God is passionate about his church: not the places or programs we associate with “church”, but the people who come together to worship God and then go together to bless the world. God has an incredible plan for his church but it’s a plan we can miss out if we’re not careful. That’s why Jesus gave us seven letters to the churches of Revelation to read and reflect on: so that we can stay close to him and be part of his incredible future.

Join Alpine Chapel for “Not That Church”, a series looking at seven letters to seven churches that each have something to say about who Jesus is, what a healthy church looks like, and how a hurting church can find healing in the character and promises of Jesus.

01. First Love

Speaker: Dave Mudd
Date: February 2-3, 2019

The church of Ephesus had everything going for it: good doctrine, good works, and a rich history. After decades of following Jesus, though, it had lost something: love. The words of Jesus to the church of Ephesus are a call to the church to reclaim the love that it once had for God and for others. It’s a call that is answered by remembering who God is and what he has done in our lives.

Check out Part One of Alpine’s series, “Not That Church”, and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd challenges us to consider the charge that Jesus brought against the church of Ephesus and invites us to reconnect to the God who is love.

02. Taking Cues

Speaker: Dave Mudd
Date: February 9-10, 2019

On the forefront of art, medicine, and government, the city of Pergamum was a cultural powerhouse. Its influence was felt across the ancient world to the point where the church in Pergamum had started to look more like the city than it did Jesus. They believed in Jesus, sure, but that belief wasn’t informing their behavior. Jesus’ letter to the church in Pergamum is a reminder that following Jesus changes EVERYTHING: not just what we believe, but how we live.

Join Alpine Chapel for Part Two of our series, “Not That Church”, and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd invites us to take a good look at the church of Pergamum and our own lives to  ask the question, “Are we taking our cues from culture, or from Jesus?”

03. Counterfeit

Speaker: Dave Mudd
Date: February 16-17, 2019

Thyatira was a small, blue-collar city that was viewed as entirely dispensable. The church in Thyatira, though, was important enough to Jesus that he sends a letter celebrating their love, faith, and service. But at the same time, too many in the church at Thyatira are settling for counterfeit “truth”: teachings that fail to turn people to God all for the sake of tolerance. To those in Thyatira who have settled for the counterfeit, Jesus offers a profound gift: repentance.

Check out Part Three of Alpine Chapel’s Series, “Not That Church”, and hear Lead Pastor Dave Mudd share about the goodness of Jesus, call out the counterfeits, and invite us to receive the gift of repentance.

04. Religious

Speaker: Dave Mudd
Date: February 23-24, 2019

The glory days of Sardis were a thing of the past. Once the chief city of the region, it had slowly fallen into a sleepy irrelevance that eventually filtered into the church, as well. A long habit of religious activity gave the church at Sardis the appearance of life, but Jesus had a different perspective. And his call to the church of Sardis is one we need to hear today.

Join Alpine Chapel for Part Four of “Not That Church” and hear Lead Pastor Dave Mudd talk about the dangers of religion and the power of Jesus to bring true life to that which is lifeless.

05. Choice

Speaker: Dave Mudd
Date: March 2-3, 2019

What does it take for a church to last? How can a community of Jesus-followers pass on their faith to generations that come after them, lasting for centuries after those first followers are gone? Looking at the church of Philadelphia, we’re met with these questions. What does it take for a church to hear the encouragement of Jesus and stand the test of time?

Join Alpine Chapel for Part Five of our series, “Not That Church”, and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd shares the story of the church of Philadelphia and what it means to keep choosing Jesus no matter what.

06. Matters of the Heart

Speaker: Andi Andrew
Date: March 9-10, 2019

Few things are more powerful in a person’s life than their heart. When healthy and whole, it can be the source of incredible joy. But when wounded and self-protective, it becomes the source of deep pain for ourselves and others. How can we partner with Jesus as he desires to bring healing to the deepest places of our hearts and live our lives from that healing?

Join Alpine Chapel for a special message from pastor, author, and friend of Alpine Andi Andrew as she brings a timely message on caring for one of the most important parts of our life by attending to the matters of our heart.

07. Necessity 

Speaker: Alex Gowler
Date: March 16-17, 2019

The people of Laodecia couldn’t have asked for more. They were healthy, wealthy, and looking forward to a bright future. But for the church that shared in the city’s prosperity, there was an unforeseen side-effect. They had become blind to their spiritual need and the only one who could heal them was the one they’d lost sight of.

Check out the next message in Alpine’s series, “Not That Church”, and listen as Staff Pastor Alex Gowler talks about the power of need and Jesus’ offer of grace to everyone who asks for it.

08. Eternity

Speaker: Jeremy Pettit
Date: March 23-24, 2019

In the midst of the thriving port city of Smyrna lived a small community of Jesus-followers who had come under fire from their neighbors. Refusing to worship the Roman emperor or his gods, these men and women became the targets of discrimination and assault. This wasn’t a surprise to Jesus but the encouragement he offered the church at Smyrna must have felt like a surprise. Rather than promising them a change in circumstance, Jesus offers them a change in perspective that changes everything.
Check out the final part in Alpine’s series, “Not That Church”, and listen as professor and one of Alpine’s own, Jeremy Pettit, helps us uncover the profound meaning of our lives that comes from keeping our eyes on eternity, especially in times of suffering.