Why We Take A Break At Christmas

As long as we've been a church, we haven't hosted Gatherings on the weeks around Christmas and New Years. Since this is different than what many churches do, we thought it might be helpful to explain why.

1. Church is more than what happens on Sundays.

The bible is clear that church is a group of people, not a service on Sunday. While meeting together is important, it is not the main way church is practiced. So when we don't have Gatherings for two weeks, it doesn't mean we're not "having church." It simply means that during those two weeks, our church will not all be meeting together in a building.

2. Rest and family time is important for our staff.

Not having Gatherings for two weeks helps enable our church staff and pastors to take time off to rest and be with family. This helps our staff and pastors be good leaders to their family, in addition to good leaders of our church. In addition, the bible tells us that resting is a good way of reminding ourselves that it is ultimately God who holds things together, not us. For our staff, resting is important so that we remember that God is ultimately the one who leads his Church.

3. Christmas is a great time for mission.

Christmas is arguably the time of year that boasts the most parties and get-togethers. Take the time you would have spent at a Gathering and/or serving with Midtown, and attend/throw a party instead. Show the love and hospitality of Jesus by enjoying time, company, and food with your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors.

None of our three churches will have Gatherings on December 25 and January 1. Gatherings will resume on January 8. 

Theology of Sex

There’s no shortage of oversimplified narratives about gender, sexuality, and marriage. These days it seems that everyone’s opinion is the right one and if you don’t share that opinion, you’re the enemy. But what is actually true? What do we do when confronted with difficult questions and even more difficult situations? How do we love our neighbor without compromising what is true? For something as complex as gender and sexuality, we need something far bigger. Far richer. Far more nuanced. We need a theology of sex. 

This series spends seven weeks unpacking God’s design for gender and sexuality in an effort to understand ourselves, love our neighbor, and live out our mission.


Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Romance
January 17
As Americans we are convinced that the point of life is happiness. Through movies, advertising, and music our culture has told us that the primary avenue to happiness is romance. But what if happiness is too small of a goal? What do we do when both happiness and romance fail us? 

Gender, Bigfoot, & Leprechauns
January 24
The idea that gender is a made-up social construct is gaining widespread acceptance. But is that the most helpful conclusion? Does the idea of gender need be thrown out and left behind, or just seen with new lenses?

Do You Even Know How to Sports, Bro?
January 31
We all know the stereotype: the sports-loving, beer-drinking, thick-skinned man. But what about the rest of us? In a world where men are judged on whether or not they can throw a perfect spiral, what is masculinity actually about? What if being a man has little to do with how often you go hunting?

Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice?
February 7
Our culture puts an immense amount of pressure on women. So many women are crushed by the weight of having a perfect body, perfect kids, and perfect relationships. But is that really what it means to be a woman? What if femininity has nothing to do with wearing a dress?

American Marriage v. Covenant Marriage
February 14
Most people would say marriage is “an expression of love.” And for some people, it is. But it sure does feel like more than that. The emotional weight, the complexity, the permanence–is that proof that it stands for something more? 

Consumeristic Sexual Individualism
February 21
What is the purpose of sex? Should it be casual and convenient? Apocalyptic and ultimate? Or something different altogether? Is sex an appetite we satisfy, or a gift we enjoy?

Hate-Filled Bigots & Hospitality
February 28
The Church has gained a reputation over the years as being intolerant, closed-minded, and bigoted. And to be honest, some of it is probably deserved. But what if there was a way to believe faithfully while still loving extravagantly? What if Christians were better known for the openness of their homes than the slogans of their picket signs?

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Text in Your Questions

If you have any questions you'd like answered during the series, we'd love for you to text them in. We'll do live Q&A a couple times during the series using questions you submitted.

how to do it:

Just text our church's name (Two Notch), followed by your question to 91011.


Study Guide

To accompany this series, we've offered a weekly study guide to help facilitate discussion in your LifeGroup. 

|giv| Church Planting 2015

Each year during our |giv| series, we rally together to give our time, money, or resources towards something that pushes back darkness and furthers the kingdom of God in our world.

This year, our goal is to raise $40,000 to help with our upcoming efforts to plant churches in Lexington, SC and Knoxville, TN.

Lexington, SC

Our Lexington church began informal Sunday Gatherings back in September of this year. So far things have gone well, with averaging 70-80 people in Gatherings and LifeGroups.

The next step for our Lexington church is to launch formal Gatherings. In order to do that, they'll need to cover sound equipment, Kidtown supplies, and various other start-up costs.

Knoxville, TN

A team of around 30 people from our Downtown church will be moving over the next year to plant City Church in Knoxville, TN.

As they move to the city, they'll be meeting together in LifeGroups. Eventually, however, they hope to launch Sunday Gatherings. When they do, they'll need start-up costs similar to our Lexington church.

