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"Love God.  Love people.  Do something."

We meet for worship at 6pm on Sundays at 6228 South Carr Court, Littleton Colorado.  Nursery and children's programs are offered to kids through grade 5.  If you engage with the worship we hope you'll join one of our Life Groups.  And if you really want to go all in we can get your connected to one of our serving teams.

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Weekly messages from Apex Church in Littleton, CO.

Easter 2018: It's Friday (3.25.18)

George Saylor

This Sunday at Apex (and Horizon),
it's Friday.

Good Friday.

Once again our Church Calendar nerds are going crazy.
Remember that we jumped into Holy Week.
AKA, Easter Week
AKA, Passion Week
a month ago.

We've slowed down.
Walked with Jesus through these last days.
And tomorrow we come to Good Friday.

The day Jesus was betrayed, arrested, arraigned, beaten and crucified.
He died and was buried.

How can this be good?
Is the church ignorant, insensitive, or just insane?

No.
It is Good Friday not because of happens to Jesus.
But because of what happens because of Jesus!!

Because of Jesus,
because of his sacrifice-

Death is defeated.
Sin is satisfied.
And we have eternal life!

Join us this Sunday
to look at what happens this Friday.

Easter 2018: Do This (3.18.18)

George Saylor

Something special happens around tables:

- This past week I sat with friends from church at Life Group.
- I drank coffee with numerous people.
- I ate with pastors from all across Colorado at a pastor's gathering Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tables draw people together.
Tables bring down our guard.
Tables nourish and sustain us.

Jesus invited his closest friends to a table.
They broken unleavened bread.
They lifted a cup and drank together.

This Sunday you are invited to a table.
We will break bread, and remember his body was broken for us.
We will lift a cup, and remember his blood poured out for us.

And together,
we will be filled.

As we draw closer to Easter Sunday,
I hope you will join us at this table,
so all of us, together,
may receive the gifts of our Lord Jesus
and be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Easter 2018: A Storm is Coming (3.11.18)

George Saylor

OK, if you're a church nerd,
you're freaking out right now.

"Tomorrow is not Palm Sunday!?!?!"

If you're new to this stuff you're probably wondering,

"What is Palm Sunday and why bring them to worship!?!?!"

Fear not.
No need to bring any palms.
And as for the timing,
I'll explain.

This year I wanted to get a jump on the Easter season so we could spend more time in some key passages.

So while Palm Sunday usually takes place the week before Easter,
we're jumping in tomorrow.
We'll discover how the day/event helps us understand all the unfold Easter week.
(Yes, palms are involved in the story,
and yes, they have powerful symbolic meaning.)

Next Sunday, March 18th,
we'll meet with Jesus and the disciples for their last meal together,
and celebrate our communion as the body of Christ.

On March 25th we'll look to the cross,
and why Jesus had to die for salvation.

And of course,
we'll gather April 1, Easter Sunday,
to celebrate the resurrection
9:30am at Horizon Community Church
2121 Dad Clark Drive.

And join us for and Easter Egg Hunt at 9am!

I hope to see you tomorrow,
and don't worry about the palms!

Easter Series 2018: This Changes Everything

George Saylor

This Sunday we kick off our series leading us to Easter.
For the next 4 weeks we'll walk with Jesus toward his cross.

This Sunday we go to Jericho,
meet a wee-little man far from God,
who got close to Jesus,
and discovered life-changing joy.

Next Sunday, March 11,
we ride with Jesus into Jerusalem,
And encounter a perfect-storm of expectations, assumptions and the reality of Jesus.

On March 18 we come to a table with Jesus and his disciples,
and we'll be invited to a meal that stretches on for eternity.

On March 25 we arrive at the cross-
betrayal, trial, torture, death and burial.

On Friday, March 30,
we'll have a special "Good Friday" service at 7pm.
This service is NOT for the faint of heart.

And on Sunday, April 1,
we celebrate the Resurrection that changes everything!
We'll be worshiping together with our partners at
Horizon Community Church.
9am Easter Egg Hunt
9:30am Celebration

I hope we'll be together every step of the way.
See you Sunday.

9:30am @ 2121 Dad Clark Road
6pm @ 6228 South Carr Court

Through the Roof (2.25.18)

George Saylor

What would you do for a friend in need?

