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What is Christmas (and life) all about?
 
Like decorations and carols, Christmas movies are a special part of the Holiday season. In a world that doesn’t have time to ponder, they invite us to consider what’s most important, moving us to laugh, cry, and think about the big picture.
 
So we watch them every year.
 
This December, scenes from some of our favorite Christmas movies will help us reflect on life. Surprise Church invites you to Christmas at the Movies, Dec. 2017.
 
 
 

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Newsflash: You’re not God.

We live in a world of unlimited expectations, where you can always have and do more with the right technique or technology. But since none of us are God, this only works until we buckle or burn out. Instead of cramming new apps, trips, or hobbies into our saturated lives, we must eliminate one thing before adding another.
 
In short, we must learn subtraction before we practice addition.
 

This January, master the counter-cultural art of saying NO to gain something NEW. Surprise Church invites you to discover that new means no.

  

 

The first step is admitting the problem.
 
Many of us are afraid to be vulnerable, either because of a past wound or bad examples growing up.  We mask it behind a facade of toughness or busyness, but beneath it all is a kid who never learned healthy connection. Closeness led to shame, rejection, and the loss of control, so it’s better to keep things surface and safe.  
 
But Jesus wasn’t afraid. 
 
He didn’t pretend that superficiality is strong. He formed deep friendships, shared his feelings, and empathized with the pain of others. He talked about things that really mattered; He wept, confronted people, and even scolded them when necessary.
 
Jesus died to free us from the fear of intimacy.
 
Discover the gift of deeper relationships.
Surprise Church invites you to Fearless Intimacy, February of 2018.
 
 

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Why do you do it?

Why we work is more important than what we do. Without the right why, we feel like we’re wasting our lives & longing for the weekend. And without a doubt, why we work has everything to do with who we’re working for. Surprise Church invites you to Work for the right reasons, starting October 29.
 
 

The world was about to get rocked.

 
The year is 1517. Something big is about to happen. A stubborn monk begins to challenge a corrupt religious system that keeps people imprisoned by guilt,
which is bound to unleash forces far beyond his control.
 
If he gets out of this alive, he may just change the world.
 
Find out what happens next.
 
Join Surprise Church for 500, starting October 1.
 
 
 

Jesus says to go walk on a lake.

 
Jesus never invited people to just chill out. He always had a bigger
plan that involved them changing the lives of others.
 
Join Surprise Church as we discover the kind of community that Jesus calls
followers to join, and the boat-rocking mission that defines it.
 
Dive into Missional Community with Surprise Church.
Join us for Fishers of Men, starting Sept 10.
 
 

 

Be a child, not a baby.

 
Jesus says that we can’t go to heaven unless we became like children (Matt 18:2-4),
but He also expects us to grow up to become spiritually mature (See: Col. 1:28, I Cor. 3:2; I Pet. 2:2; Eph. 4:15; I Cor. 13:11).
 
 
Got that?
 
Heres the deal: even grown-ups struggle with childish thinking that gets in the
way of loving others and serving God. So growing in faith means to tackle this
tendency by learning to put Jesus–rather than ourselves–at the
center of our universe. If you want to become more childlike and less
childish, come and Grow Up with Surprise this Sunday, 10:30 AM.
 
 
 

 

What are you FOR?

Christians are too often known by what we are against. But at Surprise, we seek to be known as people who are FOR our city, doing whatever we can to support, enhance, and cheerlead the good things that God is doing in this place. Join us to learn how to be #ForBismarck!
 
 

Do you believe in miracles?

Here’s a problem: Lots of people need a miracle but don’t believe in them. They simply haven’t met a God who would allow us to face trials in order to show his miraculous power. Find out why God loves impossible circumstances. Start Seeing Miracles on April 30. Visit Surprise >>
 

 

Are you a conduit or a kink?

