Hope for the Hopeless

The resurrection of Jesus shows us that God can do the impossible. But when he just died and we haven’t checked the tomb yet, life can seem pretty bleak. This series will look at the resurrection stories in John’s gospel…

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Atonement

 How can we bring together all the pain and hurt of our broken world with the love of a good God?  How do we deal with sin and how does God? Why did Jesus have to die?  Journey with us…

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Redeeming Sex Series

Discover a holistic, biblical vision of sex and gender that honors God and offers good news to the world. In our sex-saturated culture filled with confusion & conflict, we are in desperate need for an honest conversation. Inspired by Deb…

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Don’t take the Bait

All around us are opportunities for pleasure and pain, choices that are healthy vs. unhealthy, leading to life or death. But things are not always as they seem. Under a nice juicy worm often lies a hook.  

All I want for Christmas

The holidays aren’t happy for everyone. Those who grew up in dysfunctional families or have experienced estrangement from loved ones often find December to be one of the loneliest times of the year. Our broken world characterized by despair, stress,…

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Stickies: Recovery Cliches in Job

      Cliches are simple and sticky. They can be annoying and life-saving. In the rooms of recovery, cliches are posted on the wall and etched into the memories of all seeking a new way of life. These sticky…

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Bridging the Gap Series

Memphis is a city divided between rich and poor, black and white, religious and secular. At Jacob’s Well we seek to bridge these gaps, so join us on Saturday nights and don’t miss the Overnight Retreat on October 16-18 where…

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Sink or Swim

Feeling like your drowning? We are surrounded by a sea of pressures and stressors that can overwhelm and bring us to our bottom. We cry out the words of Psalm 69, “Save me, O God! For the waters have come…

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One Day at a Time

The way not to waste your life is to live life today.  Be grateful with what you have.  Love the one you’re with.  If you need something, pray about it and do something about it.  Living just for today relieves…

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Burned Out

Stressed out. . stuck in a rut. . .overworked?  Doing the same thing and expecting different results?  You might you be burned out and you’re not alone.  In our never-enough society and surrounded by a sea of needs burnout happens…

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Your Presence

The presence of God. What is it? Where can it be found? How can we get it? In Exodus 33-34 God reveals his presence and Moses realizes he can’t live without it. Today some people have “it” and some people…

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Living like its Golden

How are you living?  What’s of value in your life?  What do you turn to when you’re sad, stressed, or disappointed?  What’s your Golden Calf?

Rules for the Rebellion

We all live by a set of rules. When we rebel against one rule, we resort to following another. What if we rebelled against the rules of individualism and self-centeredness by submitting to community and commandments from a God who…

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Gospel in the Wilderness

In the midst of our bitterness and resentment the gospel brings joy and reconciliation. As we seek to quench our hunger and thirst with earthly things that will never satisfy, the gospel of Jesus fulfills our every need. We overwork…

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Choosing Rock Bottom

 Pain is a big motivator for change but we have to decide when we’ve had enough discomfort to gain the courage to seek a solution. Hitting Bottom is a choice. We can get off the elevator at any floor we…

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Disobedient

Obedience and Disobedience, is it really that black and white? Should I believe in a God who dangles his children over a fiery furnace compelling them to obey his rules? Or is there another way of understanding right and wrong?Some…

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Unmanageability of Moses

Moses grew up without a dad and had anger issues which led to murder, running from the law, and escaping from reality by starting over in a new place. Then he was called on to do something great and his…

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Exodus

  It’s not easy to admit that I’m in bondage to something, but admitting powerlessness is the 1st step to the solution. The 2nd book of the bible tells the story of the underdog nation of Hebrew slaves overcoming all…

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Soul Armor

In Ephesians 6:10-20 we are instructed on how to prepare for spiritual battle.  What kind of armor are you protecting your soul with? Do you put on a mask to protect yourself from others’ glares and judgment? Have you stopped…

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The Gospel According to the Walking Dead

The popular show about the Zombie Apocalypse, “The Walking Dead,” parallels the Epistle to Ephesus (in the bible) with lessons about life surrendered to Jesus. For one, sin is like a flesh-eating virus that will leave us lifeless and still…

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Called:?! Following a Future Filled with the Possible

One of the biggest questions that many of us have is, “What am I supposed to do with my life?” Whether you’re in your 1st half or 2nd, we can make a difference when we answer God’s call. Over the…

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Serenity Prayer

God grant me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change, COURAGE to change the things I can, and WISDOM to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as…

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Christmas 2013

I Pity the Fool

Paul saved the most urgent and controversial subjects until the end of the letter and he’s going to deal with them passionately and with a touch of satire and sarcasm.  And at the heart of this spirited rant is where…

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Give Generously & Cheerfully

A world ruled by the dollar and driven by greed leaves us cynical and skeptical. The good news is that God’s word gives a refreshing new perspective on money. 2 Corinthians 8-9 unashamedly encourages us to give generously and cheerfully…

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Crazy

When Christ gets a hold of us, our lives look crazy to the world around us, but we don’t care when we’re living for Jesus. Who are you living for?

