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Speak The Truth

“I love you, but. . ” Who hasn’t heard these words and wanted to turn tail and run for the hills because what is coming next is going to feel like anything but love? Typically, what comes next is some sort of “telling off,” a venting of one’s spleen. You don’t have to hang around people of faith for long to hear this phrase. “I love you, but. . .” And, what follows is typically a spiritual form of telling someone (or the world!) off, a verbal club used to vent our spleen or declare our displeasure in a way that doesn’t feel all that loving. Maybe it is true, but the loving part seems to be left out. However, we reason that it need not feel loving to be loving. We are supposed to speak the truth and to do so in love (Ephesians 4.15), and to speak what is true is the loving thing to do. Feeling has nothing to do with it at all. The act of speaking truth is a loving act no matter how it comes across or makes people feel. But, what if it wasn’t?

According to Paul, speaking the truth in love results in people looking more and more like Jesus (Ephesians 4.15-16), but most of the time people just run away when they hear “truth spoken in love.” They don’t look more like Jesus. They want to be as far away from Jesus and his people as possible! So, maybe, just maybe, speaking truth in love isn’t what we think it is. So, what might it be? What might it be to speak truth in such a loving manner than people looked more like Jesus? What if speaking truth in a loving way invited people to step closer rather than pushing them further away? What if speaking the truth was something completely other than giving someone a spiritual or verbal beating? What might it be to speak truth in love in this kind of way?

We invite you to join us starting on Sunday, July 2nd as we journey together, seeking to discover what it looks like to speak truth in such a loving manner that people are drawn near and look more like Christ.

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Date Sermon Speaker Listen Watch Going Deeper
07/16/2017 Speak The Truth: The Power of the Lie Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
07/09/2017 Speak The Truth: What is Truth? Ben Cooley Listen Watch  
07/02/2017 Speak The Truth: Introduction Blake Shipp Listen Watch  
06/25/2017 Faithful Presence: Faithful Restoration Blake Shipp Listen Watch  
06/18/2017 Faithful Presence: Faithful Reconciliation Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
06/11/2017 Faithful Presence: Faithful Commitment Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
06/04/2017 Faithful Presence: Faithful Transformation Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
05/28/2017 Faithful Presence: Faithful Representation Jim Darling Listen Watch  
05/21/2017 Faithful Presence: Introduction Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
05/14/2017 A Community Called Atonement: A Community Called Freedom Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
05/07/2017 A Community Called Atonement: A Community Called Hope Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
04/30/2017 A Community Called Atonement: A Community Called Humility Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
04/23/2017 A Community Called Atonement: A Community Called Reconciliation Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
04/16/2017 A Community Called Atonement: Introduction Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
04/09/2017 The Cost of Discipleship: The Practice of Discipleship Les Aylesworth Listen Watch  
04/02/2017 The Cost of Discipleship: The Theory of Discipleship Blake Shipp Listen Watch  
03/26/2017 The Majors: What is the Good Life? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
03/19/2017 The Majors: Where Do I Belong Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
03/12/2017 The Majors: What is Wrong? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
03/05/2017 The Majors: What is My Purpose? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
02/26/2017 The Majors: Who Am I? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
02/19/2017 Stories from Re:Gen Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
02/12/2017 Life Choices Sunday Michelle, Fairlene Listen Watch  
02/05/2017 The Gift of (Self) Compassion: The Gift of Imperfection Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
01/29/2017 The Gift of (Self) Compassion: The Gift of Being Ordinary Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
01/22/2017 The Gift of (Self) Compassion: The Gift of Self-care Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
01/15/2017 The Gift of (Self) Compassion: The Gift of Receiving Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
01/08/2017 The Gift of (Self) Compassion: Love Myself? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
01/01/2017 No More Gloom: No More Separation Ben Cooley Listen Watch  
12/25/2016 No More Gloom: No More Gloom Blake Shipp Listen Watch  
12/18/2016 No More Gloom: No More Shame Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
12/11/2016 No More Gloom: No More Sorrow Blake Shipp,Bill Sprouse Listen Watch Guide
12/04/2016 No More Gloom: No More Injustice Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
11/27/2016 No More Gloom: No More War Bill Sprouse Listen Watch Guide
11/20/2016 Rhythms of Life: Rhythm of Celebration Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
11/13/2016 Rhythms of Life: Rhythm of Withdrawal Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
11/06/2016 Rhythms of Life: Rhythm of the Table Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
10/30/2016 Rhythms of Life: Rhythm of Sabbath Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
10/23/2016 Rhythms of Life: The Abundant Life Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
10/16/2016 Blessed Mess: The Myth of Uniformity Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
10/09/2016 Blessed Mess: The Myth of Forward Progress Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
10/02/2016 Blessed Mess: The Myth of Flawlessness Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
09/25/2016 Blessed Mess: The Myth of Performing Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
09/18/2016 Blessed Mess: The Myth of the Country Club Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
09/11/2016 Jesus for President: Creating a New World Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
