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God's Got This

We may have sung, "He's got the whole world in his hands," when we were children, but do we actually live like we believe it? Join us as we learn about Daniel's unwavering confidence in God in the face of difficulties.

Peace Means Holy Rest

In the midst of your preparations for the day we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, are you missing out on the very peace that He brings? Join us to learn the art of being in His peace even during the busy seasons of life.

The Way to Live

Many things in our world compete for our attention, all of them offering a way to define ourselves and live a fulfilling life. Philosophies and religions have tried to offer answers for centuries. More recently, celebrities, diets and exercise routines have tried to make us disciples of their respective pathway. But there is still only One who has the words of life, and He is the only one to whom we should go.


We all love a good listener. We understand that when someone listens well, they are doing far more than hearing the words coming out of our mouth- they seem to always know how to respond. Check out this week's message to learn about a king who listened and responded well to the word of God.

Was Jesus More Than Just a Good Man?

Who is Jesus to you? Join us at 9:30 and 11 a.m. as we talk about whether Jesus was more than just a good man.

Psalm 1

This summer, we will study some of our favorite psalms and learn how to engage with God through every season of life! Join us today as we begin with a look at Psalm 1.

Psalm 23

When faced with a tough decision or circumstance, what is your initial response? Life is a series of peaks and valleys and how we face them will greatly reveal who we are.

Psalm 85

There is a secret to going through hard times, and Psalm 85 gives us a blueprint for doing it well.

Psalm 86

Remember when you were young how you would call out to your parents or older siblings whenever you felt threatened or were hurting? As an adult, who is your go-to? Who do you call when debt, work, relationships, or health issues overwhelm you?

Psalm 139

Have you ever felt like, "they just don't get me?" Chances are, they actually don’t. But someone does. Come learn what God really thinks of you.

Know the Word of God Personally

We are called to know the Word of God personally as a church and as individuals. If the Holy Spirit fuels God's mission in redeeming our world, His Word shows us how and why we get to be apart of it.

Shares the Love of God Generously

One thing is true about all of us: we share parts of our lives intentionally and unintentionally with others. But is what we’re sharing making other's lives better or worse?

The Talk: Racism to Gracism

This week, we will begin our series with the end in mind by looking at the book of Revelations. We will explore a beautiful picture of people from every color, class, and culture worshipping together at the throne of God. We must keep this God-given picture in mind when we pray the way Jesus instructed: "Let your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." Join us as we begin to unpack what it looks like to be a diverse and grace-filled people, reflective of the very heart of God.

I Will Lift You Up

There is a cost to everything in life. Loving your neighbor like you love yourself will cost you, too. But how much? Check out Sunday's message and join us as we continue to unpack what it looks like to be a diverse and grace-filled people, reflective of the very heart of God.

I Will Honor You

This weekend, we honor our country's heroes for their sacrificial service. As we recognize our veterans, we will unpack the ways that Gracism invites us to honor the lowliest in our society, as well. Check out Sunday's message and join us as we learn how we can glorify God by honoring one another.

I Will Consider You

This week, we'll take a look at King David's example of extravagant grace and learn what it means to consider others like a true Gracist.

Invitation to Worship

What can we learn about worship from the three wise men that came bearing gifts for Jesus? Check out Sunday's message to find out more!

East Lake Family Service

This week, East Lakers big and small joined together in worship for a special family service and a look ahead to 2020.

Jesus Is The Way To God

In a day where we follow everyone from fitness experts, pop culture icons, politicians, and food bloggers, Jesus invites us to follow Him, too. But what does He offer that all the others can’t and don’t? Check out Sunday's message to find out.

The Poor

If Jesus lived in South Carolina, what would He observe in our culture, way of thinking, living, and serving? Would he say, “Bless your heart?" Check out Sunday's message to hear the first message of our new series exploring the Beatitudes.

The Peacemakers

Peacemaking has become more popular than the clarion call to believers to be peacemakers. As our nation continues to show more signs of disunity than unity, let's unpack what it means for us to be the peacemakers Jesus said are Blessed.

The Persecuted

Jesus says we are blessed when we are persecuted, but the line to check that out is always short, and volunteers are few. What is it, about following Him that garners His encouragement for the persecuted? Come check out the why and be encouraged for the week!

