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The Biblical Norm of Church Membership

Mark Dever, pastor of Captiol Hill Baptist Church, once declared that “if you are not a member of the church you regularly attend, you may well be going to hell” (Joshua Harris, Stop Dating the Church, 55). His point in making this provocative statement is that the local church verifies your salvation and it is where you practice the love of God towards others....

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Volunteer Spotlight: The Batt's Family

We are working to provide a brief spotlight on the blog for volunteers in each of the church ministries to give some insight into the different opportunities to serve at The Well. To find out more about serving on the Well Kids team, please contact our Well Kids Director, Andrew Reimer.Name(s):The Batts: Joel, Jennifer, Grace, Lily, and JackWhere do you serve in TWK?Jenn a...

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When you don't feel good enough to join a Missional Community

I didn’t join a Missional Community (MC) until six months after I began attending The Well because I didn’t feel like I was good enough. I feared people would ask me questions like, “So how has your relationship with God been going?” and I would have to say, “Just ok,” when I wanted to be able to respond, “It’s the best it&rs...

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Book Review: Saturate by Jeff Vanderstelt

“What does it look like to live for Jesus in the everyday stuff of life?” ...

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Missional Community Spotlight: Gunbarrel

Missional communities are the primary way we connect with others and live together on mission. These smaller groups of people provide an opportunity to know others and be known within The Well community. Through these relationships, we mutually challenge and encourage one another to truly believe our Identity in Christ and live a life that shows the world who God truly is....

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A Return to Biblical Manhood

Recently, the men of The Well completed a 6-week study on Biblical Manhood led by Pastor Matt Patrick. The study focused on who God calls us to be as men in accordance with His design and followed 33: The Series curriculum.“Manhood”? Give me a break.That’s not an uncommon reaction. So let’s get real…Why did The Well believe a study on manhood...

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Missional Community Spotlight: North Boulder MC

Missional communities are the primary way we connect with others and live together on mission. These smaller groups of people provide an opportunity to know others and be known within The Well community. Through these relationships, we mutually challenge and encourage one another to truly believe our Identity in Christ and live a life that shows the world who God truly is....

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Missional Community Spotlight: Broomfield Heights

Missional communities are the primary way we connect with others and live together on mission. These smaller groups of people provide an opportunity to know others and be known within The Well community. Through these relationships, we mutually challenge and encourage one another to truly believe our Identity in Christ and live a life that shows the world who God truly is....

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Missional Community Spotlight: Downtown Boulder MC

Missional communities are the primary way we connect with others and live together on mission. These smaller groups of people provide an opportunity to know others and be known within The Well community. Through these relationships, we mutually challenge and encourage one another to truly believe our Identity in Christ and live a life that shows the world who God truly is....

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Missional Intentionality Part 1

We had our Fall Missional Community Quarterly this past week and talked about what it means to be hospitable and invitational. Our MC Quarterlies are meetings designed to give our MC leaders a chance to learn from each other and continually grow, so one of our hopes is to provide a place for leaders to get fresh ideas and insights into what is working and what is not in th...

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Missional Intentionality Part 2

In the last blog we talked about the purpose of our MC Quarterly Events and what the Central Boulder MC has been doing well. Click here to catch up.Relational InvestmentThe investment came to play in how they invited people to these trips. Generally, they didn’t invite someone on this trip that they haven’t spent time intentionally getting to know first. This w...

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Become More Fruitful

Our third goal for this year as a church is to become more fruitful. Biblically, fruitfulness has to do with both holiness and disciple making. Some churches pit faithfulness and fruitfulness against one another as if making efforts to grow is somehow contrary to just “letting go, and letting God.” We desire to be both faithful and fruitful. We want to see The...

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Become More Knowledgable On What It Means to be a Diverse Church in Our Context

Another goal of ours this year is to become more familiar with what it would look like to be a church marked by diversity. Some people view diversity with an eye towards skin color. Others picture diversity in line with the book of James with the poor and rich in the church together striving for unity. Still yet others view diversity with regards to social status. We want...

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Develop Healthy Servant Leadership

One of our goals this year as a church is to develop healthy servant leadership. We want to be a church which models the leadership of Jesus in serving one another. Just as Jesus came to earth not to be served but to serve (Mark 10:45), we want to serve one another. We want to do so not to earn one another’s affections or approval but for the benefit of others. We de...

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The Bread of Life

We live in a culture obsessed with food. Myself included, most of our time throughout the day is spent pondering, planning, buying, preparing, cooking, consuming, cleaning up after food. Not to mention the instagramming, blogging, posting, bragging, and recommending of recent food adventures. When we get together with friends, it involves food; when we invite others over, ...

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Gospel

What is the Gospel? It was the question that silenced everyone. No one at the table was able to comprehend the softball subject that was tossed out into the conversation. And still there it was: a term so simply accepted by Christians daily, and yet a word we stake everything we do on. But still no one responded. Many times we become so comfortable with our Christian voca...

