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Welcome to The Front Church

The Front Church is a new non-denominational Christian church in the southern part of the Salt Lake Valley. New? Not particularly religious? From another tradition? We are preparing for all sorts of company. We can’t wait for your 0-12 year old kids to experience KidFront. We think they’ll love it! Come no strings attached. We can’t wait to meet you!

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"Why Did People Reject Jesus? (Hint: It wasn't because he was a jerk.)"

[July 21, 2024] Rejection. Sometimes this topic gets confusing because Christians can fall into the trap of thinking, “Because I was rejected, I am doing Jesus’ work.” But rejection is not validation that you’re doing the work of Jesus. Luke’s Gospel shares a story of Jesus being rejected. Why did they reject Jesus and his message? This story is key for us in understanding what it means to face rejection because of Jesus (and what it doesn’t). Be sure to watch.

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    "Anxiety: What do we do with our worry?"

    [July 14, 2024] Anxiety. Jesus says, “Do not worry.” But how?! How do we not worry? What happens in a fit of worry? Of anxiety? Our Lead Pastor Nate Ray takes time to dive into this question by looking at Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6, and into a real life example of anxiety in the Bible from a surprising person. Be sure to watch.

    Two things to note:

    1. Before the message, Nate takes a minute to address the assassination attempt on former President Trump, and to pray for our political leaders former, current and future.
    2. We have an exciting announcement with a building update! Be sure to catch yourself up!

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      "How's This Supposed to Work, God?"

      [June 30, 2024] Welcome to Celebration Sunday, our final Sunday meeting in Summit Academy HS. If you missed this message, you’ll want to catch yourself up. It was a special Sunday, reminiscing on all God has done, and anticipating all He has yet to do.

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        "The 'Why' Behind KidFront"

        [June 16, 2024] With Kid’s Camp on the horizon, our Lead Pastor Nate Ray reflects on Jesus’ words to his disciples: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Nate explains our “why” behind KidFront and Kid’s Camp. Even if you don’t have kids, or aren’t a KidFront volunteer, this message has things for all of us to consider. 

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          "Not a Building, so Why a Building?" - What is Church Part 8

          [June 9, 2024] It’s a wrap! Our Lead Pastor Nate Ray finishes our teaching series, “What is Church: More than Four Walls.” If no building contains the presence of God, and we, as Jesus’ people, are the “building” God is building, what’s the point of a building? Where did the first church buildings come from? When we think church is the building, it’s dangerous – we lose sight of the life God has called us to. But when we remember church is not the building, the building can actually become an incredible tool for good in the community and for us. You won’t want to miss this.

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            "A Generous People" - What is Church Part 7

            [June 2, 2024] Pastor Amber Hicks continues our teaching series, “What is Church: More than Four Walls” with the message, “A Generous People.” She looks at the theme of generosity throughout the Bible, and helps us understand our role as “stewards, not owners.” She gives practical examples for how we can be stewards of our time, talents, and treasures.

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              "Motivated by the Mission" - What is Church Part 6

              [May 26, 2024] Our Lead Pastor Nate Ray continues our teaching series, “What is Church: More than Four Walls” with the message, “Motivated by the Mission.” When the *way* we do church becomes more important than the *why* we do church, we’re in trouble. The New Testament doesn’t give us a playbook for Sundays, but does give us a playbook for life together. Follow along as we take a look at the Apostle Paul’s approach in different contexts, reflect on it, and explain why we’re doing what we’re doing today.

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                "A Diverse People" - What is Church Part 5

                [May 19, 2024] Did you know the church was the world’s first multi-ethnic, multi-national, multi-lingual, multi-cultural community? If you value diversity, the value of diversity is from Jesus and Jesus’ movement. At The Front Church, we’re walking through the big question, how did Jesus’ earliest followers implement his vision for church? Our Lead Pastor Nate Ray continues our teaching series, “What is Church?” with the message from Ephesians 2. The church is a diverse people. Be sure to watch. 

                [Exciting announcement! At the 40:24 mark, our Lead Pastor Nate Ray shares some exciting news: Amber Hicks is now our part-time Associate Pastor! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼]

                Resource – Is the Bible Anti-Women?” (Feb 19, 2023) 

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                  "A Praying People" - What is Church Part 4

                  [May 5, 2024] At The Front Church, we’re walking through the big question, how did Jesus’ earliest followers implement his vision for church? One of the markers of the early Jesus movement is that they were a praying people. But how do we pray? What does prayer look like, individually and together? Our Lead Pastor Nate Ray continues our teaching series, “What is Church?” with a teaching on prayer, some helpful tools, and also leads us in an experience of prayer together. Be sure to watch.

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                    "When Things Don't Go According to Our Plans" - What is Church Part 3

                    [April 28, 2024] This week, friend of The Front Church Austin Holmes continues our teaching series, “What is Church?” He takes a look at moments that don’t go according to our plans – moments where Jesus’ people find themselves displaced and discouraged. But displacement does not mean destruction; sometimes God does his best work in the most uncomfortable moments of our lives. Be sure to watch.