09/04/2016 Jesus for President: Overthrowing the System Blake Shipp Listen
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08/28/2016 Dan Penny: Missionary Update Dan Penny Listen Watch  
08/14/2016 Jesus for President: Be the Revolution Bill Sprouse Listen Watch Guide
08/07/2016 Jesus for President: Introduction Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
07/31/2016 The Benefit of the Doubt: A Solid Foundation Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
07/24/2016 The Benefit of the Doubt: Screaming at the Sky Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
07/17/2016 The Benefit of the Doubt: May I Ask a Question? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
07/10/2016 Re:Generation; Living a Life with Christ Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
07/03/2016 The Power of Gentleness: The Currency of Gentleness Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
06/26/2016 The Power of Gentleness: The Wisdom of Gentleness Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
06/19/2016 The Power of Gentleness: The Apologetic of Gentleness Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
06/12/2016 The Power of Gentleness: The Great Temptation Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
06/05/2016 Upside Down: Love Gets Messy Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
05/29/2016 Upside Down: Love Takes Practice Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
05/22/2016 Upside Down: Love Requires Investment Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
05/15/2016 Upside Down: Love Involves Caring Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
05/08/2016 Upside Down: Engaging Our World Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
05/01/2016 The Forgotten God: We Love (By the Spirit) Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
04/24/2016 The Forgotten God: We Serve (By the Spirit) Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
04/17/2016 The Forgotten God: We Endure (By the Spirit) Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
04/10/2016 The Forgotten God: We Change (By the Spirit) Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
04/03/2016 The Forgotten God: We Follow Jesus (By the Spirit) Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
03/27/2016 The Gospel: The Story of God's Glory: Consummation Bill Sprouse Listen Watch Guide
03/20/2016 The Gospel: The Story of God's Glory: Spirit Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
03/13/2016 The Gospel: The Story of God's Glory: Christ Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
03/06/2016 The Gospel: The Story of God's Glory: Man Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
02/28/2016 The Gospel: The Story of God's Glory: God Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
02/21/2016 Sacred Quest: Giving not Getting Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
02/14/2016 Sacred Quest: Character Counts Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
02/07/2016 Sacred Quest: "Why?" not "Who?" Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
01/31/2016 Every Body Matters: My Dear Friend Morty Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
01/24/2016 Every Body Matters: Health and Holiness Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
01/17/2016 Every Body Matters: Food Nation Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
01/10/2016 Every Body Matters: Chin-Up Living Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
01/03/2016 Christmas Is: Hope Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
12/27/2015 Christmas Is: Presence Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
12/20/2015 Christmas Is: Peace Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
12/13/2015 Sent: Share Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
12/06/2015 Sent: Invite Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
11/29/2015 Sent: Connect Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
11/22/2015 Sent: Introduction Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
11/15/2015 Your God Is Too Small: Unfair Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
11/08/2015 Your God Is Too Small: Unruly Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
11/01/2015 Your God Is Too Small: Intimate Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
10/25/2015 Your God Is Too Small: Uncontrollable Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
10/18/2015 Your God Is Too Small: Slow Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
10/11/2015 Your God Is Too Small: Unbounded Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
10/04/2015 The Gift of Forgiveness: Brand New World Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
09/27/2015 The Gift of Forgiveness: Pay it Forward Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
09/20/2015 The Gift of Forgiveness: The Gift of Forgiveness Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
09/13/2015 The Gift of Forgiveness: Looking for an "Undo" Button Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
09/06/2015 Be Great: Cultivating a Humble Heart Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
08/30/2015 Be Great: The Comparison Trap Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
08/23/2015 Be Great: Celebration on the Lawn Blake Shipp Listen Watch  
08/16/2015 Be Great: Humility and Holiness Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
08/09/2015 Be Great: The Problem of Pride Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
08/02/2015 Be Great: Introduction Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
07/26/2015 This is My Story: Les Aylesworth Les Aylesworth Listen Watch  
07/19/2015 This is My Story: Pastor Bill Sprouse Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
07/12/2015 This is My Story: Brian Alden Brian Alden Listen Watch  
07/05/2015 This is My Story: Mary Beth Vasicko Mary Beth Vasicko Listen Watch  
06/28/2015 Love Does: Love Keeps Quiet Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
06/21/2015 Love Does: Love Pursues Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
06/14/2015 Love Does: Love Sacrifices Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
06/07/2015 Love Does: Love Obeys Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
05/31/2015 Love Does: Introduction Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
