We often wonder what it looks like to be a follower of Jesus, especially now in light of all that we are dealing with in the world today. In the book of Galatians, the Apostle Paul addresses the two natures at work within us, the Holy Spirit and the sinful flesh. Paul spells out how we grow in God’s character as we chose to live by the Spirit who longs to conform us to the image of Christ: this is the life God intends.
This Christmas, we’ll take a look at those we don’t often think about when it comes to the Christmas Story. We will take a look at the women who are a part of the story. Women, who for the most part came from hopeless situations and circumstances, yet God chose to move in and through them to not only bring hope into their lives but to bring the only hope there is for our world today. Each one of these women responded in faith to God and took a huge risk to follow Him. As we look at their stories, we will see that if God brought Hope to and through them, He could bring Hope to and through us regardless of our situation. Maybe, we’ll say: “I’ll Be Hope for Christmas”!
A turning point is a time when we encounter some truth or reality that causes us to change the course of our lives. When people met Jesus, they had to decide what they were going to do with the truth he revealed to them? For us, we have to determine what we will do with it.
In this sermon series, we will address what it means to face our fears by faith, just as each of these characters learned to do. We’ll talk about some of the heroes of faith who faced their fears and learned to fearless. As followers of Jesus, we are called to walk by faith in the face of a fearful and uncertain world where we live today. This requires us to listen to the Lord’s voice, submit to His leadership, trust Him to protect and provide, and be empowered by His Spirit. Hopefully, in the process, we will become more fearless as we learn to fear less because our God is with us.
Prayers aren’t empty words hurled at the sky. They’re conversations—in fact, they’re the most important conversations of our lives. This series will examine some of the Prayers that Paul Prayed for the church. Our goal is to deepen our knowledge and our love for God and others. We want to hear God speak to us today as we dig into the things Paul talked to God about on behalf of His Body.
Most people, if they believe in God, want a God that they can control-a God who will give them what they want when they want it. But, the God of the Bible is not that God. He is the God that we need at this moment in history. This series will seek to challenge and deepen our understanding of God and His Character. Our thoughts about God and who He is will impact every part of our life. He’s not a God that we can control, he’s not a God who will simply give us what we want. He is the God that we need in our lives every day.
We’ll take a detailed look at the Gospel of Mark. In this account of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we see him fulfilling in himself the Old Testament hopes for a coming king, the Messiah, yet we also see the stark ways in which Jesus confounds public expectations of what this king will do: He will suffer and he will serve.
What is Communion, and why is it important? What do the symbols of Communion represent? Who should receive Communion, and how often? Is church the only place I can receive Communion? We’ll take a close look at Communion, and then we invite everyone who is a follower of Jesus Christ to participate.
We all love to get gifts. Advent is a time of the year for us to be reminded of the gift of God’s Son coming into our world in Bethlehem in the most unexpected way and in the strangest of circumstances. We will take the month to look once more at the great gifts that come to us through God’s amazing gift and remind ourselves what really matters in our world today.
Whether the issue of the day on Social Media, in the coffee shops or on cable news is about sexuality, political squabbles or some argument about faith and science, we often line up for a battle. What often happens is that we just end up farther apart and angrier than ever. Jesus taught there is a better way. It is possible to hold fast to God’s truth and still love others with humility. It is possible to be people of integrity and serve those who disagree with us. In this series, we will address some of the “touchy subjects” that often divide and seek to help us take a different perspective on how we deal with them and love those who agree and disagree with us.
Most people have to deal with toxic thoughts – thoughts that are slowly destroying their lives and relationships. For some reason, we all seem to struggle with negative thoughts about who we are. Our thoughts influence our emotions and our actions. We need to learn to identify the source of our thoughts and deal with toxic thinking in our lives.