Our goal is to raise $40,000 by December 20, 2015 to help launch and support these new churches. Give easily online using the link below:

The Prayers Of The Adopted

This blog post is written as a follow-up to yesterday's sermon, "Persisting In Prayer".

Your understanding of your relationship with someone will always influence the way that you approach them. Whether or not you enjoy spending time with someone will almost always be affected nature of your relationship with them.  If you have a very loving relationship with someone that you trust and who greatly enjoys your company, it will likely be easy for you to approach them and have conversation with them.  You’ll also, most likely, find yourself naturally gravitating towards that person. On the other hand, you will likely be slower to approach someone that you believe doesn’t like you and/or doesn’t want to be around you.  We have a natural desire to spend time with people that want to spend time with us.  This is true of our relationships with our friends, classmates, acquaintances, siblings, aunties, coworkers, and God.

While preparing to preach yesterday’s sermon, “Persisting In Prayer”, I had a very strong desire for our people to realize the importance of understanding that we are God’s children as we seek God in prayer, and I believe that came through in sermon.  I am writing this blog post to further emphasize this point because I believe that it is very important that we understand the nature of our relationship with God the Father as we approach God in prayer.  Jesus believes this is very important as well.


Jesus' Model Prayer

In the first verse in Luke 11, Jesus took some time to pray to His Father.  Afterwards, one of His disciples came to Him and requested that Jesus teach them how to pray.  What Jesus says next, is what we often refer to as “The Lord’s Prayer.”  This prayer of Jesus is a model for us to follow so that we know how to pray.  I used to recite this prayer with my teammates before football games, but I never paid any attention to how Jesus begins the prayer.  What is the first thing out of Jesus’ mouth as He demonstrates for us the proper way to approach God in prayer?  Let’s look at the beginning of verse 2.

Luke 11:2a And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father…

Jesus goes on to say many important things, but this post will focus on the first word that comes out of Jesus’ mouth in this model prayer.  Father.

One of the disciples asks Jesus how to pray, and its as if Jesus responds by saying, “The first thing you need to know is that God is your Father.”  Here in chapter 11, He tells His followers that they are to pray as children of God, and later in Chapter 23, He pays the price necessary to make them children of God.  In Chapter 23, He, The Son of God, is rejected & condemned as an enemy of God so that enemies of God like you and I, would be accepted and justified as children of God.  In some of His dying breaths in Chapter 23, He says, “Father into your hands I commit my spirit!”.  The irony is that at the same time, in those dying moments, He is also, into the Father’s hands, committing the spirits of His people.  For in losing His first Son, The Father was gaining a multitude of sons and daughters.  We are adopted by God the Father through the death of Christ, and we now get to approach God as "Father" because of what Christ has done.


Praying As Adopted Children

Approaching God as His adopted children changes everything.  When God’s people approach Him in prayer, we do not approach as servants coming to their master, but as children approaching their infinitely loving Father.  We don’t approach God as those that worry that they might be rejected; we approach as those that know that they are fully accepted and cherished because Christ was already rejected in our place.  We don’t approach as if we are coming to a distant king that is indifferent to us; we approach as if we are coming to a loving Father that enjoys His relationship with His kids and holds us in a special place in His heart.  We approach God knowing that we are delighted in as if we have literally been perfect children because we are received as if we were the perfect child of God, Jesus Christ.  

Your understanding of your relationship with someone will always influence the way that you approach them.  We will continue to hesitate to approach God if we don’t know Him as our perfect loving Father that chooses and cherishes us, but if we know Him as our perfect loving Father who chooses and cherishes us and enjoys our company, we will find ourselves more naturally gravitating towards Him in prayer.  

Let us follow Jesus’ model by beginning our prayers with an understanding that we are approaching our perfect, loving Father.

This post was contributed by Antony 'Ant' Frederick. Ant serves as Pastor for Vision & Teaching at our church.

Plans for this Sunday

In light of the recent flooding in Columbia, we will not be able to host Gatherings this Sunday.

Instead, we're encouraging everyone to gather in LifeGroups. In light of that, your LifeGroup is encouraged to choose one of the options below:

  1. Be family. Feel free to use Sunday as a day to get together as a LifeGroup, pray for our city and the victims of the flooding, and/or enjoy a meal together. While you're together, you may want to discuss adopting a family, or head to Walmart to purchase some gift cards for the victims.
  2. Serve someone affected by the flooding. If you know of family, church family, friends or neighbors affected by the disaster, give them a call in advance and let them know you've got folks in your LifeGroup ready to help. Do whatever it looks like to serve them well: cook them a meal, wash their clothes, move stuff out of their house–whatever it looks like.
  3. Help us with demolition and restoration. We have a limited amount of space available to help with demolition and restoration of affected homes. If you're interested in you and/or your LifeGroup helping, let us know you're coming here.

Thanks for being great missionaries in our city this Sunday.