to accomplish them.

•  Can you think of a time when you allowed the Holy Spirit to “interrupt” you so that you could help someone else?

Yes, a few times and it was usually in relation to someone who hadn’t yet chosen to believe.  When I think of them I see my “small part” in the path they took.  One, a girl who was very new to her faith it was by simply going out of my way to invite her to a small group.  She ended up meeting her future husband that day.  Another time, was the act of having a drink with someone who didn’t necessarily know what to believe.  Now he’s following Jesus, has been baptized, and found a lovely equally-yoked wife.  Was I the almighty catalyst in these people’s lives.  NO.  I listened and took AN action, ONE action;  I played my part in obedience.  God included me in their stories.  I’m glad I listened.

•  What changes would you need to make in your life in order to allow God room to interrupt you?

In my current relationship I’m learning what it means to communicate effectively, properly and humbly.  This takes practice.  What changes can I make to allow God’s interruptions?  I need to practice listening and when is the best time to do this?  In my times of prayer.  My prayer shouldn’t consist of me being the only one talking.  Uncomfortable though it may be, just sitting in stillness and allowing God to speak to us takes practice.  But if I never do it, or am inconsistent with it how would I ever become familiar with His voice.  Can we hear his voice in the crowd?

Listen & Pray:  JESUS my PATH, many times I live as if there is no room in my schedule for mistakes or interruptions.  I thank You when you interrupt me and choose to use me to make a difference in the life of another person.  No plan I make is ever more important that what you have planned for me.

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