oversight (6/4/17 - 7/23/17)
In life, we all have people we look up to but how do we know if we're looking up to the right people? Oversight is a series designed to help us find the right people to follow as we continue to take our next steps in life and faith.
find someone to follow - june 4, 2017
pastor ryan blaylock
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 this week's message, we intro this series by looking at some strong words from Paul, the author of Philippians, to guide us as we decide whom to follow.
perspective, perseverance, and pie - june 11, 2017
What if faith were like... pie? What kind of perspective can we gain from looking at our life like that? In this message, we'll hear a personal story about transitioning from resentment and struggling with faith to discovering peace. We'll see that taking God seriously adds structure to life, and structure allows something as fragile as pie to endure great pressure.
baggage claim - june 18, 2017
pastor ryan blaylock
Have you ever started packing 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 this message we'll connect some funny and honest truths about what can happen when we're unwilling to deal with our baggage.
Chasing the why - June 25, 2017
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 this message, we'll hear some very personal stories about enduring some of life's most difficult storms by chasing the why.
Get Real - July 2, 2017
Pastor Ryan Blaylock
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 this 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.
Surrounded by stories - July 9, 2017
What's your story? How is yours connected to others around you? In this message we'll hear how Jesus engaged the stories of people around him to bring healing and light to places of hurt and darkness. From Jesus' example we'll see that love engages, and we'll be challenged to learn to understand and care for the people around us.
bondage to blessing - july 16, 2017
pastor ryan blaylock
Being a follower isn't always a bad thing, so how does being a good follower help us in our daily lives? In this 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.
belong before you believe - july 23, 2017
Pastor ryan blaylock
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 the last message of this series 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.