As human beings, we seem to be fascinated by the subject of greatness. We talk of greatness in the world of sports. Historians talk of great statesmen, great Presidents. In entertainment, we argue over who are the greatest actors or movies or bands of all time. In our story for today we find Jesus giving His take on the subject of greatness.
It is music to our ears when we hear someone say to us, I'm all-in! Jesus, also, wants to hear and see this all-in attitude from His followers. He calls us to "take our our cross" - deny ourselves - and follow Him, which requires a very high commitment on our part. Let's talk more about this cross we must bear and the benefits of doing so in our message.
If you ask theologians what the most misused verse in the Bible is, many of them will likely reply it is Luke 11:9 "Ask and it will be given . . ." As with any Bible verse, it can be lifted out of its specific context and made to fit a particular theological slant. However, that is a dangerous thing to do. Join us as we discover the context and story behind this popular verse.
In all likelihood, you are probably familiar with these words from Scripture: "For surely I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, "plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” They are beautiful, comforting words, but we need to ask, What are they really all about? What is their meaning for us?
How do we hold on to hope? How do we rise above despair to be faithful to what God asks us to do? Discouragement is a part of life. It can consume our spirit and make us want to quit. Let's look at Jeremiah's faith journey to learn that which will empower and inform our journey of faith today.
Life is like a bike tire. We don't intentionally take air out, it just leaves. And just as it's harder to peddle with flat tires, it's not as fun to live when the air has leaked out of our lives. Life has a way of deflating us. It is to the people who are feeling like flat tires that a sweet invitation comes today. "Come to me all who weary and are carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest."
Have you ever heard the saying, The older I get, the less I know? Just when we think we've learned all the answers, someone changes the questions. Life, it seems, is full of the unknown. But happily, St. John has some wonderful things we can know with certainty. Let's learn what they are in the last study of our "Deeper" series.
What is the relationship between our hopes and dreams, the character and heart of God, and our faith in God's promises? Let's talk about that in our message, "David's Messiah."Join us, won't you?
What are the marks of a Christian life? We are going to look at one of those marks in our message today as we continue our sermon series entitled, "Deeper."
It is important for believers in Jesus Christ to remember who and whose they are - a child of God - precious in His sight with a glorious future. They can look forward to a date when they will meet Him face to face. They have become children of God, born again to live their days confident with a deep hope.
Each of us needs prayer. We need to connect to Gods heart and believe we are loved, our lives matter, and we have a purpose. But we dont always know how to pray or what to say. We dont know who God is in order to talk with Him. No wonder the disciples came to Jesus and said, Lord, teach us to pray.
Making decisions is an important and often difficult part of life. We want guarantees. Christ's followers need to be good choosers when faced with doors of opportunity. Let's learn how to determine what is best so our love for God and one another might overflow.
Prayer is a gift given to us from our great God, a privilege. It means we can connect with the Creator of the universe, and it is an important part of our walk with Him. Let's look at an incredible New Testament story that reveals the power of prayer among believers in Christ.
God's open doors are typically invitations to make our life count. Ultimately, God opened the Door for us so we might open doors for others. Why would we opt to live that way? Let's learn more about learning to live what Jesus calls, "the abundant life."
With all the loneliness in the world, sometimes we need a special friend with whom we can openly safely share our most intimate thoughts. Someone who is always there when we need them with encouragements and affirmations. We need God with skin on.