- Would you sit with them through the night?
- Would you wait with them through a hospital visit?
- Would you walk with them through fire?

This Sunday we find a group of friends who will to go through the roof.
No, literally, through a roof,
to get their friend to the only one who could help.

It's an amazing story of a friendship stronger than blood.
A story of wreckless love,
that ignores social norms,
and does whatever it takes.

"The Problem With People Pleasing"

George Saylor

This Sunday we encounter yet another strange story in the life of Jesus.
His neighbors try to kill him!

The real problem of people pleasing
is not just that you can't always please all the people.

The real problem of being a people pleaser
is that you lose sight of pleasing God.

Jesus never lost sight of this:
- He loved people.
- He served people.
- He gave his life for people!

But he was singularly focused on pleasing an audience of one-
His Heavenly Father.

When we make it our ambition to please God
we end up pleasing many people.
But we end up disappointing some.

This Sunday Jesus teaches us how to deal with rejection.
And how to stay focused on pleasing God and loving people.

1. Know WHOSE you are- you belong, body and soul, in life and in death, not to yourself, but to your faithful savior Jesus Christ, who at the cost of his own blood, saved your life!

2. Know WHO you are- you are a child of God!  Christ loves you, died for you, rose for you and is coming again for you to redeem all of creation and spend eternity with you!

3. Know WHAT you want to do- What do you want to do with the life God has given you?  Don't let anything deter or distract you from God's calling and your goals.

Stranger Things, Week 3 (1.28.18)

George Saylor

"And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, 
returned from the Jordan
and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days,
being tempted by the devil..."
~ Luke 4:1-2

This Sunday,
as we unpack the temptations of Jesus,
we'll uncover a deeper truth...

Temptation loses its power
the moment we realize what's at stake.

Temptation lost its power over Jesus
as he was full of the Holy Spirit,
firm on the Word of God,
and focused on his mission.

We can prepare ourselves before temptation comes in the same way.
We'll look to the example of Jesus to find out how.

Stranger Things, Week 2 (1.14.18)

George Saylor

Jesus' baptism reveals so much:
- God is a loving Father.
- Jesus is a beloved son.
- The Holy Spirit is being poured out.
- God is a "tri-unity" of being- Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Of the many things that that we learn in this revelation,
and what strikes me deepest right now is this:

As Jesus was praying, the heavens opened.
And when heaven opens, good things come!

- The Spirit descends.
- Jesus is affirmed.
- Righteousness is being fulfilled!

This week I encourage you to assume a posture of prayer.
Remember your baptism vows.
Watch for heaven to open,
and see what blessings fall!

- An answer to prayer.
- A gift at just the right time.
- An opportunity to bless and answer someone else's prayer!

If you'd like to talk about making the step of baptism,
or if you need us to make a prayer committment with you,
write,
or call,
or come by one of our Life Groups.

"He must increase, but I must decrease." John 3:30
George

Stranger Things, Week 1

George Saylor

We learned three things about the greatness of John the Baptize:
- His Mission
- His Message
- His Motto

The greatness of his mission,
"Prepare the way,"
is a mission we can all make our own.

Everyday we make it our mission to prepare the way of Jesus:
Prepare for Him to be present in your home.
Prepare your marriage by making him the center.
Prepare your family with a time in devotions at dinner.
Prepare the way in your places of work and play.

Expect each day, through faith, that as you make preparation,
Jesus will show up.
- A conversation will turn to the bible or Jesus.
- Someone will ask for prayer.
- A door will be opened as an answer to your prayers.
Prepare the way, every day!

We embrace the greatness of his message,
"Repent... and bear fruit in keeping with repentance."

This goes beyond Sunday morning and preaching.
The personal invitation to turn to Jesus is more powerful than anything else.
It's scary.
It takes boldness.
You might be rejected.
That's OK.
John was criticized, rejected and eventually killed.
Changes are it will never go that bad for you!

So share the good news: everyone can turn to Jesus for salvation.
And encourage everyone to live a life in accordance with that turn.
Bear the fruit of the Spirit and a life of holiness.

Everyone can take John's motto and make it her own,
"He must increase, but I must decrease." John 3:30

I love the story of John and Jesus meeting in the womb.
John literally leaps when he comes into the presence of Jesus.
Both are so full of the Spirit that they can't help but react.

