God With Us...In the Valley

Series: “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means “God is with us.” Matthew 1:23 You’re not alone…This Christmas series reminds us, even when we’re hurting and feel all alone, God is with us in every moment. He’s with us through the pain. He comforts us in the waiting. He gives us courage when we feel anxious. The advent of Christ changes everything…

Week One: It’s easier to trust God and follow God on the mountaintops of life than it is in the valleys of life sometimes. But what if it’s in the valleys that we get to know Him intimately.

The Greatest Blessing

Have you ever considered what is the greatest blessing in your life? Maybe it’s your spouse, your children, your friends, or even your job or possessions. But what if sometimes life’s greatest blessings were found in life’s greatest struggles? Today we are going to examine how our perspective during times of struggle can become life’s greatest blessing.

Uncommon Generosity

Uncommon Series: Jesus calls us to uncommon love, uncommon greatness and uncommon generosity… This is how we follow Jesus. So for the next three weeks, we want to focus in on three things that Jesus did throughout His life that He calls us to do throughout ours…

Today: Uncommon Generosity - Generosity in God’s Kingdom looks something like this: Expressing our love for God by caring for people that God loves. And here’s the kicker and expecting nothing in return…

Uncommon Greatness

Uncommon Series: Jesus calls us to uncommon love, uncommon greatness and uncommon generosity… This is how we follow Jesus. So for the next three weeks, we want to focus in on three things that Jesus did throughout His life that He calls us to do throughout ours…

Today: Uncommon Greatness - In our culture today the path to greatness is often defined by power, position and prestige. Jesus told us and exampled to us, that His pathway to greatness is different…so what is the way to greatness in the Kingdom of God? Let’s find out…

Uncommon Love

Uncommon Series: Jesus calls us to uncommon love, uncommon greatness and uncommon generosity… This is how we follow Jesus. So for the next three weeks, we want to focus in on three things that Jesus did throughout His life that He calls us to do throughout ours…

Today: Uncommon Love - Jesus introduced to the world, a brand new covenant and a brand new command. These were game changers then and game changers now…

Unity

2Chronicles 7:14 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

What would happen if believers from all over this city came together to impact Tracy like never before? Tracy Community Church is partnering with other churches to unite for an innovative series called One Prayer. Prayers aren’t empty words hurled at the sky. They’re conversations—in fact, they’re the most important conversations of our lives. Join with us as we find out just how much it matters when we pray.

Week Eight: Unity Jesus prayed for it…the Apostle Paul talked about it…maybe we need to become unified…maybe we should be known more for what we’re for, rather than just we’re against.

Don't Stop Praying

2Chronicles 7:14 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

What would happen if believers from all over this city came together to impact Tracy like never before? Tracy Community Church is partnering with other churches to unite for an innovative series called One Prayer. Prayers aren’t empty words hurled at the sky. They’re conversations—in fact, they’re the most important conversations of our lives. Join with us as we find out just how much it matters when we pray.

Week Seven: Don’t Stop Praying The Apostle Paul tells us to be anxious for nothing and to pray about everything…is that even possible? Let’s talk about it…

Boldness

2Chronicles 7:14 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

What would happen if believers from all over this city came together to impact Tracy like never before? Tracy Community Church is partnering with other churches to unite for an innovative series called One Prayer. Prayers aren’t empty words hurled at the sky. They’re conversations—in fact, they’re the most important conversations of our lives. Join with us as we find out just how much it matters when we pray.

Week Six: Boldness Hebrews 4:16 tells us that we may come boldly or confidently into the throne room of grace. Part of our prayer life consists of our ability to have direct access to God. To bring our request and our lives before him. Could it be that God intends for us to have a level of audacious faith, the kind of faith that dares to believe and ask God for the impossible as a normal way of life? In the face of doubt and fear, Jesus looked at a ruler of the synagogue and said , “ Don’t be afraid, just believe.”

When God Says No

2Chronicles 7:14 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

What would happen if believers from all over this city came together to impact Tracy like never before? Tracy Community Church is partnering with other churches to unite for an innovative series called One Prayer. Prayers aren’t empty words hurled at the sky. They’re conversations—in fact, they’re the most important conversations of our lives. Join with us as we find out just how much it matters when we pray.

