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  • Some Assembly Required (Week 5)

    Some Assembly Required
     (Week 5)

    February 4: Glued By Love


    Paul’s famous words about love come not in the context of a wedding celebration, but in the context of a church family who did not appreciate their God-given differences. This message pushes God’s diverse people towards humility, appreciation, and love, the glue that holds the Body of Christ together.

  • FUEL: StrengthsFinders


    January 31: StrengthsFinder Application



    StrengthsFinder is an assessment tool that helps people better recognize and use the specific strengths that God has given them. StrengthsFinder assessments have helped millions of people discover what they do best.

     There are a number of tools out there designed to tell us more about ourselves--DISC, Kolbe, and Myers-Briggs are just a few. These assessments label people as dogs, eagles, sharks, etc. StrengthsFinder is different -- and better.

     Why, because the results of a StrengthsFinder assessment truly differentiate each person from everyone else. The chance of a person having the same top 5 strengths as another person is 1 out of 300,000; having the same top 5 in the same order is 1 out of 11,400,000; having the same top 34 in the same order is similar to one’s chances of winning the lottery. StrengthsFinder helps show each person as the truly unique and amazing creation of God he or she is.

     By taking the StrengthsFinder assessment, a person will learn his or her top 5 strengths out of a possible 34. A person’s top 5 strengths account for about 80% of how he or she operates and leads.

     Additional background from StrengthsFinder:
     Strengths are the unique combination of talents, knowledge, and skills that every person possesses. People use these innate traits and abilities in their daily lives to complete their work, to relate with others, and to achieve their goals. But most people don’t know what their strengths are or have the opportunity to use them to their advantage.

     People who do focus on their strengths every day are six times as likely to be engaged in their jobs. They are more productive too, both individually and in teams. And they are more than three times as likely to say they have an excellent quality of life.

  • Some Assembly Required (Week 4)

    Some Assembly Required
     (Week 4)

    January 28: Needy You


    Some parts of the body are obviously important. Eyes and ears and arms and legs get lots of attention while other parts are ignored for years. But Paul saves the Church from arrogance and division by reminding those with obvious gifts of how much they need the less noticeable parts. Small parts of the brain help control those arms. Unseen mechanisms allow those beautiful eyes to see. This sermon is meant to raise awareness and appreciation as well as save our church from spiritual pride.

  • Some Assembly Required (Week 3)

    Some Assembly Required
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    January 21: You Belong


    Feeling “less than” is one of the Devil’s best tricks. We notice what we’re not, what we can’t do, what’s uncomfortable, what’s out of our skill set. But Paul saves us from envy and discouragement by reminding us all that God didn’t design every part of the body to do everything. By his design you can’t do that. Let go of the guilt. Give up the competition. Embrace your importance in his grand design.

  • Some Assembly Required (Week 2)

    Some Assembly Required
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    January 14: United Yet Unique


    Scripture and experience teach us that people are different. Like different parts of the body, God intentionally decided to make you different from everyone else. That truth has the potential to make us better and stronger…or, if we ignore it, to make us frustrated at everyone who is not our mirror image.

  • Some Assembly Required (Week 1)

    Some Assembly Required
     (Week 1)

    January 7: Unique But United


    As Paul begins his discussion of the “body of Christ,” he reminds us of the big picture. Baptism. Spirit. Spiritual thirst quenched by the gospel. What the Church has in common is exponentially bigger than our differences. He does the same in Ephesians 4, repeating the unity we have in Jesus—one Lord, one faith, one hope, on God. Therefore, before we talk about our uniqueness, we celebrate our unity in Jesus, no matter what our diverse wiring, quirks, or personality.