If you're new to Young Adults, looking to connect, or wanting to dive deeper into your faith, this is for you! On this page, we have recommended sermons and books for new believers, as well as links to volunteer or join LifeGroups. Scroll down to find everything you need.
LIFE IS____ by Judah Smith
Life is ____. How would you finish that sentence? Judah Smith believes Jesus shows us how to live life to the fullest. In this follow-up to his New York Times and USA Today bestseller Jesus Is ____, Judah completes the new sentence again and again, revealing how · Life is to be loved and to love. · Life is to trust God in every moment. · Life is to be at peace with God and yourself. · Life is to enjoy God. Judah writes as a friend, welcoming new believers, lifelong followers of Jesus, and even the merely curious. He shows us the love of God that defies human logic and the life that God intends for us to have in the here and now. With excitement and humor, Judah looks at the stories in the Bible from his unique angle and shows how life is all about loving God and loving others.
CRAZY LOVE by Francis Chan
God is love. Crazy, relentless, all-powerful love. Have you ever wondered if we're missing it? It's crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe—the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor—loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss. Whether you've verbalized it yet or not, we all know something's wrong. Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn't working harder at a list of do's and don'ts—it's falling in love with God. And once you encounter His love, as Francis describes it, you will never be the same. Because when you're wildly in love with someone, it changes everything.
THE REASON FOR GOD by Timothy Keller
Timothy Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, addresses the frequent doubts that skeptics and non-believers bring to religion. Using literature, philosophy, anthropology, pop culture, and intellectual reasoning, Keller explains how the belief in a Christian God is, in fact, a sound and rational one. To true believers he offers a solid platform on which to stand against the backlash toward religion spawned by the Age of Skepticism. And to skeptics, atheists, and agnostics he provides a challenging argument for pursuing the reason for God.
BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW by John Eldredge
Reading the Gospels without knowing the personality of Jesus is like watching television with the sound turned off. The result is a dry, two dimensional person doing strange, undecipherable things. But when we discover his true character-this man who made the wind, music and flying squirrels-suddenly all of the remarkable qualities of Jesus burst forth with color and brilliance like fireworks.
Breaking Jesus out of the typical stereotypes, BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW welcomes readers into the rich emotional life of Christ showing how they can experience the actual personality of Jesus in their daily lives in ways that will deepen their faith.
TRANSIT by Shawn Johnson
Fifteen years ago, Shawn Johnson was a suicidal drug abuser working in Hollywood. He wondered if God could ever be a part of his broken life. To his surprise, finding God was not that difficult. But, growing closer to Him was another story.
Three weeks after giving his life to God, he relapsed, and almost over-dosed. He wanted to be closer to God, but he just had no idea how to get there. As a result, his faith eventually floundered. He didn't know what steps he should be taking to move closer to God. Embracing spiritual disciplines such as prayer, Bible study, healthy relationships, sharing his testimony, serving, and giving was a foreign concept to him; and therefore, out of reach. Shawn's hope is that Transit can keep people from losing faith in God today, the way he did then.
POST GRAD by Jessie Davis
For every Post Grad, the first portion of life has been predictable, patterned, and safe. From kindergarten there was grade school, from middle school there was high school, and from high school there was college. Upon graduation, however, life shifts suddenly and dramatically from a train on the rails to a boat on a wide open sea of uncharted territory. The course we take after graduation is all on our own, and the adventure that awaits is as intimidating as the ocean itself. In Post Grad, Jessie Davis shares deep insight into how to not only survive, but thrive and sail well through the most important years of their lives. This book is perfect for anyone who is approaching graduation from college, just graduated from college, or knows someone in either of those two categories. #SlimFaith #SlimIdeas
These are six sermons from the Red Rocks Church series: TRANSIT: Taking You Closer To God. If you're curious about how to get closer to God, check out the messages below!