05/24/2015 Why?: Why Union Center? Blake Shipp Listen Watch  
05/17/2015 Why?: Why Study? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
05/10/2015 Why?: Why Serve? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
05/03/2015 Why?: Why Give? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
04/26/2015 Why?: Why Pray? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
04/19/2015 Why?: Why Worship? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
04/05/2015 Fear Less: No Fear in Death Blake Shipp     Guide
03/29/2015 Fear Less: No Fear in Weakness Bill Sprouse Listen Watch Guide
03/22/2015 Fear Less: No Fear in Life Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
03/15/2015 Staying in Love: Mind the Gap Joshua Nickels Listen Watch  
03/08/2015 Staying in Love: Clean House Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
03/01/2015 Staying in Love: Happily Ever After Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
02/22/2015 Staying in Love: King of the Hill Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
02/15/2015 Staying in Love: More than a Feeling Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
02/08/2015 Staying in Love: Together Forever Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
02/01/2015 Amazing Grace: A Life Sustained by Grace Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
01/25/2015 Amazing Grace: A Life Transformed by Grace Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
01/18/2015 Amazing Grace: A Table Set by Grace Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
01/11/2015 Amazing Grace: Introduction Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
01/04/2015 Hope Lives: Hope for Real Life Jim Brenon Listen Watch  
12/28/2014 Hope Lives: Hope for Shattered Lives Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
12/21/2014 Hope Lives: Hope for a Broken World Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
12/14/2014 Hope Lives: Introduction Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
12/07/2014 Hooked: Homecoming Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
11/30/2014 Hooked: Journey Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
11/23/2014 Hooked: Trapped Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
11/16/2014 Hooked: Hooked Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
11/09/2014 Me / We: We Reveal Joshua Nickels Listen Watch  
11/02/2014 Me / We: We Love Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
10/26/2014 Me / We: We Listen Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
10/19/2014 Me / We: We Pray Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
10/12/2014 Me / We: We Share Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
10/05/2014 Me / We: We Connect Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
09/28/2014 Jesus Says: "Use Power to Save" Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
09/21/2014 Jesus Says: "It Isn't About the Rules" Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
09/14/2014 Jesus Says: "You Must Be Sick" Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
09/07/2014 Jesus Says: "Follow Me" Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
08/31/2014 Be Good: Love Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
08/17/2014 Be Good: Hope Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
08/10/2014 Be Good: Faith Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
08/03/2014 Be Good: After You Believe Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
07/27/2014 Pursuit of Peace: Blessed are the Peacemakers Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
07/20/2014 Pursuit of Peace: Peaceful Reunions Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
07/13/2014 Pursuit of Peace: Released From Revenge Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
07/06/2014 Pursuit of Peace: It Is Finished Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
06/29/2014 Pursuit of Peace: One for All, and All for One Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
06/22/2014 The Space Between: Finite Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
06/15/2014 The Space Between: Driven Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
06/08/2014 The Space Between: Limited Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
06/01/2014 418: (Why) Not Today Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
05/25/2014 418: Just the Way it is Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
05/18/2014 418: God's Story. My Story. Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
05/11/2014 418: The Hole in our Gospel Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
05/04/2014 Brand New Day: No Regrets in the Present Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
04/27/2014 Brand New Day: No Fear of the Future Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
04/20/2014 Brand New Day: No Ghosts of the Past Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
04/13/2014 What Lies Beneath: The Monster that Challenged the World Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
04/06/2014 What Lies Beneath: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
03/30/2014 What Lies Beneath: The Blob Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
03/23/2014 What Lies Beneath: The House on Haunted Hill Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
03/16/2014 What Lies Beneath: Introduction Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
03/09/2014 Great Expectations: I do...alone Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
03/02/2014 Great Expectations: Please, please men Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
02/23/2014 Great Expectations: My way...or the highway Bill Sprouse Listen Watch Guide
02/16/2014 Great Expectations: Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places Bill Sprouse Listen Watch Guide
02/09/2014 Great Expectations: Tug-of-War Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
02/02/2014 Great Expectations: Resetting Expectations Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
01/26/2014 Balanced: Greenbacks and Ham, Sam I Am Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
01/19/2014 Balanced: Use it or Lose it Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
01/12/2014 Balanced: Priceless? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
01/05/2014 Balanced Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide