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Vision Sunday 2020

At The Chapel, we help people meet, know and follow Jesus on the campus of LSU, in the city of Baton Rouge and around the world. On this Vision Sunday, we unveil our God-sized 10-year vision of The Chapel, framing where we are going in 2020 and beyond! 

Wisdom That Works

Each of us builds a life through the daily decisions we make. the Bible speaks of the choices of life that allow us to build wisely or foolishly. In this sermon series, we'll mine some clear and practical teachings of the Bible for wisdom that works in the day-to-day stuff of our lives. Proverbs offers real help for everyday life. God gave us these proverbs to help us develop the wisdom and discernment needed to build a healthy life.

Won't You Be My Neighbor

Why do we feel that when it comes to our neighbors, we either have to present the image of a perfect family…or put up a fence. Yet we value the people that know us best and still choose to love us. Jesus asks us—no strike that—commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves. And He gives us the plan: pray, invest, invite. Join us for a 4-week series you can feel awesome about inviting your neighbor.

God's Word

What’s in a name? What’s in a word? What if it’s God’s word we are talking about? There is not only the little 'w' God’s word that can create, and guide us, and help us, and reveals the attitudes of our heart. But there is the big 'W' Word of God, the Bible and the big 'W' God’s Word, which is Jesus.

Here’s the bottom line: God’s word and Word have real, everyday power. And when we stop to listen to him above the roaring noise of life, amazing things happen.

Choose Joy

What is joy? Is it a fleeting feeling or a lasting confidence? Does it depend on your circumstances, or can it be an expression of faith in the character of God? When we experience our Heavenly Father’s love, joy naturally rises in our hearts and in our lives. And it is our joy, in spite of circumstances, that begins to intrigue people far from Christ to ask “why.”

As we walk through the book of Philippians, the Apostle Paul unpacks his own story of finding joy in every situation. Join us as we begin to discover how we all can do the same.

Psalm 23: Rest for the Weary

You’ve got the map out. “Where are we going?” you, the passenger, asks almost panicked. You can’t remember the last time you felt like you knew exactly where you are. The driver doesn’t really know either. “I feel like we made the right ‘left’ back there, but now I’m not so sure. I think we may be going in the wrong direction.” As the driver says those words, you enter a stretch of road that feels very risky. You blurt out, “this does NOT feel safe!” The driver says “What does the GPS say?” You reply, “remember how it’s broken and you refused to get it fixed? Now look where we are!”

Who do you trust to guide you to a safe place? A place where you can rest; a place you can be refreshed; a place that’s safe, even in a crazy world? The writer of Psalm 23 has asked those exact same questions and has discovered that there is a Shepherd that he can trust. There is a Shepherd he can follow. Join us for 4 weeks as we rediscover God as the Shepherd of our lives. He can be trusted to lead us and protect us and shelter us in the midst of every storm and situation the world can throw at us.

Jesus. Promises Made. Promises Kept.

So you finally have it...your first Bible. You've heard that there are like 66 books wrapped into one book. So, you think to yourself, "Should I start with the first book? Is it like a choose your own adventure sort of thing? You crack the cover and see that there's an 'old' and a 'new' part." But you think, "If I start with the new part, will it be like I missed the first season of a sitcom?" "Fine," you think. "I'll start at the beginning."

A few months later, you've made it through the Old Testament, and wow do you have questions! You've got the basics down...there is a God who made everything, including you. Your great great grandfather sinned and that caused a separation between God and man. But, God is trying really hard to make things right again...make it like it was in the beginning. But God's got a lot of work to do, so He starts making promises about a person, a Savior that is going to be born in the future.

These promises are huge, and as each one is fulfilled through Jesus, God gets one step closer to us and we get one step closer to him. And it all leads up to....da da dah...a horrible death on a cross? The hero dies? What in the world are we going to do now? Join us this spring to hear about the incredible promises God made and the amazing way Jesus made them "promises kept."

Resolved

5, 4, 3, 2, 1……HAPPY NEW YEAR you scream as the confetti swirls and kisses are exchanged. You’ve told yourself for weeks that 2018 is the year you’re gonna do that thing that’s really a struggle for you or not do that thing you always feel guilty about. 

Promises, promises. Why do we make them? Are we compelled by society to be happier, richer, more beautiful, or more successful? TV programs pitch the perfect life. Magazines show us how we are supposed to look, what to wear, and what car to drive. And so we all on some level aspire to pull ourselves up from the bootstraps so that we can say, “I made it” and, “I made it all by myself!” Willpower is a cruel master. 

But what does God say? He says that we should look to our maker to determine our worth, we should trust our Father that He is in control, and we can believe that He is working all things together for our good. 

Using Joshua 24:15 we are exhorted to “choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served…or the gods in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

Our prayer is that we will all see that lasting resolutions are founded on reality and fueled by deep conviction. What we truly believe, we act on. This year let’s make resolutions that make life worth living!

Rescue

What’s in a name? What could people discover if they only knew your first name? How about your last? Your name is ripe with historical truths and genealogical connections...stories about who you are, where you’re from, and many times where you’re headed. 

Now what if you had “the” most powerful name in history? Think about the ramifications of Acts 4:12. 'And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Driven to know this Name, we turn to Isaiah 9:6, "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

Join us this Christmas season as we realize and recognize that there is wisdom, power, hope, and peace in the Name and person of Jesus.

Perpetual Hope

Most of us wander through life looking for purpose and direction. We struggle under the weight of past regrets. We long for happy marriages or to be free from suffering. We want to do what is right and then be recognized for the good we do. Faced with unrelenting life under pressure, we cling desperately to an illusory hope.

In Jesus we at last find hope and the firm foundation of a life grounded in God. Through his resurrection, we find purpose and redemption. Because of Jesus, we are free to live with purpose in community with others. We discover that through his grace we can live under authority, endure suffering and forgo any right to recognition.

Join us as we discover the reassuring delights of Perpetual Hope.

Living a Legacy

As school begins and families jump back into the crazy pace of life, The Chapel wants to encourage you with four Biblical truths that will help families find strength and hope during seasons of weariness.

God At Work

Christians must regularly remember the mighty works of God—specifically in the person of Jesus (2 Tim 2:8). We who are saved by grace are part of God’s workmanship and must walk in good works (Eph. 2:10). Our focus on the work of God in our church and our own lives will encourage gratitude, stimulate faith, and remind us of the hope we have in the gospel. The work of God is not done. 

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