Why do we struggle to see God's faithfulness in our lives? Near the end of Jacob's life, he reflected on the scope of his life by considering the overarching, sovereign plan of God. In this sermon we learn three characteristics of God's plan for our own lives: God's plan is full of surprises; God's plan is full of hope; and God's plan is full of His faithfulness. Even in the surprises of our life, don't miss God's sovereign hand over it all.
Life isn’t always linear; pain, sorrows, and suffering can obscure the direction of our lives away from our preferred path. Yet during these setbacks, it’s important to remember that there’s a tapestry of our lives that will one day be fulfilled in its entirety and God’s ultimate plan will be revealed. Like Joseph’s story, God is making a beautiful tapestry for His glory through our lives.
It's often difficult to understand the reasons behind suffering and trials we have in this world. How should we process our suffering during these difficult times? Joseph's life story is one of great suffering and trials, but also one of great sovereignty under the faithful, loving, guiding hand of God. In the midst of our struggles, we should be rooted in the understanding that God is in control and sovereign over these situations. He is working for our good and for His glory.
What is the evidence of true repentance? In this passage, we see Judah's heart repent from the sin committed against Joseph. We learn that it's not enough to be sorry or express regret. Genuine repentance is a complete change of heart that acknowledges sin and sets off on a new path. We all have things in our lives from which we need to repent. The good news of the gospel is that, in humility, we can confess our sin and purpose in our heart to turn from it through the saving grace of Jesus.
As we complete our series in Joseph, we take a look at how Joseph grieved for his father, Jacob. The end of the story teaches us about the sovereignty of God through three patterns of life, and how we can respond to each: grief, grace, and glory.
Today The Moody Church family voted to call Pastor Philip Miller as our next Senior Pastor. This is his first sermon preached at The Moody Church. In this season of fear and uncertainty, could it be that Jesus is inviting us to go deeper into life with Him? This passage contains three invitations from Jesus: come be with Me; come together and become like Me; and come join Me in the work I am doing. In this moment when the world seems crazy and everything is stripped away, do you hear His call to go deeper and will you draw near in discipleship of Jesus?
How do we be hearers and does of the Word along the path to spiritual maturity? In this sermon, Pastor Stetzer leads us through four steps that help us grow in our faith: slow down, prepare to receive the Word of God, apply the truth, and consider your heart. Trying to be like Jesus outside of the power of Jesus ultimately dishonors Jesus and discourages you.
When we experience trials of various kinds, how should we believe God during these difficult times? In this passage, we’re encouraged to trust God when life is hard, believe God in times of trial, and ask God when life is confusing. How we face trials and with whom we face them will determine if our problems make us bitter or better.