New Series@Epic: OnePrayer

29 06 2009

one prayer cardWhat would happen if believers from all over the globe came together to impact the world like never before? For three weeks, Epic Church will be part of something bigger than any of us as we join together with 1800 churches and over a million people worldwide to pray for and serve our communities, our cities and our world.

July 5 God is…Love
July 12 God is…Here
July 19 God is…Strength

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He’s Very Fond of Me: Galatians 4:6-7

24 06 2009

building verses2You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his own children because God sent the Spirit of his Son into our lives crying out, “Papa! Father!” Doesn’t that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child? Galatians 4:6-7

How do you view God? How do you view yourself? In “Abba’s Child, Brennan Manning tells the wonderful story about an Irish priest who’s traveling the countryside, and he sees an old peasant sitting by the side of the road. When the priest gets closer, he realizes this peasant is praying, and the priest is impressed. He says to the peasant, “You must be quite close to God.” The peasant looks up from his prayers and thinks for a moment, and then he says, “Yes, He’s very fond of me.”

“He’s very fond of me.” Do you know that God is very fond of you? Do you realize that is the type of relationship He is inviting you into?

One of Jesus’ closest friends on earth was a disciple named John. In the Gospel he wrote,  John describes himself not as a disciple, not as a worker for God and not even as a follower of Christ. He simply refers to himself as “the one Jesus loved.” That was his primary identity in life. “I am the one Jesus loves.”

What would it look like in my life and yours if we too saw this as our primary identity in life as “the one Jesus loves”? How differently would I view myself at the end of the day if I really believed that “He’s very fond of me”? How would my life change if I truly believed the Bible’s astounding words about God’s love for me, if I looked in the mirror and saw what God sees?





Four Questions to Stay on Fire For God

22 06 2009

You asked for it screen02Last Sunday@Epic, we answered your question “How Do You Stay on Fire For God?”

The first step to keep my faith white hot is to take personal responsibility for my spiritual journey. Over the years, I’ve found myself giving excuses as to why I am not fired up spiritually. I’ve blamed churches, other people, my circumstances and even God for my lack of spiritual growth. I say things like “If ______ would happen or if this person would do ________, then I would be fired up!” But I was wrong. Change doesn’t come from the outside in, but from the inside out. Personally, I have found I need to do what David did in 1 Samuel 30:6 ” David strengthened himself with trust in his God.” He went to God and took responsibility for his spiritual life.

Here’s four categories and questions I weekly ask myself:

1. QUIET: When did you hang out with Jesus this week?

2. NOISE: What did I specifically praise Jesus for this week?

3. JOURNEY: Who in Christian community was I authentic with this week?

4. SERVE: Who did I love and reach out to this week?

On a weekly basis, I need to be intentional about all four of those areas in my life. Why? Because the greatest thing I bring to my workplace, my neighborhood, and my family is a person who is fully fired up in my relationship with Christ.





Stay Fired Up for God: Summer in the Son

18 06 2009

summerinthesonSometimes during the summer months, we take a spiritual vacation. Instead of stepping back this summer, I believe at Epic, God wants us to press forward to be all that God wants us to be. Jesus has some cool stuff planned for the 09.

This summer at Epic, we have three evenings to keep you fired up and to help youtake your next step spiritually. It’s called “Summer in the Son”…BBQ, deep discussion and challenge. Dates are June 24, July 22, and August 19.

  • Where: Tim & Kathy Kades House
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Bring: a dish (salad or dessert) & your Bible.

Stop by the info center and pick up your packet. Pre-work: Listen to the CD by Perry Noble, “Jesus or Me?” and join the summer Bible reading. To sign up contact Denise at 586.321.3376 or hillbomer@aol.com





You Asked For It…Week #1

17 06 2009

You asked for it screen02You asked some great questions last week. Here are the verses from the answers.

1. Can you Trust the Bible?

Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:20-21

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
The Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God and the Foundation for life.

2. Why Hasn’t Jesus Physically Come to Earth for 2000 years?

And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven. Matthew 24:30-31
Also Hebrews 9:26-28

3. How do You Recognize God’s Voice?

His sheep follow him because they know his voice…My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:4, 27
1. God’s method of speaking Varies
2. God’s voice often seems Inconvenient
3. God’s voice is always consistent with the Bible
4. God most often speaks to those who are listening

4. When we are told to “worship” God, what exactly does that mean?

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1
Be a 24/7 worshipper

5. If you accept Jesus as your Savior, but spend your life going your own way, ignoring God will you still go to Heaven?

See Matthew 13:18-23
If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left. Hebrews 10:24

If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Luke 9:23





Servolution ’09: Get Out

17 06 2009

servolution2WHAT IS SERVOLUTION?
Servolution is not an event; it is a culture. We are actively pursuing the lost and the forgotten to show them a God who is passionately in love with them. We stand ready with one heart, saying, “I will serve others and show them the hope they can have in Jesus.” We serve because small things done with great love will change the world.

WHY SERVE?
1. Jesus did.
2. The church is best expressed outside its walls.
3. It’s a tangible expression of the love of God for humanity.
4. It makes us irresistible to the world.
5. It tears down barriers and opens hearts.

SUMMER 2009 SERVOLUTION OPPORTUNITIES
June 18: 4-6 Grocery Packing Day
June 20, 10:30am-2pm: Love Fest, Detroit
3-4 pm: Relay for Life, Hart Middle School
July 18, 8-9:30pm: Movies in the Moonlight, Rochester
August 8, TBD: Dancing in the Streets, Rochester
August 22, 6:30-830pm: Dairy Queen, Shelby Twp
September 11-13: Arts and Apples, Rochester

GOT A NEW IDEA? Don’t wait. Grab some friends and start your own servolution. Let us know, if we can help.

SIGN UP: on the connection card, contact Brandon Kennedy at 248.565-5338
or brandonkennedy@epicchurch.com





New Series @Epic: You Asked for It

11 06 2009

You asked for it screen02Some of life’s toughest questions are the ones you usually don’t hear about in church. You’ve got questions. The Bible has answers! In this three week series, you’ll get straight answers to your tough questions.

June 14 – June 28