Hardships and struggles can pull us down. We don’t want to sink under the weight of our circumstances, but we know how easily that can happen. Then, when we combine our own personal struggles with the discouraging realities of living in our culture, it can seem like the path of following Jesus is an increasingly difficult path to take. Our culture and our circumstances can leave us despondent and angry.

In the New Testament, 1 Peter challenges us to not lose hope and to embrace the challenge of living for Jesus. God wants so much more for us than to simply survive hard times; He wants us to thrive through difficulty and challenge. We may desperately want God to make our lives easier, but instead, God offers a life that is purposeful and rich with significance. The path of Jesus is difficult but worth it.

Join us for “Defying Gravity,” a six-week study in the book of 1 Peter starting September 29.




Do you ever feel overwhelmed in life? Think about our busy family schedules, our stretched finances, and our demanding work lives. Then we have our responsibility as Christ-followers: to be part of a small group and to serve in the church and in our community. We find ourselves constantly stressed out as we try to live at this overwhelming pace determined by our culture. We act like we have no choice. But our choice is margin- the space between my load and my limits. Margin is the intentional choice to not live right up to the limits but to give space in our calendar, in our finances, in our relationships, and in our emotional lives. Imagine how your life would change if you had space for depth in relationships, energy because you are recharged and refreshed, and money left over at the end of the month.

Join us for this six-week series, starting August 18, as we discover how to make room for the things that matter most.

We are currently taking a break from our normal “Group Studies” material and focusing on Margin, a 6-week group study where we will talk about choosing to have margin and how it could drastically improve our lives in every way. For study resources, please click on the link below.

Study Resources