Welcome to Shoreline Growth Track Online. As you click on each phrase of the Shoreline Creed, you'll discover the deeper meaning of these truths, watch an inspiring video and answer thought provoking questions. Go at your own pace and discover the life God has for you.
I watched as people bustled about the coastal community crossing things off their to-do list, most of them oblivious to the beauty around them. Do you like to people watch? We are fascinating creatures. There are a million ways to categorize human beings – hair color, shoe selection, education, occupation to name a few. But at the very foundation, we see the world divided into just two groups of people: those who know they are loved by God and those who don’t know.
We believe history is His story – the story of God and his love for the world. We’d like to move more people into the “know they are loved” category.
Watch any large scale sporting event and chances are you’ll find someone in a sea of super-fan posters holding up a sign that reads “John 3:16”. It is perhaps the most popular verse in the entire Bible and for good reason.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV
God loves the world. We see God’s love on display every day:
- In the beautiful world he created
- In friends and family
- In our blessings, talents, gifts, health, energy, dreams
- Through the Bible
- And as we spend time talking to God in prayer
You’ll find evidence of God’s love everywhere, but nowhere greater than at the cross. If you ever doubt the love God has for you, just look at the cross.
Say it: I am loved by God
Read Psalm 19:1. Please share how you have seen or experienced God’s glory displayed in the sky.
Is it natural for you to view the beauty in the world around you as a gift of God’s love for you? Please explain.
Read Ephesians 3:17-18. Have you seen how belonging to a community of faith will help you grasp the amazing love of God? Our primary goal for every service at Shoreline is to unveil the beauty of God’s love. We hope to see you Sunday morning and don’t miss our First Wednesday service where we share communion and celebrate God’s love in the finished work of the cross. Click here for service times.
When it comes to religion there are a lot of options to choose from and honestly a lot of similarities across the spectrum. You can sum up pretty much all of the religions of the world like this: Do good – get good. Do bad – get bad. What goes around comes around. Karma. Most of these religions center on what we must do to please a displeased god.
Christianity is different. It’s all about grace – a loving God doing for us what we cannot do for ourselves. We did bad. We’ve all done bad. He did good. He can only do good. Out of the good he did, we get good we could never deserve. We can’t earn it. It’s a gift.
Does that sound too good to be true? You’re right! It is!
If life was all about doing good, we could pick any religion on the planet and try to work our way into rightness. But we are made right only by God’s grace, through the work of Jesus on the cross.
Because of God’s love, because he sent his son to take our place, we have the gift of grace.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV
You cannot earn it. Just let that soak in for a while. That is really good news.
But that’s not all. You cannot earn it and you cannot lose it. God’s grace is always available. God will never love you any more or any less than he does right now. He loves you perfectly, completely and unconditionally.
Say it: Christianity is all about Grace
1. Please share a time you had to face the consequences of a mistake you made. Now, share a time you knew you received God’s grace instead of judgement. Read Romans 5:1-2. How could undeserved grace increase your confidence and joy?
In his letter to new believers, Paul wrote “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) If you would like to receive the gift of God’s grace say this prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for sending Jesus. Jesus I ask you to come into my heart. Forgive me of all my sins. I put my trust in you. And I choose to live for you by the power you supply for your glory, amen.
If you prayed that prayer for the first time or as a reaffirmation of your faith, please let us know by completing this online form. We want to celebrate with you.
I could hear the faint rush of running water the moment I stepped out of the tour bus. A cooling mist settled on my skin, melting away the heat of the day. The noise grew louder as we walked down the path until it was a deafening roar. By the time we reached our destination, the air was thick with moisture. A beautiful rainbow stretched through the spray. We stood in awe of majestic Niagara Falls.
People so often live with a sense guilt, shame and regret. We believe our present and our future are destroyed because of our past. The Bible calls that condemnation. Shame is heavy, like a chain link boa we carry around our neck. When I saw the beautiful Niagara River thundering over the falls, I saw the waterfall of God’s forgiveness washing away my guilt and shame.
