Why is it that smart people with admirable life goals often end up far from where they intended to be? Why is it that so many people start out with a clear mental picture of where they want to be relationally, financially, and professionally, and yet years later find themsselves far from their desired destination? Why do our expectations about our own future often go unmet?
What if you knew the answer to those questions? What if there was one simple idea that explained why so many people get lost along the way?
There is. It’s called the principle of the path. And not only does it explain the disappointment and regret that characterize the lives of so many, it provides a way for you to be the exception.
Watch as Andy Stanley explains this principle on the Dave Ramsey show:
You can pick up your own copy of The Principle of the Path at Amazon or at Access on a Sunday morning.… Read the rest
When I bought our truck a couple of years ago, I had quite the negotiating experience with the used-car dealer. When I finally drove off the lot, I’d paid the price I had determined to pay and not a penny more.
And, do you know what they threw in for free? A nice big sticker on the back of the truck with the name of the dealership. Nuh-uh. That came off within the hour. They also included, at no extra charge, a front license plate with their corporate logo. I could remove it, but with the bracket in place it seemed like I should replace it with something meaningful.
This is it: The Official Access Church Front License Plate.
Nothing against auto dealers, but why advertise for them every day when you can let folks in the neighborhood know about Access? And, it’s on the front so folks don’t see it when you cut them off in traffic. (Not like them fishies.)
Five or six times already, this front license plate has led other people to initiate conversations with me about church and God.… Read the restPosted April 3, 2009
North Point TV with Andy Stanley is a 30-minute program featuring a weekly message from Andy Stanley, the senior pastor/founder of North Point Ministries, an established author, and a gifted communicator.
North Point TV begins April 5 at 10:00am on FamilyNet.
Have you listened to the Passion Podcast yet, where Andy talks with Louie Giglio about their long-time friendship and shared passion for leading people into a growing relationship with God?
In addition to teaching at Access Church (via video), Andy Stanley is a pastor, communicator, and the founder of North Point Ministries (NPM).
Launched in 1995, North Point Ministries is now one of the fastest growing and most influential Christian organizations in America.
Each Sunday, over 20,000 adults attend services at one of NPM’s three campuses in the Atlanta area: North Point Community Church, Browns Bridge Community Church, and Buckhead Church.… Read the rest
If you enjoy Andy Stanley and Louie Giglio as they teach at Access Church, you’ll enjoy this conversation over at the Passion Podcast where they discuss their long-standing friendship, their passion for the local church, and the questions they both get about Louie planting a church in Atlanta.
Louie says, “I won’t spoil the whole story, but needless to say, my friend Andy and I found friendship out of necessity, but love each other by choice. From Jr. High days to now pastoring churches in the same city, it’s been quite a ride. This past week Andy [Stanley] and I sat down to talk about our paths, our city and the state of the local church. As you know, Andy leads all of North Point Ministries, is an amazing author/speaker/teacher/visionary…and is the best leader I know.
That’s right, don’t come to church this Sunday!
Instead, go to the beach, the lake, or the golf course.
That’s right, we’re encouraging you to use this time to invest in friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers who do not seem to be in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Here are some suggestions:
- You could invite them to your house for brunch.
- Have a backyard cookout or pool party.
- Head to the beach, lake, zoo, or playground together.
- Play a round of golf (lots of people talk about God there).
- Play tennis, go on a bike ride, or see a Sunday matinée.
- Have them over for “cropping.”
No limits! Just invest in someone. Pray for them. Ask them questions. Learn their story. Live out your faith.
Please don’t use this Sunday to hang out with other Christians, visit another church, do something with your community group, or simply skip town. You have been strategically placed on location in the lives of family, neighbors and co-workers.… Read the restPosted March 23, 2009
Join the Access family as we enjoy Charlie Walker and Peter Dearing at Square One in San Marco!
They’ll be performing familiar covers as well as some of their original music. It’ll be a great time to hang out with other people from Access as well as enjoy great music in a lively atmosphere.
Charlie and Peter will begin performing at 8:00pm and wrap up around 9:30 or 10:00pm on Thursday, March 26.
Both are favorites of the Jacksonville music scene and the Access family.
Square One is located at:
1974 San Marco Boulevard
Attendees must be 21 or older.
For more information, visit:
Just because I know there’s a lot of Chick-Fil-A fans out there reading this blog…
You have power. As a sister, husband, mother, manager, captain, board member, or friend, you wield power in someone’s life. And the way you use that power is a reflection of who you see as the source of that power.
This Sunday, we’ll examine with Andy Stanley where all power comes from and the impact that this should have on the way we use it. Join us for the launch of a new series at Access Church, Playing God. Here’s a sample:
What a great series this has been for our church! Our community group has had some really thought- and action-provoking discussion about what it means for us to be salt & light in our communities. We really believe we have been placed here strategically by our heavenly father with one primary purpose!
This past Sunday was a great opportunity to wrap up the series by taking a “road trip” around Jacksonville and meeting some of the people that make up Access Church, and learning a little bit about how they live out their faith—especially in the workplace. Have a look. I think you’ll be encouraged and challenged by their stories!
At Access, the community group is the best place for sustained life change to occur. In community groups, we study the Bible together and discuss the issues and challenges of life. It’s also where we pray, care for one another, and are missed if we don’t show up.
Practically speaking, there will never be a way for all of us to personally connect with everyone who attends a church the size of Access. That’s why we place such a high premium on group life. It’s how we develop meaningful relationships at Access. To find out more about community groups we encourage you to join us at our next GroupLink, March 22, 4:30pm.
What if I can’t make it?
The success of GroupLink depends on everyone’s participation. The best groups start strong when everyone is present at GroupLink.… Read the rest
Even if you’re not a world leader, you have power over family members, co-workers, neighbors, or even strangers. The question is: what will you do with that power? Will you leverage it for good? Or will you fall under its subtle spell?
Stephanie and I moved to Jacksonville with no family here and no long-standing friendships. And now, two-and-a-half-years later, we call this town home. No question about it.
That’s because of what God’s done in our hearts through Access Church, and more specifically, through our community group.
Community Groups are the heartbeat of Access Church. You see, we believe that no matter how big a church gets, it can still stay “small” in the most important ways if we gather around the kitchen table, look each other in the eye, and do life together.
Doing life alone is no fun, and it’s not healthy.
Your chance to get into a group is right around the corner! Our next GroupLink is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, March 22.
You might be feeling a little awkward about GroupLink. I can’t promise that you’re not going to have a moment on Sunday afternoon when you feel a little bit like a middle-schooler. But, it’s worth it!… Read the restPosted
Don’t forget! Tomorrow is that potentially-embarrassing Sunday when, if you’re not careful, you walk into church an hour late. Ouch.