- The Gospel of MarkMark was the first to write down the story of the loved, hated, revered, despised and often misunderstood first century rabbi: Jesus of Nazareth. Mark wrote it in an attempt to answer the one question that Jesus himself asks throughout the book, "Who is this man?" For Mark, the people who were closest to Jesus were almost always the ones who couldn't really see Him, but the ones who were far away were the ones he could see the best. In a world where everyone seems to be a Christians the Gospel of Mark calls us to more than a civil religion. The Gospel of Mark calls us to be discipleship. In a world where everyone seems to think they know who Jesus was and what His movement is about, but strangely seem to have lives similar to people who have no intention of following him, maybe it's time to look again at the man who turned the world upside down. Because In the words of another Mark (Twain) "You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."
- Highland Welcomes Dr. Ben Pickett as our new Discipleship MinisterBen, his wife, Kerry, and their two sons Brady and Eli come to us from Lubbock, TX, where Ben has served in ministry at the Monterey Church of Christ in the areas of Spiritual Formation and Community Outreach since 2005. Ben holds Doctor of Ministry and Master of Arts in Religion degrees from Abilene Christian University, and a Bachelor's degree from Texas A&M. He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Lubbock Christian University. “Our God is a God of new beginnings, and we want you to know how excited we are about this new beginning for our family with yours. We look forward to new friendships, new places, and all the blessings and joys of sharing in life and ministry with God's people at Highland.”
- Two services begins August 17thThroughout 2013, the Highland ministers, shepherds, and elders began to prayerfully think, speak, and study about the idea of adding an instrumental worship service at Highland Church of Christ. As a result of that time spent conversing and listening to one another and to God’s will for the church, Highland will be adding an instrumental worship service on Sunday mornings while continuing to honor the ‘a capella’ worship tradition. The hope for this new service is that it will promote generational generosity among all five generations of people attending Highland, as well as reach out to those who currently do not attend Highland. This service will be a place in which people of all ages and backgrounds can come together to worship God. Highland’s services, beginning on August 17, 2014, will contain an ‘a capella’ service at 8:30am, and an instrumental service at 11:00am with Bible classes meeting at 9:45am. If you have any further questions about the new instrumental service, we encourage you to start by listening to the following sermon series, which Jonathan preached in the summer of 2013. http://www.highlandchurch.org/category/preaching-what-we-practice
- Alpha Course this fallAs we go through the book of Mark this fall, Jonathan will be teaching from the book of Mark emphasizing how we tell the Story to those who don’t know it, or who think they know it but don’t. One of the challenges Christians face today is that the word “evangelism” has such negative connotations in today's world. And that is where the Alpha course comes in. Alpha is a course (8-12 weeks) designed to engage the person who is curious to know the basics of Christianity. It originated in the 90s at an Anglican church in London in an effort to engage a secular audience. Lavish love and radical hospitality are its keystones -- helping guests answer two questions initially: Are Christians normal? Do they like me? How it works: People are invited by word of mouth to an intro course for Christianity and to “explore the meaning of life” around a meal. Tables of 8-12 people are set up, with two people at each table trained as table hosts. There is a meal, a 20-30 minute talk, table discussion over the topic. And the evening ends.If you are interested in being a part of this course or want to invite a friend you can find out more by emailing Janine Morgan at Jpm03c@acu.edu.
- Education Initiative
Highland’s Vision is called A Restoration Movement. Its goals are to Restore Highland, Restore Abilene, and Restore the World. You can learn more about all the ways we want to partner with God in making that happen here.
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