Relationships

Faith is Life: "Faithful Relationships"

Randy Christian

1 Peter 3:1-22

The faithful live in relationships just as others do.  But the way we live in those relationships is different.  Those of us who follow Jesus have very clear instructions as to what that looks like, whether we are interacting with the world in general, or in the most intimate of relationships.

FAITH IS LIFE - Faithful Relationships study guide

Father's Day: "The Ultimate Father"

Randy Christian

Mothers are idealized in America, while fathers are often the butt of jokes. Such jokes and stereotypes are sometimes accurate.  Like mothers, fathers are human, most striving to be the best they can be, and all falling short.  Like mothers, we are commanded to honor our fathers.  We can begin by honoring the ultimate, perfect father.   

FATHER'S DAY The Ultimate Father study guide

Thrive

Randy Christian

As we enter the New Year, we need to take stock of the most important — essential — parts of our lives. Join us as we review the essentials with a new guide to rating ourselves and understanding how we should respond to the results.

Thrive Study Guide

The Essentials

January 8, 2012Randy Christian

Spiritual growth is simple. There are things God has created us to have in our lives, and if we do, we grow. Simple. So why don’t we? Perhaps it is because we don’t understand that those things aren’t just “church things”—that they are related to our marriage and family life, our relationships with co-workers and success in our work, our emotions and how we handle them. No one who practices the essentials fails to grow—and no one who fails to practice them grows.

Community: Is Sex Sin?

March 13, 2011Randy Christian

Sex is one of the most powerful forces driving us as individuals, shaping our relationships, and influencing our society. It isn’t hard to see that our society’s values are not healthy, but what do we put in their place? Come look into Paul’s teaching on sexual relationships.

Life Together: EGR

October 3, 2010Randy Christian

All of us know someone who is hard to get along with. Maybe it’s their personality, or their behavior, or an attitude—but getting along with them requires extra grace. How do we get along with these people? And is it possible that, to someone else, WE are those people?

Life Together: Family

September 26, 2010Randy Christian

The closest human relationships are supposed to be found in the context of families. Marriage, children, brothers and sisters—those we live closest with, and with whom we have the most intense relationships. But those intense relationships are not always strong or positive. How do we build family relationships that have the strength they were built to have?

Life Together: Friends

September 19, 2010Randy Christian

We were created to live in relationships, and when Jesus offered forgiveness and new life, he offered it in the context of community—relationships with others. And yet, even living in one of the most populated areas in the world, many find themselves lonely and friendless. How do we make friends, and how do we insure those relationships are strong?

Life Together: Start Here

September 12, 2010Randy Christian

When we talk about having “a relationship with Jesus” we try to understand it by looking at the relationships closest to us—friends, family members. But maybe it should be the other way around. Perhaps we can best understand and enter into relationships with others only when our relationship with Jesus is strong. As we begin the Life Together series, we start with our relationship with Jesus himself!