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In this message I will lay out the two key things Jesus is calling us to individually this year: Invitation and Serving. We are constructing this new building not for ourselves, but for our neighbors. “I love you all, but I wouldn’t work as hard as I have if it was just for you , I believe Jesus will use this new space to draw new people to Himself. People need Jesus.” And if we are going to use this new space and technology to its capacity, we will need all hands on deck. We will need more in FL, more greeters, more in technology.
We say the Bible is God’s Word. We say that it is “Inspired”. We believe that it is foundational for our Christian faith and is God’s primary means to speak to us and guide us today. But how do we hear God speak from the Bible when there are so many confusing parts? So many disturbing parts? So many seemingly contradictory parts? Does everyone just get to pick and choose their favorite parts and ignore the rest? Over the next three weeks we will look at three key tools and strategies that we as individuals and the church can use to hear God speak to our circumstances today.
There is a consequence for letting our hearts be hardened. Life can do that, but Jesus warns us against letting that happen. Stay responsive to the people, circumstances and realities around us. It matters now and it matters in the end.
We will engage one of the deep struggles of this era—anxiousness. It affects all ages. Building off of Paul’s powerful words in Philippians 4, we will seek God’s leading and power for moving beyond our anxiousness into Christ’s deep, deep peace.
Jesus calls us to love people. But that’s not always easy. People frustrate, disappoint, & confuse us. How can we love people we dislike? Over 3 weekends we will look at 3 powerful strategies for seeing people the way that Jesus did.
SEPT. 7 & 8: Blessed and Broken (video unavailable)
As our leaders and kids are getting ready for VBS at the end of June, we will join them in the theme of, “ROAR: Life is Wild, God is Good!” We will choose five passages from the Bible that talk about lions and let God speak to us through them.
He was not rich or educated, but was familiar with hard work. He was quick-tempered and impetuous, but possessed a passion that would change the world. He left everything to follow his teacher, yet struggled with doubt and fear. Join us in this six-week Lenten journey, and take an in-depth dive into the life, faith, and character of Simon Peter.
The Path to Peace. In this crazy wonderful Christmas season it is so easy for us to get lost in all of the to-do’s. Lost in all of the craziness. Worship is a time re-ground ourselves in what this season is all about—the coming of the Prince of Peace. Over our extended Advent journey we will experience 5 “P” words that will ready us for Jesus coming as Prince of Peace. Join us for the real journey to peace, the real journey to Christmas, the real journey to Jesus birth.
While we have seen the danger of over-flowing rivers this fall, the word overflow is often a positive in scripture. In Psalm 23, “my cup overflows” is a sign of God’s abundance. In Psalm 65, “The wagon track overflows with richness”. God’s blessings aren’t just bottom of the barrel scrape by—they overflow in our lives. And if we don’t pause to acknowledge that, we miss it. And God promises an on-going overflow when we acknowledge it (Mal. 3). In the New Testament Paul loves this word as well, and he uses it twice when calling the people of Corinth to generosity. “abundant joy and extreme poverty overflowed in generosity”…that isn’t an equation that makes sense to us, but in God’s economy it does. And in 2 Cor. 9, our generosity “overflows in thanksgiving to God.” Overflow signifies the abundance of God’s blessing in our lives and reminds us to let that lead us to overflow in our response to God.
Since the beginning of our story with God, He has demonstrated His deep love for us through His blessings. In turn we become a blessing to others. BLESS focuses on five missional practices we can engage to naturally introduce people to Jesus Christ.
We live in a fast paced world that pulls us in many directions at the same time. Two things can be challenging to find—real community and real contentment. Our technology saturated world can help us and hurt us as we seek real versions of each of these. Scripture has guidance for us as we seek the real from the fake, the meaningful from the trivial.
There is no better way to grow as a Christian than to engage with the Bible. Every study has shown that real spiritual growth comes when we plant ourselves in God’s Word—it is rich soil for growth. So we will continue this summer to memorize these key 14 wonderful scriptures, and unpack them together using other parts of the Bible to make them more real. Let’s keep growing!