The Interactive Sermon Bumper Pt.2

Here’s what we did for week 2 of our “Crossroads” series at Sunnybrook. I’m a fan of the 1st alternate ending myself.

 

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The Interactive Sermon Bumper Pt.1

For our latest series at Sunnybrook, we’re trying something new: “The Interactive Sermon Bumper”. The series is called “Crossroads” and each week we play a video showing someone with a decision to make. The catch is we’ve shot 2 different endings. How do we choose which ending to play? We let the congregation decide that by applause.

We’re 4 weeks in and the response has been fantastic. So, here’s the first bumper (along with both alternate endings) – The cute kid at the end is my little guy, Turner! – Enjoy

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I have a list of 5 people I’d like to see perform before I die…David Bowie is one of them…but that’s beside the point. This post is about CHANGE. Ahh yes…my favorite subject. I love change in the context of church life, because it’s an essential part of effective ministry, yet our ministries are centered around a God who NEVER changes. I don’t know about you, but I find that fascinating.

If God never changes, then why should we? If God is perfection, shouldn’t we strive to be just as perfectly unchanging as He is? There’s the key…God IS perfection…and we ARE NOT. Ministry must change and move at a constant in order to effectively and consistently engage an imperfect and shifting culture. Churches are dying by the thousands in an attempt to hold on to an unchanging philosophy. Communities are looking everywhere BUT the church to find hope and real answers in troubling times. God hasn’t changed. His love, mercy, compassion and heart for His people is as intense and alive as ever, the problem is, the church hasn’t changed much either.

I came to Christ in 1980 because of a week at camp where God became real to me. I had a counselor who invested consistent one on one time with me over the week. He told me about God in a way that made sense to a 10 year old boy. He didn’t speak “christianese” or lay down a bunch of legalistic rules and regulations. He didn’t make me take communion, or memorize 100 verses or sit through a years worth of flannel-graph driven Sunday school classes. He simply formed a relationship, molded his approach and shared how God had changed his life. If I had been a 20 year old, He would have approached things differently, but I wasn’t. I was just a kid. A kid who needed Jesus and He made sure I could understand that.

It seems so simple doesn’t it? If the church could change from religion to relationships…from rules to relevancy…from Christianese to real language, amazing things would happen. There are so many churches that are doing just that and hitting it out of the park right now. Lives are being transformed all over the planet, but there are many more that are continuing to swing and miss over and over again. I have a hard time believing that God designed His church to be so small minded.

Maybe that’s the problem right there. When the church is run by our thinking, vision, strategy and purpose, it lives and dies with us. Think what would happen if God’s church as a whole got over itself. Now THAT would be a change!

Live At Sunnybrook

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We launch our new “FAQ” series this week @sunnybrookcc – This weekend we’ll tackle the question; “How do we know the bible is reliable”?

Pre-Service:  (instrumental)

Welcome

Glorious One– Steve Fee

Blessed Be Your Name – Matt Redman

Video: “The Story Behind Amazing Grace”

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) – Chris Tomlin

Communion

Special: Your Invitation – Jill Miller

Message

Special: Word of God Speak – Mercy Me

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This week @sunnybrookcc

Pre-Service: Instrumental Stuff

My Savior Lives– Newlife

Glorious One – Steve Fee

Healer – Mike Guglielmucci

Special: Watching You – Rodney Atkins

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This weekend at Sunnybrook:

Pre-Service: Open Jam

I Am Free– Jon Egan

Glorious One – Steve Fee

Give Us Clean Hands – Charlie Hall

Healing Rain – Michael W. Smith

Live At Sunnybrook

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This weekend at Sunnybrook:

Pre-Service: Why – Big Daddy Weave

Today is the Day – Lincoln Brewster

Blessed Be Your Name – Matt Redman

Amazed – Lincoln Brewster

Special: Completely Free – Big Daddy Weave