I hope that I can be so filled with the Spirit,
that when I come into proximity with others filled with the Spirit,
that our souls will spontaneously "leap" within us.

This is the key to greatness in the eyes of God:

Embrace John's mission- Prepare the way, everyday!

Preach John's message- Repent and be saved!

Make John's motto yours- "He must increase, but I must decrease."
John 3:30

Christmas Eve 2017- "Christmas Changes Everything"

George Saylor

The Birth of Jesus Christ

2 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,[b] who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Christmas 2017- "With Haste" (12.17.17)

George Saylor

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.”
~ Luke 1:46-48

Some call it the "Magnificat" from an old Latin translation.
It's Mary's song.

There are two verses:
The first is good news for all people-
a savior has come!
Mary will give birth to Jesus, the savior of the world.
Her soul swells with joy and praise!

The second verse is different.
It's a message to the world.
A warning...

Things are about to change.

The humble will be lifted up,
but the proud will be brought down.

Everything is going to change when Jesus is born.
Some will welcome the change.
But others, not so much.

Join us in this Sunday.
And join us the first category-

Let us welcome the savior,
not just of our souls,
but of all the world!

Christmas 2017- "Are You Showing?" (12.10.17)

George Saylor

“Behold, I am the servant of the Lord;  let it be to me according to your word.” ~ Luke 1:3 

This Sunday we look to Mary,  the mother of our Lord Jesus, and her example of faith.

When Mary said "yes" to God, she knew what was coming...

She was going to show.

The question we need to ask at Christmas, after we say "yes" to God...

Are we beginning to show?

in our words... in our actions... in our marriage... in our church... in our community...

I pray we'll not only all show up for worship this Sunday,

I pray we'll all start to show Jesus in every area of life!

Christmas 2017- "This Changes Everything"

George Saylor

2000 years ago a baby was born in Bethlehem, and the world was forever changed.  And today lives are still being forever changed.  This Sunday we look at the hope that God brought to Zechariah and Elizabeth, and the hope that He brings to us today. 
Who is our author, Luke?
To whom did he write, and why does it matter?
Why does Luke start the story of Jesus with the story of his cousin John and his parents?  What does this tell us about Christmas?

Tableology (11.26.17)

George Saylor

Sally Clarkson explains in her book "The Life-Giving Table," how each meal is an opportunity to practice Tableology: Gather. Bless. Eat. Share. Service.

Tableology is making the table the center of our homes,
just as the table (along with the cross and the baptism pool),
lay at the center of our church.

- Gather together as family and friends, putting away all distraction.
- Bless the meal, give thanks to God, and welcome Him to the table.
- Eat! Enjoy the food, for it is good!
- Share with one another, not just the food, but also your souls.
- Serve one another, then, nourished from the meal, go out to serve our world as the hands of Jesus.

I closed the service with a list of ways that you can begin to practice Tableology.
It's a long list. Don't be overwhelmed.
Read it through as decide which ones you will prioritize this Christmas and in the seasons ahead:

- Morning devotions (prayer and bible reading) over a cup of coffee
- Family devotions in the morning with the book or bible reading plan of your choice
- A home cooked dinner, as many nights of the week as possible, with family devotions and prayers to follow
- Friday night pizza night with home-made pizzas and a movie
- Game night once a month at the table with appetizers
- Sunday morning brunch with all the fixings followed by worship
- Birthday breakfast in bed for each member of the family
- Family and Friends Thanksgiving
- A Christmas birthday party for Jesus with a gift given to church or mission
- Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor day cookouts with neighbors and yard games
- Once-a-month dinner club with friends
- Once-a-month date night with your spouse or best friend
- Girls Night Out with mom and daughter(s)
- Boys Night Out with dad and son(s)
- A “Bar Mitzvah” party on your kids 13th birthday
- Serving and sharing dinner at the SWSN

The Lesson of the Leftovers (11.19.17)

George Saylor

If you made the service last night you know I LOVE thanksgiving leftovers.

Black Friday? No way.
It's Leftover Friday!
- Pie for breakfast.
- Turkey sandwiches for lunch.
- And "Thanksgiving Poutine" for dinner.

Leftovers means that everyone had their fill,
and yet there's still more!

The Lesson of the Leftovers (Jesus feeding the 5,000),
is that with our God,
there's always plenty to go around!

Give the little we have,
and watch him turn it into a lot!