On What He's Done

As a culture, we’ve probably have seen hundreds, if not thousands of movies, but have you ever seen one as an adult that you view it totally differently than you did as a child/youth? This weekend let’s FOCUS on the PASSOVER and why was this time different for JESUS (and us) than all the others.

Focus on the Resurrection

Have you ever watched a movie as an adult that you watched as a child and saw it in a totally different light? This weekend let’s FOCUS on the RESURRECTION and why this time was different for JESUS (and us) than all the others.

Say Yes to Jesus!

It has been said that everyone has a price. Jesus approached a band of misfits and presented them with a dare to follow Him and turn the world upside down. What would it take for you to seriously follow Jesus?

Don't Worry

We have enough worries to last us a lifetime, but surely, we don’t want to spend our lifetimes worrying, so what should we do with them? I DARE YOU to log on, tune in this coming Sunday to trade your worries for God’s peace.

To Pass the Test

Remember the Emergency Broadcasting System that would come on while you were watching your favorite TV show, totally interrupting what you were dedicated to focusing on?

Prayer for Guidance

No one, I mean no one likes to be lost. Whether that’s moving to a new school, job, or city we find comfort in being familiar with where we are. One could argue we are back here as a country and culture because we are lost, so let’s gather to pray for God’s guidance.

Prayer for Boldness

Our courage is reliant on the biblical grounding of our prayers in God’s ultimate sovereignty. Our relationship with GOD has to become THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP in our life or we’ll lose.

Prayers for the Sins of a Nation (2)

James 5:16…….says the prayers of a righteous man avail/accomplish much. Throughout the Bible we see examples of how when God's people prayed amazing things happened. What if we became known as a church that prayed, and people witnessed God moving in might ways as we prayed?

Why This & Why Now?

What exactly did Jesus mean when He said "the poor you shall have with you always?" We want to be a church of people who understand our own brokenness, and Jesus’s plan to redeem each of us so that we might be able to help others without hurting those He desires us to reach.

What is Poverty?

What exactly did Jesus mean when He said "the poor you shall have with you always?" We want to be a church of people who understand our own brokenness, and Jesus’s plan to redeem each of us so that we might be able to help others without hurting those He desires us to reach.

Will We Solve the Poverty Issue?

Sometimes we need a little help from our friends to get what we truly need in life. This week our Family Ministry team will help us understand how the faith of four friends created an opportunity for their friend that caused many people to praise Jesus!


Telestrations is the modern-day depictions of the telephone game where we are challenged to communicate the original communicators message to others. Christ called us to follow Him, become and make disciples, but is that what we’ve made to date? We unpack what really is a disciple, and what do they do?


I don’t know about you, but I play Monopoly for keeps. I mean I need to get all the Rail Roads, the two blocks besides DO NOT PASS GO, then...you catch my strategy. But if I live that way, is the love of Christ really in me? We look at how winning in Christ looks very differently than winning in Monopoly.

The Heart of God

If God is the Father of all creation, when He said “Let Us make man in our image and our likeness, what exactly did that mean? Are we anything like our Father or nothing like our Father? Let's find out the answers to these questions.

Our Heart Problems

The No. 1 leading cause of death in all the world is heart disease. Pastor Ray goes so far to say the leading cause of spiritual death is (a deceitful) heart disease. You know one that is bent towards giving a dishonest or false impression of reality. There’s really only one solution to remedying this serious malady. We pray you tune in to hear the solution to OUR HEART PROBLEMS.

Simple Christmas

What was the so special about the first Christmas that it captivated so many around the globe, that it’s still celebrated today? Was it gathering with others? Was it your family’s favorite dishes or gift expectations? Whatever it was, has it gotten lost in all of the commercialism and change of Covid? How do we get that back……let’s all figure it out together this Sunday.

2020 A Year IN/TO REVIEW

2020 the year of many losses from plans & dreams, to jobs, and loved ones but what did we learn? That will be the question we must all answer in order to confidently face 2021. I pray you join us as we unpack how GOD's favored & enslaved people face a brand new world

It's a Heart Issue

Here we are at the beginning of a brand-new year, again. What will we do differently this year? What lists or commitments have you made already? How hopeful are you that you’ll succeed this year? What if I told you GOD has a desire for you for 2021 and beyond? I pray you come to hear what He told His children long ago, and what Jesus reiterated thousands of years later.

