Part 5: How We Change - Unintentional Spiritual Formation

November 12, 2017

From the series “Discovering Your Identity & Calling” as part of Practicing The Way. It’s one thing to discover your identity and calling; it’s a whole other thing to actually grow and mature into the somebody who is like Jesus, and in doing so, your real, true self. In this teaching, we begin a two-part teaching on the “how” of spiritual formation.

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Part 4: Calling: The Outward Journey

November 5, 2017

From the series “Discovering Your Identity & Calling” as part of Practicing The Way. We often think of work as a means to an end, to get what we need to do what we want. Our work environment tends to be overlooked when we think of true ministry. But what if we could discover ways to have our inner calling as Jesus followers move it’s way outward and into our vocation? In this teaching, guest speaker Alan Scott unpacks the value of a kingdom-minded work ethic.

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Part 3: Calling: The Inward Journey

October 29, 2017

From the series “Discovering Your Identity & Calling” as part of Practicing The Way. You can’t get very far down the path of transformation until you discover your identity and calling, but this journey of self-discovery takes us straight into the maw of the beast: our sin. And even more: what some call our “shadow side.” But until we expose our blind spots to the light, we will never experience the life that Jesus has for all his followers. 

 

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Part 2: Identity

October 22, 2017

From the series “Discovering Your Identity & Calling” as part of Practicing The Way. For most of us, our identity is rooted in earth - what we do, what we have, what other people think of us, etc. But for followers of Jesus our identity is rooted in who we are becoming in him. In this teaching, we explore a theology of identity from Ephesians.

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Part 1: The Journey

October 15, 2017

From the series “Discovering Your Identity & Calling” as part of Practicing The Way. We kick of our series and practice of discovering your identity and calling with an overview of the journey all followers of Jesus are invited to go on. In ways that few people recognize, the journey into self-awareness is also the road to spiritual formation. As we become more like Jesus, we become more like our real, true self. It takes courage to go on this journey, but it’s worth every harrowing, beautiful step.

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Seven Cultural Markers

October 8, 2017

In Part 4, we wrap up our 2017 Vision Series discussing the early church, our call as believers, and how to create healthy, Jesus-centered culture in our Bridgetown Communities.

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Practicing the Way of Jesus, Together, in Portland

September 18, 2017

Part 1 of our annual vision series

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Jesus on How to Pray

September 3, 2017

From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." Our heavenly Father knows our needs before we ask. Understanding the gravity of this truth can make or break our chance at a healthy motivation for prayer. In Matthew 6, Jesus calls us out of a religious routine and into a beautiful exchange of genuine love for God and others.

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The Tyranny of Living for the Approval of Others

August 27, 2017

From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." So many of us live under the suffocating weight of the approval (or disapproval) of other people. Draining our already-low energy reserves in an attempt to look good, rather than be good. Jesus tackles this head on, calling his apprentices to a life of self-forgetful service of the needy, simply for the reward of our Father’s pleasure.

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Jesus on His Most Radical Idea: Enemy Love

August 20, 2017

From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." We finally come to the last, and most radical, of Jesus’ six examples of his way: enemy love. For Jesus, it’s not enough to reject the flight or fight options, and look for a creative alternative to violence. He’s actually after love for our enemy. If we only love people we like, how are we any different from the world?

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