He'll take a little boys lunch and feed a multitude.
He'll take a seed and turn it into a harvest 100x over.
He'll a talent offered to him, and make it double.

This week I invite you to offer what little you can:
A little time.
A little donation.
A little act of kindness.
A help in the kitchen.
A little encouragement to a friend...

Then watch God turn it into a whole lot more!
That's what he does.
That's who he is, "Jehovah Jireh, My Provider."

And remember:
Give thanks. Be broken. And be blessed!
George

Jacked- No Pain, No Gain (11.5.17)

George Saylor

"For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it."  ~ Hebrews 12:11

Jacked Series Summary...

When you get people talking about their faith,
then step back and look for principles,
a clear picture begins to take shape:

God consistently uses the same 5 things to grow faith.

Every person's story is unique,
but these workout principles appear consistently:
(Thanks for Northpoint Church for the alliteration.)

Practical Teaching
This is where we encourage you each week to celebrate the work of Jesus:
our justification, by faith, for salvation.

Then commit to your own workout, your sanctification:
"...work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. ~ Philippians 2:12-13

Partners in Training
Just as you need lifting partners or teammates to accel in sports,
you need partners to grow your faith. You need to get face to face, and real, with other people who want to move toward God. We encourage you to do this through one of our Life Groups.
Or joining one of our Sunday Teams, like the Worship Team, or the First Impressions Team, or the Family Ministry Team.
Or join the Women's Bible study.
Or the Art Journaling Group.
Or our Wednesday Prayer Gathering.

Or start your own!
Invite a few friends form Apex to get together,
have coffee or a meal,
talk and pray!

Private Devotions
We encouraged you to start a 15 minute (minimum) workout with God 5 days (minimum) a week.
Pick your time.
Pick your place.
Start with your affirmations.*
Read the bible.
Say your prayers.

Want to take it to the next level-
include some type of FASTING as a weekly devotion.

ANd don't forget your RECOVERY day!

Pivotal Circumstances
Sometimes the most faith-growing experiences or events are unexpected and unplanned. But because you are already working out, you're ready.
The job loss.
The cancer.
The broken relationship...
God will use pivotal circumstances to deepen our faith when we walk with him through the setbacks of life.

Personal Ministry
Now you're ready to get in the game!
Do something BY FAITH:
- Start a Life Group.
- Commit to giving a tithe to the church.
- Volunteer with the SWSN.
- Forgo the vacation and go on a mission trip.
- Tell someone that Jesus loves them!

Owning your faith means owning your personal calling and ministry.
It looks different for everyone,
but everyone is created and called to serve!

I hope that these principles will become a part of your life,
and a part of the mission of Apex.

We really do want everyone engaged,
or as our vision states:

A BRINGER to Worship
A PARTICIPANT in a Group
A SERVANT on a Ministry Team
A GIVER to God through the local church
A PASTOR to their family, friends and neighbors

Blessings,
George

* Affirmations:
I am a part of the body of Christ.
Christ loves me, died for me, rose for me, is coming back for me.
Without me Christ's body is broken.
I accept my life and embrace my calling.
I have all that I need to do all that I'm called.
I do not need to (insert your idol or addiction here).
Now lead someone to Jesus today!

Jacked- Get in the Game (10.29.17)

George Saylor

Next to committing to a regular time of personal worship (through bible reading and prayer), perhaps nothing grows our faith more than doing something by faith.  In other words, when we actually step out of our comfort zone and do something for God that requires our dependance, our faith grows exponentially.

Jacked- Setbacks (10.22.17)

George Saylor

Every elite athlete will face some setbacks.  From a minor injury, to a career ending incident.  What happens when we face setbacks in our faith?  Why does it happen, and how do we recover?

Jacked- Recovery (10.15.17)

George Saylor

The trinity of training is workout, nutrition and recovery.  As easy as it sounds, and as easy as it's supposed to be, recovery might be the hardest part.  Same with our faith.  Why is it so hard to just take a day off?  In this message you'll discover that sometimes God wants you to have a snack and a nap, literally.

Jacked- Nutrition 101 (10.1.17)

George Saylor

In week 3 of our "Jacked" series we dive deeper into our faith workout plan.  All great athletes know that training is only part of their routine.  Nutrition, what you put in you, matters equally.  What are you putting in you to grow your faith?