Breaks Barriers

One of the many things Jesus said was that He came to give us life, and this suggests that what we are living, is less than the life He offers. Let’s gather to examine how accepting this invitation into the new life will impact us and those that live around us through breaking the barriers that separate us.

Like a Good Neighbor

We’re all taught that there is a right way to any & everything. From cleaning our rooms, to baking a cake, to driving, even to how to read the Bible, but how of you were taught how to be a good neighbor, and what school did you learn that? If you are like me, and many others learning to be a good neighbor takes to the tutelage of a great one, so let’s all humble ourselves to follow the Lead of Jesus to loving & forgiving others like He does.

Phoebe & We

Part of our vision statement says, As an intentional multicultural community, empowered by the Holy Spirit, we will passionately pursue... and while it may seem like a noble statement, it’s as old as the first NT Church. So as the church, we are called to bring the GOSPEL of PEACE to a hostile and divisive world and there’s no better book to learn that from than Romans. Join us as we walk backwards through it to learn how to bring His message of hope and healing to our current culture.

Acknowledging the Strong and the Weak

What do you do when two groups that seem to be diametrically opposed to one another, but they really need each and struggle to see it? Paul wrote a letter to the mutli-ethnic house churches in Rome that helped them refocus and move to mutual respect, unity, and peace as spiritual siblings.

Christoformity Part II

Have you ever heard of the statement “That’s easy for you to say, and harder for me to do”? Well, the Christian walk is not a cakewalk and it’s full of challenging statements & hard teachings of Jesus that we can say that about. Nevertheless, the expectation for us to apply them to our everyday living doesn’t change. Come this Sunday to discover what did it mean really to love one’s enemies and what does that look like for us today.

Three Questions

Sure, the Jewish nations was GOD’s chosen people, but what does that mean for those of us that have come into the FAITH, without having a JEWISH heritage? DID JESUS make any difference for those of us that are not born JEWISH? The better question might be is GOD the FATHER and CREATOR of us all, and does HE still have a favorite?

Celebration Sunday

Have you ever been to a parade? There is a myriad of floats, attractions, and acts that are the very things that create the buzz and excitement behind the event. The prophecy of a coming King was long ago foretold, and when the moment came people gathered to see what all the buzz was about....well THIS SUNDAY come and see what all the buzz was about then, and even now at East Lake.

Two Truths and a Lie

If the Resurrection is TRUE, the question then becomes for many modern day believers is do we live as if Christ is Risen, or do we live as if it’s a LIE? Because if He has risen, then He arose with a purpose that He shared with His followers that should compel and inspire us to be messengers of this incredibly GREAT NEWS, CALLED THE GOSPEL.

Where is it in the Bible?

Location, Location, Location is what they say matters.....and you'd think with all the technology at our disposal that we can pick the perfect location (to live, work, play, and raise our kid(s)). They say preach the Gospel. They say we must live out the gospel! They say we should have a Gospel-centered life…..well can somebody simply articulate WHAT IS THE GOSPEL? Join us as we take the next 7 weeks to clearly learn about THE GOSPEL beginning with where does it actually appear in the Bible.

Jesus Our Savior

Have you ever found yourself in a predicament that seemed impossible to get out of? So, how did you get out of it? Chances are as you read this you have been flooded with memories of how you got out of... and our sin problem is bigger than us, and it takes Savior to deliver us from ourselves and our sin. Join us this week to learn more about Jesus the Savior.

What the Gospel is not!

Have you ever been deceived before? Remember how you felt when you recognized what you thought was true, was a complete and utter farce? Even in the Gospel narrative we have an enemy that really wants us to choose a more comfortable Gospel, but at what price and ultimate cost? Come learn with us, the differences between THE GOSPEL, and the different ones lurking out there that lead us away from the cross of Christ.

Q & A

We've been in this series for now 7 weeks, and now we want to have a discussion behind now that we know what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is, we want to work through how to put it altogether and live it out. Join us in person, and online for an engaging discussion.

