What Subjects Would You Like Us To Tackle in our 2013 Series?

 

Carey Nieuwhof at Connexus Church

We’re on the beginning of a brand new year, and I’d love to know what subjects, issues and scripture passages you might love to see us address in our weekend series in 2013. Yep, you can put us on the hotseat!

While I have the first quarter laid out already…the rest of the year is open for input.

Just so you know, our first three series of 2013 will tackle:

The subject of what real love is in Like It or Love It – January and February 2013

Wisdom and setting up boundaries in your life in Guardrails – February and March 2013

What happens after you die (the good and bad) in a series (tentatively) called Afterlife – March and April 2013

Our goal every weekend is not only to help you grow in your relationship with Jesus, but to provide a great environment you can bring your unchurched friends into.

We want the series to connect with people who go to church and people who don’t, because we believe that Jesus came for us all. And by the way, sometimes Christians mistakenly believe we can’t tackle tough issues with unchurched people in the room. Just the opposite – they often want to tear into the big issues as much as anyone.

So it’s a new year.

What would subject, topics, issues or biblical themes would you love to see us address this year?

Post your suggestions in a comment to let us know.

And now a bonus: for commenting on this post you can win a prize. On January 10th we’ll draw from the comments and pick a winner.

The winner receives a $100 voucher for redemption at the resource center at our campuses. Gotta love that!

So…what would you like to hear us address? Go!

– Carey

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37 Comments

  1. Sabine (from Switzerland) says, January 3, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    You all made me thinking during the afternoon (as your online follower located in Switzerland)

    How can I manage a loss (Mother, Father, Children, Working place, house) ? Scriptures, Small groups

    How can I manage difficult situations in my -and other life- with my faith?

    How can I honor God with my life?

    What things make me a better christian? Basis: Matthew 25:40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

    Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. —> how can I accept Gods’ plans with me

    How can I involve my faith in the modern world (technic like online-following of a church, Apps, )

    Can I be more involved in my church ? How

    Greetings from far far away!!!

    Sabine

  2. Heather Main says, January 3, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    I’d love to hear about kicking bad habits, and starting new, healthy ones. After 20 years, I’ve decided to finally quit smoking. I am very interested to know what the bible has to say about kicking old, bad habits and starting new, healthy ones. God’s word is always encouraging and helps strengthen me. I’d love to have all the help I can get in this area this year-a new year filled with so many great new beginings… 🙂

    • Carey Nieuwhof says, January 3, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      Heather, congratulations. What a great new start in 2013. And a great issue!

  3. Josh Gould says, January 3, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Have you ever considered doing a Book study where you work through a book of the Bible verse by verse and see what we can learn from the historical and cultural context found within the pages? That’s the sort of thing that I’d love to hear!

  4. paulette says, January 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    A topic that may be relevant and of interest would be the state of mental health today and how the Bible addresses that. Depression, anxiety, bipolar, personality disorders, etc. Is it truly a physical/emotional issue or is this spiritual attacks/warfare – especially in Christians? And how to deal with it biblically.

    • Carey Nieuwhof says, January 3, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      That’s a big one Paulette. Thank you! And a tough issue for sure.

  5. Carol Penfound says, January 3, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I would like to hear a series on loss – how we handle it. What do we gain when we lose?
    Or how we chose a gain from a even great loss
    Psalm 23.

  6. Jessie Whittaker says, January 3, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I would love you to do one about pride/selfishness:)

    • Carey Nieuwhof says, January 3, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      Thanks Jessie! I’ve been working on a series (for a while now) on humility.

  7. Mark Aarssen says, January 3, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Inspiration for 2013
    2 Timothy Chapter 3 Good News Translation.

    Have you watched the television shows like “X Factor” or “American Idol” and the like? Maybe you have seen videos sent by friends of exceptional auditions or performances by unknown singers. I have seen several over the last few years that were truly remarkable. There are people from many different countries who were auditioning in an effort to be discovered.