We may call ourselves Christians, but do we invite others to experience Jesus? Doing so reveals a heart so full of Christ’s love that it can’t help sharing it, as we do with our favorite movies, wine, and restaurants. Not doing so indicates a lack of enthusiasm that keeps our faith frozen rather than flowing as God intended. Reclaim the lost art of sharing God’s grace. Join us for You Were Invited, April 2 and Apr 9. Visit Surprise >>
 

 

 

The Church Needs the Truth

Most people have been either blessed or burdened by the Church. As a collection of flawed people, disappointment and dysfunction will surface among “believers.” And yet, Jesus loves this flawed community so much that He calls her His Bride, and He chooses
her to represent Him in the world. This March, we’ll hear the joyful and painful stories of those who have been impacted by the church, because hearing and telling the truth allows the Church to more fully become what God intends. Surprise Church invites you to Dear Church.
 
 
 

 

Everyone needs to get high…

God made us to long for an ultimate experience of joy and pleasure–we were made to “get high.” Too often, though, we settle for chemical or sexual addictions that promise immediate thrills and deliver lasting pain. Only one addiction can actually satisfy. God’s love is the transcendent experience we were created to enjoy. And guess what, this addiction is totally legal, completely healthy, and absolutely free. Get hooked on a better habit. Join Surprise Church for Addicted to Love, March 2017.
 
 
 
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Think you’re stuck with your issues? Think again.

If we’re honest, we’ve all come face to face with our own quirks, flaws, and failures, some of which can cause a lot of pain in our lives and relationships. Since our wounds and issues are deeply imbedded into our development, we often feel powerless to change. And when we’re at the end of our rope after trying everything we can think of, God comes to us with some badly-needed, Good News:
As impossible as it seems, change is an option for your life. Discover to power to change in January, 2017.
 
 
 
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Love your neighbors…Change the world.

 
Next to loving God, Jesus says that loving our neighbors is our most important calling (Matt. 22:36-40). This Christmas season, make your home a “lighthouse” for your neighborhood by encouraging your neighbors in simple ways. You’ll brighten their lives, open new doors, and cover the city with kindness. Click here for more>>>
 
 
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Don’t avoid politics.
 
Given the craziness of politics today, people often bury their heads or get sucked into conflict. But God wants each of us to build a better world by finding positive ways to be involved.
 
Drawing wisdom from the novel by Pastor Matt Anderson, we’ll explore the dream of America’s Founding Fathers and cast a Biblical vision for citizenship that elects Jesus as King and treats people like human beings.
 
Make Jesus your Running Mate, starting Oct. 2.
 
Join one of our six-week, Running Mate discussion group.
Email info@surprisechurch.com
 
 
 
 
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Christians should be the best “partiers” in the universe.
 
Too many “church-people” have forgotten how to have a good time. Hoping to please God through religion or legalism, we’ve lost the notion of celebration, abandoned the ideal of excitement, and cast judgement upon people God calls us to invite to the greatest gala in history. When we party, we feel the need to hide our faith and leave God in a box.
 
People loved hanging out with Jesus at parties, because he knew how to fill a room with joy and always had others’ best interests in mind. Discover how to “hang out” in a way that brings that same joy into your gatherings without freeking people out or hiding who you are. Surprise Church invites you to How to Throw a Party, Sundays Sept 11 to Sept 25.
 
 

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Church needs a box like a fish needs a bike.

Church is NOT a location–it’s a community of people who feel called by God to make a difference. Drawing wisdom from the Book of Acts, we’ll discover that
 

Faith comes to life when the church leave the building.

Whether you’ve been burned, bored, or burdened by church in the past, we invite you to rediscover your role in the organization that Jesus died to create. You have nothing to lose except low expectations.
 

Leave the building with us, starting April 3.

 
 
 
 
 

Wanna feel alive again?

We sometimes do crazy stuff to feel alive. And we miss out on life while distracted by screens or dead-ends. Thankfully, the God who created us from dirt was buried in it after He died for us, so that we could thrive exactly where he planted us. He wants us to see Him in the natural world, to enjoy Him in the small things, and to find joy in serving Him. So if you want to remember what it feels like to truly live, come and get your hands dirty with us. Surprise Church invites you to Dirt, starting Feb 14.
 
 
 
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What are you willing to do for love?

In both married and unmarried relationships, we often settle for less than love. Insecurity, misplaced priorities, and impatience cause us to take short-cuts, which hinder our intimacy and cause pain. We forget that romance was intended to help us follow–not avoid–God. It’s time to get love right. Surprise Church invites you to Dating for Life, Sundays Jan 31 & Feb 6. Visit Surprise>>
 
 
 

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Americans have reported being busier than last year

…every year since 1987.