The Purpose of Proverbs

It’s been said wisdom is one of the most precious things we can possess. It was so precious that King Solomon when asked by God, what can I give you…he named wisdom. He would author much of the books in the Bible considered the Wisdom Books, so where do you go for wisdom? Is there a person, or a reliable source that is your go to??? I pray you consider joining us for this fun summer series, because life’s to short to live it foolishly!

The Way of Wisdom

In everything by divine design, how we do things are reduced to a RIGHT WAY and a WRONG WAY to do things. Whether that thing is changing oil, performing a surgery, teaching a lesson, baking cookies or a cake, and living this gift called life is no different. The question which WAY would our friends, families, or maybe the Father would say we’ve chosen? Join us as learn from Solomon & JESUS how to know which WAY we are to choose in a world that preaches there are many paths.

The Gift of Perspective of Wisdom

How do you apply 8 weeks of information regarding the cost, value, way, trusting in,......... and the boundaries of Wisdom? The same you learned to apply 16+ years of life lessons before you actually moved out of your parents home and began the process of becoming an adult: humbling yourself. We hope you join us as we wrap up this much needed series.

Why are we here?

In 1966 the show Mission Impossible debuted on CBS and ran for 14 seasons. Its point? There’s a mission that would seem impossible to the audience, with forces working against you, except there is a team of people working towards the success of the mission and each week we got to see the success of the team through different missions. East Lake has had a mission, that is centuries old, and so are the opponents of it….the question is are you living on HIS mission? Join us as we talk about the MISSION, VISION & US!

The Talk

What would it be like if there was a diverse group of people that actually all agreed on the premise that JESUS is the WAY TO GOD, JESUS IS GOD, and the BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD while addressing issues regarding RACISM, SEXISM, CLASSISM, AGEISM and every other ism? We believe it would be a colorful community of GRACISTS. People who intentionally extended positive favor to other people regardless of, and sometimes because of their color, class, or culture.

I Will Lift You Up.

Have you ever been helped by a stranger? It is one of the oddest things, and at the same time encouraging that someone cared enough to see you and come to your aid. Gracists are called to see those in need of lifting, and to be the lifters as Christ has been to each of us. Join us as we look to Christ’s example of how we partner with him in lifting one another up.

I Will Stand With You.

The 5th Saying of a Gracist is one that every living, breathing organism and organization cries for, and that is for someone to stand with them, so that they aren’t left to stand alone. We were made for community, and a Gracist desires to be apart of God’s redemptive plan for all of creation. Come this Sunday to hear, how JESUS stood for us, and our only proper response is to STAND with those who are the one’s He stood for.

I Will Consider You.

The 6th Saying of a Gracist asks us to hearken back and take the posture of Christ, where He thought more of us, and sacrificed His very life for us, than He thought about His own comfort or self. Join us as Dr. David Anderson, the author of Gracism, Letters Across the Divide, Multicultural Ministry and other titles, walks us through how to be a growing body considering those inside it, as well as those who will be engrafted as we continue to make disciples of all nations.

Gifted by God

Have you ever been to a concert, or a college or professional sporting event and simply marveled at the talent or skill an individual displayed? If you're anything like me, you probably said, "If I had that........I'd....." You may not have a voice worthy of a record deal, nor the physical athletic ability that has you being recruited for a team, but what you do have is of eternal value, and it's a gift that the Creator of the universe gave you on purpose. I pray you join us in the this short series about spiritual gifts.

The Gift of Peace

Of all the things that we could all use more of, it would be more GOOD NEWS & PEACE, but it seems we get everything but those. PEACE has been hard to come by for some since the start of the pandemic. Come this Sunday to understand what is the PEACE the prophesied Christ was to bring, and what was gift of PEACE Christ offers to each of us that believes.

Worship from the Living Room

Most of, if not all the presents have been opened…..Christ is or was aptly celebrated and now we look forward to a whole new year but to what end? If there’s anything we should’ve all learned in 2020 & 2021 we are uncertain of more things than we are certain of, so how do we approach 2022? Let’s gather to simply reflect & rejoice off of the GOODNESS of GOD in 2021, and look to intentionally grow in wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and people in 2022.

