How Epic and Jesus Changed My Life

12 03 2009

Last week, we asked Epic attenders to share “How Epic / Jesus Has Changed my life.” Here are responses…This is why we faithfully serve in a ministry. This is why we sacrificially give to Christ. This is the reason we exist…thank you Epic Volunteers.

  • Thankful for Epic -it is a place that my daughter feels safe.
  • Support through the good times and tough ones.
  • I  know I can wear jeans to church and not feel guilty
  • Everyone is happy. Jesus and Epic are a light of hope in this dark world.
  • Epic has helped me develop my life into one I know God is proud of.
  • After college I had no direction and a series at Epic helped me find a career path that I love..
  • It has brought my awareness in the Lord on a daily basis. I look forward to coming to Epic every Sunday.
  • Our life has been enriched beyond all prayer requests desired/wished.
  • My wife and I come from very different religious backgrounds, Epic makes both of us comfortable.
  • I know Jesus can take care of all things.  I’ve learned to enjoy every moment and trust God with the rest.
  • Brought me closer to Christ.
  • I had not been to church in a few years and I came to Epic and have gotten closer to Jesus again.
  • I’ve never felt so much hope and chance that I feel after leaving each service.
  • Epic helps me open my heart and accept Christ in my life rather then avoid Him in fear of the unknown.
  • He accepts and loves me when I sin and beat myself up.  He told me that I am his daughter.
  • Belonging to a community , supporting me in my struggles
  • We actually turned in our membership papers today! We’re so excited to be part of the Epic family.
  • It’s a place where I belong and feel accepted.
  • Epic has brought God to be a priority in my life.  I now have a craving for Him and can’t go without Him.
  • Brought me into a REAL relationship with God not just a “Sunday Christian”
  • Going to church now has meaning rather then being repetitious prayers. Epic reaches out to touch it’s members and the community
  • Epic has brought our family closer. Our hearts are lighter and happier.
  • Epic has made me look forward to going to church.  It has also brought Jesus back into my life.
  • Never used to think that God was anywhere outside the church.
  • It provides a dedicated time each week to reflect on my spirituality, and choices in my daily life.
  • A place where I feel accepted and encouraged no matter my issues or struggles.
  • Helped me to turn my worries and stress over to God.
  • Epic has made it so easy for me as a young woman to be an important part of the church.
  • It has made me realize that I want to develop my relationship with God!
  • Epic is so much more then just church on Sunday, we do life together all week long .

Why Small Groups?

29 01 2009

Someone asked me a few weeks what was the Biblical basis for Life Groups at Epic…

The Biblical basis for small groups, begins in Genesis 1:26-27 “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness . . . So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” In the Trinity God lives in community and when He created us He stamped us with a desire for community.

When Christ came, His strategy to reach the whole world was to form a small group of 12. “Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to Him those He wanted, and they came to Him. He appointed twelve–designating them apostles –that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach.” Mark 3:13-4 Jesus models what it meant to live in community with a small group of people. In John 17, His prayer is that His community would be one with the same oneness that He experiences in the Trinity. His desire for every Christ follower is to experience this connectedness, this love, and this oneness in His community.

Christ’s teaching on community culminates when washes their feet and sets for them an example of how they are now to live and instructs them “By this all men will know that you are mine, if you love one another.” This new community puts the worlds of Christ into practice in Acts 2:42-47. They continue to meet not just in the temple courts, but also house to house in intimate community relationships.

We see community oneness and connection throughout writings to Christian communities in the New Testament. Fifty nine times the words “one another” are used as instruction for the Christian community.

  • Love one another deeply from the heart I Peter 1:22
  • Instruct one another Romans 15:14
  • Serve one another in love Galatians 5:13
  • Carry one another’s burdens Galatians 6:2
  • Confess your sins to one another James 5:16
  • Forgive one another Ephesians 4:32
  • Encourage one another 1 Thessalonians 4:18
  • Build each other up I Thessalonians 5:11
  • Pray for each other James 5:16
  • Spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:24

The optimal place to live out these commands is in the context of a small group.

Vision 2009: Epic Church

13 01 2009

unstoppable-smallGod really rocked our world the last few weeks at Epic. He is building His church and He is using every single one of us to build His community.

God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what He is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now He’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home. Ephesians 2:20-22

Epic’s Mission: To Challenge People to Discover Their Role in God’s Story.

We Have a Vision for a Church Where:

1. Everyone is WELCOME
Vision: To create a culturally relevant worship experience that will serve seekers and build believers in a life changing relationship with Jesus

2. Everyone is NEEDED

Vision: The church does not exist for us, but are the church and we exist for the world.

3. Everyone is CHANGED
Vision: To become unstoppable idiots who have been with Jesus


1. Reach UP: Grow Closer to Christ
We agree to authenticly face the journey of becoming more like Jesus.

2. Reach IN: Grow Closer to One Another

We agree to build our lives around living out the “one anothers” of scripture.

3. Reach OUT: Grow Closer to Others
We agree to do anything short of sin to reach people without Christ.

New Year, New Series: Unstoppable

29 12 2008

unstoppable-smallWhat would happen if we truly embraced our mission to dared to become the church God imagined? We could become an unstoppable force. Join us as we look forward to what God has in store for us in 2009.

Jan 4     Unstoppable Vision
Jan 11    Unstoppable Partners

Jesus and Critics

20 11 2008

When Jesus Christ walked the earth, the people who were most involved in God’s community were the people who were the biggest critics of Christ, His mission and His ministry. It’s crazy. Christ’s critics were in worship every week. They were engaged in the Scriptures. But since Jesus didn’t fit in their box in the way they thought He should do ministry, they missed Him.

You would think they would see His heart to reach the lost sheep, but they didn’t. You would think they would listen to truth of His words, but they didn’t. You would think they would see what the Holy Spirit was doing in the lives of those who were following Him, but they didn’t. Because they were so hung up on the rites of the Sabbath, they missed that He was The Lord of the Sabbath. Because they couldn’t see the Rock He was building his church on, they decided to throw stones. Because they were threatened by Him, they decided to threaten him.

Even though His critics probably never received Him, He ultimately went to the cross to pay the penalty for those sins that probably hurt HIm the very most.

“Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Matthew 16:6

Message of the Week: The Political Elephant, Mark Batterson

17 11 2008
Today I was listening to a bunch of podcasts for inspiration and ideas as I brainstormed message series for 2009 at Epic. The message Mark Batterson from National Community Church gave the week before the election was dead on about politics and our mission in the local church. Being a church in the heart of Washington D.C., National is uniquely positioned with people across the political spectrum. I know some of you will be challenged by what he has to say, but if we are going to be the church that Christ is calling us to be and the world desperately needs, we must hit this one head on.
Links – The Political Elephant, Mark Batterson

What do you think? In what way did this challenge your thinking?