We have some incredible people who are part of Special Ministries at SBC, and God is using each one to shine His light in our community. In this video, Adam Pitts shares his story of finding true purpose in Jesus and is joined by several friends who share truths from Psalm 139.
For many of us, this year has stirred up feelings of anxiety, uncertainty and fear. If you’re experiencing these emotions, you’re not alone. In this short video, Spencer Burnidge, our SBC North Ridge YTH HSM Pastor, shares a few words of encouragement about how he’s trusting God in the midst of the storm.
Last weekend, we shared this moving video and an update on how God is using our schools in Tanzania to provide Christian education and hope to kids and their communities.
Michael grew up in New York City with a tough guy exterior. In the midst of tremendous loss and the most difficult season of his life, God showed up big in countless, unexpected ways. Now Michael lives his life to shine a light on Jesus.
God works with and through His people even in times of uncertainty and an unknown future. In this video, Mark and Beth Erwin share how God has guided their lives and work during the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through creative innovation and collaboration with SBC, a basic need of essential workers has been met for many in our community.
As an ICU nurse, Michelle has first-hand experience with the emotional toll of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this video from last weekend, she shares how her faith was tested, but how she found rest in God’s faithfulness and care.
Just out of college, Amanda moved to Scottsdale to start a new job and life. Her first day here, a traumatic event rocked her world and led her down a dark path. But God used the storm in her life to draw her to Himself and to give her new hope and purpose.
Raquel found herself struggling with a pursuit of perfection and rule-keeping that led her into a deep depression. In this video, she shares how God lifted her out of that pit and gave her a new song to sing and a ministry to others around her.
Mark and Shannon had never been on a mission trip, but were invited to go with our HSM students to Tanzania. Experiencing God’s sufficiency and provision radically changed their perspective, and now they’re applying what they learned here at home.
Will and his young family went through years of pain and devastation, but God gave them grace and healing to move forward in His strength.
Tim achieved corporate success, but felt empty. As he began following Jesus’ words and serving other men, he experienced a heart change and a calling that brought him new purpose and joy.
Although our lives can seem picture perfect, we all deal with things under the surface. Callie found hope and peace through her community and Jesus.
Bill was enjoying a successful career until he hit a time of failure and uncertainty that led him down a hopeless path. Through a co-worker's simple invitation, he was introduced to a new kind of hope that would change him forever.
Chris' beliefs were based in science, so he didn't think he needed God. But seeing a change in his wife made him reconsider his views and begin seeking answers on his own.
Although Dan grew up knowing about God, influences during his college years caused him to find his identity and values in the pursuit of happiness. His choices led him down a dark path that eventually brought him to a turning point.
Aaron and Lauren had a young family and a successful career in Orange County, but began to feel the anxiety and pressure of the fast-paced life-style. Eventually they came to a crossroads, and through a move to Scottsdale, God led them to redefine of values.
This short video captures some highlights of 2018 and the incredible people who are part of the SBC family. We’re so grateful to God for using this church to change lives around the world!
On Global Summit weekend, we shared the story of Martin and Susie Gonzales, SBC missionaries to La Paz, Mexico. For 27 years, they have been planting churches and equipping Latinos to share the gospel in their country and around the world.
After struggling in their marriage, Maurice and Katie eventually divorced. Devastated, Maurice began working on becoming the man God wanted him to be, and the results were life-changing.
Alicia grew up feeling like God wouldn’t accept her, so she began filling the emptiness in her life with alcohol. It became her best friend, but also her captor, until her eyes were opened to the message that God wanted a personal relationship with her.
What an amazing teacher celebration weekend we had! In our services, we shared this story about one of our local teachers. Thank you, teachers, for all you do to make a difference!
Our pastor’s new book was released on July 31! Pick up a copy in SBC’s Café bookstore for $10 and discover the secrets to a more joy-filled life.
After moving from the Philippines, Alicia’s world was turned upside down by unexpected loss. As a young mom of three, she had nowhere to turn, but God used a caring friend to introduce her to the hope and joy she needed.
Moved by events in the news and the experiences of his own family related to race, Sam felt called to make a difference. God led him and his family to SBC, where they are now leading conversations about racial unity in the church.
Misty endured a troubled childhood and then went down a road that nearly destroyed her. But through becoming a mother to her son and discovering Christ’s unconditional love, she’s seen God rescue and redeem her life.
At our schools in Tanzania, many of the girls face significant dangers and challenges due to local cultural traditions. To help protect them and encourage their schooling, we’re planning to build a dormitory. This video shares the need and their story.
As a high school basketball star, Ann experienced pressure that led to anxiety and panic attacks. An encounter with God and an experience of His faithfulness through a life-threatening accident gave her healing, joy and a new perspective on life.
After a difficult youth, Will surrendered his life to Christ and became inspired to serve and help others. Through using his talents, he’s come to know God in a deeper way and seen his life change.
After escaping Iran as a child, Farah struggled to find a religion that made sense to her. Eventually, God brought a friend into her life who showed her Jesus, and her life hasn’t been the same since.
Adam and Kristin never anticipated moving their young family to Kansas to help start a church, but that’s what they did! Overcoming their anxiety and fear, they heard God’s voice and followed.
Amy lived a fast-paced, worldly life as a successful model and wife to a pro-athlete. She and her husband began going to church, mostly because it’s “what you should do.” However, she slowly began to learn what it really means to have a relationship with Jesus.
Regrets over past relationships left Pete feeling like his life was ruined. But at his lowest point, he encountered God’s grace and it changed the trajectory of his life.
The pressure Lisa faced to be thin led her to believe her purpose and worth was rooted in her appearance. But through an SBC support group, she learned that her God-given identity is far greater than what is on the outside.
God is on a search and rescue mission to pursue hearts that are far from Him. What will we risk to join Him?
Wanting to connect with some other couples, Mike and Michelle started a small group in their home. Now, those couples have become life-changing friends who are walking with them through the seasons of life.
After the crash of the economy, Ed’s life drastically changed. But when an old acquaintance invited him to SBC, he experienced true joy and found new purpose.
We all want lives of meaning and purpose—to rise above the everyday, to make a difference and to live for something bigger. As a church, we’re seeking lives that will echo into eternity.
Please take a moment to stop and pray for those awaiting rescue and those taking risks to save them.
As a successful businesswoman, Doreen drifted from God and eventually found herself in a place she never imagined. But God turned her shame and brokenness into joy and used her to bring life and hope to others.
High school student Michael thought Christianity was about keeping a set of rules, but discovered it's a relationship with his Creator that gives him confidence and hope.