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Recommended Reading

Here are some resources that we use for training leaders at The Well that we would like to share with you. We recommend that anyone desiring a deeper relationship with Christ read the following: A Praying Life Cousel for Christian Workers Humility ...

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The Reason for God

During our first night of Theology on Tap, an open night for people to ask questions about Christianity, we discussed the reason for God. I've reposted some of the notes here. These are highly adapted from a talk that Tim Keller gave at Google a few years ago. We discuss God first because we need to be able to prove his authority apart from Scripture. Meaning that Scriptu...

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3 Things We Saw at Our Baptism Gathering

A few weeks ago The Well church held its very first baptism gathering, and it was an amazing time for our new community here in Boulder. As a church plant, it is imperative that we celebrate when God moves and blesses us, and the celebration of God’s glory was the goal of our baptism gathering. While celebrating, I saw 3 things that stood out to me. Honestly, what I...

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Discipleship

Christians often speak “Christianeeze” and fail to explain what they mean by certain terms, which is a surefire way to create a self-focused community that doesn’t seek to learn the language of their surrounding culture and communicate with the lost in an understandable way. The word “disciple” is one of many Christianeeze terms. The goal is n...

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I'm Tired

The other day I worked around the house all day. I got to go to Home Depot not once but twice, and yes, I consider that a good thing. I got to use a circular saw to cut wood and I cleaned my grill - my back porch is officially open for the summer. When I was done I was tired - and it was good. It seems to me that every conversation with every adult that I have usually sta...

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Missional Community

Missional communities are the primary way we connect with others, live our lives on mission and remind one another of the gospel. The idea stems from two obvious root concepts: “missional” and “community” both of which are as hot in the church world as the words "organic" and "enlightenment" are in Boulder. It would be helpful if we had a working de...

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Christ and the Church Part 1

If marriage is to be a reflection of the relationship between Christ and the church (Ephesians 5:22-33), then it is of utmost importance that we represent this relationship well. To misrepresent this relationship is to preach a false gospel. When our marriages are not based on the relationship between Christ and the church, we don’t just have a marriage problem, we h...

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Christ and the Church Part 2

In part 1 of this post we examined the nature of analogy, freedom and equality. In this post we'll get into the text (Ephesians 5:22-33) and examine what it exactly means for wives to submit to their husbands and for husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the church. Christ loves the church. Do you believe that? The messy, broken and beautiful church. He died for th...

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Music at The Well

What does it look like to worship God all the time? Do everything to draw attention to His greatness and goodness. It means loving our spouse and children, serving others, spending our money, helping the poor, driving our car, going to school, working our jobs, playing sports, and enjoying our hobbies in ways that bring glory to the Savior whose praise will never cease. W...

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Subtle Lies of Social Media

  From time to time I find it helpful to make an inventory of all the things that are calling for my affections. I do this to see what other than Jesus is getting my attention. Once I make the list I will look at how much time I am devoting to these things. If I am giving more time and energy to things on that list than Jesus I can usually identify it as an idol. T...

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Growth is Messy

The book of Acts is one of my favorite books in the Bible because it gives the account of one of my favorite things to study, the early church. What I have found is that it has become trendy to look at the first three chapters or so of Acts and say, "Look at how awesome the early church was, how come my church isn't like this?" This is a valid question. Our churches should...

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A City Transformed

My wife wears glasses most days and most days they have smudges on them. My 2 year old is constantly needing his mom and it just so happens he also wants her glasses. He'll smudge them, get peanut butter on them, throw them, drool on them. This means that she has to constantly clean them. If she didn't, she wouldn't be able to see. Organizations need a clear vision of wha...

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X-Ray Questions

Dig groups are groups of 2-5 people (we recommend gender specific) who get together on a regular basis to disciple one another into Christ in their head, heart, and hands. Discipleship focuses on beliefs, affections, and life. It's helpful in Dig Groups to have some questions to drive the conversation. Sometimes we can be lost for words or confused as to what questions we...

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Praying for Revival

“It is God’s will through His wonderful grace, that the prayers of His saints should be one of the great principal means of carrying on the designs of Christ’s kingdom in the world." Jonathan Edwards, Thoughts on the Revival in New England - 1740 There’s quite a bit of talk amongst Christians about transforming cities with the gospel of Jesus. Thi...

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Let The Masks Fall Off

Sitting at my computer this afternoon, tea steaming beside my keyboard while children nap soundly upstairs you could be deceived by the state of my heart just a few hours ago. Around 3 am I woke to a little voice beside my pillow, whispering a regretful and recently all too common phrase; “Mommy, I tinkled in my bed.” With a sigh and reassuring pat, I pull the...

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What's The Well Like?

Every Sunday we have a quick intro class to life with The Well. The question we try answer is "what is The Well like? What are we trying to create?" It is important to recognize not only what we want to do but who we are to be. Followers of Jesus find their identity in him not hobbies, failures, or successes. We are his. As a church in Boulder, this means that we feel that...

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