GrAttitude Adjustment

When you move there’s a moment of clarity and terror that you realize you need to decide what stays and what goes (or get sold) because you realize it’s ridiculous to think you need to take it all. If this is true of stuff, what about life? What is that you value enough that you want to take with you vs what are you completely ok with leaving or giving away? Join us as we kick off our New Year’s series GR-ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT where we learn how to grow in contentment.

Skewed Scarcity

Just a week ago, Jesus instructed the first century followers to not concern themselves with certain things, and maybe you don’t worry about food, shelter, and clothes because you have those things, but what is it that you have so much of, and feel you have to keep a stockpile because what if…….? Let’s gather to remember our FATHER owns it all, has it all, and gives to His children liberally according to their need.

We Got Options

God is as good to us, as He was with Adam & Eve. He provided for them a wonderful and bountifully blessed existence, and He never once forced them to choose Him. The same applies to each of us, contrary to what culture might communicate we aren’t faced with GOD being our only CHOICE in this life, we actually GOT OPTIONS…the question is though, who/what will you choose?

Our Need for Redemption

Have you ever wanted to do something so bad, but there were obstacles that were not just perceived, but so real, that just the thought of approaching them caused you anxiety? The people of Israel wanted freedom from Egypt, but after hundreds of years of enslavement how would that happen? God has a plan to free us from what enslaves us and keeps us from worshipping Him. The question is do you want to be free?

Right and Wrong

John Sculley said, “Timing is everything,” and if this is true….how we use time, and what we do with it is equally important. If you’ve every felt compelled to do something, or say something, only to find out while it may have been the right thing to do or say but your timing was off, you don’t want to miss this Sunday’s message in EXIT US (a study of the book of EXODUS).

A Hardened Heart

We like to believe we live in a monotheistic society, but when you begin to really dig into it, we really are a society of polytheism where we worship at the altar of many different gods. The god of comfort, the god of overindulgence, the god of politics, the god of lust, the god of gluttony and the list goes on and on, but how do we rid ourselves of such things? I pray you follow this week as God goes to war against Pharoah, so that His people can worship/serve Him….I pray we too, come to know the GOD WHO SAVES, and chose to follow Him.

Our Response to the Resurrection

Year after year we engage our family’s tradition for the holiday, some go shopping for those really cute Easter outfits, we figure out where we are going for that Easter dinner, and all for what? Is that our best response to the Resurrection? Is that what Jesus wanted our response to be? Let’s see how his own disciples and surrounding culture responded on that first RESURRRECTION morning.

The Joy in Suffering

Life is hard, and you don’t have to look far to discover that. Whether it’s our personal health, or the health of people we love, or the health of our marriages and relationships they all have challenges because each of us are broken people. So, when faced with life’s challenges how do we find and keep the joy, that is supposed to be our strength? I pray you commit to coming each week to learn how to find, keep, and maintain the joy in suffering, unity, community, and even giving! Let’s commit to studying through the book of Philippians and Flipping the Script!

How to Fix Your Spouse

Have you ever felt like or said these words, " they are the problem?" Or have you ever thought, if they'd just go to counseling or stop doing....we'd be just fine?" Or have you felt like we keep having the same argument or discussion and can't seem to get pass it? Well you're in great company because you're not alone...but what do we do and how do we get beyond this? We pray you join us & Matt Loehr this Sunday to discover How To Fix Your Spouse.

The Joy of Community

Paul really loved those entrusted to him. While in prison he encouraged them to pursue unity, to deal gently with one another, and to be assured to find joy in Christ, nothing else. So, how does this letter end…..in him sharing his love for them, and desire for them to remain in a joyous community.

Psalm 7: A Prayer for Justice

God has put eternity in each of our hearts the Psalmist says, and part of that eternity is a longing insatiable desire for things to be right. That there would be no more death and destruction. That sin wouldn’t run rampant. That we’d never be tripped up by or cursed about questioning our identities. This is where God’s justice will come in to make right all that’s wrong, so what are we to do until then? We pray you join us as we kickoff our Summer in Psalms 2022 series.

A Prayer of Deliverance

When was the last time that you were legitimately desperate or so afraid of something that you felt your only option was to do something CRAZY? There’s no mystery that David had a very painted past, but he had a lot to praise God about and we pray you can identify with him, and bring your notepad, Kleenex, bibles, and your best praise!!!!!