Transparent: Getting Beneath the Surface of 2 Corinthians.

We value Transparency at Jacob’s Well and on Saturday nights will dive into 2 Corinthians verse by verse to discover the riches that result from being transparent with God and others.

Vision & Values

This exciting interactive visioning night brings into focus what the community of Jacob’s Well believes in and is working diligently toward.  Listen in for a glimpse into how God is at work.

Jacob: Searching for God knows What

Jacob was the son seeking approval from his father, grasping at the heels of his brother, letting love blind him and revenge drive him. Jacob is know for his ladder and his well and was forever changed in a cage-fight…

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Step by Step

Step by Step is a journey through the 12 steps via the lens of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Saturday Nights January to March will include both worship and group discussion. At 6:00 is a service with music, stories, and…

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Christmas Reciprocation

Respond to God’s greatest gift by giving to others in ways you never have before this Christmas season. Center yourself on Christ and find tangible ways to give back on Saturday nights at Jacob’s Well.

Tattooed on the Heart

Sometimes a word that we hear or read takes root in our heart and changes the trajectory of our life. When this happens, the word is tattooed on our hearts forever. Jeremiah 31:33 describes it as God “writing his law…

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Ruth

Ruth is the story of an unlikely girl doing some extraordinary things for the sake of others. It’s the story of self-will run into the ground and God’s will prevailing through redemption.

Down is the New Up

The gravity of earth says that what goes up, must come down. The gravity of heaven, proved in the resurrection, is the good news that what goes down, must come up. As we deny ourselves, God provides. As we hit…

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Urban Farming: Church Planting in Acts

The story of an exciting movement that literally turned the world upside-down is shared in the book of Acts.  Seeds of the gospel were scattered and in one generation thousands of faith communities were planted in urban centers throughout Israel…

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Judgmental: The Epistle of James part 2

Two of the greatest enemies of Jesus today are Hypocrisy and Judgmental Attitudes.  James, the brother of Jesus, confronts these two issues in a compelling and relevant way.  

Faith Without Works is Dead: The Epistle of James Part 1

Two of the greatest enemies of Jesus today are Hypocrisy and Judgmental Attitudes.  James, the brother of Jesus, confronts these two issues in a compelling and relevant way.   

When Helping Hurts: Fighting Poverty without hurting the Poor

Helping someone in trouble is generally a good thing to do, but how we help can actually do more harm than good in helping someone get back on their feet.    When we communicate they are helpless without us, fail…

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When Helping Hurts: Codependency in the Old Testament

Helping someone in trouble is generally a good thing to do, but our help can sometimes become a hindrance to a loved one getting better.  In this series we will explore various stories in the Old Testament, seeking to glean…

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Christ Comes

Advent means, “Coming,” and the season before Christmas is not as much about presents as it is about the presence of Christ.  The bible doesn’t make a big separation between his 1st coming and 2nd coming.  In Jesus’ birth and…

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T.O.U.C.H.

Jacob’s Well is not for everyone, but many have connected deeply with the vision of Reconciliation, Rehabilitation, and Reciprocation.  As we have grown over the past year, as a body we have come to highly value Transparency, Other-focus, Unconditional Acceptance,…

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Rescue Me

If we’re honest, many of us and our neighbors are struggling to keep our heads above water. Jesus is alive and leading a rescue mission to grant us the serenity, courage, and wisdom to make it one day at a…

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Substitute

This series focuses on the idea that rather than needing a break from the stress and struggle, we need a substitute. Our admission of powerlessness can lead to turn away from our efforts and to Jesus. Our prayer is that many…

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Alien vs. Orphan

In John 14 & 15 Jesus speaks about our relationship with the Spirit of God in contrast to the ways of the world. We often feel alienated and alone in this world and our tendency is to revert to an…

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I wish I was Special

This series is based out of John 13 and 14 where Jesus teaches around the Last Supper about loving and serving others, and begins to truly reveal who he is.  All the while Peter blatantly tries to get attention by…

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Light up the World

Light is the basic source of all life, understanding and beauty.  Light reflects off of all around us so that we can see.  All colors are present in pure light.  Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world; he…

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LOVE rEVOLution

On the surface, this seems like Jesus at a picnic (imagine red-checkered picnic blankets). In actuality, Jesus and his disciples were entering the hi’ country on the other side of the Sea of Galilee, the hotbed of guerilla revolutionary activity,…

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Jacob’s Well

The story of the Samaritan woman and Jesus is at the heart of the vision of Jacob’s Well.  After pointing out that she had been pursuing happiness through relationship after relationship, Jesus offers the woman something that will truly satisfy…

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Gospel of John

From when “the Word became flesh” to the resurrection and all of the action-packed stories in between, the good news of the gospel of John is that God has sent His Son into the world to save us from ourselves…

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