Week Five: When God Says No God answers prayer, it’s either yes, not now or no…the question is, can we trust that God has our best interest at heart when He says no?

Persistent Prayer

2Chronicles 7:14 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

What would happen if believers from all over this city came together to impact Tracy like never before? Tracy Community Church is partnering with other churches to unite for an innovative series called One Prayer. Prayers aren’t empty words hurled at the sky. They’re conversations—in fact, they’re the most important conversations of our lives. Join with us as we find out just how much it matters when we pray.

Week Four: Persistent Prayer Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. What if God is not irritated by our persistent prayer, He is honored by it—and according to Jesus when you pray this way something is going to happen…

How To Pray | Part Two

2Chronicles 7:14 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

What would happen if believers from all over this city came together to impact Tracy like never before? Tracy Community Church is partnering with other churches to unite for an innovative series called One Prayer. Prayers aren’t empty words hurled at the sky. They’re conversations—in fact, they’re the most important conversations of our lives. Join with us as we find out just how much it matters when we pray.

Week Three: How to Pray | Part Two There was a time in the ministry of Jesus where His disciples saw Him praying—apparently the way He prayed and the way they prayed was so different that they asked: “Lord, teach us to pray…” We want to talk about that today…

How To Pray | Part One

2Chronicles 7:14 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

What would happen if believers from all over this city came together to impact Tracy like never before? Tracy Community Church is partnering with other churches to unite for an innovative series called One Prayer. Prayers aren’t empty words hurled at the sky. They’re conversations—in fact, they’re the most important conversations of our lives. Join with us as we find out just how much it matters when we pray.

Week Two: How to Pray | Part One What if there are some things about prayer we don’t know…what if there are some things about prayer we might have missed? And what if there are some things that we think are important, but aren’t___and there are some things that we think aren’t important at all, that really are…?

Why Do We Pray?

2Chronicles 7:14 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

What would happen if believers from all over this city came together to impact Tracy like never before? Tracy Community Church is partnering with other churches to unite for an innovative series called One Prayer. Prayers aren’t empty words hurled at the sky. They’re conversations—in fact, they’re the most important conversations of our lives. Join with us as we find out just how much it matters when we pray.

Week One: What if praying is more than getting something from God? What if it’s the pathway to God…

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

Parables of Jesus Series: The disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Why do you speak to people in parables?" He replied, "Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given o you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables." Matthew 13:10-13

In its most basic form, a parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. It's meant to impact the way that you think and the way that you live. During the next few weeks we'll find out together that Jesus wants to tell you a story. For some it will conceal the truth. For others, it will reveal the truth. It all depends on your heart. Incredibly, the often overlooked parables give us about a third of Jesus' teachings - they tell us an incredible amount about Jesus and his kingdom. During Jesus' earthly ministry that's what the parables were all about - illustrations to unfold the kingdom of God.

Today: THE PARABLE OF THE HIDDEN TREASURE (MATTHEW 13:44) Have you ever meandered through a yard sale looking for a steal...um, I mean, a bargain? Now what would you do if you found an item so valuable that you would need to sell all you own to have it? Today, we are going to look at a treasure so priceless that even if it cost you everything, it would still be a bargain.

 

 

Parable of the Growing Seed

Parables of Jesus Series: The disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Why do you speak to people in parables?" He replied, "Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given o you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables." Matthew 13:10-13

In its most basic form, a parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. It's meant to impact the way that you think and the way that you live. During the next few weeks we'll find out together that Jesus wants to tell you a story. For some it will conceal the truth. For others, it will reveal the truth. It all depends on your heart. Incredibly, the often overlooked parables give us about a third of Jesus' teachings - they tell us an incredible amount about Jesus and his kingdom. During Jesus' earthly ministry that's what the parables were all about - illustrations to unfold the kingdom of God.

Today: PARABLE OF THE GROWING SEED Often times when God reveals things in our lives He chooses to reveal them in stages. In today's parable we see that there is a sowing stage and a harvesting stage. Both stages can be exciting. But what about the soil stage? What about the time between the seed I've sown and the harvest? How do I relate to a God with patience when He doesn't allow me to see the schedule He works from?

