Christmas requires a lot of preparation. Your home needs to be decorated. You’ve got to get the presents and wrap them. You’ve got to find a tree and trim it.
But the preparations for Christmas actually began thousands of years in the past. God promised long ago that His perfect gift was coming. He repeated that promise throughout the generations and His people looked forward to its fulfillment.
Christmas is when God’s ultimate promise became a reality. When hope entered our world… at last.
Our Vision: To do whatever it takes to reach our community for Christ.
...For Their Future.
God is prompting us to look beyond ourselves and rise up and work toward reaching people in our community for Christ in a different way; to maximize The Ridge's impact in our community beyond ourselves and what we're currently doing.
"For Their Future" is doing whatever it takes for our friends and families. We want to point them to Jesus, so they can experience what we have! People matter. Our friends who don't know Jesus matter. Eternity hangs in the balance. That's what is at stake.
Jesus. You’ve probably heard that name before. People say all sorts of things about Jesus... that He is the son of God… that He was a teacher… that He was just a good man… that He’s a fairy tale. But who does Jesus say that He is? We’ll look at who Jesus is through His own words and the roles that He fulfilled. Jesus is more significant than we could possibly imagine. That’s why it matters when He says “I am Jesus”.
We all have things that shape and guide us as people. Things we care deeply about. Things that are foundational to who we are. The Ridge is no different. The ideas and principles that we hold most dear define who we are because we believe that is who God has called us to be in Columbus and beyond. Join us as we look at the things that we are most passionate about as a church – the seven values that make us The Ridge.
When life is easy, faith is easy. But what about when life is hard? When you’re hurting? When you don’t feel like anyone is listening? Where is God and why would He let this happen? Joseph faced questions just like those. His life was hard and he lost everything. But that wasn’t the end of his story. God was not absent. God had a plan. He always has a plan.
Being intimate. Making whoopee. Hanky panky. Adult naptime. Bow-chick-a-wow-wow. There are many names for sex and even more opinions on the role it’s supposed to play in our lives. It can be confusing… but it doesn’t have to be. Sex is a gift God gave humanity. So how do we honor Him with it? Join us as we talk about the elephant in the bedroom and dig into what the Bible says about sex.
We want faith to be safe and easy. It’s not. Jesus didn’t come to fit neatly into our lives where it’s convenient for us. Jesus came to lead a counter-cultural revolution – a gathering of radicals committed to live for something greater. Jesus doesn’t want our lives to be fine… he wants them to be deeper and richer and more meaningful than we can imagine.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus talks about his plan for us to experience the life we long to know. It’s a promise to flip life upside-down. It’s a call to live radically.
The end. It's the last part of the story. It's the conclusion. It signifies that nothing else is going to happen, that nothing else is coming. It's final.
When Jesus died on the cross, it looked like the end. His family mourned him and his followers scattered in fear. It seemed like all that they believed in was a lie. How could Jesus be all that he said he was, all that they hoped he would be? He was gone.
Stories end… but this one didn’t. Jesus's death wasn't the end. God's story wasn't finished. The resurrection changed everything, allowing us to know the living Jesus and say, because he is risen, I am new.
Life is full of questions. Big questions. Hard questions. Questions that we often don’t want to think about because we’re not sure how to make it to the other side. We see this tension so clearly in the life of Peter; that finding answers means digging in, not running away. It means taking a long, hard look at our lives and seeking truth: about ourselves, about our world and our place in it and about the God who created it all. It means coming face to face with the person in the mirror.
Who is God? What does it mean to know Him? How do we do that? These are huge questions… but they are important ones. We will be looking at those questions and more as we seek to understand what it means to know God and be known by Him. God wants us to know Him! With open arms He invites us in. We hope this series serves as a signpost on your journey saying… welcome to God.