    Some of their performances were nothing short of inspirational. I have been brought to tears on more than one occasion as they were revealed and their songs shared. All of these people were unknown to us until they were encouraged to step forward and share their God given talent. There have been boys and girls as well as men and women of all ages and from all over the world. There voices served to inspire us and move us but it seems only for a brief moment of time.

    Never in the history of our world have we been in such dire need of such inspiration. When we stop to think of the atrocious and vile acts of sin that have been carried out in our world in 2012 we can find ourselves grieving because of its collective evil. We long for and need a source of inspiration that can carry us beyond the sin that we are witness to all around us.

    Thank God that there is a voice that can penetrate the darkness of this world the voice of Jesus Christ. As we look for inspiration in 2013 we need to listen for the voice of Jesus calling out to us through Gods Holy word the Bible. You see Jesus has a voice like no others.

    His voice is like that of thunder in the midst of the storms of life – Revelation 18:2 & 21:3

    His voice cast away fear. – Revelation 1:17

    His voice commands our obedience – Deuteronomy 28:1

    His voice is the voice of victory over the sin and death that we battle in this life. Hebrews 4:12 Revelation 1:16

    The voice of Jesus must be our inspiration for 2013.

    1 King 19:11-13

    11 The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

    The voice of Jesus is found in a soft, gentle, whisper but many of us are distracted by the violent sound of the winds of our times and the shaking of the earth beneath our feet and the fire that is the fire of persecution against the innocent and against our brothers and sisters around the world and our hearts grow faint within us for we are overwhelmed by these powerful forces. What we forget is that our God makes His power known to us not through violent works but by a gentle whisper.

    Words that are spoken softly, prayerfully – Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30

    Jesus did not say – it is begun – He said it is finished yet some of us are living our Christian lives as if the work has just begun rather than living in the victory of the finish.

    My brothers and sisters in the faith we must live lives of inspiration in 2013 so that the voice of Jesus that is living in us can be heard. You do not need to shout like the sound of thunder or cause your voice to shake like the tremor of an earthquake and you do not need to season your words with the fire of damnation.

    All you and I need do is to let Jesus voice be heard. That soft gentle whisper that proclaims – “it is finished”

    I felt the need to sing for you today and to ask my wife Fran to sing for you in order that our voices might be used as an example of the inspiration that can come from song.

    I do not know if our singing inspired you the way that some of the people you have seen on these television shows inspired you but that was not the point.

    The source that Fran and I derive our inspiration from is not from within ourselves or in the lyrics or the music. We find our inspiration for singing comes from Jesus living in us because of what He has done in our lives.

    You see Jesus changed our lives when we went to the cross as individuals, sinners in our own right and we clung to that cross in order to hear Jesus whisper “it is finished”.

    For us that meant that the trial that was our married life was finished and that we would now enjoy a new and better relationship as husband and wife because Jesus had paid for the sins that were destroying our marriage and our personal lives.

    That was a long time ago for us back in 1985 some 28 years ago. We have not managed to avoid all the pitfalls of this life since that time. But we have found the source of inspiration that we needed to carry us on and forward with each new day.

    Jesus Christ is for us the inspirational voice that we need in order to make it to the finish. If you found 2012 tested your faith or your marriage or your love for Jesus Christ spend some time reading His words before you get to far into 2013 and let His voice be the inspiration that carries you through. – Amen.

    • Carey Nieuwhof says, January 3, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      Mark…quite an inspiring story…Thank you! And you are right, His voice is such a powerful force. Thank you for this.

      By the way, (ironically) I love The Voice and have been moved to tears watching the performances.

  8. Cathy and Murray MacDonald says, January 3, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Hi Carey
    Shortly after we received this email request this morning we saw a music video called If I Could Have A Beer With Jesus http://www.lyricsboy.com/t/thomas-rhett/thomas-rhett-beer-with-jesus-lyrics-video/ and it made us think about the questions we might ask Him if we could sit down one on one for a chat.

    • Carey Nieuwhof says, January 3, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      Cathy and Murray…just hearing it for the first time. Thanks! Interesting idea.

  9. Robert Vid Singh says, January 3, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    What are the signs that you are a true Christian and not just a poser.

