Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Shane Witbeck's Baptism

On Easter Sunday, Shane Witbeck was able to publicly declare his faith in Jesus Christ. Before you watch, you might want to read a letter Shane wrote 18 months ago about his faith journey. Watch as Shane tells his story:

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Faith, Hope, and Luck

Our faith in God often hinges on his activity--or inactivity--in our daily experiences. When our prayers are answered or when God shows up in an unmistakable way, our faith soars. When God is silent or doesn't come through, it becomes harder to trust him and our confidence wanes.

But it doesn't have to be that way--it's not supposed to be that way. This five-part series is guaranteed to transform your thinking about faith. Join us and discover the difference between faith and hope. Andy Stanley explains what we can expect of God every time we come to him with a request. And he exposes the flaws in what some have labeled, "The Faith Movement."

Faith, Hope, and Luck is not just another message series. This content is foundational for everyone who desires to be an informed follower of Christ. Join us Sunday, April 18, for the series kick-off. See you there!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010


Where are we headed as an organization? What's our plan to get there?

I'm so excited to share with y'all this Sunday about all that God is doing in the lives of people through Access Church, and where we're headed in the months to come.

We're going to get there together. Not together like a club made up of people with common interests - but together like a group of people with a common need.

Join us this Sunday! Our service starts at 10:30am, and programming is available for all ages.

Click here for directions.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

This Changes Everything

Pastel colors. Bunnies. Sugar-coated fluffy marshmallows. Egg hunts. Family brunches. These are the images that are usually evoked around the Easter holiday.

But at the heart of Easter is a celebration of a particular event—Jesus' resurrection. This Sunday, Andy Stanley will retell the original account of that fateful morning when Jesus' tomb was found empty.

"Why do you look for the living among the dead?" was the question the angels asked of those who were looking for Jesus.

Jesus was... is alive. And that has changed everything.

Join us this Sunday at Access Church, 10:30am. See you there!

If you are one of the hardy volunteers serving on Easter Sunday, we've got something special planned for you. At 9:25am we'll have a worship service designed just for you—a time to celebrate all that God is doing at Access Church through our amazing volunteers. We'll pray together and commit Easter morning to His glory.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Easter Baptisms - Register Now

This Easter is going to be an amazing celebration at Access Church. Not only will we celebrate the historic event by which Jesus conquered death on our behalf, but we'll hear specific stories from some of you at Access whose lives have been personally changed by Christ's death and resurrection.

Baptism is a great way of showing others that you have entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It is a public declaration of your trust in Christ, and a symbolic representation of what took place in your heart at that time.

It's when you get to tell everyone of your acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

It represents your sharing in His death and resurrection, illustrated by going under the water (dead to our old life), then rising again (new life).

In baptism, you are symbolically washed clean, your sins having already been forgiven by His death on the cross.

Because Jesus instructed us to be baptized, baptism is an act of obedience. While it is not necessary for salvation, it demonstrates submission to God.

Have you never been publicly baptized as an adult? Would you like to declare your trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation this Easter? You can go here to learn more and register. We'd love to have you be a part of this amazing day!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

JumpStart - March 21

Our spring JumpStart at Access Church that is just around the corner.

Jump Start is an engaging 30-minute presentation where parents and kids learn together about what it means to have faith in Jesus Christ.  We will discuss:

  • Who Jesus is
  • What faith is
  • What it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus
  • How to lead your child to faith in Jesus
  • What Baptism is all about.  This is a must attend for your child to be baptized.  We will share details about when, where, and how we will celebrate baptism for your children this spring.

Our next JumpStart will be held in the UpStreet Theater on March 21  immediately following worship at 11:45am.  There is limited space and materials available.  So please register by Friday, March 12 if you plan to attend.  You may register by emailing Adam Flynt and letting him know how many from your family will be attending JumpStart. See you then!

Monday, March 08, 2010

New Series: Text

No matter when or where you hear the familiar "ding" on your cell phone, a text message gets your immediate attention. You're compelled to pull the phone out of your pocket and read it.

What if God sent you a text message?

In Text, Andy Stanley says that God has, in fact, sent you a message—it's called the Bible. In this amazing collection of writings, you'll find poetry, prophecy, biography, war, sex, and betrayal. And most importantly, you'll find the story of a loving Father who goes to incredible lengths to redeem his children.

