A few weeks ago, I started a series of blog posts about the importance of being values-driven (give a quick read to the introduction here).

You may be one friend away from changing the course of your destiny.

Andy Stanley once said, “Your friends will always determine the quality and direction of your life”.

With all love to Andy, I’m pretty sure he boosted the idea from Solomon, who wrote this:

The one who walks with the wise will become wise, but a companion of fools will suffer harm.” Proverbs 13:20

One of my friends is way older than I am. I met him just over 20 years ago and he’s old enough to be my dad. We met each other at work and God used him to change the course of my life. Here’s the funny thing–he didn’t even know it until recently.

Beginning with one conversation, this one guy caused me to think about my future and my potential in a way no one had ever challenged me before.

I was a college dropout, and based on what started out as small talk, I drove down to a community college and filled out an application to finish what I started.

Here’s the crazy thing–I didn’t stop with my associate’s degree. From there I didn’t leave school again until I earned a master’s degree and was actually teaching in a college. And with the exception of a struggle with Hebrew, I made straight A’s all the way through.

All of that was born out of a conversation with a guy I bumped into at work. My friend Mikal understood and practiced the fearless pursuit of community. As a result, with a nod to Solomon, I received a little more wisdom.

God is all about community–His desire for us to be with Him is why He sent Jesus Christ. Since we are made in the image of God, we have a need for community too.

So it seems that when we are investing in relationships with others, we’re acting just like God.

Personal value: Fearlessly Pursue Community.

Relationships are necessary for spiritual birth and spiritual growth. I will always look for opportunities to become an authentic and trusted friend in order to share the life-changing message of salvation through Jesus Christ. As a follower of Jesus, I will strive to walk with other believers in unity and love under the authority of God.


What I need to remember:

  • JOIN A TEAM! I am humbled by the faithful service of our volunteers. Each week, partners roll up their sleeves and do whatever it takes to point people to Jesus, but we need more help! There’s a place for you to serve at C@CC, no matter your availability, temperament, or skill set. To take the next step in your faith journey by serving, complete this short form and we’ll find the perfect fit for you.
  • GIVING AS YOU’RE GONE. The season for traveling is upon on, and I can’t wait to jump in the car for a few road trips this summer. If jaunts away from JoCo are on your agenda this summer, you might want to take advantage of something that has helped the Sanders family remain faithful in giving back to God. You can set up a recurring tithe through PushPay on our website or on the C@CC app. As one wise person once said, automation trumps determination. God has been faithful to us, giving back to Him is a demonstration of our trust in Him (and is an act of obedience), and your faithful giving allows us to continue pointing people to Jesus. Thank you for your faithfulness!

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About me:
John Sanders is the non-stuffy pastor at The Church at Clayton Crossings. His primary mission is to help people find and follow Jesus. Additionally, he longs to write like the child of Aaron Sorkin and Dave Barry, preach like W.A. Criswell, look like Bradley Cooper, and eat like he’s seventeen years old. A more complete (and less snarky) bio can be found here.

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