Inked 06 - Driven by Connection, Not Performance

What’s the stage or platform you’re living on?  Is it your kids and comparing your family to others?  Is it your likes on social media?  Maybe work?  Maybe the dance floor at the club?  In today's message we'll take a look at ourselves and consider the platform we're living out our lives on.  We'll consider that a life lived on a platform driven by performance leads to emptiness and loneliness.  Ultimately we'll be challenged to consider the idea that God does not simply want to be entertained by us, but desires intimacy with us.

Inked 04 - Contributors, Not Consumers

Have you ever experienced a relationship where it feels like the other person, or people, are not pulling their weight?  If life is supposed to be better together then why do so many relationships feel empty, lonely, and disappointing?  Maybe it's a group project where you care more about it than your teammates.  Maybe it's at work.  Maybe it's at home.  These are all very difficult scenarios to work through, but in today's message, we'll hear about the a way God created people to live in relationship with one another.  In particular, we'll hear about how God has created everyone with different abilities, to contribute to one another and live in harmony.

Inked 01 - A Better Way to Live

When life gets busy or stressful, how do you remember the things that are most important and reset your focus?  In todays message we'll see an old idea of remembering important life experiences applied in some familiar ways.  Ultimately we'll be reminded of some of the great things God has already done in our lives, and that resetting our focus on Him can change our present circumstances.

The Defiant One 05 - Physical Impossibilities

Do the supernatural events recorded in the Bible make it difficult to believe in Jesus?  If so, you're in good company.  As we'll see in today's message, all of Jesus' closest companions experienced some unbelievable things which sometimes confused and frightened them.  Ultimately we can find comfort in trusting that, though we may struggle to clearly explain everything going on, God is still compassionate toward us and has our best interest in mind.

The Defiant One 03 - Long Division

Have you ever had family drama?  Like the kind of drama where you celebrate holidays in two different households so that certain people don't have to be in the same room?  How about a sharp disagreement between friends or neighbors?  When the people around you and the people you care about don't seem capable of reconciliation, how do you speak into those tensions and bring some kind of unity, instead of division?  In today's message we'll encounter the story of a family dispute that lasted over 1,000 years, and how Jesus entered into it to bring reconciliation and unity.

Oversight 08 - Belong Before You Believe

Do you have moments in your life where you wondered whether or not you belonged, and how has that made a difference in your life?  In today's message we're going to hear a story about Jesus addressing different groups of people where he makes clear that everyone has a place to belong.  We'll also hear from three new guest speakers describing how Element has been a place of grace and truth, where they've had the freedom to not be okay while they figure out different areas of life.

Oversight 07 - Bondage to Blessing

Being a follower isn't always a bad thing, so how being a good follower help us in our daily lives?  In today's message we'll encounter a story of God leading his people through difficult times out of dangerous situations and learn some tips about how to be a great follower.  We'll see how the things we remember influence our attitudes toward personal growth, and how refreshing our memories can help us deal with discouragement.

Oversight 05 - Get Real

Would you play soccer without a ball?  Why or why not?  Probably because it's fake, right?  In our world today, authenticity is very compelling.  We are drawn to it like never before, and appalled by insincerity like never before.  In today's message we'll engage an altercation between the religious elites and the common people during Jesus' time on earth.  Ultimately we'll see that action authenticates faith, and we'll be encouraged to take next steps to live authentically in our own lives.

Oversight 04 - Chasing the Why

So far in this series we've explored ideas about trusting and following God when life is stressful and confusing, but what happens when life hurts or feels unfair?  Sometimes the story of our lives is exactly opposite of what we would hope and expect, and those experiences challenge the idea that God is kind and just.  In today's message we'll hear some very personal stories about enduring some of life's most difficult storms by chasing the "why".

Oversight 03 - Baggage Claim

Have you ever started packed for a trip by first unpacking from the last one?  Have you come back from a trip, procrastinated unpacking, and when the next one comes around you discover 31 pairs of socks you forgot you had…and all the associated fragrances?  In today's message we'll connect with some funny and honest truths about what can happen when we're unwilling to deal with our baggage.

Oversight 01 - Find Someone to Follow

Have you ever put someone on a pedestal, discovered something about them, and then wondered if you're following the right person?  Everyone needs a role model to follow, someone who has traveled the road ahead of us and can provide good guidance.  But it's important to make sure the people we follow are positive influences instead of negative ones.  In today's message we'll hear some strong words from Paul, the author of the book of Philippians, to guide us as we decide whom to follow.