Canvas

Access Church launches a new series on April 6, and it’s pretty awesome. In fact, some have said it includes (no giving it away, folks!) the greatest “Aha!” moment in North Point history. Wow!

Here’s the premise:

We live in a world created by God and designed to reflect His glory. Everything, including our lives, are tapestries created by him. He is working on the canvas of our lives so we can bring glory to Him. That is our sole purpose here on earth.

But instead of following his agenda, we have followed our own. We have rebelled, walked away, and selfishly tried to claim his glory for ourselves. It’s not working out so well for us.

In spite of our choice, he leveraged our sin for his glory by sending his Son to die for our sins. Every time we call him Father, it is a reminder of his immeasurable greatness and our immeasurable gain. Everything that happens to us in life, whether good or bad, is for his glory.… Read the rest

Posted March 30, 2008

Easter Pics

Just a little more Easter goodness.

The photo gallery is here.Read the rest

Posted March 27, 2008

Easter in Review

***I apologize for the tardiness of this post. I’ve been wrestling with getting Blogger to support my Flash player (which preserves the video quality much better than YouTube). Well, enjoy!

My head is still spinning a bit from Sunday. For those of you who couldn’t be there…Dude, I’m really sorry. I’m going to try and capture it for you here but it’s not even gonna be close.

To those of you who were there, serving: Thank you so much for creating irresistible environments and understanding what that means!

To those of you who were there with friends & family & co-workers: Thank you for investing and inviting and “just asking.” You rock. We hit a new high-water mark on Sunday, and there were a ton of fresh faces and folks we hadn’t seen in a while.

To those of you who were praying: A huge thank you! One man publicly gave his life to Christ on Sunday, and I know many of you were praying specifically for that!… Read the rest

Posted March 26, 2008

True Love

This evening our staff will gather at our house to view “The Passion of the Christ” and have communion together. Today is an incredible day for the Church to remember. Today is the day those who loved and followed Jesus saw heaven weep. It seemed all hope was lost.

But Sunday was coming!

Below is a little taste of what we have to look forward to this Sunday at Access Church. Don’t be late—you won’t want to miss a single minute!

Andy Stanley – “Director’s Cut”
Abner & Amanda – “JohnnySwim

Jesus is Alive!

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Still offering a free copy of True Love to the first five people posting the initials of who they are inviting Easter Sunday!… Read the rest

Posted March 21, 2008

Who Will You Invite?

We’ve all been waiting a long time for this week. The first Easter celebration for Access Church!

What’s it going to be like?

Let’s just say we’re pretty pumped that Jesus is Alive and we bet that after Sunday’s services, you will be, too!

Some have asked me, “Do you have big plans for Easter?”

And my answer is, “It depends…on you.”

We have been working hard to create irresistible environments for children and adults for the last year. We just launched into Year Two. We want to impact the community in 2008. We’d love for this to be the year that people we care about cross the line of faith at Access Church.

This Sunday, Andy is going to lay it out there. He’s going to talk about the resurrection. And he’s going to give everyone in the audience the chance to respond. It might be your day. It might be “that day” for someone you care about—someone you have invited.… Read the rest

Posted March 20, 2008

Parking Needed

Being portable has a lot of advantages. It’s cost-efficient, for one. UNF is a great landlord, and I love the fact that I can be on the other side of town and say, “We meet at UNF” and everyone knows exactly where that is.

But there are some logistical headaches, too. Like where to store the 30,000 pounds of gear??

Right now our truck & trailers live in a secret location just across the Georgia line. Safe. That’s good. But, very far away on Sunday morning! We really need to park our truck & trailers closer to UNF so that we aren’t dependent on one person to drive the rig each time we meet. Can you help?

Do you know somewhere that is:

  1. Safe
  2. Free
  3. Close to UNF
  4. Truck & trailer friendly

Give me a shout. That’s high on our agenda right now. Thanks!… Read the rest

Posted March 12, 2008

Do Numbers Matter?

The last Sunday at Access Church was amazing! Attendance was 18% over normal and we all felt the increased energy in the halls! But it raises conflicted emotions in us, and we wrestle with the question, “Do numbers matter?”

Here is why numbers don’t matter:

  1. They don’t signify life change. We didn’t start this church so Christians could “church-hop” to a more hip worship environment.
  2. It’s just the foyer. We measure success in the kitchen.

Here is why numbers do matter:

  1. It shows that attenders are investing and inviting. Their friends are inviting. Even those who disagree with us are inviting. There is an excitement spreading about Access Church!
  2. Let’s be honest. We didn’t sacrifice all this time, money, relational capital and spiritual energy just to start another church. We want to see God revolutionize the city of Jacksonville! It’s cool to see the beginnings of that.

We’re going to keep both perspectives in balance as we celebrate what God is doing.… Read the rest

Posted March 10, 2008

Comfort Zone

Stephanie uses these big Sterilite® tubs to organize the kids clothes—hand-me-downs & deals she finds at a garage sale that the kids aren’t quite big enough for yet. Last night while Kevin was over she was sorting through some of their clothes, so when the kids woke up this morning they found a few empty tubs in the living room.

I came out of the shower to see they had put them to good use, giving the term “comfort zone” a whole new meaning. They’d created the ultimate in luxury cocoons while they blasted each other on XBOX.

It had immediate implications for me, because I have been very spiritually restless this week. I can’t shake this feeling that God is about to ROCK Access Church and knock us clear out of our comfort zone!

I don’t know what it’s all about. I’m certainly not a prophet, so don’t take this as a prediction. But I’m feeling a very real sense of the spiritual battle we are in, and it is waking me up in the middle of the night over and over to pray for Access Church—to pray for you and your friends that you are inviting!… Read the rest

Posted March 9, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Tomorrow is a really special day for Access Church, because it was one year ago this weekend that we held our first public worship service. We had no idea what God was going to do through this church, and have been so thrilled with the energy and excitement that has surrounded this group of people.

It’s been an amazing year. I can’t believe it’s flown by so quickly! What started as a small group of seven couples sitting in circle and praying has become the most amazing journey of our lives. Now we’re launching environments for middle- and high-school and college students. There is so much yet to come!

We’ll celebrate with some special fun tomorrow, and a real highlight will be having Eddie Kirkland back to lead worship. Eddie led worship for our first-ever service and he holds a special place in our heart. Plus, he just released his first CD (on iTunes here) and you can pick up a copy tomorrow at the resources center.… Read the rest

Posted March 1, 2008

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