Archive for September, 2016

Joy: Philippians 1

When you think of joy, what comes to mind? Holding a newborn baby, attending a marriage ceremony, or when circumstances fall into place?

We usually equate joy with a temporary event that flees when hardships and challenges come our way. However, we know that joy is promised as a fruit of the Spirit in our lives in Christ. We know it’s something deeper than things lining up just right.

So how do we get, keep, and live a life of joy in spite of the “reality” around us?

In this podcast, we start a new sermon series in Philippians. This section is a letter from the apostle Paul when he’s in a very tough time in his life but is full of joy! We will learn and encourage one another with what he has to share!


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As we welcomed many guests this week who had accepted our invites to give “church” another try, we explored what are some of the causes of past church hurt, why we shouldn’t give up on Christian community, and what we can get encouraged by in 2 Corinthians 5:1 – 6:2.

In this study, we dig into a letter from Paul (an apostle) to one of the churches he planted that is now struggling in ways that hurts people. This effort to steer them back on track of being what God intended reminds us that time is fleeting, God has more for us than this world does, and now is the time for hope, grace, compassion and connection within the family of God.

We pray you enjoy this study and dig in. God has more than some of us have experienced in our pasts. It’s time to move from the mortal to Life!

If we can help you in any way, please feel free to touch base or stop by and visit.


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Did you know that most people who have stepped out of church have not lost faith in God? We have found that a physical move, a change in schedules, or being hurt by Christians or a church before have effected many when it comes to being in Christian community.

At The Shepherd’s Fellowship, we have a huge heart for those outside of church … especially those who have been hurt before. Many of us, including myself can relate due to our past church experiences.

However, we find it’s clear in the Bible that God has created us for community – to work together, encourage each other, enjoy life together, worship together, and help each other. We see that God adopts us into His family and not to be orphans in Christ.

What we have found that if you chase after Biblical community, there is a real beauty in the messiness of true relationships. Many who have not felt comfortable in other types of church communities have found a home at The Shepherd’s Fellowship.

With this in mind, we want to take a moment and invite you to “Back to Church Sunday” on September 18th. Our Sunday morning gathering will start at 10:30am and will include music, a study that’s life applicable,share in some ways to make big impacts in our community, and more! There will also be kid’s ministry going on with TSF Kids for babies – 5th grade for those who wish to plug in.

We don’t expect this invite to serve as enough to give you a feel for who we are and why you should give church with us a chance so please stop by our web-site at www.tsflife.com and learn more about us. If you have any additional questions, touch base with me through our leadership page and I’ll help any way I can. Hoping to see you!

Pastor Tom Hypes
The Shepherd’s Fellowship

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