  10. kellie gillman says, January 4, 2013 at 9:59 am

    grace and the finished work of the cross

  11. paulette says, January 4, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Does Jesus still physically heal people or is that just tele-evangelist tricks and positive thinking?

  12. Jen says, January 4, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I would love to hear a series/sermon about honesty. Not just about posing as Christians, but posing as someone we’re not to impress others at work, in our community or family members. I would love to hear what the bible has to say about this.

    • Carey Nieuwhof says, January 4, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      That’s a cool idea. Not sure I’ve ever heard a series on that. Thanks Jen!

  13. Jeff Soltesz says, January 4, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I’d be interested in learning the best way to respond/behave when being challenged (attacked) by atheists. It seems to me that Christians specifically are the target – one never seems to hear the self titled “Free Thinkers” go after any other faith. It used to be just around Christmas time but I sense a stronger than ever push throughout the year to eliminate what amounts to the foundation of our society. Perhaps it is as simple as turn the other cheek, which would work at a personal level. However the challenge I often encounter is that there may be others who are questioning faith involved in conversations with me/them (think children & young adults). It is the questioning people that I am worried for. Perhaps there are discussion points/techniques to counter atheistic arguments?

  14. Anthony Jones says, January 5, 2013 at 6:56 am

    I would love to hear a series on temptations in our lives. Including pre marital sex and how the devill tempts us all and suceeds with more are willing to admit.

    • Carey Nieuwhof says, January 5, 2013 at 8:31 am

      Thanks Anthony. You’re not alone in that for sure.

  15. joanne says, January 5, 2013 at 10:41 am

    an interesting topic for a sermon/series would be how prehistoric science fits in to the bible -Eg. dinosaurs, “evidence” suggesting the earth is millions of years old, etc.

  16. Olivia Saunders says, January 6, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Christian doubt. Even the true believers have moments of doubt. When God? covered some of this but I would like to dive deeper in faith and how to understand our thoughts when we may question Christianity.

  17. Kim says, January 6, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I have been thinking about topics I’d love for Connexus to conquer in 2013 and the one that I keep going back to is surrounding what happens in death. We know about making Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour but I mean what happens to our body? do we take it with us to heaven? does it stay in the ground until Jesus returns? cremation versus burial? what really is the spirit? where is heaven? is there a last chance for those dying to become Christian? how will we recongize family that has passed? are they really there waiting for us? what about children or those in countries that have never heard of Jesus? does Jesus greet each and every one of us? what exactly will we be doing in heaven? I do not fear death and I believe everything that the bible has to say about it and I know that’s what faith is all about but ……

    • Carey Nieuwhof says, January 9, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      Great questions. Watch for the “Afterlife” series starting at our campuses on Easter Sunday.

  18. Kellie Bilinski says, January 6, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    A topic that I would like to see covered is “trust”. I know alot of people including myself that have “trust issues” and would love
    some spiritual guidance and advice in overcoming this issue and
    learning to trust again!

  19. Monica Coniam says, January 6, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    I would like to hear something regarding the integrity of the Bible as God’s word with a focus on the following questions:
    – how do we deal with the scientific evidence for the big bang and evolution in contrast to the Bible’s story of Creation?
    – how can we trust what is in the Bible when it has been translated and may have lost meaning in the translation?
    – how can we trust that the Bible is God’s word when King James had a large part in what was included and excluded in the Bible as we know it and he likely had his own agenda?
    – how can we tell which parts of the Bible are to be followed as messages for our lives (“love your neighbour as yourself”) and what parts are to be considered historical and no longer applicable to modern day (“wash your feet before entering a new town”)?

    • Carey Nieuwhof says, January 9, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks Monica. Many people carry those questions. Appreciate you raising them.

  20. Carey Nieuwhof says, January 14, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Hey Everyone,

    Thanks so much for ALL the comments on what to preach through in 2013. Me and the team will take some time to digest and pray through all the suggestions.

    In the meantime, congratulations to Kellie Gillman who won our draw. She will receive a $100 gift voucher for our Resource Center at our campuses.

    Carey

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