Originally, “baptism” was not a religious concept. Yet over time, baptism has become an exclusively religious idea – one that even rouses deep emotion and controversy. In this message, Andy Stanley unpacks baptism, from its birth with John the Baptist to its modern equivalent. If you are a follower of Christ and baptism is still on your “to-do” list, this message may be the nudge you need to finally go public. February 26, 2012.
There are a myriad of reasons why people choose to give to charitable organizations. They want to make a difference in othersâ€™ lives. They want to fix a set of problems or resolve an unfortunate situation. They appreciate the tax breaks that accompany charitable giving. While these are all valid and noble reasons to give, is there a different motivating factor for Christians? In other words, are Christians called to be fixers? Or followers? October 23, 2011
Each weekend, thousands of people put on their Sunday best and make their way to church. But what about the church itself? What is the church trying to accomplish? What does it mean for the church to put on its Sunday best? September 11, 2011
We are a part of one of the most exciting stories in the history of the human race. It’s a story that has been unfolding for thousands of years and a story that is unlikely in almost all of its details. It’s the story of Christianity and how it has spread from a small band of followers to a religious movement that has gone to the ends of the earth. It’s a story that is not yet over and a story in which we have been called to play a significant part. Rich Barrett presents how you can be a part of this story. May 1, 2011
Where are we headed as an organization? Whatâ€™s our plan to get there? Weâ€™re so excited to share with yâ€™all this Sunday about what God is doing in the lives of people through Access Church, and where weâ€™re headed in the months to come. Weâ€™re going to get there together. Not together like a club made up of people with common interests â€“ but together like a group of people with a common need. Rich Barrett gives us some direction and invites you to join in. April 10, 2011
There tends to be a lot of confusion surrounding baptism. And while the topic often evokes strong emotions, it is not a subject in which people have much to draw from, other than their own experience. For this reason Rich Barrett takes the time to explore what the Bible has to say about baptism and how this informs our understanding of this universal Christian practice. March 13, 2011.
Forever. Nothing lasts forever, right? Well, except maybe your legacy. Have you ever found yourself wondering, “Will any of this matter in a thousand years?” What if it did? Rich Barrett helps us move our focus from now to then with a one-week message, “Forever.” February 6, 2011
Mark 11 relates a story of Jesus driving merchants out of the temple in Jerusalem. This image of Jesus seems contrary to the kind, compassionate Jesus usually portrayed in scripture. In this message, Rich Barrett proposes that if we want to know what makes someone tick, we should learn what ticks them off. Understanding what made Jesus so angry in this story will tell us a lot about the heart of God. October 17, 2010.
Good people go to heaven â€” don’t they? Sure they do. It only makes sense. Actually, it doesn’t really make any sense at all. Smart, educated, accomplished men and women everywhere are banking their eternities on a theory that doesn’t hold water. In “How Good is Good Enough?” Rich Barrett will reveal what’s wrong with the most popular theory about heaven â€” and what it really takes to get there. October 25, 2009