   

The Lost Sheep | The Lost Coin | The Lost Son

Parables of Jesus Series: The disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Why do you speak to people in parables?" He replied, "Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given o you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables." Matthew 13:10-13

In its most basic form, a parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. It's meant to impact the way that you think and the way that you live. During the next few weeks we'll find out together that Jesus wants to tell you a story. For some it will conceal the truth. For others, it will reveal the truth. It all depends on your heart. Incredibly, the often overlooked parables give us about a third of Jesus' teachings - they tell us an incredible amount about Jesus and his kingdom. During Jesus' earthly ministry that's what the parables were all about - illustrations to unfold the kingdom of God.

Today: THE LOST SHEEP | THE LOST COIN | THE LOST SON They are all valuable.

Parable of the Friend In Need

Parables of Jesus Series: The disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Why do you speak to people in parables?" He replied, "Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given o you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables." Matthew 13:10-13

In its most basic form, a parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. It's meant to impact the way that you think and the way that you live. During the next few weeks we'll find out together that Jesus wants to tell you a story. For some it will conceal the truth. For others, it will reveal the truth. It all depends on your heart. Incredibly, the often overlooked parables give us about a third of Jesus' teachings - they tell us an incredible amount about Jesus and his kingdom. During Jesus' earthly ministry that's what the parables were all about - illustrations to unfold the kingdom of God.

Today: PARABLE OF A FRIEND IN NEED This morning, we'll examine one of Jesus' parables that illustrates that God wants us to come boldly into His presence and be persistent in our prayers. He is a good Father, whose willingness to give exceeds our ability to ask.

A Solid Renovation

Parables of Jesus Series: The disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Why do you speak to people in parables?" He replied, "Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given o you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables." Matthew 13:10-13

In its most basic form, a parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. It's meant to impact the way that you think and the way that you live. During the next few weeks we'll find out together that Jesus wants to tell you a story. For some it will conceal the truth. For others, it will reveal the truth. It all depends on your heart. Incredibly, the often overlooked parables give us about a third of Jesus' teachings - they tell us an incredible amount about Jesus and his kingdom. During Jesus' earthly ministry that's what the parables were all about - illustrations to unfold the kingdom of God.

Today: A SOLID RENOVATION Jesus wants to renovate our hearts by replacing selfishness with compassion so we can help other people build a better life too.

The Cost of Discipleship

Parables of Jesus Series: The disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Why do you speak to people in parables?" He replied, "Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given o you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables." Matthew 13:10-13

In its most basic form, a parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. It's meant to impact the way that you think and the way that you live. During the next few weeks we'll find out together that Jesus wants to tell you a story. For some it will conceal the truth. For others, it will reveal the truth. It all depends on your heart. Incredibly, the often overlooked parables give us about a third of Jesus' teachings - they tell us an incredible amount about Jesus and his kingdom. During Jesus' earthly ministry that's what the parables were all about - illustrations to unfold the kingdom of God.

Today: THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP In Luke 14:25-33 Jesus asks us to count the cost. His words seem harsh, but what does He really mean when He tells us to HATE our families? How can we best love Jesus with our lives? Is following Him really worth it all?

Dealing with Disappointment

Parables of Jesus Series: The disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Why do you speak to people in parables?" He replied, "Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given o you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables." Matthew 13:10-13

In its most basic form, a parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. It's meant to impact the way that you think and the way that you live. During the next few weeks we'll find out together that Jesus wants to tell you a story. For some it will conceal the truth. For others, it will reveal the truth. It all depends on your heart. Incredibly, the often overlooked parables give us about a third of Jesus' teachings - they tell us an incredible amount about Jesus and his kingdom. During Jesus' earthly ministry that's what the parables were all about - illustrations to unfold the kingdom of God.

Today: Dealing with Disappointment Dealing with disappointment can be difficult. What are we supposed to do when we get disappointed by others, or life, or maybe even ourselves? Today we will look at the parable of the Barren Fig Tree and see how justice and mercy go hand in hand and learn how to deal with disappointment.