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                      "Community Formed by Jesus' Story" - What is Church Part 2

                      [April 21, 2024] How did Jesus’ earliest followers implement his vision for church? If church isn’t a building, what was it? Our Lead Pastor Nate Ray continues our teaching series, “What is Church? More than four walls.” He takes a look at Acts 2:42, digging into four things that marked the church at its beginnings. Journey with us to discover that church is a community formed by Jesus’ story.

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                      Share your story about God’s work in your life through The Front Church here!

                      Read Laura Turner’s beautiful and compelling New York Times’ article

                      Sign up for The Front’s baptism class.

                        "Not a Building" - What is Church Part 1

                        [April 14, 2024] “What is Church? More than four walls.” Our Lead Pastor Nate Ray kicks off our new teaching series around this foundational question. In Matthew 16, Jesus defines church, clarifies the messiah he will be, and clarifies the mission his people will be about. As we dive in, we’ll discover buried treasure. We’ll find our definitions challenged and expanded; we’ll remember whose church this is, and what Jesus promises: not even death can overcome what he’s up to in the world.

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                          "A Living Hope" - Easter 2024

                          [March 31, 2024] You don’t want to miss Pastor Nate’s powerful Easter message. The Christian story is not a story of escape to heaven, but of the invasion of heaven, into our broken lives and into our broken world. Easter invites us into living hope – our God hasn’t abandoned the world, but is at work in the world; our God hasn’t abandoned us, but is at work in us. Brokenness doesn’t have the last word; death doesn’t have the last word. Restoration has the final word; life has the final word; God has the final word.

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                          Curious about the big story of the Christian faith? Be sure to check out the 5 week teaching series, The Big Story

                            "The God Who Descends" - Good Friday 2024

                            [March 29, 2024] Good Friday unites us with the church historically and globally. Christians for millennia, from different cultures, languages, and people groups, on this day have remembered Jesus’ death on the cross. What makes it good? Why remember such a day? Join us this evening for our Good Friday service, as our Lead Pastor Nate shares the message, “The God Who Descends.”

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                              "Sent Together to Heal" - The Big Story Part 5

                              [March 24, 2024] This week our Lead Pastor Nate Ray teaches the final installment of our teaching series, “The Big Story” with the message, “Sent Together to Heal.” The big story of the Bible is not a story of escape to heaven, but a story of the invasion of heaven, in our lives and in our world. New to Jesus’ story? New to the Bible? Been a Christian for a minute, but don’t feel like you know what to say when trying to share Jesus’ story with someone else? This teaching series is the perfect series for you!

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                              Curious about baptism? Watch “Why Baptism?” – a message Pastor Nate gave on Nov 12, 2023 at The Front Church.

                              Want to dig a little deeper? Find recommended resources here.

                              [This teaching series is inspired by the work of James Choung. You can learn more about James Choung and The Big Story here.]

                                "Church Plant Sunday" (and a special announcement)

                                [March 3, 2024] Our apologies for the technical difficulties with our livestream today; here is today’s message. This week, we take a break from our series, “The Big Story,” for Church Planting Sunday. You won’t want to miss this special Sunday, with guest Brent Peterson, who is planting Summit 419 Church in Coalville, UT. And you won’t want to miss our special announcement near the end about The Front Church (the 22:21 marker).

                                  "Wanting a Better World" - The Big Story Part 1

                                  [February 18, 2024] This week our Lead Pastor Nate Ray kicks off our new teaching series, “The Big Story.” New to Jesus’ story? New to the Bible? Been a Christian for a minute, but don’t feel like you know what to say when trying to share Jesus’ story with someone else? This teaching series is the perfect series for you! Follow along with us; you’ll be glad you did.

                                  Want to dig a little deeper? Find recommended resources here.

                                  [This teaching series is inspired by the work of James Choung. You can learn more about James Choung and The Big Story here.]

                                    If Baptism Doesn't "Save," Why Baptism?

                                    [November 12, 2023] “What do you believe about baptism?” It’s a common question we get from people who are checking out The Front Church. Baptism doesn’t “save” us, and Pastor Nate explains, but baptism connects us to a story that is bigger than us: Jesus’ story. In baptism, we tell Jesus’ story, we hear Jesus’ story, and we join Jesus’ story. This is the perfect baptism 101 message if you’ve ever been curious or wondered, or are new to the Christian faith and have some questions about baptism. Watch and be encouraged.

                                    Is the Bible Anti-Women? - How (Not) to Read the Bible

                                    “Doesn’t the Bible say women aren’t supposed to speak in church? What’s the deal with verses like that? Isn’t the Bible misogynistic?” Our Lead Pastor Nate Ray continues our teaching series, “How (Not) to Read the Bible,” by looking at these very questions. It’s important for us to understand how the Bible actually works: when we see the big storyline of the Bible, and the context surrounding verses like these, we might be surprised to discover they’re not saying what we think they are. Watch and join us through our series.

                                    February 19, 2023

                                    He's Not Far (Message)

                                    No matter our traditions, we all come with a view of God: who God is, what God is like, what God thinks of me, what God thinks of them, what God is doing in the world. Jesus is always inviting us to reshape our views of God around Him, and to do so in community. Our Lead Pastor Nate Ray shares from Luke 18:9-14.

                                    September 12, 2021