How are we doing? Where are we going? How do we get there? Evaluation, examination and assessing our progress is the best way to determine if we are in track or if we are missing the mark. In this series, Pastor Doug will take an honest look at how we are doing internally, within Sioux Falls and around the world. Be inspired and be challenged as we look at the State of the Church at Hillcrest.
How Are We Doing in the World?
In our modern age, the globe seems to be getting smaller. News spreads from one side to the other the moment that it happens. We hear of hurricanes, earthquakes, starvation, wars, refugees and human trafficking. With all this connection to information how is the church doing at responding? This Sunday, Pastor Doug will look at how Hillcrest is doing in her global impact and make some assessments and challenge us as we move into the future.
How Are We Doing in Sioux Falls?
God has placed Hillcrest Church within the city of Sioux Falls. He must have had a reason for this and he must have a plan for Hillcrest. If Jesus were to take the reins, would Hillcrest be doing something different than she is right now? This Sunday Pastor Doug is going to ask the tough questions and honestly evaluate how we are doing as a church in Sioux Falls.
How Are We Doing, Internally?
When a church looks inward they will typically find one of two things, connected and disconnected people. Jesus says that we are to be one, Paul says we are to be one body and the song says that the world will know we are Christians by our love. What do you see when you look inside Hillcrest? This Sunday Pastor Doug will pull back the curtain and expose, evaluate and honestly look at how Hillcrest is doing inwardly.
Temptation is the seductive little voice that twists what you want into what you need. It distorts your thoughts until you’re trapped—and when you’re trapped by temptation, it’s not the time to listen to yourself. Learn to put your trust in someone who knows A Way Out. God always gives us a way out. We won’t try to manage temptation, but eliminate it. In this series we will learn to attack temptation from a positive perspective by focusing on living by the Spirit.
Feed Your Spirit
In this final week of our series on Temptation, Pastor Doug is going to tie it all together with three things that he will challenge us to do. You won’t have to do all three but only pick one to work on. The Holy Spirit is the key to beating the temptations in our lives and this week we will discover the final piece of the puzzle.
Living by the Spirit
There is a simple concept most of us know: Whatever you feed grows and whatever you starve dies. Your lawn may be illustrating that right now or that fern you keep forgetting to water. This week, Pastor Doug is going to address this truth as it related to our temptations and our spirit. We already suffer from growing temptation and an undernourished spirit so how can we feed our spirit and starve our temptation? Come learn how to live by the Spirit!
Every one of us seems to have something in our life that seems to be more powerful than our ability to resist, stop or change it! This week, Pastor Doug is going to look at the key principle to resisting temptation so we can have both the hope and the faith that when God said he would be faithful and give us a way out, we are able to bank on it!
Always a Way Out
Temptation is the calm before the storm, it is a lie that says you’ll be satisfied but all it delivers is misery. This week Pastor Doug will launch this new series and help us see that it is not the presence of temptation that is the problem but what we do with that temptation that sets our course. God makes us a promise…when we find ourselves tempted, he will always provide a way out!
What do you really know about the Bible. Where did it come from? Is there a right or a wrong way to read it? How do you make it practical to your life today? In this series, we will look at these and many more questions regarding the most influential book in human history in The Bible: Fact or Fiction.