Message: “I AM: The Good Shepherd” from Chris Dillon

A message from the series “I AM.” According to those who study such things, sheep are apparently some of the most unintelligent, stubborn, and hopelessly helpless animals on the planet. And so at 1st glance, when Jesus claims to be the good shepherd who lays down His life for His sheep, it could almost feel offensive that we are the sheep in this analogy. And yet, when we realize how perfectly loved and cared for we are by the Good Shepherd, it would be foolish not to follow Him all the days of our lives. The Good Shepherd is marked by several things that make Him distinctly good and far more worthy of our lives than any other shepherds this world has to offer us. The Good Shepherd guides, provides, corrects and protects His sheep. In doing all of that, He offers the abundant life that we all seek!

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Message: “I AM: The Bread of Life” from Chris Dillon

A message from the series “I AM.” This week we kick-off a brand new series called I AM as we unpack the 7 I AM statements of Jesus in John’s gospel. You may have noticed that it’s almost impossible to know someone without first knowing their name. Contrary to popular belief in some cultural circles, God is not unknowable. In fact, He has clearly revealed Himself to us by giving us His name. The story begins to unfold in Exodus 3, and Jesus brings it full circle beginning in John 6 when He says: “I AM the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” Jesus was not only claiming His own divinity in that one powerful statement, He was also telling the world that the only bread that can satisfy soul hunger is found in Him. Through the course of this narrative, we learn 3 essential truths that can reshape our lives. One, authentic disciples come to Jesus to get Jesus. Two, Jesus is the essence of real life. And finally, Jesus offers us lasting hope. If you’ve found the bread of life, be sure you’re sharing that bread with a hungry and thirsty world!

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Message: “Three Paths” from Joe Dillon

A message from the series “Three Paths.” We all have a choice on how we handle the trials and tribulations of this life. Will we choose anger, fear, or peace? Jesus offer us this peace!

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Message: “Don’t Waste Your Life” from Chris Dillon

A message from the series “Encounters With Jesus.” What would you tell the people you love most if you knew what you were about to say to them would be the last words they would ever hear from you? Last words have lasting impact. After the resurrection, Jesus had some final instructions for His small, rag-tag band of followers that would change the trajectory of history itself. He gave them a mission and a purpose that was mind-blowing: the whole world. Tell the whole world. Start here, but don’t stop here. And Jesus didn’t just give them purpose, He also promised to give them the power to accomplish this stunning mission by sending the Holy Spirit to indwell and empower them to do things they never dreamed of. For 2,000 years now, this purpose and power has been passed from one generation of Jesus followers to the next. Friend, you have been given great purpose and even greater power in Christ. Let’s link arms and boldly take the good news of Jesus into our neighborhoods, into our city and to the furthest and darkest places left on planet earth for the glory of our great King!

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Message: “A Church For Asheville” from Chris Dillon

A message from the series “Encounters With Jesus.” As we launch into October, which is mission month at New Life, we’re always reminded of Jesus’ final words to His disciples in Acts 1:8. You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the end of the earth. This week, we’ll examine the call to our city, our Jerusalem. In Luke 14, Jesus encounters a religious leader at a party and tells a parable that has huge implications for the modern church and how we interact and love those God has placed right around us. This also brings to mind a passage in Jeremiah where God commands His people to pray for and seek the welfare of the city He had placed them in. Through these passages, we are challenged to embrace truths about the church like; we must be shaped by the gospel, moved to action and known by our compassion in the city in which we live. May God raise up our church family to be a shining beacon of hope and love in our city for the sake of our King!

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Message: “The Resurrection Encounter” from Chris Dillon

A message from the series “Encounters With Jesus.” The encounter recorded in John 11 is one of the most moving scenes in the entire Bible. In this scene, Jesus’ earth-shaking power and his gentle care are both on glorious display. Jesus clearly loves this family found in John 11 deeply and is close to Lazurus and his sisters Mary and Martha. Through his interactions with Mary, Martha and Lazarus we learn truths that have the potential to be just as powerful in our lives today as they were on that fateful day 2,000 years ago. In this encounter, Jesus teaches us things like; God’s silence is never evidence of His absence. He teaches us that the God who is powerful enough to save is the God who weeps with His children. We learn that the resurrected life is not just a future reality, but a life that is currently available to us. We also learn that belief allows us to glimpse God’s glory in life-changing ways. Jesus is life!

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