Become | Confession November 17, 2019


Series Synopsis

Finding freedom in Jesus is so transformative it can only be described as being born again—but it's just the beginning. Everyone who belongs to Jesus is invited to become like Jesus. In this series we'll learn to practice the ways and rhythms of Jesus in the form of classical spiritual disciplines. We'll learn to position ourselves daily before God for the purpose of encounter, spiritual formation, and becoming like the One we follow.

Spiritual Disciplines WEEKLY Calendar

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This weekly calendar is designed to help you bring the Spiritual Disciplines into your whole life. This isn’t an exhaustive list of every spiritual discipline, but rather meant to give you a framework for you to build upon. We encourage you to continue finding and implementing new spiritual disciplines in the days to come. As you cultivate habits, these things will turn from something you “should do more” to practices you love and relish. Theories shape our ideas about life, but habits shape us from the inside out.

This resource corresponds with many of the Spiritual Disciplines highlighted in this sermon series. The sermons explain several disciplines in depth, so they are a helpful resource when using this calendar.

An Explanation of The Artwork

This beautiful artwork was created by Storytelling & Visual Arts Team member Vania Ayala.

When we make the decision to follow Jesus and accept him into our hearts, we become new creations. 

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." – 2 Corinthians 5:17
The Spirit is doing transformative work in our lives daily—working to conform us to the image of Christ. When we abide in Christ—seeking to know him through his word, in prayer, and through other spiritual disciplines—we become more and more like him.
This artwork is a picture of how abiding in Christ renews and transforms us in every way. The little branches growing from the heart are a reference to John 15:5 which says, "I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing." The colour purple is often symbolizes royalty and majesty—in this case expressing the idea that we are co-heirs with Christ and will be glorified with him.
"The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him." – Romans 8:16-17
We start off as just flesh, much like the image of an anatomical heart. But when we belong to Christ and start becoming like him, we change into something more. We begin to reflect the character and nature and glory and power of God into the world. It's more than we can achieve on our own. It's beyond what we could even imagine for ourselves. That's represented by the colours and patterns in the image of the heart. It's still an anatomical heart, but there's life and beauty in it that wasn't there before.

  • Become | Confession
    Watch Romans 11:11-24
    November 17, 2019
    Speaker: Matt Menzel
    Date: November 17, 2019
    Text: Psalm 51:1-19

    In this sermon we will unpack confession, a classical spiritual discipline that Jesus had no need of but invited us to practice for our own joy. We will see that the ongoing practice of confession is a path to true freedom, a way to walk out our hope in Jesus, and a doorway to our God-gifted purpose in life.
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  • Become | Service
    Watch Romans 11:11-24
    November 10, 2019
    Speaker: Josh Dool
    Date: November 10, 2019
    Text: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

    As we examine the Spiritual Disciple of Service we'll see how God uses it to remake us so that we are more oriented around God and others than ourselves. We’ll take a look at how service overflows from the heart as a result of feasting more on the treasures of eternity than the treasures of today, and examine how/why we should engage in the discipline of service.
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  • Become | Secrecy
    Watch Romans 11:11-24
    November 03, 2019
    Speaker: Matt Menzel
    Date: November 3, 2019
    Text: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

    In this sermon we will unpack one of the faulty stories of our culture that has many of us living for attention from others instead of relationship with God. Jesus invites us to live out of a better story (the Gospel) and cultivate new desires through the spiritual practice of secrecy.
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  • Become | Worship
    Watch Romans 11:11-24
    October 27, 2019
    Speaker: Matt Menzel
    Date: October 27, 2019
    Text: Psalm 150:1-6

    In this sermon we'll unpack the nature of true worship and explore why we should hunger to worship in spirit and truth.
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  • Become | Simplicity
    Watch Romans 11:11-24
    October 20, 2019
    Speaker: Matt Menzel
    Date: October 20, 2019
    Text: Luke 12:22-34

    In this sermon we will explore Jesus call to seek his Kingdom before anything else. What does that mean in a world as obsessed with accumulation as ours? What truths are Jesus' followers meant to build their lives on to show the world what real life looks like?
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  • Become | Study & Meditation
    Watch Romans 11:11-24
    October 13, 2019
    Speaker: Aaron Boswell
    Date: October 13, 2019
    Text: Acts 2:42-48, 1 Timothy 4:7b

    In this sermon, we are continuing the Become series and exploring the spiritual disciplines of study and meditation. These disciplines primarily focus on the Bible's central role in the life of a Christian and how we might continue to train ourselves for the purpose of godliness as we leverage our lives to know the God we are called to make known to others.
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  • Become | Fasting
    Watch Romans 11:11-24
    October 06, 2019
    Speaker: Josh Dool
    Date: October 6, 2019
    Text: Matthew 4:1-11

    In this sermon we’ll examine the spiritual discipline of fasting, the feast that God has prepared for us, and the things that we are often tempted to satisfy our appetites with.
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  • Become | Prayer
    Watch Romans 11:11-24
    September 29, 2019
    Speaker: Matt Menzel
    Date: September 29, 2019
    Text: Matthew 6:9-13; Daniel 9:17-19

    In this sermon we'll examine the obstacles of praying as Jesus taught us and the power of prayer in setting us free.
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  • Become | Silence & Solitude
    Watch Romans 11:11-24
    September 22, 2019
    Speaker: Matt Menzel
    Date: September 22, 2019
    Text: 1 Kings 19:1–14

    In this sermon we'll examine the purpose and practice of silence and solitude in the Christian life.

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  • Become | Spiritual Disciplines
    Watch Romans 11:11-24
    September 15, 2019

    In this sermon we'll focus on the nature of our 'labour' as disciples of Jesus by unpacking a brief theology of spiritual disciplines.

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  • Become | Love, Live, Labour
    Watch Romans 11:11-24
    September 08, 2019
    Matthew 22:34–40; Joshua 22:5; 24:14-15

    This sermon will explore what we want to become as a local church in this time and place. We'll lean on our two recent series through Matthew and Joshua to see our call to become a people who love God with heart, soul, mind, and strength. Who live as conduits of Jesus' presence on earth. And who labour toward the renewal of all things.

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