First Comes Love- Sexual Trauma

“Sexual Trauma: Hope & Healing” – Clay Everett & Crystal Sutherland

This week we concluded our relationship series called “First Comes Love” with an important conversation around the reality and effects of sexual abuse. Research tells us that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of sexual violence in their lifetime- so this was and is an important topic, not just for survivors but for friends and family too.

This week, Clay had a live conversation with a local professional, Crystal Sutherland, talking about hope and healing from sexual trauma. You can hear Crystal’s story and some important truths in the video above. Our hope is that after watching, you will feel equipped with knowledge and next steps, empowered with empathy, and encouraged as the Church surrounds those who are hurting and helps lead them to healing in Christ!

First Comes Love- Friendship

“Friendship: “Prerequisite of Pals” – Clay Everett

  Friendships are foundational and they are powerful- but they are not easy! In our world today we are more “connected” than ever before, yet the truth is many of us feel more lonely and isolated than ever before. It can be so easy to have lots of shallow and circumstantial friendships, but you were made for more. You were made for meaningful, enduring friendships that make you better and help make you more like Jesus. So where should we start?

First Comes Love- Sex

“Sex: ” Purpose of Passion” – Clay Everett

  We live in a hyper-sexualized culture. Sex is everywhere. From marketers using sex to sell everything, to porn being a tap or click away at any moment. The reality is that very few of us come through unscathed, most of us have experienced sexual brokenness and carry with us sexual baggage. But know this, that God loves you so much that you can bring your brokenness to Him and He will not reject you. But God loves you too much to let you stay there- to remain in your brokenness. He wants to heal you and move you forward into a better future!

First Comes Love- Marriage

Marriage: “Power of Promise” – Clay Everett

  In our world today, only half of all marriages last. Sadly, marriage has become a 50/50 proposition- a coin toss! So either marriage itself is broken or the way we think of marriage is out of balance. When the world says that marriage is simply about romance, or fairytale, or what’s expected, marriage loses its balance! In this message, we explore what God has to say about marriage and the better, bigger, and more balanced view of marriage that He offers.

First Comes Love- Dating

Dating: “Pressure of Impression” – Clay Everett

  The problem with dating is that dating has to start somewhere. It doesn’t just happen. And let’s just be real- that comes with a certain amount of pressure. Pressure to impress, pressure to wow, and if you’re watching The Bachelor every week then pressure to compete and to win. But what if there was a better way, a higher way? The Bible calls us to seek the things of God- so what does God say about dating and what does that mean for how we date? Check this message out for some very practical help when it comes to dating.

Do It Scared

“Do It Scared” – Samer Massad

   The first Overflow of 2020, we invited our friend Samer Massad to join us all the way from Atlanta, Georgia. He delivered an incredible message called, “Do It Scared” talking about courage and what it looks like to live courageously in the face of fear. 

This message wasn’t about eliminating fear as much as it is about overcoming fear. Eliminating fear and overcoming fear are two very different things. Eliminating fear is about making your fear go away completely. If you’ve ever been scared to do something or try something– you know this – you can’t just make your fear go away, right? That’s why it’s not helpful when someone says, “Don’t be scared.” If we wait for fear to be eliminated before we do something, we’d never do it. But overcoming fear is different. Overcoming fear is pushing through the fear and moving forward anyway. And that’s what this series is about – because that’s what courage is. Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is moving forward in the face of it. 
It’s not that courageous people don’t experience fear. Courageous people are compelled to push through the fear. In other words, courageous people do it scared. Here’s what that means – maybe you’ve never considered yourself a courageous person but if you’ve ever been afraid, you can be courageous. So this message is about what living courageously looks like and what should compel the courageous life that God is calling you to!  

Night Of Worship 2019

Night Of Worship 2019

    We got to end this semester with an incredible Night of Worship & Baptism. What a way to end this semester, this year, and this DECADE! We’ll see you all in 2020!

Obedience Of Love

“Obedience Of Love” – Clay Everett

    The path to love is paved by obedience! The final chapter in 1 John shows us that obedience is not just blind duty, but tangible trust in a loving God. Obedience may not be easy, but obedience is always for our good and God’s glory. It enables us to love and ultimately leads to our victory!

Love Perfected

“Love Perfected” – Clay Everett

    We all long to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. We hope we can make a big difference in our world, and that is exactly what God invites each of us into. When we love others out of God’s love for us, we actually complete or perfect the love of God in us and through us!

Faith Over Feelings

“Faith Over Feelings” – Mike Ashcraft

    It is easy for us to let our feelings have the ultimate authority in our lives which often leaves us anxious, worried, scared, or even paralyzed. But God has intended a way for us to live free- not subject to our feelings. But this requires us to live with vision. Check out Mike’s message on 1 John 3 in Part 3 of  our series Light & Love.