- 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 fallBeginning October 1, the Highland church will host an experience known worldwide as the Alpha Course. The program will take place over eight weeks at both the Highland and Grace campuses on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. The Alpha Course is a weekly gathering around a meal, with a talk and table discussion on the first principles of the Christian faith. Its purpose is to introduce non-Christians or young believers to the basics, such as: Who is Jesus and why did he die? What does it mean to have faith? Why and how should I read the Bible? Because Alpha is designed to be a relational experience, we are not using public advertising. Instead, we ask you to invite friends, acquaintances or family members. Ideally, you will then bring that person to the event, sit at the table with them, and enjoy. There are invitation cards out in the lobby, as well as someone there who can answer your questions. For further information, see the back cover of the Avenue magazine for Fall 2014. To help with the ministry or sign up to attend the course, please email the organizers at email@example.com
- 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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