Join us for this three-part series beginning March 14 at Access Church. See you there!

And help us choose the March 14 opening song! Text 99503 with the following to place your vote.

ACCESS1 - Beat It (Michael Jackson)
ACCESS2 - Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
ACCESS3 - Fly Like An Eagle (Steve Miller)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New Series: Landmines

Join us this Sunday, February 28, as we begin a new, two-week series, Landmines, with John Woodall.

This series will help us recognize and avoid certain landmines so that we can successfully navigate our way through the relationships of marriage, family, and friends.

It's a practical guide to recognizing and avoiding anything that can blow up any relationship at any time.

See you there!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Salary Caps for CEOs?

There's been a lot of talk lately about CEO salary caps. I certainly understand the sentiment. It's hard to believe that someone can receive compensation in the millions of dollars while apparently underperforming.

But as I look at scripture, I'm concerned that we might be missing a bigger issue. Let's recognize a few things:

1. We're all rich. If you're reading this on a computer you have free access to, you're in the top 5% of the wealthiest people in the world. Have a car? Live indoors? With running water? You get the point. You and I getting upset with the "richer" people must seem pretty silly to the family living on $4/day.

2. The pay system on this planet is messed up. Sure, some CEOs make a ridiculous amount of money. But so do some entertainers and athletes. If we put our money where our mouth is, it'd be teachers, stay-at-home moms, and caregivers that were the highest paid. So, determining a "fair" salary is kind of like chasing a rainbow. And really, don't we all make more than we deserve? Again, don't compare yourself to the person in the next cube, but rather the person halfway around the globe.

3. Okay, here's the Bible part: God doesn't seem to be mad at rich people. He doesn't seem concerned with how much money we make. There's no salary cap in scripture, even for God-followers. But he does seem concerned with how much we keep for ourselves versus how much we give away.

Look, there will always be rich people. And, you're likely one of them. So here's a great passage specifically for us:

(1 Timothy 6:17-19) As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

Want some more practical thoughts on balancing faith & finances? Join us this Sunday for the final part of our series, "Balanced." See you Sunday!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

2009 Snapshot

Every successful organization must have clearly defined goals and concrete ways to measure success when those goals are attained.

In 2009 Access Church moved into a new worship facility and welcomed many new faces. It was an exciting year! Having lots of people in the room on Sunday is exciting, but even more important to us is connecting people in meaningful relationships and strategic service. We feel that it's in the context of these relationships that real life change takes place.

As you can see, we reached our 2009 goal of connecting 60% of our attenders in community groups and far exceeded our goal of connecting 60% of our attenders in strategic service. Thank you for helping us reach these goals!

2009 was also significant because it was our first year of financial independence. As a start-up organization, we initially received funding from North Point Ministries. But in 2009, we were completely dependent on the giving of our attenders (reflected in the graph) and visionary givers who don't attend Access but believe strongly in our mission and strategy and believe Jacksonville needs a church like Access. It's our hope that in 2010 the priority-percentage giving of our attenders will exceed expenses and that visionary giving can be focused on strategic long-term objectives and capital acquisitions.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Road Trip, Anyone?

If you have ever wanted to experience North Point Community Church for yourself, and get a behind-the-scenes tour, join us for Sundays @ North Point! You will attend a worship service, take a guided tour of various environments, and participate in a day and a half of informal sessions and discussions. You'll get answers to your questions and enjoy face-to-face conversations with North Point staffers about how and why we do what we do. Space is limited, so please let us know right away if you would like to be included.

We'll head up on Saturday, February 13 and return Monday, February 15. Registration for the event is $50, plus the cost of your transportation, meals, and lodging. More details can be found at Sundays @ North Point.

To keep costs low we can carpool, help you find free lodging in the area, and provide you with a wicked-awesome recipe for PB&Js.

Interested? Shoot me an email or leave a comment here to let me know you want in and we'll start planning for transportation and lodging.

February 13-15. It could be the perfect romantic getaway!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Help Haiti

The need in Haiti right now is great. This Sunday at Access, we'll be directing you to give through two organizations we know and trust, Compassion International and Samarian's Purse.