Chris' Blog

My hope is that you’ll find this blog to be a resource for study, inspiration for sharing the Gospel with our city and encouragement for living in constant communion with God. From my thoughts that didn't make the sermon to teachings and notes that will help you in your study, I hope you’ll visit the blog often for additional thoughts and insights. You’ll also find my observations and learnings about fathering, pastoring and life. Thanks for joining me here!

Advent Devotional

December 12, 2014 | Chris Payne

The Laws of the Harvest

December 02, 2014 | Chris Payne

Sunday’s Message on Galatians 6:7-10 {in 12 tweets}   #1. We give & not get, plant & not produce, work & not win, invest & not get returns, sow & not reap. We be...

Advent Season is Here!

November 25, 2014 | Chris Payne

Advent is a special time each year when we prepare ourselves for the “Arrival” of Christ. I want to encourage you to participate with us in our Advent devotionals at New Charlotte this se...

Abba Changes Everything

November 18, 2014 | Chris Payne

This past Sunday, at New Charlotte Church, we continued our #BeFree series with a message about our Adoption. The passage for the message came from Galatians 4:1-9. The Bottom Lin...

Be Free: One in Christ

November 11, 2014 | Chris Payne

This past Sunday at New Charlotte Church, we continued the Be Free series with a message from Galatians 3:23-29. The heart of this message is found in verse 26. Galatians 3:26: “In...

Not By Works

October 30, 2014 | Chris Payne

“Human history is the long and terrible story of man trying to find something other than God, which will make him happy.”  -C. S. Lewis The book of Galatians is written to a group...

No Other Gospel

October 21, 2014 | Chris Payne

In 1987, a little girl playing in the yard became the biggest news story of the year. People still remember Jessica McClure and what happened to her. Jessica was 18 months old, a baby. She walked...

You're Invited

October 08, 2014 | Chris Payne

These 2 words are what every person on the planet needs to hear from the local church. Jesus is God’s way of saying to every man, woman, and child…You’re Invited. This past week...

How Giving Can Connect Us to the Heart of God

September 30, 2014 | Chris Payne

We are never more like God than when we give. Do you believe this? I’d like to say that I do, but often I do not. I know that “God so loved the world that He gave…” But,...

Wilson is Not Enough

September 23, 2014 | Chris Payne

People need to Connect to others in Community. This is what we were created for. In fact, in the absence of true relational connection we will create community. This is the case for Tom Hanks in the...

Giving the New Life of Jesus to the City

September 16, 2014 | Chris Payne

This week we started a teaching series entitled, Connect@NewCLT. The series is all about taking steps to better connect with  New Charlotte Church. Vision, Community, Giving, and Inviting...

Making God's Story Your Story

September 09, 2014 | Chris Payne

Randy Frazee, in The Heart of the Story, writes about the “upper and lower” stories of life. The lower story he writes is, “Filled with traffic, troubles, doctor visits, work,...

The Ethiopian and Us

July 15, 2014 | Chris Payne

We have a lot in common with an Ethiopian Eunuch. That seems strange to say, but its true. We’re briefly introduced to the this man in Acts Chapter 8. We don’t know a lot about him, but...

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves?

June 24, 2014 | Chris Payne

In one of Aesop’s fables, Hercules and Waggoner, a well-known expression was introduced. Well, more than just an expression…a strongly held belief. Waggoner becomes mired down in mud...

Orange Day

June 03, 2014 | Chris Payne

This past weekend at New Charlotte we celebrated Orange Day. For us, Orange Day was a chance to talk about our philosophy of Family Ministry at New Charlotte. We believe that two combined i...

Last Words

May 29, 2014 | Chris Payne

Last Words are important. Last words typically epitomize a person. We remember people by their last words to the world, hence the expression: Famous Last Words. Jesus’ Last Words to us tells...

City Changers

May 20, 2014 | Chris Payne

Last week I had the privilege to speak at the City Changers conference in Cape Town, South Africa. Our friends and partner church, Doxa Deo, were once again hospitable and generous hosts. Th...

The Frantic Family Scoreboard

May 06, 2014 | Chris Payne

The Three Big Questions   Family Scoreboard Explanations 1. What makes your family unique? The answer to this question should be two or three sentenc...

Passion Week Scriptures

March 31, 2014 | Chris Payne

Over the next several weeks at New Charlotte, we’re going to be working through key Passion Week scriptures. I’d love for you to follow along with me, and study them on your...

The One Thing You Could Never Do...

March 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Maxon

I love bagels. And pasta. And fresh-baked bread with butter melting on it…is your mouth watering yet? This time last year I had several friends who had gone over to the dark side&helli...

Bridge Building

March 04, 2014 | Chris Payne

“Don’t shine so others can see you. Shine so that, through you, others can see Christ.”  C.S. Lewis As City Changers, we do not stand in a spotlight screaming, “Look at...

City Changers

February 25, 2014 | Chris Payne

This weekend, at New Charlotte Church, we started a series entitled City Changers.  A City Changer is someone who “Gives the new life of Jesus to the City.”  We don&rs...

"Follow Me, and I Will Make You Fishers of Men"

February 11, 2014 | Chris Payne

What a statement; a call; an invitation. Jesus makes this call to Peter and Andrew, as they fish among a crowd of other young Galileans. There is nothing about these brothers that makes them stand o...

What if Our Greatest Commitment Was to the Greatest Commandment?

February 04, 2014 | Elizabeth Maxon

When I was in high school I once used up all of my babysitting money to buy an entire volume of books that took you through the Bible – Genesis to Revelation. I was a dorky respon...

Providential Relationships

January 28, 2014 | Chris Payne

We all need people in our lives that can see God’s best in and through us. We all need people who will journey with us and are committed to helping us get to where we need to be. We all need...

What I Learned in Childbirth Class

January 22, 2014 | Chris Payne

It’s been almost 9 years, but I can still remember the night Jen and I spent together in our first childbirth class at the hospital. We were so excited for our first child to arrive. I was only...

How to Grow Your Faith

January 14, 2014 | Chris Payne

On Sunday, I preached the first of six sermons on How We Can Grow Our Faith this year. Each week, I’ll post the 10 statements or soundbites that summarized the sermon. You can also...