I am forgiven. You are forgiven.
The sin issue between God and man is totally settled. All of our sins, past, present and future have been paid for.
"He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins." Ephesians 1:7 NLT
We are under the waterfall of God’s forgiveness. And yet, we don’t always “feel” forgiven. We feel guilty. We feel condemned. We must choose to believe and embrace the truth that we are forgiven.
When we believe we are forgiven, it changes how we live. We experience the full impact of God’s love. We have the power to live free of condemnation.
"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those are in Christ Jesus," Romans 8:1 NIV
Say it: I am forgiven
Read Colossians 2:13 Please take time soon to reflect, pray and ask God to forgive you for mistakes you have made. You can journal your thoughts and your prayer.
Read 1 John 1:9 apply it to the mistakes you made. Believe that it is true and receive God’s forgiveness like a waterfall of grace washing over you.
I waded into deeper water, mud squishing between my toes as light reflected off the surface of Lady Bird Lake. It‘s my turn and I’m ready - ready to leave the past behind, ready to bury the old me, ready for a new beginning. I hold my breath and Pastor dips me back under the water. I feel the gentle current running over my skin. Good riddance. I know water baptism is just a symbol of the new life I’ve found in Christ but I need the ceremony of it all. Water rushes off my head and I breathe deep, full, fresh air. I will remember this day. I won’t look back. I am new.
"For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted in the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead." Colossians 2:12 NLT
We are loved by God, saved by his grace and forever forgiven. God sent his son to die in our place. But God didn’t stop there. He didn’t just deal with the past. He makes all things NEW. Yes, Jesus died for us, but that’s not the end of the story. Jesus rose from the dead. He is alive! Through his life we have a brand new life.
God provides our new identity through this beautiful exchange. He took our sins and gave them to Jesus; he took Jesus’ righteousness and gave it to us.
"God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" 2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV
Righteousness means we are in right standing with God. It’s like we’ve never sinned. Understanding our new identify is the key to living the life Jesus came to give us.
Say it: I am made brand new
Read 2 Corinthians 5:17 Your old life is gone. Your sins have been forgiven and you are made brand new! You are free to dream. What will your new life look like?
God took your sin and laid it on Jesus. He took Jesus’ righteousness and gave it you. You are right with God. You have a new identity in Christ. Read Romans 5:17 How do we triumph over sin and death?
Celebrate your new life through Water Baptism during our First Wednesday services. Check the online calendar for dates and details.
On April 16, 2007, Professor Liviu Librescu, used his body to barricade his classroom as a gunman ravaged the campus of Virginia Tech. Despite being wounded by bullets that penetrated the door, Professor Librescu managed to hold off the gunman while all but one of his students escaped through the window. He gave his life so his students could live. His family received letters and emails from students calling him a hero.
I imagine those students feeling the weight of his sacrificial death, knowing firsthand the kind of love that says, “You are worth dying for.” Then I imagine them rising up with passion, inspired by love to make their life count, to live each precious day to the fullest.
What if we lived mindful of the sacrifice Jesus made for us? We would be moved to action.
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:8-10 NIV
We are saved by grace, God’s love for the undeserving, to do good works - those things that God had already planned for us to do!
Each one of us has gifts, talents and skills that the world needs. And grace inspires us to serve. God has made us right with him so that through him, we can make what’s wrong with the world right.
Say it: In Christ, I live with passion and purpose
When we take action, doors begin to open and God shows us who we really are. What have you discovered about yourself through taking action? What is one step you could take today to further develop your potential?
Jesus came to give us life, real, full, abundant, eternal life! Read John 10:6-10 What makes you come alive? What are you passionate about?
We offer a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at Shoreline. We believe you can discover your purpose and refuel your passion through serving. Think about what you love to do, then visit our volunteer webpage and register today.
Our heroes stand back to back, poised for battle. They are surrounded by the enemy, but as they fight together they overcome. Of course, Hollywood choreography helps a lot. But the truth is timeless. Two are better than one.
"Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed…A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9,12 NLT
"In the beginning, God placed man in a perfect world. They enjoyed unbroken fellowship and yet God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone.'" (Genesis 2:18)
Over fifty times in the New Testament the beauty and power of friendship is expressed: love one another, serve one another, pray for one another, care for one another, bear one another’s burdens, encourage one another.
“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another…” Hebrews 10:25 NIV
God never intended for us to live our lives alone. We need each other. The church is where we come together. In a community of believers we can learn, grow and celebrate the joys of life. And when challenges come, we have each other’s back.
Say it: I am empowered by the spirit to be the church.
We need each other! Two are better than one. Read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Is there a friend who helped you succeed? How have relationships enriched your life?
Read Hebrews 10:25 Is there someone in your life who encouraged you to get connected in a local church? Who can you encourage?
We have a beautiful network of small groups at Shoreline where people get together to learn and grow or just hang out. Visit our small group webpage to find the group near you. Or attend new host training and start a group of your own.
As the church in the world we value community, loving each other and loving the world around us. This love gives. Love is what motivated God to give his son. Giving and loving always go together. Sure, you can give without loving but you cannot love without giving.
Giving brings people to heaven. Every week people leave our campus knowing they are loved by God and there is a place for them in his family. We think of Shoreline as a giant welcome mat to heaven.
We spend a lot of time and energy planning and preparing every detail of what happens on our campus. But we know we also have to think about reaching beyond our walls.
Giving brings heaven to people. Through Caleb Foundation outreach efforts we are bringing the life and hope of heaven to people who may never walk through the doors of a church. We are feeding families, providing school supplies, partnering with the American Red Cross and VOAD to bring disaster relief, and building homes for orphans, schools and hospitals.
We couldn’t do what we do without the generosity of people who give.
One of the greatest secrets to having a generous heart is understanding God owns it all. Everything good in our lives is a gift from him. He pours out blessings on us. Our giving is a way to acknowledge his goodness and express gratitude for all he has given and continues to give.
Say It: To be the church in the world.
Part of having a relationship with God is trusting him in all areas of our lives. As we determine to trust God with our finances, we will experience God’s faithfulness. Is there an area of your life where you need to grow in trusting God?
There is a ripple effect to giving. The blessing extends far beyond the gift and the giver. Before long, the blessing bounces back and returns to the giver. Read Proverbs 3:9-10 When have you experienced the bounce-back of a blessing?
There are three ways to give at Shoreline. You can use the offering envelopes on campus, text Pushpay to 57682 to use your smart phone or give online.
I was a man on a mission, ready to put an end to this Jesus thing once and for all. We were walking along the road when suddenly a blazing light flashed in front of me like a star had fallen to earth. I heard the voice of Jesus. It’s interesting to say you’ve had a conversation with a beam of light. The weird thing is my travel companions heard the sound but didn’t see the light. I know it was there. I was blinded by that “invisible” light for three days. My life was never the same.
Alright, so maybe your first encounter with Jesus wasn’t quite as dramatic as that of Saul who later became known as Paul. But has your life been changed? Do you ever think about your life in terms of Before Christ and After Christ? Or do you ever marvel at how far you’ve come?
Maybe you could say with Paul:
“But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus--the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” Acts 20:24 NLT
When you understand that you are loved by God, when you realize the beauty of what Jesus accomplished at the cross and when you recognize your life is not an accident, nothing will stop you from sharing the good news!
Jesus told his disciples they would be his witnesses. Notice he doesn’t call them his defense attorney, his prosecutor or his salesman. A witness is a person who sees something happen and then shares their experience.
We don’t have to defend or prosecute or sell our faith, just tell what God has done for us.
Say it: And to live this love revolution
In Luke 8:26-39 Jesus healed a young man. Then he told him, “Go home and tell how much God has done for you.” Share your story of what God has done for you.
According to Gallup Poll 65 million people have no church. 34 million said they would attend if someone invited them. All we have to do is extend an invitation. Who could you invite to church this week?