 
Most Americans claim to be “busy,” but spend over 5 hours per day watching videos and 2.7 hours on social media sites. In other words, we’re not just busy; we’re broken.  It’s time to take your life back by Breaking Busy patterns that distort our priorities and waste our time. We all receive 86,400 seconds per day to spend as we wish. How will you spend yours?
 
Surprise Church invites you to start the New Year right by Breaking Busy! 
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Love your neighbors…Change the world.

 
Next to loving God, Jesus says that loving our neighbors is our most important calling (Matt. 22:36-40). This Christmas season, make your home a “lighthouse” for your neighborhood by blessing your neighbors in practical ways. You’ll brighten their lives, open new doors, and cover our city with God’s kindness.To learn how to get involved, click here>>>
 
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Death and taxes just got bumped.

They tell us to enjoy the moment. After all, who knows what’s next? Trends come and go, people age and die, and the fragile life we know can evaporate overnight. But how would we live if there was something even more certain than death and taxes? How would we face people, opportunities, and problems if we saw ourselves as part of God’s unstoppable plan. Join us as we find inspiration from an ancient prison letter, which has changed lives for 2,000 years. Join us for Unstoppable, November 2015.
 
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What are you listening to?

We consistently take in messages that shape our lives, like a soundtrack sets the tone of a movie. Some of
these “songs” are inspiring, while others drag us down and hinder us from living up to our potential. With the
help of music from some of your favorite decades, we’ll learn how to prevent the negative voices from
winning the day and find a new rhythm for life. Surprise Church invites you to Soundtrack, Starting Sept 20
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Decisions, decisions.

Life is comprised of large and small decisions that shape our life story. But most of these decisions are made in advance, believe it or not, as we adopt practices and priorities that set the future in motion. From August 16 to Sept 13, we’ll discover a process for decision-making that starts long before the fork in the road. Surprise Church invites you to Decision-making 101!

 

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Hitler. Bin Laden. ISIS. The KKK.

Villains are woven into tattered fabric of human history, but why? How do people become villains, and why does God allow them to exist?  Join us to explore such questions and discover an important principle: when God meets villains, good things happen. Join Surprise Church for Villains, starting July 12.

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Think God can’t use you? Think again.

No one is too “out of place” to do great things for God. God actually prefers using the “useless” to show that everything depends on Him. Throughout this series, we’ll watch God use one misfit after another in order to imagine how He might just work through us! Join Surprise Church for Misfits, starting June 14.
 
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Who hasn’t looked into the sky or into a mirror

and wondered about the meaning of life?

 

Why am I here? What’s the point of it all? And are there no answers but whatever I dream up on my own?
 
But what if the answer is right in front of us?  
What if the key to understanding the amazing race of life is to embrace the AmazinGrace of God? Join us this Sunday at 11 AM to discover the meaning of life and the hope of the world.
Surprise Church invites you to AmazingGrace.
 
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What if there’s more to Jesus?

This historical figure and religious icon is the most influential–and misunderstood–person in human history.  Surprise Church invites you to cut through all the clutter in order to rediscover the real Jesus. 
 
Join us for Jesus Uncensored, April 2015.
 
 
 
 

Do you think of yourself as a leader?

Jesus does.

Leadership isn’t just for CEOs, polished speakers, and charismatic celebrities.
It’s for you.
God designed you for a unique kind of leadership, and that’s not just something nice to say in church.
It’s the truth, and we can’t wait to show you why. 
Join us for a new teaching series that will explain how God has called and equipped you to change the world.
Discover your unique leadership capacity and unleash your ability to influence.
Surprise Church invites you to iLead, beginning Sunday, March 15.

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Some topics are “off limits,” like politics, religion,
and–you guessed it–sex..
  
 
…And strange things happen if we can’t discuss what God gave as a good gift. As a result of this confused silence, our culture is reeling with myths and half-truths regarding sex. But the good news is that when we expose these lies for what they are, we can experience the greatest and most lasting pleasure imaginable, which has nothing to do with sex and everything to do with God
 
Surprise Church invites you to an important series about truth, healing, and hope.