God interrupts Babel, and our own hollow ambitions, building in and through us a better story than we could have written ourselves. (also, is technology bad? what about unity and human progress?...there's a lot in this one)
We hear a message of hope born out of suffering. Removing the bandaid of easy answers, we discover the healing hope of the love of God poured out on us.
God sees chaos and makes a way through evil and death and a world gone wrong. He remembers Noah. You. Everything.
God's heart breaks, and He finds a way forward, saving the planet through a guy willing to do something crazy. We dive into a flood of conflict in the heart of God
In a journey through the Scriptures and the heart of God we see God loves cities, and we are meant to love ours, making it more like the one He dreamed it would be. We discover more of who we are and what Hopesprings is meant to be.
A lawyer tries Jesus with a question. Jesus answers a question with a story that turns our attitudes upside down about how we love the people around us.
We find in the Scriptures our biggest heroes in the throes of conflict with God. A conflict central to what it means to love God and live in a relationship with Him. We wrestle with what it really means to love God.
People meet a resurrected Jesus and it's too good to be true. IT ENDS UP BEING TRUE!, and making all things new. Happy Easter!
Looking at Jesus' life we see a retelling of the beginning, of Genesis. In Jesus we see the portrayal of life, of what the kids of God, were meant to be. This changes everything in us.
After weeks of work on our new location (609 Wesley Parkway), Hopesprings is ready to have the first gathering in our new space. It just so happens that our first gathering will take place on Easter Sunday! There is no better time to celebrate the opening of our new space than on the day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
There will still be things that need touched up, items to move in and nooks and crannies to clean, but we are meeting regardless. It won't look perfect, but then again...who wants perfect?
Our Easter Sunday gathering is April 16 at 10:30 AM. Invite your friends, family, your neighbors, co-workers and that guy you just passed on the street. #GatheringEasterSunday
In one of the most tragic passages of the Bible, we see a person unravel, exposing conflict between him and God, and between him and his brother. The conflict exposes our own. A tragedy ultimately reveals a sliver of hope, even in the darkest of human emotions.
Everything broken, everything lost and found, finds it roots in Genesis 3. We reflect on a passage exposing our tendencies to hide, and the source of our conflicts with God and people.
In Matthew 6 Jesus exposes our deep need for a life free from anxiety and worry. We talk about the destructive force of worry and the way of peace Jesus offers.
Since Hopesprings Sioux City sprung up back in October of 2013, we have not had a permanent location. We have moved 3 times, but have been fortunate enough to always be located in the same building, the Commerce Building at 520 Nebraska Street in downtown Sioux City. Over the last few years, we have watched our gathering grow as well as the relationships with people and organizations in our community.
Currently, Hopesprings meets on the 5th floor of the Commerce Building. After hearing that our current space may no longer be available and feeling the need to be on the street level, we decided to start looking for a different space in downtown Sioux City. We kept our eyes open for all available spaces that might work.
In the fall of 2016, a space came on the market with a lot of potential located at 609 Wesley Parkway. It looks out over downtown Sioux City and is located on a well-driven road that connects Hamilton Blvd to downtown Sioux City. The front part of the building is a wide open space that is ideal for a gathering. The back part of the building features a huge, high ceiling space that Hopesprings would be able to grow into someday if needed. Oh, yeah, and it has character! (It's seen some thing and it isn't perfect...like us.)
We pursued the space and were able to move forward in buying the building in March 2017! Since purchasing the space, our folks have been doing demo work, framing, painting and working with electricians and plumbers to get the space ready for our first gathering. Stay tuned for more information on this date and follow the building’s progress on Facebook!
We could show you a bunch of pictures about the progress, and feel free to check them out over on Facebook, but we wanted to share the most important picture of the new space:
This is what you see when you walk out the front door.
Your city. Your neighbors. The people God has sent us to love. This is the most compelling thing about 609 Wesley. You can't leave without being compelled to love others and serve Sioux City.
We look back towards a dynamic, growing, and beautiful home God made for us, and how redemption recreates a home we sorely miss. Paradise isn't static, and neither is the story of creation in Genesis.
God rests. Can you? We reflect on the implications of God at rest. We look to build a time of regular, reflective Sabbath where we are able to simply be, and be in awe of God and all of creation.
In a tough message about what we eat, we reflect on the implications of the diet God gives to people in Genesis 1. A journey through the Scriptures ensues, along with some tough questions.
God creates humanity in his image, we ponder the ramifications of accepting his call to creatively order the world. Our assumptions about the world, and about ourselves, are challenged, giving way to a life in pursuit of flourishing.
A poem begins the Bible, with beat and groove and a declaration of relationship between the Creator and the creation. Our assumptions about the beginning are challenged and we are drawn into a way of viewing reality that gives life and meaning.
We take a wild ride through physics, cosmology, and the Bible (Oh My!) to probe the mystery of what there was before there was everything.