Encounter Retreat:

Grades 8th-12th.

What is an encounter?

This will be a retreat where you come face-to-face with God and His Word. You will confront yourself and your past. During the retreat, you will find that the grace of God will work to challenge and heal your soul. You will be able to reflect on your daily life and project yourself with faith to a better future. The Encounter Retreat is a part of your journey with Christ.  This retreat is a Step in a Process for you to become all that God has designed you to be.  

In order for a student to attend they must fill out the parental consent form. To request the form please send an email to Pastor Tommy Peters: tommy@thejourneyfamily.com


Wednesday October 17th, 2018

New Series: Filters

We all see the world around us from different perspectives. What would happen if we began to see things the way Jesus sees them? As followers of Christ we are called to display Jesus to the world around us, part of doing this begins with changing the way we see others and the world around us.

Wednesday September 26th, 2018

Sermon: Chasing After True Joy

Key Bible Verse:

John 2:1-11 (Synopsis) Jesus doesn’t perform a “normal” miracle.

- Jesus gets invited and goes to a wedding

- His mother asks him to help because the party ran out of the old wine

- Jesus obeys and turns the water into wine (YES WINE)

- The new wine is better than the old wine. 

NOTE: Wine in the Bible represents joy.

Joy defined:

“Joy is not happiness. It means: a satisfaction (full) of the soul because that person has encountered grace. Grace is that unearned favor from God we talked about. When you meet Jesus, your life is full and satisfied because you know Him. JOY IS A GODLY RESPONSE TO KNOWING JESUS NOT BASED ON THE HAPPENINGS OF LIFE.”

Two different kinds of wine (joy)

Old Wine: Things of this world that fade away (popularity, money, likes online)

New Wine: Life with Jesus (Relationship with him that always replenishes our souls)

How do we continually experience joy in our relationship with Jesus?

  1. Serving Others (placing them first Philippians 2:3)

Small Group Questions:


What are some of the happiest moments of your life? Name 2. Leaders Note: Use this question as the set up. Moments in life bring temporary happiness. 

  • What is the difference between joy and happiness? Happiness: Is based on things happening in life (good or bad). Joy (Christian): Is a state of being for you soul; your mind, will, and emotions are grateful because of GRACE. IT IS THE AWARENESS OF GOD’s GRACE. Overflowing with goodness because of what Jesus has done. 

  • Why is it so difficult to obey God’s word? Leaders: Remember we are “me-monsters” and obeying means dying to ourselves. Denying isn’t easy. 

  • Share a time where you denied your own needs and desires so that you could put someone else ahead of yourself. Leaders (Biblical reference to help with conversation): Philippians 2:3 “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.”

  • Have you been reading the Life Bible? Why or why not?

  • Why do you think it is a good idea to serve in your church? Leaders: We were created to be in community, when you serve someone in your church you are living out the message of Jesus! Leaders remember to encourage students to serve on any team they would like to and sign up if they didn’t! 

Wednesday September 19th, 2018

Sermon: Chasing After Grace

Key Bible Verse:

John 1:14, 16 ESV

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.”

Main Idea:
Jesus is both truth and grace.


Mankind is broken (sinful) and Jesus is the way to eternal life and satisfaction. 


Unmerited favor with God. God giving us what we do not deserve.  


God gives us his love even when we do not deserve it and even when we do not want it

Wednesday September 12th, 2018

Sermon: Chasing After Jesus

Key Bible Verse:

John 1:1-5

“In the beginning was the Word (JESUS), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness (sin/evil/selfishness), and the darkness has not overcome it.” 

Main Points:

  1. Jesus Is God

  2. Jesus Dwelt Among Us

  3. Jesus Is Truth